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SONAR, Evolution provide contemporary lift to Baltimore's 2012-13 season

SONAR, Evolution provide contemporary lift to Baltimore's 2012-13 season
Baltimore's new music scene lost a valued player this season with the suspension of Mobtown Modern, but that still leaves some other great activists, including SONAR and the Evolution Contemporary Music Series.

SONAR has somehow slipped under under my radar (rim shot, please) in recent years, but I hasten to give a shout out to the ensemble's 2012-2013 season, which opens Friday with a program that runs the gamut from A to Z -- literally, as Joe Biden would say.

The group, founded in 2007 by violinist Colin Sorgi, focuses on American fare in this concert, including John Adams' "Road Movies," John Cage's "Variations IV," Elliott Carter's "Esprit Rude/Esprit Doux," Aaron Copland's Sextet, Kevin Puts' "Credo," and the premiere of ...

"Fractal Miniatures" by SONAR's composer-in-residence Roger Zare.

This intriguing lineup will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday Old St. Paul's.

SONAR's season continues Nov. 29 at the Pratt Library with string quartets by George Crumb and Georg Friedrich Haas (the latter's Quartet No. 3 will be performed, as instructed, in darkness).

Also slated this season from SONAR: Music of Steve Reich and John Harbison in February; an April concert devoted to pieces by six composers studying at Peabody (the audience favorite will be commissioned to write a work for SONAR); and a celebration in May of Gyorgy Ligeti.

The Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded by composer Judah Adashi, opens its eighth season with a program devoted to the equally cerebral and sensual music of Kaija Saariaho on Oct. 30 at An die Musik.

Each subsequent presentation will likewise offer a variety of works by a provocative composer: Gyorgy Kurtag in February, Missy Mazzoli in March, and John Luther Adams in May. Mazzoli and Adams are slated to participate in person.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SONARNEWMUSIC.ORG AND SAARIAHO.ORG

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