Musical options, including a debut, abound this week

CRITIC'S CORNER

Music

November 01, 2005|By TIM SMITH | TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC

Another week, another wide range of musical possibilities. Here are a few events that look well worth checking out in the next few days:

The ever-active concert scene at Peabody Conservatory includes an attractive program at 8 tonight by the Peabody Trio featuring important works by Schubert and Ives. (We never get enough performances of music by Ives around here.)

The Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Hajime Teri Murai, will give the premiere of Homecoming by George Lam, the winning work in the conservatory's Macht Composition Competition, at 8 p.m. Friday. Also on the bill are the first symphony written by Beethoven and the last one written by Prokofiev.

Both performances are in Friedberg Hall at Peabody, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. For tickets, call 410-659-8100, ext. 2.

Bruckner's choral music has as much to offer, in many ways, as his grandly scaled symphonies. (We never get enough Bruckner around here, either.) His Te Deum, a particularly powerful example of the composer's vocal writing, will be performed by the Annapolis Chorale on a program that also includes music from Boito's infrequently encountered opera Mephistofele.

J. Ernest Green conducts the concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. For tickets, call 410-263-1906.

The Trio da Salo, a string ensemble that includes top-notch violinist Ani Kavafian, will visit Columbia with works by Beethoven, Schoenberg and Dohnanyi. (We also don't get enough of those last two composers around here, by the way.)

Presented by Candlelight Concerts, the trio will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. For tickets, call 410-480-9950.

The name Jonathan Lemalu may not yet be widely known, but it's getting there quickly. This New Zealand-born Samoan baritone, not yet 30, has made successful debuts in leading roles recently at the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, among others.

Accompanied by pianist Malcolm Martineau, Lemalu makes his Baltimore debut, courtesy of Shriver Hall Concert Series, in a recital that offers one of Schumann's great song cycles, Dichterliebe, along with works by Brahms, Faure, Quilter and William Bolcom.

The performance is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. For tickets, call 410-516-7164.

Everyone knows that the future of classical music rests with the young, so that makes groups like the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra more important than ever.

Led by Jason Love, the orchestra, made up mostly of students from grades eight to 12, opens its 29th season with a program that includes one of the hottest contemporary works to emerge in recent years, Jennifer Higdon's blue cathedral. Pieces by Saint-Saens, Rimsky-Korsakov and others will also be performed.

The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex campus, B Building (College Community Center), 7201 Rossville Blvd. For tickets, call 410-780-6914.

As a 50th anniversary season gift to the community, Washington National Opera will present a free simulcast of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess on the National Mall.

The live performance from inside the Kennedy Center, starring Gordon Hawkins and Indira Mahajan in the title roles, will be projected onto an 18-foot-by- 32-foot video screen positioned near the Capitol at 2 p.m. Sunday. It's the first time a simulcast performance has been transmitted to the Mall.

In addition to the free outdoor event, the Porgy production, with alternating casts, continues at the Kennedy Center through Nov. 19. For more information on the simulcast or the indoor performances, call 202-295-2400.

tim.smith@baltsun.com

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