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Mizzou composer, musicians featured in
PBS special celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial

A new work written by a Mizzou composer and performed by MU faculty members will be featured in “Show Me the Music: A Celebration of the Missouri Bicentennial,” a television special that will air beginning this week on PBS affiliates in Missouri.

“Waterways” was written on commission specifically for the bicentennial project by Stefan Freund (pictured), who is MNMI’s artistic director and professor of composition at Mizzou. The work then was performed and recorded in May at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis by MU faculty members Alice Dade (flute), Eli Lara (cello), Julie Rosenfeld (violin), and Wes Warnhoff (clarinet).

Their performance will be seen as part of the “Show Me the Music…” special, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of Missouri becoming the 24th state to enter the Union on August 10, 1821. The program features what producers call “a kaleidoscope of many of Missouri’s musical genres,” including blues, rock, bluegrass, ragtime, and jazz, performed by musicians from around the state.

In addition to the Mizzou faculty ensemble, other performers include jazz pianist Peter Martin with his trio, augmented by saxophonist Bobby Watson and trumpeter Keyon Harrold; St. Louis vocalist Anita Jackson; ragtime pianist Royce Martin; bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent and her band, The Rage; and fiddler Howard Marshall and friends.

“Show Me the Music…” will premiere at 7:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, August 9 on St. Louis’ Nine Network, followed by multiple repeat broadcasts on all four of Missouri’s PBS affiliates continuing through September 4.

The first airing on Kansas City’s KCPT and mid-Missouri’s KMOS, which covers Columbia, Jefferson City, Warrensburg, and Sedalia, will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12, with Ozarks Public Television‘s first broadcast set for 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 13. (For a complete schedule, please consult your local listings.)

After the broadcast premiere, in addition to repeat airings on all four stations, “Show Me the Music…” also will be available for viewing online via The Sheldon’s website.

“Show Me the Music…” was created in partnership by the Missouri Arts Council; The Sheldon; Kemper Foundation – Commerce Bank, Trustee; JPL Development LLC; Sinquefield Charitable Foundation; St. Louis Cardinals; and the Budds Center for American Music at the University of Missouri.

Composers Festival spotlight: ANTiCX

Founded in 2021, ANTiCX is an artist collective of composers and makers. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of the first names of its members. They are (pictured clockwise from upper left):

Annika Socolofsky is a composer and avant-folk vocalist who is assistant professor of composition and artistic director of Pendulum New Music at the University of Colorado Boulder

Nina Shekhar currently is pursuing her PhD in composition at Princeton University. She is a composer teaching artist fellow for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and is on faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Brightwork newmusic‘s Project Beacon initiative.

Tanner Porter is a composer-performer and songwriter. She earned her BM in composition from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and an MM in composition from the Yale School of Music.

inti figgis-vizueta is a composer who maintains a private studio in New York City, with regular guest composition workshops and presentations of her practice at music programs around the country.

Carolina Heredia is a composer of acoustic and electronic music, intermedia producer, violinist, and educator. She currently is assistant professor of music composition at the University of Missouri, and the assistant director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Xuan is a new media artist, filmmaker, and pianist working at the intersection of music, visual art, and technology. She currently teaches experimental filmmaking as an adjunct professor of humanities at Eastman School of Music and works as a freelance video artist.

ANTiCX will debut at the 2021 Mizzou International Composers Festival with “Entry Points of Empathy,” an online multimedia performance on Friday, July 30. The program will feature individual and collaborative works, including a live “sound sculpture,” with live performances by Mizzou faculty member Wesley Warnhoff (clarinet), Mizzou student Eve Werger (piano), and guest artists Leigh Muñoz (bassoon) and Ellen Sommer (piano).

It also will include a video art premiere by guest artist Katina Bitsicas, assistant professor in Mizzou’s School of Visual Studies, in collaboration with MU alumni Wilson Minshall.

The works to be performed are:
Nina Shekhar – “[redact]”
Tanner Porter – “Two movements for clarinet” (world premiere)
Carolina Heredia – “Tango Americano”
Xuan – “Interludes 1 and 2” (world premiere)
Annika Socolofsky – “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: the meantime”
inti figgis-vizueta – “a bridge between starshine and clay”
Katina Bitsicas and Wilson Minshall – “Eye Thorn Forrest” (world premiere)
ANTiCX – “Entry Points of Empathy” (world premiere)

The title work “Entry Points of Empathy” is “a piece for fixed media, live improvisation and sound sculpture that explores communication through both personal and technological lenses,” said Carolina Heredia. “The visuals draw from the sounds directly with some being generated in real-time and others interpreted through pre-made animations. Each composer’s sound is connected to a distinct visual aesthetic and then pieced together like a mosaic on the Olga 3D screens structure.”

You can hear samples of music composed by the members of ANTiCX at their individual websites, linked above, and in the embedded players below.

