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St. Louis Symphony plays work by 2012 MICF resident composer Patrick Harlin

Patrick Harlin takes a bow on stage at Powell Hall. (Photo courtesy of Adam Crane, St. Louis Symphony)

This past weekend, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performed Patrick Harlin‘s work “Rapture” as a part of their concerts on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28 at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis.

Harlin, who currently is working on a DMA at the University of Michigan, was a resident composer at the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival. His work was brought to the attention of the SLSO and music director David Robertson though a new collaborative effort launched this year by the orchestra and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Arriving in St. Louis on Tuesday night, Harlin was able to attend rehearsals with the orchestra during the week and discuss his composition in depth with guest conductor Stéphane Denève, who led the SLSO for the program. He also was interviewed about the concerts on Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis, and by Michigan Radio, the NPR affiliate in Ann Arbor, MI.

During the concerts, Harlin was introduced from the stage by Denève, and got to take a bow before an appreciative audience (pictured, above left). The work also was heard on radio by listeners throughout the region as part of the orchestra’s Saturday night broadcast on KWMU (90.7 FM).

Reviewing the weekend’s program for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, classical music Sarah Bryan Miller had nice things to say about Rapture, noting the work’s “minimalist roots, jazzy elements and strong hints of the ‘Dies irae.’ ”

“It grows from simplicity into complexity, with a boffo finish, and it got a smart performance from all concerned: groovy indeed,” Miller wrote.

From left, Stéphane Denève, Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, and Patrick Harlin, backstage at Powell Hall

Harlin’s next project involves a trip to the Amazon River in South America, where he’ll record environmental sounds as part of his work toward his doctorate.

Here in Missouri,  the collaboration between MNMI and the St. Louis Symphony will continue when the orchestra plays “Ravish and Mayhem,” written by Mizzou alumnae and 2012 MICF resident composer Stephanie Berg, at concerts on January 10 and 11, 2014 at Powell Hall.

Fifth annual Mizzou International Composers Festival set for July 21-26, 2014

The Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will celebrate its fifth year in 2014, and composers Beat Furrer and Nico Muhly will be among those attending the party. Furrer and Muhly have been named guest composers for the Mizzou New Music Initiative’s signature event, which will be held Monday, July 21 through Saturday, July 26 on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia.

The 2014 MICF once again will present a series of public concerts featuring music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. As in years past, Saturday night’s grand finale at the Missouri Theatre will present the world premieres of new works from each of the festival’s eight resident composers. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, will serve as resident ensemble.

Beat Furrer is a Swiss native who studied music in his home country and in Vienna before co-founding one of Europe’s leading contemporary music ensembles, Klangforum Wien, which he still conducts. He has written a variety of critically acclaimed works, including operas and musical theater, and has received numerous awards and honors for his music in Europe.

Since 1991, Furrer has served as professor of composition at the Graz University of Music and Dramatic Arts, and he has been guest professor in composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt since 2006. In 2004 Furrer was awarded the Music Prize of the City of Vienna, and in 2005 became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Nico Muhly was born in Vermont and earned a master’s in composition at Juilliard studying with Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. He also worked for Philip Glass as a MIDI programmer and editor for six years.

Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, and designer/illustrator Maira Kalman.

With the 2014 guest composers confirmed, eight resident composers now will be selected for the Festival through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. During the Festival, they’ll get composition lessons from Furrer and Muhly and take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound. Each composer also will receive a copy of a professional live recording of their work.

The application process for resident composers begins September 26, 2013, and the deadline for submitting an application is Friday, November 15, 2013. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/application.html.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2014 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Wrapping up the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

The 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival has come to a successful conclusion, but we’ve still got a few more Festival-related links to share with you:

* The Festival’s Saturday night grand finale concert was named a “Best Bet” for the weekend by St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller.

* Jeanne Sinquefield, whose Sinquefield Charitable Foundation provides funding for the Festival, was interviewed by KBIA, the NPR affiliate in Columbia, MO. Dr. Sinquefield’s interview with KBIA’s Trevor Harris is available online here.

* Resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound has posted on their Facebook page another album of behind-the-scenes photos from the Festival., including the photo of one of AWS’ rehearsals at the Missouri Theatre that accompanies this post.

Mizzou International Composers Festival in the news

In case you’ve missed out, here’s a recap of some of the press coverage so far of the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

In the past week, there was an extensive feature story in the Sunday, July 21 edition of the Columbia Daily Tribune, as well as a preview of the Festival in the St. Louis Beacon.

