The 36th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Augusta Read Thomas (three concerts)

Tuesday - Thursday, February 14 - 16 @ 8 pm


"... music that insists you pay attention."
Chicago Tribune

Described by The New Yorker as “a true virtuoso composer,” Augusta Read Thomas is a Grammy Award winner whose work embodies “unbridled passion and fierce poetry,” according to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2009, Thomas was inducted into the Academy, considered the highest formal recognition of artistic merit in the United States. During her time as Chicago Symphony’s longest-serving resident composer (1997-2006), Thomas premiered nine commissioned orchestral works, including Astral Canticle, which was one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Music. JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Thomas’ music and other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival.

February 14 @ 8 pm
Concert I: music of Thomas, Messiaen, Guinivan, Haney and Farkas

February 15 @ 8 pm
Concert II: music of Thomas, Guinivan; featuring Triplepoint, JMU's Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band and Madison Singers

February 16 @ 8 pm
Concert III: music of Thomas, Cooper, Laurello and Muhly; featuring Argus Quartet

The Argus Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 and is receiving invitations from concert series throughout the United States and abroad. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Laguna Beach Live!, the Hear Now Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, the Birdfoot Festival, and the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam. This season also includes performances with the Brentano Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Oneppo Chamber Series, and Carnegie Hall. The Argus Quartet will serve as the Ernst Stiefel Quartet in Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts during the 2016-17 season.