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Festival Baltimore, featuring composers' complete works in various genres, to debut at UMBC

Tim Smith
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This is shaping up to be a summer for unusually fresh musical adventures.

First came news of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s inaugural New Music Festival in July. Now comes word from the University of Maryland Baltimore County that Festival Baltimore will launch there in June, offering a distinctive twist on programming.

Festival Baltimore, founded by pianist Asiya Korepanova, who serves as artistic director, will consist of seven concerts, each devoted not just to a single composer, but to the complete works by that composer in select genres. All the music, stretching from Beethoven to George Walker, will be heard in UMBC's impressive Linehan Concert Hall.

Korepanova will play a marathon recital containing all the piano etudes of Liszt on June 16.

The next day, the pianist will collaborate with saxophonist Matthew Evan Taylor in a survey of the complete works for alto saxophone and piano by notable 20th century American composer Paul Creston.

Violist Milean Pajaro-van de Stadt will be joined by Korepanova in a recital June 18 of all the viola sonatas by Brahms and Shostakovich.

Redi Llupa will play the five piano sonatas by George Walker on June 21, six days before this exceptional American composer's 95th birthday.

It's back to Brahms on June 22, when his complete violin sonatas will be performed by violinist Netanel Draiblate and pianist Lura Johnson. More Brahms on the 23rd -- music students, who will be mentored during the festival, will perform Brahms' three piano quartets.

Also on June 23, cellist Gita Ladd will team with Korepanova for all five of Beethoven's cello sonatas to bring the festival to a close.

Some concerts are free; others are $30. There's a festival pass for $99. Go to festivalbaltimore.com.

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