2015-2016 Season

Kathryn Ladano, Artistic Director

The Main Series:

Ghost Tango | Oct. 2, 2015

Ghost Tango is a riveting new chamber opera that tells the poignant story of a Canadian woman trapped in Argentina’s Dirty War. Featuring a dynamic score by Tim Brady and libretto by Douglas Burnett Smith, with musicians Tim Brady (guitar), Janice Jackson (soprano), and RL Thompson (baritone).

Disco Next  | Nov. 28, 2015

Featuring The Penderecki String Quartet, Perimeter Chamber Players, DJ Cyclist, Glenn Buhr (piano), and Eric Paetkau (conductor).

Interaction. Communication. Improvisation. | Dec. 13, 2015

Featuring Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), Casey Sokol (piano), Matt Brubeck (cello), and Rick Sacks (percussion), alongside visual artist Tomasz Dysinski.

For Cello and Orchestra | Jan. 29, 2016

Cello virtuoso Elinor Frey joins the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra to perform Lutoslawski’s cello concerto and to premiere a new work composed by the winner of the inaugural NUMUS emerging composer award.

Quasar Saxophone Quartet | Mar. 11, 2016

Quasar explores different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre.

In Celebration | April 2nd and 3rd, 2016

Large scale works for full orchestra and choir are presented in celebration of the WLU Faculty of Music’s 40th anniversary. Featuring the world premiere of Stephanie Martin’s Babel for orchestra and choirs, commissioned by NUMUS, and the world premiere of Glenn Buhr’s concerto for piano and orchestra performed by soloist Keenan Reimer-Watts.

The Mix Series:

Ellwood Epps & Yves Charuest | Sept. 26, 2015

The duo creates spontaneous music, drawing on their extensive experiences as musicians and the ever-changing energy and circumstances that each new performance brings.

Ken Aldcroft’s Threads Quintet | Oct. 23, 2015

The Threads Quintet is a modern jazz ensemble whose repertoire consists of original compositions. Featuring Ken Aldcroft (guitar), Karen Ng (saxophone), Jonathan Adjemian (analog synth), Josh Cole (bass), and Germaine Liu (drums).

Emerging Soloists: Jason White | Feb. 21, 2016

Having just returned from New York City after his study at the Manhattan School of Music, Jason White performs from his new repertoire of contemporary piano works, including De Profunis by Frederic Rzewski, and the Canadian premiere of World of Plenty by Rebecca Erin Smith.

Emerging Curators | Apr. 10, 2016

Featuring the work of one of the curators of tomorrow! The winner of NUMUS’ first annual Student Curator Contest for post-secondary students (Erica Fung) will present their own original concept for this unique event under the mentorship of NUMUS artistic director Kathryn Ladano.

Rabbit Hole | Apr. 23, 2016

SlowPitchSound (Cheldon Paterson) presents Rabbit Hole, a performance of musical and visual wonder.The highly cinematic journey will consist of organic sounds uniquely transformed by using his turntable as an instrument. Accompanied with extraordinary modern dance movements by Lybido and a collaborative performance with the winner of NUMUS’ 3rd annual Student Improvisation Auditions (Dave Klassen).

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