Shriver Hall Series organizers hope gala will kick off another 25 years of music


In November 1965, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal inaugurated the Shriver Hall Concert Series at Johns Hopkins University. During the next 25 years, the series became the most important presenter of solo and chamber performances in the city, with appearances by such renowned soloists and groups as the Beaux Arts Trio, Murray Perahia, Mstislav Rostropovich and Rudolf Serkin.

Now, the series is planning a June 8 gala to close its silver anniversary season -- and kick off what officials hope will be another quarter century of quality music.

The centerpiece of the gala will be a non-subscription concert by the Kronos Quartet, the innovative string ensemble whose 20th century repertoire ranges from Bartok to Howlin' Wolf. The 8 p.m. concert will be followed by a champagne and cake reception in a tent outside Shriver Hall on Hopkins' Homewood campus, where the series' 1991-'92 schedule will be announced.

Tickets are $35, $20 for students. They are available from the series' office or Recordmasters. For information, call 338-7164.

Jewish exhibit

An exhibit documenting the experience of Jewish immigrantin Baltimore's clothing industry in the 19th century opens Tuesday at the Jewish Heritage Center, 15 Lloyd St.

"Threads of Life: Jewish Involvement in Baltimore's Garment Industry" includes nearly 300 photographs, papers, artifacts and articles of clothing that document Jewish involvement in a business that by the end of the 19th century was directly or indirectly employing 70 percent of the city's Jewish community.

Included in the exhibit, which runs through Jan. 26, are several previously undisplayed photographs of East Baltimore sweatshops, where pieceworkers labored long hours for little pay.

The center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $2, free to members of the Jewish Historical Society. For information, call 732-6400.

Rock competition

Calling all rock bands. "SOUNDCHECK -- The Yamaha Roc %% Music Showcase" is seeking entries for its fifth annual competition, offering a top prize of $10,000 in cash or Yamaha sound equipment and expenses to appear at the company's international music festival.

The competition is open to any band with at least two members that is not currently signed to a nationally distributed record label. To enter, bands must submit a cassette recording of two original songs by June 30.

Based on the tapes, 20 semifinalists will be chosen by July 30 and asked to perform live in their hometowns before contest representatives. A handful of finalists will be selected to perform in California in September before a live audience and a panel of music industry professionals.

To receive an entry packet, call toll-free (800) 451-ROCK.

Galkin dedication

The Peabody Hopkins Chorus and Peabody SymphonOrchestra is dedicating its Friday performance of the Verdi Requiem to Elliott W. Galkin, the former director of the conservatory and professor emeritus of music history and criticism, who died May 24, 1990.

Soloists for the performance at 8:15 p.m. at Friedberg Hall are tenor Timothy Bench, mezzo-soprano Nora Sinbaugh, bass Derek Anthony and soprano Deborah Kent. Tickets are $8, $4 for seniors and students, and are available at the Peabody box office. For information, call 659-8124.


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