Thursday, February 23, 2012
Contact: Jaye Ike, College of FIne Arts, 304-696-3296

Marshall University to host Festival of New Music March 1-4

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  Marshall University will host its third Festival of New Music March 1 to 4, featuring guest artists Tim Price, a composer and multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco, and the Ankara University Soloists String Quartet from Turkey.

The string quartet’s program March 2 will include the U.S. premiere of a work by Necil Akses and a new work by Dr. Mark Zanter, professor of composition at Marshall. In addition to scheduled concerts, there will be lecture presentations given by guest artists on a range of topics.

“The concert music of our time is moving, exciting and relevant,” Zanter, who is coordinating the festival, said. “At Marshall we have a commitment to producing this festival to bringing recent music into the lives of our audiences.”

Other Marshall music faculty members and students will also perform during the festival, including Ad Hoc, HZS, Marlayna Maynard, Alanna Cushing, the Violauta Duo, Dr. George Palton, Dr. Henning Vauth and the Marshall University Contemporary Music Ensemble. Composers featured on this year’s festival in addition to Akses, Price and Zanter are Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Zachary Merritt and Krzysztof Penderecki.

This year’s Festival of New Music is supported by the Marshall University Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professors of the Arts Endowment through the College of Fine Arts.

For more information, persons may contact Zanter by e-mail at or visit the Department of Music website at

For further information, contact:  Office of University Communications
Marshall University | 213 Old Main | Huntington, WV 25755-1090
Fax: (304) 696-3197