Peabody concert will present Sondheim songs on guitar

BARITONE Patrick Mason and ground-breaking guitarist David Starobin will play a program of Stephen Sondheim songs and works by Fernando Sor, Louis Spohr and Giulio Regondi in a concert at 8:15 p.m. tonight at the Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Institute.

Two Elliott Carter works also will be played, "Tell Me Where Is Fancy Bred," written for an Orson Welles movies never produced, and a solo guitar piece, "Changes."


The Peabody alumni will also play fellow alumni's compositions. These include the "Mystical Membraneous Child" by William Bland with text by Rick Myers and "Crazy Jane" and "It's Snowing in the Park" by Ronald Roxbury. Tickets for all concerts described in this article are $8 and $4 for students with ID and senior citizens. Call 659-8124.

Mason is on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia. Starobin, whose brother, Michael, arranged the Sondheim songs, heads the guitar program at SUNY, Purchase.


Guitarist Starobin has greatly widened guitar music's repertoire. He has played more than 200 pieces written for him by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Poul Ruders, Milton Babbitt, Charles Wuorinen, Roger Reynolds, Mel Powell and others.

In other Peabody events:

* German pianist Eckart Heiligers canceled his concert at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Friedberg Concert Hall, because of illness. The Peabody student will be replaced by Lorraine Min, playing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Min placed second to Heiligers in Peabody's 1990 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. The concert features the competition winner.

A student of Ellen Mack at Peabody, Min has won a number of awards in competitions, including second prize and the judges discretionary award in the Washington International Competition at the Kennedy Center. She is a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia.

* David Zinman leads the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Friedberg. Cellist Mihaly Virizlay, principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will play the world premiere of Jean Eichelberger Ivey's "Voyager" for cello and orchestra.

* The Peabody Percussion Ensemble, led by Jonathan Hass, plays the Baltimore premiere of Alberto Ginastera's "Cantata para America Magica" for 53 percussion instruments and soprano at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Friedberg. Elizabeth Lawrence will sing. Also on the program are the Peabody Singers led by Edward Polochick.