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The Tenth Acadia New Music Festival
February 1– 3, 2018

Ana Sokolović , Composer in Residence
Featuring: the WIRED! Ensemble conducted by Mark Hopkins, the Charke/Cormier Duo, the Acadia Wind Ensemble, the Acadia Youth Band, the Acadia Symphonic Band, plus students and faculty from Acadia's School of Music.
Derek Charke
and Mark Hopkins Co-directors

The ANMS is proud to present our 10th New Music Festival! This year we have a number of exciting events. Ana Sokolovic, our composer in residence, will be in attendance for the duration of the festival. We are featuring some of the top classical new music performers in the province. Our GALA concert is on Thur. Feb. 1 and is not to be missed—nor of course are any of the other events! All events on the campus of Acadia University, Wolfville, NS. Concerts with entrance fee, pay at the door (cash only).

Program Book (PDF)
Poster (PDF)


All events subject to change. Please check this website for updates.

Thursday February 1, 2018

11:30 to 12:30 pm LECTURE PRESENTATION
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Ana Sokolović, composer
Denton Hall Auditorium $ FREE

Dr. Jeff Hennessy discusses the music of Gérard Grisey & Spectralism
Room 234, Denton Hall $ FREE

7:30 to 9:00 pm GALA CONCERT
(Sponsored by Arts Nova Scotia)
WIRED! Ensemble, conducted by Mark Hopkins
Denton Hall Auditorium $20/$10 students
Featuring the music of Ana Sokolovic & Gérard Grisey


Ana Sokolović / Danses et Interludes
Heather Price, piano
Ana Sokolović / Prélude et Toccate
Susan Sayle, viola
Simon Docking, piano
Ana Sokolović / Vez
Norman Adams, cello

(Watch Prélude by Ana Sokolovic on YouTube)


Gérard Grisey / Vortex Temporum (I & II)
WIRED! Ensemble (Click here for more information on WIRED!)
Mark Hopkins, Conductor
Derek Charke, Flute
Eileen Walsh, clarinet
Gillian Smith, violin
Susan Sayle, viola
Norman Adams, cello
Simon Docking, piano

(Watch Vortex Temporum by Gérard Grisey on YouTube)

About the composers:

Ana Sokolovic is a Montreal-based composer of Serbian origin whose contemporary pieces have won several awards in Canada. Her music has been performed at London’s Royal Opera House and Montreal’s Conservatory of Music. Sokolovic is the first woman composer to create an operatic work for the Canadian Opera Company. Sokolovic was also a nominee for the Juno Awards of 2017.

Gérard Grisey's music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral music. Grisey won the highly coveted Prix de Rome. Vortex Temporum, the work presented on this concert is a tour-de-force, featuring Simon Docking on Piano with the WIRED! Ensemble, conducted by Mark Hopkins.

Friday February 2, 2018

4:00 to 5:00 pm AMFIG
The Acadia Music Faculty Improv Group
KC Irving Garden Room $ FREE

KC Irving Garden Room $ FREE
Featuring newly composed music by Acadia Students

Saturday February 3, 2018

2:00 to 3:00 pm CHARKE - CORMIER DUO
Derek Charke, flute and Eugene Cormier, guitar
KC Irving Garden Room $ FREE


Derek Charke / Ex Tempore
Adam Langille / Prime Empire (world premiere)
Béla Bartók / Rumänische Volkstänze

(Watch Ex Tempore by Derek Charke on YouTube)

7:30 to 9:00 pm ENSEMBLES CONCERT
Acadia University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Youth Band, and Acadia Percussion Ensemble
Festival Theatre $20/$10 students


Peter Meechan / Letters for Home
Acadia University Symphonic Band
Directed by Tristan De Borba

Donald Coakley / Cantos
Acadia University Youth Band
Directed by Paul Hutten

Bob Becker / Mudra
Acadia University Percussion Ensemble, directed by Mark Adam

Henry Kucharzyk / Some Assembly Required
Acadia University Wind Ensemble
Directed by Tristan De Borba

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We wish to thank and acknowledge our funding partners, including:

Arts Nova Scotia, The SOCAN Foundation and Acadia University.

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