Archive for May, 2013

Mizzou New Music Initiative in the news

In addition to the outstanding feature article about the Mizzou New Music Initiative in the May issue of St. Louis magazine linked here a few days ago, the MNMI and affiliated composers and musicians also have been the subjects of various other recent items in the media.

* Composer, clarinetist and Mizzou alumna Stephanie Berg was profiled in the Columbia Missourian after the announcement that the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra would play her work Ravish and Mayhem during their 2013-14 season.

Patrick Harlin, who attends the University of Michigan and, like Berg, was a resident composer at the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival, also will have a work played next season by the SLSO.

* The recent awarding of prizes in this year’s Creating Original Music Project (C.O.M.P.) and the culminating C.O.M.P. Festival also got some media attention, including photo coverage from the Columbia Daily Tribune and stories about individual winners from local editions of Patch.com, the Suburban Journals in St. Louis, and the Ladue School District, home to three-time C.O.M.P. winners Ande Siegel and Menea Kefalov.

* And in more C.O.M.P. related news, the singing-songwriting sisters and former C.O.M.P. winners Bella and Lily Ibur have just successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to record their first CD of original music, which they hope to release later this year.

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.