The Austin Chronicle recently printed a very positive review of the UT New Music Ensemble concert on Feb. 15. Described in the article as one of Austin's "hidden gems", the UT NME regularly programs UT student pieces alongside masterworks of the 20th and 21st century. This particular concert featured works by UT student composers Josh Shank and Ian Dicke.
Fast Forward Austin is dedicated to performing, promoting, and presenting new and innovative music to the Austin community. Formed in 2010 by composersIan Dicke, Robert Honstein and Steven Snowden, Fast Forward Austin strives to present fresh and exciting music that transcends the boundaries of established genres and traditions. Along with showcasing Austin’s most talented musicians, the festival also bridges together local cutting edge artists working in visual, dramatic, and graphic arts media. The culminating event will exhibit these important artists and musicians in an engaging and inviting festival for the entire community to enjoy.
All net proceeds will be donated to Anthropos Arts, an Austin-based nonprofit organization that provides free music lessons, workshops, master classes, and performance opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth.
The Festival will be taking place on April 9, 2011 at Space 12 from 2:00pm - 10:00pm. We will be featuring some of Austin's most talented and adventurous ensembles, including The Æolus String Quatet, line upon line Percussion,Austin New Music Co-op and The Bel Cuore Sax Quartet.
Joel Love's work for alto saxophone, "Liberation," has been selected for performance at this year's UCM New Music Festival/Society of Composers Inc. Region VI Conference. The festival received 577 submissions from composers and scholars across the United States and 14 other countries. "Liberation" will be performed by Dionisios Roussos, a member of the Athens Saxophone Quartet.
Opera Southwest is pleased to announce the winner of its first-ever Brabson Young Audiences Opera Composition Competition, "A Way Home" by Ethan Frederick Greene. The competition, sponsored by the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, runs in a three-year cycle. The winning opera will premiere in the OSW 2011-2012 season, followed by a period of possible revisions and rewrites by the composer and librettist. The final production will be remounted for performances in the 2012-2013 season.
OSW Artistic Director David Bartholomew and OSW Music Director Anthony Barrese selected the winner from forty entries, exceeding their expectation for this new competition.