Mobtown Modern's 2010-11 season to include BSO collaborations, eclectic repertoire
Mobtown Modern, Baltimore’s most aggressive champion of contemporary music (I mean that in the best possible way), has devised a startling lineup for the 2010-11 season.
The big news is that Mobtown will team up with the Baltimore Symphony for some music-making. BSO music director Marin Alsop has been looking around for ways to connect with the edgier things going in the city and is always open to collaborations; Mobtown’s curator Brian Sacawa has been seeking ways to spread his organization’s wings – so this looks like a natural and very promising match-up.
I’ve liked Mobtown’s approach and its programming from the start a few years ago. The new season looks like the most ambitious and tempting yet, with a hearty helping of Ligeti, including “Poeme Symphonique” for 100 metronomes, to launch the 10-concert series on Sept. 14, and a big work by Golijov – “Ayre” from 2004 -- to wrap things up on June 1. The latter event is one of two presentations involving BSO players; the first, on Jan. 12, will be devoted to the 1981 piece “Glassworks” by Baltimore’s own Philip Glass.
This season finds Mobtown moving uptown again. The series started out based at the Contemporary Museum, which remains the organization’s parent, then headed a few blocks north to Metro Gallery; it now will migrate a few more blocks
to take up residence at the Windup Space.
Other highlights of the Mobtown schedule: music by much-in-the-limelight young composer Nico Muhly; “chamber rock” from Missy Mazzoli and her ensemble, Victoire, and violist Nadia Sirota; music theater by Corey Dargel; an evening of Ken Ueno’s distinctive work; a program of pieces by John Cage, Earle Brown and others that use non-traditional notation; a concert by the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots; and a performance of the multiple genre-spanning “O Death” by Peabody faculty member Oscar Bettison.
Here's a sample of Victoire performing Missy Mazzoli's "A Song for Arthur Russell," which will be featured on ensemble's Mobtown Modern concert Oct. 13: