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30 Acts of Canadian Music

The Canadian Music Centre’s record label, Centrediscs, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and you could win big. How? It’s simple. We want you to get more involved with Canadian music of our Associate Composers. The contest is called “30 Acts of Music” and the prize? The 30 most recent releases of the Centrediscs’ catalogue. Not only that, all participants will be entered in a draw to win a pretty swanky prize.


How you can win:


Listen and share your reaction to music by a Canadian composer on our Facebook wall or on twitter with the hashtag #30actsofmusic


See a concert with music by a Canadian composer and tell us all about it on our Facebook wall or on twitter with the hashtag #30actsofmusic


Perform a piece by a Canadian composer and post the pics and/or video on our Facebook wall or on twitter with the hashtag #30actsofmusic
The first person to get to 30 wins. The contest ends May 1st, 2012. What are you waiting for?
Participate at:
May 1, 2012
1:00 am

Victoria New Music Festival 2012

 New Music Festival 2012 Featuring the music of Gavin Bryars

The Victoria Symphony launches its 2012 new music festival with an eclectic mix of diverse ensembles. Featuring the music of renowned British composer Gavin Bryars (who will be in attendance through the festival), these concerts promise to enlighten the most discerning music lover. From Bryars’ early iconic works The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, to his current works for opera, dance and stage, he remains an internationally respected and influential composer.

The Victoria Symphony is also proud to present two of Canada’s finest proponents of contemporary music; Montreal’s Ensemble Sixtrum and Victoria’s own Aventa Ensemble, as well as the young professionals and future advocates of new music from the University of Victoria’s SONIC LAB. Concerts run from February 1st – 4th, and take place at both the Phillip T Young Recital Hall (University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building) and Alix Goolden Performance Hall in Victoria, BC.

The festival kicks off on Wednesday February 1st with Montreal’s spectacular Ensemble Sixtrum. The six percussionists will perform major works from composers John Cage, Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis. Their program includes new orchestrations of works by Canadian composer Claude Vivier, as well as classics of modern percussion repertoire, including Third Construction by John Cage and Pleiades by Iannis Xenakis.

On Thursday February 2nd, the University of Victoria’s SONIC LAB under the direction of Ajtony Csaba and Christopher Butterfield perform an evening of new music including Gavin Bryars’ iconic work from 1971, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. This work features an unknown homeless man singing a brief line of music, which gradually evolves through Bryars’ orchestral accompaniment. The work is a tribute to the homeless man’s nobility and simple faith. “Although he died before he could hear what I had done with his singing, the piece remains as an eloquent, but understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.” – Gavin Bryars

With a reputation for superb performance and ambitious programming, Aventa has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary music ensembles. On Friday, February 3rd, Aventa presents the music of Gavin Bryars alongside Canada’s Tony Genge and England’s Thomas Adès. Having long been a champion of Bryars’ work, Aventa recently recorded The Sinking of the Titanic at the Banff Centre and will present the premiere his newly commissioned opera Marilyn, Forever in January 2013. For this performance, Aventa welcomes guest artists Benjamin Butterfield, Anne Grimm and Gavin Bryars (double bass) in the composer’s Eight Irish Madrigals.

On Saturday, February 4th, the festival comes to a close with Bryars’ classic work from 1969, The Sinking of the Titanic. Under the direction of Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller, this performance marks the 100th year anniversary of the tragedy. The concert also features Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s If Bach had been a bee-keeper, Bryars’ The Porazzi Fragment (for 21 solo strings) and Michael Oesterle’s Territio Verbalis with solo trumpet virtuoso Louis Ranger.

“… The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit and is deeply moving. He allows you to witness new wonders in the sounds around you by approaching them from a completely new angle. With a third ear maybe. . .” – Michael Ondaatje


February 1 @ 8 pm (Pre-concert talk 7:15pm)
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (UVic School of Music),
Victoria, BC
Tickets: $15/10

Sixtrum – ensemble à percussion
Claude Vivier, Aikea
John Cage, Third Construction
Claude Vivier, Pulau Dewata
Iannis Xenakis, Peaux

February 2 @ 8 pm (Pre-concert talk 7:15pm)
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall (UVic School of Music),
Victoria, BC
Free admission!

