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Laramie Contemporary Music Project to Host Concerts Sept. 18-22

September 14, 2011
Two women with clarinets
The AdZel Duo will open the New Frontiers concert Sunday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the UW Fine Arts concert hall. (AdZel Duo Photo)

New Frontiers, a weeklong celebration of modern classical music and living composers, will run Sunday, Sept. 18-Thursday, Sept. 22 at the University of Wyoming.

The Laramie Contemporary Music Project, or New Frontiers, offers free nightly concerts plus master classes and other events.

The opening concert Sunday is at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts concert hall. "New Frontiers: Peace and Clarinets" features the AdZel Duo: the Grammy-nominated Mariam Adam (of the Imani Quintet, New York City) and Stephanie Zelnick (professor of clarinet at the University of Kansas, Lawrence). Adam and Zelnick are both internationally known clarinetists.

"Our music spans millennia, but is written in the last seasons," Zelnick says. "Our mission extends beyond the music. Our music spans beyond the seasons."

Also featured in the "Peace and Clarinets" concert is the string trio Musica Harmonia: Joan Griffing, violin; Diane Phoenix-Neal, viola; and Beth Vanderborgh, cello. Musica Harmonia promotes peace and cultural understanding through musical collaboration. The group performed at the recent International Association of Women in Music Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz., presenting world premieres of both Anne Guzzo's "Things Bright" and Gwenyth Walker's "When the Spirit Sings."

New Frontiers artists-in-residence and special guests will perform during the week. The Continental Trombone Quartet and UW faculty and students, including large ensembles (UW Symphony, UW Wind Symphony, Collegiate Chorale and Wyoming Jazz Ensemble) will play at the final concert, "Music for Hordes," Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts concert hall. The music of three composers-in-residence will be featured throughout the week including Forrest Pierce of Lawrence Kansas; Jason Barabba of Los Angeles; and Michael McGee of Minneapolis.

For more information about the festival call the UW music department at (307) 766-5242, or email New Frontiers' director, Anne M. Guzzo at


Sunday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts concert hall -- "Peace and Clarinets Concert" -- Adzel Duo, Musica Harmonia, and UW clarinetists.

Monday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts concert hall -- "Shiny and New" -- Chamber music with the Continental Trombone Quartet, UW faculty and guests. (Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. with composers Barabba, McGee and Pierce).

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., UW Art Museum -- "Small Artifacts" featuring the UW Brass Quintet, UW Faculty playing chamber music by guest composers.

Wednesday, Sept 21, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Concert Hall -- "Apprentice Concert" -- UW students write and perform new music.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Concert Hall --"Music for Hordes" -- Continental Trombone Quartet, Collegiate Chorale, UW Jazz Band, UW Symphony and UW Wind Symphony performing new music for large ensembles. Special guests include John Fadial, violin soloist, and UW Theatre and Dance Department dancers choreographed by faculty member Lawrence Jackson.

Other Events

Monday, Sept. 19, 10-10:50 a.m. -- Composer Forrest Pierce discusses his compositional method and creative process, Room 128 of the Fine Arts Building.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2­-3:30 p.m. -- New Frontiers guest composers' master class with advanced composition students, Room 302 of the Fine Arts Building.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 1:10 p.m. -- Panel discussion with New Frontiers guests: "How to Have a Creative Life," Fine Arts concert hall.

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