Winnipeg New Music Festival Reviewed

Philip Glass in the WNYC studios on December 1...

Source: I Care If You Listen.

In an inconspicuous Canadian city due north of Minnesota, at times a meeting point between Fahrenheit and Celsius, the people of Winnipeg bundle up and refuse to let the elements deter them from participating in one of the largest new music festivals in the world. The Winnipeg New Music Festival (WNMF), hosted by Alexander Mickelthwate and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, showed its dexterity by taking on an unprecedented 7 Canadian premieres and 14 world premieres in 7 different programs. With astonishing exuberance, the WSO’s performances, along with guest artists JACK Quartet, laid the understructure for a week of resounding successes. During the festival, spanning from January 27 to February 2, 2018, famed composers such as Philip Glass were programmed along with young and up-in-coming composers such WSO Composer-In-Residence Harry Stafylakis, and more.