Frederic Rzewski

Frederic Rzewski

27th New Music & Art Festival slated this week

Special guest composer Frederic Rzewski will headline the University’s 27th annual New Music & Art Festival Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 19-21). A showcase for the work of nearly three dozen composers and artists, the international festival includes concerts, video screenings, lectures, exhibitions and workshops.

Hosted by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music in the College of Musical Arts and the School of Art, the festival brings together internationally recognized composers, performers and visual artists in a celebration of new work and new media.

Rzewski’s “ferocious, gritty and at times dreamy” compositions have been performed around the world. During the mid-1960s in Rome, he co-founded the MEV (Musica Elettronica Viva) group, which pioneered live electronics and improvisation in performance. Since 1977 he has taught composition as a professor at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Liège, Belgium.

He has also taught at the Yale School of Music, University of Cincinnati, State University of New York at Buffalo, California Institute of the Arts, University of California at San Diego, Mills College, Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin and the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Joining Rzewski as special guests at this year’s festival will be the Thelema Trio, a young chamber ensemble of clarinet, saxophone and piano from Belgium, and cellist Madeleine Shapiro, a fixture on the New York new music scene for many years.

Special art exhibits and events will take place throughout the festival.

On Thursday (Oct. 19), an exhibition of paintings by Michael Arrigo, art, will open with a 7 p.m. reception in the Kennedy Green Room of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Two other exhibitions, “MEME.GARDEN,” by digital artist Mary Flanagan and Daniel C. Howe, and “Membranes-Margins-Disruptions,” by sculptor Joan Livingstone, both open with a 7:30 p.m. reception Friday (Oct. 20) in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. MEME.GARDEN won the prestigious Juried International Net Art Competition in 2005. Livingstone's sculptures can be found in museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, where she chairs the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute.

The three exhibits will continue through Nov. 19.

Also on Friday, “Radical Computing,” a lecture by Flanagan, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 204 Fine Arts Center. Flanagan, who teaches at Manhattan's Hunter College and directs its Tiltfactor research laboratory, has received National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts funding for her projects, which have been exhibited at, among other places, the Whitney and Guggenheim museums. In the 1990s, she won more than 20 international awards for titles produced for the Discovery Channel, Creative Wonders/ABC and Knowledge Adventure. She created The Adventures of Josie True, the first Web-based adventure game for girls, and is collaborating on a project, RAPUNSEL, to teach computer programming to middle-school girls.

The festival is organized by Dr. Burton Beerman, director of the MidAmerican Center, and Jacqueline Nathan, director of the Fine Arts Center Galleries. It supports the creation of new work and engages the University and arts community in art appreciation and awareness.

In addition to the center and the galleries, festival sponsors include the College of Musical Arts, the Ethnic Cultural Arts Program and the Medici Circle at BGSU, as well as the Ohio Arts Council.

Most festival events are free and open to the public. For ticket information, contact the Moore Musical Arts Center box office at 2-8171.

For a schedule of festival events, contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 2-2685 or visit

October 16, 2006