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Spring Festival of New Music Concert Series this week

The UT Department of Music will celebrate its 40th Annual Spring Festival of New Music, Wednesday, March 29, through Saturday, April 1.

The festival is a series of concerts focusing on contemporary living composers. This year’s guest composer is Jake Runestad, whose work will be featured at some of the concerts. He also will conduct the UT High School Honor Choir on the last concert of the series. 

Runestad

In addition, the festival also will feature a collaboration of the National Arab Orchestra’s Takht Ensemble.

Listed by date, events will be:

• Wednesday, March 29 — “America the Beautiful” with the National Arab Orchestra’s Takht Ensemble, the UT Jazz Organ Trio and Vocalist Dr. Ellie Martin, 7 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. The concert will include a mix of Arab music, American jazz and other musical styles. It will be a rare opportunity to hear traditional Arab pieces blended with improvisational, instrumental and vocal jazz. Admission: $10-$15; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office, utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

• Thursday, March 30 — UT Student and Faculty Chamber Ensemble, 7 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Winners of the 2017 Craig’s Keyboards/UT Student Composer Contest will be announced. The concert also will feature the UT Faculty Woodwind Quintet performing a work by Samuel Adler. Admission: Free.

• Friday, March 31 — UT Concert Chorale, at 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. The UT Concert Chorale will perform the music of guest composer Runestad. Admission: $5-$10; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office, utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

• Saturday, April 1 — UT High School Honor Choir with guest composer Runestad, 7 p.m., Doermann Theater. The best singers from area high schools will perform in concert with the UT Concert Chorale, under the baton of guest composer Runestad. A highlight of the concert will be the performance of a song co-created by Runestad and the high school students.

Admission: $5-$10; tickets available at the door or in advance through the Center for Performing Arts Box Office utoledo.tix.com or 419.530.ARTS (2787).

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