The Mostly Mozart Festival will return to the Kennedy Center this week, opening with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott Wednesday night and continuing with harpsichordists Kenneth Cooper, J. Reilly Lewis, Edward Brewer and Arthur Haas on Thursday, pianist Misha Dichter and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman on Friday, and pianist Shura Cherkassky and violinist Gil Shaham on Saturday.

The National Symphony Orchestra will present a "Broadway showcase" featuring Mel Torme, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, Thursday night at Wolf Trap. The Friday and Saturday night programs will be conducted by John Nelson, with pianist Vladimir Feltsman as soloist Thursday and soprano Irina Welhasch as soloist in an all-Tchaikovsky program Saturday.


Rima Faber offers three of her newest works in "The Longest Race" at St. James Episcopal Church tonight. "Light From a New Torch -- Dancing to Vancouver" is an unusual dance touring project -- at the Dance Place this evening -- which culminates in Vancouver in conjunction with "Celebration '90: Gay Games III and Cultural Festival." The "Jiving Lindy Hoppers" are a jazz dance troupe from the United Kingdom who will be strutting their stuff with Brook Tegler's Hot Jazz Band at the Smithsonian's Baird Auditorium tomorrow night. "D.C. Artists Past and Present" is the program at Dance Place Saturday and Sunday evenings, featuring noted Washington dancer-choreographers Karen Bernstein, Amy Chavasse, Beth Davis, Lida Miller, Jan Van Dyke and Harriet Williams.


People are still wild about Harry -- Connick Jr., that is. With two new albums out this week -- one focusing on his singing, one on his playing -- Connick saunters into Wolf Trap today.

Four key jazzmen gather together tomorrow at Wolf Trap to explore the sound of surprise: Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette and Dave Holland.

Luther Vandross is the headliner, but young ears at Saturday's Budweiser Superfest at RFK Stadium will be tuned to a pair of dynamic trios: Bell Biv Devoe and Tony Toni Tone.