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WNMF 1: Bramwell Tovey conducts John Adams

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Centennial Concert hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg New Music Festival 2019: Saturday subscribers take in the opening night of the festival with Bramwell Tovey conducting John Adams’ Harmonielehre – the work that first opened the festival in 1991.

"It might not be called a symphony, but Adams’s 1985 work is one of the late 20th century’s most significant and sophisticated examples of the form. "
– The Guardian

In this watershed edition of WNMF, the festival’s founder and WSO Conductor Laureate Bramwell Tovey returns to Winnipeg to lead the orchestra in a massive program that clearly bears his artistic stamp.

One of the most successful living composers, John Adams’s crisis of conscience with the state of concert music in the 1980s led him to take up the baton of accessibility from the American Minimalists like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, injecting into this sonic foundation a Romantic grandeur, creating an entirely new sound that has profoundly influenced music history. Harmonielehre became a modern symphonic statement about the power of tonality to express profound pathos, and cemented Adams as one of the world’s leading orchestral voices.

This seminal work of the contemporary orchestral repertoire is complemented by the music of three of Canada’s most prolific orchestral composers, presenting their distinct visions of Canadian musical identity. WSO Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis opens the program with the muscular Brittle Fracture, followed by Kelly-Marie Murphy’s excitingly propulsive Blank Sand. Jocelyn Morlock – Winnipeg native and Composer-in-Residence of the Vancouver Symphony – then presents her ethereal Lucid Dreams, featuring WSO principal cellist Yuri Hooker.

Harry Stafylakis Brittle Fracture for orchestra Kelly-Marie Murphy Black Sand for orchestra Jocelyn Morlock Lucid Dreams for cello and orchestra John Adams Harmonielehre for orchestra


Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Yuri Hooker, cello

Forging a Legacy
6:45PM | Piano Nobile
WNMF’s founder Bramwell Tovey and its new steward Daniel Raiskin discuss the festival’s legacy and visions for the future.

Piano Nobile
Bramwell Tovey, conductor;
Harry Stafylakis, composer;
Kelly-Marie Murphy, composer;
Jocelyn Morlock, composer;
Daniel Raiskin, host

Piano Nobile
DJ Tony Neu


Centennial Concert hall, 555 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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