May 4 – 6 – In Brandon, Manitoba! The semi-finals and finals of the contemporary music performance Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition in Strings, where a new piece I wrote will be played by each of the performers. Foxy Fox’s Musical Games will be played multiple times over the weekend by some of the best young string players in Canada, alongside other music all written within the last 50 years – and mainly Canadian works! As the commissioned composer, I’ll be giving a presentation on my music and style, and will be listening in to each of the performances. Special thanks to SOCAN Foundation for their travel support, and to the Eckhardt-Gramatté organization for commissioning this new work.
“The Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music is a memorial to composer, pianist, and violinist S.C. (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté who spent the last twenty-one years of her life in Manitoba. It fulfills her lifelong dream of creating a means by which the music of contemporary composers could make its presence felt by young musicians on the threshold of their careers. The E-Gré National Music Competition has been held annually since 1976 at Brandon University.”