Gerald Barry Festival (March 2015)
Irish composer Gerald Barry is the focus of this year’s New Music Festival. Explore the unexpected and wacky genius of his music and delve into other modern works created to exhibit the lighter side of life.
“Barry’s is a world of sharp edges, of precisely defined yet utterly unpredictable musical objects. His music sounds like no one else’s in its diamond-like hardness, its humour, and sometimes its violence.”
-Tom Service, UK Guardian, January 2013
Many of his works have been commissioned by the BBC and include music for orchestras, chamber orchestras, voice and opera. He has a reputation of creating music independently of its instrumental medium, recycling concepts from piece to piece like adapting violin to piano or soprano voices to tenor.
Thursday, March 5 / Uvic Sonic Lab • Friday, March 6 / Vox Humana• Saturday, March 7 / Victoria Symphony • Monday, March 9 / Emily Carr String Quartet
Tickets are $20 per concert (by donation for Uvic Sonic Lab). Festival Passes are $25 and available at Victoria Symphony box office at 620 View Street.
Saturday, March 7, 8:00 PM @ Alix Goolden Hall
Tania Miller, conductor
Stravinsky – Fanfare for a new theatre
Barry – La Jalousie Taciturne
Rolfe – Juggle
Morlock – Disquiet
Toovey – Acrobats
Barry – Trumpeter
Smith – Adagietto
Oesterle – The Walton Running Club
Barry – Weiner Blut
Tickets are $20 and available here or at the door. Festival passes are $25 and available at the Victoria Symphony box office at 620 View Street.
Join Tania Miller at 7:00 as she talks with former composer-in-residence Michael Oesterle about Gerald Barry.
Uvic Sonic Lab
Thursday, March 5, 8:00 PM @ Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
Ajtony Csaba, conductor
Grisey – Vortex Temporum
Webern – Konzert op. 24
Barry – Lisbon
Admission by donation
Vox Humana Chamber Choir
Friday, March 6, 8:00 PM @ Lutheran Church of the Cross (doors open at 7:30)
Brian Wismath, conductor / Brian Yoon, cello
Barry – The coming of winter
Barry – Long Time
Barry – O Tannenbaum
Hamilton – Everything is Ridiculous
Morlock – Exaudi
Giacomin – Into the Earth
Giacomin – Lovesong
Smith – Her Harbour
Smith – Her Shore
Enns – Life
Enns – I carry your heart
Tickets are $20, $15 (65+) and free (25 years old and under) and are available here. Festival passes are $25 and available at the Victoria Symphony box office at 620 View Street.
Emily Carr String Quartet
Monday, March 9, 8:00 PM @ Wood Hall (Victoria Conservatory of Music)
Emily Carr String Quartet / Tzenka Dianova, piano
Barry – In the Asylum
Frehner – Riffage obbligato
Miller – Within the Walls
Smith – The Underfolding
Barry – First Sorrow – String Quartet No. 4
Tickets are $20 and are available at the Victoria Symphony box office or at the door. Festival passes are $25 and available at the Victoria Symphony box office at 620 View Street.