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Wisconsin Alliance for Composers 2019 New Music Festival

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 5:30pm and 7:30pm
UW Oshkosh Music Hall. Free admission

WAC presents the Wisconsin New Music Festival 2019, two concerts of music by Wisconsin composers. The 5:30pm concert will feature winners of the WAC Student Composition Contest.


  • Winner: Edward Uttendorfer, Saxophone Quartet in Stereo
  • Honorable Mention: Nicholas Abler, Romance in Db
  • Honorable Mention: Bryce Daniels, Dysphoria

High School

  • Winner: Siddharth Nadkarni, Road to Nowhere

Middle School

  • Winner: Harry Baldwin, Sonata No. 2
  • Honorable Mention: Aiden Gorr, Disoriented
  • Honorable Mention: Eryka Machan, Jazz Prelude

Elementary School

  • Winner: Abigail Ourada, The Long Journey
  • Honorable Mention: Lily Sun, Dragon Soldier
  • Honorable Mention: Brianna Yang, Brianna the Banana

The 7:30 pm concert will feature works by WAC members: Michael Bell, David Bohn, Jeff Herriott, Joseph Koykkar, Ed Martin, John Mayrose, Alicia Rhyner, and Daniel Whitworth

Wisconsin Soundscapes recording released

Wisconsin Soundscapes album cover artwork

On the Ravello Records release Wisconsin Soundscapes, pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi performs solo piano works by six Wisconsin composers, commissioned by the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers through the Wisconsin Arts Board grant funds, that highlight people, places, scenes, and events chosen by each composer to create a distinctive and vivid portrait of the state.

Yehuda Yannay’s Midwestern Mythologist, a six-movement theater work, is a tribute to the composer’s friend Steve Nelson-Raney, a pianist and saxophonist, composer, poet, and visual artist working in Madison and Milwaukee. Donald J. Young’s Three Root River Scenes depicts various imagery of Wisconsin’s Root River, from pleasant afternoons on the banks near the rolling water to the destructive flooding of the river in 2008. Reflecting on three Wisconsin towns, Geoffrey Gordon’s Three Summer Sketches for Solo Piano illustrates impressions of the rich and evocative name of Black Earth, the old mining town of Mineral Point, and the theater and cultural center of Spring Green.

Joel Naumann’s variation work Wisconsin 2011-2012: The Political Whirlwind is the composer’s sonic interpretation of the political turmoil leading up to the June 2012 gubernatorial recall election. Ryan Maguire’s Heard, for solo piano uses a reprocessed field recording of a herd of cows in a summer thunderstorm as its thematic material. The three-movement work by Joseph Koykkar, Streets and Bridges, depicts imagery of specific streets and places in Milwaukee from the composer’s past including Downer Avenue, Lafayette Place, and Brady Street.

For more information please see www.ravellorecords.com/wisconsinsoundscapes

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