Illinois State University’s School of Music will host the RED NOTE New Music Festival from Sunday, March 3, to Thursday, March 7, including nationally acclaimed composer Joan Tower, the Spektral Quartet and several world premieres of new music. Many of the events are free and open to the public. Information for ticketed events follows.
Illinois State University Wind Symphony will perform a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in the Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall, featuring guest composers Marcus Maroney and Paul Dooley. General Admission is $8, with $7 for faculty and staff and $6 for students and seniors.
The concert program will include John Mackey, High Wire; Scott Lindroth, Passage; Maroney, Rochambeau; Dooley, Point Blank; and Paul Hindemith, Symphony in Bb. For additional information contact the Illinois State Band office at (309) 438-2166.
The Spektral Quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, at Kemp Recital Hall in Centennial East. The event is free and open to the public.
The Spektral Quartet has established itself as one of Chicago's most intrepid and adroit ensembles. With a priority on evaporating the perceived boundary between traditional masterworks and music of the present, past Spektral concerts have featured Beethoven and Mozart alongside Carter and Adés.
The concert on Monday will feature works including Chambers by Marcos Balter, Albumblatt by Hans Thomalla; and the String Quartet No. 2 by Elliott Carter. Learn more at http://spektralquartet.com/ .
Tuesday, March 5, will feature composer Joan Tower at 8 p.m. in Kemp Recital Hall in Centennial East. The event is free and open to the public.
Tower is widely regarded as one of the most important American composers living today. During a career spanning more than 50 years, she has made lasting contributions to musical life in the United States as a composer, performer, conductor, and educator. The New York Times says Tower is “a composer whose directness and eclecticism make her music instantly accessible.”
Her concert will include Petroushkates, for quintet; Wings, for alto saxophone; DNA, for percussion quintet; Wild Purple, for viola; Throbbing Still, for piano; Steps, for piano; and Valentine Trills, for flute.
Various local musicians and faculty will perform Contemporary Chamber Works at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at Kemp Recital Hall in Centennial East. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert will include works such as Forward/Still, for sextet, by David Kirkland Garner; Caténaires, for piano by Elliott Carter; Yearning, for zheng and double bass by Yao Chen and War Wedding, for tenor and piano by Tony Solitro. The event will also include the winning performer of the Contemporary Music Competition for Young Performers , 15-year-old local cellist Luke Acerra.
Thursday, March 7, will feature the Illinois State Symphonic Band with guest composers Steve Danyew and Roy Magnuson. The concert will be at 8 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts. General Admission is $8, with $7 for faculty and staff and $6 for students and seniors.
Music will include Königsmarsch by Richard Strauss, A Solemn Music by Virgil Thomson and the world premiere of This World Alive by Steve Danyew.
For additional information, contact the School of Music at (309) 438-7631.