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March 02, 2006

Scary Sister Mary

The lowdown -- She's b-a-a-a-ck ... Sister Mary Ignatius, the scary title character in Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, will be holding forth once again, starting tomorrow, when this one-act comedy opens at the Vagabond Players on a double bill that also includes Durang's The Actor's Nightmare. Under Barry Bach's direction, Amy Jo Shapiro plays Sister Mary and Donald Cook is Nightmare's George Spelvin, an accountant who unexpectedly finds himself on stage in a play.

If you go -- Show times at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 2. Tickets are $15. Call 410-563-9135.


Choral masterworks

The lowdown -- This looks like a great weekend for raising voices - in song, that is. Tomorrow, the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus and Peabody Singers, led by the ever-energetic and incisive Edward Polochick, will sing an eloquent 20th century choral masterwork, the Missa Brevis by eminent Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly, a setting of the Latin Mass written during World War II. Joining the choirs will be noted organist Donald Sutherland. The next night, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, enjoying its second season of substantial rejuvenation with music director Melinda O'Neal, will salute the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with a Mass he wrote at the age of 23. This one acquired the nickname "Coronation," which provides a neat link to the program's other composer: Handel. One of Handel's "Coronation Anthems," written for the installation of Britain's George II, will be sung. The choir will be joined by its fine orchestra and organist Thomas Hetrick.

If you go -- The Peabody choirs will sing at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. Tickets are $18, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. Call 410-659-8100, ext. 2. The Handel Choir performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, E. University Blvd. and N. Charles St. Tickets are $18 to $30. Call 410-366-6544.


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