Marianne Gythfeldt and Ray Furuta
The UAlbany Performing Arts Center will host the New Music and Culture Symposium from Thursday-Saturday (January 29-31). Organized by Max Lifchitz – composer, musician and long-time UAlbany faculty member – this SUNY-wide conference will celebrate and highlight the artistic accomplishments of SUNY-affiliated composers and musicians with a weekend of nine public concerts, four lecture/recitals, two panel discussions and a master class. All of the festival’s events are free and open to the public.
A total of 29 composers representing eight different SUNY schools from around New York State will showcase their works during the three-day event.
Highlights include performances by the Buffalo Ensemble, the Stony Brook Contemporary Players and the New York City based North/South Consonance Ensemble. Among the distinguished soloists slated to perform are soprano Martha Herr (an American singer residing in Brazil), baritone Joseph Han, Canadian violinist and Stony Brook grad Claudia Schaer, oboist Karen Hosmer, trumpeter Allyson Keyser, French horn player Ann Ellsworth, percussion virtuoso Tom Kolor and guitarists James Budinich and Zane Merritt.
And in addition to several premieres and recent works employing new technologies, the festival will also showcase new electronic instruments such as the Soundplane (performed by William Pfaff) and the Theremin Cello (performed by Jonathan Golove).
Here’s the schedule of concerts and other event for the New Music & Cultural Symposium: