Past Events

A brief list of events where my music has been featured.

Notgnirrac

April 26, 2019 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

The world premiere of Notgnirrac. Performed by Mark Takeshi McGregor in a programme that included music featuring composers from the Pacific Rim for his project "Lutalica"

Commissioned by Mark Takeshi McGregor with support from the Canada Council for the Arts

The River of Hellos and Goodbyes

April 12, 2019 | St. James Community Centre, Vancouver BC

The world premiere of The River of Hellos and Goodbyes, featured in musica intima's CRIES, a programme that included music by Jocelyn Morlock, Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt, and Pavel Chesnokov.

Commissioned by musica intima

Music for the Winter Solstice 2018

December 19 & 20, 2018 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, featuring Corey Payette and a programme that included his works along with music by Jocelyn Morlock, Jennifer Butler, Nicole Lizée and Caroline Shaw.

Commissioned by Music on Main & performed by Corey Payette (voice), Julie McIsaac (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), and Karen Gerbrecht (violin).

Music for a Night in May

May 4, 2018 | Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver BC

A night only event of luminous music for words and string quartet. Music by Alfredo Santa Ana & Words by Colin Browne. The premiere of NIGHT SONNETS, PETAL, and ENTR'ACTE

Performed by Carla Huhtanen (voice), Colin Browne (reader), Nicholas Wright (violin), Karen Gerbrecht (violin), Andrew Brown (viola), and Olivia Blander (cello)

Vertical Orchestra 2017: 21st Century Guitars

November 7, 2018 | Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver BC

The premiere of Under An Orange Sky in a production by Redshift Music as part of the ISCM World New Music Days 2017. A premiere and performance that included works by Tim Brady, James Maxwell, Lisa Miller, Jordan Nobles, Benton Roark, and Rita Ueda.

Commissioned by Redshift Music Society with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council

Music for the Winter Solstice 2016

December 15 & 16, 2016 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a programme that included works by Rodney Sharman, Nicole Lizeé, Veda Hille, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw.

Commissioned by Music on Main & performed by Caroline Shaw (voice/violin), Veda Hille (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), Adrian Verdejo (guitar).

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs Ocaso

November 26 & 28, 2016, Orpheum Theatre | Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed Ocaso, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Sibelius's Symphony No. 5 conducted by Anu Tali.

Commissioned by NYO Canada with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

100 Very Good Reasons Why ____

Sunday, November 6, 2016, Roundhouse | Vancouver, BC

Performed as part of Tim Brady's piece for 100 guitars honouring the legendary player Les Paul.

Co-presented by Music on Main and Redshift Music Society

I Should Bring Them Water

May 28, 2016 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

A program focusing on music for voices and percussion that will include I Should Bring Them Water, a piece written in collaboration with Michael Springate that pays tribute to the 1980 popular uprising in Gwangju, South Korea.

Commissioned by Tom Cone's Opera Project in 2012.

O Superman

April 17, 2016 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

A performance of my arrangement of Laurie Anderson's O Superman at the Orpheum Annex. Performed by Standing Wave Ensemble & Veda Hille.

Watch a video of the performance here.

Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble.

Kindertotenlieder

March 9, 2016 | UBC School of Music, Vancouver BC

Commissioned by Nu:BC Collective.

Music for the Winter Solstice 2015

December 11, 2015 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

A repeat performance of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a programme that included works by James Maxwell, Ann Southam, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw.

Commissioned by Music on Main & performed by Caroline Shaw (voice/violin), Steve Maddock (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), Ariel Barnes (cello), and Heidi Krutzen, harp).

NYO Canada performs Ocaso

August 3-10, 2015 | Montréal, Vancouver, Edmonton.

For their 2015 TD National Tour, the NYO Canada put together a programme of massive orchestral pieces including Ocaso, and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances, Strauss's, Don Quixote, Holst's Planets, and a new work by fellow Canadian composer Emilie LeBel.

Commissioned by NYO Canada with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Article in the Vancouver Sun

August 6, 2015 | Vancouver, BC

"Vancouver composer tailors new work to orchestra" - an article by David Gordon Duke.

 

Read the article in the Vancouver Sun here.

Towards Chaos

May 17, 2015 | Pyatt Hall, Vancouver BC

World premiere of Seven For Six in a concert of contemporary chamber music infused by thrash metal, horror movies, and obsessive behaviour. Towards Chaos featured music by Nicole Lizée, Edward Top, Gordon Fitzell, Philip Glass, and Alfredo Santa Ana.

Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble.

