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MIzzou New Music Ensemble to open 2010-11 season

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The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (from left): Stefan Freund, director; Young Kim; David Snow; Renata Tavernard; Matthew Pierce; Ian Derrickson; and Stephanie Berg

Columbia, MO – The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will open its 2010-11 season with a concert at 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 18 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The six-member Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of cellist, composer and associate professor Stefan Freund, and serves as the repertory group for 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 Ensemble’s members for the 2010-11 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinet; Ian Derrickson, percussion ;Young Kim, flute; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano. As the repertory group for the Initiative, they work with faculty, student and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

The season-opening concert on October 18 will feature the world premiere performance of  “hope deferred,” a 2010 composition by Mizzou graduate student Grant Fonda. The Ensemble also will perform Stefan Freund’s  “The Flextet” (1994); Joan Tower’s  “Petroushkates” (1980); and Patrick Clark’s “Myriad Libidinal Dance Figures” (1995).

After the season opener, the Mizzou New Music Ensemble will present three more concerts this academic year at Whitmore Recital Hall, on Monday, December 6; Monday, February 28 and Monday, April 25.

They also will perform on Sunday, April 17 at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, presenting the world premiere of “The Garden Symphony,” a new work commissioned by Dr. Jeanne Sinquefeld that will be written collaboratively by four Mizzou composition students.

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. The Sinquefields’ vision is to create an incubator for the composition and performance of new music, and to position Missouri as a major center for the music of tomorrow. For more information about the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, please visit

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