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Now Hear This Festival of New Music

March 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm MDT

Friday, March 23

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (10037 84 Ave NW)

Windrose – Kagelian Ensemble with special guest Miguel Belllusci, 7:30 p.m. 

Chenoa Anderson, flutes

Don Ross, clarinets

Charles Stolte, narration

Mark Segger, percussion

Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, keyboards

Haley Simons, keyboard

The Vaughan String Quartet:

Neda Yamach, violin

Mattia Berrini, violin

Fabiola Amorim, viola

Silvia Buttiglione, ‘cello

and Jeff Johnson, bass

Conducted by Miguel Bellusci

Conducted by Miguel Bellusci

The 2018 Now Hear This Festival is pleased to welcome renowned Argentinian conductor and composer Miguel Bellusci to Edmonton to lead some of our finest musicians in a brilliant evening of music by composers from his own country. This is a rare opportunity to hear works by Mauricio Kagel, a towering figure of the post-war era, in selections from his mammoth opus, Die Stücke der Windrose. In these complex, yet inviting and humorous works, Kagel re-interprets aspects of traditional Argentinian music such as tango and carnavalito through the lens of a new music chamber ensemble with and amazing percussion set-up that including anvils, electric fans and stones. The program also includes a mind-blowing, kaleidoscopic work for string quartet and octophonic, three-dimensional live electronics by Edmonton’s very own Nicolás Arnáez, performed by local favourites, The Vaughan Quartet.

To finish the show, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of a new work by Miguel Bellusci himself, a very Kagelian piece of musical theatre, in which a doctoral candidate in the future (played by none other than Charles Stolte) talks about the music of the 20th century, asking such questions as, “Why does the piano have keys, when everyone just plays the strings from the inside?”     


Mauricio Kagel – Die Stücke der Windrose: Norden

Mauricio Kagel – Die Stücke der Windrose: Osten

Nicolás Arnáez – Sobre Como Pintar en el Tiempo

Miguel Bellusci – “Doctoral Thesis Dissertation by Prof. Yack Pineda Machaca”

Listening Lounge I, 9:30 p.m.

We’ll be around after Windrose is over and you should be too! The Listening Lounge will be a free, relaxed gathering space for festival-goers to relax and enjoy the festival in a unique way. You can meet some of the festival artists, look at scores and other artifacts, and enjoy refreshments and discussion. We’ll also be setting up some places for attendees to listen to and share recordings, and to watch videos of music and sound art. This is kind of an experiment for us, but we’re looking forward to enjoying an hour or two spending time with you!


March 23
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


New Music Edmonton


Holy Trinity Anglican Church
10037 84 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6E 2G6 Canada
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