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Winnipeg New Music Festival

A celebration of new music in North America with art, food and adventure to stimulate and challenge.

2020 Festival Schedule:


Saturday, January 25 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 1: Fire and Blood

Ushering in the new decade, WNMF 2020 proudly presents its opening concert featuring this year’s distinguished guest composers: Michael Daugherty and Sarah Kirkland Snider.


Sunday, January 26 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 2: Penelope

Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope presents a modern twist on Homer’s Odyssey in an iconoclastic 21st-century song cycle that deftly weaves pop, indie rock, and classical elements.


Monday, January 27 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 3: Orchestral Voices of the Future

The WSO presents world premieres of wet ink orchestral works by six emerging Canadian composers, alongside the winner of the CMC Prairie Region Emerging Composer Competition, 15-year-old Henry From.


Tuesday, January 28 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 4: de Toutes Flours / Of all the Flowers

WNMF proudly presents Winnipeg’s own Camerata Nova vocal ensemble in a program that builds on the theme of “old made new”. Renaissance masters Guillaume de Machaut and Carlo Gesualdo, composers from the 14th and 16th centuries, are the source material for Canadian composer Terri Hron’s brand new electro-acoustic Of All the Flowers, which forms the centerpiece of the program.


Wednesday, January 29 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 5: The art of Dialogue

Music Director Daniel Raiskin leads the WSO in a series of works featuring guest soloists. This unique program places a spotlight on the relationship between soloist, conductor, orchestra, and composer – and the dialogue, synergy, and conflict that arise from their interactions.


Thursday, January 30 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 6: Tigran Hamasyan

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he’s a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard. Hamasyan was born in Armenia, moved to Los Angeles and New York, then eventually returned to his homeland to get more in touch with his roots.


Friday, January 31 | 7:30 PM – WNMF 7: Metropolis Symphony

Daniel Raiskin and the WSO retake the stage on closing night to present epic works by four international luminaries of contemporary music.


January 25 @ 7:30 pm
January 31 @ 7:30 pm
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Centennial Concert Hall
555 Main St
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1C3 Canada
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