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Welcome to the MostArts Festival

Save the Date: July 5-11, 2015
Featuring the 2015 Piano Competition ages 13-18

The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the Alfred University community the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

Ceramic Art Workshops

In addition to great music, newly designed two and four-week workshops offered by internationally recognized artists Wayne Higby, Walter McConnell, John Gill and Andrea Gill will coincide with the MostArts Festival. This summer program offers a unique opportunity to learn from artists on their own turf: sharing their facilities, libraries, and community. Each day is full of demonstrations, lectures, and one-on-one conversations with faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and workshop participants.

The MostArts Festival Orchestra, is a small Mozart-sized orchestra. Our afternoon “Sound Bite Sampler” will showcase various groups of musicians who will speak about the works to be performed in an informal atmosphere as audience enjoys lunch or dessert. Evening performances feature the entire orchestra as well as soloists. Pianist Vladislov Kovalsky kicks off the festival in a solo recital. Later in the week, guest artist Andreas Klein will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

The Young Pianist Competition is a special feature of the MostArts Festival. For the final round, six finalists will perform the first movement of their selected Mozart Concerto with the MostArts Festival Orchestra over two evenings competing for $15,000 in cash prizes. In addition to a jury of distinguished judges, the audience will have an opportunity to select their favorite contestant for a special award. The competition is open to High School piano students ages 13-18. The Festival’s ultimate goal is to encourage and promote excellence in the world of classical music and performance.

The Miller Performing Arts Center provides a home for the Alfred University Division of Performing Arts, as well as serving as a cultural focal point for the region. The Miller Theater, which opened in the Fall of 2010, features a beautiful new 9 foot Steinway and offers all who attend a unique and excellent performance experience. The Center has outstanding rehearsal spaces, individual practice rooms, and studios, as well as spectacular views and spaciousness for performers, students and audience alike.

The Miller Performing Arts Center also features "EarthCloud," the largest hand-cut, porcelain, architectural installation in the world, created by renowned ceramic artist Wayne Higby. This spectacular work consists of nearly 12,000 individual tiles, which span 5,000 square feet and create a lively dialogue between the Center and the Theater.

It is twilight on a summer evening. The stage lights are on. Let the music begin.