"Celebrating New Music with FIREWORKS:
Performances for All Participants"

Tuesday, June 21 to Sunday, July 3, 2005
University of Oregon School of Music

 

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: For all Participants (Categories I & II): Tuesday, April 5, 2005. For Auditors (Category III): Monday, May 23, 2005. If you wish to apply for the symposium after the April 5 deadline, please contact Robert Kyr as soon as possible at (541) 346-3766 or rkyr@uoregon.edu

If you have any questions regarding Fireworks or any other instrumentation questions, please contact Robert Kyr via e-mail (rkyr@uoregon.edu).

FIREWORKS, Symposium Ensemble-in-residence
	Brian Coughlin (director) - Double Bass/Electric Bass
	Oren Fader - Classical Guitar/Electric Guitar
	James Johnston - Piano/Keyboard
	Julian Molitz - Percussion
	Taimur Sullivan - Soprano/Alto Saxophone
Osvaldo Golijov, Festival Composer-in-residence

Robert Kyr, Symposium Director

 


A Message From Robert Kyr, Symposium Director

Performances and Artistic Opportunities For All Composers...

From Tuesday, June 21 to Sunday, July 3, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium will present "Celebrating New Music with FIREWORKS" which will feature the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble, FIREWORKS: "...the hottest new classical band in New York...The experience is ecstatic." (The New Music Connoisseur)

In a departure from our previous format, ALL Participants will receive performances or workshop readings of their works as the primary feature of the 2005 symposium. THIS YEAR'S FOCUS IS THE NEW MUSIC OF EACH PARTICIPANT.

All composers are invited to apply for the following:

  • PARTICIPANTS (CATEGORY I/Concert), who will participate in all components of the symposium and who will have a work performed and recorded by FIREWORKS on one of the public concerts at the festival. Please see the Application Guidelines (including the application form) for details.

  • PARTICIPANTS (CATEGORY II/Workshop), who will participate in ALL components of the symposium, and who will have a work rehearsed, read, and recorded by FIREWORKS on the symposium workshop series. Please see the Application Guidelines (including the application form) for details.

  • AUDITORS (CATEGORY III), who will participate in all components of the symposium, except they will not have a work performed on the concert or workshop series.

We have kept the cost of the symposium unusually low: tuition is $475 for Participants (category I/concert), $400 for Participants (category II/workshop), and $350 for auditors; room and board (prices include 3 meals per day) is $45 per day for a double room ($540 total) and $55 per day ($660 total) for a single room. Twelve Participants (category I/concert) and twenty Participants (category II/workshop) will be selected from the applicants.

The application deadline is Tuesday, April 5, 2005 (receipt of materials) for full Participants, although applications will be accepted for consideration on a first-come-first-served basis until Monday, May 23, 2005. If you wish to apply for the symposium after the April 5 deadline, please contact Robert Kyr as soon as possible at (541) 346-3766 or rkyr@uoregon.edu. For application information, please see "Application Guidelines & Application Form" on this website, which also includes an application form that you must submit with your materials.

The symposium is filled with opportunities for all participating composers and auditors:

  • DAILY SEMINARS FEATURING A PRESENTATION BY EACH COMPOSER about his/her own music.

  • PERFORMANCES OF ALL PARTICIPANTS' MUSIC on a two-concert series: "Dazzling FIREWORKS" and "Ecstatic FIREWORKS" on Saturday, July 2 (10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 pm), a public workshop concert (Friday, July 1 at 10:00 am), and five private workshop sessions.

  • A WATERMELON "FREE-FOR-ALL" IN HONOR OF FIREWORKS at noon on Saturday, July 2 (between the morning and afternoon concerts on that day).

  • SESSION WITH OSVALDO GOLIJOV, Symposium Composer-in-residence -- a great opportunity to meet and interact with the internationally acclaimed composer whose work, "Passion according to St. Mark" will be performed twice at the festival.

  • PRESENTATION SESSION AND FOCAL GROUPS WITH ROBERT KYR, Symposium Director.

  • ATTENDANCE OF REHEARSALS AND CONCERTS for which all Participants will receive vouchers for free tickets [Each voucher is subject to a $2 processing fee upon redemption]:
    • "PASSION ACCORDING TO ST. MARK" by composer-in- residence, Osvaldo Golijov (two performances) and performed by the Scholar Cantorum de Caracas and the Festival Orchestra.
    • "CHRISTMAS ORATORIO" by J.S. BACH performed in two concerts by the Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra.
    • MOZART AND MENDELSSOHN concertos performed by Robert Levin, Ya-Fei Chuang, and Kathleen Lenski with the Festival Chamber Orchestra.
    • KRONOS QUARTET concert featuring music by Osvaldo Golijov among other contemporary repertoire.

I hope that you will join us for twelve inspiring days of seminars, events, activities, and concerts during which we will celebrate YOUR music--with FIREWORKS -- that is, this year's symposium focuses on the performance of music by ALL of its Participants. The symposium will give you an opportunity to connect with composers and performers from around the world in a truly innovative musical context.

All the best,
Robert Kyr
Director,
Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium
rkyr@uoregon.edu