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September 1, 2011

UMBC Presents in Concert Lisa Cella, Flutist, and Deborah Allen, Pianist

Thursday, September 22, 2011, 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Recital Hall

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts Management

This release is available as a pdf file.

Image of Lisa Cella by Richard Anderson; image of Deborah Allen ©Chrystopher RobinsonThe UMBC Department of Music presents a concert by flutist Lisa Cella and pianist Deborah Allen, who will perform on Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Their program will feature J.S. Bach's Sonata in E major, BWV 1035; Samuel Barber's Canzone; Robert Muczynski's Flute Sonata, Op. 14; Olivier Messiaen's Le Merle Noir; and Sergei Prokofiev's Flute Sonata in D, Op. 94.

As a champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is Artistic Director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE. With NOISE she has performed the works of young composers all around the world including at the Acousmania Festival in Bucharest, Romania in May of 2004, the Pacific Rim Festival at the University of California, Santa Cruz in May of 2005 and as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 2007. NOISE also presents a three-day festival of modern music entitled soundON. Dr. Cella also performs in the flute duo inHale, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two flutes. inHale was an invited ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego in August of 2005. She is a founding member of C2, a touring flute and cello duo that has commissioned and premiered many new works. As a soloist, she has performed around the world and is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy. She is an associate professor of music at UMBC and a founding member of its faculty contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus. Her undergraduate work was completed at Syracuse University under the tutelage of John Oberbrunner and she received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory where she studied with Robert Willoughby. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary flute performance under John Fonville at the University of California, San Diego.

Deborah Allen is an active accompanist and piano teacher in Howard County, Maryland. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with Thomas Schumacher. During her time there, she won the graduate school division of the Homer Ulrich Piano Competition. She was also selected to perform on WGMS radio in Washington D.C., and in a masterclass at the university's International Piano Festival and Competition. Allen's performing and accompanying experience spans over 30 years. She has performed as a collaborative pianist in vocal, instrumental and chamber music recitals, and has years of experience accompanying choral groups, church services and musical theatre productions. She currently works with some of the most well respected teachers in the area, accompanying many talented young musicians in state and local competitions and recitals. Most recently, she has enjoyed accompanying students in the Department of Music at UMBC.

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.

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Photo of Lisa Cella by Richard Anderson; photo of Deborah Allen ©Chrystopher Robinson.

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Posted by tmoore at September 1, 2011 1:28 PM