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  • NOW Music Festival 2022

    The 2022 NOW MUSIC Festival will feature a young composer, Omar Thomas, who has been a strong new voice in the world of band and jazz music. His residency at Capital University, Feb. 15-19, 2022 will include a keynote address, a series of concerts of the band, jazz, chamber, and solo repertoire, performed by the faculty, students, and other local musicians and ensembles, and a masterclass with students-composers.

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    The Festival's concerts will also include music by Capital faculty and other local composers, Capital’s student-composers, and a multimedia event featuring a recently rediscovered sketchbook by renowned 20th-century artist Wassily Kandinsky, displayed at the Schumacher Gallery. This visual experience will be further enhanced by electronic music by Capital students as well as poetry by students-poets, — all inspired by Kandinsky’s works on display.


    What is NOW Music Festival?

    NOW MUSIC Festival @ Capital University is a celebration of contemporary music, including art music and progressive jazz and popular music written in the late 20th-21st centuries. The festival has one simple, yet very important mission: to expose the Central Ohio community to international, national, and regional living composers and their music. This annual festival is one of the most comprehensive and diversified celebrations of contemporary music in the Midwest.

    NOW MUSIC Festival has been founded in 1987 by Professor Emeritus Dr. Rocky J. Reuter, and for the past 35 years, it has featured international, national, and regional composers, conductors, and performers.

    Through many diverse festival activities — concerts, lectures, workshops, multi-media events, and informal gatherings throughout the campus — the role of music in contemporary society is exposed, explored and negotiated. The concert series is eclectic in nature, covering a diverse range of compositional and performance styles. The result is exposure, participation, and education for the entire community.


    NOW Festival Schedule

    Tuesday, February 15

    Kandinsky's Sketchbook
    Featuring electronic music and poetry by Capital University students
    Schumacher Gallery
    7:30 PM

    Wednesday, February 16

    Omar Thomas: Keynote Address
    Mees Hall
    7:00 PM

    Faculty Composers Concert
    Music by Stan Smith, Rocky, J. Reuter, Christopher Weait, Tony Zilincik, Thomas Zugger, and featuring a work by Omar Thomas
    Mees Hall
    8:00 PM

    Thursday, February 17

    Ohio Composers Concert
    Music by Jacob Reed, Vera Stanojevic, Michael Rene Torres, and Thomas Wells
    Mees Hall
    7:30 PM

    Friday, February 18

    Students of the Craft
    Mees Hall
    10:00 AM

    Lab Band and Big Band
    Huntington Recital Hall
    8:00 PM
    The Lab Band and Big Band Concert is a ticketed event with limited capacity. Tickets are free, and can be reserved here.

    Saturday, February 19

    Wind Symphony & Symphonic Winds
    Mees Hall
    3:00 PM