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January 10, 2008|By JENNIFER CHOI

Circus Act

The flying acrobats, synchronized unicyclists and skilled jugglers of the Russian American Kids Circus will fill Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Sunday. The professional troupe, composed of children ages 5 to 18, performs various acts, including precision balancing routines and comical clown segments.

The circus has performed in 37 states, Canada and the British Virgin Islands. The group has also worked with Bill Cosby and appeared on Good Morning America and Reading Rainbow. The performance will mark the New York-based troupe's third visit to Maryland Hall.

The show is at 3 p.m. at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $9 for child Maryland Hall members, $14 for children, $21 for adult Maryland Hall members and $26 for general admission.

JENNIFER CHOI

Musical tribute

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Soulful Symphony and the Morgan State University Choir will perform Tuesday for Maryland's 22nd Annual Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. BSO-Peabody conducting fellow Joseph Young will direct musicians of both orchestras during the first half of the program, which will feature works by prominent black composers.

During a portion of the second half of the program, the orchestras will accompany the Morgan State University Choir, conducted by its director, Eric Conway. This half will include arrangements by Nathan Carter, the longtime music director of the choir who passed away in 2004. The lobby will have a life-sized wax replica of Carter, along with those of black civil-rights leaders, loaned by Baltimore's National Great Blacks in Wax Museum for the event.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15-$55. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org.

JENNIFER CHOI

`Arthur' onstage

Watch the stars of the award-winning PBS series Arthur come to life Saturday. The Hippodrome Theatre will hold three performances of Arthur LIVE!, the stage musical adaptation of the popular animated kids show.

Arthur the Aardvark and friends discuss issues that kids face, while emphasizing the importance of teamwork, learning and enjoying childhood. The 90-minute show includes a 20-minute intermission.

The performances are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are $20-$35. Call 410-547-7328 or go to broadwayacrossamerica.com.

JENNIFER CHOI

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