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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

Benefit Concert Featuring Armand & Angelina. All proceeds benefit the Voices of the Children foundation. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Sat., Nov. 30, 7:15 p.m. $12 for ages 16 and up. Unity of Charlotte, 1000 Woodlawn Ave. 1-800-704-0265.

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem Charlotte Symphony Classics. Featuring the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the Charlotte Children's Choir, Pamela Coburn, soprano, Paul Agnew, tenor, and Klaus Hager, baritone. Christof Perick, conducting. Belk Theater. Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m. $12-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Chamber Music at St. Peter's This First Tuesday at Noon Concert will highlight Dream Steps for flute, viola and harp by Charlotte-born composer Dan Locklair. Tue., Dec. 3, 12:10 p.m. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops Presents Brasstacular The brass instruments of the orchestra are spotlighted via music from the Big Band era. The Lollipops is a series of concerts designed for young listeners, ages 4-9, their parents and grandparents. Sat., Nov. 30, 11 a.m. $8-$16. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Charlotte Symphony Pops Presents Bravo Big Band A tribute to the big band style featuring vocalists Michael Maguire and Lynn Roberts. Conductor Albert-George Schram will lead the performances. Nov. 29-30, 8 p.m. $15-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras Fall Concert CSYO will be joined by the Junior Youth Orchestra. Ernest Pereira conducts and Charlotte Symphony violist Ning Zhao is the soloist. Tickets can be purchased at the door. www.csyo.net. Sun., Nov. 24, 3:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 students, senior citizens. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-972-2003.

Ensemble Series: Chamber Singers & Jazz Voices Two select vocal ensembles performing. The Chamber Singers will perform chamber/madrigal songs and the Jazz Voices will perform up-beat jazz arrangements. Barnes Recital Hall. Mon., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

Ensemble Series: Symphonic Band A selection of symphonic band music directed by William Malambri. Byrnes Auditorium. Fri., Nov. 22, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

An Evening of Yuletide The Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble, a 32-voice chorus of African-American Extraction, presents traditional and contemporary music to usher in the season. Sun., Nov. 24, 5-7 p.m. $10/advance, $15/door. Myers Park Sr. High School, 2400 Colony Rd. 704-348-1598.

Flute Choir Concert The Department of Music at UNCC presents its 30-member Flute Choir in concert under the direction of Mark Thomas. Mon., Nov. 25, 8 p.m. Free. Rowe Recital Hall, UNCC.

Hallelujah! Featuring: Charlotte City Ballet, Eddie Mabry Dancers, Charlotte Philharmonic Community Chorus, Philharmonic Holiday Singers. Concert selections include Christmas Waltz, Let it Snow, Nutcracker Suite, Messiah selections and popular traditional carols. Part of the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra 2002-03 season. Belk Theater. Sun., Nov. 24, 8 p.m. $15-$35. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-846-2788.

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.

A Liederabend Concert Davidson College students from three different vocal studios. Songs will range from musical theater to art songs to opera arias, some of which will be sung in foreign languages. Sun., Nov. 24, 4 p.m. Free. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2244.

Providence United Methodist Church Recital Series PUMC Chancel Choir and Brass Charlotte open the Providence Recital Series' 2002-03 season with music by Britten and Rutter. Sun., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.

The Olde English Madrigal Feaste An event that includes dinner and entertainment with music, jugglers, jesters, etc. with an Olde English theme. McBryde Hall. Deadline for registration is Dec. 2. Dec. 6-7 at 7pm. $28. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

Comedy

Bayou Kitchen Extreme Improv. Completely improvised comedy shows based on your suggestions. Similar to "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Southern and Cajun dinner and drinks are available at the Bayou as well. Tell your server you are there to see the show for proper seating. Visit www.extremeimprov.com for details/reservations. Saturdays, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. 1958 E 7th St. 1-866-467-7681.

The Perch Theatre Perch Comedy. Cheerfully offending Charlotte since 1994. Showtimes are 9pm, 11pm, on Friday and Saturday nights, and an additional show on Saturdays at 1am. The 9pm show is non-smoking. Audience Favorites Part 1: Through Nov. 30. The Talking Baby Talk Show is every Thursday at 9:30pm. Performances are rated R for verbal content. www.theperch.com. Fri., Sat. $10/$8 for students with I.D. 1500 B. Central Ave. 704-372-7724.

Psychotic Pooch Live Sketch Comedy and Improv. Comedy rated NC-17 for situations and content. Large group rates available. Call for reservations, directions or more info. DJ after-party every Saturday. Fri., Sat., 11 p.m. 3143 Cullman Ave. 704-375-2826.

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