WNMF 2019: Everything You Need to Know
It’s that time again! We’re revving up for the 28th annual Winnipeg New Music Festival. This year WNMF will run from Saturday, January 26th until Friday, February 1st and there are so many pretty cool and exciting things happening with the festival, we wanted to give you a little look into what’s in store for the week.
The festival has so much going on that we couldn’t contain them all in these short few paragraphs, including the many pre- and post-show entertainment and free bite-sized performances across the city. Check out our website for all the festival details and to stay up-to-date on things happening during the weeks leading up to the festival.
New Artistic Director Taking The Lead
This year’s WNMF is Daniel Raiskin‘s first as Artistic Director. Raiskin joined the WSO in August and has been involved in every aspect of the festival. He is excited to share the music of many amazing musicians with Winnipeggers, while also conducting the works of many great composers.
WNMF Artwork Designed by Kenneth Lavallee
Kenneth Lavallee is the artist behind the beautiful artwork for this year’s WMNF. You may be familiar with Lavallee’s work seen across Winnipeg. He focuses on outdoor murals, many appearing on buildings like Deer + Almond, Edge Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Ice Amphitheater on The Forks River Trail
Every year the WNMF creates a spectacular. This year is no exception as a custom-designed ice amphitheater, Pavilion Sub-Zero, is going up on the frozen Assiniboine River. Peter Hargraves, who designs many of the Warming Huts on the river trail, created this design. Plus the amphitheater will see Norwegian artist Terje Isunget, a musician who plays instruments made of ice!
This event is limited addition and tickets are only available to those with a WNMF Pass. Individual tickets may become available, but if you want to guarantee seeing the show, we recommend getting your pass today.
The Return of Bramwell Tovey
The WNMF would never have been started without the forward thinking of Bramwell Tovey. Tovey returns to the Centennial Concert Hall on opening night of WNMF. He will conduct Branwell Tovey: Legacy as he leads the orchestra in a massive program, featuring musical works from WSO Composer-in-Residence Harry Stafylakis, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Jocelyn Morlock and John Adams.
Instrumental Progressive Metal – Animals As Leaders
Animals As Leaders take the stage to perform a musical style that is not often seen at a contemporary classical music festivals. Animals As Leaders combine experimental metal, modern jazz and alternative to create a distinctive sound you will want to hear! Find them performing on January 29.
Ground-breaking Vocal Octet – Roomful of Teeth
Roomful of Teeth, an eight-voice ensemble, arrives in Winnipeg for the first time to perform their repertoire on January 31. Their voices include vocal training in areas like Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodelling, Broadway, and Georgian and Death Metal singing. This exceptional performance will be one you don’t want to miss.
Tickets for WNMF can be purchased on the WNMF website or through the WSO Box Office at 204-949-3999. We have both regular and student rates for individual tickets and passes. If you are interested in taking in the festival, we recommend purchasing your tickets early to avoid disappointment.