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Festival of New American Music
The 43rd Annual Festival of New American Music (FeNAM) runs November 1-8, 2020.
Admission to all events - daily concerts, masterclasses, and forums - is free! Parking after 6pm in Parking Structure I for the evening concerts is also free. On this page are listed some of the highlights of this year's Festival; the full schedule is also available from the link below.
Evening concerts will be broadcast LIVE on our Facebook page!
Festival Directors' Emails
Live video of concerts
Sunday, November 1, 7 p.m.
The Festival opens with a Gala concert featuring Hub New Music (pictured) with guest harpist/composer Hannah Lash, harpsichordist Faythe Vollrath performing a world premiere of a work for two harpsichords by Chia-Yu Hsu, and the New York City-based chamber group Loadbang (a mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice.).
Hub New Music, called “contemporary chamber trailblazers” by the Boston Globe - comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, and cello - performs again in their own concert the following night, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. For its visionary programming as both a quartet and as collaborative artists, HNM was named one of WQXR’s “10 Cutting-Edge Artists That Have Captured the Imagination” in 2016.
Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m.
Loadbang, a mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice, has been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun. In New York City, they have been recently presented by and performed at Miller Theater, Symphony Space, MATA, and the Look and Listen Festival.
Loadbang has premiered more than 300 works, written by members of the ensemble, emerging artists, and today's leading composers. Their repertoire includes works by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Charles Wuorinen; Rome Prize winners Andy Akiho and Paula Matthusen; and Guggenheim Fellows Chaya Czernowin, George Lewis, and Alex Mincek.
Tony Arnold, soprano
Wednesday, November 4, 7 p.m.
Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” Tony Arnold is internationally acclaimed as a leading proponent of contemporary music in concert and recording, having premiered hundreds of works by established and emerging composers.
In the summer of 2017, she joined the vocal arts faculty of the venerable Tanglewood Music Center, followed by an appointment to the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. She was also was the first performer ever invited to be the Howard Hanson Distinguished Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music.
Friday, November 6, 7 p.m.
The Mivos Quartet, “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), is devoted to performing works of contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's beginnings in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers. They have appeared on prestigious series such as the New York Phil Biennial, Wien Modern (Austria), the Asphalt Festival (Düsseldorf, Germany), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), Shanghai New Music Week (Shanghai, China), Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI), Aldeburgh Music (UK), and Lo Spririto della musica di Venezia (La Fenice Theater, Italy).
Their performance will also feature works by Kate Soper.
Olivia de Prato, violin
Saturday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Internationally recognized as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Austro-Italian violinist Olivia De Prato has been described as “flamboyant ... convincing” (The New York Times) and an “enchanting violinist” (Messaggero Veneto, Italy). De Prato has collaborated closely with composers Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Anthony Braxton, Michael Gordon, Helmut Lachenman, David Lang, Benedict Mason, Meredith Monk, Krystof Penderecki, Bernard Rands, Steve Reich, Ned Rothenberg, Julia Wolfe, and Georg Friedrich Haas, among others.
Olivia De Prato studied at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna and received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music. She received her Master of Music as a member of the first graduating class from the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.
Sunday, November 8, 7 p.m.
The closing concert of this year's Festival will feature jazz vocalist Gaw Vang Williams, along with several other performers. Gaw became the director of vocal jazz program at Sacramento State in 2014, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies and Master of Music in voice performance. Under Williams' direction, the Sac State Vocal Jazz program has won multiple Downbeat Magazine Student awards.
Ms. Williams performs at numerous venues throughout Northern California; professional appearances as an assisting artist include live performances with Nancy King, New York Voices, Ben Folds , and the San Francisco Symphony.