Opening Wednesday’s Winnipeg New Music Festival concert—WNMF5—will be a world premiere composed by Dr. Karen Sunabacka, a previous Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Providence.
Currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College, Dr. Sunabacka’s piece, entitled #DryColdConversations, will launch an evening of new music that will culminate in Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson’s 7 Friends. Pulitzer Prize-winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich will also present the Canadian premiere of her Symphony No. 3.
As described by the Winnipeg New Music Festival website, #DryColdConversations “draws inspiration from Manitobans’ impressions of winter, collected by the composer through conversations on Facebook, with refugees, Metis relatives and friends.”
Dr. Sunabacka will also participate in a pre-concert panel ahead of the 7:30 p.m. start as well as a post-concert panel.
Providence is extremely proud of its association with Dr. Sunabacka and wishes her a successful premiere.