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Paris is inspiration for concert at Western Maryland College; Era between world wars is focus for program


Western Maryland College will kick off its weekly music series this semester with a French-influenced production inspired by the creativity that invigorated Paris after World War I.

"Monday Night on Saturday: Paris in the '20s and '30s" will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow in McDaniel Lounge. The college's music department sponsors a series of concerts each semester that are usually held on Mondays.

The lounge will be transformed into Gertrude Stein's Paris living room.

Stein, an influential American writer and poet, lived in France during this period. She was famous for her regular chat sessions with many of the era's artists and musicians.

"The meetings were a catalyst, giving the artists and composers a place to mix and exchange ideas," said Robin Armstrong, assistant professor of music and coordinator of the program.

"This immense energy circulating between the world wars created some of the most vibrant and exciting paintings, poems, and musical compositions," she said.

Tomorrow's concert will feature local musicians and members of Western Maryland's faculty.

The faculty performers include Linda Kirkpatrick, who will play the flute in a woodwind quintet. Pianist Judy Ferencz will perform two solos and will accompany cellist Katherine Barrett.

The musicians will perform pieces from French composers Darius Milhaud, Claude Debussy, Germaine Tailleferre and sisters Lili and Nadia Boulanger. Featured American composers will include Florence Price and George Gershwin.

Armstrong will read excerpts from Stein's poetry.

The lounge will be decorated with prints from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, two of the era's best-known painters.

"We are really combining the different manifestations of the overwhelming artistic activities of the time, with literary and visual arts and music," Armstrong said.

Information: Arts Management Office, 410-857-2599.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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