A Festival of New Music by B.C. Composers - presented by Vancouver Pro Musica
April 8-11, 2010
The Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.)

SONIC BOOM is an annual festival of new music featuring original works by British Columbia composers. It is a festival widely regarded as one of Canada's most important showcases for new work, including pieces by both established and emerging composers, all performed by top-quality ensembles, groups, and soloists. Since 1984 when the festival began, it has been a focal point in the burgeoning Vancouver new music scene showcasing the work of composers from all across the province. This year’s lineup consists of works written by composers representing Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Langley, Maple Ridge, Kamloops, Penticton, and Saanichton.

Known for its musical diversity, the only stylistic limitation of the pieces you will hear at the SONIC BOOM festival is the degree to which the composers for that year desire to push the boundaries of the new music genre. This year there is a 15 piece string ensemble; a 6 piece chamber ensemble; an Erhu and Ruan duet; a variety of electro-acoustic performers; a clarinet and percussion duet; a zheng and vocal duet; a variety of vocal solos; a piano, violin, and cello trio; a piano and voice duet; a flute solo; a clarinet, piano, violin and cello quartet; a viola and guitar duo; a variety of piano solos; and a string quartet.

SONIC BOOM 2010 showcases new original works from 38 BC composers over the four evenings of the event featuring the talents of string ensemble Orchestra Armonia (conducted by John van Deursen) as Ensemble in Residence and Janet Danielson (Music Instructor at Simon Fraser University) as Composer in Residence. Nu:BC is the featured ensemble.

Thursday April 8th, 2010

7:30 pm - Variety of small groups and soloists performing 9 new compositions by BC composers.

Friday April 9th, 2010

7:30 pm - Nu: BC chamber ensemble performing 10 new compositions by BC composers.

Saturday April 10th, 2010

4:00 pm – Dr. Bob Pritchard plenary lecture on electro-acoustic music.

7:30 pm - Orchestra Armonia string ensemble performing 10 new compositions by BC Composers including Janet Danielson’s Suite Vancouver (commissioned by Vancouver Pro Musica with support from British Columbia Arts Council).

Sunday April 11th, 2010

Sunday morning (9 am or 10 am to 12 noon) - student composers' master class conducted by Janet Danielson with Rachel Iwaasa on piano and Paolo Bortolussi on flute as the reading ensemble.

7:30 pm – A variety of small groups and soloists performing 9 new compositions by BC composers.

SONIC BOOM 2010

April 8-11, 2010

Each night from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm – reception afterwards

The Western Front (303 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver B.C.)

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Each night: Tickets are $20 General / $15 Students, Seniors, Artists

or $35 for a Festival Pass for all four evenings of concerts.

Tickets available at the door (cash only please).

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