Mark Markham presents music of the solo repertory
Mark Markham is one of the best pianists in a town that is filled with good ones. Heretofore he has been best known for his work with singers, such as Phyllis Bryn-Julson, serious enough about music to want a genuine collaborator instead of a mere accompanist. But at 3:30 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Art in a recital presented by the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Markham gives us a chance to hear him play some of the great pieces in the solo repertory. The big item on the program is Liszt's gigantic Sonata in B minor. Markham will also perform works by Debussy, Mozart, Shulamit Ran and Gyorgy Kurtag. Tickets are $15, $13 for BMA members and seniors and $5 for students. For more information, call (410) 486-1140. The Musical Theatre Machine will present the first locally originated production of the 1989 musical "Grand Hotel" at the Towson Dinner Theatre, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave., beginning Friday. Based on the Vicki Baum novel that was also the source of the 1932 Academy Award-winning movie, the musical takes place in a luxurious Berlin hotel whose guests include a bankrupt baron, an over-the-hill ballerina, a dying bookkeeper and a drug-addicted doctor. The script is by Luther Davis and the score by Robert Wright and George Forrest, with additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston.
Staged by Todd Pearthree, the production features Braxton Peters, Liz Boyer, Rosemary Polen and Arthur Laupus. Show times for this theater-only presentation are 8 p.m. March 17-18, March 24-25, April 7-8; 2 p.m. March 19, March 26, April 9; and 7 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $15. For reservations call (410) 825-2554. For information on dinner theater performances, call (410) 321-6595.
J. Wynn Rousuck Jimmie Miller utilizes various media, including paint, ink, crayon, pastel, watercolor and ball point pen, to make what he calls "fractals," a word taken from mathematics that has to do with repeating curves. These works, the artist says, are "kindled by a moment of reflection or inspiration," and in order to be successful one must "incorporate a part of me which I have learned." A group of his works, along with engravings and etchings by Ruth Channing, constitute the current exhibition at Resurgam Gallery, 910 S. Charles St., through March 18. For more information, call (410) 962-0513.