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2008.07.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

ARTSaha! Festival Returns for 5th Annual Series of New Music Concerts

Omaha - Omaha’s new music festival – ARTSaha! – announced its schedule for its 5th annual presentation of concerts and events dedicated to new music. ARTSaha! is produced by ANALOG arts ensemble in partnership with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Concerts will take place from Sept. 3 through 13.

This year’s festival motto is “Set Sail for the Sun,” the title of a piece by the late composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, known as the father of electronic music.

Utilizing the talent of many local performers throughout the festival, ARTSaha! will also feature three guest artists: Monument Piano Trio, composed of Baltimore Symphony musicians; a trumpet choir called ‘dung’; and The Microscore Project, based out of Los Angeles and New Zealand.

Concerts will take place primarily on the UNO campus as well as in midtown Omaha. Several events are free and tickets to featured events are $10. Festival passes guaranteeing admission to all events will be available for $20 or two passes for $25.

Highlights include:
• An 80th anniversary tribute to Stockhausen, including two U.S. premieres of his electronic music: “Friday’s Greeting” (a prelude to “Friday” from the seven-opera cycle “Light”) and his final electronic composition “Cosmic Pulses;”
• The return of Iron Composer Omaha, a daylong composition contest now expanded to a national competition, with emcee Rob McCartney from KETV and judge Bob Fischbach from the Omaha World-Herald;
• Dance Music, presented in partnership with the popular Organ Vesper Series and featuring Monument Piano Trio from Baltimore;
• And a performance by The Microscore Project, a collection of music pieces lasting no longer than 30 seconds each.

The festival website – www.artsaha.org – includes the complete event schedule, bios of composers and performers, plus additional information on Iron Composer and the Stockhausen celebration.

ARTSaha! is supported by the Nebraska Arts Council. Its sponsors include The Reader and the Organ Vesper Series.

ANALOG arts ensemble is an arts collective dedicated to presenting music grounded in the classics but with a futurist sensibility. Composed of 30 artists located in five different states and three different countries, ANALOG stages concert experiences throughout the world, including ARTSaha!, an annual new music festival, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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