Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will hold its 20th annual New Music Festival from January 28 to February 4, featuring highlights and welcoming back composers from the previous 19 festivals. A gala opening concert on January 29 will feature Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate leading the world premiere of WSO Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho’s The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion for Orchestra, with soloist Evelyn Glennie. The same concert will feature John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 (1990), inspired by the AIDS crisis. Corigliano, Glennie, and Ho will participate in a discussion that evening in collaboration with the University of Manitoba’s International HIV Prevention Exchange Symposium, taking place January 28-29 at the nearby Fort Garry Hotel. Composers whose works will be featured at the festival include Avner Dorman, Kati Agócs, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Alexina Louie, Allan Bell, Sid Robinovitch, Michael Gordon, Krzysztof Penderecki, Missy Mazzoli, and Laurie Anderson. For more information on the festival, visit http://www.newmusicfestival.ca/wp/.
Posted January 27, 2011