Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 05:00PM

UMD Symphony Orchestra: Alternative Energy

UMD Symphony Orchestra: Alternative Energy . Friday, February 26 . 8PM

New violin faculty artist Irina Muresanu, and viola faculty artist Katherine Murdock join the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra for the performance of a program entitled Alternative Energy. Professors Muresanu and Murdock will perform Mozart's brilliant double concerto, Sinfonia Concertante. This program will also feature Mason Bates's Alternative Energy, a time-travelling montage that conveys the rise and fall of our industrialized world through hip-hop and techno beats, folksy fiddlin, and junkyard percussion..

***And don't miss the pre-concert lecture, entitled "The Cross-Dresser and the Trumpeter: Struggles to Present Heroic Love in Music," taking place at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library! 

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2
Mahler: Blumine
Bates: Alternative Energy

Learn more about the artists featured on this program with these selected materials, available in the collections of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. For items held in the paged collections room, please ask at the circulation desk.

William Bolcom: The Four Sonatas for Violin & Piano, Graceful Ghost Rag —
Irina Muresanu, violin; Michael Lewin, piano
Accessible online through the UMD Libraries:
Great news for fans of streaming media! Through the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, the UMD community has access to a digital recording of UMD School of Music faculty artist Irina Muresanu’s recording of the four sonatas for violin and piano by composer William Bolcom. This recording by Muresanu and pianist Michael Lewin also features Bolcom’s Graceful Ghost Rag and is available through the streaming music database Naxos Music Library.
The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library’s digital collections include over two million tracks of classical, jazz and world music, and over 1500 hours of masterclass, dance and opera video from Naxos Music Library,, Met Opera On Demand, Classical Music Library, Opera in Video, Dance in Video, Contemporary World Music and other streaming databases. Accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world with a valid UMD Directory ID and password, these resources may also be accessed by the public while on-campus; visit MSPAL’s circulation desk for a UMD Libraries guest account. Log onto and start searching our digital collections today!

Time Variations — Mark Edwards Wilson, composer; Left Bank Quartet, et al.
Location:  Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections Room
Call Number:  MCD 11937

This recording of works by UMD theory and composition professor Mark Edwards Wilson brings together faculty artist Katherine Murdock and the other members of the Left Bank Quartet (David Salness and Sally McLain, violins; Evelyn Elsing, cello) for a performance of his Time Variations. This piece of contemporary music incorporates earlier styles through a technique that its composer refers to as “style modulation.” Beginning and ending in a modernist style, Time Variations embarks on a “journey through the dimension of musical style using a single unifying thematic idea.” Visit MSPAL to explore Time Variations or check it out for up to seven days with a valid UMD ID.