Festival aims to rewrite notions of the symphony
Winnipeg New Music Festival spans the spectrum from avant- garde to classical contemporary
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra recommends leaving at home preconceived notions of what a night out at the symphony looks like for the Winnipeg New Music Festival.
Now in its 24th year, the 2015 festival has never-beforeheard pieces and new musical collaborations that span the spectrum from classical contemporary to the avant-garde.
“People are very familiar with modern art and the many different styles of art; well, the same thing has hap- pened in music in the last 100 years,” explained WSO spokesman Neil Middleton. “What the festival is, is a chance to sort of see these different places where people have arrived in imagining how an orchestra can sound and what kind of things we can make an orchestra do.”
The festival, which kicks off Saturday and runs until Feb. 6, includes performances by the Arditti Quartet — known as one of the world’s most precise string quartets — and WSO’s Gwen Hoebig tackling an original piece by indie rocker/composer and Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld.
“There’s definitely different flavours of music throughout the week,” said Middleton. “It’s a chance to explore and jump into a musical adventure.”
For a full list of what’s going on at the festival and for festival passes, go to wnmf.ca.
WSO conductor Alexander Mickelthwate rehearses with the orchestra Thursday for the Winnipeg New Music Festival, which kicks off Saturday.