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LAMP New Music Fest
June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
June 26, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
June 1, 2018
Please note, the June 23 concert begins at 4 pm (See all)
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach St
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0 Canada

A four-day festival devoted to new music, including a series of works inspired by the paintings of artist Craig Rubadoux, takes place at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance June 20-23.
Artistic director Burt Wathen says the new Contemporary Chamber Music Festival is a natural extension of LAMP’s ongoing commitment to contemporary composers and the music of our time.
“If you attend LAMP concerts you know that we love to challenge our audiences by programming contemporary works amidst pieces of classic repertoire,” says Wathen. In fact, the school has played host to a number of world premieres during its relatively short history and every year since 2015, it’s held an academy for young composers that concludes with a concert of new works.
Interest in LAMP’s Composition Academy has grown exponentially – so much so that this year, the school increased its enrollment limit and still has a full complement of young composers from coast to coast, including Nova Scotians, plus students who, unable to get in this year, are coming to audit classes.
Like its programs in opera, strings and other disciplines, LAMP engages the top Canadian and international artists of our times to teach and mentor young composers. This year, program faculty include Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds, JUNO winner Dinuk Wijeratne and Nicole Lizee, winner of SOCAN’s 2017 Jan. V. Matejcek Award. The program is under the direction of Canadian icon Robert Aitken.
LAMP also provides a cadre of professional musicians including singers, string quartets, pianists and percussionists to workshop and perform the new works created by participants. “Having been to composition workshops in the U.S. and Canada, it is hard to think of any other composition institute that can rival what LAMP offers in terms of performance resources and quality of tuition,” says 2016 participant Roydon Tse, who last November premiered a new work for the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.
This year, participating composers are creating new works inspired by select paintings by Rubadoux, an American artist with a summer home and studio on the South Shore. An early supporter of LAMP, Rubadoux’s bold, original works have graced the school’s concert programs and are featured in many public and private collections, including the Guggenheim Museum. The works will be on display during the June 22 Night of World Premieres concert. Tickets for that event are $25, or you can purchase a festival pass for $60.
Other events include the June 21 concert Music of our Masters, featuring works by each of the Composition Academy faculty members performed by artists including Mr. Aitken, the Iris Ensemble with Walter Delahunt and the Friction Quartet of San Francisco; tickets $35.
A third concert, Modernizing the Chamber Music Experience with the Friction Quartet, will take place Saturday, June 23 at 4 pm; tickets $35.
The festival kicks off with a presentation in LAMP’s free public series, A Little Light Music, to be hosted by Roger Reynolds and featuring live examples of his work performed by Walter Delahunt and American baritone Jonathan Nussman on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. Light Music is sponsored by the Town of Lunenburg.
All events take place at the Lunenburg Academy, 97 Kaulbach St, Lunenburg.
The Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance is a global center for advanced studies of performance and music interpretation located in the landmark Lunenburg Academy, a National Historic Site built in 1895. LAMP is grateful for the support of Canada Heritage, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, the Town of Lunenburg and other corporate and private partners.

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