Whether you prefer dance or Degas, dramatic readings or Dame Edna, the 2005-2006 arts and entertainment season offers a bumper crop of choices.
This season, the Baltimore-Washington area will offer sun-drenched masterworks by Cezanne, sculpture by contemporary artist Louise Bourgeois, and explorations of Greek mythological figures. Dance lovers can choose Chinese ballet or contemporary dance with a political message. For movie buffs, there are celebrations of the work of the late Louis Malle and premieres featuring personalities from Gwyneth Paltrow to animated characters Wallace and Gromit.
Several promising collaborations also have been formed this season. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will join with the Baltimore Museum of Art to celebrate artists Picasso, Monet and Matisse. The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra is building its season around partnerships with five local "flagship cultural institutions" - the BMA, Walters Art Museum, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Maryland Science Center and the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
The Sun is publishing a guide to the arts as part of a series of special sections with information on sports, culture, dining, shopping and entertainment. We're excited about the coming season, and we hope that you will be, too.