Performances by English boy choir
T he English tradition of boy choirs is unique, and their angelic timbre has influenced great British composers from Purcell to Britten down to the present time. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and next Sunday at 6:30 p.m., one of the most highly regarded of those choirs -- the 30 boys and 16 men of the Choir of St. Mary's Church in Warwick, England -- will be making two Baltimore appearances. The Wednesday concert at Old St. Paul's Church will consist of sacred and secular songs. The Sunday concert will be evensong. No admission is required. For further information, call (410) 685-3404. A new collaborative performance piece by Lenora Champagne, a storyteller who specializes in "talking dances," will be the sole offering of Diverse Works 1992, presented at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St., Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, Diverse Works brings nationally recognized directors together with local artists for a three-week residency culminating in an original work-in-progress. This year, due to funding cuts by the National Endowment for the Arts' Interdisciplinary Program, only one work is being presented, instead of the traditional three. Tickets to Diverse Works are $7. For more information, call (410) 962-8565.
J. Wynn Rousuck Four years ago, the Rocky Gap Country & Bluegrass Festival became the first of what has grown this year into three summer country musical fests in widely scattered parts of the state. Covering three days, Rocky Gap IV, which runs from Friday through next Sunday, remains the longest -- and in many ways strongest -- of the lot.
This year's lineup includes Conway Twitty, George Jones and Lorrie Morgan on Friday; Vince Gill, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Marty Stuart and Alison Krauss on Saturday; and Alabama, Restless Heart and the Seldom Scene next Sunday.
As in past years, the festival will be held in scenic Rocky Gap State Park in Cumberland. Tickets are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday and next Sunday; children under 8 are $2. For tickets and information, call (301) 724-2511 or (301) 724-2450.