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MICF on TV

This week, a TV commercial promoting the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival began airing in Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis and Kansas City. The commercial is part of an extensive campaign that also includes ads in daily newspapers and on radio in central Missouri; in Missouri Life, Inside Columbia and the St. Louis Business Journal; and online, as well as posters, social media, a direct mailing of the Festival brochure to music lovers across the state, and more.

Astute listeners may recognize the music in the :30 TV spot as an excerpt from Stephanie Berg’s “Ravish and Mayhem,” written when Berg was a resident composer for the 2012 MICF. The script was written by Jeff Goetz and voiced by L. Harvey Gold. Production was handled by Sean Treni of Pelopidas Media, using photos shot by Pure Exposure.

Composers Festival Spotlight: Elizabeth A. Kelly

Elizabeth Kelly

Today, we begin a series of posts featuring the composers who will be taking part in the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Our first subject is Elizabeth A. Kelly, one of this year’s eight resident composers, and someone who shares with MU’s Stefan Freund and many of the members of the Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound a connection to the Eastman School of Music.

Born in New York and raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Los Altos Hills, Kelly earned her Ph.D. in composition from Eastman with the support of a Jacob Javits fellowship from the United States Department of Education and a Robert and Mary Sproull fellowship from the University of Rochester.

Prior to that, Kelly received her B.A. in music from Yale, and an M.M. in composition from the University of Michigan School of Music. She also was awarded a Frank Beebe Fellowship for studies at The Hague Royal Conservatory, where she earned a Master’s degree.

Since earning that degree, Kelly continues to make her home in The Hague – thus adding to the 2013 MICF’s international flavor – but has had her work performed at venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including Carnegie Hall and the Aspen, Bang on a Can Banglewood, Bowdoin, Brevard, Cabrillo, CCM Music03, Huddersfield, and Ostrava Days Festivals.

For example, earlier this year her piece “Addicted to Wah” received its world premiere performance from the Liverpool Philharmonic’s contemporary music ensemble, 10/10. You can read Kelly’s thoughts about creating the work in a blog entry she wrote for the website of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Other works of hers have been commissioned and performed by ensembles including the Ann Arbor Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Netherlands Youth Orchestra, Albany Symphony Dogs of Desire, ASKO Schoenberg, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and California EAR Unit.

Kelly has been recognized with numerous honors, including two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, honorable mentions in the ASCAP Frederick Fennell and Rudolf Nissim competitions, second prize at the 2009 Apeldoorn Young Composers Meeting Final Competition and first prize at the 2011 Young Masters XXI competition in the Netherlands.

You can hear samples of Elizabeth A. Kelly’s music on her website, and you can hear an audio interview she did in 2010 with the podcast “No Extra Notes” here.

In the embedded video windows below, you can hear two pieces Kelly created recently for the duo SonoLab, which brings together instrument builders and composers to create cutting edge percussion works.

“SOS”

“Losing Touch” was composed by Kelly for PriZm, a new music instrument developed by Neon & Landa, aka Nanda Milbreta and Léon Spek, a sound-artist duo who make new acoustic instruments, sound sculptures and sound installations.

If you’re coming to Columbia…

If you’re coming to Columbia for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, you can still take advantage of a festival discount at one of our participating hotels.

You must book online, but rooms at the Comfort Suites still are available at the discounted rate of $79.99 per night (plus tax) for a standard king room.

To get the discount, go to this website to reserve your room, and use the promotional code “international composers festival.”

The Comfort Suites hotel is located at 1010 Business Loop 70 W, Columbia, MO 65202, and their phone number is 573-443-0055.

Free shuttle service from St. Louis and Kansas City

With a grant from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Festival also is sponsoring a FREE shuttle bus service on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 from St. Louis and Kansas City to Columbia.

