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Dance premiere by Alvin Ailey group

The world premiere of Donald Byrd's "A Dance at the Gym" and three performances of the renowned signature piece "Revelations" will highlight the appearances of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Thursday through next Sunday.

Tickets to Thursday's 7:30 p.m. opening night celebration to benefit the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre Foundation of Maryland, which sponsors the company's state-wide residency, are $250 and $100. The former includes a pre- and post-performance reception; the latter includes only a post-performance reception. Call (410) 962-5340.

Additional performances will be held Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and next Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $35 for the evening performances; $37 and $27 for the matinees. Call (410) 625-1400.

The formation of an ensemble to champion new music is always cause for celebration, and that will be the case when Polaris presents its inaugural concert tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Merrick Hall at Goucher College.

Polaris was founded by Baltimore pianist and Goucher faculty member, Robin Kissinger. And its roster of 12 boasts some of the most gifted musicians in the area: Emily Controulis, principal flutist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Hampton Childress, BSO assistant principal bass; and Noah Chaves, BSO assistant principal violist. Tickets for the concert are $10 for general

admission and $5 for students. Call (410) 337-6333. Progressions, the University of Maryland Baltimore County's 17th annual festival of contemporary arts, begins Wednesday with a performance of the Underground Railway Theater's "The Christopher Columbus Follies" in the UMBC Theatre. Tickets are $8.

The rest of the schedule is: March 4, oboist James Ostryniec; March 18, video artist Vin Grabill; April 8, the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, tickets $15; April 15, photographer Alan Rutberg; April 29, the performance artist who calls himself "tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE;" May 6, the Goldstein-Hoffman piano and percussion duo. Reservations are suggested for the Underground Railway and Martha Graham. Call (410) 455-2065.

Wynn Rousuck

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