The 39th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Bright Sheng

Mon - Wed, Oct 21 - 23 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL

The 39th Annual JMU Contemporary Music Festival

Featuring the music of Bright Sheng

Mon - Wed, Oct 21 - 23 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


"a musical genius"

Calgary Herald

This year’s festival features the music of Bright Sheng, one of today’s foremost composers. A MacArthur Fellow, Sheng combines “contemporary Western techniques with traditional Chinese music” (The New York Times) to create stage, orchestral, chamber and vocal works that are widely commissioned—including by The White House in 1999—and regularly performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Sheng was selected to compose music for the Summer Olympics opening ceremony in Beijing. Sheng also maintains an active performing career as a conductor and concert pianist. He studied composition and conducting with Leonard Bernstein, and currently serves as the Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. JMU faculty, ensembles and students will present Sheng’s music and other contemporary works in three main concerts during the festival.

Concert I: Monday, October 21 @ 8 pm
Concert II: Tuesday, October 22 @ 8 pm
Concert III: Wednesday, October 23 @ 8 pm


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