Livewire Festival: Ensemble Laboratorium (10/18)

Ensemble LaboratoriumThe Department of Music’s Livewire festival presents the Ensemble Laboratorium, which will perform a collection of movements from single work, also entitled Laboratorium, by renowned composer Vinko Globokar.

Inspired by their time spent working together under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the 2004 Lucerne Festival Academy, a group of young musicians formed Laboratorium. Hailing from 15 countries on 5 continents, its members are especially interested in the study and interpretation of both the established and the obscure repertoire of the 20th & 21st centuries. Likewise they are actively commissioning new works as well as engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from other fields.

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
$15 general admission, $10 seniors and $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTix.
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

Click here for additional information.

Livewire Festival: Patrick Crossland, Trombone (10/17)

Patrick CrosslandThe Department of Music’s annual Livewire festival of new music presents trombonist Patrick Crossland, who will perform major works from the contemporary music repertoire, including:

• Rene Leibowitz: Quatre Bagatelles pour trombone et piano (1963)
• Luciano Berio: Sequenza V (1966)
• Carlos Alsina: Consecuenza (1966)
• Mauricio Kagel: atem für einen Bläser (1970)
• Jürg Wyttenbach: D’(H)ommage oder “Freu(n)de, nicht…” (1985)
• Jean-Pierre Drouet: Essais de Trombone (1998)
• John Palmer: transfiguration (2006)

Patrick Crossland was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Growing up in southern Louisiana, he began playing trombone at age 10. He has worked closely with several prominent composers. Solo performances include the Walker Art Center’s “Festival Dancing In Your Head” (2001, 2002, 2005), the Darmstadt Course for New Music (2004, 2006, 2008), where he was awarded a Solo Performance Prize, and the “Utopia Jetzt!” Festival (Germany) where he performed his acclaimed “V for Grock” multimedia recital. In 2009 he premiered his “Krieg dem Krieg” project featuring thematic works for trombone and electronics. In addition to his activities as a soloist and chamber musician, he is an avid improviser, working with a wide range of musicians, dancers, and actors. He is a member of the Composers Slide Quartet, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Zinc & Copper Works. Recently relocated to the Baltimore area, he teaches trombone and other music courses at UMBC.

Friday, October 17, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
$15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTix.
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

Click here for additional information.

Livewire Festival: Ruckus (10/16)

think_create_engage_red.jpgThe Department of Music’s annual Livewire festival of new music presents Ruckus, the contemporary music ensemble in residence at UMBC, featuring clarinetist E. Michael Richards, flutist Lisa Cella, percussionist Tom Goldstein, trombonist Patrick Crossland, and other colleagues. The ensemble will present a concert featuring masterpieces from the new music repertoire, including:

• Vinko Globokar: Correspondences
• Karlheinz Stockhausen: Dr K–Sextett
• René Leibowitz: Variations non sérieuses, for violine, posaune, vibraphone, and piano, “Marijuana,” Op.54
• Helmut Lachenmann: Dal Niente (Intérieur III)

Thursday, October 16, 8:00 p.m., Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
$15 general admission, $10 seniors and $5 students. Tickets are available online at MissionTix.
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

Click here for additional information.

UMBC Jazz Ensemble (10/12)

jazzensemble02-sThe Department of Music presents the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Belzer in concert on Sunday, October 12 at 3:00 p.m. in the new Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

Admission to the concert is free; contributions will be accepted.

Tom Lagana, Music, in Capital Gazette

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Tom Lagana – Photo by Larry Melton

Tom Lagana, Music, was interviewed for a feature article in the Capital Gazette on his forthcoming third album, Volume 1. “It’s called Volume 1 because it’s the first record I’m playing all nylon string,” the guitarist told the Capital Gazette.

Also featured on the recording is electric bass play Tom Baldwin, an affiliate artist in the Department of Music.

Click here to read the full story, published on Monday, August 25.

UMBC Camerata (5/10)

camerata01-sThe Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata under the direction of Stephen Caracciolo performing a program entitled “Mostly Mozart”:

Three Folk Songs; arranged by Joseph Flummerfelt
The Water Is Wide
Flow Gently Sweet Afton
Danny Boy

Three Sacred Texts/Three Different Sound Worlds
Hodie Christus natus est by Giovanni Gabrieli – Italian Renaissance
Spaseniye sodelal by Pavel Chesnokov – Russian Orthodox
O Sifuni Mungu by David Muddux/Roger Emerson – African Chorus

Mozart Mass in C, K317 “Coronation”
Performed with soloists and chamber orchestra

This performance will take place Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free, a suggested donation of $5 will be accepted.