“Rise” by Annika Socolofsky, recorded in October 2018 at Princeton University by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (alto sax) and Nicholas Shaneyfelt (piano) .

“if these walls” by Nina Shakhar, recorded in May 2021 by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble .

“Propellers in the Sun” by Tanner Porter, performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler.

“Openwork, knotted object”/”Trellis in bloom”/”lightning ache” by inti figgis-vizueta, recorded in June 2019 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY by the National Sawdust Ensemble, featuring Allison Loggins-Hull (flute), Oran Etkin (clarinet), Sugar Vendil (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (percussion), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), and Charles Hagaman (technician), conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya.

“Ausencias” by Carolina Heredia, recorded in 2016 by JACK Quartet.

“Reactions” is an experimental animation created in 2016 by Xuan in collaboration with composer Tomek Arnold.

Composers Festival spotlight: Missouri Clarinet Quartet

The Missouri Clarinet Quartet will make their Mizzou International Composers Festival debut as a part of the “Mizzou New Music” concert on Friday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre.

Founded in 2017 under the guidance of assistant teaching professor Wesley Warnhoff,  the MCQ is committed “to community engagement and the expansion of the clarinet quartet repertoire.”

The members of the quartet include Victoria Hargrove, a Mizzou alum now entering the DMA program at Michigan State University; music educator and Mizzou alum Erin Rhomberg; Andrew Mahonen, a Mizzou graduate student and teaching assistant; and Austin Wright, a graduate student and the new clarinetist for the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. (For their performances this summer, Warnhoff has substituted for Rhomberg.)

The MCQ has performed outreach concerts and clarinet workshops at venues throughout Missouri, and earlier this month made their European debut with a performance at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFEST 2018 in Ostend, Belgium.

Their ClarinetFEST concert featured two new works commissioned by the MCQ in 2018 from Mizzou composers, which also will be performed at the MICF. The commissions for Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of MNMI and MICF, and for student composer and clarinetist Aaron Mencher, were funded by MNMI with support for Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

You can hear a recording of the MCQ playing Mencher’s commission work “Checkerboard” via the embedded player below.

Mizzou faculty ensemble ZouM to perform
Friday, September 8 in Columbia and
Saturday, September 9 in St. Louis

The Mizzou faculty collective ZouM will showcase new music from six living composers with performances next weekend in Columbia and St. Louis.

They’ll play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 8 at Whitmore Recital Hall on the MU campus, then travel to St. Louis for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9 at Washington University’s 560 Music Center.

Admission to the concert in Columbia is $5 for the general public, free to Mizzou students, staff and faculty with ID. The St. Louis concert is free and open to the public.

In all, fifteen Mizzou faculty members (plus one guest composer/performer) will take part in the concerts, which will feature two world premieres commissioned with support from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The program for the two concerts will include:

* “Portrait Sequence (Blanching Out),” a 2012 work by Mizzou New Music Initiative managing director Jacob Gotlib that will be performed by percussionists Abby Rehard and Megan Arns.

* “Dejate Caer,” written in 2012 by MNMI’s new post-doctoral fellow Carolina Heredia, and performed by violinist Julie Rosenfeld with pre-recorded electronics by Heredia.

* “Southern Harmony,” composed in 2014 by Jacob Bancks and performed by mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley and pianist Neil Minturn.

* “Winter Haiku,” composed in 2016 by Dennis Leclaire specifically for the Esterhazy String Quartet, which includes Julie Rosenfeld, Eva Szekely (violin), Leslie Perna (viola), and Eli Lara (cello).

* “Tantrums,” a new work by Asha Srinivasan, who was a resident composer at the 2012 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF). The piece was commissioned and will be given its world premiere by MU faculty duo DRAX, featuring Leo Saguiguit on baritone saxophone and Megan Arns on percussion, with the composer on electronics.

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* “Monday, Midnight,” a new work commissioned from Christopher Stark, who’s an assistant professor of composition at Washington University and was a resident composer at the 2015 MICF.

The world premiere will be performed by an ensemble including Rosenfeld, Lara, Minturn, and Arns, plus Steven Tharp (tenor), Kristine Poulsen (alto flute), and Wesley Warnhoff (clarinet), conducted by Mizzou professor of composition and MNMI artistic director Stefan Freund.

ZouM is a collective of Mizzou faculty members formed in the spring of 2015 to present contemporary chamber music.

After only two seasons, ZouM already has enlisted the talents of more than 25 faculty performers, composers, and academics from the University of Missouri School of Music to present innovative programs that promote contemporary chamber works by living composers.

Recent projects have featured works by Jennifer Higdon, Gabriel Prokofiev, and Dennis DeSantis, and by Mizzou composers Stefan Freund, Trey Makler, Jacob Gotlib, and Carolina Heredia.