third practice 2003

Featured Artists

Composer Russell Pinkston and flutist Elizabeth McNutt are our featured guest artists for the 2003 festival.

About the Festival

Third Practice, presented by the Department of Music and the Modlin Center for the Arts is an annual festival of new electro-acoustic music and works for mixed media. Now in its third year, the festival will present works for instruments and computer, video, and stereo and multi-channel works for tape. This year, Third Practice is pleased to feature the works of composer Russell Pinkston and a recital of works for flute and computer by Elizabeth McNutt. For more information contact Benjamin Broening.

Why 'Third Practice'?

The term Seconda Pratica appeared in early 17th century Italy to characterize the emergence of a new compositional style that represented a departure from the modal, equal-voiced counterpoint of the Prima Pratica. The debate between practitioners of the old and new styles centered not only on innovative compositional techniques, but also on shifting compositional values. The Seconda offered composers not only new technical resources but also new ways of thinking about their craft. The development of electro-acoustic music in the latter half of the 20th century might be understood as a change comparable in many ways to that of the early 17th century. While the specifics of the musical change differ in the two cases, both musical revolutions reflect innovations in compositional technique and practice as well new compositional goals and values. The Third Practice Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music explores both the variety of the emerging electro-acoustic tradition and its relationship to past musical practices, and is committed to presenting new work through commissions and premieres.

  • Tickets are not required for any Third Practice event. There will be open seating for all concerts. Space maybe limited, so arrive early to get a great seat!
  • Technical Specifications: All Third Practice concerts will take place in Camp Concert Hall, the University of Richmond's exclusive venue for musical presentations. Our technical specifications include a breakdown of all the equipment available to our visiting composers, as well as concert hall specifications.
  • Attending the festival? Click Here for information on hotels, specific directions, and transportation to and from the hotel.