UGA School of Music hosts Classic City New Music Festival

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The Roger and Phyllis Dancz Center for New Music, with support from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, will host a two-week festival of new music at the UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music from April 4 through April 16. 

The Classic City New Music Festival will feature chamber and electroacoustic recitals, guest performances, workshops, and discussions. Every event on the schedule is free admission and open to the public.

Featured guests include Boston-based bass clarinet and marimba duo Transient Canvas and acclaimed electroacoustic pianist Keith Kirchoff performing on April 7 and 8, respectively. 

Sunday, April 10, will feature a performance of student composers’ works by Rote Hund Musik, UGA’s own contemporary chamber ensemble. 

The festival closes on Saturday, April 16, when composers and performers from across the Southeast will coalesce for an EMPiRES album release concert.

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April 4: Student Composers Association Concert 
Dancz Hall, 6:00 p.m. – New works by UGA student composers featuring Hugh Hodgson School of Music performers.

April 5: Composition Recital: Tyler Stampe 
Ramsey Hall, 8:00 p.m. – Doctoral degree recital.

April 6: Percussion Ensemble
Ramsey Hall, 6:00 p.m. – featuring Anne LeBaron’s “Rite of the Black Sun” and other contemporary works for percussion.

April 6: Composition Recital: Stephen Medlar 
Dancz Hall, 8:00 p.m. – Masters degree recital.

April 7: Transient Canvas
Dancz Hall, 6:30 p.m. – music for bass clarinet and marimba by Kirchoff, Ibbett, Lane, and Brookshire

April 8: Keith Kirchoff
Dancz Hall, 5:00 p.m. – music for piano and electronics by VanHassel, Seaback, Lane, and Ricks.

April 10: Rote Hund Musik
Dancz Hall, 3:00 p.m. – Graduate chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of contemporary music.

April 16: Discordia Album Release Concert 
Dancz Hall, 5:00 p.m. – Live performances of music from the latest EMPiRES label release.