The outside of Sursa Performance Hall
Start: March 15, 2018 7:30 p.m.
End: March 15, 2018 9 p.m.
Location: Sursa Performance Hall

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Eleanor Trawick

Now in its 48th year, the Festival of New Music spans three days and is a wonderful opportunity for composers and musicians to come together and perform new works. The festival is comprised of five concerts featuring works by composers from across the country. In addition, a guest composer is featured each year and presents workshops for festival attendees.

This year's featured composer is Chris Arrell.

A computer algorithm addict and former metal guitarist who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the music of avant-garde composer Gérard Grisey, Chris Arrell takes equal inspiration from contemporary music and the Digital Age. Arrell’s commissions include the Alte Schmiede (Austria), Boston Musica Viva, MATA, Spivey Hall, Cornell, and the Fromm Foundation. A winner of the Ettelson Composer Award for his work Of Three Minds, Arrell holds additional prizes from Ossia Music, the League of Composers/ISCM, the Salvatore Martirano Competition, the MacDowell and ACA colonies, and the Fulbright-Hays Foundation. His music, praised for its nuance and unconventional beauty by New Music Box, the Boston Music Intelligencer, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, is available from Beauport Classical, Electroshock Records, Parma Recordings, Trevco Music, and Ablaze Records. Arrell is associate chair of music at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Learn more about featured guest composer Chris Arrell. 


  • Thursday, March 15 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 16 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17 - 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.

All concerts are in Sursa Hall and are free and open to the public.