The Wild West New Music Ensemble is Calgary’s newest professional chamber music ensemble. Specializing in the contemporary classical repertoire and led by emerging conductor Mélanie Léonard, this ensemble is comprised of some of Calgary’s top professional musicians, most of whom occupy positions in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Wild West’s mandate is to promote and perform innovative repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as the works of contemporary Canadian composers. As Calgary’s first professional ensemble of its size to focus on the contemporary canon, Wild West fills an important role in developing Calgary’s musical scene by contributing to its cultural richness, vibrancy, and artistic innovation. Furthermore, Wild West aims to entertain and educate an expansive and varied audience by introducing them to music they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. Through atypical concert settings, its flexible size and playful approach, Wild West is sure to intrigue, entice and entertain even the most skeptical of listeners.