New Works Calgary is proud to present Calgary New Music Festival – the second annual week-long festival which will run from April 30-May 9, 2016. The aim is to appeal to a wide range of people and Melanie Leonard, Artistic Director, believes the festival is doing just that. Orchestra, chamber music, opera, electronic music, interdisciplinary performance… the diversity of today’s new music presented by a variety of Calgary musicians and ensembles at a variety of performance venues. ‘We have added the Mount Royal Artio youth choir to the lineup this year; in the past, they have been joined by dancers, aerial acrobats and fire twirlers. So we can’t wait to see what they have lined up for their show! Sarah Slean, Canadian pop singer, will join Wild West New Music Ensemble adding another creative force to our show,” notes Leonard. Set to return to the festival is Neil Cockburn, an international prize-winning organist, ‘Neil has such a great rapport with the audience, he tells stories between songs and helps the audience to appreciate the music,’ explains Leonard. Coming off the success of last year’s festival Classical Revolution will also return. Gianetta Baril, Juno award-winning harpist, will perform a recital as well as a free children’s concert, bringing to life the ancient myth of Theseus and Ariadne. The audience will feel a sunrise, hear buzzing insects and even experience a raging bull. A story sure to be enjoyed by all ages.
2016 New Music Festival
Who would imagine that the heavenly harp could evoke not only a peaceful sunrise and the beauty of nature, but buzzing insects and a raging bull! All ages will enjoy this entertaining and engaging program with renowned harpist Gianetta Baril
Neil Cockburn performs contemporary solo organ works based on, or inspired by, medieval sacred chant. Vocal renditions of the chants, and chant-based motets, will highlight the timeless nature of this mystical and hypnotic repertoire. Featuring works by Olivier...
Thoughts of the harp conjure images of flowing rivers, wispy clouds and heavenly creatures. But what is its real range of possibility, musically, emotionally? What of buzzing insects or a raging bull? Award-winning harpist extraordinaire Gianetta Baril has dedicated...
Expect the unexpected as renowned poet/musician Sarah Slean joins Wild West for a performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. Also explore legendary contemporary gems, such as 4’33, John Cage’s experimental work on silence.
Ensemble Resonance marks its 20 anniversary and invites you to celebrate with them at a concert to remember. The program will include the premiere of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s “Tale of M’Whell”. The concert will also honor the contribution of Quenten Doolittle, founder of New Works Calgary,
The first Monday of each month, Classical Revolution Calgary packs Cafe Koi with eccentric, varied, never-to-be-repeated happenings featuring locally sourced classical and crossover musicians. For the 2nd annual Calgary New Music Festival, we feature music from...
This performance will feature works by Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer as well as works by Zdenek Lukas, Ben Parry, Susan LaBarr and Z. Randall Stroope. Artists will work during the performance to visually interpret and capture the concert performance.
The Voxare String Quartet accompanies a screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent movie masterpiece, The man with a movie camera, creating a visual and sonic experience unlike any concert ever seen.