The UC Berkeley Department of Music announces the formation of a new professional contemporary music ensemble, the Berkeley Contemporary Music Players and its first concert on Monday evening, March 16 at 8:00 in Hertz Hall on the Berkeley campus.

The program will present works by UC Faculty composer Cindy Cox (Primary Colors for violin, clarinet and piano), graduate student composer Keeril Makan (Whiskey Failure for chamber ensemble) and former faculty composer Ernest Bloch's Suite for Cello. In honor of the seventieth birthday of Gyorgy Ligeti, two works will be performed: the Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano and the Etudes for organ. The concert will close with a performance of the seldom heard Suite, Op. 29 for seven instruments by Arnold Schoenberg.

Soloists in the concert will be Emil Milan, cello (Bloch) and John Butt, organ (Ligeti). Other performers will be Julie McKenzie, flute, Peter Josheff , Scott Anderson and Diane Maltester, clarinet, Chris Cooper, Horn, Marty Simonds and Karen Bentley, violin, Kurt Rohde, viola, Karen Rosenak, piano and David Milnes, conductor.

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Tuesday, March 17, 1998, 3:00am to 5:00am