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Musica Nova Features Guest Composers Eric Moe and Pulitzer Prize Winner Bernard Rands

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The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to announce that Musica Nova, led by Pulitzer Prize winning faculty Zhou Long, features guest composers Eric Moe and Bernard Rands' compositions in its 2013 concerts.

Both composers will be on campus interacting with students and attending the concerts.

Eric Moe is on campus to coach Musica Nova rehearsals of his compositions and attend the Musica Nova concert February 27, 2013, 7:30 p.m. in which there are four student compositions that he helped select as finalists of this year's UMKC Chamber Music Composition Competition. He gives a composition lecture and master class in the Composers Forum I-3 p.m., March 1, in room 521 in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center.  Eric Moe's music has been variously described as "maximal minimalism", "Rachmaninoff in hell", and "music of winning exuberance". The New York Times says recently that Moe "subversively inscribe[s] classical music into pop culture". Although the surfaces and genres are varied, his works share a concern for rhythmic propulsion and a disregard for stylistic orthodoxies. Sometimes tonal, sometimes not, harmony (generally crunchy) and melody (often angular) play privileged roles in his work.

Bernard Rands is in Kansas City to attend the April 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Musica Nova concert, in which his Canti Lunatici will be performed, and he will give a composition lecture and master class in the Composers Forum I-3 p.m., April 12, in room 521 in the James C. Olson Performing Arts Center.  Through more than a hundred published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is established as a major figure in contemporary music. His work Canti del Sole, premiered by Paul Sperry, Zubin Mehta, and the New York Philharmonic, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His large orchestral suites Le Tambourin won the 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award.

Both concerts are FREE and in White Recital Hall.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu