First Annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival
The Greatest Concert for New Music Compositions in the Nation.
World premieres by eight international composers will be performed by acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound on Sunday, July 18, 2010 in the newly renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts in Columbia, Mo. The composers were selected from 120 composers around the world representing the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Mexico and the United States who submitted composition portfolios to participate in the festival.
The concert will showcase Missouri as a center for the music of tomorrow. So if you like new music or want to find out what it is all about, this is the festival to attend!
During the festival the composers will receive private lessons from guest composers Martin Bresnick, recipient of the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Derek Bermel, composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. And will also take part in workshops with Alarm Will Sound, participate in master classes and receive a professional, ‘live’ recording.
“The talent of these new composers is staggering,” said Dr. Sinquefield. “Mixing their talent at the festival with major composers Bresnick and Bermel and Alarm Will Sound will be a crazy, wonderful event. I cannot wait for the resulting concert. This is a concert that cannot be missed. And for the participants, this will be a week they will never forget. Their combined talent is overwhelming. Anyone interested in development of American composition needs to come.”
Composers were selected through a portfolio application process by University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Music faculty Dr. Stefan Freund, associate professor of music theory and composition, and Dr. W. Thomas McKenney, professor of music theory and composition, electronic music. Criteria included submission of three scores of original works with contrasting instrumentation, with one score written for chamber orchestra or large ensemble, as well as recordings of the same works and a professional resume.
Other resident composers for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival are Freund and McKenney. Pianist Lisa Moore is the resident performing artist.
Visit www.newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu for a complete listing of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival events. Direct questions regarding the festival to William J. Lackey, Festival Administrator, phone 573- 882-4471 or e-mail LackeyW@missouri.edu.