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- March 26, 2013

For Immediate Release

2013 New Music Symposium

Central Michigan University’s School of Music announces composer and pianist Missy Mazzoli as guest artist for the 2013 New Music Symposium. Ms. Mazzoli’s residency will include working with students on Monday and Tuesday, March 25 and 26, and culminates in a performance of her music at 8 p.m., Tuesday in Staples Family Concert Hall. Performers include CMU Music Faculty Members along with Ms. Mazzoli’s all-female/all-star band Victoire.*

Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times), “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new wave of scarily smart young composers” (sequenza21.com), Ms. Mazzoli’s music is known for its “hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop, minimalism and rich romanticism,” and has been performed all over the world by groups such as the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble and many others. She is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and in 2011/12 was Composer/Educator in residence with the Albany Symphony. For more about Ms. Mazzoli, visit missymazzoli.com

Members of 
Victoire, characterized as “a family of musical misfits,” include founder Missy Mazzoli, composition and keyboards; Mellissa Hughes and Caroline Shaw, voice; Olivia De Prato, violin; Eileen Maack, clarinet; Lorna Krier, keyboards; and Eleonore Oppenhem, double bass. 

The New York Examiner perhaps explains 
Victoire best when it wrote of the band’s album “Cathedral City”, “Every once and awhile an artist/ensemble creates a sound so vast and original that all you can say about it is that it ‘defies categorization,’ that fail-safe phrase that more or less means open you ears, open your heart and let the music in.” For more information on Victoire, visit victoiremusic.com 

*Tickets for the New Music Symposium are $3 for students and senior citizens and $5 for all others and can be purchased through Ticket Central at 989-774-3045. Tickets are also available online at cmich.edu/ticketcentral and at the door. 

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