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January 04, 2007|By TIM SMITH

Sweet sounds

The lowdown -- Truly new things don't come around in the music business all that often, so when Quartetto Gelato hit the classical/crossover scene about a decade ago, attention was paid. This foursome, which started in Canada and enjoys an international fan base, handles eight diverse instruments; the violin and mandolin player also happens to be a tenor, so there's a vocal element in the programming, too. The group typically explores a diverting repertoire, which it will do in a program with an "Orient Express" theme presented by Candlelight Concerts in Columbia, including musical stops in London (a Flanders and Swann song), Paris (including some Ravel and Edith Piaf), Munich (Brahms), Vienna (Kreisler), Budapest (Kodaly) and Bucharest.

If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $12 to $29. Call 410-480-9950, or go to candlelightconcerts .org.

`Picture' this

The lowdown -- Picture this: a chance to hear Mussorgsky's colorful Pictures at an Exhibition performed in both its original, solo piano version and the super-sized orchestration by Maurice Ravel, all in a single weekend. While the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is exploring the popular orchestra version of the piece, John Einhaus, Peabody Preparatory alum who has studied at Rutgers University and the Mannes College of Music, will play the virtuosic piano Pictures in a recital that includes works by Bach and Haydn.

If you go -- The recital is at 2 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $8 and $12. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andie

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