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Handel Choir of Baltimore has openings for singers


The Handel Choir of Baltimore, the city's oldest oratorio society, has openings for singers in all voice parts. Singers must be able to sight-read music and have previous choral experience. The season includes performances of Mozart's Requiem, a concert of festive music for chorus and brass, the Mass in B minor by Bach and the choir's annual performances of Handel's "Messiah." Rehearsals are held 7:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays from September through May. For details and to arrange an audition, call (410) 366-6544.

Fall musical

The Matthew Players will hold auditions for the fall musical production "Meet Me in St. Louis" at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17 at Cardinal Shehan School, 5407 Loch Raven Blvd. Bring music and be prepared to read, sing and dance. All roles are open.

The Matthew Players are associated with St. Matthew's Church at Loch Raven Boulevard and Woodbourne Avenue. For details, call (410) 433-1732.

Playwrights Festival

Carol Weinberg's "A Very Fine House," a play about six senior citizens in a group living project, will run through Aug. 8 at the Avalon Theatre at Catonsville Community Careers Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. Part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival XI, the play will run at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $6. Call (410) 242-6416 for reservations.

Remaining in the Baltimore Playwrights series are:

* "Albert Einstein Never Sang at the Met," an Eisenhower-era comedy drama by Mark Berman, will run at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays Aug. 7 through 30 at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Call (410) 752-1225 for reservations.

* "A Short Simple Stay," a play about a man who arrives at a sinister hospice in a Philippine jungle after the fall of Saigon, will run at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays Aug. 14 through 30. Call (410) 276-7837 for reservations.

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival is accepting submissions for its 12th summer of presenting original plays. Member theaters ,, will present full productions of several plays during the summer of 1993 as well as staged readings during the 1992-'93 theater season. Both one acts and full-length plays are acceptable. The festival is open to any playwright who is a current or former resident of Maryland.

For guidelines, write Baltimore Playwrights Festival, c/o Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., Baltimore, Md., 21231.

Update on 'Grace'

The documentary film "Grace," by Baltimore producers Susan Hadary Cohen and William Whiteford, has received a regional Emmy as well first place awards in the National Film and Video Festival, the American Film and Video Festival and the Broadcast Medical Journalism, Sigma-Tau Foundation competition. The film, which portrays an Alzheimer's victim, also won first place and $5,000 from the National Media Owl Awards.

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