A two-day celebration of composer Ned Rorem’s 90th birthday, a guest conducting appearance by Alarm Will Sound co-founder Alan Pierson and performances by Ensemble Recherche are among the Institute for New Music’s fall season offerings. All will be presented by Northwestern University’s Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music.Continue reading on Northwestern Now
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July 13, 2020
Northwestern’s accomplished arts faculty will make a mark globally this season with published research, new books, a traveling art exhibition and an opera exploring teens and mental health set to premiere in Germany.
April 21, 2020
In its Chicago-area premiere, David T. Little's "Dog Days" gave Bienen School students an inside look at composing and mounting a contemporary opera.
October 24, 2019
The Northwestern Opera Theater and Institute for New Music production runs November 21 to 24.
August 8, 2019
The Institute for New Music at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music will present the Chicago premiere of David T. Little’s powerful contemporary opera “Dog Days,” Nov. 21 to 24 at the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. Bookending the Institute’s season is NUNC!
May 23, 2019
Over 15 years ago, Alan Pierson’s ensemble Alarm Will Sound recorded an album of tracks by British techno artist Aphex Twin. This Friday, Pierson conducts the Contemporary Music Ensemble in renditions of some of these same songs.
April 3, 2019
The Institute for New Music welcomes contemporary American composers David T. Little and Judd Greenstein for an April 24-27 residency.
April 3, 2018
The Bienen School of Music's Institute for New Music will host the third biennial Northwestern University New-Music Conference (NUNC! 3) April 20-22.
February 10, 2017
Steve Reich’s first Bienen School residency as winner of the 2016 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition culminated February 9 in a sold-out concert in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, featuring performances by the Contemporary Music Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble.
November 22, 2016
Students from the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble (BCE) and Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME) received high praise from Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein following a Monday night MusicNOW performance at Harris Theater in honor of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday.
November 9, 2016
Students from two Bienen School ensembles – the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble – will perform Steve Reich’s Proverb in an upcoming MusicNOW concert commemorating the composer’s 80th birthday.