In June the Agassiz Festival Ensemble presented the world premiere of Piano Quintet, commissioned by the Festival and their artistic director Paul Marleyn in celebration of their tenth anniversary.
On February 2 the Quasar saxophone quartet gave the world premiere of From the bench of shadow, commissioned by them with financial assistance from the Canada Council. The premiere, which took place at the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, was followed by a Canadian tour.
On May 30 the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez will present the world premiere of Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, with soloist Alejandro Escuer. The performance will take place in the Blas Galindo concert hall in the Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City.
During February and March I was resident artist at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in Morelia. During that time I worked on a new commission for the Mexico City based Ensamble 3, and acted as guest editor for the inaugural edition of the journal Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sonicas.
Winnipeg new music series GroundSwell and the Brandon Chamber Players will present the world premiere of Six Poems of Novica Tadic, written for mezzo soprano Mireille Lebel. Michelle Mourre will conduct the Brandon Chamber Players in concerts in Brandon and Winnipeg on October 27 and 28.
On April 17 pianist Roger Admiral performed Preludes No’s. 1-8 and 13-14 on a concert by the Plexoos Ensemble in Edmonton. The performances of Preludes 5, 6, 13 and 14 were world premieres.
In February, bass clarinetist Fernando Dominguez performed . . . of the rolling worlds on a concert sponsored by the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras.
On April 12 Douglas Sanford conducted the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Symphony No. 3. This two-movement, forty-minute work was written for the Saskatoon Symphony.
At the end of May the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez will feature performances of Como un cielo caído by the Onix Ensemble (world premiere) and of El Viento Helado by the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet (world premiere – revised version).
Cellist Paul Marleyn and pianist Sara Laimon gave the world premiere of the newly commissioned work Song Fragments as a part of the Agassiz Chamber Players 2001/2002 season. The performances took place on January 7, 2002, at 12:30 p.m. in Eva Clare Hall at the University of Manitoba, and on January 8 at 8:00 p.m. in the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt Gramatté Hall.