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January 28, 2004

UMBC Presents the ConText Performers Collective in Concert

ConText Performers CollectiveThe UMBC Department of Music’s Contemporary Concerts Series presents the ConText Performers Collective in concert on Thursday, February 9th at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free. Please note that the date of this concert has been changed from February 19th.

The ConText Performers Collective, which features Sylvia Smith and Carrie Rose, will perform Robert Erickson’s Pacific Sirens, Stuart Saunders Smith’s Transitions and Leaps, and works by Will Ogdon and Herbert Brün.

Sylvia Smith is a percussionist, scholar and publisher, and is the artistic director of the UMBC New Music Ensemble. She has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and has participated in the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in New York. In 1998 she founded the ConText Performers Collective, which specializes in music that integrates percussion, spoken text and theatre. She has authored articles on graphic notation and curated many concerts of the music of John Cage. Smith owns and operates Smith Publications, and in 1994 was awarded an honorary doctorate for her work in American music by the University of Akron.

Flutist and dancer Carrie Rose earned Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Joshua Smith, principal flutist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She toured Russia and Eastern Europe with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra, has performed throughout Switzerland, Germany and England, was awarded a full scholarship to the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland, and was a Fellow in Chamber Music at the Schweitzer Institute of Music in Sandpoint, Idaho, directed by Gunther Schuller. Rose has played with the New World Symphony in Miami, and the Akron and Youngstown Symphonies in Ohio. Honors and awards include first prize at the national level of the Yamaha/Music Teachers National Association Competition, a Presser Foundation Scholarship, and the Amherst Symphony Womens’ Committee Scholarship.

Admission is free.

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