Concert Lab holds 2 world premieres

April 12, 2005|By Tim Smith

Concert Lab, founded in 2003 by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violinist Ellen Orner as an outlet for new music, will present two world premieres played by BSO members in a free concert today at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The program includes Landscape - After Yves Tanguy for solo violin by noted composer Benjamin Lees, a distinctive and prolific force in American music for the past 50 years. This piece was commissioned by and dedicated to Orner.

Also being premiered is Moods for oboe and string quartet by Chia-Yu Hsu, a work dedicated to BSO principal oboist Katherine Needleman. The Taiwanese-born Hsu, working on her doctorate at Duke University, has won prizes in several composition competitions.

Needleman will also be heard in another piece written for and dedicated to her, The Catherine Wheel for oboe and string trio by American composer David Ludwig, who teaches composition at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. "Performative visuals," experimental animation created by MICA students, will accompany one of the movements in this 2002 score.

There will be a post-concert discussion with the performers and composers, as well as more "performative visuals."

The concert is at 7:30 tonight at MICA's Brown Center at 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 410-225-2276.

- Tim Smith

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