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Mizzou New Music Summer Festival reveals composers

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By Aarik Danielsen, January 9, 2012

It’s just January 9, and yet you can almost hear the sizzling sounds of summer radiating from the University of Missouri School of Music.

Today, MU released the names of the eight resident composers who will play a prominent role in this summer’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, the third go-round of the now-annual event. The festival is a major component of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an artistic enterprise designed to further Columbia’s status as a modern-day hub for creativity and composition.

Each summer, emerging composers meet, mingle and make music with two veterans of the art form, then have their works premiered by an ensemble at the vanguard of new music, Alarm Will Sound (which features MU professor Stefan Freund). A number of other public concerts, workshops and rehearsals give area listeners a unique, intimate opportunity to be allowed into the creative process and affords an understanding of how and where new sounds are entering the atmosphere.

From 144 applicants across the globe, these eight were chosen:

Stephanie Berg, Columbia

Brian Ciach, Bloomington, Ind.

David Crowell, New York

Stylianos Dimou, Rochester, N.Y.

Ted Goldman, Rochester, N.Y.

Patrick Harlin, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Asha Srinivasan, Appleton, Wis.

Charlie Piper, London

These composers will have the opportunity to interact with established composers Steven Stucky, a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor at Cornell University, and acclaimed Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.

The festival will take place July 23 through 28. More details will be announced in the coming days. For now, you can learn more here and read a small sampling of our coverage of last year’s festival:

“A New Song Rising at MU”

“Mizzou New Music Summer Festival brings dynamic debuts, dialogue”

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January 2012
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World-Premiere Concert from Mizzou New Music Initiative

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Press Contact:
Anne T. Makeever 314.535.0770 x311
Where: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Blvd. (at Spring), St. Louis, Mo., 63108

What: New Music, New Works, a concert of new music written by three University of Missouri composition students and inspired by works in the Great Rivers Biennial 2010 exhibition.

When: Sunday, May 2, 2010. Doors open at 2:00 p.m.; concert begins at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to, or call (314) 535-0770 x311. A reception will precede the concert.

In conjunction with its Great Rivers Biennial 2010 exhibition, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, in collaboration with the Mizzou New Music Initiative, announces New Music, New Works, the world premiere of three original music compositions created by University of Missouri composition students Stephanie Berg, Michael Strausbaugh, and David Witter. Each composer created his or her piece in response to a work of art by the artists featured in Great Rivers Biennial 2010: Martin Brief, Sarah Frost, and Cameron Fuller.

New Music, New Works also includes a performance of 1 8 3 9, a composition by University of Missouri faculty member Paul Seitz that features a movement inspired by the artist Cezanne and an excerpt from Olivier Messiaen’s seminal work, Quartet for the End of Time.

The University of Missouri New Music Ensemble will perform all four compositions. The Ensemble is part of the Mizzou New Music Inititiative, sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and is directed by Stefan Freund, associate professor of music theory and composition.

“This event provides an opportunity for art and music lovers to feel a piece of art through different mediums. It raises interesting questions. Can a painting really evoke music? Will the music really match a painting? Will the audience see, hear that connection? The Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Contemporary are breaking new ground in St. Louis. We hope that this collaboration gets people thinking about art and composing music in new and inspired ways,” said Mizzou New Music Initiative sponsor Jeanne Sinquefeld.

Great Rivers Biennial 2010, curated by Laura Fried, assistant curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, is on exhibition in the museum’s Main Galleries April 30 – August 8, 2010. Opening Night for the exhibition is Friday, April 30, 2010, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission is free.

Great Rivers Biennial 2010 is supported by the Gateway Foundation.

General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Regional Arts Commission; Arts and Education Council; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
The Mizzou New Music Initiative brings together a diverse 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 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. Click here to read more about the Sinquefields’ support for the MU School of Music.
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. As a non-collecting institution, the Contemporary focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’ forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, the Contemporary connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and expression. Visit the Contemporary’s website at

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April 2010
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