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Open Space Festival of New Music 2015

February 26-27, 2014

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Colorado¹s 7TH ANNUAL OPEN SPACE FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSIC highlights keynote concert of instrumental contemporary Classical music played on traditional bluegrass instruments by JAKE SCHEPP QUINTET.

Open Space Festival

Mark your 2015 calendars this year a little earlier for the 7th annual OPEN SPACE FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSIC at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado led by UNC composer, Dr. Paul Elwood.  The Festival moves it dates from March to the 26th and 27th of February with keynote international performing ensemble, Jake Schepp Quintet with guest artist Matt Flinner.  They will open the festival with the concert on the evening of Thursday, February 26th.

The Jake Schepp Quintet was recently featured on PBS Radio and performs instrumental contemporary music from Bartok to very recently composed gems, such as a work by American composer Mark Millets (born in 1966). The eclectic nature of the group is their unique interpretation where contemporary music intersects with their sound--all played on traditional bluegrass instruments!

Later Thursday evening, Open Space premieres its first ever midnight concert near the UNC campus in Greeley, at the Atlas Theater with headliner Matt Smiley and his Quintet, playing.  This event runs from 11:30 pm-12:45 am, located at 709 16th Street, and is also free of charge to the community. Smiley will perform works by La Monte Young, John Zorn and more.

The Festival finalizes on Friday evening, February 27th, 2015 with live vocal and instrumental performances of the top competition composition winners chosen from a national selection in UNC¹s third annual Call to Scores.  All events except the midnight concert will be held at Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall on the UNC campus and all are free to the public.


  Thursday, February 26th, 2015 
4:40pm  Meet the composer -Jake Schepp discusses his compositions
7:00 pm   Pre-Concert Conversation with the composer, Jake Schepp Ensemble
7:30pm Concert- Jake Schepp Quintet featuring Matt Flinner
11:30 pm Midnight Concert-Matt Smiley Qunitet at Atlas Theater, 709 16th Street, Greeley, Colorado from 11:30 pm-12:45 am performing works by La Monte Young, John Zorn, and more.
  Friday, February 27th, 2015
5:00pm Concert- Composition Winner's concert for 3rd Annual Call for Scores national competition. Live performances by UNC doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students


All events except Midnight Concert are held at Milne Auditorium in Kepner
Hall (View Map) and are Free to the Public.



Founding Director:

  1. Paul Elwood


  1. Eric Alexander
    Juanita Ulloa

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Event Location:

Milne Auditorium in Kepner Hall, UNC Campus