To celebrate the August holiday, Chamberfest packed Monday with an astounding array of concerts, celebrating both the old and the brand-new. Drew Jurecka and Rebekah Wolkstein returned for an intimate concert tailored to neurodivergent folks, while the Midday Matinée saw Chamberfest-favourite Hinrich Alpers perform a selection of Beethoven’s piano sonatas.
But the centrepiece of Day 12 was New Music Monday. This epic five-hour concert series featured many world premieres, including several from local composers. HATCH Ensemble, a summer intensive for emerging composers, conductors, and performers, presented five challenging works. Next, Ottawa’s percussion-and-piano duo SHHH!! Ensemble presented new works by Daniel Mehdizadeh and Edward Enman. Next were two compositions by local composers Kelly-Marie Murphy and John Armstrong. The concert continued with two world premieres, beginning with the haunting song cycle Sing Nature Alive From My Insides, composed by Matthias McIntire and performed by Rachel Fenlon on piano, voice, and electronics. It was followed by the premiere of Moncton-based Simon Bourget’s Trio Tragique for horn, violin and piano. The night ended with the Verona Quartet, who performed string quartets by Gyorgy Ligeti, Dvorak, and Toronto-based Roydon Tse.