New Music Festival

Join the University of Louisville School of Music and featured Grawemeyer Award-winning guest composer Kaija Saariaho (2003) for a weeklong tribute to outstanding achievements in music composition. Other festival guests include French composer and visual artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, American flutist Camilla Hoitenga and Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg. On November 12, the Louisville Orchestra will present a concert featuring works composed by Grawemeyer Award-winning composers including Jacob’s Dream by Krzysztof Penderecki and Notes on Light by Kaija Saariaho.

Unless otherwise noted, concerts begin at 8 p.m. and take place in the Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. Admission is free and events are open to the public.

For a detailed event listing and bios of the guest composers and artist, click here.

Tuesday, November 10

Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Program will include Penderecki’s Sextet and Saariaho’s Six Japanese Gardens

Wednesday, November 11

University New Music Ensemble and Wind Ensemble

Program will include Penderecki’s Entrata, Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio, and Cello Octet; and Saariaho’s Dust

Thursday, November 12

Louisville Orchestra Concert

Featuring music by Saariaho, Penderecki, Adams, Lutoslawski and Salonen

Friday, November 13

University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra

Program includes works by guest composers and the premiere performance of Elegy, Soliloquy, and Epilogue for Flute and String Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Saturday, November 14

Electronic Music Concert

Flutist Camilla Hoitenga will present an evening of audio-visual performances of music by Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Sunday, November 15

Cardinal Singers and the University Collegiate Chorale

Featuring a selection of contemporary choir music


In addition to taking part in nightly concerts, the festival guests will present master classes and lectures throughout the week. There also will be a special audio-visual installation, Nox Borealis, by Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Kaija Saariaho at the Rauch Planetarium on November 12, 13 and 15.


November 10 – 15, 2015

8 p.m. (Nov. 10 – 14); 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 15

School of Music, Comstock Concert Hall