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Classical Music
Ayres and Merriments a concert of music from the Highlands (of Scotland) through the Islands (England, Wales, Ireland) presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Fri., March 15, 8:15 p.m. $12, $6 for students and seniors. St. Mary's Chapel, 1129 E. 3rd St. 704-334-3468.

A Chamber Music Recital by Synergy Music from around the world by Aaron Jay Kernis, Zoltan Kodaly, Joseph Haydn, Hector Villa-Lobos and others. Sun., March 24, 7 p.m. Free. Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd. 704-948-5618.

Charlotte Symphony Classics -- Legendary Wagner program will feature four famous Wagner pieces; Overture to Rienzi, Siegfried Idyll, Preludes to ActI and III of Lohengrin, and Symphonic Excerpts from Die Gotterdammerung. March 22, 8 p.m.; March 23, 8 p.m. $12-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Charlotte Symphony Perick/Midori Gala performance will feature works by Mozart, Haydn and Bruch. Wed., March 20, 8 p.m. $40-$75. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Gold Medal Winner, Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Features the Gold Medal Winner of the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in June 2001. Mon., March 18, 8 p.m. $20-$55. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Mostly Mozart Neighborhood Concerts The program will feature works by Wagner, Haydn, and of course Mozart. The concerts will be held at three separate locations. Concert one will be held at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Concert two will be held at Matthews United Methodist Church, and Concert three will be held at First United Methodist Church - Downtown. March 14, 7:30 p.m.; March 15, 7:30 p.m.; March 16, 7:30 p.m. $10. Charlotte Symphony, 201 S. College St. 704-972-2000.

The Orchestra Then and Now featuring works by Wagner, Lamar Stringfield, Robert Ward, and Howard Hanson. Sat., March 16, 7 p.m. $8/adults, $6/students & seniors, $17/families (2 adults and children). First United Methodist Church. 704-344-0098.

Providence United Methodist Church Recital Series "Happy St. Patrick's Day" - featuring the works of Arnold Schonberg, Mozart, and Ravel. Sun., March 17, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-366-7442.

Strike Up The Jazz with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Marvin Stamm on Trumpet. The orchestra will perform the London Suite by Erik Coates and the Olympic Fanfare by John Williams. Sat., March 16, 8 p.m. $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-846-2788.ComedyComedy Zone Illusionist-Gemini and Mike Trixx. comedic performance. March 13, 8 p.m.; March 14, 8 p.m.; March 15, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; March 16, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. $6 Wednesday and Thursday. $10 Friday and Saturday. Michael Winslow. best known as the Deputy Jones from the Police Academy movies, Michael has a seemingly limitless ability to perform vocal gymnastics. He is a veteran of countless TV and movie appearances including his own HBO special. His show must be seen to believed. March 22, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; March 23, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Call for prices. Ron Feingold & Randy Wilson. the acapella comedian invades Charlotte. Ron's unique combination of stand-up comedy and music is the only one of its kind in the world. Co-headlining is Randy Matson. Randy is short and does a lot of silly things. His impressions of Ron Feingold, Faye Dunaway and Boy George are legendary. March 27, 8 p.m.; March 28, 8 p.m.; March 29, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.; March 30, 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. $6 on Wednesday and Thursday. $10 on Friday and Saturday. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Located at 1500 Central Ave., 2nd floor. Showtimes are 9pm and 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. There is also a late show on Saturdays at 1am. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. Extreme Improv. The Desperate for Attention Players will be performing Chicago stylel long form shows. Down and dirty, stage clawing, improvised comedy available no where else in this area. Saturdays, 7 p.m. $8. 1500 B. Central Ave.MuseumsCharlotte Museum of History/Hezekiah Alexander Homesite & American Freedom Bell Community of Faiths: The Spiritual and Religious Heritage of the Carolinas Piedmont. exhibit explores the impact of religion, faith-based institutions, and spiritual traditions on the region from early Native American villages to the present; includes gallery depicting the life, career and worldwide influence of Charlotte native son, Billy Graham. Mon.-Sun. Raising The Roof: Barns of Our State. A photographic collaboration between the museum and Our State: North Carolina Magazine exploring a vanishing icon of the rural and agricultural South - the old wooden barn. Mon.-Sun. 3500 Shamrock Dr., Between Eastway and Sharon Amity. 704-568-1774.

* Mint Museum of Art Art Glass: The Collection of Marjorie and Robert McDorman. Brilliant and elegant examples of art glass from the guilded age. Ranges from small vases and plates to much larger urns and lamps. Included are works from all of the major glassmakers of the period: Galle, Daum, Loetz, Tiffany, Carder, Steuben, Durand and Quezal among others. Mon.-Sun. Continues through June 16. The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An insightful look, through 60 art masterpieces, into the era in which America assumed a leading role on the world stage. Mon.-Sun. Continues through April 21. Pierre Joseph Redoute: A Man Passionate About Flowers. a presentation of 24 nineteenth century botanical hand-colored engravings from Redoute's most renowned works, Les Lilacees and Les Roses, from public and private collections. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 28. Pierre-Joseph Redoute: A Man Passionate About Flowers. in honor of botanist Andre Michaux. Mon.-Sun. Continues through July 14. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000 or 704-333-MINT.

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