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Mizzou New Music Ensemble to preview music from upcoming tour of South America and more on Monday, March 9 at Sinquefield Music Center

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will present a preview of music from their upcoming tour of South America and more in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9 at the Sinquefield Music Center on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. The concert is free and open to the public.

For their first concert of 2020 and their first public performance at the new Sinquefield Music Center, the Ensemble (pictured) will play two new works written by Mizzou graduate composition students, “Cataretê” by Luis Hermano Bezerra and “Ancient Echoes” by Daniel Fitzpatrick. Both pieces were composed specifically for the Ensemble’s upcoming tour of South America in late May and early June.

In addition, the Ensemble will present three works by South American composers that they will play during the tour: “Luna más negra” by Jose Halac of Argentina; “Sin Muerte” by Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz of Uruguay; and “Y vos, Por Salvarte, También Gritaste,” by Brazil’s German Gras, who was Luis Hemano Bezerra’s undergraduate composition teacher at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Fortaleza.

The concert also will feature music from the two distinguished guest composers for this summer’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, as the Ensemble will play Chen Yi’s “Near Distance” and David T. Little’s “Descanso (waiting).”

Rounding out the program will be a second performance of “Construction,” composed by Mizzou graduate student Niko Schroeder for the grand opening of the Sinquefield Music Center in February.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2019-20 season are Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano; Stephen Landy, percussion; Ann Mozina, flute; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Andrew Wiele, clarinet. Mizzou New Music Initiative post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble hitting the road in May
for concert in Texas, tour of South America

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will hit the road this spring to perform a concert in Fort Worth, TX, followed by a tour of South America that will take them to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

The journey will begin with a performance at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Ft. Worth, TX, where the Ensemble (pictured) will perform a program of new works created by Mizzou composition students in response to images from the museum’s collection.

Junior composition major Ben Dawson’s piece is inspired by the Carter Museum’s collection of 19th Century Landscapes, while freshman composition majors Isabelle Borchardt, Camden Hernandez and Sam Whitty have based their respective works on the collections devoted to Contemporary American Creativity, Western Living – Sculptures and Paintings, and 20th Century Modern Abstractions.

Admission to the concert is free, but reservations are required and can be made starting Wednesday, April 1 via the museum’s website at https://www.cartermuseum.org/.

Later in the month, the Ensemble will travel to South America for a tour from Monday, May 18 through Friday, June 5 that will include three residencies with concerts in Argentina, plus residencies and concerts in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

All six concerts will feature a core program of works by Mizzou faculty members Stefan Freund and Carolina Heredia, Mizzou composition alumnus José Martínez, and current graduate students Luis Hermano Bezerra and Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Those works include a new arrangement of Freund’s “St. Louis Reds,” Heredia’s “Ius in Bello,” and Martinez’s “Illegal Cycles,” as well as two pieces composed specifically for the tour, Bezerra’s “Cataretê” and Fitzpatrick’s “Ancient Echoes.” In addition, each concert on the tour will feature a work by a local composer associated with the host institution.

The Ensemble’s first stop will be from Monday, May 18 through Wednesday, May 20 at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where their concert will include a performance of Patricia Martínez’s “Expansion.”

Next, from Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23, they’ll be at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina, and performing “Luna más negra” by José Halac.

From there, it’s back to Buenos Aires on Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26, where they will reprise Martinez’s work as part of their performance at the Conservatorio Superior de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.

Then, on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29, the Ensemble will be in residence at the Escuela Universitaria de Música in Montevideo, Uruguay, with Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz’s “Sin muerte” and Sofia Scheps’ “I come from afar” as part of their concert program.

Traveling on to Brazil, their next stop will be from Sunday, May 31 through Tuesday, June 2 at the Universidade Estadual do Ceará in Fortaleza, where they will perform “Y vos, por salvarte, también gritaste…” by German Gras, who was Luis Bezerra’s composition teacher for his undergraduate degree.

