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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering a limited number of 'pay what-you-can" seats for a concert at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the Friedberg Hall of Peabody Conservatory.

As part of the orchestra's Discovery Series, David Zinman will conduct a program of works by living composers Lawrence Moss, Michael Torke, James Willey and HK Gruber. Mr. Moss, Mr. Torke and Mr. Willey will discuss their works on stage with Mr. Zinman.

The limited number of first-come, first-served concert tickets are available for as little as $1 per person at the BSO ticket office at Meyerhoff Hall. Some may also be available at the door of Friedberg Hall an hour before the performance. For information, call (410) 783-8000.


March 31 is the deadline for performing artists to apply to perform at the ninth annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival Sept. 12.

Musicians, dancers, mimes, puppeteers, magicians, storytellers and performance artists whose acts are appropriate for an indoor/outdoor family festival can send a brief biography, daytime phone number and address, a resume of performance experience during the past 18 months and a black-and-white glossy photograph. All applicants should also send a high-quality tape -- a cassette or VHS video no more than three minutes long -- that includes material suited to a festival.

Mail applications to Festival Manager, the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 20566. No phone calls will be accepted. Applicants chosen for live auditions will receive a phone call after April 9.


Those who held reserved tickets for last Sunday's opening of the Alfred Sisley show at the Walters Art Gallery may exchange them for any other dates during the exhibition, which runs through June 13. The March 13 opening gala, which also was a casualty

of the blizzard, has been canceled.


Baritone Dominic Cossa, professor of music at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been inducted into the Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame in Philadelphia. A leading baritone with the Metropolitan, New York City and San Francisco operas, Mr. Cossa has recorded complete operas for RCA and London Records.

The Academy of Vocal Arts Hall of Fame was established in 1984 in celebration of the Academy's 50th anniversary.

George Shirley, formerly a music professor at UMCP, also was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Legendary tenor Carlo Bergonzi has announced that his appearances in the Baltimore Opera Company's production of "L'Elixir d'Amore" will be his final American performances. The performances are at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, March 31 and April 2, and at 3 p.m. April 4. For details, call (410) 685-0692.


Those interested in appearing as extras in John Waters' new film, "Serial Mom," a black comedy starring Kathleen Turner, should send a recent photograph with name, age and phone number to Casting "Serial Mom," Tremont Plaza Hotel, 222 St. Paul Place, 34th Floor, 21202.


"Green for Bean," an evening of poetry readings and music to benefit Baltimore poet Bean's efforts in promoting local poetry, is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Friday at St. John's Church, St. Paul and 27th streets. Admission is $5. Poets who will read from their work include Blaster Al Ackerman, David Beaudouin, Bruce Jacobs, Jenny Keith, Don McIntosh, Alison Radcliffe, Jaki-Terry, Barrett Warner, Dawn Watkins and Rupert Wondolowski. For dTC details, call (410) 383-6928.


Those interested in attending Center Stage productions for free may train to become volunteer ushers at 7 p.m. Monday in the Pearlstone Theater of the complex. In exchange for volunteering, ushers receive two free tickets for each production. New volunteers can begin ushering on Friday when Center Stage opens its next production, "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill." For details, call Pebble Kranz at (410) 685-3200, Ext. 372.

The theater is also seeking a mild-mannered Chihuahua to play Billie Holiday's beloved dog Pepi in the upcoming production. Amateurs are encouraged to apply. For an audition, call Kurt Gough at (410) 685-3200, Ext. 280.


Singers, comedy acts, jugglers, magicians and other performers may audition for the Harborplace Street Performer's Program at the Inner Harbor on Saturday and March 28.

Each act is allowed a 15-minute audition. Approximately 40 acts will earn a place on the permanent street performers' roster. Registration deadline for an audition is tomorrow. For information or an audition slot, call (410) 332-4191.

Auditions for Theatre on the Hill, the resident professional summer theater program at Western Maryland College, are scheduled for Saturday at Theatre Project on Preston Street. Eight actors will be chosen to perform in "Big River," "Barefoot in the Park" and "Leader of the Pack." For details, call (410) 876-2055, Ext. 599.

Liberty Showcase Theatre will hold auditions for its production of "Winnie the Pooh" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Sudbrook Arts Center, 4300 Bedford Road, Randallstown. Roles are open for actors age 12 and older. The performance dates are April 16-18, 23-25, April 30 and May 1. For details, call (410) 653-2917.

Auditions for plays chosen for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at 817 St. Paul St.; 2 p.m. March 28 at 806 S. Broadway; 7 p.m. March 29 at 106 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville and 7 p.m. March 30 at 251 Ann St. Actors should prepare a two-minute monologue. Directors for all chosen plays will attend all four auditions so that actors need only appear at whichever is most convenient for them. Call (410) 276-7837.

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