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Release: Sept. 15, 2000

UI Center for New Music will present Festival of Russian Contemporary Music Sept. 28-Oct. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Russian composers, performers and musical scholars will meet in Iowa City for a Festival of Contemporary Russian Music, presented Sept. 28-Oct. 1 by the University of Iowa Center for New Music.

The festival will include lectures, presentations, a panel discussion and three concerts of music, all of which will be free and open to the public. It is part of a series of events during the 2000-2001 season presented on the UI campus by the Center for New Music (CNM), a part of the new UI Division of Performing Arts.

David Gompper, director of the CNM, explained the premise of the festival. "The purpose of the festival is to contribute a far-reaching understanding of cultural similarities and differences between our two countries," he said." Our endeavor is to broaden perspectives and to expose the university and the municipal community to an important yet little understood contemporary culture.

"We also wish to serve and educate various components of the university student population, from those interested in cultural studies in general to those whose studies are specific to music."

Highlights of the Russian Contemporary Music Festival will include premieres and performances of 15 new works by living composers, 10 of whom will be in residence as guests of the UI. All three concerts will take place in Clapp Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 and at 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

The music includes works by three generations of composers representing at least seven different styles and trends.

The festival will also include lectures by prominent speakers, designed to give context and meaning to the large number of new compositions that will be heard during the weekend.

The schedule will include an introductory lecture by Russian music historian Elena Dubinets on Friday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the UI Art Museum, followed by presentations by the two senior composers, Vladislav Agafonnikov and Roman Ledeniov, and ending with lectures by music historians Marina Frolova-Walker and Svetlana Savenko.

On Saturday there will be lectures and presentations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 101 of the Samuel Becker Communications Building. On Sunday, a panel discussion involving the younger generation of Russian composers will be at 1 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall. The final address on contemporary religious music at 2 p.m. will conclude the series of lectures.

The Festival of Contemporary Russian Music forms one part of "Russian Unorthodox," a series of concerts and other events at the UI focusing on music from Russia from the late 19th through the late 20th centuries. In addition to the festival, "Russian Unorthodox" will feature an all-Tchaikovsky program by the University Symphony with conductor William LaRue Jones and pianist Van Cliburn at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in Hancher Auditorium; performances of Shostakovich string quartets by the UI-based Maia String Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in Clapp Recital Hall, and by the Emerson Quartet at 8 p.m. Friday Oct. 20 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct 22 in Clapp Recital Hall; an introduction to the music of Shostakovich with the Maia String Quartet and Russian musician Oleg Timofeyev at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 in the International Center Lounge; and a discussion of the Shostakovich quartets with the Emerson Quartet at noon Sunday, Oct. 22 in the UI Museum of Art.

Tickets for the University Symphony with Van Cliburn and for the Emerson Quartet are available at the Hancher Auditorium box office; all other events are free. Hancher box office is open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.

The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts.

Information on the UI Center for New Music, including a complete schedule, biographies of the participants and program notes for the musical performances, is available on the World Wide Web at The site includes additional information about the festival.

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Room 101, Samuel Becker Communications Building
3:30 pm Film Screening of "Theremin--An Electronic Odyssey," a documentary by Steven M. Martin on the life of Leon Theremin
5:00 pm Live demonstration of a Theremin by Lawrence Fritts, director, Electronic Studios


Lasansky Gallery, Museum of Art
1:30 pm Welcome and Introductory Remarks by David Nelson and Kristin Thelander.
1:40 pm Elena Dubinets: "Contemporary Russian Music: Problems, Directions, and Representatives"
2:00 pm Roman Ledeniov: "Composers who have Worked at the Moscow Conservatory of Music"
2:40 pm Vladislav Agafonnikov: "The Process of Education at the Composers Department of the Moscow State Conservatory"
3:20 pm Break
3:30 pm Svetlana Savenko: "Post-Soviet music: Between Tradition and Avant-garde"
4:15 pm Marina Frolova-Walker: "Music from Russia or Russian Music?"


Room 101, Samuel Becker Communications Building)
10:00 am Screening of Vladimir Tarnopolski’s opera, "Wenn die Zeit über die Ufer tritt"
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Elena Dubinets: "Russian Minimalism -- Is It Minimalism At All?"
1:30 pm Presentation by Nikolai Korndorf on his music
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Dmitry Oukhov: "Beyond De Profundis -- In Search of Experimental Music in Russia"
3:00 pm Presentation by Sergei Zagny
3:30 pm Break
3:45 pm Louis Pine: "Russian Electronic Music: Past and Present, ‘Schillinger and Theremin’ "
4:15 pm Dmitry Oukhov: "Electro-acoustic Music in Russia: the Moscow Conservatory Strikes Again"

Clapp Recital Hall

8:00 pm

Concert I, Center for New Music Ensemble

Vladislav Agafonnikov


Vladimir Nikolayev

"Ulari Udila"

Olga Rayeva

"Les Vitrages"

Roman Ledeniov

"Four Images"

Vladimir Tarnopolski



Clapp Recital Hall

1:00 pm

Panel Discussion (Young Composers)
2:00 pm

Elena Dubinets, Svetlana Savenko: "Russian Religious Music" with illustrations from "Joyful Light" by A. Vustin, a soprano solo piece in the "Russian chant" scale.

3:00 pm

Concert II, Leonid Karev, organ


Yuri Boutsko

Polyphonic Concerto

Counterpoint No. 4 for organ solo

Counterpoint No. 7 for organ and piano
    "Tranquillo molto", a fragment of Ricercare"
  Leonid Karev "G...", a fragment of "Impromptus-Dedicaces"
  Roman Ledeniov "The Quiet Lake"
  Mikhail Kollontay "Autumn" for organ and violin
  Andrey Golovin "In the Backwoods", from the cantata "Simple Songs"
  Aleksander Vustin "White Music"
  Leonid Karev "Apocryphal Pictures"

8:00 pm

Concert III, Center for New Music Ensemble


Nikolai Korndorf

"Are You Ready, Brother?"

Albina Stefanou


Faraj Karayev

"Crumb of Music for George Crumb"

Irina Dubkova

"The Lug of Days to Come," Poems by Daniel Haberman

"Loitering Hill"


"The Time"


"The Accurate Sky"


"No More"


"I am Dead"


"The Lug of Days to Come"


Sergei Zagny

"Magic Starts"

Dmitri Riabtsev