Kristina Teuschler
Madison New Music Festival
Zach Green
Madison New Music Festival
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August 10-12, 2018

Third Annual

  • Friday, Aug 10 7:30pm, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Saturday, Aug 11 2:00pm, Bethel Lutheran Church
  • Sunday, Aug 12 7:30pm, Robinia Courtyard

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OPENING NIGHT 2018: Sounds of the ‘60s and Beyond

Where: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art   (227 State St)
When: Friday, August 10th, 2018 at 7:30pm
Who: Caitlin Mead, soprano; Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute; Kristina Teuschler, clarinet; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Alex Norris, violin, and Zou Zou Robidoux, cello; and Conduit (Zach Manzi, clarinet and Evan Sadler, percussion).
Program: Melissa Dunphy, Angelica Negron, Evan Williams, Steve Reich, Gilda Lyons, Anna Meadors, Kyle T Strauss, David Lang, and Andy Akiho
Tickets: $15/$5 for students/free for MMoCA members

The Madison New Music Festival kicks off its third season at the MMoCA with a program inspired by the museum's current exhibition, Far Out: Art from the 1960s. Hear sounds born out of the '60s counterculture with works exploring minimalism, social and political engagement, and electronic experimentation, as well as the music they inspired for decades to come. The program will include a mixture of instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic music, with featured guest ensemble Conduit. Highlights include composer and Lawrence Conservatory faculty Evan Williams' "Bodies Upon the Gears" for clarinet, viola, and audio from Mario Savio's 1964 speech urging the importance of civil protest; Steve Reich's "New York Counterpoint" for amplified clarinet and tape; and Andy Akiho's "Stop Speaking" for solo snare in conversation with digital playback. There will be a cash bar, and guests will have the opportunity to explore museum exhibits before, during, and after the performance.

MNMF Concert #2: Sounds of Reflection

Where: Bethel Lutheran Church   (312 Wisconsin Ave)
When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018 2:00pm
Who: Greg Zelek, organ; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Satoko Hayami, piano; Tyler Pimm; Organ; KrIstina Teuschler, clarinet; Alex Norris, violin; Zou Zou Robidoux, cello; Caitlin Mead, soprano; and Scott Gendel, piano.
Program: Toru Takemitsu, Trevor Weston, Morton Feldman, Daniel Ficarri, John Weaver, Tyler Pimm, Tania Leon, John Musto, and Scott Gendel
Tickets: $15/$5 for students

Madison New Music Festival continues with an afternoon program that invokes spirituality, morality, and reflection. Highlights include organ selections performed by Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Greg Zelek and Vital Organ Project founder Tyler Pimm, contemplative soundscapes for viola and piano by Morton Feldman and Toru Takemitsu, a set of spiritual-inspired works by composer Trevor Weston, and the renowned Langston Hughes set to music by composers including Madison's Scott Gendel, who will perform along with Madison-born soprano Caitlin Mead.

MNMF Concert #3: Festival Closing Party 2018

Where: Robinia Courtyard   (829 E. Washington Ave)
When: Sunday, August 12th, 2018 7:30pm
Who: B.C. Grimm, and All Festival Performers!
Program: B.C. Grimm, Julius Eastman
Tickets: $15/$5 for students

Polish off your weekend with a drink at Robinia Courtyard as you listen to the world premiere of "They’re Still Here," a new work by local multi-instrumentalist B.C. Grimm featuring 9 instruments ranging from cello to Chinese pipa. Then, kick back for a set of solo string music from violinist Aaron Yarmel and violist Jeremy Kinbaum, featuring pieces by Philip Glass, Ursula Mamlock, and one of Yarmel's own improvisations. Finally, musicians from all three concerts close out the festival together with a performance of Julius Eastman's "brilliant and brazen" 1973 piece, "Stay On It." This rarely performed work ends our musical weekend with a bang – and a groove! There will be a cash bar.

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!