Tickets now on sale for 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

Second annual event to be held July 11 – 16 in Columbia, MO

COLUMBIA, MO – Tickets are now on sale for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, which will be held Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 in Columbia, MO.

The weeklong series of events will include four public concerts, with the grand finale featuring the world premieres of new works written by the festival’s eight resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The final concert will take place at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts (MTCA), 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

Other public performances will include:

* “Another World’s Rapture Remix: An Electroacoustic Chamber Recital,” featuring members of Alarm Will Sound at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the Mizzou campus;

* “Seasons with Alarm Will Sound” and special guest artist soprano Susan Narucki at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14 at MTCA; and

* “Mizzou’s Right to Bear New Music” featuring the music of MU faculty members at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 15 at MTCA.

Festival passes good for admission to all four concerts are on sale for $35 for adults, $20 for students. Only 200 festival passes will be available, and they will be on sale until 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 11. Any remaining passes will be made available at the box office starting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.

Single tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students for the concerts on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and $15 for adults, $10 for students for the final concert on Saturday. To purchase tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. To buy tickets online, or to see a complete listing of Mizzou New Music Summer Festival events, visit

The eight resident composers were selected from across the USA through a portfolio review process to participate in the festival and create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. They are:

* Kari Besharse, Champaign IL
* David Biedenbender, Ann Arbor MI
* Patrick David Clark, Columbia MO
* Michael-Thomas Foumai, Honolulu HI
* Yotam Haber, New York NY
* Clint Needham, Columbus OH
* Steven Snowden, Austin TX
* Liza White, Chicago, IL

During the festival, the resident composers will receive composition lessons from guest composers Roger Reynolds, winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for composition and a professor at the University of California at San Diego, and Anna Clyne, a native of London who currently serves as the Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They also will take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival is part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, a diverse array of programs launched by the University of Missouri’s School of Music intended to position the school as a leading center for music composition and new music.

The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative have been made possible through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, led by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. The Missouri Arts Council, City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, and the MU Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program also provided financial assistance for the Second Annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

For more information:

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival:
Mizzou New Music Initiative:

Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts:
Brown Paper Tickets:

Kari Besharse:
David Biedenbender:
Michael-Thomas Foumai:
Yotam Haber:
Clint Needham:
Steven Snowden:
Liza White:

Roger Reynolds & Anna Clyne:
Alarm Will Sound:
Susan Narucki:

June 2011