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October 05, 2006|By TIM SMITH

Chamber music

The lowdown -- The inaugural season of the University of Baltimore's Spotlight UB in the school's intimate new concert hall will include performances by artists from classical, folk and ethnic musical genres. The season opens on a classical note with the new BSO Musicians Series, featuring members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in two riches of the chamber music repertoire, Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D. 956, and Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34.

If you go -- The concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday in the fifth-floor concert hall of the Student Center at 21 Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 410-837-5739 or go to ubalt.edu/studentcenter.

America's best

The lowdown -- In the world of American orchestras, there are the Big Five, and then everyone else. And within the Big Five, there is the Cleveland Orchestra, and then everyone else. Opinions are divided about the contributions of Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Most, the music director of the venerable Ohio institution, but there's pretty much universal appreciation of the ensemble's continued technical and expressive strengths. Judge for yourself when the Washington Performing Arts Society presents Welser-Most in his Washington debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in a program of Mozart, Dvorak and Debussy.

If you go -- The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues Northwest, Washington. Remaining tickets are $60-$95. Call 202-785-9727 or go to wpas.org.

[TIM SMITH]

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