Peter Schickele performs in a one-man show
Peter Schickele is best-known as the creator -- or is it perpetrator? -- of P.D.Q. Bach. But Schickele is also a first-rate composer who has written with equal success for symphony orchestras, television, movies and chamber ensembles. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present Schickele in a one-man show called "Concert/Cabaret" Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. in Kraushaar Auditorium on the Goucher College campus. Schickele will accompany singer David Duesing in the songs that the composer has been writing since the early '50s. Because Schickele is a musician who moves with equal ease from Franz Schubert to the Everly Brothers, it promises to be quite an evening. All seats are $20. For more information, call (410) 523-7070. "Lend Me a Tenor" makes its local community theater debut at the Spotlighters on Friday, under the direction of Miriam Bazensky. Written by Washington attorney Ken Ludwig, "Lend Me a Tenor" is a farce about an aspiring opera singer who gets his big break when the star of a Cleveland production of "Otello" becomes indisposed. The show played a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre in 1989.
Performance times at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Nov. 1. Tickets are $8 and $9. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.
J. Wynn Rousuck One of the most acclaimed television series of the past few years was the PBS documentary "The Civil War." One of the many fine things about those shows was the music. Its soundtrack won a Grammy earlier this year. The improvised piano solos on that soundtrack were by Jacqueline Schwab, who performs this afternoon at 2 at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Schwab has a wonderful knack of combining allusions to classical music with Celtic airs, French waltzes and Argentine tangos. She is also expert in the dance tunes that filled British ballrooms in the 1860s, and many of the latter will be featured in today's concert. Tickets are $5. For further information, call (410) 857-2265 or (410) 876-2055, Ext. 265.