Shuttle riders will be delivered to the Missouri Theatre, picked up there after Saturday night’s concert, and returned to the pickup points in St. Louis and Kansas City. For more details on the free shuttle service or to reserve a spot, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/shuttle.html

Some other links you may find useful during your visit:

Visitor information

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Missouri Visitors Guide
Columbia Regional Airport
I Heart Columbia
Vox Magazine’s guide to Columbia restaurants

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, Missouri

Mizzou International Composers Festival offering
FREE shuttle service from Kansas City and St. Louis

Thanks to a grant from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mizzou International Composers Festival this year will offer FREE transportation to Columbia via MO-X shuttles for a limited number of patrons from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

There will be one shuttle per day from each city, with a limit of 20 passengers per shuttle. Reservations will be accepted a first-come, first-serve basis until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12.

The offer is open to anyone who buys a ticket to Friday’s “Mizzou New Music” concert or Saturday’s grand finale concert featuring eight world premieres performed by Alarm Will Sound. The shuttle service is free, but patrons must purchase their own tickets and, if staying overnight, book their own hotel rooms.

To encourage music lovers to spend the weekend, those who buy a ticket for Friday’s concert and take the shuttle to Columbia also will receive a free ticket to Saturday’s performance (while supplies last).

Several hotels in Columbia are offering discounts on overnight stays (while availability lasts) for the evening of Friday, July 26. For a list of participating hotel partners, please go to http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/hotels.html. (Note that not all hotels are within walking distance of the Missouri Theatre.)

Pickup points for the shuttles will be the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway, in Kansas City and Mid-Rivers Mall in St. Peters. The shuttles will transport concertgoers to Columbia in time for the performances, and return them to St. Louis and Kansas City after Saturday night’s concert.

For more information or to make a reservation, please go to http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/shuttle.html.

Tickets now on sale for 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival’s concerts on Thursday, July 25; Friday, July 26; and Saturday, July 27.

Now in its fourth year, the Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place starting Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27 in Columbia, MO. The MICF already is established as one of the most noteworthy contemporary music events in the Midwest, attracting attention from composers, musicians, music educators and media around the world.

This year’s grand finale will feature the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. That concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

The festival’s other two public performances are:

* Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre; and

* Mizzou New Music, featuring music by MICF guest composers Daniel Kellogg and Augusta Read Thomas and by MU faculty members, performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival passes good for admission to all three concerts are on sale for $80 for the VIP package, which includes reserved premium seating; $40 for adults; and $20 for students.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, or to see a complete listing of  Mizzou International Composers Festival events, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

(A $2.00 service fee and Missouri sales tax of 7.35% already are included in the price of each ticket. An additional fee of $2.50 per ticket will be charged for online purchases. For these fees, a three-concert festival pass is considered one ticket.)

Three local hotels – the Wingate by Wyndham, the Tiger Hotel, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia – are offering discounts on rooms to festival attendees for the nights of July 25, 26 & 27. Rates range from $78 to $116 per night, plus tax. For details, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/hotels.html.

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will include several free events, such as open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, led by Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. The City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau and the MU Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program also provided financial assistance for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Mizzou New Music Initiative featured in St. Louis magazine

The May 2013 issue of St. Louis magazine includes a feature article by culture editor Stefene Russell about the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Russell’s piece offers a comprehensive look at MNMI, from the origins of the Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) eight years ago, right up until the present day.

The print edition of the magazine is on sale now, or you can read the article online here.

Missouri Couple Gives $1.4 Million to Continue New Music Initiative

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield at the Chancellor's Concert on Monday, March 11, announcing a $1.4 million gift to the MU School of Music

The University of Missouri has announced that a generous gift from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation will support programs and scholarships directed toward promoting the creation of new music

Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield of Westphalia, MO have given the University $1.4 million to continue and expand the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) and the Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P) at MU. The gift announcement was made at the annual MU Chancellor’s Concert Monday evening.

The Sinquefields’ support for composition at Mizzou began more than eight years ago with C.O.M.P., the Sinquefield Prize for composition and a high school summer camp. In 2009, they gave $1 million to MU to expand university scholarships, ensembles, faculty support, and create an international composer festival. To continue the work, the Sinquefields are giving a new gift of $1.4 million over the next three years.

“I have been overwhelmed by the success of the MNMI,” Jeanne Sinquefield said. “Since the program began, more than 300 new pieces of music have been written, performed and recorded – some more successful than others, but all providing valuable learning experiences for their composers. And when a composer succeeds, there is nothing better than listening to a beautiful piece of music that you have encouraged to be written.”

