The Victoria Symphony’s 10th Annual New Music Festival Puts New Spin on Favorites From Many Genres

Victoria, BC – April 13, 2016

VS Orchestra Members Terence Tam, Victoria Lindsay, and Tzenka Dianova take the stage under the baton of Maestra Tania Miller in the finale concert of the Victoria Symphony’s 2016 New Music Festival on April 23.

Designed to showcase the ever-changing nature of orchestral music, the 10th annual New Music Festival presents a riveting selection of powerful and innovative works exploring the ways in which music reflects themes of current social media and communication. The New Music Festival, programmed by Victoria Symphony Composer-in-Residence Jared Miller, features work from both emerging and established Canadian and International composers performed by beloved local arts groups and the musicians of the Victoria Symphony.

The festival opens with a unique performance by UVic’s Sonic Lab Ensemble on April 15, followed by a recital featuring internationally renowned harpsichordist Colin Tilney in “Then and Now”, a fascinating exploration of the continuing evolutions of harpsichord repertoire on April 20. A performance of “New Guitars” at the Open Space Gallery on April 22 presents another opportunity for community engagement in a unique venue.

To conclude the festival, the Victoria Symphony will present an innovative and colorful concert at the Alix Goolden performance Hall on April 23. Featuring composers including Eugene Astapov, Christopher Mayo, Brett Dean, Nicole Lizée, and Alfred Schnittke, the concert delves into the art of inspiration, creation, and music making as witnessed through the lens of social media. Including throwbacks to Bach’s famous concertos and the musical The Sound of Music, this interweaving of past and present provides a unique and intimate look at social “media” in all its forms.

Friday, April 15, 8pm – University of Victoria Sonic Lab
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
Ajtony Csaba, conductor

Wednesday, April 20, 8pmThen and Now: Colin Tilney in Recital
Oak Bay United Church

Friday, April 22, 8pm – New Guitars
Open Space

Saturday, April 23, 8pmVictoria Symphony
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
Tania Miller, conductor Terence Tam & Victoria Lindsay, violin Tzenka Dianova, piano & harpsichord

 

Concerts $20 each

Festival Pass $25 each

UVic Sonic Lab by donation