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NOW festival of new music
June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 am
June 29, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
25 - 99
May 31, 2019
Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance
97 Kaulbach St
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0 Canada

This Old Town loves new music! And we celebrate it every June with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance’s NOW festival of new music.
Take it from bassist Travis Harrison who marveled at the response to last year’s finale concert of new works by emerging composers in a blogpost.
“Not only was the concert completely sold-out, but every piece was met with heartfelt appreciation and worth hearing again, something that is unheard of for new music concerts,” wrote Harrison.
Still for many people new music remains an ambiguous term. What does it mean exactly? What can you expect?
According to LAMP’s artistic director Burt Wathen, new music is simply “newly created music by living composers. It’s the music of our time,” he says.
As to what you can expect, that’s a harder question but also part of the enjoyment. While an extension of the classical tradition, new music may incorporate elements of many different musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock and world music. It may be written for a traditional platform like a string quartet or be comprised solely of pre-recorded sound effects. It can have both. Or neither.
It’s as different as the composers who write it, says Wathen, who points to the diversity of work presented each year by participants in LAMP’s Composition Academy.
Assigned a theme (last year, it was select artwork by painter Craig Rubadoux; in 2016, it was poems from Sue Goyette’s anthology OCEAN) and a selection of instruments roughly two months in advance, emerging composers arrive at LAMP in early June with rough scores in hand. They then spend two weeks workshopping their new compositions with professional musicians and faculty before celebrating their premiere performances at concerts June 20 and 21.
This year’s festival will also include a concert of contemporary saxophone music on Friday, June 14 featuring Tristan de Borba and Nicole Strum along with emerging artists; a performance of music by composition academy faculty Robert Aitken, Dinuk Wijeratne, Andrew Staniland and Zygmunt Krauze, taking place Thursday, June 19; a performance of Steve Reich’s seminal composition Drumming, performed with a dozen percussionists, plus singers on Thursday, June 27 and the finale concert of LAMP’s spring term featuring Canada’s premiere percussion ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet on Saturday, June 29.
All concerts begin at 7 pm and all except the two percussion concerts will be held at LAMP, located on the third floor of the historic Lunenburg Academy, 97 Kaulbach St, Lunenburg. The performance of Drumming and TorQ’s concert will be held at the Lunenburg Community Center at 17 Green St.
Tickets for individual concerts are $25 each, with a special rate for university and NSCC students of $12 each. Or you can take in all six concerts with a festival pass available for just $99. LAMP is also offering a special family pass for the June 29 concert with TorQ, two adults plus children for $50. You can’t go to the movies for that!
For more information or to reserve, call LAMP today at 902-634-8667. Or to pick up tickets, visit Shop on the Corner, 263 Lincoln St.

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