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Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform works by Cage, Kellogg, Gladney, and Strobel on Monday, December 3 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will present the second concert of their 2012-13 season at 7:30 p.m., Monday, December 3 in Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission is free for Mizzou students, $5 suggested donation for the general public.

The program will include two pieces written by Mizzou students; a performance incorporating several works by famed composer John Cage; and the second installment in the Ensemble’s ongoing examination of Daniel Kellogg’s extended work Divinum Mysterium.

Synergetic Waveforms, written this year by University of Missouri freshman composition student Shaun Gladney, explores the collaborative nature of music performance and features sections written for body percussion.

Robert Strobel’s Three Recollections, also written in 2012, is a multi-movement work, inspired by Plato’s Phaed, which explores philosophies about life after death. Strobel currently is pursuing an M.M. in composition at Mizzou.

The Cage performance is based on Seven, which was composed in 1988 as one of the “Numbers” pieces and has a score that provides performers with notes and a range of times in which to perform them. This version of Seven also will incorporate various 60-second texts written by Cage – known collectively and colloquially as the “indeterminacy stories” – and selections from Song Books, a series of songs and theatrical happenings first conceived in 1970.

The prelude and second movement of Daniel Kellogg’s Divinum Mysterium will complete the program. Commissioned in 2000 by the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, the five-movement work is based on the 13th century chant melody “Divinum Mysterium.” The second movement, The Spirit of God Moved Upon the Face of the Waters, features the alto flute in a mysterious, primal style of composition.

With Patrick David Clark directing, the Ensemble is playing different parts of the work at each of their concerts this year in preparation for a full performance during the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival. Kellogg, an associate professor of music at the University of Colorado, will be one of the guest composers for the Festival.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students and recent alumni under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor. The Ensemble’s members for the 2012-13 season are Rachel AuBuchon, piano; Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Mary Jamerson, flute; Katherine Jones, violin; Ian McClaflin, percussion; and Matthew Pierce, cello.

For this concert, the Ensemble will augmented for Seven by cellist Grant Bradshaw. In addition, the performance of the Cage selections will include musicians from MU’s Creative Improvisation Ensemble, including faculty members Neil Minturn and Arthur White and students Alexandra Signor, Nathan Smith, Sam Copeland, and David Witter, who also will conduct the CIE members.

Mizzou International Composers Festival extends application deadline

This just in: Due to the anticipated effects of Hurricane Sandy, the deadline for applications to be a resident composer at the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival has been extended to Wednesday, November 7.

For details on the Festival and how to apply, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/application.html

David Witter wins 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize

The University of Missouri School of Music and the Mizzou New Music Initiative are pleased to announce that David Witter is the winner of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize. Witter, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from Mizzou, submitted his piece “Garden Music” to the competition and was selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges.

The adjudicators for the 2013 competition were:
* Mara Gibson, director of the Community Music and Dance Academy and a member of the composition faculty at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City;
* Eric Honour, professor of music at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO; and
* Ingrid Stölzel, an instructor at Park University, composer with newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, and program manager for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City.

As winner of the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize, Witter now will have the opportunity to write an original work for Mizzou’s University Philharmonic, which will receive its world premiere on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Chancellor’s Concert in Columbia. With the commission, he also receives a cash prize for the production of the score and parts, and will have his work recorded.

David Witter, born in 1978, is a composer, trombonist, improvisor, and educator originally from Holts Summit, MO. Now living in Columbia, he holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the University of Missouri, where he studied with W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund. Witter (pictured) also was a finalist for the 2012 Sinquefield Composition Prize for his piece “Water Music”.

Witter’s compositions have been performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Missouri Botanical Garden, and he has led performances of the MU Creative Improvisation Ensemble at conferences in Ann Arbor, MI and Paterson, NJ. Witter is a member of the Gamma Gamma chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, and currently is pursuing a Missouri teaching certification for K-12, after which he will teach elementary and middle school music.

