Newfound Music Festival XXI



Newfound Music Festival XXI 

Newfound Music Festival XXI
Wednesday, January 31 – Friday, February 2

Newfound Music Festival, now in its 21st year, is an annual festival that invites students, alumni, and faculty to share their "Newfound ideas" with the School of Music community. The special guest for Newfound Music Festival XXI will be conductor and pianist Leslie Dala (BC).  Join us for workshops, a symposium, special guests, concerts, and a final gala performance!

Schedule of events:

Thursday, February 1, 12pm-4pm

Hear presentations and performances from School of Music faculty, students, and alumni as well as a keynote speech from Leslie Dala entitled "Adventures in New Music". Maestro Leslie Dala will recount his personal experiences of working with composers John Adams, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho and Canadian composers Brian Current, Dorothy Chang, and James Rolfe. He will also recount his meetings with Olivier Messiaen, Gyorgy Ligeti, Gyorgy Kurtag.
View the Newfound Music Festival XXI Symposium Schedule.


Mainstage Concert with special guest Leslie Dala 
Thursday, February 1, 7:30pm
D.F. Cook Recital Hall

This solo piano program by special guest artist Leslie Dala will feature Philip Glass' Etudes Book (1-10), selections from Radiohead's OK Computer arranged by Christopher O'Riley (Airbag, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Exit Music for a Film, Let Down, and Karma Police), and Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. 



Newfound XXI Gala 
Friday, February 2, 7:30pm
D.F. Cook Recital Hall

Join us as we end the Newfound Music Festival with a final gala performance featuring School of Music faculty, students, and alumni!



About our guest artist Leslie Dala:

Leslie Dala

Conductor and pianist, Leslie Dala enjoys a multifaceted career spanning the genres of opera, symphonic music, choral and contemporary works. On the podium, he is known for his passionate, dynamic, and charismatic approach to music making. Named one of the top ten artistic leaders by the Vancouver Sun, Dala's national profile has grown steadily with guest conducting appearances with orchestra and opera companies across the country. Internationally, he has conducted in Europe and in Asia and is a member of the music staff at the Santa Fe Opera.

Leslie holds the positions of Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of Vancouver Opera, and the Music Director Emeritus of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Recently he conducted Vancouver Opera’s production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, the Canadian premiere of George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill produced by Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and the world premiere of Frank Horvat’s Memories of Self Isolation with the Vancouver Bach Choir.

As a pianist, Leslie recorded the complete Etudes of Philip Glass which is available on the Redshift label and on all of the major streaming platforms. It was named by CBC Radio as one of the top 21 Classical recordings of 2021. His 2022 recording of Nikolai Korndorf’s The Smile of Maud Lewis also made the CBC list for top 22 Classical recordings.