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Live from the Biedenham Museum and Gardens in Monroe LA, the closing night concert from the three-day New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival brings us contemporary chamber music by composers from around the United States and abroad.


  • Philip Schuessler
    Everything is Blowing Away
  • James Terrell
    Pisgah Mosaic
  • Hannah Rice
    Free to Be
  • Monica Pearce
    chain maille
  • Yan Ee Toh
    iridescent shadows
  • Joe Moore, III
    Being Black
  • Alejandro Rutty
    Under the Long Shadow of Senseless Acts


The New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival is a chance for contemporary composers to intersect with professional performers over the course of an intense multi-day event in rehearsals and concerts. Its goal is to inspire the region with new ideas about music and to inspire composers with the unique landscapes and cultural offerings of north Louisiana. The schedule is designed to create opportunities for composers to engage with each other, the performers, and the audiences. An open rehearsal format is utilized to provide greater insight into the music of the festival. By rotating through multiple venues, the festival brings the music to the people of the community to boost interest and awareness of contemporary chamber music. Coordinated by Mel Mobley and Greg Lyons, the organization was named for the local landmark, the Black Bayou Wildlife Refuge, and presented its first concerts in 2016.


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