In The Community

After a successful first year, WNMF is stepping out into the daylight once again for bite-sized performances during the lunch hour with a series of free, daily concerts.

XIE – eXperimental Improv Ensemble
Gordon Fitzell, director
Saturday, January  26 | 12:00pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (John & Bonnie Buhler Gallery – no admission required)

This performance is an expression of key concepts surrounding the right to an adequate standard of living. These include basic entitlements such as the right to adequate housing, the right to food, and access to clean water. Related concepts include the right to work, the right to property, and freedom of expression. Implicit in the electroacoustic component of our performance is the more recently recognized right to digital information and communication technology. Audience members are encouraged to walk about during the performance in order to experience it from different sonic and visual perspectives. 

BUNME – Brandon University New Music Ensemble
Megumi Masaki, director
Sunday, January  27 | 12:00pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (Stuart Clark Garden of Contemplation – free with museum admission)

The Brandon University New Music Ensemble (BUNME), under the direction of Megumi Masaki, is an inclusive collaboration of undergraduate and graduate student musicians representing a cross-section of years and instruments. BUNME is dedicated to the performance excellence of diverse, interdisciplinary, cutting edge works of living composers and artists that reflect and engage with music culture of today. Through music, we can realize unlimited possibilities of human expression and to engage, share and deepen our understanding of Canadian and global cultures. BUNME’s expressions, peoples, innovation & change – EPIC – program features the music of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, where divine nature “is without a doubt something that stands above the world of humanity but is also present within each person.” American composer Ken Steen’s out of this the moon to gleam, influenced by the Finnish epic poem Kalevala, “offers a sonic canvas proposing a mythological dreamscape, a diaphanous nocturne.”

Electroacoustic music by the composition class at the Desautels Faculty of Music
Orjan Sandred, director
Monday, January  28 | 12:00pm
Union Station (Rotunda)

This performance, titled Music for Trains, will feature new compositions from the composition class at the Desautels Faculty of Music. These electro-acoustic performances have been conceived to explore the unique soundscape and acoustics at Union Station.

CMU Singers
Janet Brenneman, director
Tuesday, January  29 | 12:00pm
Portage Place Shopping Centre (Edmonton Court)

The CMU Singers, under the direction of Dr. Janet Brenneman, will present a 40-minute concert featuring choral compositions of Canadian composers, including local Manitoba composers. Our repertoire will focus on music that explores the theme of gratitude and praise – for land, for its creatures, and for the work of our Creator. Included in this concert are composition of CMU graduates, Jesse Krause and Mark Holmes à Court as well as faculty member, Neil Weisensel. We also feature CMU faculty Matt Pauls, baritone and Anna Nekola, oboe.

Celebrating 100 Years of Theremin
Keri Latimer, theremin
Wednesday, January 30 | 12:00pm
Manitoba Legislative Building (Grand Staircase)

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Theremin, a marvelous electronic musical instrument that you don’t touch to play. You may recognize its otherworldly voice from science fiction movies such as The Day the Earth Stood Still. Local musician Keri Latimer will conjure some melodies from this unique instrument, as well as give a brief history and demonstration of how it works.

Ben Reimer (Architek): Music for Percussion & Electronics
Ben Reimer, percussion
Thursday, January  31 | 12:00pm
Millennium Library (Carol Shields Auditorium)

For the past fifteen years Ben Reimer has been forging a unique path as a contemporary drumset soloist. For this concert Ben will deconstruct the drumset into smaller parts and perform works for the individual instruments. Much of the performance will include audio accompaniment such as in Cort Lippe’s semi-improvisational “Music for Hi-Hat & Computer” and the electro-pop influenced “Buttonwood for snare drum & audio track” by Evan Chapman. Video samples: https://youtu.be/1OlFrXkrInc | https://youtu.be/NLtygOrNJ8M | https://youtu.be/yLuF_PJk5nA

River East Collegiate Wind Ensemble
Jeff Kula, director
Friday, February  1 | 12:00pm
Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (Arrivals)

The River East Collegiate Wind Ensemble and River East Collegiate Percussion Ensemble combine forces to present a program of works that are current and classic and from near and far. Included is music by Manitoba’s Sid Robinovitch, Bruce Carlson and Kevin Curtis as well as respected International composers Alan Hovhaness, Steve Reich, Otto Henry and Wendy Mae Chambers.