2008-2009 Season

…and the masks evoke…
Visions from Canada and Ukraine

Chan Ka Nin’s … and the masks evoke … a hauntingly beautiful multimedia work based on Haida culture, the world première of William Jordan’s Owl Song and Alberta premières of works by Canada’s Kelly-Marie Murphy and Heather Schmidt, and Ukrainian composers Valentin Silvestrov and Bohdana Frolyak.

September 22, 2008
Rozsa Centre

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

Pianist Corey Hamm performs Rzewski’s masterpiece. Frederic Rzewski’s 36 Variations on the Chilean Revolutionary Song “El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido!” The People United Will Never Be Defeated! by Chilean composer Sergio Ortega. Many consider it to be a masterpiece in the line of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Also Michel Gonneville’s Chute/Parachute and Michael Tenzer’s Etude and Invention.

November 11, 2008
Rozsa Centre

Debut: The Rubbing Stone Ensemble University of Calgary “Happening” New Music Festival

World premières of four new works especially composed for Rubbing Stone by Laurie Radford, Shelley Marwood, Anthony Tan and Veronica Tapia; the Alberta première of Abigail Richardson’s prize-winning work Dissolve for piano, percussion and harp, featuring harpist Giannetta Baril, virtuosic solo and chamber works by Mario Davidovsky, Edison Denisov, Hope Lee, and Javier Alvarez’s stunning Temazcal for solo maracas and soundfile.

January 26, 2009
Rozsa Centre

Sonic Strata: New Works Calgary 25th Anniversary Gala Concert

‘Then & Now’ Inspired by the ecology of southern Alberta, the Rubbing Stone Ensemble premièred new works by four emerging Calgary composers Aura Pon, Christiaan Venter, Nova Pon and Sean Clarke (Alberta Foundation for the Arts commissioned works).

Ensemble Resonance premièred new works by John Abram, Quenten Doolittle, Brent Lee and Allan Rae, based on paintings by New Works Calgary co-founder John Snow; also a selection from Catalogue d’Oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen performed by pianist Colleen Athparia.The second half featured the Spiritus Chamber Choir performing the world première of Elegy for choir and ensemble by Quenten Doolittle, co-founder of New Works Calgary, with text by Emily Dickinson.

February 27, 2009
Rozsa Centre