“Fostering New Music and Its Audiences: The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition 30th Anniversary Conference” is March 5-7 at the School of Music.

The conference will feature performances by the Talea Ensemble and the Louisville Orchestra, a session with Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams and scholarly presentations.

“The Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and the Grawemeyer Collection of new music has really been attracting composers, but it hasn’t attracted the attention of scholars,” said Rebecca Jemian, assistant professor of music theory and a conference organizer. “We’re looking to reach out to the scholarly side of new music and connect that with performances for the public.”

The Talea Ensemble will open the conference with a free performance at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5 at Comstock Hall. The New York-based group is a leader in contemporary music and innovative programming.

Scholarly presentations will be held on March 6 and 7 before special performances by the Louisville Orchestra. On Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, the Louisville Orchestra will perform “On the Guarding of the Heart,” a piece by 2014 Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Djuro Zivkovic, as part of their regularly scheduled concerts. Tickets for the Louisville Orchestra performances must be purchased through Louisville Orchestra at www.louisvilleorchestra.org.

Additionally, Louisville Orchestra Director Teddy Abrams will present a talk on contemporary music’s place in today’s culture on Saturday, March 7, at Bird Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the conference website at www.louisville.edu/music/GNMCON. Registration fees for the weekend are $50 for the general public, $25 for students.

Erica Walsh
Erica Walsh is the senior marketing manager in the Office of Communications and Marketing where she manages the UofL Magazine and the President’s Report and contributes to the university’s branding and advertising efforts. Walsh joined UofL in 2014 after previously serving as the public relations specialist at Indiana University Southeast for seven years. Prior to her career in higher education communications, she was a reporter at The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Ky.