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“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

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 at­blackbird/.

For more information on “Music and New Media at the Crossroads,” visit the website at

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.

MNMI in the media: Stephanie Berg, Donovan Tousignant, eighth blackbird

The Mizzou New Music Initiative continues to make news on campus, in Columbia, and throughout the state of Missouri and the world of music.

Most recently, two young composers associated with the MNMI were featured in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Stephanie Berg, a graduate student who’s a member of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and a past winner of the Sinquefield Composition Prize, was profiled by the Tribune‘s Jill Renae Hicks in a story on February 19. Berg will be one of the resident composers at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, to be held July 23-28 in Columbia.

Undergraduate Donovan Tousignant, whose composition “Sleeper: Dreamer pt. 2” was performed in concert earlier this year by the Ensemble, also was profiled by Hicks for the Tribune on March 4. You can read that article online here.

Meanwhile, this week’s residency and concert by the touring ensemble eighth blackbird was the subject of another story by Hicks, also published on March 4.

Local NBC affiliate KOMU also visited campus on Wednesday, March 7 for a report on eighth blackbird’s coaching session with the members of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.