The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 20 years of the New Music Festival this month. Spanning eight-nights, this year's event features a host of festival favourites, new works, international performers, and acclaimed Manitoba composers and performers.
Launched by former WSO maestro Bramwell Tovey in 1992, the innovative NMF has become one of Canada's premier showcases of contemporary classical music.
The birthday celebration brings the return of renowned string quartet Kronos Quartet, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and composer John Corigliano. Audiences will also get a chance to hear Manitoba made music, including works by T. Patrick Carrabré, Randolph Peters, Jim Hiscott, Diana McIntosh, Experimental Improv Ensemble, Gordon Fitzell, Glenn Buhr, Sid Robinovich, and the NMF's Composer-in-Residence, Vincent Ho.
CBC Radio 2 will be recording many of the concerts for live-to-air broadcast across Canada.
NMF kicks off at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on January 28 and on January 29 at the Centennial Concert Hall for the opening gala, which includes the world premiere of new commissions by Peters and Ho.
Check out the Live Music Calendar for listings or visit the NMF website for complete description.