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Children's Chorus lifts voices, spirits tonight at...


Children's Chorus lifts voices, spirits tonight at Notre Dame

Nothing is quite so beautiful -- so pristine and innocent -- as the voices of children raised in song. The great 20th century French composer, Francis Poulenc, took advantage of that fact when he wrote his masterpiece, "Petites Voix." You can hear "Petites Voix" -- as well as other great choral works by Brahms, Schubert and Durufle -- this evening at 7 in LeClerc Hall at the College of Notre Dame when it is performed by the Children's Chorus of Maryland. This fine chorus is good because it works hard. How can you abandon hope for the world when you know of 135 kids between the ages of 6 and 16 who meet twice a week for two hours to work on their singing? Tickets are $7 and $10. For further information, call (410) 377-8657. This afternoon from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Maryland Institute College of Art will be host to a celebration honoring completion of the 33-foot Fudo-Myoh-Oh Buddha sculpture and bidding farewell to the sculptor, Yasuhiko Hashimoto, who will soon return to Japan.

The sculpture, created by Hashimoto and two associates, is housed in a special studio constructed for it near Mount Royal Station at Cathedral Street and Mount Royal Avenue. The celebration, including volleyball and presentations to the sculptor, will take place at the studio, and the public is welcome. The sculpture will not remain at the institute permanently, but negotiations are continuing to keep it in Maryland.

John Dorsey "Closets," a movement theater piece about child abuse by Baltimore's Splitting Image Theatre Company, will be presented at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday as part of the Off the Walls series at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Inspired by workshops for sexual abuse victims conducted by Splitting Image, "Closets" debuted during the Experimental Theatre Festival at Towson State University last spring. This highly accessible, empathetic treatment of a difficult subject is scripted by Binnie Ritchie Holum and features a cast of four: Maria Broom, John Benoit, Bob Holum and Kim Tuvin. General admission is $12. For more information, call (410) 396-6314.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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