Libby Roberts, left, and Mikkel Christensen, right, explain a performance they co-composed

On Wednesday at Loeb Hall, Libby Roberts, left, and Mikkel Christensen, right, explain a performance they co-composed. The goal of the performance was to incorporate innovation into the piece.

MU graduate student Libby Roberts sat at the grand piano in Whitmore Recital Hall, swaying as she ran her fingers across the keys. She is part of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, which includes flute, cello, violin, clarinet and a timpani.

There was another instrument onstage, something new to the world of music: a Tri-Crasher, which made great dry clacks that resonated across the hall. It was made especially for MU graduate student Mikkel Christensen’s piece, “Untitled (or, Room to Breathe).”

MU graduate students Mikkel Christensen and Libby Roberts created new music outlets for Saturday's Innovation Symphony at the Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis. Their pieces come together to create original sounds in the spirit of innovation.
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