In with the new music

January 25th, 2013 · No Comments · Music, News, News Release, Students

The University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music is delighted to again have faculty members and students performing in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival has celebrated innovation in music for the past 22 years and this year’s festival celebrates the music of composer Steve Reich. The festival runs from January 28 – February 2, and on Feb. 1 Reich, a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winning composer, will lead a public Master Class and  Q & A session at the U of M (details below).

The January 30 concert, Ghost Train, will feature new works for winds, brass and percussion performed by the U of M Wind Ensemble (conducted by Dr. Fraser Linklater, Associate Professor, and Richard Lee, WSO Resident Conductor and U of M Orchestra sessional instructor) and the U of M Flute Ensemble, along with The Winnipeg Wind Ensemble.

The January 31 program is dedicated to Steve Reich’s chamber music. Among the artists performing that evening is the U of M Percussion Ensemble (directed by sessional instructor Victoria Sparks). Also featured in the main programing is sessional instructor and faculty graduate Darryl Friesen who will perform Reich’s The Desert Music on February 2.

A number of music students will also be participating in the various pre-concert performances including: Caroline Markos, Natasha Fransblow and Lisa Nazarenko on January 28; Natasha Fransblow, Henry Liao and Sam Yoon on January 29; Heather Jonasson, Kelsey Nordstrom, Thomas Ingram, Karl Sawatzky and Kristy Tucker on February 1; and Jeremy Buzash, Gregory Myra and Natalie Dawe on February 2.

Each post-concert performance will showcase the piano talents of Will Bonness, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies.

On Friday, Feb. 1, Reich will lead a public Master Class and Q & A session at the University of Manitoba.

What: Public Master Class and Q & A with Mr. Reich
When: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 12:30-1:20
Where: Eva Clare Hall, Desautels Faculty of Music, 65 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba

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For more information contact Sean Moore, Marketing Communications Office, University of Manitoba, 204-474-7963 (

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