Denison's First New Music Festival Features Variety Of Concerts
Posted: February 16, 2004
The Denison music department is hosting its first Denison New Music Festival titled "Tutti," a three-day festival of new music by composers around the United States. Concerts are scheduled for 8 p.m., Friday (Feb. 27), 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday (Feb. 28), and 3 p.m., Sunday (Feb. 29) in Burke Recital Hall. The Sunday concert is a solo recital by visiting German pianist Sebastian Berweck. All of the concerts are free and open to the public.
The festival will consist of concerts and presentations from selected composers and feature the music of guest composer David Felder from SUNY Buffalo and performances from visiting German pianist Sebastian Berweck. The concerts will also feature Denison music department faculty and will be directed by Ching-chu Hu.
Felder's works have been featured at many leading international festivals for new music including Holland, Geneva, Ravinia, Aspen, Vienna Modern, and others. His work has been broadly characterized by its highly energetic profile, through its frequent employment of technological extension and elaboration of musical materials (including his Crossfire video series), and its lyrical qualities. He has received numerous grants and commissions including six awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. His first CD was named "Disc of the Year" (1996) in chamber music by the American Record guide. Orchestral works on a second CD was named "Best of Year" by Fanfare Magazine. Currently, Felder is professor of composition at the University of Buffalo.
Berweck has been musically trained since he was four years old. He won first prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition in both 1990 and 1991 and made his first CD recording in 1992 with the Baynov Piano ensemble. Since 1998 Berweck has toured the U.S. regularly in recital and as a teacher. He was voted Best Young Interpreter 1999 by the German Society for New Music.
The New Music Festival is sponsored by the Vail Visiting Artists Fund, the Academic Lecture Fund, and the music department.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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