Special Events


Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words

Co-presented with the Winnipeg Film Group

A fabulous documentary about the legendary Frank Zappa—leader of the Mothers of Invention, self-taught composer, musician, bandleader, producer, independent thinker and champion of artists’ rights. The film features unforgettable interviews and performances from across three decades found in the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world. Eight years in the making, Zappa championed modern classical composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern and Edgard Varese to various musical genres—rock, jazz, funk, pop, R&B, metal. Ticket information at www.cinematheque.com.

Thursday & Friday, October 6 & 7 9pm
Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9 7pm
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St.

Tommy Davis

Co-presented with the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music

Montreal saxophonist Tommy Davis will be a guest artist of the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music from October 24–26, 2016. On Monday, Oct. 24 he will give a Woodwind Masterclass (2:30–4:30pm); on Wednesday, Oct. 26 he will present a midday recital of new and recent interactive works for saxophone and electronics (12:30–1:20 PM) and lead a Composition Masterclass (2:30–4:30pm). All events in Eva Clare Hall, Music Building 1, 65 Dafoe Road, University of Manitoba. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:30pm
Eva Clare Hall, U of M, 65 Dafoe Rd.—Free Admission

Manitoba <3 Montreal

Cellist Leanne Zacharias and percussionist Eric Platz welcome three new music allies from Montreal—percussionist Ben Reimer, electric guitarist Steve Raegele and composer/keyboardist Nicole Lizée—for a prairie tour this fall. Co-presented by the Brandon Chamber Players, the night at the Good Will Social Club will feature works by Platz, young American composer Ted Hearne and the premiere of a new work for cello, percussion and video by Governor General Award-winning composer Lizée. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9pm
The Good Will, 625 Portage Ave.—gswell.ca for ticket info

Panic Room: Quasar

Co-presented with the Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival

Part concert, part immersive media experience, Panic Room features Montreal’s Quasar saxophone quartet performing a two-part program of new works for saxophones and media that explore post-internet culture. The first half of the evening is an immersive media/theatre experience—in the Panic Room. The second half of the evening features Quasar performing new works for saxophones and video. Tickets available at www.clusterfestival.com.

Saturday, March 18, 2017 8pm
Rachel Browne Theatre, 211 Bannatyne Ave.
$10 Student / $15 Adult

jef chippewa & LUX:NM

Co-presented with the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music

LUX:NM contemporary music ensemble (Berlin) are joined by Canadian musicians to perform works by jef chippewa (CA), Sarah Nemtsov (DE) and others. The centrepiece of the concert is chippewa’s “cabinet de curiosités” (2015), a 35-minute concert-theatre-fluxus work in 9 parts for saxophone, accordion, violin, trombone and sound objects. The piece reflects his interests in the 1960s art movement Fluxus and the use of everyday objects as sonic/musical components, as well as the ensemble’s on-going commitment to performances that explore the convergence of music and theatre. 

We gratefully acknowledge the kind support of the Goethe Institute in presenting this concert.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017  5pm
Eva Clare Hall, U of M, 65 Dafoe Rd.—Free Admission