Sixth Annual Festival of New Music brings new works, guest performers

FestivalofNewMusic_2015The School of Music and Theatre again brings new musical works to the Tri-State during the Sixth Annual Festival of New Music, which begins Friday, Feb. 27, and continues through Sunday, March 1.

This year’s festival will feature internationally recognized composers and a host of guest performers, including guitar duo Lubet/Radovanlija and violinist Anyano Yarbo-Davenport. It will also feature performances by the Millefiori Trio, Marshall students and faculty, and School of Music and Theatre Director Dr. Richard Kravchak, who will premiere new works for oboe and orchestra.

Millefiori Trio will kick off the festival with a concert of new works by Beach, Higdon, and Larsen at noon Friday, Feb. 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 Fifth Ave. in Huntington. The festival will move to the Jomie Jazz Forum on the Huntington campus when Marshall University’s Society of Composers presents new chamber works at 4:30 p.m. Special guest guitar duo Alex Lubet and Maja Radovanlija will round off the day when they take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to perform new pieces inspired by Balkan and Sephardic folk traditions.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, violin, and Beth McDonald, tuba, will be featured soloists on a program of mixed chamber and electro-acoustic works in Smith Music Recital Hall. Marshall University brass, woodwind, percussion and string faculty will also perform.

Wednesday, March 1, will mark the final day of performances, when Kravchak will perform new works for oboe and orchestra by Daniel Kessner and Mark Zanter at 7:30 p.m. Marshall’s Director of Bands Steven Trinkle will conduct this performance.

The Sixth Annual Festival of New Music is presented by the College of Arts and Media through the music program with the support of MUsic Alive. For more information about the festival, call ext.6-3117 or visit