WNMF 4: Dialogues

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 , 7:30 pm


SHHH!! Ensemble,  Edana Higham, piano & Zac Pulak, percussion
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra


Kelly-Marie Murphy:  Machines, Mannequins, and Monsters – World Premiere
Kalevi Aho:  Double Concerto for Two Bassoons and Orchestra – North American Premiere
Kati Agócs:  Concerto for Piano – World Premiere
Kinan Azmeh:  Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra

Centennial Concert Hall: 

Returning to our familiar concert hall, music director Daniel Raiskin leads the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in a series of works featuring a stunning array of acclaimed guest soloists from around the world. This unique program places a spotlight on the relationship between soloist, conductor, orchestra, and composer – and the dialogue, synergy, and conflict that arise from their interactions.

Distinguished guest composer Kalevi Aho returns with his uniquely infectious concerto that features Dutch virtuoso bassoonist Bram van Sambeek and WSO principal bassoonist Kathryne Brooks.

Two major Canadian orchestral composers are also featured this evening. First, the energetic young piano-percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble have their WSO debut, giving the world premiere of Kelly Marie-Murphy’s enigmatic Machines, Mannequins, and Monsters. Honens Prize-winning pianist Nicolas Namoradze then joins the WSO to present Kati Agócs’s sweeping new piano concerto.

Finally, virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh returns to the stage, joined by CityBand percussionist John Hadfield, to explore the spectrum of musical expression with the WSO in an unforgettable and (by definition) singular rendition of Azmeh’s Suite for Improvisor and Orchestra.