The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering a couple of free concerts to keep your summer in tune.
First, the BSO will perform a free concert at New Shiloh Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. June 29
Guest conductor Thomas Wilkins will lead the BSO through works by African-American composers George Walker, the Chevalier de Saint Georges and Adolphus Hailstork, as well as Mozart, Handel and Mendelssohn. Seating is reserved, and tickets are required, with a limit of four per person. Children under 6 are not permitted.
And there's more free fun coming up: The orchestra is offering a "Metropolis Symphony" concert July 8 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.
Composer Michael Daugherty's work is inspired by Superman. The concert will let fans hear the piece in person before the BSO records "Metropolis Symphony," along with Mr. Daugherty's work "Bizarro," for the Argo/London label July 9-10.
Tickets for the July 8 concert, though free, must be reserved through the Meyerhoff ticket office at Cathedral and Preston streets. The limit is four per person. For either concert, call (410) 783-8000 or (800) 442-1198.
Quartet of winners
The Peabody Preparatory's Russia Quartet has won third prize in RTC the 1995 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition's Junior Division. Fifty ensembles participated in the competition, held in South Bend, Ind.
The Russia Quartet is composed of violinists Anna Elashvili and Igor Yuzefovich, violist Rachel Shapiro, and cellist Ilya Levtov. All four musicians participate in the Arts for Talented Youth Program at Peabody Prep.
Susan Slaughter, the only female principal trumpeter for a major symphony orchestra, will give a master class at the Peabody Conservatory of Music at 1 p.m. June 29-30.
Ms. Slaughter, of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will furnish insights, critiques and suggestions for musical interpretation for trumpeters.
Those participating in the class should enter at 609 N. Charles St., where a guard will provide further directions. For more information,call (410) 659-8141.
On July 14-16, the Baltimore Opera Company continues its tradition of presenting works by American composers at the Lurman Woodland Theatre, Catonsville's outdoor venue.
This year, Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah," which tells the story of an outcast young woman, will be featured. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Grounds open at 6 p.m. for picnics. Tickets are $18 for reserved seating and $12 for lawn seats. Call (410) 727-6000.
The Young Victorian Theatre celebrates its silver anniversary with a production of "The Mikado," done entirely in silver. Every aspect of the 25th-anniversary show will be silver, from the costumes to the program. The show takes place at Bryn Mawr School's Centennial Hall, 109 W. Melrose Ave., beginning July 8. For dates, show times and tickets, call (410) 323-3077.
Maryland Art Place, in cooperation with Sculptors Incorporated, will present "Traces: Connecting Drawing and Sculpture," starting in July. The exhibition presents pieces by 10 local artists, focusing on the relationship between the initial drawings and the final production.
The featured artists are Tex Andrews, Ellen Burchenal, John Dickson, Lois Hennessey, Rebecca Kamen, Stephen Lee, John Ruppert, Joyce Scott, Mara Scrupe and Foon Scham.
The exhibition will be on display July 8 through Aug. 19, with an opening reception July 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a gallery talk with the artists until 9 p.m.
MAP is located at 218 W. Saratoga St. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Call (410) 962-8565; the hearing impaired may call Maryland Relay Service at (800) 735-2258.
Search for talent
The third annual Jim Beam Country Music Talent Search invites all fresh country-music bands and musicians to submit a performance on audio or video tape by Aug. 10. In November, five finalists will compete in a "battle of the bands" and be judged by country-music industry professionals. The winning band or solo artist will give a private performance for record-label executives.
Official rules and entry information may be obtained by writing to: Jim Beam Country Music Talent Search Contest, P.O. Box 5016, Ronks, Pa. 17573.
The Fell's Point Corner Theatre is offering a summer drama workshop for exceptional children. The theater, in association with the William S. Baer School, is seeking young people with special needs, ages 6 to 21 and with at least a second-grade reading level. Barry Feinstein, director and William S. Baer School speech pathologist, will train them in voice and movement and cultivate their desire to perform.
The workshop takes place July 5-30, Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. until noon. Two end-of-workshop performances will run July 29-30. For registration, call (410) 526-5234.
The Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences is offering project grants to Baltimore regional arts organizations interested in creating projects that focus on art and history, music, theater and dance, or science. All applications must be received by Aug. 1. For more information or a grant application, call (410) 887-5372.
* Catonsville Community College will conduct open auditions for performers who sing and dance. Those selected will appear in a 30-year anniversary retrospective featuring pieces from more than 70 musicals that CCC has presented since 1965.
Auditions are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 9, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 at the Barn Theatre, 800 S. Rolling Road. Performers are requested to bring an up-tempo show tune. Call (410) 455-4508.
* The Other Little Theatre welcomes auditioners for its fall production of Tim Kelly's "The Shame of Tombstone." The old-fashioned melodrama features six or seven male parts and six or seven female parts. Auditions take place at 7 p.m. July 10-12 at the Annapolis Naval Station Theater, Building 89. Call Shirley Rogers at (410) 551-6096.