Recent percussion music at UMBC

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March 20, 2003|By Tim Smith

There always seems to be something enticingly offbeat happening at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Tonight, for example, the Contemporary Concert Series presented by UMBC's Department of Music offers a hearty round of recent percussion pieces.

Swedish percussionist Jonas Larsson, considered a major player in this field, has put together a program filled with evocative (maybe even a little provocative) titles - including Dad's time has come by UMBC faculty member Stuart Saunders Smith, known for his remarkable diversity of expressive devices; Di-remption by UMBC's Franklin Cox, a noted cellist and composer; and OMAR by the late Franco Donatoni, whose inventive abstractions earned him many admirers. Completing the lineup: Slideshow by Fredrik Osterlin, and Vibraphone Music (No. 1) by J. Fredric Bergstrom.

The concert is at 8 tonight at the Fine Arts Recital Hall, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Road. Admission is free. Call 410-455-6872.

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