“The Sinquefields’ generous gift allows us to provide diverse opportunities to composers across various stages of their careers,” William Lackey, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, said. “The Mizzou New Music Initiative has played a pivotal role in the lives of many composers, and this gift not only supports Missouri composers but composers around the world. During the past four years, it has been an honor to witness the impact of the Initiative, and I look forward to working with Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund, co-artistic directors of the Initiative, to build upon our current programs funded through this renewed gift.”

“At MU, we are dedicated to promoting and proliferation of the arts,” said MU Chancellor Brady Deaton. “The Sinquefields’ gifts and vision have helped position the university as a leader in the education and creation of new music and we are ever grateful for their generosity.”

Beyond supporting the MNMI and the Creating Original Music Project, the Sinquefields’ gift will support graduate assistantships, undergraduate full-tuition scholarships, and the annual Mizzou International Composers Festival, as well as provide support for faculty and staff positions and for various special projects including visiting composers, visiting performers, recording projects, and commissions of new works.

“Through their inspiring support, passion, and vision, the Sinquefields have established MU as a destination for composers of all ages,” said Robert Shay, director of the MU School of Music. “The programs of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Creating Original Music Project are the direct result of their past generosity. This new gift will allow the School of Music to take its programs to next level, nationally and internationally.”

“Rarely do you see such a long-term commitment to a project like the Sinquefields have shown with their commitment to promoting the creation of new music,” said Michael O’Brien, dean of the MU College of Arts and Science. “Their gifts to MU have given the School of Music a tremendous advantage in attracting top notch students and faculty. Students now know MU is the place to be if they want to study music composition.”

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season
to include works from Mizzou New Music Initiative composers

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra music director David Robertson, Stephanie Berg and Jeanne Sinquefield

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that it will perform new works by two young composers associated with the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) as part of its 2013-14 season. The announcement came during a “town hall” event at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis as the orchestra unveiled its entire season schedule for next year.

The SLSO will play Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem as part of a concert program scheduled for Friday, January 10 and Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Powell Hall. The performances will be the first times that a work composed under the auspices of MNMI will be played by a major American symphony orchestra.

Berg, a native of Parkville, MO, earned her master’s degree in composition last year at the University of Missouri and now lives in Columbia. Chosen in 2012 as one of the resident composers for what now is known as the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF), she wrote Ravish and Mayhem, which then was premiered last July during the festival by the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The piece subsequently has been re-arranged and expanded into a score for a full symphony orchestra, which will be played for the first time in March 2013 by the Columbia Civic Orchestra.

The SLSO also will perform Patrick Harlin’s Rapture during its concerts on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2013. Harlin also was one of the eight resident composers at last summer’s MICF, and currently is studying for a doctorate in composition at the University of Michigan. Both his work and Berg’s were selected from among a list of four compositions chosen by 2012 MICF faculty members Steven Stucky, Donnacha Dennehy, W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund for submission to the SLSO’s artistic staff.

As a graduate teaching assistant on full scholarship, a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, and past winner of the annual Sinquefield Composition Prize, “Stephanie has benefited from being a part of many programs established by the Mizzou New Music Initiative,” said Stefan Freund, associate professor of music at Mizzou and co-director of the Initiative. “The selection of Ravish and Mayhem for performance by the St. Louis Symphony demonstrates the broad impact the MNMI is having by providing young composers with amazing opportunities, including those on the very highest levels.”

“Our goal always has been to provide opportunities for composers at all stages of their development, from grade school to grad school and then on into their professional lives,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which funds the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “When outstanding young composers like Stephanie and Patrick are able to have their works played by a top orchestra like the St. Louis Symphony, it shows that we’re well on the way to reaching that goal.”

You can hear a recording of Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem at https://soundcloud.com/stephanie-berg, and a recording of Patrick Harlin’s Rapture at http://www.patrickharlin.com/#!music.

For information on purchasing tickets for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a complete season schedule for 2013-14, visit the SLSO’s website at http://www.stlsymphony.org/.