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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 9, 2006 | Vol. 36 No. 6
In Brief


Sampler of Peabody events is part of Free Fall Baltimore

As part of Free Fall Baltimore, a program sponsored by the city's Office of Promotion & the Arts and Mayor Martin O'Malley, Peabody will be offering a sampler of classical, jazz, opera and contemporary concerts during the months of October and November. Although the performances, which will take place in various recital halls, are free, advance reservations are required.

Performing this month are the Peabody Wind Ensemble (7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11), faculty jazz guitarist Paul Bollenback (7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18), the Peabody Trio (8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24) and the Peabody Singers (7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25).

For a complete list of concerts, go to To make reservations, call the box office at 410-659-8100, ext. 2.


Leonardo devotee looks at fact and fiction in 'Da Vinci Code'

Intrigued by Leonardo da Vinci since he first encountered his work as a 17-year-old visiting the National Gallery in London, Jonathan Pevsner, an associate professor at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and of neuroscience at the School of Medicine, has turned himself into an expert. Since Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003, followed by a movie version, Pevsner has been sharing his knowledge of the real Leonardo with others.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, Pevsner will compare how the title character appears in the book — as grand master of a secret religious society — with the historical Leonardo, who was mysterious but not particularly religious. An audience discussion and reception follow the lecture, which begins at 4 p.m. in Hodson Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus.

The event is sponsored by the Master of Liberal Arts program alumni committee. To RSVP, e-mail the Krieger School's Advanced Academic Programs at or call 410-516-2863.


Peabody's annual piano sale to open first to JHU affiliates

The Peabody Institute's annual piano sale opens to the general public on Sunday, Oct. 15, but Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, students and alumni will have the opportunity to view the offerings at private showings on Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14.

The institute receives new Kawai pianos each academic year through an ongoing arrangement with Kawai America Corp. and its local representative, Jordan Kitt's Music; at that time the year-old pianos become available for purchase. The program answers the problem of having old pianos in constant need of repair or replacement, and a successful sales event allows Peabody to perpetuate the program.

New Steinway pianos, used Yamahas and others will also be available. The selection includes grand, baby grand, upright and digital pianos. All pianos have been professionally maintained and carry a 10-year factory warranty. To make an appointment for a private showing, call 410-539-4280. The public hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.


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