David Gompper, Director
Jean-François Charles, Music director, LOUi
Sivan Cohen Elias, Visiting Asst Professor, 2019-20
Trinton Prater, Research Asst, CNM
Mark Rheaume, Wenxin Li and Hongwei Cai, Research Assts, CW

The composers and musicians participating in the final CNM concert in Season 53 .

CNM's 2019-20 Season Concert Preview

 

— All concerts are free and open to the public —

2019
Sept 08
Sept 22
Oct 27
Nov 09
Nov 15
Nov 17
Nov 20
Dec 04
Dec 06
Dec 08
Dec 14
 

 

Presented by
The University of Iowa - School of Music
Society of Composers, Iowa Student Chapter

Zachery Meier, president; Ramin Roshandel, vice president;
Mark Rheaume, treasurer; Wenxin Li, secretary;

SCI Annual 24 + 24 Hour Concert Project

Pairing
Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00p in the Recital Hall
Concert
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

Conceived in 2012 with the aim of fostering strong bonds and collaborative relationships between performers and composers at the School of Music, the 24 + 24 Hour Project began by randomly assigning composers to volunteer musicians from the School of Music studios. These composers then had twenty-four hours to compose an original work for their assigned performers. Once the performers received the new work, they had up to twenty-four hours to learn and rehearse the composition until the performance.

 


The Music of Guest Composer James Paul Sain

The Center for New Music Ensemble
 

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

Our guest for this concert is James Paul Sain, Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he has taught acoustic and electroacoustic music composition, theory, and technology for 28 years. He founded and directed the internationally acclaimed Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival for 17 years. Sain is responsible for programming over 1700 works of contemporary art music. His compositional oeuvre spans all major acoustic ensembles, instrumental and vocal soloists, and has embraced electroacoustic music. His works have been featured at major national and international societal events. He has presented his music in concert and given lectures in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. Dr. Sain is President Emeritus of the Society of Composers Inc. He previously served for several terms on American Composers Alliance Board of Governors. His music is available in print from Brazinmusikanta and American Composers Editions and on CD on the Capstone, Electronic Music Foundation, Innova, University of Lanús, Mark Masters, Albany and NACUSA labels.';

 

the first concert in Season 54 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Composers’ Workshop Concert I

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

The Composers’ Workshop (CW), made available to the graduate and undergraduate students in the composition program, helps to promote new works in live performance, thus encouraging dialogue between composer/composer and composer/musician regarding musical ideas, instrumental techniques and mutually understood notation. The program is made up of pieces that are in var ious stages of development, from early sketches to completed compositions. Works for specialized performers, such as the JACK quartet, are adjudicated and considered for a performance. The CNM currently schedules four CW concerts with student performers annually, and one concert with the JACK Quartet each fall.

 

Indiana University Jacob's School of Music
Committee
hosting

Midwest Composers Symposium 2019
 

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Indiana University, Bloomington

The Midwest Composers Symposium is a consortium made up of the composition departments of four American Midwest universities: the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan. The purpose is to allow students to have contact with other composers at nearby institutions and to foster connections and self-identity. The symposium was begun in 1948 by Anthony Donato of Northwestern University, and Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. For a few years during the 1960s, the symposium concerts ceased due to a change in academic calendars but resumed in the early 1970s, when most schools adopted the quarter system. Oberlin College joined at that point, and a few years later, Indiana University. Northwestern dropped out in 1992, as did Illinois and Oberlin in 2007. The University of Cincinnati joined in 2008.

 

The UI Laptop Orchestra
Jean-François Charles, director
 

LOUi at Hancher
 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Directed by Asst. Professor Jean-François Charles, the Laptop Orchestra of the University of Iowa (LOUi) is an experimental new music ensemble that promotes the intersection of acoustic and electronic music, of traditional or classical instruments with laptops, guitar pedals, and other electronic devices. Students create their own repertoire and develop improvisation skills.

  

The Center for New Music
David Gompper, director
 

The Center for New Music Ensemble

with Guest Timothy Gill
Principal cellist, London Sinfonietta
performing two cello concerti by Ligeti and Gompper

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

Guest Timothy Gill in Concert

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

Timothy Gill studied in Paris, Cambridge University and the Royal Academy in London. In 1990 he won critical acclaim for his performances in the Park Lane Group series at London’s Southbank and has since enjoyed a lifelong commitment to contemporary music. He is principal cellist in the London Sinfonietta, with whom he has appeared as soloist throughout the world, most recently at the MiTo international festival in Turin and at the BBC Proms. Last year he gave a recital of solo contemporary music as part of the Cello Unwrapped series at London’s Kings Place. In addition, Tim has appeared as principal cellist with all the London orchestras. He held the post of principal cellist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) for 15 years, touring the world and appearing frequently with them as a concerto soloist. He also enjoyed a shorter tenure as principal with English National Opera. In 2016 Tim left the RPO in order to focus more fully on his solo career.

  

In cooperation with the UI String Quartet Residency Program, CNM presents


Readings of new works by UI students

The JACK Quartet

Reading Sessions
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
at 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Recital Hall
Thursday, December 5, 2019
at 1:00pm to 4:30pm in the Recital Hall
 

The JACK Quartet in Concert

Violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman
Violist John Pickford Richards, and Cellist Jay Campbell

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has a long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.

 

the second concert in Season 53 of UI composers' recent works
adjudicated and chosen by their peers

Composers’ Workshop Concert II

Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

The Composers’ Workshop (CW), made available to the graduate and undergraduate students in the composition program, helps to promote new works in live performance, thus encouraging dialogue between composer/composer and composer/musician regarding musical ideas, instrumental techniques and mutually understood notation. The program is made up of pieces that are in var ious stages of development, from early sketches to completed compositions. Works for specialized performers, such as the JACK quartet, are adjudicated and considered for a performance. The CNM currently schedules four CW concerts with student performers annually, and one concert with the JACK Quartet each fall.

 

Presented by the Electronic Music Studio
Sivan Cohen Elias, director

The Electronic Music Studio Concert I
 

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:30p in the Stark Opera Studio
 

Instructed by Visiting Asst. Prof. Sivan Cohen Elias, the Fall Electronic Media class allows students from any field to gain the fundamental knowledge needed to create original electroacoustic music. In this concert the students will present their 8-channel electroacoustic compositions inspired by the theme of "imaginary sound machines". The concert will also feature audio-visual works by advanced composition students.