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

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


Symposium Components

Join an international community of composers and performers for "Celebrating New Music with FIREWORKS" featuring performances of music by ALL participants in the symposium.

Twelve Participants in Category I (concert performances) and 20 Participants in Category II (workshop performances) will be selected to participate in the following components:

Performance of ALL Participants' Music by FIREWORKS

  • Public Concert Series: Saturday, July 2 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in Beall Hall with a "watermelon free-for-all" between the concerts (School of Music Courtyard);

  • Workshop Concert: Friday, July 1 at 10:00 am in Beall Hall;

  • Five Private Workshop Sessions.

Daily Seminars featuring a Presentation by Each Composer about his/her own music.

Session with Osvaldo Golijov, Festival composer-in-residence. All participants will have a rare opportunity to interact in a seminar-style session with the internationally renowned composer of "The Passion according to St. Mark" which will be performed twice at the festival.

Presentation Session and Focal Groups with Robert Kyr, Symposium Director. Kyr will present his own music in seminar; he will hear and discuss the music of all participants in small focal groups.

Attendance of Major Festival Events--rehearsals and concerts. All Participants will receive vouchers for free tickets to the following events [Each voucher is subject to a $2 processing fee at the time of 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 conducted by Maria Guinand.
  • "CHRISTMAS ORATORIO" by J.S. BACH performed in two concerts by the Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra conducted by Helmuth Rilling.
  • MOZART AND MENDELSSOHN concertos performed by the Festival Chamber Orchestra featuring Robert Levin (piano), Ya-Fei Chuang (piano), and Kathleen Lenski (violin).
  • KRONOS QUARTET concert featuring music by Osvaldo Golijov among other contemporary repertoire.

For 2005, the instrumentation of the ensemble-in-residence is:

  • saxophone (soprano or alto);
  • guitar (electric or classical/acoustic);
  • piano (acoustic or electric piano/organ);
  • electric bass guitar;
  • percussion (marimba, tam tam, bass drum, triangle, cowbell, tambourine, maracas, 3 woodblocks [s,m,l], claves, guiro, 2 suspended cymbals, concert toms [s,m,l]), and drum set (snare, 3 toms [s,m,l], bass drum, high-hats, ride & crash cymbals).

As ever, opportunities abound at the Grammy Award-winning Oregon Bach Festival--and especially in the summer of 2005, when the focus of the symposium will be the performance of music by ALL of its participants in public concerts and workshops (both public and private). The participants of the Composers Symposium will experience a wealth of music, both new and old. Esteemed conductor Helmuth Rilling of Stuttgart is artstic director, and more than 30,000 people attend to take advantage of an exciting mix of choral/orchestral masterworks, chamber concerts, talks, a conducting master class, and social events. Although the festival is known for its concerts, education is at its core. This year will mark the eighth Composers Symposium, which has featured George Crumb, Arvo Pärt, John Harbison, Krzysztof Penderecki, Lou Harrison, R. Murray Schafer, Veljo Tormis, Tan Dun, Judith Weir, Osvaldo Golijov, Linda Bouchard, and Steven Jaffe, as its previous composers-in-residence.