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Mizzou International Composers Festival to include free events

In addition to the ticketed concerts at the Missouri Theatre, the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival includes a number of events that are free of charge.

All the presentations by the Festival’s guest, resident and faculty composers are free and open to the public, and will take place in Room 145 of the Fine Arts Building on the MU campus.

The resident composers will give presentations on their work from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 22 and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

Guest composer Augusta Read Thomas will discuss her work at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, followed at 8:30 p.m. by MU faculty composer W. Thomas McKenney.

Then on Wednesday, July 24, guest composer Daniel Kellogg will give his presentation at 7:00 p.m., with MU faculty composer Stefan Freund to follow at 8:30 p.m.

If you’d like to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the Festival’s eight world premieres and other new works are being prepared for performance, the Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound will hold several rehearsals during the week that will be open to the public at no charge.

Open rehearsals will take place from 9:00 a.m to noon on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Missouri Theatre; and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then again from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26 in Room 201 of Loeb Hall on the MU campus.

For a complete schedule of events, please see the Mizzou International Composers Festival website.

Missouri Composers Orchestra Project selects works
by Stephanie Berg, Dustin Dunn for performance in March

Stephanie Berg

Continuing their collaborative efforts to spotlight the work of Missouri composers, the Columbia Civic Orchestra (CCO) and the Mizzou New Music Initiative have announced the selection of two orchestral works written by Missouri residents to be performed by the CCO at a concert in March.

The two winning pieces were chosen in a statewide competition conducted under the auspices of the Missouri Composers Orchestra Project (MOCOP). The winners will receive a $500 honorarium from MOCOP’s sponsor, the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

The work chosen in the Open category is Ravish and Mayhem by Stephanie Berg, a native of Parkville who earned her master’s degree in composition from the University of Missouri last May and now lives in Columbia. The winning composition in the High School category is Appalachian Rhapsody by Dustin Dunn, a 16-year-old junior at South Iron R-1 High School in Ironton.

Dustin Dunn

The winners were selected through a blind judging process by John Cheetham, professor emeritus of music theory and composition at the University of Missouri, and Bruce Gordon, former orchestra manager for CCO. The judges also awarded Honorable Mentions to Nicholas S. Omiccioli of Kansas City for his work flourishes, and to Patrick David Clark of Columbia for FE 700° C.

Both winning compositions will be performed by the Columbia Civic Orchestra as part of their annual concert of music by living composers at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, March 9 at Broadway Christian Church, 2601 West Broadway in Columbia. Tickets are $15 for individuals, $40 for a group of up to five, and can be purchased in advance online at http://www.columbiachorale.com/ or at the door.

The concert also will spotlight several contemporary works for chorus, including the world premiere of La Terra Illuminata by Mizzou adjunct assistant professor Paul Seitz, a new piece commissioned specifically for CCO and the Columbia Chorale by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Also on the program are Music, When Soft Voices Die, written by Mizzou senior composition major Justin Pounds and performed by the MU Concert Chorale; and two works by Jerry Custer, a renowned choral music composer and educator. Custer teaches at Wayne State University in Michigan and will be guest lecturing that week at Mizzou. His new piece Chamber Music will be premiered by the Columbia Chorale and pianist James Kelly, while the CCO and MU Concert Chorale will perform his setting of the Stabat Mater Speciosa.

CCO music director Stefan Freund will lead the orchestra in the works by Berg and Seitz, while Marci Major, assistant professor of music education and assistant director of choral activities at Mizzou, will conduct the pieces by Custer and Pounds. MU sophomore Grant Bradshaw, assistant conductor of the Missouri Symphony Society Conservatory, will conduct Dunn’s work.

The Columbia Civic Orchestra 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.

Columbia Chorale is a mixed voice classical community choir located in Columbia, MO. It has existed in one form or another since 1978. Its mission is to promote choral music of the highest artistic quality and to stimulate a greater community understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of choral music by presenting rich, vital, varied musical programs that appeal to a wide cross-section of Columbia residents.

The Missouri Composers Orchestra Project (MOCOP) is a collaborative effort by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and the Columbia Civic Orchestra to bring attention to orchestral works written in the state of Missouri. By identifying composers of orchestral music and providing opportunities for the performance of their work, MOCOP strives to showcase the talent of Missouri and share it with the community.

St. Louis Beacon spotlights Mizzou composers’ new works
for Sheldon Concert Hall’s 100th anniversary season

The St. Louis Beacon today published an article by Terry Perkins about the new works commissioned from Mizzou composers by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation that are being performed at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries as part of the hall’s 100th anniversary season.

The third commission in the series, Patrick David Clark’s “Snow Coming,” will be premiered next Tuesday, February 5 by pianist Peter Henderson at one of the Sheldon’s “Coffee Concerts.” You can read the Beacon article here.

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 New Music Ensemble opens 2012-13 season with concert on Monday, October 15 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will open their 2012-13 season with a concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 15 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.

For the season opener, the Ensemble (pictured) will perform five recent pieces by composers associated with the University, along with two parts of Daniel Kellogg’s extended work Divinum Mysterium. Kellogg, an associate professor of music at the University of Colorado, will be one of the guest composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Penrose Staircase, written in 2012 by Mizzou sophomore percussion major Matthew Stiens, is a soundscape of a mathematically inspired drawing by M.C. Escher.

