Ruckus is UMBC's resident professional contemporary music ensemble.

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Video: Ruckus Performance

Founded in 2000 to promote the performance of contemporary chamber music, Ruckus, UMBC’s resident professional contemporary music ensemble, plays important roles both on and off campus.

"With all of UMBC’s music faculty sharing a research interest in contemporary music, the Ruckus ensemble provides an important public face for UMBC's reputation for cutting-edge research," said Linda Dusman, professor and chair of the Department of Music. "The ensemble also serves as an important outreach tool and contributes to the cultural life of UMBC and the Baltimore-Washington region."

Ruckus bookends its UMBC performance on April 12 with concerts at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston on April 3 and at Stanford University on April 17 and 22 (as part of a week-long residency). Ruckus has also performed at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and at universities along the East Coast. The UMBC performance includes the premiere of Dusman’s Magnificat 3: Lament, with interactive animation by UMBC visual arts professor Alan Price.

For these performances, Ruckus features flutist Lisa Cella, cellist Franklin Cox, percussionist Tom Goldstein, clarinetist E. Michael Richards, violinist Airi Yoshioka, pianist Thomas Moore and conductor Brian Stone.

To watch members of Ruckus perform Milton Babbitt's Composition for Four Instruments, click on QuickTime links below. (Produced by UMBC's New Media Studio)

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