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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis to host
“New Music, New Works” on Saturday, May 19

Inspired by the Great Rivers Biennial 2012 exhibition, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) and the Mizzou New Music Initiative will present “New Music, New Works” at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The event at CAM, 3750 Washington Blvd in St. Louis’ Grand Center district, is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the world premiere of original compositions by University of Missouri students Grant Fonda, Joe Hills, and Joseph Weidinger, each of whom has created a new piece that attempts to capture the aural essence of one of the three Great Rivers Biennial artists’ projects.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble, directed by University of Missouri associate professor Stefan Freund, will perform all three compositions, along with Ad Parnassum, a piece by 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner Steven Stucky that was inspired by sketches by artist Paul Klee.

“There’s been a historic link between the visual and musical arts, and we’re glad to be able to continue that tradition,” said Freund. “Any time we have an off-campus performance, it’s an opportunity for our composers and performers to step out of the academic world and into the real world. That’s a valuable experience for them.”

“Collaborating with CAM provides an interesting challenge for these bright, young composers, while also introducing their talents to new audiences,” said Jeanne Sinquefield of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, which provides financial support for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “Composers want their music to be performed in front of audiences. Forging alliances like this one is another way our new music programs in Missouri are helping them achieve their aspirations.”

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Freund, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, working with faculty, students and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2011-12 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Ryan Borden, percussion; Young Kim, flutes; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano. For this concert, Rachel AuBuchon also will perform on piano, and doctoral candidate Christopher Baumgartner will conduct the Steven Stucky composition Ad Parnassum

Presented in partnership with Gateway Foundation, the Great Rivers Biennial 2012 is organized by CAM and curated by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator. The exhibition will be on view May 11 – August 12, 2012. Opening Night for the exhibition is Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) “promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. As a non-collecting institution, CAM focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’ forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, CAM connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity, and expression.”

Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; William E. Weiss Foundation; Mary Ann and Andy Srenco; and Étant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art.

Grant Fonda

Joe Hills

Joseph Wiedinger

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to play final concert of the season Monday, April 16 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will play the final concert of their 2011-12 season at 8:00 p.m., Monday, April 16 in Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission to the concert is free for Mizzou students, $5 suggested donation for the general public.

Continuing the Ensemble’s practice of performing new works by composers associated with the University, the concert will feature world premieres of three pieces written by Mizzou students who are earning master’s degrees in composition.

Grant Fonda’s SHARK! BLIMP! GERSHWIN! draws inspiration from the simplicity and joy of the composer’s young piano students, with influences from jazz and commercial music.

Joe HillsChildren with Smart Phones is a tongue-in-cheek piece about the negative effects of technology that includes syncopated rhythms contrasted with lyrical melodies and lush harmonies.

The third student piece, sifting through ashes,  is the master’s thesis for composer Michael Strausbaugh. It’s a 10-minute-long work with solemn, slow sections bracketing an expansive middle of shifting meters and tonalities that seemingly are inspired by a folk or rock dance.

Completing the concert program is Donnacha Dennehy’s “As An Nós,” an epic soundscape filled with rich colors and rhythmic energy that originally was written for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and featured in 2009 on WNYC’s “New Sounds Live.” For this piece, the Ensemble will be augmented by guest musicians Michael Strausbaugh, guitar; and Grant Bradshaw, viola.

Dennehy, considered one of the leading new music innovators in Ireland, will be one of the guest composers for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, to be held July 23-28 in Columbia. The Ensemble is preparing As An Nós for the Festival, and will be coached that week by Dennehy for their performance on Friday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre.

The six-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor. The Ensemble’s members for the 2011-12 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Ryan Borden, percussion; Young Kim, flutes; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano.

They serve as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, working with faculty, students and visiting composers, and giving public performances on campus and in the community.

Columbia celebrates contemporary composers with four visionary events in March

For the past two years, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival has brought visionary composers and musicians to Columbia in July for a week of concerts and workshops. Now the Mizzou New Music Initiative, will team up in March with the Columbia Civic Orchestra and Odyssey Chamber Music Series to present another week of performances focusing on the future of music.

“4C: Columbia Celebrates Contemporary Composers” will take place from Sunday, March 4 through Saturday, March 10. The week will feature concerts by four different ensembles, including the Columbia debut of the Grammy Award winning new music group eighth blackbird (pictured).

“4C” also will include the debut of this year’s Sinquefield Composition Prize commission, written by Mizzou student Michael E. Anderson and performed by the University Philharmonic Orchestra. The week will conclude with a special concert by the Columbia Civic Orchestra, playing four new works selected through the new Missouri Composers Orchestra Project. The schedule for the week is:

Sunday, March 4: The Mizzou New Music Ensemble performs a program including music by Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon and the world premiere of a new piece by MU professor W. Thomas McKenney.
* 8:00 p.m. at Whitmore Recital Hall on the MU campus.
* Admission is free to Mizzou students, $5 suggested donation at the door for the public.

Monday, March 5: The University of Missouri Chancellor’s Concert features the University Philharmonic Orchestra with the premiere of this year’s Sinquefield Composition Prize commission by Michael E. Anderson.
* 7:30 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th St..
* Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Mizzou students.

