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The music we love. The music that challenges us.

Tue, Sep 06, 2016

 

As The School of Music's premier faculty and guest artist recital series, Music in Mind explores the music we love and the music that challenges us by connecting it to the world in which we live.

 
Thursday, October 13, 2016 . 6pm . Phillips Collection - Purchase Tickets 
Sunday, October 16, 2016 . 3pm . Gildenhorn Recital Hall - Purchase Tickets 
Left Bank Quartet
David Salness, violin
Sally McLain, violin
Katherine Murdock, viola
Eric Kutz, cello
Aaron Goldman, flute 
Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano
Audrey Andrist, piano
Larissa Dedova, piano
Rita Sloan, piano
 
Standing at the intersection of tonality, modality and serialism, Henri Dutilleux (1916 – 2013) came of age in France during the Second World War. He absorbed and mastered all the dominant strands of European musical tradition and was likely the greatest living composer in his later life.
 
Dutilleux created a new musical language of beauty, exoticism and passion from the wreckage of postwar Europe.  Join the UMD School of Music for an engaging cross-disciplinary retrospective of the composer’s most powerful compositions presented with works of Debussy and Ravel.
 
 
 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 . 8PM . Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Free, no tickets required
Internationally renowned violinist Miriam Fried performs an all solo Bach program. Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Zurich.
 
Earlier in the day at 12:30pm, Ms. Fried will give a masterclass in Gildenhorn Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public. 
 
 
 
 
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 . 8PM . Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Free, no tickets required 
Irina Muresanu, violin
Katherine Murdock, viola
Eric Kutz, cello
Rita Sloan, piano
 
This program of masterworks for piano quartet features one of Brahms' most emotionally charged chamber works, the Piano Quartet in c-minor, op. 60, alongside the beloved Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major KV 493 and the Andalusian folk music infused Piano Quartet in a- minor, op. 67 by Joaquin Turina.
 
 
Sunday, February 5, 2017 . 3pm . Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Irina Muresanu, violin
 
Experience a fantastic journey around the globe through a solo violin recital with a theatrical twist. This concert features works inspired by the composers’ own ethnic heritage and explores a variety of musical cultures and performance techniques.  Included in the program are two staples of the violin solo repertoire, Bach’s Chaconne and Paganini’s Caprice No. 24, as well as two new works commissioned especially for this program by Indian composer Shirish Korde and Native American composer Jerod “Impichchaachaaha’” Tate. 
 
Presented in collaboration with ethnomusicology Professor Lawrence Witzleben.
 
 
Xiang Gao, violin
Rita Sloan, piano 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 . 8pm . Gildenhorn Recital Hall 
Free, no tickets required 
 
Xiang Gao is recognized as one of the world's most successful performing artists of his generation from the People's Republic of China. His musical integrity and virtuoso technique have gained accolades from audiences and reviewers around the world, and he has performed for many world leaders. Most recently, Mr. Gao was a featured soloist performing for the Chinese President Hu JinTao and the visiting King Carlos I of Spain. In this performance, he joins with Rita Sloan to perform sonatas for violin and piano by Debussy, Brahms and Faure. 
 
Mr. Gao will give masterclass on February 14, at 12:30 pm in Leah Smith Lecture Hall. This event is free, no tickets required. 
 
 
 
 
Beethoven at the Threshold: Opuses 95, 96, and 97 
Sunday, February 26, 2017 . 3pm . Gildenhorn Recital Hall 
Free, no tickets required
Left Bank Quartet 
David Salness, violin
Sally McLain, violin
Katherine Murdock, viola
Eric Kutz, cello
Evelyn Elsing, cello 
Larissa Dedova, piano
Colette Valentine, piano
 
Three of Beethoven’s most consequential works encompassing three different chamber music genres and wildly contrasting landscapes are dramatically juxtaposed in one exciting evening. 
 
Working in reverse order and affirming the broad, pivotal stylistic changes afoot, the expansive, soaring “Archduke” Trio Op. 97 features distinguished alumna Colette Valentine on piano, cellist faculty emerita Evelyn Elsing, and David Salness, violinist and Director of Chamber Music Activities in the School of Music. 
 
Joining Salness, faculty pianist Larissa Dedova will bring her tender treatment to Beethoven’s last piano/violin sonata Op. 96, an almost minimalist uttering that evocatively glimpses through the portal to his final period; and with the stormy Op. 95, the Left Bank Quartet decidedly slams the door to the composer’s former “middle” period with a slashing account of this—Beethoven’s curtest statement.
 
 
Duo Down the Danube
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 . 8PM. Gildenhorn Recital Hall 
Free, no tickets required 
James Stern, violin
Audrey Andrist, piano
 
The Stern/Andrist Duo takes a musical cruise from Vienna to Bratislava to Budapest to Bucharest. The river carries us predictably eastward, but there is no even keel with this music. Schubert hides the greatest profundity and intimacy behind flashiness and humorously overblown grandeur in his Rondo in B Minor. Dohnányi follows the path of decadence only to arrive at childlike innocence in his Sonata in C-sharp Minor. Bartók finds opportunities for suave voice-leading in the gritty outpourings of a gypsy band in his Rhapsody No.1. Enescu's Sonata No. 3, "dans le caractère populaire roumain" demands a texture of gossamer—at first. After that, the main goal is to finish the piece without breaking the instruments or setting them on fire!
 
 
Murasaki Duo: Commissions and Classics 
Saturday, April 15, 2017 . 8PM . Gildenhorn Recital Hall
Free, no tickets required 
Eric Kutz, cello
Miko Kominami, piano
 
In preparation for their international tour to Europe and the Middle East, The Murasaki Duo perform beloved classics and newly commissioned pieces. The program includes British composer David Obson’s frenetically energetic Sonata for Cello and Piano, as well as  a new work by Ethan Haimo, which Eric Kutz describes as “dark in many ways, like all the facets of a smokey diamond.” 
 
 
Joel Krosnick, cello
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 . 8PM . Gildenhorn Recital Hall 
Free, no tickets required 
Cellist Joel Krosnick has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician around the world, including more than four decades touring as a member of the Juilliard String Quartet. He and his sonata partner of more than 30 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, have performed recitals throughout the U. S. and Europe. Since 1976, they have given an annual series of recitals in New York City, including the 2007 series “American Milestones of the Last 100 Years” at The Juilliard School. In this recital, the duo performs a program that includes works by Brahms and Beethoven.  
 
In this recital, the duo performs a program that includes works by Brahms and Beethoven.   
 
Mr. Krosnick will give a masterclass on May 2 at 12:30pm in Gildenhorn Recital Hall. This event is free, no tickets required. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Kutz is the recipient of The Barbara K. Steppel Memorial Faculty Fellowship in Cello.
Irina Muresanu is the recipient of The Tretter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Violin.
Concerts featuring Miriam Fried and Xiang Gao are supported by The Tretter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Violin.