One of the best things about living in Baltimore is that you can get to New York in 2 1/2 hours, Washington in 45 minutes and Philadelphia in 75. Here is a sampling of the many concerts in those cities worth making the trip for:
*Nobody plays Mozart's piano concertos better than Murray Perahia, who will perform and conduct three of them (K. 413, 482 and 503) with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 6.
*The great Kurt Masur is the New York Philharmonic's new music director, and his presence has made the orchestra a hot ticket for the first time since the Bernstein era ended more than 20 years ago. One of Masur's greatest strengths is Bruckner, and it's no accident that this composer's mighty Symphony No. 7 -- along with music by John Adams and Aaron Copland -- is featured in the orchestra's first concerts with Masur (Sept. 11, 12, 13 and 14). Just as special should be Masur's performances of Benjamin Britten's monumental War Requiem (May 21, 22, 23 and 25).
*The program of Maurizio Pollini's Carnegie Hall recital on March 11 has not yet been announced, but that doesn't matter. The Pollini fingers put more intelligence into music per bar line than any other pianist before the public nowadays.
*Another much-admired pianist, the teen-age Russian phenomenon Evgeny Kissin, will play with the great Philadephia Orchestra and its wonderful music director-designate, Wolfgang Sawallisch (March 5, 6 and 7). Kissin will play two concertos -- Shostakovich's No. 1 and Mozart's No. 27 -- and Sawallisch will complete the program with George Perle's "Dance Fantasy" and Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" Symphony.