Wednesday, April 14, 2010 8:00PM
~ Pre-concert talk 7:15PM ~
Saint Mary's University Art Gallery
5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax, NS

For reservations call: (902) 429 1899
Tickets $20
/ $15 for Students and Seniors

A Co-production with Saint Mary's University Art Gallery

"Aventa - Victoria's superb contemporary-music ensemble - directed by Bill Linwood, has a knack for putting complementary compositions together. For those of us who think contrast is overrated, their programs are a treat."

- Globe and Mail

"The superb Canadian ensemble Aventa, performed with precision."

- Sueddeutsche

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The Aventa Ensemble with Bill Linwood, Artistic Director, is committed to the fostering of New Music in British Columbia and beyond.

With a reputation for superb performance and ambitious programming, Aventa has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary music ensembles.  The ensemble is comprised of 15 musicians who are passionate about new music and its place in our culture.  Pushing the boundaries through diverse projects, collaboration and cultural exchange, Aventa challenges the preconceptions of new music.

Founded in 2003, Aventa regularly commissions both Canadian and international new works and has presented premieres of over 50 works both in Canada and on tour.  Under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood, the ensemble works closely with Canadian and international composers, developing instrumental techniques and refining interpretation as well as exploring projects which combines music with other art forms.

In a continuing commitment to Canadian repertoire, Aventa presented 25 Canadian works during our previous Season.  Highlights from the international repertoire include the Canadian premieres of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis, Anders Nordentoft’s opera On This Planet, Thomas Adès’ Concerto Conciso with acclaimed Canadian pianist Louis Lortie as soloist and the U.S. premiere of Poul Ruders’ Abysm in New York City. Recent Canadian premieres include Pierre Boulez’s Dérive II (1988-2007) and Rolf Wallin’s Appearances(version for 15 players)

“You've had a glimpse of infinity, and lo and behold, it's a nice place to be…Nothing says capital city better than a first-rate new music ensemble devoted to ambitious, important programming. Victoria has that in Aventa.” - Elissa Poole, OPUS Magazine

"Aventa - Victoria's superb contemporary-music ensemble - directed by Bill Linwood, has a knack for putting complementary compositions together. For those of us who think contrast is overrated, their programs are a treat." - Globe and Mail

The superb Canadian ensemble Aventa, under the direction of Bill Linwood, performed with precision" - Sueddeutsche, München

"With the premiere of Paul Frehner's "God save the human cannonball" was a effective prelude to Munich's A•DEvantgrade Festival 10. The Montreal composer looked to the festival's motto "playing" with the phenomenon of ecstasy, as in the amusement park rollercoaster. The dizzying feeling linked with the compulsion to repeat it as often as possible were brought to full effect, thanks to an uncommonly compelling interpretation of the 15 member Aventa Ensemble under the direction of Bill Linwood." - B5 Kultur, München

"Aventa presented Ruders' 2000 work "Abysm" showing its fascinating consistency through three varied tone paintings, which at one time did not move out of place and yet imperceptibly underwent dramatic changes." - Politiken, Copenhage
Bill Linwood Biography Bill Linwood

A native of Saskatoon, Bill Linwood is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Aventa Ensemble. He has conducted such classic repertoire as Boulez’Derive I, Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto and Ferneyhough’s Flurries, as well as Canadian premieres of a wide variety of Canadian and international repertoire.  Highlights include the Canadian premieres of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis, Thomas Ades'Concerto Conciso with Louis Lortie as piano soloist and the November 2007 North American premiere of Pierre Boulez’ Dérive II (2006).  A champion of the music of Quebec composer Gilles Tremblay, Bill has conducted several programs and recordings devoted to his music.  Other recent conducting highlights included the North American premiere of Norwegian Rolf Wallin’s Appearances, the North American premiere of Anders Nordentoft’s opera On this Planet, the US premiere of Poul RudersAbysm in New York City and a concert dedicated to Mauricio Kagel with Calgary's Land’s End Ensemble. In 2009, Bill led Aventa in an international tour that introduced Canadian new music to audiences in New York City, Munich and Copenhagen.

Noa Frenkel Biography pdf

After graduating cum laude from the Rubin Academy of music at the Tel-Aviv University, the Israeli contralto Noa Frenkel continued her vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands in The Hague.  Noa’s concert repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary music. Recent performances include a Handel’s Belshazzar and Judas Machabeus, Respigi’s Il Tramonto, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the Matthew and John passions of Bach. 

Noa Frenkel's opera debut was in Mozart’s Zauberflöte conducted by Kenneth Montgomery. Other invitations followed including A.Shapira’s Kastner Trial in Tel-Aviv, Phillip Glass’s Achnaton in Rotterdam and Luigi Nono’s Prometeo at La Scala – Milan, Festival D’Automne – Paris, Lucerne Festival, and Berliner Philharmonie with Ensemble Modern – Frankfurt. She has sang Madam Flora in Menotti’s The Medium with Opera Rotterdam directed by David Prins, La Maestra delle novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, conducted by Steven Sloane and staged by Jonathan Eaton, and  ‘Doux Mensonges’ at the Opera Garnier, Paris, with Les Arts Florissants. In 2006 Noa Frenkel has made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in W.A. Mozart & C. Czernowin WP: Zaide/Adama. She has recently performed with the Basel opera, the Nantes-Angers opera, and the Dutch Reis opera, as well as a new production of Zaide/Adama at the opera houses of Bremen and Mannheim for which she has enjoyed wide critical acclaim.

Future invitations include a role in C. Czhernovin's opera Pnima at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, a world premiere of an opera by Johannes Kalizke at the Theater an der Wien, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, with maestro Daniel Klajner.

Noa Frenkel is also an admired interpreter of contemporary music. She is performing regularly with renowned ensembles such as the Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt and the Ensemble Recherche, Freiburg, and has performed recently with the Schonberg Ensemble, Amsterdam and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris.  She is the soloist of the Dutch ensemble MAE whom with she regularly performs and tours Europe, Japan and the United States.  Many of the ensemble’s commissions were especially composed for her voice.

Janice Jackson Biographypdf

Janice Jackson has sung over 160 world premieres, many works written specifically for her, and performed with contemporary music ensembles, in modern music festivals and concert halls around the world – Beijing, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Torino, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Johannesburg and more.
 While Jackson's repertoire includes some of the most demanding music of the 20th century, she is also a lover of cabaret and jazz standards, throughout the 2006 – 2007 season she toured Nova Scotia with her hilarious cabaret show entitled L’amour? as well as singing in a Debut Atlantic tour with Montreal’s QuarTango.  She is the Artistic Director of the Halifax based contemporary vocal music society Vocalypse Productions.  In 2007 her solo project Wolf Moon (a Vocalypse Production) featuring 4 dramatic solos was premiered to sold out audiences in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In March 2007 she toured North America with Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble. In September 2007 she performed in Live Art Productions’ 25th Anniversary world premiere performance of Ear I Am, choreographed by Belgium’s Barbara Mavro Thalassitis. This past October she returned from The Netherlands where she sang 4 world premieres in a production entitled “The Wahlwiller Passion”.  Her latest concert Monologue of a Lunatic was recorded by CBC Radio 2 for the Signal.   Next season she teams up with composer/musician Lukas Pearse for a one hour show entitled “Vonda de Ville in Temporal Follies – An Electropera”.

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The Aventa Ensemble
Janice Jackson, soprano
Noa Frenkel, contralto
Bill Linwood, conductor