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January 18, 2008

UMBC Presents the Music of Stuart Saunders Smith

January 31, 2008
8 p.m.
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: You may view or download this release as a pdf file.

Stuart Saunders SmithUMBC Composer Stuart Saunders Smith presents "A Night at the Opera," featuring performers Sylvia Smith (percussion, voice and narration) and Ayano Kataoka (percussion and voice).

The three-part program features:

-- Lace (overture) and A Viet Nam Memorial
-- Transitions and Leaps
-- By Language Embellished: I

Smith's music is regularly performed throughout North America, Western Europe, and has had notable performances in Asia. His music is recorded on O.O. Discs, Capstone Records, and on European labels in Austria, France, and Germany. He has received the East/West Artist Award, the Maryland State Artists Fellowship, the Pittsburgh Film Forum Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Composer's Fellowship, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist Award. Smith's music is published by Sonic Art Editions. Articles on Stuart Saunders Smith's music have appeared in Percussive Notes Research Edition, Perspectives of New Music, Interface, and Ex Tempore. In 1997, The Music of Stuart of Saunders Smith, by John Welsh, was published by Excelsior Press, NYC, NY.

Stuart Saunders Smith's compositions fall into four areas of creative research: 1) Inventing music of extreme rhythmic and melodic complexity, 2) Making musical mobiles where there is no fixed musical score but rather instrumental parts that freely interact, 3) Composing for spoken texts, 4) Creating trans-media systems for groups of performance artists (dancers, mimes, actors, etc.).

Admission is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID.
Tickets are available through MissionTix at or by calling MissionTix at 410-752-8950.
Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only) immediately prior to the concert.

General Public Information
UMBC Arts Website:

-- From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 to exit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Fine Arts Building.
-- 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.
-- Daytime metered visitor parking is available in Lot 10, near the Administration Building. Visitor parking regulations are enforced on all University calendar days. Hilltop Circle and all campus roadways require a parking permit unless otherwise marked.
-- Online campus map:

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Posted by tmoore at January 18, 2008 11:24 AM