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January 28, 2004

UMBC Presents Pianist Stephen Drury in Concert

Stephen Drury (photo: Lisa Kohler)The UMBC Department of Music’s Contemporary Concerts Series and the InterArts program present pianist Stephen Drury in concert on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Mr. Drury will present a program of the three piano sonatas by Charles Ives (Sonata No. 1, Sonata No. 2 (“Concord, Mass., 1840–60”), and the Three Page Sonata) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Stephen Drury was named 1989 Musician of the Year by the Boston Globe and has concertized throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has given solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., New York’s Symphony Space, and from Arkansas to California to Hong Kong to Paris. A champion of twentieth-century music, Drury’s performances of music—ranging from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and György Ligeti—have received the highest critical acclaim. He has appeared at the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, the Subtropics Festival in Miami, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, and the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo as well as at Roulette and the Knitting Factory in New York. At Spoleto USA and at the Angelica Festival in Bologna, he performed as both conductor and pianist. He has also conducted the Britten Sinfonia in England, the Santa Cruz New Music Works Ensemble, and the Harvard Group for New Music. In 1992 Stephen Drury directed the world premiere of George Russell’s Time Line for orchestra, chorus, jazz band and soloists. In 1988-1989, he organized a year-long festival of the music of John Cage which led to a request from the composer to perform the solo piano part in Cage’s 1O1, premiered with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April, 1989. Drury has commissioned new works for solo piano from John Cage, John Zorn, Terry Riley, and Chinary Ung with funding provided by Meet The Composer. In 1995, he gave the first performance of John Zorn’s concerto for piano and orchestra, Aporias, with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. Later that same season he gave the premiere of Basic Training for solo piano, written for him by Lee Hyla. Drury is artistic director of the Callithumpian Consort, and he created and directs the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance at New England Conservatory.

Admission is free.

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Posted by dwinds1 at January 28, 2004 12:00 AM