Festival features wide variety of classical new music performers and compositions

New Music rehearsal 2015Five College New Music Festival, September 8—10, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMassFrom September 8 to 10, the UMass Amherst Department of Music and Dance will host the 2017 Five College New Music Festival, featuring four concert programs of music by Five College faculty composers, world premieres, electro-acoustic works and pieces by modern masters from the 20th and 21st centuries. In addition, the winning piece from the festival's nationwide composition competition will be performed with the winner present.

The Festival includes nearly 50 performers and composers, primarily current and former Five College faculty but also current students and members of the community at large. Returning as organizers of the Festival are Elizabeth Chang, assistant professor, UMass, Salvatore Macchia, professor, UMass; and Eric W. Sawyer, professor, Amherst College. All four concerts will take place in Bezanson Recital Hall in the UMass Fine Arts Center, and are free and open to the public. 

This year’s Festival will feature premieres by Five College composers David Sanford (Mount Holyoke College), Dan Warner (Hampshire College), and Salvatore Macchia, along with works by Don Wheelock (Smith College) George Crumb, György Kurtág, Henri Dutilleux, Gunther Schuller, and Charles Wuorinen. In addition, both Sanford and Wheelock will be on hand to conduct their compositions. Saturday’s New Duos performance will also include works by Five College alumni, including Dayton Kinney (Smith), Bruce Quaglia (Hampshire) and Stan Charkey (UMass).

“The Five College New Music Festival is a celebration of the tremendous diversity and variety of the classical new music scene and also of the accomplishments of our composition and performance faculties,” commented Macchia. “This year's festival will include performances by over 20 Five College faculty members in a wide variety of settings from solo to large chamber ensembles. 

The schedule of the 2017 festival is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m. – Five Colleges and Beyond  

Composers: David Sanford, Gunther Schuller, Robert Stern, Daniel Warner, Don Wheelock

Saturday, Sept. 9

2 p.m. – New Duos and Five College Composition Competition Winner

Violin duos by Stan Charkey, Dayton Kinney, Bruce Quaglia, and a saxophone duo by Christine Delphine Hedden, plus competition-winning piece by Sato Matsui

7:30 p.m.Old as New Again: The Art of Transcription

Composers: Thomas Adès, Henri Dutilleux, György Kurtág, Salvatore Macchia, Charles Wuorinen

Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m. – New Music Masters

Composers: Frank Bennett, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, John Harbison, György Kurtág 

Faculty Performers and Composers:

Amherst College: Hiromi Fukuda, piano; Junko Watanabe, soprano

Mount Holyoke College: Larry Schipull, piano, Alison Hale, flute, David Sanford, composer

Smith College: Joel Pitchon, violin; Ron Gorevic, viola; Marie-Volcy Pelletier, cello; Judith Gordon, piano; Jiayan Sun (visiting faculty), piano; Dayton Kinney (alumna), composer;

Donald Wheelock (emeritus), composer

Hampshire College: Daniel Warner, composer

University of Massachusetts: Elizabeth Chang, violin; Salvatore Macchia, double bass; Cobus du Toit, flute; Christopher Krueger (emeritus), flute; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone; Joshua Michal, horn; Eric Berlin, trumpet; Greg Spiridopoulos, trombone; John Bottomley, tuba; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Jeff Stern (alumnus), percussion; Robert Stern (emeritus), composer

Non-Five College performer: Basil Reeves, oboe

Sponsors of the 2017 New Music Festival are Five Colleges, Inc. UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance, and the Music Departments of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke & Smith Colleges.

For more information, please visit www.5cnmf.com