Sonic Lab and Guests (University of Victoria New Music Ensemble) Ajtony Csaba, Christopher Butterfield, conductors
Gavin Bryars, At Portage and Main
Gavin Bryars, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet Soundpainting – under the direction of Ajtony Csaba

February 3 @ 8:00 pm (Pre-concert talk 7:15pm)
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC
Tickets: $15/10

Aventa Ensemble – Living Toys
Bill Linwood, conductor / Anne Grimm, soprano / Benjamin Butterfield, tenor

Anthony Genge, The Human Condition
Gavin Bryars, Eight Irish Madrigals
Thomas Adès, Living Toys

February 4 @ 8:00 pm (Pre-concert talk 7:15pm)
Alix Goolden Performance Hall
907 Pandora Avenue
Victoria, BC
Tickets: $15/10

Victoria Symphony, Tania Miller, conductor / Louis Ranger, trumpet

Arvo Pärt, If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper
Gavin Bryars, The Porazzi Fragment
Michael Oesterle, Territio Verbalis
Gavin Bryars, The Sinking of the Titanic



See three shows for the price of two!

Call the VS box office to purchase a Festival Pass, valid for concerts on February 1, 3, and 4. Passes are $30 for adults and $20 for seniors/students. 250.385.6515

For full details, please visit the Victoria Symphony website

February 1, 2012 12:00 amtoFebruary 4, 2012 12:00 am

NOVO Ensemble: Contemporary Chamber Works

NOVO Ensemble March 2, 2012 @ 4:00pm
Canadian Music Centre BC Creative Hub
837 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $15 general; students/seniors $5
Available at the door

March 3, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Tapestry at Wesbrook Village, UBC Campus
3338 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: by donation
The new Vancouver-based flute, cello, and piano trio will be returning to the CMC on March 2nd to present contemporary chamber works written by Canadian and Estonian composers.  This concert will include Dorothy Chang’s Miniatures, Mary Gardiner’s Spirit*essence, and Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio and Spiegel im spiegel. 

Laura Vanek, flute
Marina Hasselberg, cello
Jee Yeon Ryu, piano

For further details, please visit the NOVO Ensemble website, and their Facebook event.

March 2, 2012
4:00 pm
March 3, 2012
8:00 pm

Turning Point Ensemble: Colourful World

Turning Point PosterJanuary 29, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre – Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Tickets: Adult $38; Senior $35; Student  $10

Available on-line  or by calling the Playhouse box office at (604) 873-3311


Enjoy this rare opportunity to be musically engaged with a new chamber symphony by Rodney Sharman, the Canadian premiere of Toru Takemitsu’s Archipelago S.  and a new arrangement of Debussy’s Jeux by Michael Bushnell.

Recent additions to the program are Takemitsu’s Rain Coming and Feldman’s A Very Short Trumpet Piece performed by Marcus Goddard plus Ariel Barnes (cello) and Jane Hayes (piano) will perform Debussy’s Cello Sonata to encore a collaboration that was initiated this past fall.

Full details here.

January 29, 2012
8:00 pm

IV Magistralia Competition for Woman Composers

DEADLINE: June 30, 2012

Magistrali has announced the fourth edition of its international competition for musical creation for women composers . This activity is a biennial, is to the visibility of women working in the music, allowing at the same time, the contemporary repertory programming performed by women, Spanish orchestras. The basis of this fourth event are available here . In ateriores occasions, were awarded, Italy’s Alessandra Bellino with you Gabie di Danae, China’s Zhang Qing with Poems orchid pavilion, and the Canadian-tajikistana Narulla-Khoja Farangis with ParpanThe jury consists of renowned composers women both as instrumentalists, musicologists and directors.

Highlights of entry requirements

  1. The competition is open to all women composers of all nationalities and ages.
  2. Each composer may present a single musical creation.
  3. The orchestral formation will be symphonic without solo instruments or vocals. The maximum number of instruments permitted will be: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, 1 tuba, 1 timpanist, 1 percussionist and strings.
  4. The composition will have a maximum length of 10 minutes. The music must be clearly legible without corrections and with numbered pages.
  5. The participating compositions must always be original and unpublished works, which have never been played in public, recorded or have received any award under any name. Participants must provide a written sworn statement to this effect.
  6. The prize, which cannot be shared and may remain without a winner, will be 2,500 € (taxes included).
  7. The winning composition will be premiered the year after the winning work is published, being the presence of the winner at the premiere obligatory for receiving the economical prize. The winner will cover her travelling and lodging expenses for at least two days (rehearsal and concert).

For further details, please visit the competition website, entry detail PDF.

