2 x 2

It’s not all just powdered opera wigs and oboes at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, as you’ll see today when AURA — the school’s contemporary chamber music ensemble — kicks off its 2009 concert season with 2 x 2, an Irish-tinged modern folk music program. The evening’s main attraction is the -MacAdam-Somer Quartet performing the world premiere of “A Suite in the Old Style for Two Violins and Two Cellos,” which was written by author and UH Professor Robert Nelson specifically for the quartet. Putting together a world premiere is a neat trick for the quartet, which consists of two violins and two cellos, since all four members live in different cities.

The program continues with avant-garde composer Bruno Maderna’s “Piece Pour Ivry,” performed by violinist Batya MacAdam-Somer. Also in its world premiere is “Irish Loops,” performed by AURA. Other musical segments include “A Bit O’Green,” “Mr. Fox” and “American Suite.”

Despite the evening’s Irish motif and relaxed atmosphere, they won’t be serving green beer in the lobby, so concertgoers should try to show at least a little sense of decorum. 7:30 p.m. University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-3313 or visit www.music.uh.edu. $5 to $10.

Mon., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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