WSO names Stafy­lakis as com­poser-in-res­i­dence

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE - — Staff

On the eve of its 25th an­nual Win­nipeg New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, the Win­nipeg Sym­phony Or­ches­tra has named a new com­poserin-res­i­dence.

Harry Stafy­lakis, who is the com­poserin-res­i­dence for the McGill Cham­ber Or­ches­tra in Mon­treal, will take over the WSO job on Sept. 1. His works have been per­formed by sev­eral sym­phonies in the United States and have been fea­tured at the New York Phil­har­monic Bi­en­nial.

“The op­por­tu­ni­ties and challen- ges of­fered by an or­ches­tra of this cal­i­bre will al­low me to see how far I can push my­self as an artist, and to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for con­tem­po­rary mu­sic in Canada and abroad,” Stafy­lakis says in a re­lease.

He will write a new work for the WSO each sea­son, help cu­rate the New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and sup­port the or­ches­tra’s education pro­grams, the re­lease says.

For the fes­ti­val’s 25th an­niver­sary, which kicks off tonight at the Cen­ten­nial Con­cert Hall, the WSO’s four pre­vi­ous com­posers-in-res­i­dence, Vin­cent Ho, T. Pa­trick Carrabré, Ran­dolph Pe­ters and Glenn Buhr will be pro­vid­ing new works to be pre­mièred dur­ing the seven-day event.

Harry Stafy­lakis

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