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May 31, 2007

Piano and the BSO

The lowdown -- When it comes to musical prodigies, Kit Armstrong is in the front ranks. The 15-year-old California-born pianist and composer returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, this time to collaborate with guest conductor and inimitable vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Armstrong, who is already in the second year of undergraduate studies (music and science) at two colleges in London, will play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20. The program also offers Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and, of course, vocal improv by McFerrin.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, and 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $21-$80. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsoatstrath or balti


Crazy about Patsy

The lowdown -- Always ... Patsy Cline, Ted Swindley's tribute to the late country singer, returns to Totem Pole Playhouse, the summer theater in Pennsylvania's Caledonia State Park, for two weeks beginning Saturday. Totem Pole producing artistic director Carl Schurr, who is staging the musical, says it has been one of the theater's most requested shows since he first produced it there in 1999. Focusing on the true story of the relationship between Cline and a devoted fan, the show includes more than 20 country hits, including "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy." Totem Pole's production stars CoCo Sansoni as Cline and Joy Hawkins as the fan; both are Always ... Patsy Cline veterans.

If you go -- Totem Pole is at 9555 Golf Course Road, Caledonia State Park, Fayetteville, Pa., 15 miles west of Gettysburg. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays-Saturdays, with matinees at 1:30 p.m. June 12, 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays through June 17. Tickets are $37-$45. For more information, call 888-805-7056 or go to


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