An unforgettable week filled to the brim with wonderful music, emotions, exciting encounters and utmost concentration, it was one of the most significant events in my professional career. I am delighted to welcome you to the new edition of the Winnipeg New Music Festival! I invite you to discover a seemingly endless array of musical styles and remarkably talented composers and performers. And how about having two distinguished guest composers? The fourth edition of the WNMF Composers Institute will present the new generation of Canadian composers and their vision of the future in orchestral music. I am also particularly looking forward to a performance by Tigran Hamasyan and collaboration with his trio. When you can recognize an artist from listening to just a few notes — you know that something unique is in the air. The opportunity to perform music that I have previously commissioned and premiered is very personal to me. It is a stimulating challenge to develop a feel for what musical territories have already been explored — or have begun to be explored — and to build on those traditions, while finding new creative avenues to traverse. Works by Mosolov, Daugherty, Snider and myself evoke various aspects of light and fire — as a tool, a weapon, a symbol for clarity, a focal point for memory, a source of warmth and comfort.
Developing composers flex their orchestral muscles with the WSO at Cinematheque
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Winnipeg New Music Festival | New Visions
Finding your information. Hey there, time traveller! The 28th annual Winnipeg New Music Festival returns to its roots when it roars back into life this weekend with another jam-packed feast of contemporary music and culture. New Music Festival co-founder Bramwell Tovey takes the festival podium for the first time in 18 years. David Cooper. We decided that our new music festival would be more about this new era of communication, where composers were once again addressing the narratives of the audience, as opposed to some kind of abstract esthetic," says Tovey, who was recently named the artistic director of the Calgary Opera, in addition to being principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra and artistic adviser to the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Marco Borggreve. Raiskin, who is midway through his first season on the WSO podium, is also eagerly looking forward to taking over the reins for the festival, which begins Friday with an outdoor performance at The Forks and winds up Feb.
There are, however, few opportunities for Canadians in the early stages of their careers to engage with the medium in a practical, hands-on environment. The participants will experience the week-long Winnipeg New Music Festival from behind the scenes, attending rehearsals and concerts. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in a university degree program in music composition. Applicants who completed their degree in the —18 or —19 seasons are also eligible. There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers. Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration. Past Composers Institute participants are not eligible.