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Arts Agenda

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts indicates critics' picks.

Classical Music

Charlotte Symphony's Mostly Mozart & Neighborhood Concert This intimate, informal concert on Feb. 14 encompasses four centuries of time-honored works for chamber orchestra. Held in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. A second performance will be held on Feb. 15 at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St. Both performances will begin at 8pm. $10 general admission, $5 students. 704-972-2000.

Der Freischutz: Opera-In-Concert This full-length performance with English supertitles features soprano Ute Selbig who headlines a cast supported by the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. Feb. 7-8, 8 p.m. $12-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

High Seas to High Shoals: Theme & Variations on the Life of Charles Wilkes Composer Jerre Tanner's original composition for the Gaston Symphonic Band will premiere at the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Performing Arts Center. Presented by Continental Harmony. Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. $15 general admission, $8 Gaston County Museum members. Gaston Day School, Gastonia. 704-866-6902.

Jacques Thibaud String Trio Featuring Eugene Barban, piano. The trio has performed throughout Europe, Japan and the US. A Chamber Series event co-sponsored by Winthrop University. Tue., Feb. 11, 8 p.m. $15 adults/seniors, $5 students. Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop U, Rock Hill. 803-323-2108.

Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, Morrocroft, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

The Joy of Singing Visiting artist Jennifer Stephens, mezzo-soprano, will perform the famous song from Carmen, works by Sondheim and a bit of pop as she presents this concert at Belmont Abbey Basilica. Mon., Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

Lunchtime Concert Several Davidson College musicians will present a free lunchtime concert featuring Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60 by Johannes Brahms. Held in Tyler-Tallman Hall. Tue., Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2357.

New on the Horizon Eleven year-old virtuoso pianist Ji-Yong will perform Mozart's first concerto written in a minor key, the masterful Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. Other concert selections include Disney themes, selections from the Jurassic Park score and a medley from Evita. Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC America's oldest and most revered orchestra will be directed by Lorin Maazel. Presented by the Carolinas Concert Association. Sun., Feb. 9, 3 p.m. $35-$85. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-527-6680.

Providence Recital Series Selections include music by Rheinberger, Washburn, Stravinsky and Astor Piazzola's Grand Tango. Sun., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.

Queen City Brass Band The event will feature three suites arranged specifically for the brass band format. The first is a collection of dances by Tylman Susato and the second is a suite composed on Canadian folk songs arranged in 1968 by Morley Calvert. The third is the well-known "First Suite in E-flat" by Gustav Holst, arranged by Sydney Herbert. Mon., Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-4469.

Rufus Hallmark The musicologist will give a recital and lecture about Robert Schumann's "Frauenliebe und Leben" in Tyler-Tallman Hall. Reservations are recommended. Wed., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Free. Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2357.

Shashank Flute Concert An Indian classical flute concert. Presented by the Classical Music Association of Charlotte. Sat., Feb. 15, 3-6 p.m. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-814-9355.

South Charlotte Community Band Concert A concert of traditional band music including marches, light classics and movie themes. Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Tryon St. 704-364-5701.


Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Live improvised comedy created from your suggestions. Visit for more information. Call for reservations. Saturdays, 8 p.m. $5. 1958 E 7th St. 1-800-467-7681.

The Comedy Zone College Night and "SIN" (Service Industry Workers) Night. Get free admission for the 8pm show and with your Comedy Zone ticket, get in free to Have a Nice Day Cafe. Wednesdays. Brad Sherwood, star of TV's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and the "Drew Carey" show. Feb. 7-8. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit 704-348-4242.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, & 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. The 9pm show is non-smoking. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. Fri., Sat. $10/$9 with students/military I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.


A Black History Musical Tribute Presented by Strictly Tap Productions. Tap dancers of all ages will perform to the music of some of America's great African American songwriters, musicians and entertainers. Sat., Feb. 8, 2 p.m. Free. Beatties Ford Road Library, 2412 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-432-6706.

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