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October 6, 2009

UMBC Presents Contemporary Music Concert Featuring Six American Premieres

"3x3" Features Works by Three American Composers, Including Linda Dusman of UMBC, and Three Composers Based in Greece

Sunday, October 18, 2009
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.

Matthew Burtner scoreThe UMBC Department of Music Presents 3x3, a concert featuring American premieres of compositions by Linda Dusman (professor of music at UMBC), William Kleinsasser (Towson University), Matthew Burtner (University of Virginia), and Sofia Kamayianni, Tim Ward and Theodora Panagopolous (the last three all based in Greece). On October 2nd, all six compositions received their world premieres in Greece; the concert at UMBC on October 18th marks the American premiere, with all six composers in attendance for both events.

In 2009, Matthew Burtner ventured onto a lava flow on the erupting Pacaya Volcano in Guatemela. Armed with recording equipment, he sought to capture sound he later described as "a pane of glass shattering in slow motion." The searing heat--2000 degrees at the source--melted some of his expensive recording equipment.

William Kleinsasser utilized a sonic exploration of West Baltimore, recordings that capture sometimes troubled streets, sirens wailing, people shouting and traffic. Linda Dusman recorded the sounds of an artist at work, using contact microphones to literally grab the sound of pen scratches from inside the paper.

Armed with their source material of ambient sound, the composers returned home to write new pieces, interweaving the "soundscape" material with composed parts for live performers--clarinet, flute and percussion.

Greek composers Sofia Kamayianni, Theodora Panagopolous and Tim Ward (British by birth and based in Greece) are members of Spiza, an artistic society founded in 2003 that includes musicians, choreographers, dancers, actors and directors. It was under the auspices of Spiza that the six works received their world premieres in Athens.

The featured works include:
Matthew Burtner: A'aa (excerpt pictured above)
Linda Dusman: Skra
William Kleinsasser: Adagio (amore)
Sofia Kamayianni: Clepsydra Mm
Theodora Panagopolous: 3x3x3
Tim Ward: Cambos

All six works will be performed by members of Ruckus, UMBC's professional new music ensemble.

$7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. Ticket are available through MissionTix at or 410-752-8950. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only).

General Public Information
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-- 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 tmoore at October 6, 2009 8:56 AM