The Columbia Missourian also ran a feature story on the Festival (although it may have disappeared behind the paywall, and thus be inaccessible to non-subscribers, by the time you read this).

Brief mentions of this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival also have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and in School Band & Orchestra magazine.

On a related note, resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound once again this year has shared on their Facebook page some albums of photos from their pre-Festival rehearsals:

Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Composers Festival Spotlight: Jason Thorpe Buchanan

Jason Thorpe Buchanan

We end our series of profiles of the resident composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival with Jason Thorpe Buchanan, who’s currently working on his Ph.D. at the Eastman School of Music, studying composition with Robert Morris and serving as a graduate TA at the Computer Music Center.

Buchanan began studying music at age fourteen at the College of San Mateo, CA, later attending San José State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While working for his master’s degree at UNLV from 2008 to 2010, he taught courses in composition and music theory.

He has studied composition with Allan Schindler, Virko Baley, Peter Michael Hamel, Jorge Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Pablo Furman, Kevin Puts, Robert Aldridge, and Manfred Stahnke, as well as additional studies with Takayoshi Suzuki and Brad Lubman in conducting, and at Darmstadt with Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, and Raphaël Cendo.

Buchanan spent 2010-2011 living in Hamburg, Germany, where he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater as a visiting scholar. He studied with Peter Michael Hamel, Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu, and Sascha Lino Lemke while conducting research and interviews in regard to compositional process and aesthetics.

Buchanan has received awards from ASCAP, ACF, MPE, the NEON and Brevard Music Festivals, UNLV, SJSU, the Eastman School of Music, the American Prize, and the Miami Beach International Animated Film Festival. Recordings of his music are commercially available on the Melos Music label in the United States and the Windstream label in Japan.

He is the founder of Melos Music, a composer’s consortium for which he served as director from 2007-2012, as well as their annual New Music Concert series. During this past academic year, he served as assistant conductor for Eastman’s new music ensemble Musica Nova, as well as a board member of Ossia, coordinator for the Graduate Composers’ Sinfonietta, and co-founder/conductor of Eastman’s brand new Electroacoustic Initiative, the [Switch~ Ensemble].

You can see and hear Jason Thorpe Buchanan’s music being performed in various clips on his YouTube channel, and in the embedded video windows below.

Buchanan’s “Asymptotic Flux: First Study in Entropy,” performed in October 2012 at Eastman School of Music by the [Switch~ Ensemble], featuring Madison Greenstone, amplified bass clarinet; Lauren Cauley, amplified violin; Kelsey Farr, amplified viola; and Julia Nilsen, amplified cello.

“Amplified Box” Improvisation 1.0 (Study for Percussion Quartet) is an
improvisation with a homemade instrument built for Buchanan’s first percussion quartet.

Composers Festival Spotlight: Daniel Kellogg

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is pleased to welcome Daniel Kellogg as one of the two guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Kellogg originally is from Wilton, CT and has served since 2005 as assistant professor of composition at the University of Colorado, He has been lauded by the Washington Post as “one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic.”

After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music, Kellogg earned a masters of music and a D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. He was chosen as Young Concert Artists composer-in-residence in 2002, and also has served as composer-in-residence for the South Dakota Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, and the University of Connecticut.

Kellogg has had works premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Takács Quartet with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, Aspen Chamber Orchestra; South Dakota Symphony, the United States Air Force Academy Band, and the choirs of Yale University.

His music has been performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kimmel Center, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, China’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today” and “St. Paul Sundays” among others.

Kellogg’s honors and awards include a Charles Ives Fellowship and a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, six ASCAP Young Composer Awards, the BMI William Schuman Prize, and the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award.

His extended work Divinium Mysterium was a highlight of eighth blackbird‘s 2004 album Beginnings, and will be performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble as part of the “Mizzou New Music” concert on Friday, July 26.

Here’s a time lapse video of Kellogg composing in his studio, with one hour compressed to 60 seconds.

Kellogg’s “Sim Shalom,” subtitled “A Hebrew Prayer for Peace,” sung by the combined choirs at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kellogg on his beginnings as a composer

Kellogg’s “Canticle of the Earth” for 14 Bassoons, in a world premiere performance recorded in February 2011 by the University of Colorado College of Music Bassoon Studio, directed by Yoshi Ishikawa. The ensemble, conducted by Allan McMurray, from left: Kent Hurd, Yahaira Nieves, Michael Christoph, Amanda Hoffer, Shih-han Chiu, Kaori Uno, Patty Fagan, Michelle Jones, Matt Cullen, Kristen Gogan, Brian Jack, Cody Dean, YoonJoo Hwang, and Ben Cefkin

Kellogg’s “Winter Lullaby: A Dirge” performed by Cornell University Glee Club and Choral Voices of Finland in April 2010 in Abbey Chapel, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.

