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'06-'07 to bring off-the-beaten-path fare, double attractions



It may feel as if summer will never end, but the 2006-2007 music season is practically around the corner, so it's not too soon to start planning your listening schedule.

One of the first organizations out of the gate will be Music in the Great Hall in Towson. The series launches its 33rd season Sept. 8 and 10 with a recital by a much-admired local vocal asset - baritone Robert Cantrell, whose rich tones have graced many a performance in the region. He'll sing songs by Brahms and Faure, as well as opera arias and spirituals, accompanied at the piano by Virginia Reinecke, who will play some solo Chopin.

Three University of Maryland faculty members - violinist David Salness, cellist Evelyn Elsing and pianist Rita Sloan - will be featured in a concert of duos and trios Nov. 10 and 11. The series has long provided a showcase for winners of the annual Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at the Peabody Institute. Two of its 2006 winners, violinists Netanel Draiblate and Amos Fayette, will give a joint recital Jan. 19 and 21.

The combination of harp, viola and percussion promises off-the-beaten-path fare March 16 and 18. The performers are Elizabeth Hainen, principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Peter Minkler, acting assistant violist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; and David DePeters, who has often worked with the BSO. Pieces by Arnold Bax, Michael Colgrass, Arvo Part, Benjamin Britten and others will be explored.

The series will close April 20 and 22 with string quartets by Beethoven, Brahms and Borodin performed by some of the area's fine artists - violinists Ron Mutchnik and Celeste Blase, violist Julius Wirth and cellist Kerena Moeller.

The series is presented at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. For information, call 410-813-4255.

Guitar society

The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society's '06-'07 season includes double attractions. On Oct. 14, guitarist Eduardo Isaac will team up for a recital with fellow Argentine Daniel Binelli, playing the bandoneon, of tango fame.

On April 27, the dean of classical guitarists, John Williams, will be joined by a leading jazz guitarist, John Etheridge.

Those two performances will be held at Peabody Institute, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place.

The rest of the society's season - Belgian-born Raphaella Smits, playing an eight-string, 19th-century guitar Dec. 2, and Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon on March 10 - will be at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.

The society has added a series of free master classes, allowing seasoned and casual listeners to get deeper inside the art of the guitar. Classes will be led by eminent guitarist Manuel Barrueco and two rising stars who studied with him at Peabody, Franco Platino and Ana Vidovic, as well as by Eduardo Isaac.

Locations are Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road (Platino Oct. 7, Barrueco Oct. 28, Vidovic Nov. 4); and An Die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. (Isaac Oct. 14).

For more information, call 410-247-5320.

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