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Some artists are inspired by musical masters of the past. Others aim to be the ones influencing the sound of music in the future.

Those interested in new music will gather on campus through Thursday, Sept. 23, for the seventh annual New Music Festival, a celebration of musical innovation and creativity.

Many festival events are free, including a 4 p.m. concert Wednesday, Sept. 22, featuring performances by eight cutting-edge musicians in the Music Building Recital Hall.

The NOW Ensemble, a group of performers devoted to making 21st century chamber music, will perform Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall. Tickets to that concert are $10 for the general public and may be purchased online at boxoffice.uncg.edu, by calling 4-4849 or at campus box office locations.

For a full lineup of events, visit http://uncgnmf2010.org.

The festival introduces new sounds and ideas about music to audiences, organizers said.

“This is the music of the future,” explained Dr. Alejandro Rutty, an assistant professor of composition in the School of Music, Theatre and Dance and festival co-organizer. “Some of the things people are experimenting with will be part of the future and aren’t part of the present.

“Whoever is playing the laptop effects in 2025 – whoever is playing on Britney Spears ‘I’m Turning 50’ album in 2025 – may have been influenced by this music.”

Co-organizer Dr. Mark Engebretson agreed. “So many really well-known groups today have said they’ve been influenced by avant-garde artists,” said the associate professor of composition and electronic music in the school. “This music is fresh.”

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