Festival offers weeklong look at what's new in contemporary music

6:58:00 AM CDT - Thursday, March 01, 2007

By Shannon Littlejohn

This year's Contemporary Music Festival at WSU features guest composer Joseph Bertolozzi and other nationally and internationally known visitors mixing with faculty and students of the School of Music.

The festival, in its 17th year, runs from Friday, March 9-Wednesday, March 14, with all events on the WSU campus.

Bertolozzi, based in the New York City area, is also a concert organist and music publisher who recently used the Mid-Hudson River Bridge in a project titled "Bridge Music,” said Katherine Murdock, the WSU professor of composition and theory who coordinates the festival.

Composer David Dies from the University of Wisconsin will also be at the festival. Soprano Judith Kellock from New York will join WSU cellist Jakub Omsky and student pianist Tate Addis in performing Dies' music, said Murdock.

Wichita and WSU composers Walter Mays, Gary Gackstatter, Murdock, Daniel Racer, Guy Vollen, and Harold Popp will also be represented, she said, as well as WSU student composers Matt Aelmore, Ann Riebenspies, Jason Teed, A.J. Crust, and Elizabeth Enlow.

Murdock said that faculty performers will include Omsky, Andrea Banke, Suzanne Tirk, Catherine Consiglio, Julie Bees, Walter Mays, Donald Duncan, Jean Lansing, Russ Widener, and the Wichita Brass Quintet. Student ensembles will include the WSU Madrigals, the Concert Band, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. In addition, students, including seniors Javier Perez-Gomez and Sarah Streck, from the music theater department will start off the festival with an evening of scenes from new musicals.

Festival Schedule

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, Miller Concert Hall — "What's New?,” contemporary music theater scenes
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, Wiedemann Recital Hall — Chamber Music featuring Jakub Omsky on cello
  • 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 12, B-203 Duerksen Fine Arts Center — Presentation #1, composer Joseph Bertolozzi
  • 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, Wiedemann — Open rehearsal with Bertolozzi and WSU Madrigals
  • 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, Wiedemann — Chamber music featuring madrigal singers, Omsky, Tate Addis and Donald Duncan
  • 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Wiedemann — WSU student composers recital featuring pieces by Matt Aelmore, A.J. Crust, Ann Riebenspies, Jason Teed and Elizabeth Enlow
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, Wiedemann — Chamber music featuring Andrea Banke, Omsky, Judith Kellock, Suzanne Tirk, Catherine Consiglio, Julie Bees, Walter & Mary Mays, Addis and Andrew Wright
  • 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 B-203 Duerksen — Presentation #2, Bertolozzi: The Bridge Project
  • 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, Wiedemann — Chamber music
  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, Miller — WSU Concert Band & Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert featuring music by Bertolozzi and Katherine Murdock

All concerts and presentations are open to the public. Daytime events are free; evening concerts are $6 with discounts available. For more information, contact Murdock at 978-6272 or the Fine Arts Box Office at 978-3233.

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