WNMF 1: Bramwell Tovey: Legacy

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:30PM
Centennial Concert Hal

“It might not be called a symphony, but Adams’s 1985 work is one of the late 20th century’s most significant and sophisticated examples of the form. “

~ The Guardian

In this watershed edition of WNMF, the festival’s founder and WSO Conductor Laureate Bramwell Tovey returns to Winnipeg to lead the orchestra in a massive program that clearly bears his artistic stamp.

One of the most successful living composers, John Adams’s crisis of conscience with the state of concert music in the 1980s led him to take up the baton of accessibility from the American Minimalists like Philip Glass and Steve Reich, injecting into this sonic foundation a Romantic grandeur, creating an entirely new sound that has profoundly influenced music history. Harmonielehre became a modern symphonic statement about the power of tonality to express profound pathos, and cemented Adams as one of the world’s leading orchestral voices.

This seminal work of the contemporary orchestral repertoire is complemented by the music of three of Canada’s most prolific orchestral composers, presenting their distinct visions of Canadian musical identity. WSO Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis opens the program with the muscular Brittle Fracture, followed by Kelly-Marie Murphy’s excitingly propulsive Blank Sand. Jocelyn Morlock – Winnipeg native and Composer-in-Residence of the Vancouver Symphony – then presents her ethereal Lucid Dreams, featuring WSO principal cellist Yuri Hooker.

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  • Harry Stafylakis Brittle Fracture for orchestra
  • Kelly-Marie Murphy Black Sand for orchestra 
  • Jocelyn Morlock Lucid Dreams for cello and orchestra
  • John Adams Harmonielehre for orchestra


Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Yuri Hooker, cello


Forging a Legacy
6:45PM | Piano Nobile

WNMF’s founder Bramwell Tovey and its new steward Daniel Raiskin discuss the festival’s legacy and visions for the future.

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Jocelyn Morlock, composer
Harry Stafylakis, composer
Daniel Raiskin, host


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Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Harry Stafylakis, composer
Kelly-Marie Murphy, composer
Jocelyn Morlock, composer
Daniel Raiskin, host

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