New Music For a New Year: Music of the UP
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 487-2073
Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and Libby Meyer, Lecturer, Visual and Performing Arts and Director, Music Composition Program, are pleased to present a festival series of three concerts of contemporary music written by composers either from or who have lived in the Upper Peninsula, featuring Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Composer and UP Native Elena Ruehr. There will be a Master Class presented by Dr. Ruehr on Saturday, January 19, at 3:00 PM in the McArdle Theatre, featuring a recital of music by student composers. The festival continues that evening with an intimate evening “Backstage” performance in the Rozsa Center at 7:30 PM, featuring the music of Evan Premo, Libby Meyer, Thomas LaVoy, Abbie Burt Betinis, Carrie Biolo, Patrick Booth, Christopher Plummer and featuring Elena Ruehr's Third String Quartet. The final concert of the festival will take place on Sunday, January 20, at 3:00 PM in the McArdle Theatre, and will present music by Griffin Candey, Josh Loar, Sarah Rimkus, Milton Olsson, Stephen Rush, and featuring the piece Lucy by Elena Ruehr.
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has produced and inspired many talented composers and performers. New Music for a New Year will feature a number of these composers whose work is as diverse and beautiful as the landscape that inspired them. Music from the North Woods is a celebration of these composers and will include works by 13 composers: Abbie Burt Betinis, Carrie Biolo, Patrick Booth, Griffin Candey, Thomas LaVoy, Josh Loar, Libby Meyer, Milton Olsson, Christopher Plummer, Evan Premo, Sarah Rimkus and Stephen Rush, and featuring Houghton native and MIT faculty member Elena Ruehr, whose recent 2-CD release has been was selected as Gramaphone Critic’s Choice in December.