Concert will celebrate 20th-century composers Chamber...


March 30, 2001

Concert will celebrate 20th-century composers

Chamber Music on the Hill will honor composers born near the start of the 20th century at 7 p.m. Sunday in McDaniel Lounge at Western Maryland College.

Part of a series at the college, the concert will feature WMC performers David Duree, Kyle Engler, Linda Kirkpatrick and David Kreider; Julie Gregorian, Esther Mellon-Thompson and Melissa Zaraya, all of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Evan Walker of Carroll Community College; and area professional musicians Lynn Griffith and Mindy Niles.

The concert will include works by two of America's finest composers, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) and Richard Rodgers (1902-1979), who teamed with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II to create some of musical theater's most memorable tunes.

Copland won the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for music for "Appalachian Spring" and the Academy Award for his score for the 1949 movie "The Heiress"; was commissioned to create "Lincoln Portrait," part of a musical series about great Americans; and wrote folk songs for the ballets "Billy the Kid" and "Rodeo."

The program also includes "Piano Trio" by Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and songs by French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Some consider Shostakovich, who wrote ballets, concertos, string quartets, songs, opera and 15 symphonies, the greatest 20th-century Russian composer.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors. Students with valid identification will be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door one hour before the concert.

Information: 410-857-2599.

Drummer will present classical music of India

Drummer U. K. Sivaraman will perform South Indian classical music at 7 p.m. Monday in Baker Memorial Chapel at Western Maryland College.

The free concert, part of the college's Evelyn MacKenzie performance series, also will feature Ashok Ramani (vocals) and Rajalakshmi Krishnan (violin).

Sivaraman, 65, made his musical debut at age 10, plays the mrudangam, a barrel-shaped hand drum with heads on either side. The drum was said to be played by Nandhi, the bull god ridden by Lord Shiva. Sivaraman is considered by many to be an Avatar or incarnation of Nandhi.

After his inaugural concert, the young Sivaraman studied for more than 15 years under India's percussion masters. He has toured worldwide.

He also earned a law degree from the University of Madras.

The program Monday will feature traditional works from the Carnatic region in the Madras state in southeast India.

Information: 410-857-2599.

Arts council to display works by Matt Cottman

The works of Baltimore artist Mark Cottman will be featured at the Carroll County Arts Council from Monday through May 12 in the Westminster gallery.

Cottman won the Best in Show award at Art in the Park in June.

A closing reception will be held from noon to 2 p.m. May 12 in conjunction with Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival.

Cottman is an architectural engineer who specializes in computer-aided design.

A self-taught artist, he prefers vibrant colors combined in unusual ways. His favorite subjects are jazz, fruit, nudes and flowers.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Twin sisters to perform in free recital at college

Two Western Maryland College seniors will present a free recital at 7 p.m. Tuesday in McDaniel Lounge.

Twins Melissa and Jennifer Donner of Reston, Va., will perform.

Melissa, a business administration-economics major, plays the alto saxophone.

Jennifer, a studio art-communication double major, plays the flute.

The program will include classical works.

Information: 410-857-2599.

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