ISCM Canadian Section announces works by Randolph Peters, Robert Lemay, and Rita Ueda selected for performance at the World New Music Days 2016 in Korea

The ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) Canadian Section is pleased to announce that works by Randolph Peters, Robert Lemay, and Rita Ueda have been selected for performance at the 2016 World New Music Days festival in Tongyeong, South Korea, 29 March – 3 April.

Randolph PetersHallucinations is an official selection of the ISCM Canadian Section, and was commissioned in 2013 by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with funding assistance provided by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. The orchestral work is dedicated to composer John Corigliano and author/neurologist Oliver Sacks, and deals with concepts of aural hallucination and neural music cognition. Peters explains, “This is music about the way we hear music.”

Robert Lemay‘s brass quintet Varius Multiplex Multiformis was submitted independently to the festival by the composer, and is inspired by the book “Les mémoires d’Hadrien” (1951) by French writer Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987). It was written for the Quintette de cuivres de l’Université Laval and was premiered at the Église Notre-Dame-de-Jacques-Cartier in Québec City in 2006 during the College Music Society, 48th National Conference.

Rita Ueda‘s work for chamber orchestra, entitled as the snowflakes return to the sky, was submitted by ISCM Associate Member Music on Main, CLC’s Presentation Partner for the upcoming WNMD 2017 Festival in Vancouver. The piece captures the uniqueness and beauty of each snowflake as they fall, melt, and evaporate back into the atmosphere, through the palette of 14 strings.  It was premiered at the Vancouver Pro Musica Sonic Boom Festival in April, 2010.  Awarded 2nd prize at the prestigious 2011 Gustav Mahler Composition Competition, as the snowflakes… has received numerous performances by distinguished orchestras such as the Vienna RSO, Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Prague Modern, and was one of the ISCM Canadian Section Official Selections for the 2012 World New Music Days in Flanders, Belgium.

A full list of the selected works for the 2016 festival is available here.
All festival information can be found here.

Congratulations to Randolph, Robert, and Rita, and to all those whose works have been selected by the international jury for performance at the festival.  See you in Korea!



Jim Hiscott, President, ISCM Canadian Section
Rodney Sharman, Vice-President, ISCM Canadian Section

ISCM Canadian Section contact:
Jim Hiscott :
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON
M4Y 1J9


The ISCM Canadian Section is administered by elected Council members of the Canadian League of Composers.