Winnipeg Symphony Showcases Canadian Music

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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra comes to Spring for Music with a program that reflects Canadian culture and the Manitoba province in particular.  WQXR's live broadcast starts at 7:30 pm.

Alexander Mickelthwate conducts three U.S. premieres in this concert: Derek Charke’s 13 Inuit Throat Song Games, a piece for throat singer Tanya Tagag and orchestra that was originally composed for Kronos Quartet. Mickelthwate calls it "the ultimate Canadian, Nordic experience," adding, "it sounds like sounds from 100,000 years ago. It's really ancient, prehistoric."

Composer-in-Residence Vincent Ho’s The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (2011) also draws on indigenous cultures of Manitoba and features the Scottish soloist Evelyn Glennie, who premiered it in Winnipeg in a recent season.

Kicking things off is the First Symphony of R. Murray Schafer, one of Canada's most prominent composers.

Program Details:

  • Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
    Alexander Mickelthwate, Music Director
  • Tanya Tagaq, Throat Singer
  • Dame Evelyn Glennie, Percussion
  • R. MURRAY SCHAFER Symphony No. 1 (US Premiere)
  • DEREK CHARKE 13 Inuit Throat Song Games (US Premiere)
  • VINCENT HO The Shaman: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (US Premiere)