Winnipeg New Music Festival: eight world premieres, Philip Glass in residence

Posted on: January 26, 2018

In Canada, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s annual weeklong Winnipeg New Music Festival will begin on January 27 with the Canadian premiere of Symphony No. 11 by festival composer in residence Philip Glass. The festival also will include eight world premieres: Glass’s String Quartet No. 8, Michael Snow’s Prophecy for orchestra, Harry Stafylakis’s A Parable for End Times for choir and orchestra, Jóhann Johannson’s Orphic Hymn, T. Patrick Carrabré’s Just Society, Karen Sunabacka’s #DryColdConversations for orchestra, and Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson’s 7 Friends for choir and orchestra. On January 28, Glass and pianists Jenny Lin, Vicky Chow, Jónas Sen, and Madeline Hildebrand will perform Glass’s Complete Piano Etudes, and each day the festival will present short lunch-hour performances. Participants in the WNMF Composers Institute will attend rehearsals and concerts and participate in professional development workshops with WSO Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis and Composers Institute mentor composers Samy Moussa and Karen Sunabacka.

Posted January 26, 2018