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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

Antares Quartet Formed in 1996 in New Haven (CT), as the Elm City Ensemble, Antares draws on a vast and colorful repertoire for the piano-clarinet quartet formation, as well as various trio permutations. Their programs span the traditional eras of classical music from the early 18th through the 19th and 20th centuries. Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m. $20 general admission. Students through college age are admitted at no charge. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.

The Benedict College Gospel Choir This choir has performed with various world-renowned gospel artists and won the 2000-2001 Black Music Caucus' National College Gospel Choir Competition. Sat., Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Charlotte Civic Orchestra Young artists concerto competition awards concert. Sun., Feb. 2, 3 p.m. Adults $8, seniors/students $6, families $17. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.

Der Freischutz: Opera-In-Concert This full-length performance of Der Freischutz 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.

Faculty Series: Phil Thompson Dr. Thompson is head of woodwind instruction in the Department of Music and is known throughout the Charlotte area as a solo performer. Held in the Frances May Barnes Recital Hall. Mon., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Free. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2399.

First Tuesday Concerts Ensemble Vita Nola, playing period instruments, will perform at both the Noon Concert (12:10pm) and the AfterWork Concert (5:30pm). Free parking is available at the TransAmerica parking garage on West 7th St. Tue., Feb. 4. Free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. 7th St. 704-332-7746.

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, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

Jazzy January Free lunchtime jazz concerts featuring the Beth Chorneau Jazz Duo and Ziad from Mo' Money. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The concerts coincide with the Shops at Founders Hall sidewalk sale. Jan. 27-31, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St, Bank of America Corp Cntr.

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.

The New Century Saxophone Quartet The quartet will present a concert of J.S. Bach's Art of Fugue at Belmont Abbey Basilica. The program will feature the ensemble playing Bach's music exactly as it was written but on instruments never thought of in the 18th century. Mon., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

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

Saint Louis Brass Quintet Featuring music from the works of today's composers to the Baroque. The performance will be held in the Hannah Covington McGee Theatre of the George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center. Tue., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. $10. Wingate University. 704-233-8300.


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 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.

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. HBO's Ladies of the Night. Featuring Just June, Tanya Lee Davis & D. Cameron. Jan. 29-Feb. 1. 516 N. College St., Wed. & Thurs.- 8pm, Fri. & Sat.- 8pm, 10:15pm. Visit 704-348-4242.


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.

Chants North Carolina Dance Theatre will conduct an educational performance of Alonzo King's Chants for area schools and homeschool students. Chants delves into African tradition using a cappella chants along with high energy, intense choreography. Fri., Jan. 31, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $7. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-379-1324.

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