The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: This Saturday night sees the launch of the Madison New Music Festival with a FREE concert

August 8, 2016
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By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has received an email with the following announcement to share:

In May of this year, Zachary Green (below), the 23-year-old son of good friends, received a small grant from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City to start a Madison New Music Festival.

zachary green

In a very short period of time, he pulled together some great talent from across the region to perform in a wonderful setting at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (below) in the Overture Center for the Arts.

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Details of the festival are explained below and can also be found on Facebook:

Now all he needs is for interested people to attend! We would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about this exciting event. Please feel free to forward this email to any and all who you think might be interested, and please plan to attend.


Saturday, August 13 at 7:30-10 p.m.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

227 State St., Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Join us for a FREE CONCERT featuring classical music of our time.

This concert will feature a diverse range of composers including:

Pulitzer-winner John Luther Adams (below)

John Luther Adams

Grammy-winner Eric Whitacre

Composer conductor Eric Whitacre, in rehearsal and concert at Union Chapel, Islington, London

Celebrated Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu

Celebrated English composer Brian Ferneyhough

Also included are Wisconsin composers such as:

Renowned opera composer Daron Hagen

Daron Hagen

Emerging composers JP Merz and Kimberly Osberg

and a world premiere by recent Juilliard graduate and festival director Zachary Green.

It will feature incredible performers from around the Midwest, including:

Ukranian-born, Madison-based pianist Yana Avedyan (of the New Muse Ensemble)

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Chicago-based flutist Robin Meiksins

Chicago-based LUNA Voice & Piano Duo

Principal bassoonist of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic JJ Sechan

And there will be more.

Come hear new sounds over a glass of wine at the museum.


Started in 2016 by Madison-born composer Zachary Green, the Madison New Music Festival aims to strengthen Madison’s cultural vitality through the celebration of contemporary works.

The festival will present brand new pieces by the world’s leading living composers, shine a spotlight on new music being created in Wisconsin, and finally, share underplayed classics of the contemporary repertoire with the Madison community.

This year, the MNMF will have a “soft launch” from Aug. 13-14, featuring a FREE concert on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the Overture Center, and an outreach event on Sunday, Aug. 14.

In future years, the Madison New Music Festival aims to become a festival that runs over several days and features performances at different venues throughout the city, including world premieres and educational opportunities with artists-in-residence.

Central to the mission will be a collaborative event partnering with community leaders of an underrepresented neighborhood to create a joint musical experience that serves the needs of that community.

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