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Queens New Music Festival
May 16 @ 8:00 pm - May 20 @ 6:15 pm| Free - $120
The 7th annual Queens New Music Festival (QNMF) continues its diverse cross-section programming of contemporary music from this side of the world and beyond. On May 16 The RAM Players present five new string quartets by QCNMG student composers. The opening concert on May 17 features distinguished guest artists Vladimir Valjarević and Mirna Lekić on piano, David Lisker on violin, Tali Roth on guitar, and RAM's own Kate Dillingham on cello in a terrific program entitled "Four Decades of Exploration" including works by George CRUMB, Arvo PÄRT, Thomas ADÈS, Fazil SAY, Lowell LIBERMANN, Astor PIAZZOLLA, and Fernando OTERO. There will be a reception to follow. The fun continues through May 20 with performances by a stellar line-up of ensembles and proposal winners, The Bowers-Fader Duo, icarus Quartet, percussionist Zack Baltich, pianist David Holzman, The Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo & The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet performing works by contemporary music legends such as George PERLE and Steve REICH; established and emerging composers such as Andy AKIHO, Seth BOUSTEAD, Brad LUBMAN, John MACKEY, and more. The grand finale, “RAM Trio Expo” is a concert of new music for clarinet, violin, and piano featuring RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Croatian composer Ivan BOŽIČEVIĆ, along with guest composer Katherine HOOVER, a solo work by Joji YUASA, and new works by RAM composers David FETHEROLF, Gilbert GALINDO, and Frances WHITE.
QNMF 2018 SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 16: 8pm
Kick-off Concert: QCNMG with the RAM Players String Quartet
New string quartets by the composers of the Queens College New Music Group!
Thursday, May 17: 8pm
Opening Night: "Four Decades of Exploration" featuring distinguished Guest Artists
Music spanning four decades & several continents—from dreamy & improvisatory to rhythmic & dance-like—by Crumb, Pärt, Adès, Piazzolla & more
Friday, May 18: 6pm
The Bowers-Fader Duo
New American art songs for mezzo & guitar by Scott Wheeler, Erin Rogers, David Claman, & others
Friday, May 18: 8pm
A compelling program of new music for 2 pianos & 2 percussionists by Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, Brad Lubman, & Thomas Kotche
Saturday, May 19: 3pm
Percussionist Zack Baltich
Guitar effects pedals, found objects, & more on this concert by Minneapolis based percussionist & composer Zack Baltich presenting his works & some by Andy Akiho & Andrew Bird
Saturday, May 19: 5pm
Pianist David Holzman with cellist Franklin Verbsky & oboist Joan Dawidziak
Challenging & fun new music for piano, violoncello, & oboe by George Perle, Stefan Wolpe, William Bland, & others
Saturday, May 19: 8pm
The Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo & The New Music for Strings Festival
New music for flute, piano, & strings by George Crumb, Seth Boustead, Krasimir Taskov, & others
Sunday, May 20, 2018: 2pm
The Resurgam Quartet
Sax quartet playing awesome music by John Mackey, Jacob T.V., Zack Browning, & more
Sunday, May 20, 2018: 5pm
RAM Trio Expo
Rich, colorful, & sometimes edgy, the composers of RAM, guest composer Katherine Hoover, & RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Ivan Božičević delve into the violin, clarinet, & piano trio world, along with a solo clarinet work by Japanese composer Joji Yuasa
THE SECRET THEATER
44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
General/Student/12 and under: $20/$15/Free
Friday Pass: $30.00
Saturday Pass: $45.00
Sunday Pass: $30.00
All Festival Pass: $120
Festival passes may be purchased at the door as well.
RAM supports the creation and performance of new music through the Queens New Music Festival. This festival, which was first produced in 2012, is an annual event that brings new music front and center into Queens. Each year, RAM invites ensembles to participate and accepts dozens of concert proposals from various artists. RAM then selects and curates the proposals along with invited ensembles to create a 5-day festival celebrating the diversity of styles and voices in new music today. The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by focusing on the wealth of composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens, as well as highlighting artists from other parts of New York City and the country. RAM has presented over 50 concerts since the first Queens New Music Festival in 2012, featuring numerous World, United States, and New York Premiers.