WNMF 5: Daniel Raiskin: New Visions

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7:30PM
Centennial Concert Hall

Featuring Animals as Leaders orchestral debut

The WSO’s new Music Director Daniel Raiskin takes the podium in his first full WNMF program, giving Winnipeg a taste of his wide-ranging musical vision. A noted advocate of contemporary music, Maestro Raiskin is joined by his long-time collaborator, Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, who serves as this year’s WNMF Distinguished Guest Composer.

Vasks’s music revels in stark contrasts – deeply intimate and mystical one moment, ferociously explosive the next. WSO concertmaster Gwen Hoebig performs the meditative Lonely Angel and the Winnipeg Singers join the orchestra for Dona Nobis Pacem, offering two pathos-laden aspects of Vasks’s musical vision.

The WSO also gives the world premiere of a new work one of Canada’s leading orchestral voices, Vivian Fung, already familiar to Winnipeg audiences, as well as Michael Daugherty’s fierce Raise the Roof, featuring WSO principal timpanist Mike Kemp.

Finally, WNMF doubles down on its collaboration with contemporary progressive metal pioneers Animals As Leaders, who join the WSO for the band’s orchestral debut, featuring a symphonic suite of some of their best known works arranged by WSO Composer-in-Residence (and relentless metalhead) Harry Stafylakis.

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  • Pēteris Vasks Lonely Angel (“Meditation”) meditation for violin and string orchestra CANADIAN PREMIERE
  • Vivian Fung A Child’s Dream of Toys WORLD PREMIERE
  • Pēteris Vasks Dona Nobis Pacem for choir & string orchestra
  • Michael Daugherty Raise the Roof for timpani & orchestra CANADIAN PREMIERE
  • Animals As Leaders, arr. Harry Stafylakis Weighted Suite for Animals As Leaders and Orchestra WORLD PREMIERE OF ORCHESTRAL SUITE
    • I. Arithmophobia
    • II. The Brain Dance
    • III. Mind Spun


Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Raiskin, conductor
Gwen Hoebig, violin
Mike Kemp, timpani
Winnipeg Singers
Yuri Klaz, artistic director
Animals As Leaders
Tosin Abasi, guitar
Javier Reyes, guitar
Matt Garstka, drums


Play & Synthesis

6:45PM | Piano Nobile

Composer & performer – a relationship founded in collaborative play.

Pēteris Vasks, composer
Vivian Fung, composer
Gwen Hoebig, violin
Mike Kemp, timpani
Daniel Raiskin, host


Piano Nobile

Daniel Raiskin, conductor & host
Pēteris Vasks, composer
Vivian Fung, composer
Harry Stafylakis, composer
Tosin Abasi, guitar
Javier Reyes, guitar
Matt Garstka, drums


Piano Nobile 
DJ Tony Neu