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February 3, 2003

UMBC Department of Music Presents Cellist Franklin Cox

Franklin CoxOn Saturday, March 1st at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, the UMBC Department of Music's Faculty Recital Series presents cellist Franklin Cox in a program of contemporary and Baroque music.

Franklin Cox has performed in numerous festivals and new music ensembles, including the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, and SONOR, as well as at the 1980 and 1982 Spoleto Festivals, the 1983 Banff Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Xenakis Festival and Darmstadt RevisitedFestival at UCSD, and at the DarmstadtFestival since 1988, where he received a special citation for celloperformance in 1990. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in compositionfrom Indiana University, a Master ofArts degree in composition from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. incomposition at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Cox hasstudied with BrianFerneyhough, RogerReynolds, JojiYuasa, StevenSuber, Fred Fox, HarveySollberger, FredLerdahl, and JackBeeson. He received an Alice M. Ditson Scholarship and DissertationFellowship at Columbia University,Regent's Fellowship and a Dissertation Research Fellowship for OutstandingResearch at UCSD, a full scholarship to the 1990 June in BuffaloFestival, and full scholarships for the 1988 and 1992 Darmstadt Festivals.He was awarded a Stipendium Fellowship at the 1990 Darmstadt Festival, won2nd prize in the Los Angeles Arts Commission competition in the spring of1991, and was co-winner of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (highest awardfor composition) in the 1992 Darmstadt Festival.

Franklin Cox is presently co-editor of a book series, New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century, published by Wolke Verlag, focusing on current issues in contemporary music. He is also the American representative in yearly international colloquium, The Fundamental Principles of Present-Day Composition, at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.

The Program
Franklin Cox's program, dedicated to the memory of composer Mark Osborn, will include:

  • Figment (1994) by Elliott Carter
  • Transparent Wave V by Thomas DeLio
  • Vice (1999) for cello and tape by Mark Osborn
  • Shift (1992-94), for five cellists (version for solo cello and four taped celli) by Franklin Cox
  • Recoil (1994) by Franklin Cox
  • The Courier's Tragedy (world premiere) by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf
  • Cello Suite in D Minor by J. S. Bach.

Claus-Steffen MahnkopfSpecial Note
The composer Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, whose work The Courier's Tragedy will be premiered, will be in attendance. He will present a special lecture on his work on March 14 at 1 pm at the Department of Music, Fine Arts Building. Admission to his lecture is free. A native of Mannheim, Mahnkopf teaches at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and has served on the faculty of the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. He is co-editor and founder of the Gesellschaft für Musik & Ästehtik. A winner of the Gaudeamus Prize, he is the author of numerous works for chamber ensemble and soloists.

General admission: $7.00.
Students and seniors: $3.00.
Admission is free to holders of a current UMBC ID.

General Music information: 410-455-2942
UMBC Artsline (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
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From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mile to the entrance of UMBC at the roundabout intersection of Wilkens Avenue and Hilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Fine Arts Building.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Fine Arts Building.

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Posted by dwinds1 at February 3, 2003 12:00 AM