The Acadia New Music Society (ANMS) is proud to present its 8th annual new music festival. Featuring: Jeffrey Zeigler, a world-class artist from New York City and former cellist of the Kronos Quartet. The Blue Engine String Quartet, Nova Scotia’s premiere quartet and members of Symphony Nova Scotia. NBG Ensemble, our resident festival Pierrot-style group. The Acadia Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, Acadia teaching faculty, and regional performers and composers.
The scope of the Acadia New Music Society’s activities has blossomed over the past eight years. We have successfully presented 42 concerts, including a CBC national broadcast, initiated the creation of two CD’s, and hosted multiple composers, musicians, and ensembles. Most of all, we have presented a fantastic collection of Canadian artists over these years. This year’s festival carries on this tradition of innovation, creating a hub of activity in the Annapolis Valley that is rippling outward across the country. Connect with us on Facebook!
SCHEDULE Subject to change – please check this website and our Facebook page for any announcements and updates to the schedule.
Tickets available at the door. All events take place in Wolfville (except for Tuesday morning in Halifax).
CHAMBER MUSIC SHOWCASE – RISING STARS 5 pm, Denton Hall Auditorium Admission: Free
Hear chamber ensembles from the School of Music, plus student composers. Featuring Steve Reich’s Six Pianos. LATE NIGHT AT THE ANVIL – NBG ENSEMBLE 9 pm, Anvil Beverage Room Admission: $5 cover
NBG Ensemble presents works by Kati Agócs, Carmen Braden, Anthony Genge, Monica Pearce, and Abigail Richardson-Schulte. Come celebrate the release of the first Acadia New Music Society self-produced CD ‘Live Wired’. The NBG Ensemble is the resident ensemble of the Acadia New Music Society. The eight members of the ensemble present music in a cabaret setting.
CELLO MASTERCLASS with JEFFREY ZEIGLER at Dalhousie 9 am to noon, Room 121, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie, Halifax, NS Admission: Free CELLO MASTERCLASS with JEFFREY ZEIGLER at Acadia 3:30 to 5 pm, Denton Hall Room 226 Admission: Free
Masterclass on contemporary cello techniques. OFRENES – BLUE ENGINE STRING QUARTET & JEFFREY ZEIGLER 7 pm, Festival Theatre Admission: $20 adults / $10 seniors / free for students with valid I.D.
The Blue Engine String Quartet and Jeffrey Zeigler present the world premiere of Peter-Anthony Togni’s “Ofrenes” for solo cello and string quartet, plus works by Derek Charke, Anthony Genge, and Marjan Mozetich.
LECTURE/PRESENTATION with JEFFREY ZEIGLER 11:30 am, Denton Hall Auditorium Admission: Free
Jeffrey Zeigler, former cellist of the Kronos Quartet, speaks about his time with the quartet and about his current projects.
COMPOSER MASTERCLASS with JEFFREY ZEIGLER at Acadia 3 to 5 pm, Denton Hall Room 234 Admission: Free
Composer master class. Topic: writing for strings (cello). HOME GROWN 7 pm, Festival Theatre Admission: Freewill donation ($20 suggested) / free for students with valid I.D.
A concert featuring faculty performers from Acadia’s School of Music, local musicians and student performers and composers. The Acadia Youth Band (a group representing eight different schools in the Annapolis Valley) will also perform this evening, under the direction of Paul Hutten. Tonight will also feature the Acadia Faculty Improv Ensemble, who will be joined by Jeffrey Zeigler.
JEFFREY ZEIGLER IN RECITAL 7 pm, Al Whittle Theatre Admission: $25 adults / $15 seniors / $10 students
Jeffrey Zeigler performs a solo cello recital, including works by Felipe Perez Santiago, Paola Prestini, Hauschka, Philip Glass, Razaz, and John Zorn, plus the world premiere of a new work by Derek Charke.
Sunday February 8, 2015 FOUR SECTIONS 7:30 pm, Festival Theatre Admission: Freewill donation ($20 suggested) / free for students with valid I.D.
The Acadia Wind Ensemble and Acadia Chamber Orchestra present the world premiere of “Wired and Wound” for solo saxophone (performed by Tristan De Borba) by Derek Charke and “Four Sections” by Steve Reich.
Composers featured on this year's festival include:
The Acadia New Music Society gratefully acknowledges our funding partners:
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $157 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 157 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
Harwood House, 33 Highland Avenue, Wolfville, NS, is the official accommodation for Shattering the Silence 2015.