Mizzou International Composers Festival adds free concert on Monday, July 24

The Mizzou International Composers Festival has added a free concert to this year’s schedule. “Music of MICF Alumni & More” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall in the Fine Arts building on the Mizzou campus.

The concert will feature members of the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound performing chamber works with instrumentation ranging from mixed quintet to solos with electronics. They’ll play music by three past MICF resident composers – David Biedenbender (2011), Ian Dicke (2014) and Steven Snowden (2011) – plus a piece by AWS pianist John Orfe.

The “Music of MICF Alumni & More” concert is free and open to the public, and will serve as an audio appetizer for a week of open rehearsals, composer presentations, and more, culminating in three ticketed concerts at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

The first of those concerts will feature Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre. They’ll perform music from the 2017 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, George Friedrich Haas and Dan Visconti, as well as works by Robert Sirota, Don Freund, and AWS violinist/guitarist Caleb Burhans.

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists DRAX, with saxophonist Leo Saguiguit and percussionist Megan Arns, and cellist Eli Lara.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass. Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission.

Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.