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Janice Misurell-Mitchell must be the busiest composer in town this season. Already seven of her recent compositions have been performed; now opuses eight and nine take their first bow in this concert by Cube, a new-music ensemble she cofounded four years ago. It's premature to categorize Misurell-Mitchell's music--after all, she only began composing full-time in 1987, after obtaining a PhD from Northwestern. But her attempts at stretching music's boundaries--by incorporating improvisation and performance art and expanding the range of instruments--have produced refreshing results. This concert will demonstrate the two main directions in her development as an experimenter. Uncommon Time, a piece for solo flute (to be played by Caroline Pittman) that reflects her longtime love for the instrument, is a playful advertisement of the flute's light-toned palette. After the History demonstrates her fascination with the spoken word; based on a poem by Chicagoan John Shreffler in response to the demolition of the Berlin Wall, this vocal piece is a meditation on war and world harmony. Also on the hefty program are Eric Lyon's Pornography for solo oboe; Bruno Maderna's Serenata per un satellite, an early example of improvised music as academic brainteaser; Desiderata for oboe and marimba, originally written by Boston-based Ruth Lomon for a sound sculpture that doubled as an instrument; Michi for marimba by Japanese percussionist Keiko Abe; and Joan Tower's Snow Dreams for flute and guitar. Cube personnel performing are Patricia Morehead, Jeffrey Kust, and Philip Morehead; guest performer is percussionist Dane Richeson. Tonight, 8 PM, Southend Musicworks, 1313 S. Wabash; 939-2848.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/James Rhem.

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