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April 27, 2006|By TIM SMITH

Parisian baroque

The lowdown -- Pro Musica Rara wraps up a very strong season with an

appealing mix of baroque repertoire this weekend. The ensemble fulfills a vital role in the local scene, opening an aural window onto the past by performing early music on period instruments. Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the chamber music program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and a founding member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players and the Axelrod and Smithsonian quartets, among others, will be a guest artist on the viola da gamba. He will be joined by flutist Sara Nichols, cellist Allen Whear, violinist Ivan Stefanovic and harpsichordist Dongsok Shin. The program of "Parisian Airs" includes music by Telemann and, in honor of his 350th birthday, Marin Marais, probably best known today for the theme to Masterpiece Theatre on PBS.

If you go -- The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Tickets are $25; $20 for seniors, $10 for students. Call 410-728-2820.

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