The other finalists for the 2013 Sinquefield Composition Prize were Justin Pounds and Joseph Hills.

“Music and New Media at the Crossroads”
scheduled for Thursday, October 18 and Friday, October 19

Next week, the University of Missouri will host an interdisciplinary symposium and festival, “Music and New Media at the Crossroads,” on Thursday, October 18 and Friday October 19.

Described as “an exploration of the profound ways in which new media and technologies are changing the way we create, disseminate, receive, and comment about music,” the event is presented by the School of Music and School of Journalism in partnership with the University Concert Series and includes four public programs.

At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, composer Tod Machover (pictured), head of the MIT Media Lab’s Opera of the Future group, will deliver the keynote presentation, speaking about and illustrating his unique, multimedia operatic compositions. The program will be held in Jesse Auditorium, and admission is free.

At 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening, cellist Matt Haimovitz will present a solo recital in Jesse Auditorium that will include works by Machover. Tickets for the concert are $19 and $15, and are available at http://www.concertseries.org/event/matt-haimovitz-cellist/.

At 3:00 p.m. on Friday, there will be a panel discussion, “New Media and the Future of Classical Music,” held at the Fred Smith Forum in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

The panel will feature music journalists Tim Page, a Pulitzer Prize winner, formerly of the Washington Post and now a faculty member at the University of Southern California); and Greg Sandow, blogger and freelance critic for the Wall Street Journal and other publications, and faculty member at the Juilliard School; as well as Machover, Haimovitz, and members of eighth blackbird. Admission is free.

At 7:00 p.m. Friday evening, the multiple Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird will return to Columbia for a concert at Jesse Auditorium combining acoustic and electronic works. Tickets are $19 and $15, and are available at http://www.concertseries.org/event/eighth­blackbird/.

For more information on “Music and New Media at the Crossroads,” visit the website at http://music.missouri.edu/musicandnewmedia.html.

In the embedded video window below, you can see Tod Machover speaking in 2010 on “The Future of Music” as part of a presentation to the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) in London.

Sinquefield Charitable Foundation commissions new works from Mizzou composers to celebrate The Sheldon’s 100th anniversary

The famous German composer Robert Schumann once said, “In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.” While that may be true, getting that new composition performed and heard once it is written can be another matter entirely. For an emerging composer writing music inspired by the classical tradition, performance opportunities can be few and far between.

To give some of those composers a chance to be heard, the Mizzou New Music Initiative, the Sheldon Concert Hall and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation have joined forces to commission a series of new works to commemorate The Sheldon’s centennial. Five composers associated with the University of Missouri will create new short works to be performed at five different concerts at The Sheldon during the hall’s historic 100th year.

Stefan Freund

The first piece comes from Mizzou music professor Stefan Freund, who has written a string quartet to be performed by St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen and three of his SLSO colleagues as part of The Sheldon’s centennial gala on Thursday, October 11. The piece will be accompanied by a slideshow of 100 photographs taken to celebrate the hall’s 100th anniversary.

“One of the goals of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation is to find and grow composers,” said Jeanne Sinquefield. “This new Sinquefield inititative of working with The Sheldon and Mizzou composers is a perfect musical storm.”

The other four commissioned compositions, which range in length from five to seven minutes, will be played during subsequent concerts during the 2012-13 season.

Stephanie Berg

On Friday, November 9, the ArtSounds benefit featuring singer Sylvia McNair and pianist Kevin Cole will include a new work for piano and clarinet written by Stephanie Berg, a Kansas City native who earned her master’s in music from Mizzou earlier this year. Berg’s piece will underscore a slide show of 200 celebrity caricatures by Al Hirschfeld, the famed artist and St. Louis native whose work currently is the subject of a major exhibit in the Sheldon Art Galleries.

Patrick David Clark

Then on Tuesday February 5 and Wednesday, February 6, 2013, pianist Peter Henderson will perform a new work by composer Patrick David Clark as part of The Sheldon Coffee Concerts “Piano Classics” program. Clark, who grew up in St. Louis, earned his undergraduate degree at Mizzou, and just received his master’s degree in conducting from the University earlier this year.

