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A visitor’s guide to Columbia

If you’re coming to Columbia to attend the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, you may find some of these links useful:

Visitor information:
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Columbia Regional Airport
Hotels in Columbia
“Virtual tour” of Columbia
I Heart Columbia
Vox Magazine’s guide to Columbia restaurants
Mid-Missouri Dining Guide

Media:
Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian
Columbia area radio stations
KOMU-TV (NBC)
KMIZ-TV (ABC)
KRCG-TV (CBS)

National Weather Service forecast for Boone County

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival ticket information:

Single tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students for all concerts. To purchase tickets by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. To buy tickets online, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/.

Tickets now on sale for 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

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.

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.
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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 http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival announces
selection of eight resident composers for 2011

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have selected eight resident composers for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, which will be held Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 in Columbia. 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, Berkeley CA

The 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from these eight resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes and other events.

The Festival’s guest composers for 2011 will be Roger Reynolds, winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for composition and 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.

The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they did for the inaugural Festival in 2010, and the Grammy award-winning soprano Susan Narucki will perform with them as a guest artist.

The eight resident composers were selected through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. During the festival, they will receive composition lessons from Reynolds and Clyne; 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 resident composers also will have the opportunity to return to Missouri for a residency at the Sinquefield Reserve sometime during the following academic year.

“Last year a participant described composing for Alarm will Sound as being like driving a Ferrari,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Foundation. “It will be fun to see what this year’s composers can do with their ‘car’.”

Mizzou New Music Initiative in the media

While new posts here have been scarce of late, there’s been plenty of activity involving the Initiative, including this year’s C.O.M.P. competition and preparations for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. There also has been some media coverage this month of the Initiative and some of the people involved in it:

* The St. Louis based cable channel HEC-TV featured the New Music Initiative in the March edition of its program State of The Arts. The report features footage of past C.O.M.P. winner Nick Funke, the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and Alarm Will Sound, as well as comments from Mizzou’s Robert Shay, W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund and from Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. You can see the episode of State of the Arts here; the segment on the Mizzou New Music Initiative starts at about the 20:00 mark.

* And speaking of Jeanne Sinquefield, she was interviewed earlier this month on St. Louis community ratio station KDHX, talking about C.O.M.P., the Summer Festival, the Initiative and her own musical background. You can listen to that interview here.

* Last but certainly not least, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound was the subject of not one, but two articles in the New York Times about the premiere this month of their new multi-media work “1969.” The piece is based on the notion of a proposed collaboration between Stockhausen and the Beatles (once alleged to have been proposed in the titular year, but since debunked). The Times‘ Allan Kozinn wrote a preview story here, and Steve Smith reviewed the concert here, calling it “a swirling, heady meditation on the intersection of experimental and commercial spheres, and of social and aesthetic agendas.”

Smith also singled out Mizzou’s Stefan Freund for some specific praise: “Tying up its strands and implications neatly, “1969” ended with a premiere: “Swimming,” by Stefan Freund, an Alarm Will Sound cellist. As if to confirm the prescience of the genre clashes put forth by Lennon, Stockhausen, Berio and Bernstein, Mr. Freund’s appealing work combined and transformed motifs heard throughout the evening. Its seamless integration, curiously, also called to mind a more familiar tradition: the old-fashioned operatic overture.”

Roger Reynolds among composers celebrated at ONCE.MORE.

Roger Reynolds, who will be one of the guest composers for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, recently returned to Ann Arbor, MI to celebrate the legacy of the ONCE Festival and the associated group of new music composers he helped to found during the 1960s.

The event ONCE. MORE. was an interdisciplinary celebration that featured performances of more than three hours of music from founding composers Reynolds, Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, Donald Scavarda and the late George Cacioppo. You can read a review of the event from the local paper here, and there’s more coverage from Sequenza 21 here.

2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival to be held July 9 – 17

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present the second annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Sunday, July 17 on the campus of the University of Missouri.

The 2011 Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. The Festival’s guest composers for 2011 will be Roger Reynolds (pictured), winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for composition and 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. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they did for the inaugural Festival in 2010.

Eight resident composers will be selected for the Festival through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. They will receive composition lessons from Reynolds and Clyne; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work. Composers selected as resident participants also will have the opportunity to return to Missouri for a residency at the Sinquefield Reserve sometime during the following academic year.

Last year, more than 120 composers, representing countries including the People’s Republic of China, France, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Mexico and the United States, submitted composition portfolios to participate in the festival. This year’s application process for resident composers begins November 1, 2010, and the deadline for submitting an application is February 1, 2011. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/application.html.

A complete listing of events, times, dates and venues for the 2011 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://newmusicsummerfestival.missouri.edu/.

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival and other programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. The City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and the Missouri Arts Council also have provided financial assistance for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

Zhou Juan, Christopher Dietz win faculty appointments

While the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival was going on, two of our resident composers got some good news regarding their academic careers.

Christopher Dietz has won a one-year appointment as a full-time composition instructor at Bowling Green State University, home of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. Dietz’ music was performed at BGSU in 2008 and 2009 as part of the the university’s annual new music festival.

Meanwhile, Zhou Juan (pictured) has been appointed to a full-time teaching position in the composition department of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

She hasn’t had much time to savor the news, though, because upon leaving Columbia, Zhou went to NYC to take part in the The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute,  presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the American Composers Orchestra. The event  “brings together jazz musicians from across the country to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra.”  You can see a short video interview with Zhou talking about her music here, and read more about the Institute here and here.

More coverage of Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

With the first-ever Mizzou New Music Summer Festival now officially part of history, we’ll have photos, audio and video from the inaugural fest available here very soon.

In the meantime, a few more news items about the Festival also have hit our inbox in recent days:

The MNMSF was featured in the July 22 edition of the online alumni news publication Mizzou Weekly, with a photo of Stefan Freund prominently displayed.

The Festival also recently got a mention in the context of Columbia’s overall arts scene from an aspiring young journalist taking part in one of Mizzou’s summer journalism programs, and was the subject of a brief item on the widely read blog Avant Music News.