winter is when snakes, with text by Canadian poet and University of Manitoba Professor Dennis Cooley, was premiered on March 31 at the University of Manitoba as part of an interdisciplinary project by Landscape Architecture Professor Brenda Brown. The performers were: Sarah Kirsch, soprano, Deena Grier, piano, Bronwen Garand-Sheridan, oboe, Edvany Klebia Silva, cello, Luke Nickel, audio technician.
On June 19the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez presented the Mexican premiere of Six Poems of Novica Tadić. Juan Trigos conducted the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes with soprano María Lusia Tomez as soloist. The performance took place in the Auditorio Silvestre Revueltas, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Mexico City.
On June 1 the Penderecki String Quartet gave the world premiere of String Quartet No. 4, a work commissioned by them with financial assistance from the Manitoba Arts Council. The concert took place at Wilfrid Laurier University as part of the 2011 QuartetFest.