BU New Music Competition returns with three nights of live shows

BU New Music Competition returns with three nights of live shows

November 10, 2022

Janelle Fung, left, and Marina Thibeault will carry out a professional sequence live performance on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The Brandon College (BU) New Music Competition returns dwell and in-person, with three thrilling live shows, from November 14 to 16.

The BU New Music Competition was final held in-person in 2020. The 2021 Competition was on-line.

“We now have assembled a really gifted and numerous group of artists, who’re going to assist us push the boundaries of music,” stated Professor Megumi Masaki, the Director of the BU New Music Competition. “From world-class visiting musicians, to native expertise, to the way forward for efficiency in our college students, I’m very excited in regards to the big selection of outstanding music we’ll be bringing to audiences proper right here on our phases.”

The Competition’s opening live performance will happen on Monday, Nov. 14 on the Lorne Watson Recital Corridor, that includes gifted college students from the College of Music. Performances will embrace the BU New Music Ensemble, directed by Leanne Zacharias, the Clarinet Choir, directed by Catherine Wooden, and the Jazz Small Ensemble, directed by Marika Galea.

On Tuesday, Nov, 15, Janelle Fung, piano, and Marina Thibeault, viola shall be featured for the BU New Music Competition’s professional sequence live performance, additionally on the Lorne Watson. The celebrated duo will carry out a compelling program which incorporates works from the classical canon by Clara Schumann, Nadia Boulanger and Rebecca Clarke, in addition to up to date compositions by Alexina Louie, Anna Pidgorna and former BU college member Melody McKiver. This system celebrates the nice distance lined within the motion towards equality and respect for all, in addition to hope to proceed working towards this objective. Thibeault’s recording of this program was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2020 (program description courtesy of Virtuosi Concert events).

A woman in front of a red wall tips her head back and smiles as wind blows her hair

Megumi Masaki

The venue will shift to the Evans Theatre on Wednesday, Nov, 16 for the New Music Live performance, that includes Masaki and pals. Masaki, who was not too long ago named to the Order of Manitoba, has put collectively a program, TRANSFORMATION, that could be a celebration of human resilience, calls to motion and transformational experiences. This live performance additionally remembers the internment and historic wrongs dedicated towards Japanese Canadians throughout the Second World Warfare and hyperlinks the previous with injustices of at this time to hunt extra simply societies throughout all communities and borders. TRANSFORMATION presents 4 interactive and multimedia works that reimagine the piano and pianist’s inventive expression by way of new applied sciences, and remodel the listener’s live performance to an immersive, emotional and cinematic expertise. Works by Métis composer and former BU college member T. Patrick Carrabré, Keith Hamel and Bob Pritchard shall be featured, with all three performing dwell electronics and video with Masaki throughout the live performance.

All BU New Music Competition performances will start at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert documentary movie about TRANSFORMATION may also be proven at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, Nov 16 within the Evans Theatre.

“Megumi and our college have accomplished an incredible job coming collectively to plan a BU New Music Competition that’s going to current spotlight after highlights over three nights of inspiring performances,” stated Greg Gatien, Dean of Music at BU. “The New Music Competition is at all times a terrific alternative to shine a highlight on up to date and residing composers and to indicate us how we are able to discover new methods for music to maneuver us and categorical ourselves.”

The College of Music gratefully acknowledges the beneficiant help of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Manitoba Arts Council.

Please observe that’s restricted and that applications are topic to alter. For an up-to-date itemizing of professional sequence and pupil performances, please go to Occasions.BrandonU.ca/Occasions/Class/Music.

Please contact the College of Music at [email protected] with any accessibility concerns.


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