New music rings through St. Mary’s

New Music Festival offers “fresh off the page” music for chamber ensemble Feb. 13.

The Victoria Composers Collective

The Victoria Composers Collective

St. Mary’s Church will ring with a day full of music this Saturday.

The New Music Festival brings “fresh off the page” music for chamber ensemble to life from 1 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13.

The Victoria Composers Collective, Open Space and Oak Bay Music collaborate to bring an all-day new music festival including three concerts and an artist talk.

“We’re pretty excited to bring so much new contemporary classical music to Oak Bay for a second year in a row,” says Erik Abbink, artistic director of Oak Bay Music.

Two  concerts, starting at 1 and 5 p.m., are curated by the Victoria Composers Collective, composed largely of University of Victoria graduate students and alumni. With help from their peers, they’ll premiere their own “fresh off the page” works.

At 3 p.m. flautist-composer-improviser Cléo Palacio-Quintin, artist in residence at Open Space, will give a talk and presentation.

Finally, the 7:30 p.m. concert features well-known new music musicians Chris Reiche and Cathy Fern Lewis and their unique program Do: Come so we may see, exploring the Fragments of Sappho on found instruments, found pitches, and found objects.

Tickets ($20/$10) are available at the McPherson Box Office, Ivy’s Books, at oakbaymusic.ca and at the door.

For more information go to oakbaymusic.ca.