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Programming New Music: Strategies, Successes, Challenges

Daylong symposium to focus on recent developments, challenges in new music programming

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Flutist Claire Chase, the Institute for New Music’s Visiting Artist and executive director of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) will be the keynote speaker at Northwestern University’s “Programming New Music: Strategies, Successes, Challenges” symposium.

Presented by the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music’s Institute for New Music, the daylong event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Free and open to the public, the purpose of the symposium is to begin a discussion on the aspects of the concert programming of new music, including commissioning new works, re-conceptualizing the concert as a whole, understanding the cultural and political place of a work of art and management strategies.

Additional participants are leading figures from Chicago’s music scene, including Spektral Quartet violist Doyle Armbrust and violinist Austin WullimanPeter Margasak, curator of the weekly new music “Frequency Series” at the new Roscoe Village venue Constellation; Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator of the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Peter Taub, director of performance programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art; Amy Iwano, executive director, The University of Chicago Presents; and Bienen School faculty members Hans Thomalla, director of the Institute for New Music; Donald Nally, director of choral organizations; and Ryan Dohoney, assistant professor of musicology.

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