Out & About
Carlson, Kristy T., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Join the Kronos Quartet at 8 p.m. tomorrow for selections from its new album, "Early Music (Lachrymae Antiquae)." George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $23-$30. 202/994-6800.
Preakness Celebration '98, Maryland's festival of hot-air balloons, black-tie balls and block parties preceding the 123rd running of the Preakness Stakes, begins tomorrow and runs through May 16. For information about times, dates and places of events, call 410/837-3030.
Washington National Cathedral is the place, 8 p.m. the time, Saturday the day to hear more than 200 voices in two masterpieces of 20th-century choral music. Under Stanley Engebretson, the Masterworks Chorus joins the Alexandria Chorale, the National Chamber Singers, George Mason University's Symphonic and Chamber choruses, the cathedral's Boy Choristers and four soloists in William Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast" and, in its Washington premiere, William Mathias' "Lux Aeterna." Both pieces were composed for cathedral setting and draw on texts beyond the traditional liturgy. Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20-$24. 301/840-0008.
You're in for a treat when you see Virginia Opera's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore." This satire of British social and political life under Queen Victoria goes on at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, starts one hour before curtain for all shows. $29-$45. 703/993-8888.
We all know, of course, that a "koto" is a Japanese wooden harp, and a "toho" a person fond of the paulownia wood from which the harp is made. It follows, naturally, that we'll all want to turn out for the Washington Toho Koto Society's annual spring concert Saturday at 7:30 p. …