Endowment supports new music at Towson

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April 11, 2002|By Tim Smith

In these days of musically conservative tastes and rising challenges for fund-raising, it is very big news to find that a substantial hunk of change has been donated for the express purpose of supporting contemporary music. Such big news is coming out of Towson University, where the New Music Ensemble has been founded thanks to a $250,000 endowment from the Argosy Foundation and one of its trustees, Alex Abele.

Abele, who recently received a master's degree in composition from the university, envisions the founding of the ensemble as a catalyst for the promotion of "quality performances of new music" and a showcase for both student and faculty artists. Plans call for a concert series, master classes and other activities in the seasons ahead.

The debut program by the New Music Ensemble offers works by Chen Yi, Eugene O'Brien, Jeffrey Mumford and Frederick Fox. The concert is at 8:15 p.m. today at Towson University's Center for Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets are $6, $4 for students and seniors. Call 410-704-2787.

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