Artistic Director James Wilding presents the seventeenth annual Akron New Music Festival, which will feature faculty and students from the University of Akron and guest artists. The festival will comprise six events, presented between Monday, April 3 and Saturday, April 8: a faculty recital, two student recitals, a masterclass, a dance collaboration, and the residency of acclaimed composer Jake Runestad. Events will be held in Guzzetta Hall at the University of Akron. Hospitality and operations management will be provided by the New Music Association, under its president, Cody Ray. Admission will be free for all events.
MONDAY, April 3 and TUESDAY, April 4 JAKE RUNESTAD RESIDENCY in cooperation with the American Choral Directors Association Monday @ 4:25 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall Workshop on Mr. Runestad’s 2017 commissioned piece, “Please Stay” with the University of Akron Concert Choir Monday @ 6:45 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall Lecture: “Composing for the Voice”, a session on composing for choirs Tuesday @ 12:00 pm, Guzzetta Hall 09 Presentation: “Interpretation: Bringing Music to Life” Tuesday @ 2:15 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall Workshop on choral tone with the University of Akron Chamber Choir – “Go, Lovely Rose” by Eric Whitacre Tuesday @ 3:15 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall Workshop on University of Akron student composition – “Like Moons and Suns, I Rise” by Mickey McGroarty
TUESDAY, April 4 FACULTY AND FRIENDS @ 7:30 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall featuring the music of James Wilding, Robert Brownlow, Øystein Baadsvik, and Nicola Resanovic
WEDNESDAY, April 5 DANCE COLLABORATION @ 7:30 pm, Guzzetta Hall 194 – Francia Albrecht Performance Studio featuring student choreographers and dancers from the University of Akron Dance Program in collaboration with student composers and performers from the University of Akron School of Music
THURSDAY, April 6 SCHOOL OF MUSIC RECITAL: COMPOSERS FORUM @ 1:10 pm. Guzzetta Recital Hall featuring student composers and performers from the University of Akron School of Music
FRIDAY, April 7 GUEST MASTERCLASS @ 5:00 pm, Guzzetta Hall 147 with composer Keith Fitch and students from the University of Akron Composition Studio
SATURDAY, April 8 FINAL CONCERT @ 1:00 pm, Guzzetta Recital Hall featuring student composers and performers from the University of Akron School of Music and guest students