University chorus will perform with BSO


The University of Maryland Chorus, directed by Paul Traver, will finish its 25th-anniversary season by joining the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance of Verdi's Requiem. The concerts, conducted by David Zinman, are scheduled at 8:15 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Founded in 1967 by Paul Traver, choral director and professor of music at the University of Maryland, College Park, the chorus has performed with the Philadelphia, Cleveland, National, Detroit, American, Minnesota and Richmond symphony orchestras, and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in England.

The chorus of roughly 100 singers is composed of University of Maryland faculty, staff and students as well as members of the community. The Requiem marks its fourth concert program this season. Tickets range from $20 to $35. For details, (410) 783-8000.


Local poets Barrett Warner and Ed Bavis will read their work at 4 p.m. next Sunday as part of the "In Your Ear" series of readings at Cafe MonTage, 10 E. Preston St. The monthly series of readings is sponsored by Tropos Press, one of Baltimore's oldest independent literary presses. The suggested donation is $2. For details, call (410) 659-0658.

Baltimorean Paul Marquardt is one of 23 winners in the annual young composers grant program sponsored by the foundation of the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers. A doctoral music student at the University of Illinois, Mr. Marquardt won an award for his composition "Three Etudes for Piano."

Before college, the 28-year-old musician studied composition with Theldon Myers at Towson State University. He received his bachelor's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition with Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner, Robert Morris and Samuel Adler. At Illinois, where he received his master's, he studied with Salvatore Martirano, Morgan Powell and Zack Browning.

In 1989, Mr. Marquardt and pianist Drew Krause founded a piano duo called Thump committed to performing 20th-century music for two pianos.

Established in 1979, the ASCAP Foundation program awards $20,000 in grants each year to composers under the age of 30. (ASCAP does not release information about individual grant amounts.)

This year's judges were Samuel Adler, John Duffy, Jonathan Kramer, Fred Lerdahl, Jalalu Kalvert Nelson, Sheila Silver and Scott Wheeler.

The program is funded by ASCAP's Jack and Amy Norworth Fund. Mr. Norworth wrote the standards "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "Take Me out to the Ballgame."

Marilyn K. Powel, new director of development for Center Stage, will oversee the theater's $1.6 million annual fund campaign as well as its capital and endowment fund-raising. Formerly development director of Ford's Theatre in Washington, she joined Center Stage last year as associate director of development. The 41-year-old administrator replaces Jaan Whitehead.


Musicians aged 11 to 18 are invited to audition for the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra on Thursday in Annapolis. The orchestra, under the direction of Arne Running, rehearses from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays in Annapolis. Next season's events include a retreat, chamber group performances, Christmas performance at the State House, and a concert for children, as well as two major seasonal concerts. Applicants should be able to play a solo at grade-level IV or above. For details, call (410) 987-1363 or (410) 647-7182.

The CYSO is also sponsoring a preparatory orchestra for string players age 9 and above. Musicians auditioning for this program should be able to play a string solo at level II or above. For details, call (410) 987-1363 or (410) 647-7182.

June 21 is the deadline for applications to perform in First Night Annapolis, the annual celebration of the arts on New Year's Eve. The event will use singers, dancers, musicians of every type, poets and narrative artists, ethnic and folk artists, actors, storytellers, mimes, street theater performers, bands and orchestras, creators of light sculpture and installations, ice dancers, choirs and chorales, ice sculptors, and technicians with staging and production experience. All performers and artists are paid. For details, call (410) 268-8553 or (410) 974-9332.

Writers are invited to submit plays to the annual drama competition in celebration of black history month sponsored by WMAR-TV and Arena Players. The winner receives $1,000 and the opportunity to have his or her play produced and aired on WMAR-TV during February 1994.

Plays must be suitable for general audiences, approximately 60 minutes in length, have a maximum of four characters and three settings, and no exterior action.

Authors must live in Maryland or Washington.

Send the typed scripts to WMAR-TV, 6400 York Road, Baltimore 21212. The deadline is Sept. 3. For details, call (410) 377-2222.

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