February 7–9, 2013
Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her music is heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the United States and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from record labels around the world. Alex lives on Washington State's remote San Juan Island, and when she's not composing, she can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog, Notes from the Kelp, and on her website.
The Festival of Contemporary Art Music celebrates art music of our own time. Works by student and faculty composers are highlighted along with those of the visiting composer.
"Without the festival, and others like it, young people might not be introduced to this music," says Dr. Charles Argersinger, professor emeritus and festival creator. "It really is in danger of becoming extinct."
The 2013 Festival of Contemporary Art Music is made possible through generous support from the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Music. The festival was founded in 1989 by Dr. Argersinger.