Chambers works take the spotlight.
Three concerts scheduled this week at the University of Oregon School of Music, 961 E. 18th Ave.:
Small chamber ensembles from the music school will perform at 1 p.m. today in Beall Concert Hall. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.
Graduate and undergraduate music students will play Sonata for Cello and Piano by Alberto Ginastera, Suite for Flute and Percussion by Andre Jolivet, "Ku-ka-limoku" for percussion by Christopher Rouse; "Contrasts" for violin, clarinet and piano by Bela Bartok; and two pieces for flute and piano - "Le Merle Noir" by Olivier Messiaen and a sonata by Francis Poulenc.
The program is under the direction of Gregory Mason. Percussion conductor Charles Dowd and flutist Kristen Halay will be the featured guest artists.
The program also includes flutists Jasmine Hedrick and Danielle Holten, cellist Alex Kelley, violinist Dan Flanagan, clarinetist Dan Mitchum and pianists Ezra Bartz, Lynn Riihimaki-Kane and Kumiko Shimizu.
The Hundredth Monkey Ensemble will play contemporary instrumental music at 8 p.m. Monday in Beall Hall. Admission is free.
UO student musicians formed the Hundredth Monkey Ensemble in 1998 as a vehicle to try out new music created by members of the group. The styles of music range from accessible to highly adventurous.
The featured work will be Joseph Schwantner's "Sparrows." Schwantner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for "Aftertones of Infinity," a large work. "Sparrows," which he wrote in 1980, is scored for more intimate forces: a soprano and a small chamber ensemble. The text is a cycle of haikus on darkness and light, death and life.
The program also includes "Shadows Falling," a new piece by Kurt Doles, a UO graduate teaching fellow, and its companion piece, "Shadows Rising"; "Deus Ibi Est" by William Whitley for piano, cello, viola, bass clarinet and piccolo; four songs by Manuel de Falla, arranged for marimba and soprano by UO graduate student Tracey Freeze; "Rain Tree Sketch II: In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen" for solo piano by Toru Takemitsu; and "Orion M. 42' for solo multiple percussion by Reginald Smith Brindle.
The University Opera Ensemble, directed by Mark Kaczmarczyk, will sing music from operas and Broadway musicals at 8 p.m. Thursday in Beall Hall.
Tickets, available at the door, are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.
Ten graduate and undergraduate voice students will present scenes from "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Abduction From the Seraglio" by W.A. Mozart, "The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet and "The Rape of Lucretia" by Benjamin Britten. The program also includes solos from "Sweeney Todd" by Stephen Sondheim and "On the Town" by Leonard Bernstein.
The selections will be staged in costume, with piano accompaniment by Ji-Won Lee.
For more information about this week's concerts, call the UO music school weekdays at 346-5678.
To confirm concert times and ticket information, call GuardLine from a touch-tone phone at any time; call 485-2000 and select category 2533 for a recorded message about the week's events.