This week's should-hear musical events

A glance at the music calendar in Baltimore reveals enticing chamber-size programs performed by excellent ensembles this week, especially over the next couple of days.

On Tuesday evening at An die Musik, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series goes where few local organizations have dared go before -- contemporary Finland. Works by two very big names on the composer front, Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, will be performed, along with music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, better known as a conductor, but a very persuasive composer as well. Among the performers: pianists Lura Johnson and Kenneth Osowski, percussionists Kelsey Tamayo, soprano Andrea Edith Moore, clarinetist Elisabeth Stimpert, and harpist Jacqueline Pollauf. (I wouldn't miss this one if I didn't have a good excuse -- I'll be participating on a panel discussion at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library about what the arts in Baltimore might look like in 2020. After that, I may have to check myself into a depression clinic.)

Wednesday pits two worthy chamber music events against each other. At Peabody's Friedberg Hall, the

Peabody Trio will serve up a gem by Mendelssohn and then, joined by another of the conservatory's faculty artists, clarinetist Anthony McGill, will perform one of the most profound and absorbing works of 20th century music: Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time." A few blocks away, the Aspen Ensemble will launch its residency at the University of Baltimore with works by Beethoven, Brahms and Martinu. You can read more about this in my Arts Scene column in Tuesday's Sun.

And one more chamber music evening worth noting -- the Poulenc Trio plays works by its brilliant namesake on Saturday at An die Musik.   


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