Zane Forshee, Classical Guitar (4/10)

2327985283Zane Forshee, heralded as “one of his generation’s finest guitarists” by Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, performs an evening of works Thursday, April 10 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Active both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, recent concert engagements have taken Forhsee across North America, Europe, and Asia, where his live performances have been noted for possessing “a beautiful ever-flow that held the audience captivated” (Retriever Weekly).

Zane has been featured at the Palacete de Amezúa (Madrid), the Joseph Joachim Konzertsaal (Berlin), the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the New York City Classical Guitar Society, and the Chimei Museum (Taiwan). He has given collaborative performances with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company, in addition to solo and chamber recitals for the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society, the Omaha Guitar Guild, and the Endless Mountain Music Festival.

Discover more about the artist and ticketing at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

UMBC Jazz Festival (3/28, 3/29, 4/4)

The UMBC Jazz Festival, with performances by the Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the Maryland All-State Band, the UMBC Jazz Ensemble and the Larry Willis Trio, begins this Friday, March 28. All performances will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Faculty Jazz Ensemble, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Maryland All-State Jazz Band, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
UMBC Jazz Ensemble in concert with the Larry Willis Trio, April 4, ?? p.m.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar

Frank Wiens, Piano (3/27)

frank-wiens-5-3-091-360x450Join us Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the FIne Arts Recital Hall, for a concert featuring pianist Franks Wiens.

Frank Wiens has concertized extensively throughout the United States and abroad, including highly praised recitals in New York and London. He has twice toured South Korea, and gave his recital debut on the European continent in Vienna in 1987. In 2006 Frank Wiens appeared as soloist with the “Orchestra Dinu Lipatti” in Romania, and gave recitals devoted to the music of Chopin at the Chopin Academy and at the Lazienki Palace on Water in Warsaw, Poland. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Christie Finn ’07, Soprano (3/9)

hans_kupelwieser_eoe_31_foto_helmut_lackingerJoin us this Sunday, March 9 at 3:00 p.m. as Christie Finn ’07, music, performs a concert including works by Linda Dusman and Georges Aperghis, with guest violinist Airi Yoshioka.

Two-time winner of the interpretation prize at the International Stockhausen Concerts and Courses (Kürten, Germany), soprano Christie Finn is actively involved in the world of contemporary performance and new music theater.

Recent performance highlights include the complete Récitations of Georges Aperghis as part of the first annual Resonant Bodies Festival (New York City), Sofia Gubaidulina’s Homage à  T. S. Eliot at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) with the Asko | Schönberg Ensemble, a concert of premieres in Chicago with her experimental music duo NOISE-BRIDGE, Luciano Berio’s sequenza iii for the opening of a new art exhibit at the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich (Austria), Unsuk Chin’s Akrostichon-Wortspiel with the György Ligeti Academy as part of the Muziekzomer Festival Gelderland  2012 (Netherlands), the U.S. premiere of Luigi Nono’s Quando Stanno Morendo (Soprano II) with ekmeles, and several experimental music theater productions with the Studio für Stimmkunst und Neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart (Germany).  Recent music theater productions outside of Stuttgart include Jason Cady’s comic book/sitcom opera Happiness is the Problem with Experiments in Opera in Brooklyn, Georges Aperghis’ Sextuor: L’origine des Espèces (New York premiere), and VocaalLAB’s 2011 production of MonteverdISH (cover).

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Faculty Voice Recital (2/20)

Clockwise from top left: Janice Jackson, Stephen Caracciolo, Lorriana Markovic, Joseph Regan

Clockwise from top left: Janice Jackson, Stephen Caracciolo, Lorriana Markovic, Joseph Regan

A faculty voice recital featuring Department of Music Faculty members Stephen Caracciolo, Janice Jackson, Lorriana Markovic and Joseph Regan along with pianist Nancy Beith, will take place in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, Thursday, February 20 at 8 p.m.

Learn more about the faculty quartet and their music biographies on our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Kendall Kennison, Composer (2/19)

Kendall-Kennison_DSC2937Wednesday, February 19 at Noon in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, composer Kendall Kennison will perform and discuss his recent piano music and the influence of his mentors. This program, which he is preparing for the Volvo Offroadfest Zagreb 2014 in Croatia, will include the premieres of Meditation, 2011/13, and Izlet, 2013-14, as well as performances of Rhapsody and Real Estate Rag from 2006. Admission to this performance is free.

Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Chamber Concert featuring Violinist Christian Tremblay (2/13)

tremblayThis Thursday, February 13 at 8 p.m., the Department of Music presents a chamber music concert featuring Christian Tremblay, Violin.

Tremblay has been heard in many Canadian cities including Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra player. In the United States, Christian Tremblay has notably performed recitals in New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C. After a performance at the French Embassy in Washington D.C., the late Joseph McLellan of the Washington Post called his playing “eloquent and technically flawless.”

Admission is free with a UMBC ID. More information is available at our Arts and Culture Calendar.

Miya Masaoka Concert (3/6)

The American studies department is sponsoring a concert featuring experimental musician Miya Masaoka on Thursday, March 6. Masaoka will perform pieces using koto and lasers and will also perform a new piece titled “You’re in My Radar.” A short Q & A session will follow the concert.

Masaoka is a classically trained composer, musician and installation artist who resides in New York City. She has created works for the response of plants, the movement of insects, multi-channel sound installations, and she has designed responsive wearable computer textiles.

Miya Masaoka

Her lengthy list of accomplishments and achievements include the following: Her works have been performed by the Bang on a Can Allstars, So Percussion, VOLTI, the San Francisco Choral Society, Alonzo King, Joan Jenrenaud (formerly of the Kronos Quartet), Ensemble Either/Or, and the La Jolla Symphony. Her works have been presented at the Miller Theater (New York), the Venice Biennale (Italy), IRCAM (France), and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Masaoka has worked with Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Henry Brant, Reggie Workman, Steve Coleman, Pauline Oliveros, Larry Ochs, Vijay Iyer, and Fred Frith. Toshiko Akiyoshi has written a piece for her, and she has been a special guest of the Berkeley Symphony. She is the recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Award, the Alpert Award in the Arts, the Map Fund, the NEA, and the Asian Cultural Council’s Japan Fellowship Award. 

The concert takes place Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall and it is free and open to the public. American studies is sponsoring the event along with contributions from Music, Asian Studies, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Mosaic Center. For more information, contact

Gergely Ittzes, Flute (11/17)

IttzesOldalHungarian flutist and graduate of the Budapest Liszt Academy of Music, Gergely Ittzés will perform Sunday, November 17 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. One of the most proactive personalities of the flute scene, his large repertoire includes several important works written for flute, and a great number of rare compositions that range from classical to contemporary. In addition to classical and modern music, several other styles have also influenced his musical idiom, like jazz and free improvisation.

The program will feature:

  • C.P.E. Bach: Flute Sonata in A minor, H.562
  • Niccolò Paganini: Capriccio No. 24
  • László Lajtha: Deux pièces pour flute seule Op. 69
  • J. S. Bach: Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013
  • Gergely Ittzés: Echo Etude
  • Gergely Ittzés: Projections
  • Gergely Ittzés: Totem
  • Gergely Ittzés: Etude for Three Fingerings

This event is free for students and free with a UMBC. Find out more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.