“Not everything can be put into words. That is why it has been made into music.” – Wolgang Rihm
WNMF 2015 opens with a bang, oscillating between stasis and ecstasy. The Arditti Quartet, leaders of the musical avant-garde for the last 40 years, amaze in Wolfgang Rihm’s hedonistic Dithyrambe for string quartet and orchestra. Andrew Norman’s cathartic Unstuck will bring the stage alive with symphonic fireworks. George Friedrich Haas’s Traum in des Sommers Nacht will warp and stretch time as it breaks down sonic space, while Sarah Neufeld of Arcade Fire grounds it all with Breathing Black Ground (arr. Owen Pallet).