Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

May 24, 2007

Freedom stories

The lowdown -- Catch the short play Leaves with a Name and animated documentary Freedom Dance at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson tomorrow and Saturday. Leaves with a Name questions the effect of war as it explores the story of a grandmother's exodus from Hungary during World War II, while Freedom Dance documents four months in the life of a married couple as they boldly leave Communist Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution.

If you go -- The show starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Saturday at Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Tickets for the general public are $8-$12. Call 410-276- 1651 or go to creative alliance.org.

[ALLIE SEMENZA]

Monumental concert

The lowdown -- The Monument Piano Trio, which wraps up its concert season at An Die Musik on Saturday, has quickly established itself as a formidable presence on the local chamber music scene. The players -- violinist Igor Yuzefovich (the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's assistant concertmaster), Dariusz Skoraczewski (the BSO's assistant principal cellist) and pianist Michael Sheppard -- will tackle a program that features the big-scale, big-hearted Piano Trio in A minor by Tchaikovsky.

If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 410-385-2638 or go to andiemusiklive.com.

[TIM SMITH]

Good cheer

The lowdown -- Opening tomorrow at Arena Players, Vanities -- a 1976 off-Broadway hit by Jack Heifner -- follows the fate of three high school cheerleaders as they progress to college and young adulthood. Trenessa Annibal, Tennelia Engram and Tracie Jiggetts portray the threesome, whose story begins in the sixties. Randolph Smith directs.

If you go -- Showtimes at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through June 10. Tickets are $15. Call 410-728-6500.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

Musical youth

The lowdown -- The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra's 30th anniversary season closes with a hefty program Sunday. Artistic director Jason Love will lead this ensemble of students in the huge, high-drama first movement of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 (practically a whole symphony in itself) and excerpts from Howard Hanson's richly lyrical Symphony No. 2 (it's not nicknamed "Romantic" for nothing). Music by Max Bruch, Bedrich Smetana and others will also be on the program.

If you go -- The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Information and tickets ($5 to $15) are available at gbyo.com.

[TIM SMITH]

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