Friday, March 9: The internationally acclaimed touring ensemble eighth blackbird makes its Columbia debut in a concert co-presented by the MU School of Music and Odyssey Chamber Music Series.
* 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway.
* Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students, children under 12 free.

eighth blackbird is a Chicago-based sextet that “combines the finesse of a string quartet with the energy of a rock band and the riskiness of a storefront theater company. Its musical aerobatics delight, provoke and entertain audiences around the world.” They have collaborated with numerous contemporary composers and released four recordings, including strange imaginary animals (2006), which won two Grammy Awards. Their most recent CD Lonely Motel: Music from Slide is nominated for four Grammy Awards.

The Odyssey Chamber Music Series is “committed to presenting masterpieces of chamber music repertoire that span over four centuries, in mixed ensembles of all instruments. Odyssey hopes to cultivate interest in quality classical music performances through innovative programming involving professional local performers as well as guest artists from outside the community. The organization also hopes to educate audiences and the next generation of performers through program notes, pre-concert lectures, and student performances.”

Saturday, March 10: The Columbia Civic Orchestra plays works selected through the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project, including “Euphoria Overture” by Michael Blackwood, “This Is the Garden” by Joseph Eidson, “Menuet Macabre” by Warren Gooch; and “The Tragedy of the Hero” by Edward Crouse.
* 7:00 p.m. at Columbia College’s Launer Auditorium.
* Free and open to the public.

The Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO) is a volunteer group located in Columbia, Missouri, dedicated to providing enjoyment for its members and audiences with the presentation and preservation of high-quality symphonic music.

The Missouri Composers Orchestra Project is a joint venture of the CCO and the Mizzou New Music Initiative, sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and intended to encourage the performance of contemporary orchestral works written by Missouri natives or composers living in the state.

Tickets for the Chancellor’s Concert may be purchased in advance from http://www.concertseries.org/ or at the door. Tickets for eighth blackbird are on sale now at http://www.odysseymissouri.org/tickets.html and also will be on sale at the door.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform three world premieres Monday, December 5 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will continue its 2011-12 season with a concert at 8:00 p.m., December 5 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission to the concert is free for Mizzou students, $5 suggested donation for the general public.

The concert will feature three world premieres by composers associated with Mizzou, plus works from modern masters Steven Stucky and John Adams. Adams, known for his pioneering minimalist composition “Shaker Loops” and the operas Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, is the composer of “Christian Zeal and Activity,” a 1973 work that slowly deconstructs a traditional New England hymn.

Stucky, a professor at Cornell University and the 2005 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music, will be one of the guest composers for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, to be held July 23-28 in Columbia. For the December 5 concert, the Ensemble will perform his 1998 piece “ad parnassum,” which offers an exploration of color and timbre.

Mizzou freshman Haley Myers, who is studying composition on a full Sinquefield scholarship, contributed “Motivic Motivations,” a 2011 piece that, as the name suggests, concentrates on motivic development. David Witter, who this year will complete a Master’s degree in composition at Mizzou, will direct the Ensemble in a performance of his new work “Soundpainting,” a series of gestures that create sound.

Rounding out the program will be “Let There Be Light,” a bright depiction of the story of the creation composed in 2011 by Kyung Soon Chang, a visiting scholar at Mizzou and adjunct professor of music education and composition at Chonbuk National University in Seoul, South Korea.

The six-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor. The Ensemble’s members for the 2011-12 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Ryan Borden, percussion; Young Kim, flutes; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano.

As the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, they work with faculty, students and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community. The Ensemble will present two more concerts this academic year at Whitmore Recital Hall, on Sunday, March 4, and Monday, April 16.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to feature works from Missouri composers in concert on Monday, October 10 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will open its 2011-12 season with a concert at 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 10 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the University of Missouri campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature a program written entirely by Missouri composers and including three world premiere performances, said Stefan Freund, who directs the Ensemble.

“Drumming,” composed in 2011 by Mizzou senior Joe Widinger, is “filled with rhythmic energy as figures are passed amongst members of the ensemble,” said Freund, while Mizzou graduate student Grant Fonda’s “Amelia: 1937” (2011) is an orchestrated homage to legendary aviator Amelia Earhart.

Donovan Tousignant, another MU undergrad, is the composer of “Sleeper: Dreamer pt. 2” (2011), which Freund said “includes a wide range of expression from intimate solos to majestically broad climaxes.” To complete the program, Patrick David Clark, a Mizzou graduate student and winner of last year’s Sinquefield Composition Prize, will conduct a performance of his 1995 work “Rhyming Shapes.”

The six-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Freund, a cellist, composer and associate professor, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative, an array of programs intended to position the University of Missouri School of Music as a leading center in the areas of composition and new music.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2011-12 season are Stephanie Berg, clarinet; Ryan Borden, percussion; Young Kim, flute; Matthew Pierce, cello; David Snow, violin; and Renata Tavernard, piano. As the repertory group for the Initiative, they work with faculty, students and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

After the season opener, the Ensemble will present three more concerts this academic year at Whitmore Recital Hall, on Monday, December 5; Sunday, March 4, and Monday, April 16.

