The Washington Post critics choose their favorite shows of the weeks. CLASSICAL MUSIC
Featured soloists at the Capitol Hill Choral Society's musicale, tomorrow night at the New Zealand Embassy, will include Leontyne Price and Walter Fauntroy.
The National Symphony's featured soloists this week will be members of the orchestra: Milton Stevens, Loren Kitt, Dotian Carter and John Martin in works of Lumbye, Parris, Weber, Debussy and Boccherini.
Christoph von Dohnanyi will conduct the Cleveland Orchestra in music of Berlioz, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky this evening at the Kennedy Center. Other noteworthy events today include: Wondrous Machine's final concert of the season, this afternoon at St. Alban's School;Janacek's "Glagolitic Mass" this afternoon at the Washington Cathedral; the Trio dell'Arte at the Phillips Collection; the Ciompi String Quartet at the National Gallery; pianist Virginia Lum at the Bethune Museum-Archives.
The Smithson String Quartet will play an all-Schubert program Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the Hall of Musical Instruments of the National Museum of American History.
The Paul Hill Chorale will perform David Fanshawe's "African Sanctus" in a benefit concert for famine relief and development in Africa, Wednesday night at the Kennedy Center. DANCE
The D.C. Contemporary Dance Theatre presents premieres by choreographers Gene Hill Sagan, Adrain Bolton and Lloyd Whitmore in its concert tonight in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Jan Van Dyke and HarBorn Mix offer a joint concert at Mount Vernon College's Hand Chapel tonight. The American College Dance Festival is sponsoring three National Festival Concerts at the University of the District of Columbia Auditorium, Thursday through Saturday, featuring dancing and choreography representative of the best dance activity on college campuses throughout the nation. FILM
Jean-Luc Godard's "Hail Mary," playing at the Biograph in a one-week run, a contemporary retelling of the Virgin Birth. The most beautiful religious movie since "Joan of Arc," made by the most adventurous and profound filmmaker of the day. POP MUSIC
Stephane Grappelli started playing the jazz violin in Paris in the '30s; he still swings like a man half his age, even as he explores lyric nuance only time can allow. He's at Blues Alley Tuesday through Sunday.
Bill Cosby, live at the Capital Centre; the audience, live, in the aisles. On Friday.
Jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen brings a solid quartet, including the marvelous bassist Cecil McBee, to the One Step Down on Friday and Saturday.
Z.Z. Top, tres hombres from Texas, bring their blues and boogie road show to the Capital Centre for four nights, starting on Saturday. Advance reports suggest the show is spectacular; the music, as always, is total fun.
The Merriweather Post Pavilion opens its 1986 season with cool, elegant Robert Palmer, still "Addicted to Love," and Belinda Carlisle, former lead singer for the Go-Go's, now out on her own. THEATER
Today's your last chance to catch Moliere's "The Miser," revived with glee and gusto by the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger. The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company has added a second play, T. J. Edwards' "New York Mets," to its three-play repertory, and it's as worthy of your attention as the first, Harry Kondoleon's zany "Christmas on Mars." At Arena's Kreeger Theatre, Harold Pinter's 1971 drama "Old Times" proves to be as elegant and sexually provocative as ever.