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New Beginnings of Composers Symposium a must see

  • May 19, 2009
[caption id="attachment_2839" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Beta Collide, directed by Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter"][/caption]Summer’s Bach, bringing with it twenty days of inspiring, enthralling, and impeccably talented musicians to the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival. Also returning is the Composers Symposium, a gathering of 90 emerging composers with performances of music by the participants in three series of events: Concerts (“New Beginnings”); readings (“Virgin Ears Workshops”); and improvisation sessions (“Wild Nights Cafés”). The performers include the symposium’s American Creators Ensemble (ACE) under the mentorship of the Fireworks New Music Ensemble and Beta Collide, directed by Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter. The new innovative ACE program fosters the creation of new music by its members, who are both composers and performers. The aim of all three series is to create music as a community whose members are equally committed to the music of everyone in the group, as well as of the guest artists. The future of the program is directed towards inviting others to join ACE, not just through their instruments, but with all aspects of contemporary arts, according to symposium director Robert Kyr. The Composers Symposium event itinerary: Saturday, July 4, 10:00 a.m. Beall Concert Hall at the University of Oregon Beta Collide with American Creators Ensemble (ACE) Leading-edge new music ensemble based in Oregon, focusing on the collision of musical art forms; from new complexity to ambient, from the street to the academy. Click here to buy tickets. Saturday, July 4, 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 8:00 p.m. Beall Concert Hall Fireworks New Music Ensemble with ACE Combines the talents of classically trained but musically omnivorous young virtuosi who pride themselves on their ability to play just about anything, regardless of style, time period, or instrumentation. Tuesday, June 30, 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 9:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. All workshops located at The Cube (Room 190) at the UO School of Music Virgin Ears Workshops: 24 Hours of New Music Readings Features premieres of works by participants in the Composers Symposium, performed by the composers and resident ensembles. Tickets $5, $3 sold at door. Tuesday, July 7, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 10:30 p.m. All improvisations located at The Cube (Room 190) at the UO School of Music Wild Nights Cafés 2009: Group Improv and Piano Works The hip, late-night series returns with group improvs in every style you can imagine and premieres of new works for solo piano. Tickets $10, $5 sold at door.