The Fort Hays State University Department of Music and Theatre will present the New Music Festival, “An Evening of Music by Living Composers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. Complimentary tickets will be available in the lobby 30 minutes prior to the concert or in advance at the Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Kristin Pisano, festival artistic director, will introduce the recently-formed New Music Ensemble, made up of FHSU music faculty who share a passion for the music of living composers.
Performers include Hilary Shepard, flute; Kristin Pisano, clarinet; James Pisano, saxophone; Shah Sadikov, viola and electronics; Ben Cline, cello, electronics and film; Irena Ravitskaya, piano; and Timothy Rolls, electronics.
One aim of the annual New Music Festival is to engage, educate and inform the community about new music. Another primary goal is to commission a composer to write a work for the New Music Ensemble, which will be premiered at each festival. At the time of the premiere, the composer will be invited to the FHSU campus, where they will serve as composer in residence, work with music students, and perform or present at the evening concert.
Paul Rudy, curators’ professor and coordinator of composition at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory, will serve as composer in residence for the 2018 festival.