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Spirit of Christmas fills the MeyerhoffThe Joseph...


Spirit of Christmas fills the Meyerhoff

The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., rings with the soulful sounds of Christmas when Thomas Wilkins conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Evelyn Simpson-Curenton Singers and jazz pianist and Baltimore native Cyrus Chestnut (pictured) in a rousing holiday program at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Also decking the Meyerhoff with holiday sounds will be the Canadian Brass at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $18-$40 for tomorrow's concert and $20-$40 for Tuesday's performance. Call 410-783-8000.

Governor's Holiday Open House

Join Gov. Parris N. Glendening and wife Frances Hughes Glendening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at their official residence, Government House, next to the State House in Annapolis, to "Celebrate the Holidays through Literature" and to admire decorations handcrafted by thousands of Maryland public school children. A quilt exhibit is on display in the State House. If you wish, bring a gift for area shelter residents, gift-wrapped and marked for sex and approximate age. Live entertainment and refreshments are part of the festivities. Call 410-974-3400.

A medieval Christmas

For a concert of instrumental and vocal music from the 13th and 14th centuries and excerpts from the medieval Christmas drama "The Play of Herod," listen to ALTA: A Minstrel Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday in Towson University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Osler and Cross Campus drives. The "Medieval Christmas" celebration features a variety of historical instrument replicas, including the darabukkah, soprano crumhorn, tenor and alto recorders, Gothic harp and sackbut. Tickets are $10, $5 seniors and students. Call 410-830-2787.

Around the Harbor

'Great Russian Nutcracker'

Prima ballerina Marina Alexandrova and premier danseur Dmitri Dmitriev lead a cast of 50 Russian artists when the Moscow Ballet performs the "Great Russian Nutcracker" this weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. The cast also includes local children. Times are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.50 to $37.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Harbor Lights Festival of the Arts

A hundred artisans from 17 states and Canada will help you select a gift from their unique works of art at the Harbor Lights Festival of the Arts, tomorrow through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, free for children under 12. A gala event tomorrow evening with prepaid admission of $35 benefits Baltimore's CollegeBound Foundation. Call 800-277-5046.

Rosie sails into Port

As the Port Discovery children's museum gears up for its Dec. 29 opening, Rosie O'Donnell comes to town tomorrow to escort costumed characters into their new home. You can meet her and the characters from 10:40 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the museum, 35 Market Place. Call 410-468-0687.

Christmas at Ladew

Enjoy "Christmas at an English Country House" at Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton this weekend. As visitors move TTC through the lavishly decorated rooms of the late Harvey Smith Ladew's manor house, docents explain the features of the historic home, including Ladew's extensive collection of antiques, art and fox hunting memorabilia. Holiday greens and gifts are available in the Ladew Studio. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Tickets are $6, $5 seniors and students, $1 children. Ladew is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike. Call 410-557-9466.

Cookie House Tour

Sample handmade cookies created from favorite family recipes while touring Victorian homes along Union Square. Sponsored by the Union Square Community, the 13th annual Christmas Cookie House Tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Included in the $12 admission is a guide booklet with house descriptions and recipes. Union Square is in the 1500 block of West Lombard Street. Tickets are available in advance and at Stuart Hill Elementary School, West Lombard and South Gilmor streets, the day of the tour. Call 410-233-3168 or 410-945-1497.

'Sesame Street' Live

Prairie Dawn is organizing her latest backyard pageant, and the Muppets are busy preparing songs and dances about the careers they hope to have someday. Join chef Cookie Monster, cowboy Elmo and forest rangers Bert and Ernie as they rehearse their mini-productions for the pageant today through Sunday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Hours for "When I Grow Up" are 7:30 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9.50 to $17. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Pub Date: 12/10/98

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