Quick Hits: Weekend picks for Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties -- Gazette.Net


Musical Arts International will present The Quintin Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Latvian Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Ave., in Rockville.

This string quartet composed of Mayumi Pawel, violin; Leslie Silverfine, violin; Mark Pfannschmidt, viola — all members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra — and Douglas Wolters, principal cellist of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, will present a classical program designed for a broad audience. Featured will be "Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1" by Joseph Haydn; "Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, American" by Antonin Dvorak; "Lullaby" by George Gershwin and "Piano Quintet, Op. 44" by Robert Schumann with Li-Ly Chang on the piano.

For more information, visit www.musicalartsinternational.org.

Hog-wild hilarity returns to Frederick this weekend as downtown staple The Comedy Pigs offers up its first two primetime shows at 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday. The sketch comedy and improv troupe is celebrating 20 years of laughter, having debuted in 1993. This season, veteran troupe members Courtney McLaughlin, Anne Raugh, Franky Russell, Jeff Schnorr and Laura Stark are joined by newbies Carly Ball, Gary Baker, Chris “C-Mo” Molloy and Julie Williams. Tickets are $13.50. The Maryland Ensemble Theatre is located at 31 W. Patrick St., Frederick. For more information, visit www.marylandensemble.org.

Finally, the Annapolis-based Ballet Theatre of Maryland will bring an Arabian Night to the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday. A free pre-party at 6 p.m. encourages fans to come dressed as their favorite hero or villain from the classic tale. The company’s production debuted in 2011, and follows the titular hero and the all-powerful genie of the lamp as they embark on a rescue mission to save a princess from the evil wizard Jamal. The performing arts center is located at 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie. For ticketing information, visit www.balletmaryland.org.