An excerpt from the world premiere of Kellogg’s “O Greening Branch,” performed by the Wheaton College Symphonic Band and choirs at the 150th anniversary concert for the college in November 2010.

Composers Festival Spotlight: Ryan Chase

Ryan Chase

Before being selected as one of the resident composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, Ryan Chase has had his music performed “in venues ranging from dive bars to Carnegie Hall.”

A native of Albany, NY, Chase earned a bachelor’s degree from the Mannes College of Music in 2008 and a masters degree from Indiana University in 2010. He currently is pursuing a doctorate at Indiana, where he also teaches undergraduate courses in post-tonal ear training and theory.

With conductor Ben Bolter and composer Jeremy Podgursky (who was a resident composer at the 2010 MICF), Chase also recently helped to founf Holographic, a new music collective in Bloomington.

His works have been performed by ensembles including Alaria, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, CIRCE, Contemporaneous, the IU New Music Ensemble, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, the Chelsea Symphony, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, violinist Colin Sorgi, and new music soprano Ariadne Greif.

Chase was a Ford and Schumann Fellow at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival, and his music has been recognized with awards including a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, two consecutive BMI Student Composer Awards (including the 2011 William Schuman Prize for Most Outstanding Entry), and the Audience Choice Award from the 2012 American Composers Orchestra Underwood Readings. His other awards include first prize in the 2011 National Association of Composers USA Young Composers’ Competition, the Jean Schneider Goberman Award, and the Bohuslav Martinú Award.

He currently studies at IU with Don Freund – father of Mizzou’s Stefan Freund – and also has studied with Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Keith Fitch, Gabriela Ortíz, David Tcimpidis, George Tsontakis, Chen Yi, Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, and Alicyn Warren.

Earlier this year, Chase wrote the soundtrack to Euclid’s Watch, a short movie created by Red Tape Films at Indiana University as part of Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student film festival.

You can hear an interview with Ryan Chase from 2012 on the podcast No Extra Notes here, and listen to some samples of his music online here.

Ryan Chase’s “Gold Rush” for five violins, performed by Kay Stern, Robin Mayforth, Jeremy Preston, Michael Nicholas, and Jennifer Cho for Composers, Inc.

Chase’s chamber symphony “II,” performed as part of his graduate recital at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music’s Auer Hall.

Composers Festival Spotlight: Wei-Chieh Lin

Wei-Chieh Lin

Today’s featured resident composer from the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival is Wei-Chieh Lin, who was born in Taichung, Taiwan, and now lives in New York City.

Lin earned his BM, MM, and DMA degrees in composition at The Juilliard School under the guidance of famed composer and teacher, the late Milton Babbitt. His works range from solo instrumental music to orchestral compositions to vocal and choral pieces, as well as jazz and folk arrangements.

Those works have been performed at venues in the U.S. and abroad, including the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Centre Pompidou, Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, and the National Concert Halls in Taiwan.

Ensembles that have played or commissioned Lin’s music include the Ensemble InterContemporain, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Insomnio Ensemble, Xasax Ensemble, Makrokomos Ensemble, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Juilliard Orchestra, Hudson Symphony Orchestra, New York Classical Players Ensemble, Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Formosa Quartet, as well as members of eighth blackbird and Klangforum Wien.

Lin’s compositions have received a number of awards, including selection for the 2012 International Composer Pyramid Competition; Honorable Mention of the Gaudeamus Muziek Prize of 2011; two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards; first prizes in the 2009 and 2010 National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan Composition Competitions: three National Taiwan Symphony Composition Awards, and the Palmer Dixon Award from Juilliard.

He also has participated in music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Wellesley Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center, MusicX Festival, Académie musicale de Villecroze, Domain Forget, Asian Composers League Music Festival, Foundation Royaumont Music Festival and Manifeste/Acanthes@Ircam Composition Workshop, and been a resident at Cité International des Arts in Paris.

You can hear samples of Wei-Chieh Lin’s music in the embedded video window and audio player below.

Insomnio performing Lin’s “Tracing the Shadows of Broken Time” in September 2011 at Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht, Germany as part of Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2011.