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Composer John Oliver wins Classical Composition of the Year at Western Canadian Music Awards

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John Oliver won the “Classical Composition of the Year” Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards this past Sunday night (October 6) for his orchestral composition Forging Utopia, (CD available here).

I’m elated to win the Western Canadian Music Awards “Classical Composition of the Year” award. I would like to thank (then) Composer-in-Residence Jon Siddall and the National Arts Centre Orchestra for commissioning the work and for such a wonderful premiere performance by the orchestra under the direction of American conductor David Allen Miller during their “Generation XYZ” New Music Festival in January 1998 (the famous year of the Ice Storm). Thanks to the CBC for recording the concert and to the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of CD production and to Centrediscs for the release.
- John Oliver

Read the Western Canadian Music Awards press release here.

Read the Canadian Music Centre press release here.

Listen to an excerpt of the piece and purchase here.

For those who would like to hear my orchestral music live in concert, please come to the performance of my Vancouver Symphony Orchestra-commissioned piece Up Wind which will be conducted by maestro Bramwell Tovey at the VSO New Music Festival on Monday January 20 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver. More details here.