Archive for July, 2014


Mizzou International Composers Festival turns five

by Dean Minderman
Zhou Long, a guest composer at the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011 for his opera Madame White Snake.

Zhou Long, a guest composer at the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011 for his opera Madame White Snake.

The fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival is being held this week, with concerts on Thursday, July 24; Friday, July 25; and Saturday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia.

The Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen previewed the festival with a feature story on Sunday, July 20, plus interviews with guest composer Nico Muhly and resident composer Nicholas Omiccioli.

On Thursday, July 24, the Columbia Missourian published a preview story about the festival, and VOX magazine, which is distributed with the Missourian every Thursday, profiled three of this year’s resident composers.

Then on Friday, July 25, the MICF was featured on the morning newscast of Columbia’s local NBC affiliate KOMU.

Also in Columbia, Stefan Freund – Mizzou professor, co-artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and cellist with the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound – appeared on KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” to talk about the festival. You can see and hear that conversation in the embedded video below.

St. Louis magazine also previewed the MICF, interviewing Muhly and his fellow guest composer, Pulitzer Prize winner Zhou Long (pictured) of UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

The Mizzou International Composers Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the the University of Missouri’s School of Music as a leading center for music composition and new music. The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Wednesday
23
July 2014
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Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield receive “key to the city”

by Dean Minderman

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay presented Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield with a “key to the city” at the closing ceremonies of the 2014 U.S. and Women’s Chess Championships, held on Tuesday, May 20 at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. In addition to recognizing the Sinquefields for founding the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis in 2008, the award honors their numerous philanthropic contributions to the arts; their work in education; and their support of efforts to return local control of of the St. Louis Police Department to the city.

Thursday
17
July 2014
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