Welcome to NUMUS Concerts 39th Season, my first as Artistic Director. I am energized by
the opportunity to curate concerts for the Kitchener Waterloo New Music audience, following in
the footsteps of the incredible Artistic Directors that have gone before me.

In perhaps a departure from other seasons, I am committed to addressing our world injustices,
challenges and loss, while finding balance through beauty and joy.

Injustice – TRUTH (Sep 21) gives voice to the devastation of Indigenous generational trauma
in a program of world class artists, composers and wisdom sharers. Cells of Wind (NUMUS/
FAWN co-production, (Jan 29) opens the discussion on administrative segregation (solitary
confinement), the impacts, struggle and debate over its use through an incredible new opera
by Anna Höstman and Oana Avasilichioaei.

Beauty – I offer the incredible electronic duo NUM, in the program titled CHANT (Nov 24).
Milad Bagheri created Galoba using fragments of Georgian Christmas Songs and field
recordings. Galoba will be balanced by an exciting live set by the duo of Milad Bagheri and
Maryam Sirvan. Intimes Exubérances (Jan 18) showcases Multiple award winning Canadian
pianist and New Music visionary Cheryl Duvall, in her interpretation of this composition by
Patrick Giguère. Hailed as “magnificently ethereal”, this concert event should definitely be on
your must attend list.

From the City of Bridges to the City of Lights (Oct 27) explores Kitchener Waterloo’s own
Boyd McDonald in a World Premiere Director’s Cut documentary directed by Nigel Baines. As
a participant in the documentary I assure you that it is magical in both vision and realization.
For Season 39 NUMUS has chosen to hold our Curator Competition (Mar 24) again. I
encourage all aspiring curators to consider this great showcase opportunity. We await your
concepts and imagination!

Memories Beyond the Grave completes our season in a NUMUS/Open Ears co-production
(May 31, June 1). This Michael Donovan opera is sure to engage both New and Romantic
Music fans alike through the Fusion of contemporary and Romantic textures, tumultuous
period drama and historical literary references.

My thanks to our funders, sponsors, board, General Manager, volunteers and audience.
Without your generosity and support we would not continue to exist.
And I wonder…might you consider supporting NUMUS by buying a season pass to keep New
Music alive in Kitchener Waterloo?

Excited to see you in the Fall