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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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St. Louis Symphony performs
Stephanie Berg’s “Ravish and Mayhem”

by Dean Minderman

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Mizzou alumna Stephanie Berg‘s composition “Ravish and Mayhem” was performed by the St. Louis Symphony on January 10 and 11 at Powell Hall in St. Louis to standing ovations from the audiences and rave reviews from local critics.

Writing for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller found “Ravish and Mayhem” to be “a really delightful work…It’s a fun, creative piece, and (guest conductor Andrey) Boreyko and the orchestra rendered it with accuracy and elan.” Miller also called Berg “a promising new compositional voice,” concluding, “We can trust that this won’t be the last we hear from Berg.”

Meanwhile, in his review on the website of KDHX (88.7 FM), freelance critic Chuck Lavazzi noted that the performance “drew enthusiastic ovations for both the orchestra and—when Mr. Boreyko persuaded her to appear on stage—Ms. Berg as well.”

“This unabashedly cinematic and vivid piece was a delight from the opening Coplandesque fanfares and melismatic woodwind figures to the brass glissandi near the end that conjured up images of trumpeting elephants,” said Lavazzi.

Berg (pictured), who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mizzou and won the 2009 Sinquefield Composition Prize, wrote “Ravish and Mayhem” to be performed by Alarm Will Sound at the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival. It’s the first work created under the auspices of the Mizzou New Music Initiative to be performed by a major symphony orchestra.

(It’s also one of two pieces the St. Louis Symphony played this season from composers involved with the 2012 MICF; in September, they performed “Rapture” by Patrick Harlin of the University of Michigan, who also was a resident composer for the festival that year.)

The Mizzou New Music Initiative, Sinquefield Compositon Prize, and Mizzou International Composers Festival all are funded with the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The reviews culminated a week of media attention for Berg, in which she was interviewed on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis’ “Friday With the Arts” and St. Louis Public Radio/KWMU’s “Cityscape”; appeared on KSDK’s “Show Me St. Louis” and the mid-day news broadcasts on KTVI and KPLR; and was the subject of articles in St. Louis magazine, Alive magazine and the weekly South County Times and Webster-Kirkwood Times newspapers.

Berg also was interviewed during the intermission of KWMU’s broadcast of the Symphony’s concert on January 11. You can listen to that interview, and see the SLSO program notes for the entire concert, here.

Monday
13
January 2014
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Stephanie Berg’s “Ravish and Mayhem”

Mizzou International Composers Festival
announces resident composers for 2014

by Dean Minderman

With resident composers originally from Australia, Colombia, South Korea, Taiwan, and across the USA, the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival will bring a world of music to mid-Missouri next year.

Scheduled for Monday, July 21 through Saturday, July 26 in Columbia, the fifth annual MICF will present world premieres of new works from eight resident composers who were announced today by the University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Listed with their current places of residence, they are:

* Ian Dicke, Riverside, CA
* Holly Harrison, Sydney, Australia
* Texu Kim, Bloomington, IN
* José Martínez, Columbia, MO
* Nicholas Omiccioli, Kansas City, MO
* Michael Lee Schachter, Ann Arbor, MI
* Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Urbana, IL
* Christopher Weiss, Ann Arbor, MI

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The eight resident composers were chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 215 entries from around the world, a new record for the MICF.

Four of them were born outside the USA. The University of Missouri will be represented by José Martínez, who is a native of Colombia working on a master’s degree in composition at Mizzou and the winner of the 2014 Sinquefield Composition Prize.

The other international representatives among the resident composers will include Australia’s Holly Harrison, a candidate for the Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney; Texu Kim, who’s originally from South Korea and currently is studying for his doctorate in composition at Indiana University; and Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, a native of Taiwan currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of Illinois.

The group also includes another Missouri resident, Nicholas Omiccioli, an alumnus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City who currently is a resident with the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project in Kansas City and production coordinator of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

The 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from the resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes, and other events.

The Festival’s guest composers for 2014 will be Beat Furrer, professor of composition at the Graz University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna; and Nico Muhly, a Juilliard graduate and protégé of Phillip Glass known for composing an eclectic range of works for classical and pop musicians, ballet, opera, and more.

The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they have since the MICF began in 2010.

During the festival, the eight resident composers will receive composition lessons from Furrer and Muhly; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give public presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of a new work created specifically for the MICF and Alarm Will Sound.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

The Mizzou International Composers Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music. The Mizzou New Music Initiative is the direct result of the generous support of Dr. Jeanne and Mr. Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Tuesday
17
December 2013
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announces resident composers for 2014