The fascinating vocal music of many countries includes the local premiere of American Dominick Argento's "A Nation of Cowslips" to texts by Keats, along with the Six Secular Songs of Brahms, music of Hungarians Kodaly and Bartok, and English madrigals. Also songs of Holst and Vaughan Williams. Tickets are $10. Info: 922-5274.
The Philadelphia Renaissance Wind Band and guest flutist Hugh Robertson takes us back to the 16th century with a program entitled "The Muse's Garden" at 8 tomorrow night in Rosemont College's Lawrence Theatre, Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont, and Sunday at 4 in Mandell Theatre, 33rd and Chestnut streets. Tickets are $$6, $8 and $10. Info: 235-8469.
Pianist Steven De Groote returns to his alma mater for a recital at Curtis Hall, 1726 Locust Street, Sunday at 3. De Groote achieved international recognition when he won the Van Cliburn competition 10 years ago, but was involved in a February 1986 plane crash that resulted in a broken back. His recovery in such a short time, let alone a return to the concert scene, is miraculous. Yet his prorgram is supremely challenging, consisting of the percussive, virtuoso Seventh Sonata by Prokofiev, Debussy's second set of Etudes, and the profound, magical B-Flat Sonata of Schubert, D. 960. Tickets are $7.50. Info: 893-5272.
Pianist Sylvia Glickman tackles two Mozart concertos, Nos. 19 and 25, with the Philadelphia Promenade Orchestra under the baton of Elliot Levioff on Sunday at 3:30 in the Port of History Museum, Delaware Avenue and Walnut Street. This third Constitution Bicentennial concert also features an overture by Gluck as well as the "Federal March" by Alexander Reinagle. Tickets are $5. Info: 473-9013.
Wynton Marsalis, a master of classical as well as jazz challenges, appears as cornetist in band music by 19th-Century masters Herbert L. Clarke and J-B. Arban plus Holst, Walton and Sousa. He'll be with the young Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger at the Academy Monday night at 8. Tickets range from $9.50 to $27.50. Info: 735-5266.
Donizetti's "Don Pasquale," one of the masterpieces of comic opera, will be offered at 8 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and next Saturday by the Academy of Vocal Arts in the Helen Corning Warden Theater, 1920 Spruce Street.
Director Dino Yannopoulos, a master of stage action, will team with conductor Christofer Macatsoris and the youthful cast (singing in Italian with
piano accompaniment) to bring out the comic nuances of this classic. Tickets are $10. Info: 735-1685. (A preview of the work, with a dramatic analysis by Michael Caruso and a musical analysis by Macatsoris with excerpts performed by members of the cast, will be offered on Sunday at 3. Tickets are $10. Info: 735-1685.)
Music of the Romantic period featuring transcriptions for expanded ensemble is on the Chestnut Brass Ensemble program Tuesday night at 8 in the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. The group's performing ability on rare period instruments will give this music a sound familiar to listeners of 100 years ago. Tickets are $6. Info: 735-8244.
The Amerita Chamber Players, in its 30th season and presently made up
mainly of superb Philadelphia Orchestra musicians, will perform a free concert Wednesday evening at 8 in Temple Zion-Beth Israel, 18th and Spruce streets. The program includes Baroque works by Marcello, Locatelli, and Vivaldi, plus the ravishing "I Crisantemi" by Puccini. Guest guitarist Allen Krantz will join the ensemble in a Vivaldi trio and team up with Deborah Carter Smith for the Grand Duo Concertante for flute and guitar by Giuliani. Info: 735-3250.