The 39th Annual James Madison University

Contemporary Music Festival

October 21-23, 2019


Bright Sheng, guest composer

One of the most "innovative" (MacArthur Foundation) composers of the 21st century, Bright Sheng expands the boundaries of classical music standing apart as a bridge between Eastern and Western musical ideas with his vast trove of works for orchestra, opera, dance, and chamber ensemble.

viola and erhu

Taiwanese-born violist and erhuist (Chinese violin) Wei-Yang Andy Lin is recognized as one of the most promising and only active performers who specializes in both Western and Eastern instruments.

Hailed by The New York Times as “deeply expressive” for his groundbreaking recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on solo marimba, Pius Cheung is widely known as one of the most important percussionists of his generation.

Festival Concert I - Flow of Life

Monday, October 21, 8 pm

Forbes Center Concert Hall

Featuring The Madison Singers, JMU Percussion Ensemble, Andy Lin, Ian Zook, Carl Donakowski, Kt Allenbaugh, Joshua Fisher, KaiPo Lan, Susan Gouthro, Don Gatz, Jonathan Waller, and Wendy Wang

Bright Sheng - A Porter’s Song for choir

Lyn Glassock - Five Songs for voice and marimba

Kt Allenbaugh - Love is a Bright Light for choir

Ake Permerud - Dark Harbour for horn and electronics

Joshua Fisher - The Rainy Day for choir

Emmanuel Sejourne - Khamsin for marimba

Bright Sheng - Variation Fugato for piano

Kaija Saariaho - Sept Papillons for solo cello

Pius Cheung - Yuen for percussion ensemble and piano

Festival Concert II - CLEARWATER

Tuesday, October 22, 8 pm

Forbes Center Concert Hall

Featuring Andy Lin, Krzysztof Wołek, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Sarunas Jankauskas, Dominic Baldoni, Sam Suggs, Wanchi, Carl Donakowski, Lori Piitz, Beth Chandler, and Caleb Pickering

Krzysztof Wołek - Shadowings for viola and live electronics

Bright Sheng - A Tune from Childhood for solo clarinet

Bright Sheng - Three Etudes for Flute

Sarunas Jankauskas - Rigged Variations for solo clarinet

Sam Suggs - Apple Tree for bass and piano

Bright Sheng - Clearwater Rhapsody for erhu, violin, cello, and piano

Lowell Liebermann - Ice Music for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and video

Festival Concert III - DEEP RED

Wednesday, October 23, 8 pm

Forbes Center Concert Hall

Featuring Pius Cheung, JMU Wind Symphony, JMU Flute Ensemble, Yi-Ping Chen, Beth Chandler, Jeanette Zyko, Sue Barber, Ian Zook, Wanchi, Jacob Roege, Diane Phoenix-Neal, Carl Donakowski, Noah Karkenny, and Dianna Lysgaard

Ian Clarke - Within for flute ensemble

Bright Sheng - Deep Red for Marimba and Orchestra

Michael Colgrass - Urban Requiem for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble

Bright Sheng - Shanghai Overture for wind ensemble


Andy lin erhu master class

Monday, October 21, 1:25 pm

Forbes Center Recital Hall

Open to JMU music students only

bright sheng lectures

Tuesday, October 22, 9:30 am and 11 am

Music Building Room 142

cmf after-hours concert

Tuesday, October 22, 9:30 pm

Pale Fire Brewery

217 S Liberty St #105

student composers recital

Wednesday, October 23, 5 pm

Forbes Center Recital Hall

Andy lin viola master class

Wednesday, October 23, 1:25 pm

Wayland Hall Theatre