New Music Festival brings eclectic mix to campus
The 29th annual New Music (formerly New Music and Art) Festival will showcase the work of more than 20 guest composers and performers Thursday-Saturday (Oct. 23-25).
The three-day festival, which will include concerts, lectures and workshops, is organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the College of Musical Arts.
This year's festival will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison, guest ensembles Flexible Music and the Eastman Triana, pianist Stephen Drury and percussionist Stuart Gerber. Highlights will include the world premieres of several new works, the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s “Récit (Chemins VII)” for alto saxophone and orchestra, a concert celebrating the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, an evening of electroacoustic and multimedia works and a special component celebrating Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday.
Begun in 1980, the New Music Festival has hosted John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, Mario Davidovsky, Philip Glass, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, Paul Lansky, Pauline Oliveros, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Bright Sheng, Joan Tower, Vladimir Ussachevsky and more than 300 other guest composers and musicians.
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 complete schedule of festival events, see the Monitor calendar, visit http://festival.bgsu.edu or contact the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at 2-2685.
October 20, 2008