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In addition to a big work by Bach and a grand opera by Gershwin, this weekend's musical calendar includes several more intimate concerts that ought to be well worth checking out.

Tonight at 8 at An die Musik, there will be a concert by two distinguished Peabody Conservatory alumni: guitarist David Starobin (1973) and baritone Patrick Mason (1972).

Their program ranges from Paganini and Schubert to the remarkable contemporary composer John Musto.

The recent CD "Crazy Jane" from the fine label Bridge Records, which Starobin founded in 1981, showcases the incisive artistry of both musicians in a colorful program of Musto, Paul Lansky, George Crumb and others.

On Saturday at 1, also at An die Musik, another Peabody alum from the 1970s, pianist Abe Minzer, plays Book 1 of Bach's epic Well-Tempered Clavier.

And still on the topic of impressive Peabody products, in this case of more recent vintage. The Duo Transatlantique, made up of excellent classical guitarists Benjamin Beirs and Maud LaForest, will give a concert 8 p.m. Saturday at Jordan Faye Contemporary.

Thanks to the invaluable Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust, there will be a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Har Sinai Congregation by the ...

Ellicott City-based Orchestra of St. John's, led by Ronald Mutchnik.

The program includes ""Spirit of America," a work by Baltimore composer Vivian Adelberg Rudow that allows for "optional audience participation."

Also on the bill will be the Alberta Concerto by Russian-born, Canadian-raised composer Minuetta Kessler, with piano soloist Jeffrey Chappell, along with popular works by Mozart and Barber.

The centennial of Argentine composer Carlos Guastavino, whose elegant music deserves to be much better known, will be honored with a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Villa Assumpta (Charles and Bellona). The program, presented by Arts for Hearts' Sake, features soprano Elizabeth Hart, violinist Jose Cueto and pianist Nancy Roldan.

And Concert Artists of Baltimore offers a program 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Engineers Club rich with lyrical works, including Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata, piano pieces by Chopin, the Viola Sonata by Rebecca Clarke, songs by Brahms and arias by Meyerbeer and Rossini.

The performers are mezzo Melissa Kornacki, violist Julius Wirth and pianist Eric Zuber.

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