June 30, 2012
12:00 am

Opera from Scratch

Opera from ScratchApplication Due Date:  April 1st, 2012
Notification of acceptance:  April 15th, 2012

August 20th – 26th, 2012 (10am – 6pm)
Dalhousie Music Department
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Course Fee: $350

An exclusive and intensive one week opera composition workshop for composers and singers.

Opera From Scratch is a one week long workshop which will allow five composers and five singers to develope five 10 minute operas for solo voice and piano. Each composer will be expected to complete their work six weeks prior to the workshop, and each singer will be required to learn one work before attending. Composers will be paired with singers as of April 15th, 2012. Composers are asked to base their mini-opera on a Famous Nova Scotian historical figure.

During Opera from Scratch, the five mini-operas will be intensively workshopped in consultation with a senior composer/mentor and singing teacher in private daily sessons. A resident pianist will be available for private rehearsals and masterclasses will be given by a new music singing specialist, dramaturge, and a theatre director. Both composers and singers will be expected to attend each other’s lessons in order to gain insight into each other’s creative process. Masterclasses will be available to all participants. Well known CBC radio host and music educator Adrian Hoffman will present an opening lecture on the history and themes of opera.

For further information:

April 1, 2012
5:00 pm
August 20, 2012 10:00 amtoAugust 26, 2012 6:00 pm

Bach Choir: Les Noces and Catulli Carmina

Les Noces and Catulli Carmina

February 25, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Orpheum Theatre
884 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC
$32 and up (general); $27 and up (student/senior/child)
Available via the VSO website


Les Noces and Catulli Carmina

Two of the most explosive works of the 20th century. Stravinsky’s Les Noces(1923) is striking in its folklike writing which conjures up the excitement and ceremony of a rustic wedding. Featuring chorus, soloists, an ensemble of four pianos and an array of percussion instruments, this is a landmark work of the twentieth century and is perhaps Stravinsky’s most original creation.

Carl Orff’sCatulli Carmina (1943), the “sequel” to his celebrated Carmina Burana uses similar forces and is a setting of the writings of Catullus (1st century BC Roman poet) which celebrates love and desire before the ultimate betrayal. The pulsing and driving rhythms of the music combined with the highly erotic poetry is sure to ignite one’s passions. They will open the concert with Midsummer Flower (2008) by Marcel Bergmann, one of the featured pianists of the evening, which is a highly lyrical invocation to the first breath of spring. It will be a thrill to have the composer of the work on stage!

February 25, 2012
8:00 pm

Ninth International Composition Competition “Città di Udine”

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2012 (postmark)

The competition is divided in two sections: 

  1. instrumental compositions for chamber orchestra
    • Pieces should not exceed eight minutes in length – however consideration will be given to compositions which exceed this length if, in the opinion of the Jury, they are of particular artistic merit
    • The instrumental group is made up of:
      • a string quartet (2 violins, viola and cello)
      • piano / one performer
      • flute (piccolo, alto flute, and bass flute) / one performer
      • clarinet (clarinet in E flat, clarinet in B flat, clarinet in A and bass clarinet) / one performer
      • percussion instruments from the following list: vibraphone, glockenspiel, tom toms (max 5 pieces) suspended cymbals, tam tam, templeblocks, small percussion instruments such as triangle, wood blocks, maracas etc… / one performer
    • instruments listed above may be used in any combination
    • if desired, just one instrument may be used
    • it is possible to use a stereo audio track on CD or digital file of similar quality (or better), in the performance of the chamber orchestra
    • six copies of each score must be sent for the section of compositions for the chamber orchestra
    • each of the six copies must contain the title of the composition, but must not contain the name of the composer
    • the signed entry form and the other information regarding the composer must be placed in a sealed envelope and placed in a folder together with the scores
    • should the score be selected for performance, the composer must supply separate parts for individual instruments
    • scores will not be returned and will be stored as documentation in TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali archive
    • alternately it is possible to send the score (one copy) by internet as digital file using the following e-mail address:
    • If the file size to send is more than 2 MegaByte, we suggest to use a file hosting system (more info on Again the score but must not contain the name of the composer.
    • The signed entry form and the other information regarding the composer must be sent in different files together with the score file.
    • Only the signed entry form, available on, must anyway be sent by ordinary mail.
    • should works contain unknown symbols or marks, the composer must provide explanatory notes in order that the work can be understood correctly.
  2. electro-acoustic music
    • Electro-acoustic musical compositions must have a duration of less than ten minutes and must be presented in stereo on CD or digital file of similar quality (or better)
    • Any multi-channel versions of the composition should be sent along with the stereo version
    • only one copy of each composition need be sent for the Electro-acoustic music section.
    • the CD or CD ROM being entered must contain the title of the composition, but must not contain the name of the composer
    • the signed entry form and the other information regarding the composer must be placed in a sealed envelope and placed in a folder together with the composition.
      • alternately it is possible to send the audio file by internet using the following e-mail address:
    • For the delivery must be used a file hosting system (more info on
    • The signed entry form and the other information regarding the composer must be sent in different files together with the audio file.
    • Only the signed entry form, available on, must anyway be sent by ordinary mail.

