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Breaking through the noise with the Charlotte Street Foundation's 'New Music Composition Competition'

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Musicians of Ensemble Mother Russia Industries performing at the Charlotte Street Foundation's Stern Theater, October 2021

Classical KC's Brooke Knoll speaks with two winning composers from the Charlotte Street Foundation's 2021 New Music Composition Competition about expanding their musical and personal palettes. Plus hear their winning compositions. Tim Harte, founder of the competition, talks about its successes and challenges alongside finding a home for experimental music in Kansas City.


Brooke Knoll


Tim Harte, competition founder and co-founder of Ensemble Mother Russia Industries
Michèle Saint Michel, artist and composer
Craig Comstock, performer and composer

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Charlotte Street Foundation / Courtesy of artist
Tim Harte, Michèle Saint Michel and Craig Comstock


by Craig Comstock

Score for Memories and the Weather in Montenegro
by Michèle Saint Michel

Burning World
by Yunfei Li

All performances were recorded live at the Charlotte Street Foundation's Stern Theater on October 2nd, 2021.

Performers include Hadiza (Voice), Emily Boone (Violin), Christina Leigh-Silvius (Viola), Adee Dancy (Cello), Lina Dannov (Electronic Wind Instrument/Tenor Sax/Clarinet/Flute), Wendy Grew (Oboe/English Horn), Rachel Lovelace (Bassoon), Stephanie Stanley (Trombone), Shawn E. Hansen (Synths/Electronics), Craig Comstock (drums/guitar).

You can learn more about the Charlotte Street Foundation at charlottestreet.org.

Brooke Knoll is the digital audience specialist and on-air host for Classical KC. You can reach her at brooke@classicalkc.org.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.