After an incredibly successful launch in 2016, the Madison New Music Festival is set to return to MMoCA for a concert combining contemporary visual art and contemporary music. The festival presents brand new pieces by emerging composers, underplayed classics of the contemporary repertoire, and shines a spotlight on new music created here in Wisconsin. The concert at MMoCA features music with thematic ties to MMoCA’s current exhibitions, including politically charged works such as composer Zachary Green’s “But I Still Believe,” inspired by Hillary Clinton’s concession speech, and “Drums of Winter” from composer and environmentalist John Luther Adams. There will be a cash bar and opportunities to walk around the exhibits. Tickets are $10 / $5 for students / free for MMoCA members.
The festival’s second night features an eclectic range of music, from the inventive, folk-inspired music of Romanian composer Doina Rotaru to the improvisatory soundscapes of recently departed legend Pauline Oliveros. Also featured is local composer Scott Gendel, who will present a set of his own music with frequent Madison Opera guest soprano Emily Birsan. Other performers include Chicago-based new music ensemble Chartreuse, local flutist Iva Ugrčić, and violinist Lydia Sewell. ($10/$5 student)
Local new music wind quintet Black Marigold will perform "Beer Music" by Brian DuFord, inspired by different kinds of beer-- and you can sip as you listen! But first, get your groove on with rhythmic works by emerging composer Andy Akiho, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and local percussionist Dave Alcorn— interspersed with interactive interpretations of renaissance motets and an electroacoustic work for vibraphone. Featured musicians include percussionist Garrett Mendelow and Chicago-based new music ensemble Chartreuse. (Free!)
Join us at Jardin Restaurant, part of the newly redeveloped Robinia Courtyard on East Washington Ave., to hear local ensemble Mr. Chair present an eclectic set ranging from original compositions to versions of Satie, Messiaen, and Stravinsky. Also featured is the genre-bending Echelon String Quartet, and a mesmerizing solo bass piece performed by Grant Blaschka. Cash bar! ($10/$5 student)
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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!