Source and Refraction was composed in 2004 by Patrick David Clark, who graduated from Mizzou in May, 2012 with a master’s degree in conducting. It’s described as “a thoughtful, soft piece for piano, cello, violin, and guitar, wherein the piano is the source. The other instruments color, or refract the piano’s melody.” For this piece, the Ensemble will be augmented by guest musician Paulo Oliveira on guitar.

Bhairava, a 2012 composition by Justin Alexander Pounds, explores the Eastern sounds of India through a modern lens. Pounds is a senior studying composition at Mizzou.

Dan Cox’s I’m back at my cliff, also written in 2012, is a musical depiction of the Native American tradition of a “vision quest.” Cox graduated from Mizzou in May, 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in music.

pendulum and present was composed by Michael Ward, a senior pursuing a degree in vocal performance at Mizzou. The 2012 work is “a study on time featuring rigid and mechanical rhythmic motives.”

The concert will conclude with the prelude and first movement of Daniel Kellogg’s Divinum Mysterium. Commissioned in 2000 by the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, the five-movement work is based on the 13th century chant melody “Divinum Mysterium.” With Patrick David Clark conducting, the Ensemble will play 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.

The six-member 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. They serve 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 2012-13 season are Rachel AuBuchon, piano; Stephanie Berg, clarinets; Mary Jamerson, flutes; Katherine Jones, violin; Ian McClaflin, percussion; and Matthew Pierce, cello. 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.

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.

Mizzou New Music in the News

If you’ve missed some of the recent coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in the news media, here’s your chance to catch up.

* On Sunday, the Columbia Daily Tribune published a thoughtful and comprehensive preview story about the Festival by Aarik Danielsen.

* The St. Louis Beacon last week had a nice feature story about the Festival, written by Neel Thakkar.

* Stephanie Berg, who recently earned her master’s degree at Mizzou and is one of the resident composers for this year’s Festival, was featured in last week’s issue of Columbia’s VOX magazine.

* Mizzou’s Stefan Freund was on KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” last week to talk about the Festival. You can listen to streaming audio of the program, or watch in the embedded video window below.

And while we’re on the subject of media coverage, composer and Mizzou graduate Patrick David Clark‘s recent trip to Iraq also got some notice from the press in his hometown of St. Louis.

Before Clark left to go teach high school students at American Voices‘ YES Academy in northern Iraq, he was interviewed by KSDK’s Art Holliday for the 4:00 p.m. newscast on the NBC affiliate. You can watch a clip of that interview here.

Clark also was interviewed before his departure by Nate Birt of Nate Birt of Clayton/Richmond Heights Patch.com.

When Clark returned to the USA last week, he did a follow-up interview with Holliday, which can be seen online here.

Summer Festival Spotlight: Alarm Will Sound

Continuing with our series of posts focusing on various participants in the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, today we shine out spotlight on Alarm Will Sound.

As the resident ensemble for the Festival, AWS plays an essential role in bringing to life the new works created by the resident composers. Not many groups would be willing or able to take on the challenge of premiering eight new pieces in one night with limited rehearsal time, but Alarm Will Sound has accomplished the task each year of the MNMSF with consummate skill and panache.

Former in 2001 by former students at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Alarm Will Sound (pictured) is a 20-member ensemble “dedicated to the creation, performance, and recording of today’s music. It is an advocate for innovative work by established and emerging composers, especially works that incorporate theatrical and multimedia elements by choreographers, visual artists, designers, and directors. It fosters the education and professional development of young musicians through residencies, master classes, readings and workshops. With the goal of cultivating a diverse and sophisticated audience, the ensemble brings intelligence and a sense of adventure to the rich variety of musical expression in the contemporary world.” You can read a detailed history of the group here.

Alarm Will Sound is connected to the University of Missouri School of Music via Stefan Freund, associate professor of composition and music theory at Mizzou who’s also the cellist for AWS. They’ve been the resident ensemble for the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival since its inception, and maintain an active touring schedule throughout the year.

For example, since appearing in Columbia last summer, they’ve had a variety of musical adventures, starting with a trip to Europe in the fall of 2011 to give concerts in Poland and Italy. During the 2011-12 academic year, AWS performed in New York City, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington state. Most recently, they’ve been involved in a series of multimedia presentations of John Cage’s “Song Books” in Ireland, the Netherlands and, this coming weekend, back in New York.

This year in Columbia, in addition to premiering eight new pieces at the Festival’s finale on Saturday, July 28, Alarm Will Sound also will perform a completely different program on Thursday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre. That concert will feature works by Oliver Knussen and Caleb Burhans, as well as pieces written by the 2012 Festival’s guest composers Steven Stucky and Donnacha Dennehy.

AWS will perform Stucky’s Etudes, a concerto for recorded and orchestra featuring Erin Lesser as soloist, as well what are being described as “scenes from Hunger, a work in progress” by Dennehy that will spotlight guest artist, mezzo-soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird.

Down below, you can see and hear Alarm Will Sound in action in some of videos posted recently to their YouTube channel.

You also can hear most of the music they’ve premiered at the past two Mizzou New Music Festivals via SoundCloud. Audio files from the 2010 MNMSF are here, while the tracks from 2011 are here.

Alarm Will Sound plays Caleb Burhans’ oh ye of little faith… (do you know where your children are?)

Aphex Twin’s “Cliffs,” arranged by Caleb Burhans with staging by Nigel Maister. Recorded March 28, 2012 at Bowling Green State University.

A Song for Wade (This is Not That Song), composed by Matt Marks with lyrics by Royce Vavrek.