2013 Hartford New Music Festival Update

21 Jul
Banner for the 2013 Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013

Banner for the 2013 Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013

featuring resident composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle

The 20th century is such a hard act to follow that 21st century artists and historians find themselves in constant reflection lately, celebrating anniversaries, centennials and other such accidents of the calendar. But surely the hallmark year of 1913 itself is most appropriate for such treatment. The spirit of the 1913 that lopsidedly shaped our cultural past has gotten a little lost in the present. It’s with this in mind that we resurrect a new music festival in Hartford this year as The Hartford New Music Festival: 1913|2013, extolling the forward-thinking artistry of the past in order to blaze a more exciting future.

The “Indy Avant Garde” concert/installation – our small homage to the New York Armory show of 1913 – will only be introducing and reminding all who come of the expansive breath of possibilities art can take. While the dual forces of the Generous Ensemble and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra aren’t necessarily presenting a “skandalkonzert” and our resident composers, Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle’s works are unlikely to cause a riot, we aim to ignite passions within our audience just as strong and with as lasting an unpredictable effect.


The Hartford New Music Festival 1913|2013, is an exhilarating concert series aiming “to present a mixture of local composers, performers, ensembles and more internationally recognized composers…to present newer work in a historical context.” This festival is a catalyst for music lovers, who are looking for more adventurous music that details fresh thinking and defies conventional ideas and music pprocesses, while transforming the audiences musical experience through rigorous art. This festival is unique because it holds a point of view which covers a historic theme that both anchors the performances in tradition and pushes past current trends. The music itself has been chosen to communicate to our audience that progressive challenging music can be exciting and accessible at the same time.

This year’s six-day festival celebrates the historic spirit of Modernism in America, and Hartford as it’s new bellwether toward the future. Featured ensembles include the Generous Ensemble and Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra, two groups devoted to uplifting culture and developing appreciation for a variety of music throughout the Greater Hartford region. As part of the Hartford New Music Festival:1913|2013, the ensembles are collaborating on two world premieres by composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle, passionate devotees of history who have witnessed half of the past century, befriending luminaries from Aaron Copland to John Cage. These award-winning composers are writing adventurous works that capture the Modernist ethos and the historic perspective of this year’s festival.

To learn more about these artists, please visit:



October of 2013

Charter Oak Cultural Center, Trinity College Chapel and The Connecticut Historical Society

Resident composers Neely Bruce and Michael Schelle
The Generous Ensemble
The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra
016 New Music Ensemble
The comedy stylings of Kevin Good

*Full Schedule of concert series dates and times to be released soon


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