Arts Sampler allows taste of each ensemble

THE BALTIMORE SUN

You order one from Column A, plus one each from Columns B, C, and D.

Chinese food?

No, it's the new Annapolis Arts Sampler, a passport to Annapolis' four major performing arts ensembles for the low tariff of $60.

The Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera and Ballet Theatre of Annapolis joined together to create this opportunity so prospective concert-goers can have easy access the performing arts in the Capital City.

Just pick one event from each group to create your own arts agenda for the 1995-1996 season.

All events will be at Maryland Hall unless otherwise noted.

The Annapolis Chorale's schedule includes: "Broadway Center Stage!" with New York singers Suzanne Ishee and Mark Hardy at 8 p.m. Sept. 23; Brahms' "Nanie" and Alto Rhapsody with Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn, plus the Durufle Requiem on Nov. 4; Handel's "Messiah" and Christmas celebration at St. Anne's Church at 8 p.m. Dec. 16; the Maryland premiere of Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" at 8 p.m. Feb. 24; and "Music for a Great Space" featuring works by Holst, Tavener, Tallis and Bruckner to be sung at St. Anne's Church on March 30. That concert begins at 8 p.m.

Next, pick a performance from the Annapolis Opera's schedule: Donizetti's frothy "Elixir of Love" to be sung at 3 p.m. Nov. 12; the always popular finals of the Maryland Vocal Competition to be held at Key Auditorium on the campus of St. John's College at 3 p.m. Feb. 4; an evening of concert opera called "3 Operas in 3 Acts" at 8 p.m. March 23; "The World of Gilbert and Sullivan" to be presented at 3 p.m. April 21 at the Arnold YWCA; or an outdoor musicale to be sung at Quiet Waters Part at 4 p.m. May 12.

The list for Edward Stewart's Ballet Theatre of Annapolis includes: "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty" at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 or 28; "Santa's Workshop" at noon and 2 p.m. Dec. 9; "The Nutcracker" at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16 and 3 p.m. Dec. 17; or "The Three Faces of Eve" and "The Four Ancient Elements" to be danced at 8 p.m. April 12, 1996.

The offerings from Gisele Ben-Dor's Annapolis Symphony are: "A Toast to the Town" with pianist Leon Fleisher, the man who put the orchestra on the musical map, in works by Ott, Ravel and Ives on Oct. 20 and 21; "Three Faces of an Artist" with composer, conductor and Chicago Symphony concertmaster Ruben Gonzalez in music by Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Gonzalez on Nov. 17 and 18; Holst's "Planets" and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with keyboard sensation Tzimon Barto on Feb. 2 and 3; an evening of concertos by Bach, Saint-Saens, Shostakovich and Macht with past and present symphony principals as soloists on March 1 and 2; and Beethoven's spectacular Ninth Symphony on April 19 and 20. All symphony performances begin at 8 p.m.

For a copy of the Annapolis Arts Sampler Series brochure and order form, call the Maryland Hall office at 263-5544.

Decisions, decisions!

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