The Festival opens with a concert featuring the Illinois State University Wind Symphony and Illinois State University choruses. Professor Anthony Marinello conducts the ISU Wind Symphony in a performance of the winning work in this year’s Composition Competition for Wind Ensemble, Patrick Lenz’s Pillar of Fire. The Wind Symphony also performs guest composer William Bolcom’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone with ISU faculty Paul Nolen, and the world premiere of faculty composer Martha Horst’s work Who Has Seen the Wind? The ISU Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers, conducted by Dr. Karyl Carlson, perform the winning piece in the Composition Competition for Chorus, Wind on the Island by Michael D’Ambrosio, as well as William Bolcom’s Song for Saint Cecilia’s Day.
ISU students and faculty present a program of works by featured guest composers Gabriela Lena Frank and William Bolcom. The concert will also include the winning work in this year’s Composition Competition for Chamber Ensemble, Downloads, by Jack Frerer.
Ensemble Dal Niente takes the stage to perform music of contemporary European composers, including Salvatore Sciarrino, Kaija Saariaho, and György Kurtag.
The Festival concludes with a concert of premieres by the participants in the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Workshop: James Chu, Joshua Hey, Howie Kenty, Joungmin Lee, Minzuo Lu, Mert Morali, Erik Ransom, and Mac Vinetz.
The RED NOTE New Music Festival is thankful to have the opportunity to utilize the Illinois State University campus and its facilities for this event.