Rosemary Frank
School of Music
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Alarm Will Sound, a 20-member chamber orchestra, will perform eight new compositions at the festival's finale.

Celebrate the world premiere of eight new compositions at the 14th annual Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) finale, Saturday, July 29. The free concert will feature the work of eight resident composers performed by the acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound. Additional concerts featuring the work of two distinguished composers, Tania León and Marcos Balter, and other special guests including MU faculty will take place earlier in the week.

“The Mizzou International Composers Festival is a unique convening of artistic voices and sounds,” said Andrea Luque Karam, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and a member of the selection committee. “From 500 applicants to the conception of these eight new pieces, the four free concerts of MICF promise nothing less than excellence and excitement.”

During the week of the festival, resident composers will rehearse with Alarm Will Sound, give public presentations on their new work, and receive private lessons from León and Balter. After the premier of their compositions, the resident composers will receive professional live recordings of their new work.

“This is such an exciting week for the College of Arts & Science,” said Julia Gaines, outgoing director of the School of Music. “I am looking forward to sharing the experience with our new Director Jared Rawlings and introducing him to our long-time friends in Alarm Will Sound.”

The Mizzou New Music Initiative program is made possible by funding from Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. There is no cost to attend the concerts.

View the complete MICF schedule, including detailed information on the presentations and concerts.


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During the week leading up to the premiere of their work, resident composers share insight into what inspired their compositions.