Monday, January 12, 2015

Seventeenth Biennial Festival of New Music

The FSU College of Music presents the 17th Biennial Festival of New Music
Featuring Housewright Eminent Scholars David Lang and Ursula Oppens
January 29-31, 2015  Tallahassee, FL

Grammy-nominated pianist Ursula Oppens and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang will appear at FSU as part of the College of Music’s Seventeenth Biennial Festival of New Music. This nationally recognized festival, packed with masterclasses, concerts, and forums boasts three incredible evening concerts featuring these artists and their music:

Opening Concert – Thursday, January 29 features performances by graduate chamber ensemble What Is Noise, FSU faculty members Corinne Stillwell (violin), Ben Sung (violin), Evan Jones (cello), Eva Amsler (flute), Deborah Bish (clarinet), Patrick Meighan (saxophone). The FSU Chamber Choir will conclude the program with David Lang’s Pulitzer-prize winning work, The Little Match Girl Passion.

Ursula Oppens – Friday, January 30 Ms. Oppens will perform piano solo works by Elliott Carter and Frederic Rzewski as well as a work composed for piano four hands by David Lang (with David Kalhous).

University Symphony and Wind Orchestra Concert – Saturday, January 31 features works by James David, Roger Zare, Anthony Iannaccone, Chiayu Hsu, Harry Stafylakis and David Lang. The Orchestras will be joined by faculty members Jonathan Holden (clarinet), Greg Sauer (cello), and David Kalhous (piano).



Featured Guest Composer - David Lang

Lang is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Musical America’s Composer of the Year, Carnegie Hall’s Debs Composer’s Chair, the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Guest Artist - Ursula Oppens, piano

Ursula Oppens studied piano with her mother, the late Edith Oppens, as well as with Leonard Shure and Guido Agosti. She received her master’s degree at The Juilliard School, where she studied with Felix Galimir and Rosina Lhévinne. After 14 years as the John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University, Ms. Oppens is now a Distinguished Professor on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Co-founder of Speculum Musicae, Ms. Oppens has an extensive recording catalogue and has received four Grammy nominations.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Opening Concert (I)
8:00 P.M. • Opperman Music Hall

Featuring David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition,
“The Little Match Girl Passion” with the FSU Chamber Choir.


Friday, January 30, 2015
(All concerts in Opperman Music Hall)

10:10 A.M.  Chamber Concert (IIa)

11:15 A.M.  Chamber Concert (IIb)

2:00 P.M.     New Music Ensemble Concert (III)
Featuring performances by Phyllis Pancella (mezzo-soprano) and the Eppes Quartet.

8:00 P.M.     Chamber Concert (IV)
 Featuring Ursula Opens and David Kalhous, pianos.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Electro-Acoustic Concert (V)
2:00 P.M. • Opperman Music Hall

University Symphony and Wind Orchestras Concert (VI)
8:00 P.M. • Ruby Diamond Concert Hall




For more information and full festival schedule, please visit the Festival website at