WNMF 7: Cosmic Time

Friday, February 01, 2019 at 7:30PM
Centennial Concert Hall

“An enormous vista of space and time…Listening to [Thorvaldsdottir’s] piece, one couldn’t help thinking of the saying attributed to the scientist J.B.S Haldane, that the Universe is not only stranger than we suppose, it is stranger than we can suppose. “

– New York Classical Review

“Vasks’s compassionate inspiration eschews any hint of new-age pretentiousness or designer chic, conveying instead a strength of conviction, unflinching honesty and profound sense of wonder that easily hold the listener in its thrall. “

– Gramophone

Daniel Raiskin and the WSO retake the stage on closing night to present epic works by three international luminaries of contemporary music.

The program opens with the Canadian premiere of METACOSMOS, a consciousness-expanding orchestral work by star Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, her first commission for the New York Philharmonic. The piece embodies the power and chaos of the cosmos, a reflection of the composer’s concern with the current state of the world.

Roomful of Teeth add a new dimension (or eight) to the orchestral palette, joining the WSO for Caroline Shaw’s hypnotic Music in Common Time. The youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music for her paradigm-shifting work Partita, Shaw emerged from the New York scene to become one of the most recognizable young figureheads of 21st-century music.

Capping off the festival is Distinguished Guest Composer Pēteris Vasks’s Symphony No. 2, a monumental single-movement work that lays bare the composer’s vast emotional canvas, from blistering rage to serene contemplation and icy despair.

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Pēteris Vasks


  • Anna Thorvaldsdottir Metacosmos for orchestra CANADIAN PREMIERE
  • Caroline Shaw Music in Common TimeCANADIAN PREMIERE ORCHESTRATIONS
  • Pēteris Vasks Symphony No. 2 for orchestra NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE


Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Roomful of Teeth

Estelí Gomez, soprano; Martha Cluver, soprano; Eliza Bagg, alto; Elisa Sutherland, alto; Steve Bradshaw, tenor; Avery Griffin, baritone; Thann Scoggin, bass-baritone; Cameron Beauchamp, bass; Brad Wells, artistic director


Religion, Spirituality, Politics

6:45PM | Piano Nobile

An exploration of music’s ability to engage with and express humanity’s grandest ideas.

Pēteris Vasks, composer
Caroline Shaw, composer
Reverend Karen Lumley
Daniel Raiskin, host


Piano Nobile

Daniel Raiskin, conductor & host
Caroline Shaw, composer
Pēteris Vasks, composer
Roomful of Teeth


Piano Nobile 
DJ Tony Neu