James Madison University School of Music

The 33rd Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

October 8 - 10, 2013
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

Guest Ensemble: American Modern Ensemble
Guest Composers: Robert Paterson and Christopher Cook

This year's schedule:

Tuesday, 8 October
7:30 – Pre-concert talk
8:00 – Concert I (Concert Hall) - AME

Wednesday, 9 October
10:10-11:10 – Reading session with AME (Music Building Room 142)
12:20-1:10 – Cello Masterclass with Arash Amini (Music Building Room 204)
12:20-1:10 – Clarinet Masterclass with Benjamin Fingland (Music Building Room 318)
1:25-2:15 – Violin Masterclass with Robin Zeh (Music Building Room 119)
1:25-2:15 – Flute Masterclass with Amelia Lukas (Music Building Room 204)
2:30-4 – Piano Masterclass with Stephen Gosling (Recital Hall)
5:00 – Student Composers Recital (Recital Hall) - featuring winners of the
    JMU Young Composers’ Competition
7:30 – Pre-concert talk
8:00 – Concert II (Concert Hall) - New Currents featuring electronic and acoustic music
by JMU and guest composers

Thursday, 10 October
9:30-10:30 – Christopher Cook Presentation about his music (Recital Hall)
11:00-12:00 – Robert Paterson Presentation about his music (Recital Hall)
3:30 – Composition Masterclass with Cook and Paterson (Music Building Room 318)
7:30 – Pre-concert talk
8:00 – Concert III (Concert Hall) - Distant Voices featuring the JMU choirs
under the direction of Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

American Modern Ensemble Personnel

Violin - Robin Zeh
Cello - Arash Amini
Clarinet - Benjamin Fingland
Flute - Amelia Lukas
Piano - Stephen Gosling
Percussion - Matt Ward
Conductor - Robert Paterson

Complete Program Information

Concert I - American Modern Ensemble
Frantic Knarly Still – Lembit Beecher
Tied Shifts – Derek Bermel
Six Memos for The New Millennium – Jason Haney
Visual Abstract – Pierre Jalbert
Tight Sweater – Mark Mellits
Thin Ice of your Fragile Mind – Robert Paterson

Concert II - New Currents
The Blue Marble, for fixed media – Chris Cook
Deep Blue Ocean, for two pianos – Rob Paterson (Yun-Wen Chen, Clement Acevedo)
Connotations, for violin, cello and piano – Jason Haney
     (Wanchi Huang, Carl Donakowski, Jason Haney)
Explaining the Sea to My Daughter, for soprano and piano – Eric Guinivan
    (Dorothy Maddison, Lori Piitz)
Siren Song, for soprano and fixed media – Chris Cook (Rachel Holland)
Rocket, for piano and fixed media – Chris Cook (Mary Hellmann)

Concert III - Distant Voices
Hubble’s Eye, for baroque flute, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord – Chris Cook
    (Pedro Aponte, Jon Gibson, Sarah Park, Luis Gonzales)
Voice of the Whale, for amplified flute, cello and piano – George Crumb
     (Beth Chandler, Carl Donakowski, Jason Haney)
Mercury Mirror, for two percussionists – Steven Voigt (Eric Guinivan, Michael Overman)
Four Walden Canons, for treble voices – Robert Paterson
Ave Maria, for treble voices – Kocsár Miklós (Treble Chamber Choir)
From Eternal Reflections: III. Do Not Stand at my grave and weep
    for mixed choir – Robert Paterson
Agnus Dei, for mixed choir – Krzysztof Penderecki (Madison Singers)


Concerts I, II and III are ticketed. All other events are free and open to the public.

For ticket information, visit The Forbes Center , call the Forbes Center Box Office at 540.568.7000, or visit the Box Office between 10:00 am and 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


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