Boston Conservatory at Berklee Announces 2016–2017 New Music Festival: The Music of Nico Muhly, February 7–12

January 25, 2017

Boston Conservatory at Berklee will hold its 2016–2017 New Music Festival: The Music of Nico Muhly from February 7–12, 2017. Nico Muhly will serve as the 2017 featured artist and Kunkemueller Artist-in-Residence for the festival. The annual festival presents a series of modern music by world-class compositional voices of the 20th and 21st centuries. The New Music Festival is a focal point of the contemporary music scene in Boston, previously highlighting the works of Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller, Louis Andriessen, George Crumb, and Donald Martino.

“We are proud to honor Nico Muhly’s many accomplishments in contemporary music with this year’s New Music Festival,” said Eric Hewitt, artistic director. “Nico is an old friend; truly a visionary in the field of contemporary classical music, bringing together elements of the inherited and the experimental, and we welcome him into the classrooms and onto the stages at Boston Conservatory with tremendous joy.”

Muhly will begin his Boston Conservatory residency on Monday, February 6, and conclude on Saturday, February 11, which also marks the Conservatory’s 150th anniversary. This is the first festival of Muhly’s works in Boston, and many will be performed in the city for the first time. During his time at the Conservatory, Muhly will perform in recital, teach composition seminars, coach chamber works in open master classes, and coach all musical selections for the New Music Festival concerts. He will also host a public forum on composing for the dramatic stage, which will be presented before the Friday evening performance of his opera Dark Sisters at the Boston Conservatory Theater. Muhly’s longtime collaborator, famed violist Nadia Sirota, will join in performing various works alongside him in recital.

All concerts will take place at Boston Conservatory’s Seully Hall, except for the opera Dark Sisters (February 9-12) and its pre-show panel on February 10 at the Boston Conservatory Theater. Seully Hall is located at 8 Fenway in Boston. The Boston Conservatory Theater is located at 31 Hemenway Street. Tickets are available online or at the Boston Conservatory Box Office via phone at 617-912-9222 during business hours: Wednesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.