arthur campbell
arthur campbell
eighth blackbird
eighth blackbird

--- [ the 2009 festival ] ---

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third practice is an annual festival of new electroacoustic music and mixed media presented by the department of music and the modlin center for the arts at the university of richmond. now in its ninth year, the festival will present works for instruments and computer, laptop, video, and stereo and multi-channel works for fixed media.

third practice 2009 continues along the path laid out by festivals past, and will continue to explore the emerging electroacoustic art form and its relationship to past and present musical practices.

in 2006, third practice's ongoing commitment to the commissioning of new works brought the release of [re], a dvd of multi-channel works by a diverse group of composers. In 2001, third practice released third practice: commissions and premieres on cd, available from centaur records.

this year, third practice will expand into two concert spaces at the modlin center for the arts: camp concert hall, the university of richmond's exclusive venue for musical presentations, and co usins studio theatre, an experimental black box theatre that serves both the modlin center and the department of theatre and dance. our technical specifications include a breakdown of all the equipment available to our visiting composers, as well as concert hall specifications. tor further information on the festival, contact benjamin broening.

---[ travel and accomodations ] ---

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Richmond Crown Plaza West (note: be careful, there are two Crown Plazas in Richmond. The festival hotel is the one located at 6531 W. Broad Street).

To book your room you may go online to and enter your Group Code URM. You can also call the hotel directly at (804) 285-9951 or call the toll-free reservations line at 1-800-227-6963 (1-800-2CROWNE).

Please remember to request the UOR - Music Department rate in order to receive your discounted pricing.

You must book your rooms by October 22, 2008, though earlier is better.

Click here for Google Maps directions from the Crowne Plaza to Campus.

Once you reach campus, use the UR Campus Map to navigate to the Modlin Center for the Arts. The campus is well-marked with signs. Camp Concert Hall is in the Booker Hall of Music, Building #38 on the map.

--- [ 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.

--- [ the third practice mailing list ] ---

Third Practice will soon be activating an email list to keep interested individuals apprised of third practice activities and topics. To be added to the list, send an email to and reques t to be added.

Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival 2009

--- [ concerts ] ---

[ nov. 6 ] 2:00pm and 7:30pm
[ nov. 7 ] 10:00am, 1:00pm 4:00pm, and 7:30pm

at the university of richmond

all concerts are free and open to the public

previous years: '01   '02   '03   '04   '05   '06   '07   '08

next year's festival: 3p10 will be held november 5-6, 2010. mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on our 10th anniversary festival.