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Overwhelmingly male slate mars New Music Festival

Overwhelmingly male slate mars New Music Festival

February 4, 2016

World-class event must address lack of female composers

"Now that the 2016 Winnipeg New Music Festival has come and gone, it's time to catch our collective breath and reflect on another whirlwind week of contemporary music and arts events.

Over its 25-year history, the festival has grown from a fledgling musical experiment into a highly polished event that's the envy of many international music organizations. This year's rich bounty, curated by Matthew Patton with festival artistic director/maestro Alexander Mickelthwate, brought in many notable guest artists, including American composers David Lang, Stephen O'Malley and Joan Tower, as well as Canadians Derek Charke, Barbara Monk Feldman, Gary Kulesha and Michael Snow.

There were also nine world premières, as well as orchestral works all penned by former WSO composers-in-residence -- Glenn Buhr, T. Patrick Carrabré, Vincent Ho and Randolph Peters -- laced throughout the week. The hottest ticket in town -- no spoiler alert here -- proved to be Thursday's staging of Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic, held at the Pan Am Pool, which sold out faster than you can say SOS..."