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March 24, 2010

UMBC Presents the Duo Alterno in Concert

Thursday, April 1, 2010
8 p.m.
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Note: This release is available as a pdf file.

Duo AlternoUMBC presents the Duo Alterno, featuring the artistry of soprano Tiziana Scandaletti and pianist-composer Riccardo Piacentini, in concert on Thursday, April 1st at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Duo made its debut in 1997 at the Vancouver Festival of Italian Contemporary Music, and have since then toured throughout the United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Japan, China, India, throughout Europe and other sites in Asia. The Duo Alterno has made recordings for Curci, Nuova Era, Stradivarius and other labels.

Their program, entitled Songs and Gestures in a Musical Space, will feature:
Luciano Berio: Quattro canzoni popolari (1947/71)
Riccardo Piacentini: Foto-suoni delle nuove scienze (2009) and Jazz motetus VI (Cricket play) (2003)
David Froom: Three love songs (2008)
Marcello Abbado: Vocalizzo sopra "Ma se mi toccano dov'è il mio debole" dal Barbiere di Siviglia (1997)
Cathy Berberian: Stripsody (1966)
Sylvano Bussotti: Lachrimae (1978)

Riccardo Piacentini has been a prize winner at international competitions and events, including the Presteigne International Festival in Wales, where he represented Italy in 1992 with Ti i for violin and harp, ICONS in Turin (first international prize with For four for string quartet), Nuove Sincronie in Milan (Amariamori for G flute), Mario Zafred and Franco Evangelisti in Rome (Keir for orchestra and again For four), Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena with the cooperation of Radio France, and the Conservatoire Superieur de Musique de Paris (... et coetera for ten players). He has taken seminars with Franco Donatoni, Sylvano Bussotti, György Ligeti, Ennio Morricone, André Richard and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 1988 he took part with performances of his works at the Internationalen Ferienkurse für neue Musik in Darmstadt.

Soprano Tiziana Scandaletti received a diploma with top marks in voice from the Conservatory in Vicenza and a graduated with honors in musicology from the University in Padua. A winner at international competitions, for a number of years she has been devoting her attention to contemporary music, with broadcasts on RAI, RSI, Kazak National Radio and Television, Uzbek National Radio, Vatican Radio and with recordings for CD labels such as Ariston-Ricordi, Curci, Edipan and Nuova Era (seven CDs, included monographs on Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Alfredo Casella and Franco Alfano), Stradivarius (five CDs, including the series La voce contemporanea in Italia).

"Folks who checked out Duo Alterno's concert ... at the University of Maryland Baltimore County ... were rewarded with dynamic performances of fascinating music." —Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun (2000)

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

General Public Information

-- 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.
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Posted by tmoore at March 24, 2010 3:50 PM