A Message from Our Artistic Director

I am very pleased to be presenting NUMUS’ 2016-2017 season to my home community of Kitchener-Waterloo. We have a number of impressive events to bring to you this year and we can’t wait to do it! NUMUS has seen some great success in recent years and we plan to build on these throughout the next season as we continue to be an integral part of not just the local, but also the national contemporary music scene.

Last season we brought the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) conference to Canada for the first time and enjoyed hosting hundreds of creative musicians, academics, and music lovers from around the world in our own community. It put an international spotlight on both NUMUS and Kitchener-Waterloo and was a very memorable experience for everyone involved, with several participants expressing that it was one of the top conferences in ISIM’s history. We also launched our inaugural Student Curator Contest last season, which was very well received. We will continue to build on the momentum of this outreach initiative along with our annual Emerging Improviser Contest, which will also continue this season

We’ve had great success with our MIX and Main Series programming, and growing audiences in both, so these will both continue throughout the next season. The Main Series focuses on  established, national and international contemporary music artists, and the MIX Series focuses on emerging artists and improvisational music. We love the fact that our MIX Series is helping us to grow and foster new contemporary music artists and audiences.

Lastly, I ask you to please consider supporting NUMUS this year by purchasing a ticket or subscription and by recommending us to a friend. We are working hard to expand our partnerships, diversify our funding base, and expand our donor support so that we can continue operating as one of Canada’s foremost presenters and producers of contemporary music.

You have my sincere appreciation for taking an interest in NUMUS and new music in your community and I hope to see you at our many great events this season!

Kathryn Ladano

Kathryn Ladano, Artistic Director