Free tickets to super music
Almost two years ago, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its music director, David Zinman, introduced a fascinating new work by the young American composer Michael Daugherty. The work was called "Metropolis Symphony," and it was based on the exploits of DC Comics' Superman. On July 9-10, Zinman and the BSO will record the work for the Sony Classical label. The public is not -- of course -- admitted to recording sessions. But in order to re-familiarize themselves with the work, Zinman -- in his first appearance with the BSO since December -- and the orchestra will perform the "Metropolis Symphony" in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. July 8 in Meyerhoff Hall. Free tickets -- no more than four to each caller -- are available by calling the Meyerhoff box office, (410) 783-8000 or (800) 442-1198. The 14th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival continues July 6 with a trio of one-act comedies by three veteran festival playwrights at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Mark Scharf's "Lizard Brains" focuses on the break-up of a relationship; Joe Dennison's "Blue Interview" is about an interview with an aging rock star; and Vince LiCata's "Telling the 'Rents" pops the question: Ready to become grandparents?
Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 23. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (410) 276-7837.
J. Wynn Rousuck Moe Hanson's "Western Maryland Farmer" was executed in pastel, a medium that often lends itself to effects of airy delicacy. Here, however, the image appears almost sculptural in its solidity. It's one of Hanson's figure studies now on view with small-scale etchings by Sigrid Trumpy at the University of Maryland University College's Annapolis Center, 190 Admiral Cochrane Drive, off Riva Road. University College is also presenting a show of the work of Nancy Scheinman and Effie Gereny at its Center of Adult Education, University Boulevard at Adelphi Road in College Park. Scheinman's mixed-media paintings are influenced by medieval and Persian manuscripts and the decorative programs of Matisse. Gereny paints richly colored, meditative abstractions. For information on both shows, call (301) 985-7822.