The competition will accept unpublished compositions by musicians of any nationality and of any age. Previously performed compositions will be accepted. Compositions must be sent anonymously as explained below. More than one composition may be submitted.

The Jury will select the winners from a shortlist of finalists and will award the following prizes:

  • Best composition in the section “instrumental compositions for chamber orchestra”: one thousand Euro (1000 Euro).
  • Best composition in the section “electro-acoustic music”: one thousand Euro (1000 Euro).
  • Special prize “Piero Pezzè” (founded by his heirs in memory of the Friulano composer who passed away in 1980): five hundred Euro (500 Euro).
  • Special mention with the awarding of the medal offered by the Presidente della Repubblica Italiana for this edition of the event.
  • Special mention with the awarding of the medal offered by the Senato della Repubblica Italiana for this edition of the event.
  • Special mention with the awarding of the medal offered by the Camera dei Deputati della Repubblica Italiana for this edition of the event.
  • Award of the Ministro della Gioventù della Repubblica Italiana to the best composer less than 30 years of age (the postmark will be deemed to be the date of submission)
  • Award of FIDAPA to the best female composer to incentivize the female presence in the competition.
  • Public performance of 6-8 of the best compositions entered (Udine, October 2012).
  • Production of a CD of the concert in October and inclusion of this in the TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali CD catalogue.
  • In certain circumstances, it is possible that an extra CD containing other finalists works will be printed, as it happened in the last competition edition.
  • The two winning compositions will be broadcast by RAI Radio as part of the national programming of the RAI Radiotre Suite dedicated to contemporary music.
  • The most interesting electroacoustic compositions will be performed at Computer Art Festival (Padova, Autumn 2012)
  • TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali, following the indications of the Jury and in agreement with the composer, offers to include and make available the most interesting compositions as part of their electronic catalogue of New Music.

Submitted works which include an audio recording of the composition may be included in the programming of Taukay Web Radio. The choice of compositions to be broadcast will be decided in accordance with the editorial direction of the broadcaster (

Submission details:

Works should be posted to the competition secretary at:
TEM – Taukay Edizioni Musicali – via del Torre 57/5 – 33047 Remanzacco (Ud) – ITALY
The closing date is 31 March 2012. The postmark will be deemed to be the date of submission. 
Should delivery by internet, the postmark on letter containing the signed entry form sent by ordinary mail, will be deemed to be the date of submission.
The final decision of the Jury will be made public by 31st July 2012.

Should delivery using ordinary mail from abroad, please specify that the package contents has no commercial value to avoid added custom charges

For complete details, please visit the competition website

March 31, 2012
5:00 pm

Here on the Edge

Here on the Edge PosterFebruary 4th, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Oak Bay United Church
1355 Mitchell Street
Victoria, BC

Tickets: $20 available at door, or in advance at Ivy’s Bookshop and Larsen Music

An evening of music featuring local composers Diane Berry, Joan Hansen, Leila Lustig and Sylvia Rickard.


  • Anne Grimm, soprano
  • Catherine Lewis, mezzo-soprano
  • Marnie Setka-Mooney, soprano
  • Members of the Pacific Opera Victoria Chorus
  • Erik Abbink, saxophone
  • Alphonse Fear, trumpet
  • Tyr Jami, cello
  • Moira Szabo, piano
  • Graeme Wilkinson, piano
  • Braden Young, piano
February 4, 2012
8:00 pm

Jared Miller: Cartoon Music

February 27, 2012 @ 8:00pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Lincoln Center
New York, New York

Jeffrey Milarsky will lead the Juilliard Orchestra in the world premiere of “Cartoon Music- Three Movements for Orchestra”, by Vancouver composer Jared Miller . Free tickets available from the Juilliard Box Office starting February 13.

For more upcoming concerts across North America featuring the music of Jared Miller, please visit his website.

February 27, 2012
8:00 pm