Next, Mizzou undergrad Grant Bradshaw will perform his new composition for piano as part of the “Pianopalooza” concert featuring Peter Henderson, Alla Voskoboynikova, Daniel Schene and Martin Kennedy on Wednesday, February 27. Bradshaw, a native of Columbia, currently is studying viola and composition at the University, and also is assistant conductor of the Missouri Symphony Society Conservatory.

Michael E. Anderson

Michael E. Anderson

The fifth and final work in the series is a composition for brass quintet by Michael Anderson, which will be performed by the Clarion Brass on April 10, 2013 as part of their “Springtime Brass Spectacular.” Anderson, who grew up in Platte City, MO, was the 2012 recipient of the University of Missouri’s Sinquefield Composition Prize and graduated from Mizzou in May with a degree in composition.

All five works will be recorded so they can be shared later online here on the Mizzou New Music Initiative website, as well as on the Sheldon’s website.

Augusta Read Thomas, Daniel Kellogg named as guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival

Continuing its emerging tradition of pairing an acknowledged master and a rising star, the Mizzou New Music Initiative has named Augusta Read Thomas and Daniel Kellogg as guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF).

Formerly known as the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, the MICF will be held from Monday, July 22, 2013 through Saturday, July 27 on the campus of the University of Missouri. As in the past, the 2013 Festival will feature a series of public concerts featuring music from contemporary composers, as well as workshops, master classes and other events. The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble.

Thomas currently is professor of composition at the University of Chicago. She formerly taught at Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, and served as composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2006. Thomas was called “one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American music” on the occasion of her induction in 2009 into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She has had her music performed by major orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world, and is the recipient of numerous awards, honors and prizes for her compositions.

Kellogg is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and earned masters and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music. He currently works as assistant professor of composition at the University of Colorado. Kellogg has been called “one of the most exciting composers around – technically assured, fascinated by unusual sonic textures, unfailingly easy to listen to, yet far from simplistic,” by the Washington Post.

With the 2013 guest composers confirmed, eight resident composers now will be selected for the Festival through a portfolio application process to create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. During the Festival, they’ll get composition lessons from Thomas and Kellogg; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

The deadline for submitting an application is November 1, 2012. For more information on applying to become a resident composer for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/application.html.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be made available at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Mizzou New Music Initiative’s summer event gets a new name:
Mizzou International Composers Festival

With applicants coming from dozens of countries on five different continents, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival already has attracted significant international attention in its first three years.

The composers from abroad who have been selected to participate clearly have influenced the Festival’s musical direction. They also have helped to spread the word about the event much farther and faster than originally anticipated. In a nod to these welcome developments, the event now will be known as the Mizzou International Composers Festival, effective immediately.

Though the name has changed, the format will remain essentially the same. The 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place from Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27. It will be a week of activities and concerts, ending with a grand finale featuring world premieres of new works written by eight resident composers.

The new name simply reflects the experiences of the event’s first three years, said William Lackey, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “The international composers who have visited Columbia over the past three years have made exciting and substantive contributions to the event. We are increasing our efforts to attract even more resident composer applicants from outside the US,’ he said.

“Calling it a ‘composers festival’ places further emphasis on the vision of the New Music Initiative and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation: to spotlight the work of the eight emerging resident composers and celebrate the careers of two veteran guest composers,” Lackey added. “This is one of our signature events in the ongoing effort to make Columbia a center for composers, and we wanted the new name to make that clear.”

“Conversations with Composers” podcast – Episode 103

Here’s the third installment in our series of “Conversations With Composers” podcasts recorded at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. Episode 103 is the second and final part of a conversation including guest composer Donnacha Dennehy and resident composers Stephanie Berg, Brian Ciach, Charlie Piper and Asha Srinivasan. Give it a listen using the embedded player below: