2017 HONENS FESTIVAL: Bison Noir (Calgary, Canada)

8 September 2017

10:00 PM

Royal Canadian Legion No. 1
116 Seventh Avenue SE

This edition of Bison Noir shines a spotlight on Sri Lankan-born, Canada-based composer-performer Dinuk Wijeratne, who has been described by the Toronto Star as “an artist who reflects a positive vision of our cultural future”, and by The New York Times as “exuberantly creative”. Mr Wijeratne made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a composer, conductor, and pianist performing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. His boundary-crossing work sees him equally at home in collaborations with  string quartets and tabla players.

Dinuk Wijeratne piano Cecilia String Quartet
Luca Buratto piano Min-Jeong Koh violin
Ed Hanley tabla Catherine Cosbey* violin
Matt Heller double bass Caitlin Boyle viola
  Rachel Desoer cello
  *Cathering Cosbey will replace Sarah Nemetallah who is on maternity leave

Bartók Out of doors Sz. 81
  8 Improvisations on Hungarian Folk Songs Sz. 74
Wijeratne 3s & 5s Transcribed from Bartók’s 44 Duos Sz. 98
  The Poetry of Squares
  Colour Study in Rupaktaal
  This way up ↓
  Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems
  Out of the Karmic Blue

The concert will last approximately 80 minutes.

Buy Tickets

This event is 18+


Festival Pass
Available now by calling the Honens Box Office.
20% off regular ticket price. Includes one ticket to each Festival concert and admission to Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre on 9 September 2017.

Single Tickets
Regular $25
Senior $22.50
A440 $18

Honens Box Office
403 299 0140

Bison Noir brings ‘cool’ to Calgary’s classical music scene. With a nod to ‘Le Poisson Rouge’—New York’s ‘it’ venue for cutting-edge performing arts in a bar/club setting—Bison Noir fuses performances of classical and post-classical music in a cabaret setting and removes formal traditions, allowing audiences to feel comfortable wearing casual clothing, getting there when they can, and not worrying about small noises made during the concert. The Bison Noir audience is musically curious and eclectic—from fans of traditional classical music to indie and electronic music enthusiasts. “I've always thought that classical music deserves 100 per cent attention and the quietest possible surroundings. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are circumstances where classical music can be enjoyed amidst the clinking of beer bottles and pockets of hubbub,” beamed Jon Kimura Parker at the inaugural Bison Noir in 2012.

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