New Music Festival

New Music Festival

New Music Festival 2022 (March 7-8, 2022)

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The annual New Music Festival at Western Illinois University provides a rare opportunity for our community and region to hear new music and meet recognized composers and performers. The events of the festival provide an opportunity to experience and understand the music of our time.

The festival brings together some of the university's fine performing faculty, guest artists, faculty and student composers, and student performers in lectures, concerts, and workshops that explore many exciting facets of today's new music world.

The featured performer is Craig Hultgren. The featured composer is Baljinder Sekhon. The festival's directors are WIU Composition Faculty James Romig and Hong-Da Chin

Featured Performer - Craig Hultgren


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Cellist Craig Hultgren has been active in new music for decades. He now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. The New York Classical Review commented that he,"played with impressive poise and sensitivity" for Dorothy Hindman's 2016 chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in four solo CD recordings including UK composer Craig Vear’s hyper-media concerto Black Cats and Blues on Métier Recordings. Recently, Hultgren entered the realm of digital online releases with four works Songs for Cello and Piano by Ben Hippen available on Spotify. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors in Decorah and serves as Chair for the Iowa Composers Forum.

 

Featured Composer - Baljinder Sekhon

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"Clearly knowing the power of sonority” (Philadelphia Inquirer), the music of Baljinder Sekhon has been presented in over 600 concerts in twenty-six countries. From works for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon's demonstrate a wide range of genres and styles. Numerous commercial recordings of Sekhon's music have been released, including those on Albany Records, Parma, AMP, Klarthe, BCM&D, and Equilibrium Records. A portrait CD of Sekhon's music was released on Innova Records in April 2018. His works are regularly performed around the world, with performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the National Recital Hall of Taiwan. Sheet music of Sekhon's works is available internationally from Keyboard Percussion Publications, Glass Tree Press, Steve Weiss Music, Le Vent Music (Taiwan), AvA Musical Editions (Europe), and Southern Percussion (UK). Sekhon serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Penn State University. He holds the PhD, MA from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from the University of South Carolina.

 

Schedule of Events

FEATURED PERFORMER — Craig Hultgren

FEATURED COMPOSER — Baljinder Sekhon

Monday, March 7, 2022

9:00am

COFAC Recital Hall

Presentation by Craig Hultgren

11:00am

COFAC Recital Hall

Presentation by Craig Hultgren

1:00pm

Browne 207

Roundtable discussion with Craig Hultgren, and Baljinder Sekhon

7:30pm

COFAC Recital Hall

Concert 1: Craig Hultgren, cello (works by Sekhon, Chin, and Romig)

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

9:00am

COFAC Recital Hall

Presentation by Baljinder Sekhon with Craig Hultgren

11:00am

COFAC Recital Hall

Presentation by Baljinder Sekhon with Craig Hultgren

2:00pm

COFAC Recital Hall

Concert 2: An Open Rehearsal with Craig Hultgren, cello

7:30pm

COFAC Recital Hall

Concert 3: Craig Hultgren, cello (works by WIU student composers)

Location


COFAC Recital Hall
School of Music
College of Fine Arts and Communications
Macomb, IL 61455-1390



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New Music Festival is made possible by support from

the WIU Performing Arts Society and the WIU School of Music.