James Madison University School of Music



Dates: February 8-11, 2007

For this year's Contemporary Music Festival, we are very excited to bring to the James Madison University campus the New Millennium Ensemble from New York, and Tim Page, music critic of the Wasington Post.

The New Millenium Ensemble:

Tara Helen O'Connor, flute
Mariane Gythfeldt, clarinet
Sunghae Ana Lim, violin
Gregory Hesselink, cello
John Ferrari, percussion
Margaret Kampmeier, piano

New Millennium Ensemble, winner of the 1995 Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has established itself as one of New York's finest young ensembles.  Appearing in concert series throughout the United States, the group has premiered over fifty new works and earned praise for its brilliant performances and wide ranging repertoire.  Allan Kozinn of the New York Times wrote, "...the expert young players of the New Millennium Ensemble have an admirable catholicity of taste and the virtuosity to support it."  In recognition of its pioneering spirit, New Millennium Ensemble has been honored with a CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

More information may be found at the ensemble's website:

Wednesday, February 7 - Pre-festival Event
12:20 pm - Brown Bag Lecture by Dr. Carl Donakowski: "The Influence of Hungarian Folk Music in Zoltán Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8," Taylor Hall, Room 404

Thursday, February 8

9:30 & 11:00 am - Panel Discussions by JMU Music Faculty: “Contemporary Music and the Creative Process”, Wilson Hall Auditorium
8:00 pm - Concert I featuring JMU Chorale, Madison Singers, JMU Brass Band, JMU Flute Choir and Trumpet Ensemble, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Friday, February 9
10:00 am - Reading session for student composers with the New Millennium Ensemble, Music Building, Room 108
1:25 pm - Masterclasses with members of the New Millennium Ensemble, Music Building, rooms TBA
4:00 pm - Lecture and Discussion with Tim Page: “Contemporary Music and Contemporary Culture: A Critic’s Perspective," Music Building, Room 142
5:30 pm
- Performance and informal discussion with members of the New Millennium Ensemble, Barnes & Noble, Harrisonburg Crossing
7:30 pm - Pre-concert Conversation with Tim Page, Wilson Hall Auditorium
8:00 pm - Concert II – Chamber music featuring JMU Faculty Performers, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Saturday, February 10
12:00-3:00 pm - Open rehearsal by New Millennium Ensemble, Wilson Hall Auditorium
3:00 pm - Student Composers’ Recital – featuring the winners of the 3rd Annual JMU Young Composers’ Competition, Anthony-Seeger Auditorium
8:00 pm - Concert III – New Millennium Ensemble, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Sunday, February 11
3:00 pm - Concert IV, Chamber music featuring JMU Faculty Performers, Wilson Hall Auditorium

Tickets for Concerts I, II, III, and IV: $6, $3 students/seniors.
Pass for all concerts: $20, $10 students/seniors. Tickets available at the door or at the Music Office, Music Building, Room 123. All other events free and open to the public.

This festival is made possible in part by generous grants from The Arts Council of the Valley and Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

For more information, contact Jason Haney at 540.568.6664 or haneyjx@jmu.edu



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