Welcome to the eighteenth annual Akron New Music Festival. As artistic director, I'm proud to feature faculty and students from the University of Akron and guest artists. In our 2018 festival, we will present five events on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25th and 26th. Our guest composer Anthony Donofrio will give a lecture and masterclass. His compositions will feature on all concerts.
New this year will be the inaugural concert of the Akron Contemporary Players. I'm also pleased to present the pre-college student composer Cole Johnson, who for the past three years has won the prestigious Gillman Award of the Children's Concert Society Scholastic Composer's Contest.
All events will be held in Guzzetta Hall at the University of Akron and at the Akron Art Museum. Hospitality and operations management will be provided by the New Music Association, under its president, Cody Ray.
I am very much looking forward to seeing you there. Admission will be free for all events.