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Department of Music Hosts First 'New Music Festival 2009'

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 26, 2009) - The Department of Music at UCM will host the university’s first New Music Festival 2009, “Innovation,” March 2-3.

Music Scholars from Across North American Will Attend

Featuring music by composers and presentations by scholars from across North America and beyond, the conference showcases faculty, student, and guest performers. Throughout the history of music, the period since the end of World War II has been extraordinary in the pace, breadth, and intensity of musical NMF Logoexploration and extension. The ongoing impact of technology on music not only has led to new forms of art, but also to new understandings of older music.

More than 50 guest composers, performers, paper presenters, and panel discussion participants from across the country have accepted invitations to the festival, featuring music written since 1945. Several of the performances of works from composers will include electronic, electroacoustic, acousmatic, and multimedia works.

Emmett Chapman Is Featured Composer and Performer

Featured guest composer and performer for the festival will Emmett Chapman, known internationally as a composer, performer and inventor of the Chapman Stick. Chapman will perform live at 8 p.m. March 2 in Hendricks Hall, one of a series of performances events planned during the two days of the festival. His keynote presentation is planned for 2 p.m. March 3 in Hart Recital Hall.

Public Invited to Attend Series of Concerts

In addition to Chapman’s keynote address and performance, two paper presentations and five concerts are planned, featuring original works by composers and musicians from across the country. Find the full schedule of events online.The public is invited to attend events free of charge.

Learn More About It

For more information about the New Music Festival 2009, contact Michael Sekelsky, professor of music, or Eric Honour, associate professor of music, the conference co-coordinators, at 660-543-4530.