The Inscape Chamber Orchestra presents “Songs of the Earth,” featuring two works that circle the globe. Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs, set for small ensemble and mezzo-soprano, contains eleven arrangements of folk songs from various origins including the United States, Armenia, France, Sicily, Sardinia, while Gustav Mahler’s expansive The Song of the Earth (Das Lied von der Erde) will be heard in an expert arrangement for chamber ensemble by Arnold Schoenberg. Featuring two voices, Mahler’s emotive work was written after the composer read Hans Bethge’s Die chinesische Flöte (The Chinese Flute), a volume of ancient Chinese poetry from which he chose seven poems to set to music.
Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond. Inscape has worked joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape members regularly perform with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond, and Delaware symphonies, the Washington Opera Orchestra, and are members of the premiere Washington service bands. Former Inscape performers are members of orchestras across the United States and abroad. Inscape’s roots can be traced to the University of Maryland School of Music when Scerbo and other music students collaborated at the Clarice Smith Center as the Philharmonia Ensemble. Inscape regularly performs as the Ensemble-in-Residence at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as at the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Kennedy Center and other local and national venues.
Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for UMBC Music majors and Music faculty/staff, available online or at the box office one hour before the performance.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, directly adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building, where Linehan Concert Hall is located — please see here for additional information.