New Music Festival

January 16, 2019

January 19, 2019

$18 & up

Various Venues, Vancouver


Events Description

From the “the loveliest apocalypse in musical history” to a meditation on birdsong, the VSO’s 6th Annual New Music Festival explores the state of our world today during four days of musical discovery.

VSONMF begins January 16th with a collaboration with Early Music Vancouver who present Grammy-nominated New York Polyphony a cappella vocal quartet in Missa Charles Darwin by Gregory Brown (brother of famed “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown).

From the playful to the profound, Deep Groove showcases the Standing Wave Ensemble in cutting edge music by six of today’s most forward-thinking composer

Become Ocean — In a program that draws inspiration from the environment and natural sounds, zoo musicologist Emily Doolittle’s Reedbird – a direct transcription of the fast, bubbly song of the bobolink, slowed and expanded so that human listeners can appreciate its complexity and tonal richness – sees its world première. Jan Sandström’s Ocean Child follows, “a tribute to life, to curiosity and childishness” and “the eternal force of creativity” composed after watching his young daughter play in the ocean for the first time.

Lonely Child — Claude Viver’s beautiful, ethereal Lonely Child – a piece drawing from the Balinese gamelan tradition that was, according to the composer, “a long song of solitude” – is paired with the world première of “breathtakingly inventive” Canadian composer Nicole Lizée’s Perxploitation, an intensely difficult and wildly imaginative multimedia work showcasing the talents of VSO Principal Percussionist Vern Griffiths.

Who is it for?

All ages


Tickets :$12 & up
How to get tickets?

Buy Online


  • New Music for Old Instruments on Wednesday, January 16 |  7:30pm @ Christ Church Cathedral,  690 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • Standing Wave – Deep Groove on  Thursday, January 17 |  7:30pm @ Christ Church Cathedral,  690 Burrard St, Vancouver
  • VSO Plays Nicole Lizée & Vivier: Lonely Child on Friday, January 18 | 7:30pm @ Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
  • VSO plays John Luther Adams: Become Ocean on Saturday, January, 19  | 7:30pm @ Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver


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