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Monday, October 14 - Tuesday, October 15
Final Concert: Tuesday, October 15 | 7:30 pm

The New Music Symposium is an annual event which brings an exciting guest artist (composer or performing ensemble) to campus. Students work alongside the guest artist through a combination of workshops, master classes, reading sessions, and a culminating concert at the end of the two-day event. Past guests have included composers such as Missy Mazzoli, Augusta Reed Thomas, Lori Laitman, Kyle Gann, Tom Cipullo, and Jennifer Jolley. Featured ensembles have included Victoire, loadbang, and the Æpex Contemporary Performance Ensemble.

Schedule of Events (tentative)

​Monday, October 14
​11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Music Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Music students can pre-register here!
MU 157

​4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Student Composition Reading Session
MU 155
​Tuesday, October 15

​11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Master Class with Akropolis
Staples Family Concert Hall  open to the public

7:30 pm

Final Concert, reception in the lobby to follow
Staples Family Concert Hall open to the public
Tickets can be purchased through  Ticket Central Online or by calling 989-774-3045 

Guest Artists: Akropolis Reed Quintet

This fall we are thrilled to bring Michigan-based Akropolis Reed Quintet to Central Michigan University.  Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), Akropolis was founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and has won seven national chamber music prizes since. Committed to students of all ages, Akropolis reached over 10,000 K-12 students in 2018 through concerts, workshops, and residencies. 

Akropolis' mission is to create a more vibrant society by innovating and sustaining exceptional classical music, and by educating and energizing a new generation of music appreciators and advocates.This concert includes informative musical introductions and a chance to greet the artists. Celebrating their 10thanniversary this year, Akropolis remains its founding members:Tim Gocklin (oboe), Kari Landry (clarinet), Matt Landry (saxophone), Andrew Koeppe (bass clarinet), and Ryan Reynolds (bassoon).

"Akropolis was terrific! They have a unique sound and captivating way of presenting themselves and engaging their audience."
–Ken Fischer, President, University Musical Society

Refraction by CMU alumnus David Biedenbender


Musical Selections

Dr. Evan Ware, Assistant Professor of Composition at Central Michigan University, writes music of angular, bristling energy, with moments ranging from clamorous sublimity to reverent tenderness. Through his works, he frequently confronts themes of alienation, trauma, and power while seeking to transform them through acceptance, compassion, and recognition of innate beauty. 

$10 Adults   $7 Seniors/Students

Tickets can be purchased through Ticket Central online, or by calling 989-774-3045. Staples Family Concert Hall is located inside the Music Building on the campus of Central Michigan University. Free surface parking is available in Lot 33 for this event.

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