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NOW Music Festival
  • 2015 NOW MUSIC Festival at Capital University
    Join us February 9-16 for our 29th consecutive year celebrating new music. This year's featured artists include:
    • Randy Raine-Reusch, festival composer-in-residence 
    • Mei Han, guest flutist, composer and improvisor  
    • Other guest artists TBA


    Schedule of Events

    Check back soon for a detailed schedule of the 2015 NOW MUSIC Festival.

    More about the NOW MUSIC Festival

    What is NOW MUSIC Festival?

    NOW MUSIC Festival is a celebration of contemporary music — primarily the 20th- and 21st-century art music styles, but also including progressive jazz and popular music most years. The festival has one simple, yet extremely important mission: to expose the Central Ohio community to international, national and regional living composers and their music. The annual festival is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary music and its composers presented in the Midwest.

    What is the festival’s history?

    From the early ’60s to the mid ’70s, the Capital University Conservatory of Music hosted a number of contemporary composers and compositions during a contemporary music festival organized by then Conservatory Dean Mark Meyers. In the early ’80s, Timothy E. Swinehart joined the faculty and featured composer and conductors annually with the Wind Symphony. In 1986, composer Rocky J. Reuter joined the faculty and the following year founded the NOW MUSIC Festival, which is currently celebrating 28 consecutive years of presentations.

    Why NOW?

    The festival’s name indicates an emphasis on music being composed now — that is, within the last 10 years. Many works are premiered each year during the festival concert series. Often the music receives its world premiere — or in some cases its American or Ohio premiere — during the festival.

    What happens during NOW week?

    Over the years, the NOW festival has brought international, national and regional composers, conductors and performers to Central Ohio. Through festival activities, the role of music in contemporary society is explored and discussed. The concert series is eclectic in nature, covering a diverse range of compositional and performance styles. The result is exposure, education and enrichment for the entire community.

    How can the community be involved with the festival?

    Capital University students, faculty, administration and staff are admitted to all concerts and festival events free of charge, as is the general public. Festival composers and performers will visit Conservatory classes and share their interests and wealth of experiences in contemporary music.

    Theory and History students attend a minimum number of concerts and write “reaction papers” that will be explained by their instructor. Many Conservatory students are involved in one or more of the ensembles that perform during the festival. It’s an extremely busy week that leads to an unforgettable experience. Open your ears and minds, and have fun!

    Who have the Festival Composers-in-Residence been?

    • Karel Husa 
    • Eric Whitacre 
    • Eric Ewazen 
    • Michael Schelle 
    • Libby Larsen 
    • Elliot Del Borgo 
    • James Curnow 
    • Fisher Tull 
    • W. Francis McBeth 
    • Anthony Iannaccone 
    • David R. Holsinger 
    • Joseph Koykkar, Béla Faragó (Hungary) 
    • Jackie Dempsey 
    • William Jentzsch (Germany) 
    • Ingram Marshall 
    • Elliott Schwartz 
    • William Dougherty 
    • Dean Roush 
    • Howard Fredrics 
    • Alex Shapiro 
    • Thomas Flaherty 
    • Günter “Baby” Sommer (Germany) 
    • Tim Davies  
    (Along with many guest performers.)