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Nov. 17: University Electronic Music Instrumental Collective

Performance will be in Halling Recital Hall.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 11-03-2016

MANKATO, Minn. – The Department of Music will host a performance of the University ElectronicMusic Instrumental Collective (EMIC) Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on the stage of E.J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for the Performing Arts.  EMIC is directed by Michael Olson.

“If I were to describe the ensemble, it would be part EDM, part classical new music, and part post-noise rock,” said Olson. “As a director (and member of the ensemble) it is exciting to work with students in creating music that integrates technology, instruments, and multimedia,” Olson said.

“This is a unique ensemble,” Olson continued, “so there isn’t much music available for us to perform. We have to write and arrange our own music, program our own software, and build our own videos. We also have to make sure that the technology always works!”

Olson is a composer, producer, and musician. Olson’s concert music has been performed throughout the world, including the International Computer Music Conference (New York), Beijing Science Museum (China), SEAMUS National Conference (Miami), and Indian Institute of Technology TechFest (Mumbai), among others.

Olson has received numerous awards including ASCAPLus Awards (2007-2015), Finalist for the ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission, and First Prize at the Georgia Southern Research Awards. Olson’s music, performance, and production can also be heard on more than 20 albums spanning the genres of folk to pop, on numerous record labels. His music has been featured in films and television, including programs on MTV, VH1, E!, Spike, ABC, NBC, PBS, and CBS.

EMIC will be performing covers of bands with visual accompaniment from multi-channel video projection. Performing in EMIC offers students a chance to explore new avenues of musical expression.

General admission is $9 and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549. 

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