This diverse line-up of our inaugural concert showcased the works of several Wisconsin-born composers, with pieces by Daron Hagen, Kimberly Osberg, JP Merz, and the Wisconsin premiere of Zachary Green's "what have you to do with serious things?" Beyond our Wisconsin focus, the festival featured works by composers such as Pulitzer prize-winner John Luther Adams, Grammy winner Eric Whitacre, and celebrated Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.


The festival drew upon talented young performers from the Midwest, including Joe Connor, Dan Reifsteck and Ilan Blanck of Slipstream, Yana Avedyan, LUNA Voice & Piano Duo, and the Willy Street Chamber Players.
Madison New Music Festival 2016 audience applauds
JJ Sechan and Corey Worley performing Philippe Hersant's Huit Duos
Joe Connor chats with the audience
Madison New Music Festival 2016 audience listening
Madison New Music Festival 2016 audience at MMOCA
Willy Street Chamber Players performing entr'acte by Caroline Shaw
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August 10-12, 2017

Second Annual

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Madison State Capitol, photo by Mary Caporal Prior

The festival's mission

The mission of the Madison New Music Festival is to bring together the Madison community in an annual, weekend-long celebration of classical works written in our lifetimes. The festival will showcase Wisconsin-based composers and performers of new music, as well as some guest artists, in a series of affordable concerts targeting different audiences throughout the city. These concerts will range from traditional ticketed concerts in recital halls to free outdoor events, and will especially strive to connect with underserved communities in the Madison area.

Madison New Music Festival is an organization with fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Your contributions for the purposes of the festival are tax-deductible. Please consider supporting our organization and click the button below to lend your support!