Winnipeg New Music Festival

January 23, 2021

January 29, 2021

Pass: $49


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Events Description

! The lineup for the 2021 online edition of the Winnipeg New Music Festival!

Premier Patron | Michael Nesbitt

Presenting Patron | Sandi and Ron Mielitz

WNMF 1: Lineage | Friday, January 23, 2021 | 7:30 pm CST

In this special – if reduced – edition of WNMF, we wanted to pay homage both to composers who have played an important role in the festival’s history, and to newer voices who signal things to come.

In the dirge-like Source Code, Jessie Montgomery explores the syntax of the black spiritual, inspired by her study of African American artists prominent during the Civil Rights era. The spiritual acts as a melodic anchor to her textural developments throughout this single-movement work for string orchestra. We continue with another deeply personal work, the intimate and impassioned Supplica by the late Christopher Rouse. Informally serving as a companion piece to his Fourth Symphony, the work’s title – Italian for “supplication” – remains a mystery, as Rouse intended it.

No stranger to WNMF audiences, the riveting music of Montreal-born composer Samy Moussa returns to the festival with his powerful, physical work Kammerkonzert for chamber orchestra. The evening wraps up with John Adams’s sequel to Chamber Symphony – Son of Chamber Symphony. Commissioned by Stanford University, Carnegie Hall and the San Francisco Ballet in 2007, the sequel is pure Adams. Cast in his playfully mercurial style, it is a characteristically complex and richly imagined work.

WNMF 2: Decoda Ensemble | Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 7:30 pm CST

The dynamic New York City chamber music collective Decoda Ensemble is known for its virtuosic and engaging performances – from concert halls to prisons.

Decoda – Carnegie Hall’s first affiliate ensemble – joins us virtually from across the continent to present intimate performances of chamber works by a wide range of composers with whom the musicians have collaborated closely before and during the pandemic, including two familiar names from WNMFs past: David Lang and Kinan Azmeh.

Decoda musicians beam in with exciting performances of varying chamber formations, from solo to quartet.

WNMF 3: In Disquieting Times | Friday, January 29, 2021 | 7:30 pm CST

In this program, we’ll hear several works that invite us to consider the world around us, even during these challenging times. Jocelyn Morlock‘s Disquiet, inspired by Shostakovich, invokes a feeling of continuous nervous energy that lurks in the shadows, with bursts of intensity.

Emily LeBel‘s Murmur, conversely, calmly observes the sounds heard from within a big-city apartment. In Ashes to Light the Sky, Harry Stafylakis contemplates the ultimate political misuse of science, as he imagines trying to look up at the stars through the haze of nuclear ashfall.

Turning to a more optimistic tone, the second half of the program begins with Andrew Balfour‘s celebratory Kiwetin-acahkos: Fanfare for the Peoples of the North, composed for Canada’s 150th anniversary, followed by a short ode to tranquility by the great Georgian composer Giya Kancheli.

The festival closes with a composer who has left an indelible mark on WNMF and on all of contemporary art music, Philip Glass. Part of the third volume of his multi-year Concerto Project, his Concerto Grosso features three movements, each one written for a distinctive group of instruments, shifting the spotlight between players of the WSO.



WNMF Pass $49

Livestream tickets: $25
Soundcheck (Students 15 – 30 years old): Current Soundcheck Pass holders can book WNMF livestream concerts as part of their season pass.

Soundcheck members can purchase $15 Soundcheck tickets for all WNMF concerts.

How to get tickets?
Buy Online

Tickets also available by calling the WSO Box Office at 204-949-3999.


Date & Time: January 23, 26 & 29, 2021

Venue: Online


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