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Contemporary Music Festival 2021

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Negation of the Negations

For the past several centuries, classical music has been dominated by Eurocentric male voices. Although it is still arguably a man's world, thanks to the activism of many civil rights and social movements, marginalized composers who were previously left out of the classical canon are finally getting the recognition they deserve. This year's theme, Negation of the Negations, is dedicated to amplifying these voices on the concert stage and creating a space for voices that had previously gone unheard.

We are pleased to welcome you to our third instalment of our Contemporary Music Festival, curated by our Musician-in-Residence, Nadia Francavilla. We are very excited to be returning to live, in-person performances this fall, and we have expanded this year’s programming to include virtual lectures from UNB's Women in Music class, interactive post-show Q&A with the artists, and a panel discussion, "A Unique Voice", with Nadia and invited guests.

This year's three concerts feature new works by Hope Salmonson; a queer, trans composer and tubist based in Sackville, NB. Hope has composed two new works specifically for the festival, and we are very lucky to have her join us on stage as well. In addition to Salmonson's new works, this year's festival features compositions by Shulamit Ran, Monica Pearce, Kaija Saariaho, Ann Southam, Carmen Braden, Georgia Stitt, Courtney Bryan, and Ethel Smyth.

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Changing Light

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Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton

Opening this year's festival is the premiere of Hope Salmonson's Constellation, a work performed by Nadia Francavilla and Carl Philippe Gionet, that was composed explicitly for the festival. In addition to this world premiere, Changing Light features performances by flutist Karin Aurell, and soprano Sally Dibblee.

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Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton

Ethyl Smyth's violin sonata was composed in 1887, when she was only 29 years old. This piece marks the beginning of her career - one that continually presented her with uphill battles to have her work recognized, especially as an open lesbian at the turn of the 20th century. Despite this, Smyth had a remarkable path: she was heavily involved in the Women's Suffrage Movement, and was the first female composer to be awarded a damehood by the British crown Considerations features performances by Nadia Francavilla, violin, Carl Philippe Gionet, piano, Karin Aurell, flute and Hope Salmonson, tuba.

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Looking Forward

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Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNB Fredericton

As a celebration of hope for the future, Looking Forward brings together the festival's largest cast of musicians: Musician-in-Residence Nadia Francavilla shares the stage with members of the Atlantic Sinfonia Ensemble, Joel Cormier on percussion, Joel Miller on saxophone, Carl Philippe Gionet on piano, Richard Hornsby on clarinet and Hope Salmonson on Euphonium.

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