New Music Festival celebrates Grawemeyer Award 30th anniversary


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville School of Music presents the 2015 New Music Festival celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Award Nov. 10-15 with guest composer and Grawemeyer Award winner Kaija Saariaho. Saariaho is a Finnish composer internationally known and recognized for her work involving electronics.

    Featured guests also include renowned French composer and visual artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, American flutist Camilla Hoitenga and Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg.

    “It’s a great honor for us to be able to work with international composers and performers of the finest caliber during this year’s edition of the New Music Festival. The quality of talent represents well the impact that the Grawemeyer Award has had on the development of research in the humanities,” said Krzysztof Wolek, assistant professor of music composition and festival director.

    The Grawemeyer Awards program at the University of Louisville pays tribute to the power of creative ideas in music composition, education, religion, psychology and ideas improving world order.

    During the New Music Festival, the Louisville Orchestra will present a concert featuring works composed by Grawemeyer-winning composers including “Notes on Light” by Saariaho.

    In addition to nightly concerts, featured guests will hold master classes and lectures throughout the week.

    Unless otherwise noted, concerts start at 8 p.m. and are in Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. Admission is free and open to the public.