Long-lost BSU festival of new music posts… (1)

Trying to write about an event that you’re working always turns out hard for me. Rather than let the event pass with only one measly post, I’m going for a post-post-mortem review or two. Friday night’s concert might have been the most whiplash-inducing mix of styles I ever experienced. It certainly encourages some thought about […]

BSU's 38th Festival of New Music

The Ball State University School of Music will hold it’s 38th Festival of New Music, March 20 – 22, 2008, featuring guest composer Thomas Wells, and guest performers Benjamin Sung and Jihye Chang. It’s a healthy dose of mostly regional new music, with a strong mix of acoustic and electronic offerings. More information, including a […]

future opera…

Gordon Beeferman, whose Reliquary was recently heard at BSU as part of eighth blackbird’s opening-night concert, was just featured on the New York City Opera’s Vox series. The series presents excerpts from new or unperformed operas by American composers, as a sort of “tryout” with the NYC Opera Orchestra and professional singers. Excerpts from Beeferman’s […]

eighth blackbird

eighth blackbird opened the annual BSU New Music Festival with their usual high level of artistry and imaginative concert presentation. Performing works by Higdon, Fitzell, Mackey, Beeferman, and Schwantner, the group doesn’t shy away from difficulty or length (clocking in at just under two hours). They rate a permanent must see/hear recommendation from me, and […]