Washington State University’s School of Music will present its 2019 Festival of Contemporary Art Music Thursday-Saturday, February 28-March 2, in Kimbrough Concert Hall and Bryan Hall Theatre. All concerts are free and open to the public.
- 8 p.m. Thursday – Opening gala concert featuring WSU School of Music faculty performing Jim Stephenson’s Devil’s Tale, Stephenson’s sequel to Igor Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat.
- 3 p.m. Friday – program TBA
- 8 p.m. Friday – program TBA
- 11a.m. Saturday – program TBA
- 3p.m. Saturday – program TBA
- 8 p.m. Saturday – Closing concert, including the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble led by Dr. Danh Pham, performing Stephenson’s Symphony No. 1.
About guest composer Jim Stephenson
Leading American orchestras, instrumentalists and wind ensembles around the world have performed the music of Chicago-based composer James M. Stephenson, both to critical acclaim and the delight of audiences. The composer is largely self-taught, making his voice truly individual and his life’s work all the more remarkable. Recent and upcoming premieres include the Chicago Symphony with Riccardo Muti, St. Louis (Robertson), Montreal, and Minnesota Orchestra (Vänskä), and the Cabrillo Festival (Macelaru), as well as the US “President’s Own” Marine Band. Over 150 orchestras and bands play his music annually.
His recent CD – “Liquid Melancholy – the music of James Stephenson” (featuring Chicago Symphony clarinetist John Yeh) is currently a 2019 Grammy nominee for Best Engineered, Classical. Additionally, his monumental Symphony #2 – VOICES – has earned the esteemed Ostwald Award (2018) from the American Bandmasters Association, after just having won the 2017 National Band Association’s annual Revelli Award.
His 3rd symphony – VISIONS – will receive its premiere in April, 2019.
The Festival of Contemporary Art Music celebrates the art music of our time, highlighting the work of WSU student and faculty composers along with special guest and visiting composers. The festival was founded in 1989 by Dr. Charles Argersinger and is currently under the direction of Scott Blasco.
The 2019 Festival of Contemporary Art Music is made possible through generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music.