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WNMF5 – TUNING THE VOID

The Most Famous Unknown Composer in the World

No other composer is so revered by fellow composers, and so unknown to the public at large.” – Kyle Gann

James Tenney – a composer’s composer – has had enormous influence in the 20th century yet is little known outside his own circle. This evening explores the music of Tenney through his acolytes – his student Matthew Patton, Georg Friedrich Haas on whom he had a major influence, and John Luther Adams who also studied with Tenney. Lineage by rising young Canadian Zosha Di Castri and Pulitzer Prize-winner Christopher Rouse’s Symphony No. 3 complete the evening with video art by Viewing Method Group.

Artists

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

Viewing Method Group, visual artists

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Works

Zosha Di Castri (CA) Lineage

Matthew Patton(CA) 470 Million Years of Quiet (for James Tenney)

Georg Friedrich Haas(AT) Open Spaces II in memory of James Tenney (Canadian Premiere)

Christopher Rouse (US) Symphony No. 3 (Canadian Premiere)

Pre-Concert

Panel (6:15 PM)
THE REST IS NOISE

Georg Friedrich Haas, John Luther Adams, Alex Ross, Matthew Patton
Moderator – Alexander Mickelthwate

Performance (6:45 PM)
University of Manitoba and Brandon University Percussion Ensembles performing music by James Tenney, Victoria Sparks, director

Post-Concert

Q+A – Georg Friedrich Haas, John Luther Adams, Matthew Patton

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