Fifth Wind Presents Forecasting the Canadian Wind Workshop
Wind Quintet International is excited to present a free workshop with Nova Scotian wind quintet Fifth Wind Halifax-born composer Emily Doolittle on Wednesday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. The workshop will take place at the MacAloney Rom (Room 406) in Dalhousie University’s Fountain School of the Performing Arts.
The event includes the unveiling and workshopping one of five newly-commissioned Canadian pieces of music for the Forecasting the Canadian Wind project, an initiative of Fifth Wind and Wind Quintet International. This showcase of Canadian composers and musicians pairs new works by five Canadian composers with five Canadian wind quintets (composed of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn) in the creation of new music. The five composers/wind quintets are: Fifth Wind (Halifax, NS) with composer Emily Doolittle (Nova Scotia/Scotland); Choros (Montreal, QC) with Carmen Braden (Northwest Territories); Blythwood Winds (Toronto, ON) with Daniel Janke (Yukon Territory); Mistral 5 (Saskatoon, SK) with Cris Derksen (northern Alberta/Ontario); and Ventos (Vancouver, BC) with Cameron Wilson (Vancouver, BC).
Our Canada: Forecasting the Canadian Wind culminates in a series of five world premiere performances, rolling out across Canada over the course of five weeks in the fall of 2018, starting in Vancouver the first week of September, followed by Saskatoon, Toronto, Montreal, and ending in Halifax
Fifth Wind (www.FifthWind.org) comprises musicians Eileen Walsh (clarinet), Ivor Rothwell (bassoon), Mary Lee (French horn), Jack Chen (flute) and Suzanne Lemieux (oboe). Their love of chamber music is contagious and inspiring – they’ve performed extensively throughout the Maritimes, and collaborated with storytellers, choral and wind ensembles, a DJ/Beatboxer, a harpist, Apple’s Siri, and even an owl!
Canadian-born, Scotland-based composer Emily Doolittle grew up in Halifax and was educated at Dalhousie University, the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Indiana University and Princeton University. From 2008-2015 she was Assistant/Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of the Arts. She now lives in Glasgow, UK, where she is an Athenaeum Research Fellow at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
She has written for such ensembles as Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (Toronto), Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the Motion Ensemble and Paragon, and soloists such as sopranos Suzie LeBlanc, Janice Jackson, Patricia Green and Helen Pridmore, pianist Rachel Iwaasa, violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, viola d’amorist Thomas Georgi and viola da gambist Karin Preslmayr.
Emily Doolittle has an ongoing research interest in zoo musicology, the study of the relationship between human music and animal songs. She recently spent three months as composer-in-residence at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Germany. Other interests include the traditional music of various cultures, community music making, and music as a vehicle for social change.
She was awarded a 2016 Opera America Discovery Grant, as well as funding from the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Canada Council of the Arts, for the development of her chamber opera Jan Tait and the Bear,which was premiered by Ensemble Thing, with Alan McHugh, Catherine Backhouse, and Brian McBride, conducted by Tom Butler and directed by Stasi Schaeffer, at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Upcoming projects include commissions from the Cherry Street Duo and the Fair Trade String Trio, research on grey seal vocalizations at St Andrews University and a new seal-inspired piece for the St Andrews New Music Ensemble conducted by Bede Williams, and a set of new spring wassailing songs written and researched with the support of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant to Professionals.
This project is supported by the Canada Council’s New Chapter program, Arts Nova Scotia, the Canadian Music Centre, Dalhousie University (Fountain School of Performing Arts), UBC Music, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Symphony Nova Scotia, the University of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and Inner Space Concerts.
Grab your dancing shoes for Sackville Community Band’s Winter Cabaret on Friday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the McInnes Room, Dalhousie University (2nd Floor, Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue). Ticket price is $20 and includes snacks, a 50-50 draw, cash bar, silent auction