The 7th annual Queens New Music Festival Starts on May 16th

The 7th annual Queens New Music Festival (QNMF) continues its diverse cross-section programming of contemporary music from this side of the world and beyond. On May 16 The RAM Players present five new string quartets by QCNMG student composers. The opening concert on May 17 features distinguished guest artists Vladimir Valjarević and Mirna Lekić on piano, David Lisker on violin, Tali Roth on guitar, and RAM’s own Kate Dillingham on cello in a terrific program entitled “Four Decades of Exploration” including works by George CRUMB, Arvo PÄRT, Thomas ADÈS, Fazil SAY, Lowell LIBERMANN, Astor PIAZZOLLA, and Fernando OTERO.

There will be a reception to follow. The fun continues through May 20 with performances by a stellar line-up of ensembles and proposal winners, The Bowers-Fader Duo, icarus Quartet, percussionist Zack Baltich, pianist David Holzman, The Blagoeva-Massicotte Duo & The New Music for Strings Festival, and The Resurgam Quartet performing works by contemporary music legends such as George PERLE and Steve REICH; established and emerging composers such as Andy AKIHO, Seth BOUSTEAD, Brad LUBMAN, John MACKEY, and more.

The grand finale, “RAM Trio Expo” is a concert of new music for clarinet, violin, and piano featuring RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Croatian composer Ivan BOŽIČEVIĆ, along with guest composer Katherine HOOVER, a solo work by Joji YUASA, and new works by RAM composers David FETHEROLF, Gilbert GALINDO, and Frances WHITE.

Festival Schedule

Date & Time 

May 16th-18th


44-02 23rd Street
Long Island City, NY 11101


RAM supports the creation and performance of new music through the Queens New Music Festival. This festival, which was first produced in 2012, is an annual event that brings new music front and center into Queens. Each year, RAM invites ensembles to participate and accepts dozens of concert proposals from various artists. RAM then selects and curates the proposals along with invited ensembles to create a 5-day festival celebrating the diversity of styles and voices in new music today. The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by focusing on the wealth of composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens, as well as highlighting artists from other parts of New York City and the country. RAM has presented over 50 concerts since the first Queens New Music Festival in 2012, featuring numerous World, United States, and New York Premiers.


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