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Sonic Boom Festival

2020/02/07 (Friday)

Vancouver Pro Musica presents


  Music Festival

  March 19-22, 2020

  Pyatt Hall | Vancouver Academy of Music | Orpheum Annex

  Concert Tickets: $18 Students, $22 General | Festival Pass: $55

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The Sonic Boom Music Festival is a four-day festival of exceptional contemporary classical (new) music created by BC’s finest composers, and performed by some of this province’s best musicians. Produced by Vancouver ProMusica and now in its 33rd year, the festival presents four evenings of inspired concerts and a Sunday afternoon student composer master class.

Every year, the festival spotlights both a Featured Artist and an Ensemble in Residence along with a talented mix of ensembles of one to four players performing dozens of new works by emerging and established West Coast composers. Sonic Boom's 2020 Featured Artist is keyboard virtuoso Rachel Kiyo Iwassa, and the critically acclaimed Pacific Baroque Orchestra is the Ensemble in Residence. (*see below for biographical info on these artists)

This year's concerts will be presented in the acoustic excellence of Pyatt Hall, the Koerner Recital Hall in the Vancouver Academy of Music, and the Orpheum Annex. The masterclass will be held in the Martha Lou Henley Classroom at the VSO School of Music. 

The festival schedule is as follows:

Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 1

Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm, Pyatt Hall

Featuring Compositions by: Wylie Ferguson, Yuxi (Lucy) Li, Leslie Opatril, Dubravko Pajalic, Ramsey Sadaka, Jacob Seyer, Goushi Yonekura, Isaac Zee, and Alvin Leung

(musicians and order of performance: TBA)Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 2

Friday, March 20 at 7:30pm, Pyatt Hall

Featuring Compositions by: John L. Baker, Gabriella Yorke, Kelly Yixuan Wang, Darren Xu, Robert Humber, Jack Campbell, Réjean Marois, Mark Marinic, and Alex Jang

(musicians and order of performance: TBA)

Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 3 with Featured Artist Rachel Kiyo Iwassa

Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm, Vancouver Academy of Music (Koerner Recital Hall)

Featuring Compositions by: Chris Albanese, Jennifer Butler, Javier Canseco, Kara Gibbs, Peter Krejcar,

MJ Paquette, Jeffrey Ryan, Rodney Sharman, Glenn Sutherland, and Walker Williams

(musicians and order of performance: TBA)


Concert No 4 with Ensemble in Residence Pacific Baroque Orchestra

Sunday, March 22 at 7:30pm, Orpheum Annex

Featuring Compositions by: Henry From, Kamran Shahrokhi, Scott F. Thompson, Edward Top, Trevor Tunnacliffe, Carl Winter, and Jocelyn Morlock

(musicians and order of performance: TBA)

Student Composers master class featuring Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa and flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor

Sunday, March 22 at 10am, Martha Lou Henley classroom (VSO School of Music)

Free Admission (Composers TBD - call for scores deadline March 1, 2020)

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