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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

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Featuring Josh Bell, violin. Bell performs with England's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the world's most recorded chamber orchestra. Belk Theater. Tue., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. $25-$75. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Brentano String Quartet The Quartet has been singled out for technical brilliance, musical insight and stylistic elegance since their inception in 1992. Works by Mozart, Wolpe and Bartok. Sat., Nov. 16, 8 p.m. $20 general admission. Free to students. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-337-2213.

The Ciompi Quartet of Duke University A free concert hosted by WDAV 89.9. The concert is the 2nd annual Thanksgiving concert offered by the public radio station in appreciation of the community's support for their 24-hour classical music service. Tue., Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. In lieu of tickets, donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Second Harvest Food Bank. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-894-2983.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition The public is invited to attend. Competitors begin performing at 10am. Call for more information. Sat., Nov. 9. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2356.

Elizabeth Ransom and Joseph Pecoraro The flute and guitar duo will present a Concert Series performance. The program begins at 8pm. Call for tickets. Mon., Nov. 11. $15 general admission, $10 seniors. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Ensemble Series A selection of chorale pieces performed by Winthrop University Chorale and directed by Katherine Kinsey. Byrnes Auditorium. Sun., Nov. 17, 4 p.m. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2255.

Fall Concert The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra will present a fall concert. The program will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 in D Major and Copland's Appalachian Spring. Tue., Nov. 19, 8 p.m. Admission is free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

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, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Mostly Mozart & Neighborhood Concert Series. The first set of concerts will take place at the following venues and all begin at 8pm: Nov. 14- Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College Campus; Nov. 15- Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Trade St. in Matthews; Nov. 16- First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St. www.mostlymozart.org. Nov. 14-16. $10 general admission, $5 students, $30 series ticket package. Charlotte Symphony, 201 S. College St. 704-972-2000.

Music, Noise, Silence! The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will present Music, Noise, Silence! featuring the Magic Circle Mime Company. Come early at 10am for an interactive Pre-Concert Festival. Associate Conductor David Tang will lead the performance. This is the first concert of the Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Series, a set of four concerts designed for young listeners ages 4-9, their parents and grandparents. Sat., Nov. 9, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Musical Interlude Mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton will present a lunchtime concert. She will be accompanied by pianist Ruskin Cooper, and Davidson music student Monica Slinkard will perform Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu Op. 66. Tue., Nov. 12, 12:30 p.m. Admission is free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2356.

Nancy Walker and Tim Lindeman A concert featuring Walker, soprano, and Lindeman, piano, will take place at Belmont Abbey Basilica as part of the 2002-03 Arts at the Abbey of Belmont Abbey College. The program is open to the public. Tue., Nov. 12, 8 p.m. There is no admission charge. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

Opera Workshop Concert The ensemble, under the direction of Professor Jane Dillard, will perform scenes from "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by Douglas Moore, "The Medium" by Gian Carlo Menotti, and a short Christmas opera called "St. Nicholas" by Richard Shepard. Thu., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC. 704-687-2599.

Piano Recital Dr. Gregory Thompson, chair of the music department, will perform various works including a sonata composed by George Walker, the first African American Pulitzer Prize winner. He will host a pre-concert discussion of the program at 4pm in Newsom #108. The recital will be held in the University Church. Thu., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-378-1022.

Saviour: The Story of God's Passion for His People A modern oratorio with soloists and choir. Conducted by David Brown and Sharon Frias of the Pineville Church of the Nazarene Worship Ministry. Sun., Nov. 17, 10 a.m. The presentation is free and open to the public, however, limited seating is available. Pineville Church of the Nazarene, 8614 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-542-3618.

United States Naval Academy Men's Glee Club & The Charlotte Symphony Pops Salute American Heroes Albert-George Schram will lead the concerts, which will feature Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man and patriotic selections including Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Star-Spangled Banner. www.charlottesymphony.org. Nov. 8-9, 8 p.m. $15-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-1000.

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