Winnipeg Symphony revises, shortens annual new-music festival in response to COVID-19

Posted on: January 12, 2022

Canada’s Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has announced that this year’s Winnipeg New Music Festival has been revised in light of current COVID numbers and travel and health restrictions from health authorities in Manitoba. The 2022 Winnipeg New Music Festival will now take place in a shortened version on January 25, 26, and 28, with music by composers including Harry Stafylakis, Nicole Lizée, and Michael Oeseterle, among others. Three live, in-person concerts will be presented to reduced, socially distanced audiences; capacity at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall will be limited to 50 percent, with a maximum of 250 patrons. Works will include Eliot Britton’s Hyperscale Landscape, performed by Winnipeg percussionist Ben Reimer and WSO Assistant Conductor Naomi Woo on piano; pianist Vicky Chow in music by Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Tomeka Reid, Andy Akiho, Caroline Shaw, and former WSO Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho; Sofia Gubaidulina’s Seven Words featuring WSO Principal Cello Yuri Hooker and bayan soloist Roman Yusipey; and Kelly-Marie Murphy’s In the Time of Our Disbelieving, written in response to the pandemic. The festival will include pre-concert panels, and all performances will also be available as a livestream option on My WSO TV.