New Music Ensemble to perform Monday, December 6 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) will present their second performance of the 2010-11 season at 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 6 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the University of Missouri campus. If you’re in Columbia or anywhere nearby, you’re invited to attend the concert, which is free and open to the public.

The Ensemble is directed by Stefan Fruend, Associate Professor, Composition & Music Theory, and this season is their first full year of rehearsals and performances with a complete roster of musicians. All of us are delighted to have this talented group representing the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and we hope you’ll take this opportunity to get to know them a bit as individuals, too:

* Stephanie Berg, clarinet – Berg received her Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from Mizzou in December 2008, and now is pursuing a Master’s degree in clarinet performance and composition. She also performs in the University Philharmonic, and is a member of the 9th Street Philharmonic and the Columbia Civic Orchestra, playing Bb, A, Eb, and bass clarinets wherever required.

Berg also is very active in music composition. This is her third year serving as the project manager of the Creating Original Music Program (C.O.M.P.), and she was the 2009 recipient of the Sinquefield Composition Prize, resulting in the commissioned work, “Motive and Reflection” for full orchestra. She also recently received a commission for the 9th Street Philharmonic; has had several works performed by the New Music Ensemble, including a premiere at the St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum; and was accepted to the Atlantic Music Festival Composition Program.

* Ian Derrickson, percussion – Derrickson currently is in his second year as a Master’s student at Mizzou. A native of Chillicothe, Missouri, he attended Missouri Western State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. During his time at Missouri Western, he received instruction from Dr. Dennis Rogers, Kevin Bobo, Tracy Thomas, and Doug Auwarter, and after graduation, he taught 5-12 instrumental music at Braymer High School in Braymer, Missouri.

In addition to performing with the New Music Ensemble, Derrickson currently is involved in the University of Missouri Percussion Department under the direction of Julia Gaines, and serves as president of the MU Percussion Society, a student organization that promotes percussion performance and education on the MU campus.

* Young Kim, flute – A native of South Korea who began her music studies in her home country, Kim won numerous awards and competitions there before going abroad to further her education.  She currently is studying with Steven Geibel at Mizzou and working toward a PhD in Musicology, which will be awarded upon her return home.

Kim also has studied in the UK for a postgraduate Diploma at Royal College of Music in London and for a Master of Music degree at Canterbury Christ Church University. In addition to performing in South Korea, the US and the UK, she has performed in China and Japan, too. Kim says she’s curious about American composers, and is eager to learn and perform contemporary music with the Ensemble.

* Matthew Pierce, cello – A native Minnesotan and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Pierce is a second-year graduate student in cello performance at Mizzou. He first performed in Columbia in 1998 as a member of the Missouri Symphony Society’s cello section. Later that year, he won a position with the Cedar Rapids Symphony (now known as Orchestra Iowa), but relocated to New England after two seasons to pursue further musical opportunities. While in Massachusetts, Pierce spent a combined 12 professional seasons as the principal cellist of the Plymouth Philharmonic and of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra while also maintaining an active chamber music schedule and teaching private lessons.

He was also a frequent contributor to many other musical organizations across the region, including the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic, and the Company Theatre. Pierce returned to Columbia in the fall of 2009 as a member of the newly formed New Music Ensemble. In addition to continuing his musical studies this fall, he also is expanding his ongoing research into the fundamental interconnections between emotion, instinct, and intelligence.

* David Snow, violin – Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Snow is a first year masters student studying violin performance at Mizzou, He has played violin since childhood, and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Professor David Neely. While in Nebraska, Snow performed in many university ensembles as well as with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra.

He began to explore 20th and 21st century music as a freshman at UNL with Dr. Randall Snyder, and since then, he’s been playing new compositions written by multiple student composers. Snow says he enjoys playing new music because of the challenges it holds for the performers, the listeners, and even the composers themselves.

* Renata Tavernard, piano – Born in Brazil, Tavernard currently is pursuing her M.M degree in piano performance at Mizzou, studying with Dr. Peter Miyamoto. She began her piano studies at eight years old with Lucia Uchoa at the Federal University of Pará Music School. In 2001, she was accepted to the Carlos Gomes Conservatory, and three years later earned her bachelor degree with Professor Gloria Caputo.

Tavernard has studied chamber music with Professor Marilia Caputo, and worked as a piano and chamber music teacher as well as accompanist at both the Federal State of Pará University and State University of Pará. In 2004, she formed the group “Duo Deno” with violinist Ronaldo Sarmanho, and she also has performed in the master classes of Daniel Schene, Gabriella Affonso, Harold Brown, Edson Elias, Ivani Venturieri, Fany Solter, and Ricardo Castro.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will be performing both on campus and in Columbia and surrounding communities a number of times during 2011. Stay tuned for more news of those future performances….

(Photo: The 2010-11 Mizzou New Music Ensemble (from left) –  Stefan Freund, Young Kim, David Snow, Renata Tavernard, Matthew Pierce, Ian Derrickson and Stephanie Berg. )