The final residency of the tour will be on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 at the Universidad Nacional de Música in Lima, Peru, with the Ensemble performing José Sosaya’s “Girasol mágico gran brote” during their concert there.

At each location, the Mizzou composers also will give presentations about their work, and the Ensemble will do reading sessions of pieces written by composition students at each university.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2019-20 season are Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano; Stephen Landy, percussion; Ann Mozina, flute; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Andrew Wiele, clarinet. Mizzou New Music Initiative post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor.

School of Music celebrates opening of Sinquefield Music Center

The University of Missouri School of Music celebrated the opening of its new building, the Sinquefield Music Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, February 1.

The building (pictured) is named for lead donors Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $10 million toward the $24 million total cost of design and construction. Located in the heart of campus on University Avenue, the 47,000 square foot facility includes dedicated spaces for vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, 26 practice rooms, and a recording studio large enough to fit an 18-piece jazz big band.

Attendees at the ceremony heard remarks from Dr. Sinquefield; University of Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright; College of Arts and Sciences dean Pat Okker; and the School of Music’s director, Dr. Julia Gaines, who called the new facility “a game changer” for the department, the university, the city of Columbia, and the state. After the program concluded, visitors had the opportunity to tour the building.

You can read the MU News Bureau’s coverage of the ribbon cutting and open house here, and an interview with Julia Gaines about what the opening of the Sinquefield Music Center means for the School of Music here. In addition, the bureau produced a video about the building, which can be seen in the embed window below.

The building and Saturday’s event prompted three stories in the Columbia Missourian, about the Sinquefields’ ongoing support of music at Mizzou, the efforts to get the building ready to open, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More media attention came from a feature in the Columbia Daily Tribune, as well as national coverage from a story by the Associated Press.

Exterior photo of the Sinquefield Music Center by Dale Lloyd. Other photos by Bob Jacquin.

Quatuor Diotima to perform in two concerts, present world premiere during residency at University of Missouri

The internationally acclaimed group Quatuor Diotima is coming to the University of Missouri for a residency that will include two performances and the world premiere of a new commissioned work composed by Mizzou post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi.

Formed in 1996 by graduates of the Paris National Conservatory, Quatuor Diotima (pictured) is a string quartet that performs contemporary classical music and offers a fresh look at works by the great composers. The quartet’s members are violinists Yun-Peng Zhao and Constance Ronzatti, violist Franck Chevalier, and cellist Pierre Morlet.

They will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 20 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the Mizzou campus, presenting a program that will include music by Beethoven and Alban Berg in addition to Onishi’s “String Quartet No. 2,” which was written with a commission from the Fromm Music Foundation. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The quartet will conclude their residency with a concert at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22 at First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway, performing works by Berg and Bartók and teaming up with Mizzou’s Esterhazy Quartet for the rarely heard Shostakovich Octet.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert, which is a co-presentation of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, are $20 for general admission, $10 for students with ID, free for children under 12, and can be purchased online at https://www.odysseymissouri.org/tickets.html.

During their residency on campus, Quatuor Diotima also will read works by student composers; coach the members of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble; and make a recording of Onishi’s new quartet.

Named after a work by Italian avant garde composer Luigi Nono, Quatuor Diotima has toured the United States, Asia, Australia, and South America and performed at major European festivals and venues, such as the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Reina Sofia in Madrid, Cité de la musique in Paris, Wigmore Hall and SouthBank Centre in London, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and more.

Quatuor Diotima has worked with major composers including Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Toshio Hosokawa, and Brian Ferneyhough, and have commissioned new works from composers Gérard Pesson, Alberto Posadas, Oscar Bianchi, James Dillon, Miroslav Srnka, Rebecca Saunders, Pascal Dusapin, Tristan Murail, and more. They also have won several international competitions, and have recorded for NEOS, Kairos, Alpha Productions, ECM, and Naïve.