UMBC Wind Ensemble (11/24)

e5ecsjkrbcaqepxshdld1s6idbgeae9l3lwfqr2x3eijostgn4txyjeg1yfnjevwpkbt3vwtmlxwdeb0dbc3cc-1The Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Brian Kaufman in its first performance in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall. The Ensemble is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion musicians who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature.

The program will feature:

Darius Milhaud – La création du monde (Creation of the World), Op. 81a
Arnold Schoenberg – Theme and Variations for Band, Op. 43a
Dmitri Shostakovich – Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96
Gordon Jacob – An Original Suite for Military Band
Josef Suk – Toward a New Life, Op. 35c

The concert will be held on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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UMBC Symphony with the Trio des Alpes (11/23)

5686666591_32fa989994_oOn Sunday, November 23, the UMBC Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of E. Michael Richards, joined by the Trio des Alpes (Mirjam Tschopp, violin and viola; Claude Hauri, cello; and Corrado Greco, piano).

The program will feature:
· Daniel Schnyder: Triple Concerto (featuring the Trio des Alpes)
· Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
· Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

This event is supported in part by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the FONDATION SUISA.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Admission is free.

Trio des Alpes Masterclass (11/22)

Trio des AlpesAs part of a two-week residency, the critically renowned Trio des Alpes will present a public masterclass with students from UMBC, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Open free of admission to the public, the masterclass will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

This event is supported in part by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the FONDATION SUISA.

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Trio des Alpes — “Rush Hour” Concert with UMBC Faculty (11/21)

9The UMBC Department of Music wishes to thank UMBC faculty and staff for their extraordinary commitment to the campus to begin the Thanksgiving holiday season at this free concert in the beautiful new concert hall!

“Individually excellent, they are even more impressive together,” wrote the Gazzetta di Mantova after a concert by the Italian-Swiss Trio des Alpes, thereby describing one of this Trio’s essential qualities: three independent, all-round successful personalities meeting as a trio. What attracts them is the quintessence of chamber music: dialogue, a shared sound and the blending of three instruments into a single whole.

In this special “Rush Hour” concert, entitled Giving Thanks, the Trio will be joined by UMBC faculty Janice Jackson (voice), E. Michael Richards (clarinet), Airi Yoshioka (violin), and Christian Tremblay (violin) in performances of the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms; the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, by Antonín Dvořák; and the Chanson d’amour by Amy Beach.

Mirjam Tschopp, who gave her debut as a soloist aged 13, is equally successful on the violin and the viola, appearing as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the WDR Symphonieorchester Köln under Semyon Bychkov and in chamber music with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mandelring Quartet, among others. Claude Hauri has made his name as solo cellist of several excellent groups such as the Ensemble Nuovo Contrappunto in Florence and the Ensemble Algoritmo in Rome, and as a performer of new music. He has premiered a multitude of works, several dedicated to him, by important composers. Corrado Greco’s versatility adds further impetus to the Trio des Alpes. Besides performing with such personalities as Bruno Canino ormembers of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he is professor of musical communication and multimedia in Varese, where he also directs the Università dell’Insubria concert series.

This event is supported in part by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the FONDATION SUISA.

This free performance will be held on Friday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

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Trio des Alpes in Concert (11/15)

Trio des AlpesThe Department of Music presents the critically acclaimed Trio des Alpes in concert on Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall. Their performance will feature the U.S. premiere of a new work by Professor Linda Dusman entitled Thundersnow.

In 2012 the Trio des Alpes embarked on the project “al femminile,” focused on performing, recording, and commissioning works by women composers. Recognizing the value of diverse programming, the Trio embraced this repertoire representing a wider variety of experiences. In the process of studying and performing these works, they realized that the relative absence of these voices in the classical music world belies the quality of the music, which exhibits refreshing and enriching new sounds al femminile. Having toured extensively with these works, the Rebecca Clarke Trio, the Amy Beach Trio Op. 150, and two works by Lili Boulanger were recorded as the first CD for this project. It will be released on the renowned Italian Dynamic label in early 2015.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students and free with a UMBC ID. Complete program information and biographies of the performers are available here.

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).

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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).

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