Dudley Moore tentatively set for BSO series


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is kicking off the 1992 season with several musical celebrations at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, including a possible Martell Cordon Bleu Concert Series program featuring "The Art of Dudley Moore."

The actor and pianist is tentatively scheduled to play a program of classical music and other compositions on the evening of Feb. 23, according to Megan de Pencier of the BSO's public relations department.

Among the pieces Moore is scheduled to execute are a Mozart piano concerto and George Gershwin's "Rhapsody In Blue."

The concert will be a benefit for the BSO musicians' pension fund.

Tickets for subscribers and donors are on sale now. Tickets for the general public will be sold beginning Jan. 12. Admission prices are $16, $23, $28 and $33. Box seats are available at $100 a person, which include an after-performance dinner with Moore.

The BSO and the Maryland Commission on Afro-American History and Culture will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 8 p.m. Jan. 15. Paul Freeman, founder and music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, will lead the orchestra and Morgan State University Choir in a program of works by Ulysses Kay, Antonin Dvorak, William Dawson, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Leonard Bernstein.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will speak at the event, which will also highlight excerpts from King's speeches.

Admission is free with a limit of two tickets per person. All seating is reserved. Beginning today, tickets must be picked up in advance at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Ticket Office.

Also, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Music Director Libor Pesek, is making its first concert tour of the United States. The orchestra will debut at the Meyerhoff at 8 p.m. on Feb. 18.

The program will feature Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 with Garrick Ohisson as soloist, and Joseph Suk's Asrael Symphony. WBJC-FM 88.1 is the media sponsor for the Baltimore appearance of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

Tickets are $10-$20 ($25 box seats) and are available through the BSO ticket office in the lobby of the Meyerhoff, Cathedral and Preston streets. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and one hour before performances. For further information, call 783-8000.

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