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Open Space Festival of New Music 2014

March 27-28, 2014

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

The Open Space Festival of New Music is now in its 6th year. This event is structured to present innovative composers and interpreters of contemporary music annually at the University of Northern Colorado. Composers and performers are featured guests in lectures, seminars, and performances. Each festival gives students the opportunity to perform with guest artists. The mission of the Open Space Festival is to present diverse programs annually – programs that appeal to a wide demographic population.

This year's Open Space, March 27-28, will feature internationally renowned, Latin Grammy nominated composer Gabriela Ortiz. Dr. Ortiz, a Mexican composer and music educator, has been described as "colorful and diverse" and "one of the finest composers of our time." The festival includes a conversation with the composer; a concert featuring her music performed by UNC alumni, students and faculty; and a student composition competition.

With support from the College of Performing and Visual Arts, the School of Music, interim music director Charles Hansen, and the UNC Schulze Endowment Speaker Series.

Gabriela Ortiz Gabriela Ortiz

Hailing from Mexico City, Mexico, Dr. Gabriela Ortiz will visit Colorado for the first time on March 27th and 28th of 2014 as the featured guest composer for the 6th Annual Open Space Festival of New Music. The festival is sponsored by the music composition department of the University of Northern Colorado and a grant from the Schultz Endowment Fund.

Ms. Ortiz trains, writes and teaches composition and has a global background in music studies ranging from Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, Mexico City’s National Conservatory, to the University of London, where she earned her PhD. Her parents were folk musicians from the famed Latin American group Los Folkloristas. Ms. Ortiz has taught composition at Indiana University in the United States, and currently teaches at UNAM, the National Autonomous University in Mexico City.

In 2013, she received her first nomination for a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and in 2013 she premiered her first opera at Long Beach Opera in multi-media style, entitled Unicamente la Verdad (Only the Truth). Although she lives in Mexico, her compositions are played all over the world and she has written commissions for, among others, Dawn Upshaw and Kronos Quartet.

Composer Gabriela Ortiz interviewed by Open Space Founding Director Paul Elwood on March 18, 2014



Thursday, March 27, 2014

• 3:00pm - 4:00pm  Gabriela Ortiz Lecture/Conversation with Hispanic Studies students about her opera Unicamente la Verdad and its multi-media approach with contemporary drug cartel topic

Location: Building ROSS HALL Room 1040 - 1100 22nd Street, southwest of University Center, West Campus

• 4:40pm - 5:40pm  Gabriela Ortiz Lecture/Conversation with Music Composition students

Location: FRASIER HALL Music Building Room 256 (choir room on top floor), 10th Avenue at 16th Street

• 7:00pm Gabriela Pre-Concert Public Lecture

Location: Milne Auditorium (top floor of KEPNER HALL), 9th Ave. south of 16th Street. At the corner of 8th Ave. and 17th St. (across from Chipotle Restaurant)

• 7:30pm - 8:30pm   Concert Featuring the Compositions of Gabriela Ortiz
  Includes the World Premiere of Ortiz’s newest work Canciones de agua (Songs of Water) with poetry by Octavio Paz, Jorge Luis Borges, and Pablo Neruda, sung by soprano Juanita Ulloa and accompanied by TBA. Other Ortiz works will be performed by UNC voice faculty and mezzo-soprano Dr. Melissa Malde; doctoral saxophone student Mark Pipe; and other graduate students TBA.

Location: Milne Auditorium (KEPNER HALL)

Friday, March 28, 2014

• 11:30am - 1:00pm   Gabriela Ortiz at UNC Luncheon and Lecture
— Please RSVP by Thursday, March 20 to

Location: Centennial Hall (BROWN HALL)

• 5:00pm - 6:00pm   Call for Scores Winners Concert (Gabriela Ortiz attends)
  Winning composers from all over the country will have their music performed live with Gabriela Ortiz in attendance.

Location: Milne Auditorium (KEPNER HALL)

*All events are free and open to the community,
and are held on or near campus of University of Northern Colorado
in Greeley, Colorado.



Founding Director:

  1. Paul Elwood


  1. Eric Alexander
    Juanita Ulloa

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Open Space Festival Archive

Event Location:

Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall, UNC Campus