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Music Festival Brings New Sounds To University Of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming’s annual contemporary music festival begins Monday, Oct. 4. New Frontiers: The Laramie Contemporary Music Project is a week long celebration of modern classical music and living composers. Festival director Anne Guzzo says it’s about celebrating the integrity of classical music while introducing new sounds.

“People are actually hungry to hear something that’s actually besides the classic warhorses. There is nothing wrong with the Mozart’s and The Beethoven’s but they want to hear something of their day of their age, by someone who lives in their city and that kind of living breathing classical music, which, I think, is pretty exciting these days.”

Guzzo says she seeks to draw from a more urban base to bring an eclectic mix to the festival and the university. New Frontiers includes free nightly concerts this week as well as master classes and other events. The first concert is Monday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at UW’s Performing Arts Concert Hall.

Peter Steiner is a student at the University of Wyoming pursuing a degree in international studies. A native from Colorado, Peter enjoys riding bikes and climbing trees. He has just returned from living in Argentina where their focus and attention on art and culture had resonated with him and inspired a passion to do the same. When he is not reporting you are most likely to find him studying or listening to “This American Life.” Peter reports on arts and culture for Wyoming Public Media.

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