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February 23, 2011

UMBC Presents Contemporary Music Ensemble Continuum in Concert

World Renowned Contemporary Music Ensemble
Rare Performance of New Music from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia

March 2, 2011
8 p.m.
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts Management

The release is available as a pdf file.

Continuum - Photo © Nan MelvilleUMBC presents the renowned contemporary music ensemble Continuum in concert on Wednesday, March 2nd at 8 pm in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Winner of the prestigious Siemens international prize for distinguished service to music and four ASCAP/ Chamber Music America Awards for Adventuresome Programming, New York-based Continuum, directed by Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, is now celebrating its 38th season.

Continuum will present Music of the Caucasus, a rare opportunity to hear works by contemporary composers from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia:

  • Sulkhan Tsintsadze (Georgia, 1925-1991): Four Quartet Miniatures (1947-1978)
  • Alexander Aslamazov (Armenia, b. North Ossetia, 1945): Napyev (Melody), for solo clarinet (1983)
  • Oleg Felzer (b. Azerbaijan, 1939; d. New York, 1998): Vestige (1993), for clarinet, violin, and piano (composed for Continuum)
  • Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (b. Azerbaijan, 1947): In Search of Lost Time (1999), for soprano, alto flute, violin, cello, piano, and zarb (composed for Continuum)
  • Suren Zakarian (b. Armenia, 1956): In statu nascendi -- Seven Miniatures for String Quartet (1996)
  • Josef Bardanashvili (b. Batumi, Georgia, 1948): Metamorphoses for Viola and Piano (1998)
  • Giya Kancheli (b. Georgia, 1935): Psalm 23 (1993-4), from Exil (1994) for soprano, alto flute, viola, cello, double bass, synthesizer, and tape

Continuum © Nan MelvilleThe New York Times says, "Simply put, there is no musical organization in New York that produces more intellectually enticing or more viscerally satisfying programs than Continuum...Year after year, its explorations in 20th-century repertory prove to be not only unusual and unexpected but also important and enduring...This ensemble has a long history of acting in behalf of composers whom others discover years or decades later."

Continuum's name embodies the philosophy that new music and old form an unbroken tradition. Aiming to expand the audience for recent music, it has performed some 150 times in New York and toured to forty American states, including appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, at colleges and community series throughout the US and Puerto Rico. Some forty international tours have taken it throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America, including, in recent years, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mongolia (five times), Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan (four times).

CBS Television, educational television networks, National Public Radio, Voice of America, and European stations have broadcast Continuum events. Recordings have appeared on Nonesuch (Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell, and Stefan Wolpe), Advance (Lawrence Moss), Capstone (Lawrence Moss), CRI (John Anthony Lennon, Tania León), Cambria (Virko Baley); Naxos has re-released Continuum's nine CDs originally made for Musical Heritage Society), devoted to Henry Cowell (2 CDs), Robert Erickson, Charles Ives, Leon Kirchner, Conlon Nancarrow, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Roberto Sierra, and Virgil Thomson. Portrait recordings of Ukrainian composers Valentin Bibik and Leonid Hrabovksy are available on TNC, which will also issue a CD of music by the Azerbaijani composer Oleg Felzer. Recent recordings include Turner--chamber music by Roberto Sierra--on New Albion, and works by Tania León on Bridge and Mutable.

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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Continuum photo by Ulla Suokko

Posted by tmoore at February 23, 2011 11:36 AM