The Big Three

November 02, 2006

THEATER

IRREVERENT 'ALTAR BOYZ'

Altar Boyz -- the irreverent off-Broadway musical about a religious singing group whose members are named Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham -- opens a one-week run at the Hippodrome Theatre on Tuesday. The small-scale show, now in its second year in New York, has a score by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker and a script by Kevin Del Aguila. Devotees of the show have been dubbed "Altarholics."

The touring production stars Matthew Buckner, Ryan J Ratliff, Jesse "JP" Johnson, Jay Garcia and Nick Blaemire, under the direction of Stafford Arima.

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Show times at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 12. Tickets are $22-$52. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MUSIC

BACH AND MOZART WEEKEND

An unplanned choral convergence brings masterworks by two of the greatest classical composers, Bach and Mozart, to the area. Mozart's hauntingly beautiful Requiem will be performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in an all-Mozart program led by Louis Langree, director of the famed Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.

The Handel Choir of Baltimore opens its 72nd season with Melinda O'Neal conducting a newly formed smaller group of the ensemble, the Chandos Singers, in an all-Bach concert that includes some of his most inspired sacred works, including Jesu, meine Freude. And another Bach favorite, Ein feste Burg, will be the focus of a presentation by the Bach Concert Series Choir, led by T. Herbert Dimmock.

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The BSO / Choral Arts concert is at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25-$78. Call 410-783-8000 or visit baltimoresymphony.org. The Handel Choir / Chandos Singers concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's School, Falls Road and Seminary Avenue. Tickets are $10- $28. Call 410-366-6544 or visit handelchoir.org. The Bach Concert Series performance is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Free admission. For more information, call 410-752-7179 or visit christinnerharbor.org.

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[TIM SMITH]

CELEBRATION

THE BASILICA REOPENS

After a two-year restoration and renovation, the city's Basilica is once again opening its doors. The cathedral, officially named the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is celebrating its grand opening Saturday with an open house, guest speakers and a ceremonial ringing of the bells. A week of activities runs Sunday through Nov. 12 and includes tours, concerts, religious services and other festive events. The grand- opening week culminates Nov. 12 at the Basilica with a procession and Mass by numerous American Catholic bishops.

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The grand reopening of the Basilica, Cathedral and Mulberry streets, is at 10 a.m. Saturday, with open house noon-4:30 p.m. A Mass and dedication of the new altar is at 1 p.m. Sunday. Tours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 9 and 10. A concert with the Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Choir and Irish tenor Mark Forrest is at 7 p.m. Wednesday; interfaith prayer service is at 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Inaugural Mass is at 10 a.m. Nov. 10; outdoor presentation at 11 a.m. Nov. 10. Youth Mass will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 11; exterior illumination of Basilica at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Mass and procession with bishops take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 12. Some events ticketed, with limited seating. Call 410-727-3565 or visit baltimore basilica.org for full schedule.

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[LORI SEARS]

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