The Big Three

September 27, 2007|By ANDREA GROSSMAN

FESTIVAL

FUN ON THE HILL

Celebrate the city at this weekend's Street Beat Festival in Federal Hill. Listen to the music of more than 15 bands, including jazz, rock, blues and salsa, on three stages. In the past, the Street Beat Festival has drawn between 15,000 and 20,000 people. Children can stroll along "Little One's Lane," which will feature storytelling, games, a fun house, petting zoo and a magic show by The Great Zucchini, an entertainer for children in preschool and kindergarten. Children can also participate in various hands-on activities from the Museum of Industry, the Walters Museum of Art and Keep Federal Hill Clean and Green.

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Federal Hill's Street Beat Festival takes place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. The festival will be in Historic Federal Hill on South Charles and Cross streets. "Little One's Lane" is on East Cross Street (between Charles and Light streets.) Free. Call 410-727-4500 or visit historicfederalhill .org.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

DANCE

TWO TO TANGO

Practice your moves or learn new ones at the Baltimore Tango Festival 5.0. The festival will feature milongas and classes taught by Melina Brufman and Claudio Gonzalez as well as Nick Jones and Tara Fortier. Brufman and Gonzalez will be making their United States teaching debut. Classes are offered at all levels, including intermediate, advanced and expert.

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The Baltimore Tango Festival 5.0 will take place tomorrow through Sunday at the Old Barn Theater at Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville. Class packages can be preordered or bought at the door. Go to baltimoretangofestival.com.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

CLASSICAL MUSIC

ALSOP'S DEBUT

Catch the inaugural concerts of maestra Marin Alsop with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Alsop is the first female music director of a major U.S. symphony orchestra. The concert will feature two contrasting works, John Adams' Fearful Symmetries, named after a William Blake poem, "The Tyger: Tyger! Tyger!," and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5. The inaugural concert weekend will be the start of the 2007-2008 season, titled the "year of the composer," in which 11 prominent composers from all over the world will join the BSO as it performs various works and a cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies. Tonight's concert will be broadcast live on XM satellite radio (XM Classics, Channel 110).

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The inaugural concerts will be held at 8 p.m. today at the Music Center at Strathmore and at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets for single performances are $15 to $84 and can be purchased by visiting the BSO ticket office, by going to bsomusic.org or by calling 410-783-8000.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

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