Improvisation in Classical Music: The Lost Art of Preluding
Presented by Out of the Studio
In the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, it was common for a performer to begin with an extemporaneous prelude. This practice was known as preluding. Flutist Laura Kaufman Mowry will explore this lost performance practice as applied in several eras of music and its potential applications within contemporary music. Repertoire by C.P.E. Bach, Drouët, Debussy, Ran, and Sciarrino.
Laura Kaufman is a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician who has been hailed by the Washington Post for “absolutely gorgeous flute-playing.”
Laura has performed with a variety of renowned ensembles, including the National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Fairfax Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, DC Public Opera, Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. Laura performs in District5, a DC-based wind quintet dedicated to innovative ways of presenting classical music.
Laura is dedicated to fostering the talents of young musicians. She maintains a private flute studio, and has coached wind players at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, American Youth Philharmonic, and the University of Maryland High School Academy. She is also the Director of the American Youth Philharmonic Flute Ensemble.
Laura has received national recognition from prize-winning performances at the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters Wind Competition, New York Flute Club Competition, Flute Society of Washington Young Artist Competition, Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, among others. Her experiences have inspired her to assist other musicians with competition preparation and overcoming performance anxiety.
Laura holds degrees in Flute Performance from Eastman School of Music, The Colburn School, and the University of Maryland.
Admission is free and open to the public.
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 the entrance to the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall is located on the second floor.