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Guest mezzo-soprano to open 50th Contemporary Music Festival

October 17, 2016

The 50th Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University kicks off with a special performance featuring State faculty artists and special guest mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the University Hall theater.

In celebration of the 50th Festival, this year's concert offerings begin a day earlier than usual, and will feature the vocal music of composer Libby Larsen, one of the two featured composers at this year's festival.

Osowski and Larsen have been long-time collaborators, both currently living in Minneapolis. Larsen is one of America's most performed living composers with a catalogue of more than 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and more than 15 operas. Grammy award-winning and widely recorded, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Osowski will perform three cycles of Larsen's songs, highlighting themes of both love and loss. The concert will also feature a performance of James Beckel's Dialogues for chamber ensemble performed by Indiana State faculty artists. Beckel is a resident of Indianapolis and the principal trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony and is the other featured composer at this year's festival.

Hailed by the Urban Dial Milwaukee for her artistry and "rich and radiant" voice, Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe, a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee and recently the runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition.

In its 50th year, the Contemporary Music Festival has brought internationally acclaimed composers, performers and speakers to Terre Haute. Members of surrounding communities, school children, university students and guests are encouraged to attend and participate in performances, educational activities and discussions focusing on trends in contemporary musical expression.

Since its inception in 1967, the festival has developed a strong national reputation for the performance and creation of new music. Some of the most important composers of contemporary classical music have come to participate in the festival, including 18 Pulitzer Prize winners and five recipients of the Grawemeyer Award.

For more information and complete schedule, go to indstate.edu/cas/cmf

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Media Contact: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@indstate.edu

Photo: https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Media-Services/Submitted-Photos/Staff-Uploads/i-D3DpF7r/0/O/ClaraOsowski.jpg -- Clara Osowski (photo by Martin Walz)

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The 50th Contemporary Music Festival at Indiana State University kicks off with a special performance featuring State faculty artists and special guest mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the University Hall theater.

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