Sample the latest sounds for flute and clarinet

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Classical Music

March 09, 2003|By Tim Smith

The New Music Ensemble, inaugurated last year at Towson University thanks to a gift from the Argosy Foundation, explores works for flute and clarinet tonight. The program offers a rare opportunity around here to sample work by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, whose subtle, intricate, highly individualistic style has earned her a prominent place in the music world today.

Other intriguing composers represented on the concert include the largely self-taught Giacinto Scelsi, an eccentric Italian who was particularly noted for his exploration of the expressive possibilities in a single note (he died in the 1980s), and Cort Lippe, an American who specializes in combining acoustical instruments with electronics.

Flutist Lisa Cella and clarinetist E. Michael Richards will be featured in the concert at 7:30 tonight at Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets are $6 and $4 for students and seniors, and are available at the door. For more information on this event, or all the other musical activities well worth checking out at the center, call 410-704-2787.

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