From January 27 to February 2, 2018, Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will host its annual New Music Festival, this season featuring composer Philip Glass, who will be in residence. Among the festival’s fifteen world premieres will be Glass’s String Quartet No. 8 performed by the Jack Quartet, and there will be seven Canadian premieres, including Glass’s Symphony No. 11, whose world premiere by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz took place at Carnegie Hall on Glass’s 80th birthday, January 31, 2017. Glass will be one of several pianists performing in an evening of his complete piano etudes. Among other festival participants will be jazz musician/filmmaker Michael Snow, whose first-ever work for orchestra, a collaboration with festival curator and composer Matthew Patton, will be performed. Also at the festival will be music by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Cassandra Miller, WSO Composer-in-Residence and Festival Director Harry Stafylakis, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Samy Moussa. Alexander Mickelthwate is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s artistic director.
Posted December 5, 2017