Pianist Caleb Tsai gives concert at Peabody...


Pianist Caleb Tsai gives concert at Peabody Conservatory

In a city filled with fine pianists, Caleb Tsai is one of the best. It will be awhile before any one who heard it will forget his prize-winning performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in the William Kapell Competition a few years back. Today at 4 p.m. in Friedberg Hall at the Peabody Conservatory, Tsai will give a benefit concert for the American Cancer Society. His program will include preludes by Schubert and Rachmaninoff, two masterpieces by Schumann ("Kinderszenen") and Chopin (Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor), and will conclude with Liszt's flashy paraphrase on themes from Verdi's "Rigoletto." Tickets are $10. Call (410) 931-6850. Barbara Cook, one of the most glorious sopranos ever to grace the Broadway musical stage, will perform "An Evening of Song" at Washington's Kennedy Center for three weeks beginning Tuesday.

Cook, who is perhaps best known for her role of Marian, the librarian, in "The Music Man," also created the roles of Cunegonde in "Candide" and Amalia in "She Loves Me." Show times are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., with weekend performances Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18 and 26 at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., Dec. 19 and Jan. 2 at 2 p.m., Dec. 25 at 5 p.m., Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Jan. 1 at 7:30 p.m. (no performance Dec. 24). Tickets are $33 weeknights and $35 weekends, except New Year's Eve, which is $45. Call (800) 444-1324.

J. Wynn Rousuck The International Movement Arts Institute is presenting three benefit performances of "Get Loose With Mother Goose," a musical revue and bicentennial celebration of Mother Goose, starring Movement Arts Institute founder, John "KinderMan" Taylor. Proceeds will go to the Arena Players' YouthTheatre, Maryland Head Start, the Jewish Community Center and the International Movement Arts Institute's Children's Peace Fund.

The performance schedule is for 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia; 7 p.m. Dec. 23 at Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St.; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 in advance. Call (410) 730-7419.

J. Wynn Rousuck

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