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November 24, 2005

Sounds of winter

The lowdown -- With the weather getting nippier, it's a perfect time to enjoy the charms of Tchaikovsky's under-appreciated Symphony No. 1, nicknamed "Winter Dreams." The tuneful, vividly orchestrated score easily suggests wintry scenes, although it's just as easily enjoyed as pure, abstract music. You can hear the piece, along with vividly colored scores by Stephen Albert (with a title like Tapioca Pudding, it's got to be colorful) and Edouard Lalo (his Symphonie Espagnol), played by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Hans Graf, music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra since 2000. Latvian-born prize-winning violinist Baiba Skride makes her BSO debut as soloist in the Lalo work.

If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25-$75 (Meyerhoff), $43-$78 (Strathmore). Call 410-783-8000.

[TIM SMITH]

Where politics and art-making mix

The lowdown -- Find out what politically engaged art-making is about at (Re)living Democracy, the Contemporary Museum exhibition about the huge urban renewal project unfolding in East Baltimore. Be prepared for lots of texts, photos, videos and graphs charting the inner workings of the city's power elite and their impact on the urban poor.

If you go -- The museum is at 100 W. Centre St. Hours are Thursday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 410-783-5720.

[GLENN MCNATT]

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