Archive for July 13th, 2012

Summer Festival Spotlight: David Crowell

While some of the resident composers for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival are recent graduates or still studying for advanced degrees, saxophonist and composer David Crowell already is well along in his professional career.

He has a very active schedule as a performer, touring with the famed Philip Glass Ensemble and leading his own band, and his compositions have been performed frequently in New York City and by various student and professional ensembles across the US.

In fact, Crowell (pictured) will have two major performances of his works on the same night this month.  On Saturday, July 28, Alarm Will Sound will play his new piece Fallout for the grand finale of the MNMSF, and his composition Waiting in the Rain For Snow (originally written for and recorded by the Now Ensemble) will be performed as part of the Bang on a Can Summer Marathon at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

He has issued two CDs as a leader on the Innova Recordings label, 2009’s Spectrum, and Eucalyptus, which features a new work for multiple saxophones and electronics and was released in April of this year. Crowell’s music has received radio play on national and international stations, including New York City’s classical station WQXR and public radio station WNYC, with features on WNYC’s “New Sounds with John Schaefer.”

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Crowell also has performed with the N.Y. Philharmonic, the L.A. Philharmonic, Signal Ensemble, Asphalt Orchestra, L’Arsenale, at the Bang on a Can Marathon and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival. In addition to his solo CDs, he has recorded with the Philip Glass Ensemble, Signal Ensemble, Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, William Brittelle, and Ken Thomson and Anti-Social Music. And when he’s not composing or performing, Crowell also teaches saxophone, flute, clarinet and composition at the Bloomingdale School of Music and various other locations around New York City.

You can read a review of Eucalyptus from the website Sequenza21 here, and hear more samples of Crowell’s music in the embedded video windows below.

The New York-based Jack Quartet performs David Crowell’s The Open Road (excerpt)

Crowell’s The Day After, Mvt. I performed by the Campbellsville University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Chad Floyd

Columbia hotels offering discounts during Mizzou New Music Summer Festival

Planning on visiting Columbia for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival? If so, you should know that three local hotels are offering discounts for the nights of July 26, 27 and 28 to Festival attendees. They are:

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (at the University of Missouri)
1225 Fellow’s Place (College Ave. & Stadium Blvd.), Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-214-2222
$105/night + tax for a standard king or double room
Ask for “New Music Summer Festival”

Tiger Hotel

23 South 8th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-875-8888
$135/night + tax for a standard king room
Ask for “New Music Summer Festival”

Wingate by Wyndham
3101 Wingate Court, US 63 & I-70, Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-817-0500
$78/night + tax for a standard king room
Ask for “New Music Summer Festival”

Please contact the hotel of your choice directly for information and reservations.

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival also is offering a discount on concert tickets for patrons who take advantage of these special prices on hotel rooms. To get the discount when purchasing tickets for the festival online or at the box office, use coupon codes Package12 (adults) and Package12S (students).

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival ticket information
Festival passes good for all three concerts are $40 for adults, $20 for students. Single tickets are priced at $16 for adults, $8 for students for all concerts. To purchase tickets by phone, call the MU Concert Series box office at 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, please visit

And if you’re coming to Columbia to attend the Festival, you also may find some of these links useful:

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

Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian
Columbia area radio stations

National Weather Service forecast for Boone County