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Now Hear This new music festival: Live Mix 1
March 20 @ 9:30 pm MDT$15
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Upper Hall, 9:30 p.m.
Live Mix I
Each year, Now Hear This makes a point of presenting local artists in programs curated from a call for proposals from artists interested in giving shorter performances alongside each other on programs that likely would not otherwise happen. The results are always a rich mixture of ideas and practices coming under the banner “new music” and we’re proud to have had dozens of Edmonton artists share the Now Hear This stage on these programs. This year, we will have two Live Mix shows.
Mairi-Irene McCormack (mezzo-soprano), and pianist Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp
Cecilia Livingston, Give Me Your Hand
A versatile teacher and performer, Mairi-Irene McCormack is a Cape Breton native, now relocated in Edmonton with international experience performing both operatic and solo repertoire. Give Me Your Hand was composed in 2015 by award-winning Canadian composer, Cecilia Livingston. It is a take on Lady Macbeth’s famous sleep-walking scene: an imagined scene on a similar night. The plucking of the piano strings effectively turns the piano into a strange harp.
Viktoria Grynenko, violin
Thomas Mathieu, piano
Maxim Shalygin, Duo by Maxim Shalygin
Formed in 2018, Edmonton’s Duo Vietto has a particular interest in seeking out unusual repertoire for an instrumental combination that is among the most familiar in the Western canon. Keenly interested in new music, they have commissioned and premiered numerous works. Maxim Shalygin’s Duo is an incredible showcase of virtuosity, and will be heard for the first time in North America during Now Hear This.
Jessica Wagner (soprano)
György Kurtág, József Attila Fragments
Edmonton soprano Jessica Wagner is widely experienced in music of all periods and has performed as both a soloist and chorister. Her work has included performances of many world premieres. Hearing the works of György Kurtág is rarity in Edmonton, and we are excited to bring you this, Kurtag’s only solo voice piece, a setting of twenty poems by József Attila.