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Youth music programs featured on NewMusicBox

by Dean Minderman
Jeanne Sinquefield with C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation with multiple C.O.M.P. award winner HyunJun (John) Yoo of Columbia

Two music programs for young people supported by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation are featured in a recent article on the website NewMusicBox.

The piece spotlights the University of Missouri’s Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.), a statewide composition contest for students in grades K-12 that is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, as well as a collaborative project between members of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Community Music School of Webster University.

NewMusicBox is the online publication of New Music USA, a not-for-profit organization based in New York City that serves the new American music community through grantmaking, advocacy, and media platforms that bridge music makers with their audience.

Tuesday
19
August 2014
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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

stephanieberg-2013

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”