Winnipeg Symphony embarks on 20th New Music Festival

Posted on: January 27, 2011

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