CSU, Chico’s New Music Symposium to Feature Free Performances by Student Composers and Bay Area Group, Earplay

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Following a successful ten year anniversary show last year, California State University, Chico’s New Music Symposium continues the annual tradition of presenting cutting-edge contemporary music to the North State.

This year’s New Music Symposium will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, and Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center on the CSU, Chico campus.

Admission is free for all events.

Honoring the late Alfred Loeffler, composer and music professor at CSU, Chico, this year’s symposium will showcase innovative and passionate music by student composers and some of today’s leading musical thinkers. Starting off with a concert of original music by student composers (Feb. 26), the New Music Symposium culminates with a featured performance by the Bay Area’s new music luminaries, Earplay (Feb. 27).

Comprised of virtuosic instrumentalists, Earplay has performed over 400 works by more than 275 composers in its 28-year history, including over 100 world premieres and more than 60 new works commissioned by the ensemble. The concert will feature works for clarinet, violin, piano and cello, many of which were written specifically for Earplay by prominent composers.

“I am really excited to be a part of the New Music Symposium,” said Earplay’s violinist Terrie Baune, who is also concertmaster of the North State Symphony. “I've wanted to find a way to participate in this since it was first started as an event honoring Alfred Loeffler, whose music I have performed and who was a greatly positive influence on our community.”

Loeffler, the former chair of the Department of Music and Theatre at CSU, Chico, was a prodigious composer. He died in 2003. Read more about Loeffler at link.

Sponsors include CSU, Chico’s Associated Students, the Department of Music and Theatre, and the School of the Arts.

For more information contact New Music Symposium Artistic Director David Dvorin at 898-4848 or ddvorin@csuchico.edu.

For more information on Earplay, including discography and reviews of their work, go to http://www.earplay.org.