WESTMINSTER — The Vladimir Lande-Jose Cueto Ensemble, which will make its local debut Sunday, Nov. 10, as the second offering of Western Maryland College's 1991-1992 Sundays of Note season, marks a major change for this ongoing series of live performances by emerging and established talent.
For the first time, the performance -- a "Mostly Mozart" program honoring the 200th anniversary of the composer's death -- will be in the more intimate confines of the college's McDaniel Hall Lounge.
Throughout its seven-year history, Sundays of Note has made Alumni Hall its home.
Margaret Boudreaux, assistant professor of music and department chair, said McDaniel Lounge is an appropriate setting for such music, because of the small forces it requires and the rather detailed structures it reveals.
"The lounge is preferable for chamber music because it offers a uniquely intimate 'salon' setting," she said. "This kind of music was usually played in people's living rooms, or in rooms they called salons.
"That's where it was meant tobe heard."
Ensemble officials said they expect the lounge setting, will contribute greatly to the intimacy and feeling of the duo's violin and oboe performance.
Depending on the event, future programswill be scheduled in either McDaniel or Alumni.
In addition to playing works by Mozart, the ensemble will present the Maryland premiere of "Oboe Quintet" by the English composer Arthur Bliss, whose long career encompassed both experimentalism and romanticism.
A native of Puerto Rico, violinist Jose Cueto has performed all over the worldand received critical acclaim for his work both as a soloist and chamber musician.
He has performed as a guest artist with the KennedyCenter Chamber Players, the Washington Chamber Society and the Festival Chamber Players at the renowned Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
A member of the string faculty at Saint Mary's and Goucher colleges, Cueto is concertmaster of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and ConcertArtists of Baltimore.
In addition, he is violin and chamber musicartist in residence at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County with Trio Americas.
Cueto has earned high marks from the critics.
A native of Leningrad, Lande served as principal oboist with theLeningrad Philharmonic Orchestra from 1984 to 1989.
He has won several prestigious prizes, performed throughout Europe and been involved in a number of recordings with orchestras and ensemble groups.
Lande performs with Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and teaches at St. Mary's College and the Washington Conservatory.
The Sundays of Note Series is sponsored jointly by theWMC Department of Music, the College Activities Programming Board and the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.
The activities board is a volunteer student organization that coordinates social, cultural and educational opportunities for the Western Maryland community.
The Peggyand Yale Gordon Trust was established primarily to provide support for various cultural and educational institutions in and around metropolitan Baltimore.
Implementing concert career opportunities for young, emerging artists as well as established artists is a continuing activity of the trust.
All performances in the series begin at 2 p.m. Admission is $5; students 18 and under are admitted free.
Information: 857-2265 or 876-2055, Ext. 265.