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.