The Music Now festival

Eastern Michigan University’s Music and Dance Department will hold the 19th biennial Music Now Festival. The program will run from Wednesday to Friday. Events will take place in both Alexander Recital Hall and Pease Auditorium.

Students from EMU’s ensembles will work with American composer Steven Stucky to perform his music in two concerts, “Chamber Music by Steven Stucky,” 8 p.m. on Wednesday and “Music of Steven Stucky & Composers of the 21st Century,” 8 p.m. on Thursday.

“This is art -- music from a famous living composer expressing the moods and emotions of our time,” said Head of the Music and Dance Department, Diane Winder.

Before each concert, Stucky will give a pre-concert talk, starting at 7:15 p.m.

Friday will give students a chance to get to know Stucky starting with a discussion and question-and-answer session at 9 a.m. in Alexander Recital Hall.

“Students have an opportunity to interact up close and personal with a true art-music hero, a Pulitzer Prize winner who’s dedicated to bringing music into the world,” Winder said.

Stucky is a writer, lecturer and teacher, along with being a composer.

“We hear a lot of expressions of our country and politics though pop music. This is a totally different way of looking at it,” Winder said.

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