The University of Rhode Island Department of Music is pleased to present its inaugural New Music Festival on Sunday, May 7, 2017 in the Fine Arts Center (105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI). The marathon concert begins at 5 pm and features 35 student, faculty, and alumni performances of works by living composers and artists, including 28 world premieres. Multimedia installations by URI art students will be on view beginning at 4 pm.
From solo pieces to works for chamber orchestra, the diverse concert program features exciting new music for voice, acoustic instruments, electronics, video, and dance. Nine student composers will premiere new works, from piano concertos to jazz combos, and alumni will return to present new compositions. The URI Flute Ensemble will perform a piece by Anže Rozman and the URI Avant-Garde Ensemble will perform an improvisatory set of their own creation. Music faculty Kyle Forsthoff, Theodore Mook, Jane Murray, Joseph Parillo, Manabu Takasawa, and Susan Thomas will perform works by composition professor Eliane Aberdam, Gerard Heroux, Osvaldo Golijov, Edie Hill, Ben Hoadley, Fredrik Andersson, and URI Distinguished Visiting Artist Yoshihiro Kanno, with dancer Angela Cole and choreography by Cathy Nicoli.
Special guest ensemble Verdant Vibes will premiere professor emeritus Geoffrey Gibbs’s Japanese Songs, with soprano Laurie Amat and Alexey Shabalin conducting; an electroacoustic sextet, for Anna Atkins, by composition faculty Kirsten Volness with video by Alexander Dupuis, inspired by the first woman photographer; and Ephemeroptera an accordion/bass duet by art faculty Jacob Richman.
The URI New Music Festival is free and open to the public.