VSONMF: (re)-creations

Vancouver – Prepare yourselves. The 2020 VSO New Music Festival starts January 11. This year’s theme: (re)creation.

Masterpieces from Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin, recreated by their original artists, open the festival. Nicole Lizée curates an evening of her kaleidoscopic remixes. Max Richter’s mesmerizing mix of trancey post-minimalism is featured both in the closing night and in a screening of the film Waltz with Bashir. Thomas Ades’ flamboyant Powder Her Face closes the festival led by Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey. Plus our good friends Standing Wave share an eclectic night of music making with the talented Vancouver Youth Choir. VSO School of Music’s Sinfonietta collaborate with the inventive clarinetist Kari Kriikku. Dive deep into the music and ideas with pre-concert panels and discussions plus post-concert Q&A’s.

Hear. Discuss. Debate. Discover.

I can’t wait. See you there!

Otto Tausk
Music Director




Festival passes are just $81.50/adult, $77.50/senior, and $50/student. Single tickets are $25/adult and senior, and $12/student.



JAN 11

VSONMF01 (re)-creations

Masterpieces by a trio of outstanding composers. Canadian star, Nicole Lizée, re-imagines scenes from The Sound of Music; celebrated Korean Unsuk Chin’s rhapsodic Violin Concerto brought her international acclaim; Kaija Saariaho magnificently evokes the colours and atmospheres of Finland.



JAN 12

VSONMF02 Carte Blanche: Nicole Lizée

Nicole Lizée curates a concert featuring a kaleidoscopic selection from her inventive catalogue, including a (re-)arranged Perxploitation, whose sensational premiere by VSO Principal Percusionist Vern Griffiths with Maestro Tausk at VSONMF 2019 brought the crowd to the their feet. NOTE: Not included in NMF Pass. Add-on to Pass for $12/$25.



JAN 13

VSONMF03 Bizarre Bazaar

Viviane Hagner finds poetry in the new and freshness in the old in a solo violin program weaving together works from five centuries. Kari Kriikku leads the talented members of the VSO School of Music’s Sinfonietta on a bravura global journey blending folk melodies with new sounds and voices.



JAN 14

Vancouver’s New Music champions, Standing Wave, present contemporary reflections on old themes, featuring new works by Harry Stafylakis and Matthew-John Knights. Jordan Nobles, Jared Miller and Jennifer Butler refract works by Debussy, Messiaen, Adams, and Morissette through a 21st Century lens. Missy Mazzoli’s classic Still Life with Avalanche will close out the program. The remarkable Vancouver Youth Choir juxtapose Palestrina’s Renaissance masterpiece Sicut Cervus with a setting of the same text by contemporary Estonian composer Part Uusberg. Plus -Katerina Gimon’s vibrant integration of voice and movement.



JAN 15

VSONMF05: Waltz with Bashir

With his entrancing fusion of contemporary classical, post-minimal and alternative popular musical styles, Max Richter is one of today’s most successful composers for stage and screen. His innovative soundtrack to Israeli director Ari Folman’s 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir, won Richter the prestigious European Film Award for best composer and vaulted the composer into the international spotlight. Waltz with Bashir also went on to win a Golden Globe in 2009 and became the first animated film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. A thought-provoking evening at the cutting edge of music and cinema.



JAN 16

VSONMF06: (re)composed

With virtuoso orchestration, fanciful melodies and ambitious topics, Thomas Ades’ 1995 hit opera, Powder Her Face, took the world by storm. Max Richter (re-)casts The Four Seasons for solo violin, strings and electronics. Music Director Emeritus Maestro Tovey and VSO Concertmaster Nicholas Wright invite you to chill out to this bold and beautiful re-creation.