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Oliver's "Forging Utopia" nominated at the Western Canadian Music Awards

Oliver's "Forging Utopia" orchestral composition has been nominated for "Classical Composition of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards, also known as Breakout West.
The title track from John Oliver’s latest CD of Orchestral music, Forging Utopia, is among five nominees for “Classical Composition of the Year” at this western Canadian music awards ceremony and festival.

[Learn about the Awards Ceremony and complete nominees here: - outdated]

Learn more about Forging Utopia at this web page.

John will be attending the awards ceremony and also performing at the Classical Music Showcase a brand new piece for guitar and electronics called “Orchestral Commission.” This work uses a computer to process Oliver’s guitar performance to create orchestral doubling and accompaniment. Oliver explores sample-based orchestration using Ableton LIVE software with Max-for-LIVE plugins. Oliver uses the same tools as many DJs and other creative computer-musicians to play an orchestra in realtime.

Come see the showcase on Saturday October 5, 2 pm at Festival Hall, 1214 10th Ave SE, Calgary, AB. FREE ADMISSION.

Performances by:
John Oliver
Kensington Sinfonia
Naomi Forman and Mary Jo CarrabreĢ Rubbing Stone
Standing Wave
Antonio Peruch with the Vaughan String Quartet

Compositions by:
Patrick CarrabreĢ
Jason Cullimore
John Oliver
Sid Robinovitch
Jeffrey Ryan
Donovan Seidle
WMCA showcase