The Big Three

May 22, 2008|By JENNIFER CHOI

MUSIC

VIBRANT ORCHESTRA

Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra have helped attract myriad people to the world of classical music with their entertaining and colorful presentations. They have performed in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia, winning several honors along the way, including two World Music Awards. Many of the ensemble's recordings have received gold and platinum certification in various countries. The popular touring production makes a stop Tuesday at 1st Mariner Arena.

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The performance begins at 8 p.m. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $50-$65. Call 410-547-7428 or go to ticketmaster .com.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

FESTIVAL

TRUE 'BLUE'

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which performs with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, today and tomorrow for George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (the original orchestration for the Paul Whiteman Band) and Concerto in F, and Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. Thibaudet has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France, among many others, and has made more than 30 recordings. Before tomorrow's performance, ticket-holders can attend a free Classics in Conversation lecture.

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The performances begin at 8 p.m. both days and the pre-concert lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $37-$57. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

FAMILY

ROBOTS AMONG US

On Saturday, Port Discovery Children's Museum launches Robots: The Interactive Exhibition, part of a national tour inspired by the animated film Robots. Visitors can enter the World of Robotics, which explores the growing scientific field, witness how robotic arms and industrial robots function, take a ride on the Crosstown Express, which provides a journey into the world of robotic vehicles, and visit the "Movie Star Robots Hall of Fame," which has a montage of movie and television bots from different eras. Adults and children can also build or color their own virtual robots in the Robots Explorers and Paint-A-Bot stations, view the future of robotics and more.

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The exhibit is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, and it runs through Sept. 8. The museum is at 35 Market Place. Admission is $11.75 and free for children younger than 2. Call 410-727-8120 or go to portdiscovery.org.

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[JENNIFER CHOI]

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