Exploring the music of two worlds

Critic's Choice

Classical Music

May 05, 2002

The mix -- or collision -- of the Old and New Worlds has generated lots of discussion and debate, lots of art and music. An inquisitive woodwind quintet from France called le concert impromptu is currently exploring some of the aural examples of this cultural clash in programs that range from a transcription of Antonin Dvorak's American Quartet to Frank Zappa's Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus.

Among other composers being addressed on the tour by the Paris-based, decade-old group are Bela Bartok, Claude Debussy, Luciano Berio and John Cage.

Thanks to a collaboration between the French Embassy in Washington and An die Musik, the classical and jazz CD retailer, le concert impromptu will provide a look into some of this diverse repertoire in a performance at 3 p.m. today at Gallery 409, 409 N. Charles St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-385-2638.

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