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'Mind Expanding' Musical Experience
Jenny Gierhan
Antelope Staff
Courtesy PhotoThe 7:30 p.m. concert on Monday will include the Quadrivium Ensemble of Kansas City, Mo., featuring Cheryl Melfi, clarinet; Jonathan Borja, flute; Kari Johnson, piano; and Sascha Groschang, cello.

New Music Festival offers V-day alternative

Valentine’s Day is typically filled with overly romanticized acts of love that cost a fortune. This year, if you’re looking for something romantic, don’t buy flowers and an expensive meal. Instead, head over to the New Music Festival in the Fine Arts Building for a free taste of what’s new in the music world.   

The festival is everything but the typical music concert at UNK.

“The music is very dissonant, beautiful and unusual. It’s not pop, rock or folk, but also don’t think you’re going to hear classical music like the works of Beethoven,” said Dr. Darleen Mitchell, professor of theory and composition.

Eighteen upcoming and seasoned composers from California to New York and even one from Germany will be featured at the 10th annual New Music Festival Feb. 14-15.

Mitchell began the festival 10 years ago in an effort to bridge the gap between Nebraska’s isolation and the evolving composition world. The festival is a rare opportunity for people to experience innovation that happens all the time in larger cities.

“The festival is a mind expanding experience that redefines the concept of what is music and what is noise,” Mitchell said.

Compositions were chosen because they push musical limitations and offer a unique perspective. Attendees can look forward to a little bit of everything including vocal pieces, electronics, a world premier and video accompaniment.

UNK junior music composition major Robert Roth has been chosen as the only student composer featured this year. His piece, “Bugs” will be performed by UNK flute student Brooke Harris at a 5:30 performance.

Three totally different performances will be featured at this year’s festival. All performances are free and open to the public.

New Music Festival
Feb. 14
5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Recital Hall
Look forward to…
- “Bugs” composed by UNK student Robert Roth
- World Premier of “Interior Life” composed by David Wolfson

7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Recital Hall
Go check out…
- The Quadrivium Ensemble, which fuses electronic media and music, taking the audience on a trip.

Feb. 15
5:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Recital Hall
Who to pay attention to…
- York Höller a composer from Cologne, Germany, will feature his piece, “Scan.” Höller is said to be “…the most consistently impressive of German modernists," according to The Independent in London.


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