The Big Three

October 18, 2007

RECITAL

PULLING THE STRINGS

The acoustic, classical guitar is one of the most seductive instruments in the world, and Sharon Isbin knows how to get the most out of it. The much-recorded artist will give a recital Saturday to open the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society's 20th anniversary season. Prominent contemporary composers have written works for Isbin, including three who will be featured on her Baltimore program -- Tan Dun, Leo Brouwer and John Duarte. The latter's Joan Baez Suite will find Isbin exploring arrangements of "House of the Rising Sun," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and other songs associated with Baez's early career. Music by great Spanish composers, among them Enrique Granados and Isaac Albeniz, will also be performed.

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The program is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Peabody Institute's Friedberg Hall, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $25 and $30. Call 410-247-5320 or go to bcgs.org. Sharon Isbin will also give a master class at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road. Admission is free; to register go to bcgs.org.

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[TIM SMITH]

EXHIBITION

ARTS FAIR

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society presents Beaux Arts Fair, a benefit art sale and exhibition that features more than 75 Maryland artists with works varying from painting to mixed media, photography, ceramics, drawing, jewelry, prints, sculpture, graphite, oil interiors, pastel and fiber. Art featured at this event includes paintings by Grace Hartigan, Raoul Middleman and Tony Shore, photography by Neil Meyerhoff and much more.

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The exhibit is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Free. Tomorrow, there is a sneak preview and champagne reception for $300 per ticket at 6 p.m. and a preview party and art sale for $150 a ticket. Call 410-523-7070 or go to baltimore choralarts.org.

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[DANA KINKER]

SHOW

ON THE HOME FRONT

Lee Snijders, host of HGTVs Design on a Dime, will be on hand to offer design tips and insights into home-improvement trends at this year's Maryland Home and Garden Show. There will be seminars throughout the day on such topics as gardening with native plants and ideas to help you sell your home. There also will be more than 600 exhibitors, offering everything from pools to paving.

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The show runs 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Tickets are $9 for adults; $8 for seniors; $3 for kids 6-12; free for kids younger than 6. Call 410-863-1180 or go to mdhome andgarden.com.

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[LIZ ATWOOD]

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