Alarm Will Sound profiled in Columbia Missourian

Alarm Will Sound is the subject of a short feature story written by Emily Lynn for today’s Vox magazine, the arts and entertainment section of the Columbia Missourian. AWS is the Festival’s resident ensemble this year, performing in both the opening concert this past Monday and in the finale coming up on Sunday.

You can read the Missourian article online here.

Lisa Moore featured on Tribune’s Art Axis blog

Pianist Lisa Moore, who will perform in tonight’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival concert at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, is featured today in a post on the Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Art Axis blog.

You can read Tribune writer Aarik Danielsen’s missive about Moore here.

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival also is mentioned briefly today on The Rest is Noise, the blog of New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. You can see that item here.

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival featured on MizzouWire, KDHX

The University’s online news service MizzouWire has a feature up now about the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. You can read the article “Sounds of Summer: Mizzou New Music Summer Festival resonates with aficionados” by Nancy Moen here.

Also, Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield (pictured), founder and funder of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and head of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, recently was interviewed on the St. Louis community radio station KDHX (FM 88.1). You can listen to her talk about the Initiative and the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival with KDHX’s Nancy Kranzberg here. (Note: The embedded audio player is just below the photo on the linked page.)

See the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival’s promotional video

Check out the short promotional spot for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in the embedded video window below:

Mizzou New Music Summer Festival includes free events

In addition to the ticketed concerts at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival includes a number of events that are free of charge and open to the public.

For those who’d like to get an inside look at how brand new compositions are prepared for performance, our resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound (pictured) will hold several open rehearsals during the week.

Here’s the schedule of open rehearsals and their locations:

Tuesday, July 13: 1:45 p.m – 5:00 p.m, Loeb Hall 201
Wednesday, July 14: 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Loeb Hall 201
Thursday, July 15: 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Loeb Hall 201
Friday, July 16: 1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts

Presentations by the Festival’s resident and faculty composers also will be open to the public. They’ll take place from 8:45 AM – 12:15 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the Fine Arts Building‘s Room 145.  MU associate professor Stefan Fruend’s presentation at 7:30 p.m. Saturday also will take place in Fine Arts 145, and is open to the public.

In addition, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, several members of Alarm Will Sound will present a free lecture and recital titled “Composers as Performers”; and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, members of Alarm Will Sound will give a free presentation on extended instrumental techniques. Both of these events will take place at Whitmore Recital Hall, which is located in the Fine Arts Building.

Spotlight on Stefan Freund

Cellist and composer Stefan Freund is a big part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. As associate professor of composition and music theory, Freund teaches young composers at Mizzou and directs the Creating Original Music Project (COMP). He’ll be busy during the inaugural Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, too, both as a teacher and as a performer with Alarm Will Sound, the Fest’s resident ensemble.

A native of Memphis, TN, Freund received a BM with High Distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and an MM and a DMA from the Eastman School of Music. His primary composition teachers included Pulitzer Prize winners Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner as well as Augusta Read Thomas, Frederick Fox, Claude Baker, David Dzubay, and Don Freund, his father. He studied cello with Steven Doane, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Peter Spurbeck and others.

Freund is the recipient of numerous prizes, including multiple awards from BMI and  ASCAP, a Music Merit Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Howard Hanson Prize. He was selected as the 2004 Music Teachers National Association-Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year, and in 2006 was awarded the MU Provost’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research and Creative Activity Award.

Freund also has received many commissions as a composer, and his music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall, NPR’s St. Paul Sunday Morning, the National Gallery of Art, the Aspen Music Festival, the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Performing Arts Center (Moscow), Glinka Hall (St. Petersburg), Queen’s Hall (DK), the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, and other concert halls in Austria, Germany, and Greece. His works have been recorded on the Innova, Crystal, and Centaur labels.

As a cellist, Freund has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Hermitage Theatre (RU), the Muzikgebouw (ND), the World Financial Center, and Miller Theatre.  He has recorded on the Nonesuch, Cantaloupe, and I Virtuosi labels as well as Sweetspot Music DVD.

Previously an assistant professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music, Freund also has served as a faculty member of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and presently is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Columbia Civic Orchestra.

For more about Freund, check out “The next sound: A new initiative supports aspiring composers, ” a feature story written by Dale Smith for the summer 2010 issue of Mizzou magazine.

In the first embedded video window below, you can see and hear Freund conducting the Columbia Civic Orchestra in a performance of his composition “Cyrillic Dream,” created in 2009 and inspired by a visit to Russia and the omnipresence there of the Cyrillic alphabet.  In the second window, you can check out Freund and Alarm Will Sound performing their rendition of “Revolution 9” by the Beatles in July 2009 at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC.

Alarm Will Sound’s Alan Pierson interviewed by Columbia Daily Tribune

The Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Aarik Danielsen continues his coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival today via an interview with Alarm Will Sound artistic director, conductor and keyboardist Alan Pierson (pictured).

You can read the interview posted on the paper’s Art Axis blog here.

Last chance for Festival passes

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival opens tonight, which means you have only a few more hours to purchase Festival passes, good for admission to all four concerts at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The cost of the four-concert pass is $35 for adults, $20 for students.

Single tickets are priced at $10 for adults, $5 for students for the concerts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and $15 for adults, $10 for students for the final concert on Sunday.

Tickets can be charged by phone by calling the Missouri Theatre box office at 573-875-0600 or purchased online at www.motheatre.org. (There is a $2 per ticket fee for online purchases; phone purchases will not be charged a fee.)