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Five College New Music Festival

Event Date: 
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 6:30pm to Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 3:00pm

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will host the third Five College New Music Festival, Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8, 2013.  A celebration of the rich musical life of the Pioneer Valley both past and present, the Festival is Free and the public is welcome to attend. 

The Five College New Music Festival showcases nearly fifty performers and composers, primarily current and former faculty members, selected UMass Amherst and Smith College students and members of the community at large.  All activities take place in Bezanson Recital Hall.  Free parking is available in lot 62, located across North Pleasant Street, from Bezanson.  Professors Salvatore Macchia, Elizabeth Chang and Eric Sawyer are the Festival’s coordinators.  The Festival website is

6:30 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Kate Soper, Judith Gordon and Eric Sawyer
7:30 pm: Five College Composers’ Concert -- Daniel Warner: The Butterfly Effect, David Sanford: Grace Canticles, Kate Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say, Eric Sawyer: “Seigneur, Donne Secours” from The Garden of Martyrs and Salvatore Macchia: Scylla and Charybdis

2 pm: Concert featuring the winner of the Five College Composers’ Competition, Juhi Bansal, and her piece: The Lost Country of Sight
New Violin Duos by Manuel Sosa, John Halle, Lewis Spratlan, Edward Jacobs and Donald Wheelock. 
New Four-Hand Piano Duos by Daniel Felsenfeld, Richard Einhorn and James Matheson
4 pm: Concert of Electro-Acoustic Music -- Charles Bestor: Piccolo Concerto for Trumpet and Electronics, Matt Waugh: Composites for Amplified Double Bass and Electronic Soundtrack, Ronald Perera: Alternate Routes and Stephanie Robinson: TBA
6:30 pm: Pre-Concert Talk by David Schneider
7:30 pm: Heritage Concert – Bruce MacCombie: Anecdotes for Woodwind Quintet, Robert Stern: Three Ballads and a Gymnopèdie, Franceo Donatoni: Omar, Scott Wheeler: Grey Gardens, Morton Feldman: Piano Four Hands and Lewis Spratlan: Horn Quartet

2 pm: Pre-Concert talk by David Schneider
3 pm: Horizons Concert – Pierre Boulez: Derive 1, Augusta Read Thomas: Pilgrim Soul, Arnold Franchetti:  Settimino and Kaija Saariaho: Cendres