The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has unveiled the lineup for their 7th Annual New Music Festival (VSONMF) which will run from January 11-16, 2020 in a number of  venues across the city.

VSO 2020 New Music Festival is centred around the theme of (Re)Creation and features concerti performed by the artists who commissioned them, Max Richter’s re-imagining of Vivaldi‘s Four Seasons, Nicole Lizée‘s Carte Blanche concert with a redux version of her concerto Perxploitation written to show off the extraordinary virtuosity of Vern Griffiths, the VSO’s Principal Percussionist, and Finnish clarinetist Kari Kriikku creates a mesmerizing mash-up of global traditions in his Bizarre Bazaar.

The six-day festival will also present major works by Kaija Saariaho, Insuk Chin, and Thomas Adès along with guest artists violinist Vivianne Hagner, Standing Wave, Vern Griffiths, the Vancouver Youth Choir, the VSO School of Music’s Sinfonietta and a return visit of the VSO’s Music Director Emeritus Bramwell Tovey for the closing performance.

At the launch, Tausk said, “for a lot of New Music the first performance is both its “premiere” and “dernière”. It’s written, played once or twice and then if a champion doesn’t carry it forward we don’t get a chance to discover it. For this year’s festival we decided to focus on some fantastic works already in existence from composers we greatly admire and to bring the artists who inspired their music to Vancouver to ‘re-create’ the original performances. Hence our theme of (Re-)Creation”.

The Festival runs January 11-16, 2020 at multiple venues across Vancouver. Passes are on sale now through the VSO Box Office.

About the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is one of Canada’s most active and successful performing arts institution; the largest performing arts organization west of Ontario, and the third largest symphony orchestra in the country.

The VSO performs to an annual audience of over 250,000 people and features more than 50 celebrated guest artists each season. Over 170 concerts are performed annually by the VSO in the historic Orpheum Theatre and numerous additional venues throughout the Lower Mainland. 2019-2020 marks the organization’s 101st season.