19th Biennial Festival of New Music to Feature Renowned Guest Composer and Ensemble

The 19th Biennial Festival of New Music (January 30 – February 2, 2019) will be held at the Florida State University College of Music,  including masterclasses and presentations by guest artists, plus seven different concerts featuring acoustic and electroacoustic compositions for both small and large ensembles. The residencies of the featured artists Georg Friedrich Haas and Meitar Ensemble are provided by the Wiley and Lucilla Housewright Eminent Scholar Chair in Music. Additional funding for the Festival of New Music is provided by the Florida State University College of Music.

Thirty composers from across the country have been selected to attend performances of their works. Concerts on Thursday, January 31 (7:30 pm) and Friday, February 1 (10:10 am, 11:15 am, 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm) will be held in Opperman Music Hall and will feature chamber music by Haas and other selected composers; the Friday evening concert will be presented by the Meitar Ensemble. At 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 2 a concert of electronic and electroacoustic music will be held in Opperman Music Hall. The closing concert—7:30 pm on February 2 in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall—will feature the FSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra, as well as soloist Greg Sauer.

For over thirty-five years the College of Music has hosted a Festival of New Music that brings significant composers and performers of contemporary music from around the world to our campus.  The Festival enables faculty, students, and the community to be exposed to ideas and currents in new music; students in particular are able to work with and speak directly with some of its foremost practitioners. Concerts, master classes and workshops are a hallmark of this four-day festival.

Click here for more information on this year’s Festival.

Here are a selection of photos from the 18th Biennial Festival in 2017

From the opening Festival concert: Klaudia Szlachta (violin) and Ketty Nez (piano) perform "in transit" by Nez (L); members of the Eppes Quartet perform Louis Andriessen's "Garden of Eros" (C); Dean Flowers welcomes the audience to the Festival of New Music (R); Phyllis Pancella and Hui-Ting Yang perform Ladislav Kubik's "14 Haiku" (lower L and C); Nick Stevens plays marimba on Mike McFerron's "If You Walked a Mile" (lower R).

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Michael Douty conducts instrumentalists in a performance of Ondrej Stochl's "Septet (7/whispers)" (L); the Bugallo-Williams Duo about to begin their guest recital (C); Brian Corbin, Shelby Thompson, Tyler Tolles, and Guilherme Godoi perform Fernando Benadon's "Rhythmensional" (R).

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Professor Richard Clary and members of the University Wind Orchestra perform Lansing McLoskey's "What We Do is Secret."

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Dr. Alex Jiménez and members of the University Symphony Orchestra perform works by Ana Paola Santillan-Alcocer, Roydon Tse, and Louis Andriessen. They are joined by the Bugallo-Williams Duo for Andriessen's "The Hague Hacking."

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