The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the orchestra’s composer-in-residence Jocelyn Morlock host the 2017 New Music Festival (Jan 24-29).

A six day celebration of new creations in orchestral music, each concert will feature pre-concert talks focusing on that night’s music, and post-concert mix and mingles. Here are the five festival concerts we are most excited about:

1. Hard Rubber Orchestra

Hard Rubber Orchestra

Vancouver-based 17-piece jazz/new music ensemble Hard Rubber Orchestra will take audiences on a genre-smashing journey through new creations, led by composer, bandleader and trumpeter John Korsrud.

2. Pure Piano

Lisa Cay Miller

Four of our country’s most incredible contemporary music pianists from across the country come together for Pure Piano. Each with their own distinctive style, the concert includes Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, Miranda Wong, Lisa Cay Miller, and Corey Hamm.

3. Requiem for a Generation

UBC University Singers

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is joined by the UBC University Singers and the Langley Fine Arts School Youth Choir for Requiem for a Generation, a musical reflection on war. The concert features performances of Jeffrey Ryan’s Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, created with Canada’s war poet in Afghanistan, Suzanne M. Steele, and Glenn Buhr’s Guernica 2017, a musical rant against the way children are victimized by war.

4. On A Wire

Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra join forces with Vancouver’s cutting-edge chamber ensemble Standing Wave for On A Wire, an eclectic and wide-ranging new music performance.

5. New Music for Old Instruments I

Camille Hesketh

Early Music Vancouver presents an exploration of new music on Baroque instruments in New Music for Old Instruments 1 at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral.