WNMF 2019 opens with a characteristically unique event, held in a custom-designed ice amphitheater situated in The Forks on the frozen Assiniboine River. A collaboration with architect Peter Hargraves (Warming Huts), this newly created space will capture the essence of WNMF as a cultural oasis within the heart of the extreme Manitoba winter.
Norwegian artist and multi-instrumentalist Terje Isungset comes to Winnipeg to present a suite of his original music, featuring himself, vocalist Maria Skranes, and percussionists from the University of Manitoba music program performing on Isungset’s ice instruments, freshly carved for the occasion of this performance.
WSO Resident Conductor Julian Pellicano and percussionist Victoria Sparks lead the University of Manitoba Percussion Ensemble in the Canadian premiere of Inuksuit, an expansive work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams who continues his explorations in merging music, nature, and landscape.
This event – literally one of a kind – will have very limited seating.