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Feb. 6-8: Art music festival free to public

Dana-Wilson-composer-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Festival of Contemporary Art Music, Feb. 6-8, will feature guest composer Dana Wilson. The annual festival is one of WSU’s signature events.

General information can be found at More about Wilson can be found at

Festival concerts, all free to the public, include:

Feb. 6

Student Composers’ Concert, 11 a.m., Kimbrough hall, featuring new music written by students James Campbell, Jered Kostenko, Sonja Larson, Ka Yat Ngai and Hailey Pettit performed by WSU School of Music faculty and students.

Faculty Composers’ Concert, 8 p.m., Kimbrough hall, with works by Scott Blasco, Ryan M. Hare, David Jarvis and Gregory Yasinitsky.

Feb. 7

Electroacoustic Music Concert, 3 p.m., Kimbrough hall, featuring: the world premiere of WSU School of Music professor Scott Blasco’s surround-audio minimalist/drone composition “Pentecost;” California composer Matthew Dotson’s genre-bending and -blending (“hybrid vaporwave/dance/noise”) “Circumvention;” and recent works by David McIntire, owner of Irritable Hedgehog Music, Spokane-area composer Davis Hill and WSU student Ka Yat Ngai.

Feb. 8

Festival Guest Composer’s Concert, 8 p.m. Bryan hall, with Dana Wilson, whose works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia and commissioned by such diverse ensembles as the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Formosa String Quartet, Xaimen Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Voices of Change, Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Syracuse Symphony and Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra.

His works have received awards including the International Trumpet Guild First Prize, the Sudler International Composition Prize and the Ostwald Composition Prize.

He holds a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and is Charles A. Dana Professor of Music in the School of Music at Ithaca College. He is co-author of “Contemporary Choral Arranging,” published by Prentice Hall, and has written on diverse musical subjects, including his own compositional process, in “Composers on Composing for Band” and “A Composer’s Insight.”



Ryan Hare, WSU School of Music, 509-335-4813,

Scott Blasco, WSU School of Music, 509-335-1551,

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