The exhibit "Splendors of Ancient Egypt" features sculptures, papyrus scrolls and jeweled ornaments dating from the 4th century B.C. to the 7th century A.D. A mummy, gilded mummy cases and ceramics are among the artifacts on display, all loaned by the Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany. Through Nov. 28 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2800 Grove Ave. Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Monday. Admission: adults, $15; children 13 to 18, $8; children 4 to 12, $2. Call 1-888-349-7882 or 804-367-0844 or visit


Mstislav Rostropovich will direct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the "Shostakovich Festival," May 27 through June 12. Seven of the 12 concerts will be performed as originally conceived by Dimitri Shostakovich and given to his friend Rostropovich. Festival repertoire focuses on Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 1, 10, 11, 12 and 13 played by the Chicago orchestra, while and Nos. 5 and 9 will be performed by the Civic Orchestra. At the Chicago Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave. Performance times vary. Tickets range from $5 to $175. Call 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114 or visit


"Spoleto Festival USA," which continues through June 13, is presenting an array of performing artists including magician Ricky Jay, the Ballet Flamenco de Antonio Canales, jazz artist Sonny Rollins and the Westminster Choir. The festival is also presenting the American premiere of Kurt Weill's epic opera "Die Burgschaft," an allegory about politics in '30s Berlin. Festival tickets range from $10 to $75. Call 843-723-0402 or visit

CAPTION: In Richmond: Detail of anthropoid sarcophagus, circa 1490 B.C.