Fes­ti­val aims to re­write no­tions of the sym­phony

Win­nipeg New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val spans the spec­trum from avant- garde to clas­si­cal con­tem­po­rary

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WINNIPEG - SHANE GIBSON shane.gibson@metronews.ca

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.

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