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NOW Music Festival
  • 2014 NOW MUSIC Festival at Capital University
    Join us February 10-16 for our 28th consecutive year celebrating new music. This year's featured artists include:

    Schedule of Events


    Monday, February 10, 9 am and 1 pm

    Workshop 1: Improvisation for Everyone, with Ellen Burr, guest flutist, composer, improvisor and educator
    Location: Conservatory 205

    Tuesday, February 11 

    • 8 am – Workshop 2: Improvisation for Improvisors, with Ellen Burr
      Location: Conservatory 009  
    • 9:30 and 11 am – Lecture 1: The Music of Michael Schelle
      Composer-in-Residence Michael Schelle discusses his music and answers student questions.
      Location: Huntington Recital Hall 
    • 12:30 pm – Lecture 2: The Business of Music 1: Performance and Education, with Ellen Burr
      Location: Blackmore Library 119  
    • 7:30 pm – Concert 1: EMBRYO 
      Featuring a fanfare premiere by Composer-in-Residence Michael Schelle; and chamber music by Schelle, Guest Composer Miho Sasaki and Ellen Burris, with Capital Conservatory faculty Stan Smith, Rocky J. Reuter and Mark Lochstampfor. 
      Location: Huntington Recital Hall

    Wednesday, February 12

    • 3 pm – Workshop 3: Music for Flutes
      Location: Crist Room 
    • 7:30 pm – Concert 2: Minim Maxum
Featuring a fanfare premiere by Miho Sasaki, Graham Fitkin’s STUB, played by featured guest ensemble The Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, and chamber music by Sasaki, Michael Schelle, and Conservatory faculty Rocky J. Reuter Mark Lochstampfor
      Location: Huntington Recital Hall   

    Thursday, February 13

    • 9:30 am – Lecture 3: The Score: Music for Film 
      Michael Schelle discusses influential movie music scores and composers.
      Location: Conservatory 205 
    • 12:30 pm – Lecture 2: The Business and Music 2: Composition, with Michael Schelle
      Location: Blackmore Library 119 
    • 7:30 pm – Concert 3: Straight, No Lithium
      Featuring a fanfare premiere by NOW MUSIC Festival founder and director Rocky J. Reuter, with guest pianist James Loughrey and the JCFA Composers Orchestra, and music by Reuter, Michael Schelle, Miho Sasaki and others
      Location: Huntington Recital Hall 

    Friday, February 14, 10 am

    Concert 4: Students of the Craft
    Featuring original works by Conservatory of Music student composers, with commentary and discussion by Michael Schelle.
    Location: Mees Hall 


    Sunday, February 16, 7 pm

    Concert 5: Contemporary Orchestral Masterpieces
    Featuring The Capital Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro William Boggs, performing music by Michael Schelle, Dvorák and Weill.
    Location: Mees Hall

    More about the NOW MUSIC Festival

    What is NOW MUSIC Festival?

    NOW MUSIC Festival is a celebration of contemporary music — primarily the 20th- and 21st-century art music styles, but also including progressive jazz and popular music most years. The festival has one simple, yet extremely important mission: to expose the Central Ohio community to international, national and regional living composers and their music. The annual festival is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary music and its composers presented in the Midwest.

    What is the festival’s history?

    From the early ’60s to the mid ’70s, the Capital University Conservatory of Music hosted a number of contemporary composers and compositions during a contemporary music festival organized by then Conservatory Dean Mark Meyers. In the early ’80s, Timothy E. Swinehart joined the faculty and featured composer and conductors annually with the Wind Symphony. In 1986, composer Rocky J. Reuter joined the faculty and the following year founded the NOW MUSIC Festival, which is currently celebrating 28 consecutive years of presentations.

    Why NOW?

    The festival’s name indicates an emphasis on music being composed now — that is, within the last 10 years. Many works are premiered each year during the festival concert series. Often the music receives its world premiere — or in some cases its American or Ohio premiere — during the festival.

    What happens during NOW week?

    Over the years, the NOW festival has brought international, national and regional composers, conductors and performers to Central Ohio. Through festival activities, the role of music in contemporary society is explored and discussed. The concert series is eclectic in nature, covering a diverse range of compositional and performance styles. The result is exposure, education and enrichment for the entire community.

    How can the community be involved with the festival?

    Capital University students, faculty, administration and staff are admitted to all concerts and festival events free of charge, as is the general public. Festival composers and performers will visit Conservatory classes and share their interests and wealth of experiences in contemporary music.

    Theory and History students attend a minimum number of concerts and write “reaction papers” that will be explained by their instructor. Many Conservatory students are involved in one or more of the ensembles that perform during the festival. It’s an extremely busy week that leads to an unforgettable experience. Open your ears and minds, and have fun!

    Who have the Festival Composers-in-Residence been?

    • Karel Husa 
    • Eric Whitacre 
    • Eric Ewazen 
    • Michael Schelle 
    • Libby Larsen 
    • Elliot Del Borgo 
    • James Curnow 
    • Fisher Tull 
    • W. Francis McBeth 
    • Anthony Iannaccone 
    • David R. Holsinger 
    • Joseph Koykkar, Béla Faragó (Hungary) 
    • Jackie Dempsey 
    • William Jentzsch (Germany) 
    • Ingram Marshall 
    • Elliott Schwartz 
    • William Dougherty 
    • Dean Roush 
    • Howard Fredrics 
    • Alex Shapiro 
    • Thomas Flaherty 
    • Günter “Baby” Sommer (Germany) 
    • Tim Davies  
    (Along with many guest performers.)