The Big Three

June 14, 2007

The circus is in town

Get ready for the big top when UniverSoul Circus comes to Druid Hill Park starting Wednesday. The circus combines elements of magic and dance in its show, which includes trapeze artists, contortionists, bicycle daredevils and aerial gymnasts. Led by Ringmaster Tony Tone, the show aims to mystify and amuse audience members of all ages.

UniverSoul Circus performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-June 22; noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 23; and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 24 at the Festival Bowl in Druid Hill Park, between East Drive and Red Road. Tickets are $16.50-$28. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com or universoulcircus.com.

ALLIE SEMENZA

Celebrate freedom

Head to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Saturday and join the Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery. Activities at Fort McHenry will include a wreath-laying ceremony, living-history presentations on Harriet Tubman, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, the crowning of "Miss Juneteenth 2007" and appearances by guests from the Liberian Embassy, Nigeria and Ghana.

The Juneteenth celebration is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Call 410-962-4290 or go to nps.gov/fomc.

ALLIE SEMENZA

BSO finale

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music director designate Marin Alsop wrap up the 2006-2007 season with a blast of romanticism. There's the vibrant Symphonic Variations by Dvorak to start, and the big, bold Symphony No. 4 by Brahms to close. In between is Erich Wolfgang Korngold's irresistible Violin Concerto, filled with soaring tunes, some of them originally used in his film scores for now-classic 1930s movies. The BSO's concertmaster, Jonathan Carney, will be the soloist.

Performances are at 8 tonight and tomorrow, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $78. Call 410-783-8000 or go to baltimoresymphony.org

TIM SMITH

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