Music for the Winter Solstice 2014

December 12, 2014 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

World premiere of A Short Song for the Longest Night of the Year, in a gorgeous programme that included works by Arvo Pärt, Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Caroline Lizotte, Alfredo Santa Ana, and Music on Main’s Composer In Residence Caroline Shaw – the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Commissioned by Music on Main & performed by Caroline Shaw (voice/violin), Steve Maddock (voice), Rachel Iwaasa (piano), Ariel Barnes (cello), and Heidi Krutzen, harp).

Music on Main's The Orpheus Project

July 17-20, 2014 | The Cultch, Vancouver BC

An immersive journey filled with musical and theatrical intrigue.

 

Imagine roaming an entire theatre, discovering rooms filled with mysterious music and surprising interactions. Through creations by Jocelyn Morlock, Veda Hille, Cassandra Miller, James Maxwell, Barry Truax, Alfredo Santa Ana, Colin Browne, George Frideric Handel, and others, you’ll explore The Cultch’s dressing rooms and Historic Theatre, the backstage and the lobby. Music on Main’s new site-specific event will reveal why Orpheus remains such a powerful influence in the 21st Century.

 

Performance of For Pity Divine, with text by Colin Browne, was performed by Patti Allan (host), Veda Hille (piano/voice), Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Steve Maddock (baritone), Laura Barron (flutes), Mark Takeshi McGregor (flutes), Christopher Bagan (harpsichord), Matthew Davies (viola), Rebecca Wenham (cello).

Recollections: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

February 24, 2013 | Orpheum Annex, Vancouver BC

Vancouver premiere of Through the Burrow at the opening "Symphony at the Annex" series. The programme included music by Michael Finnissy, Harrison Birtwistle and Canadian composers Vincent Ho and James Maxwell. 

 

Performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; Bramwell Tovey, conductor.

Wall Soundscape No. 1

November 1, 2012 | Sheraton Wall Centre Plaza, Vancouver BC

An event organized by Alfredo Santa Ana, Wall Composer In Residence, and and Emily Molnar, Artistic Director of Ballet BC

 

A public intersection between music and dance, art and urban space, this outdoor experimental presentation re-imagined the way we engage with the performing arts.

 

Watch a video of this event here.

 

Performed by a 12-piece brass band consisting of some Vancouver's finest brass players. Alexander Cannon, conductor.

Fairness in Financial Markets: Dance & Dialogue

October 25, 2012 | Roundhouse, Vancouver BC

Fairness in Financial Markets Dance & Dialogue, featured a lecture on unfairness in the wake of the global financial crisis by the Institute's Director, Dr. Janis Sarra. The event includes a live performance by world renowned dancer, Margie Gillis, with music by Wall Composer In Residence, Alfredo Santa Ana.

 

Watch a video of this event here.

Performed by Karen Gerbrecht, violin; Olivia Blander, cello; and Mark McGregor, flute.

Tom Cone's Opera Project

September 22, 2012 | Vancouver BC

Initiated in 2011 by the late Tom Cone, this project brings together composers and librettists to collaborate and create short operas with a focus on contemporary issues and ideas. I should bring them water is a 10-minute opera created in conjunction with Michael Springate; featuring sopranos Siri Olesen and Melanie Adams, and percussionist Martin Fisk.

Commissioned by Tom Cone.

Produced by Colin Browne, Karen Matthews, David Pay, and Carol Yaple.

Musica Dialogues: Hearing the conversation unfold

May 17, 2012 | UBC Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems Atrium, Vancouver BC

As Wall Composer In Residence, Alfredo Santa Ana presents a concert/talk with David Gillham & Rebecca Wenham on his work Eleven Dialogues for violin and cello.

Mark McGregor, flute & Chris Bagan, harpsichord

March 20, 2012 | The Cellar, Vancouver BC

World premiere of F.C. for harpsichord and flute. Performing baroque music and new Canadian works written especially for them, flutist Mark McGregor and keyboardist Christopher Bagan commissioned new music by composers Jocelyn Morlock, Cassandra Miller, and Edward Top.

Redshift | 10th Anniversary Concert "BAM"

January 19, 2012 | Blusson Spinal Cord Atrium, Vancouver BC

World premiere of light space, an 8-percussion piece dedicated to the Redshift Music Society in honour of their 10th Anniversary.

Commissioned by Redshift.

On Fairness | World premiere and gala event

January 19, 2012 | Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Grand Ballroom A

Vancouver BC

A talk by dancer and choreagrapher Margie Gillis, 2011 Laureate of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement; and a performance of Alfredo Santa Ana's new work On Fairness as the inaugural Peter Wall Composer in Residence.

Commissioned by the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies at UBC & performed by Mark McGregor (flute), Karen Gerbrecht (violin), and Olivia Blander (cello).

Premiere at the Morelia International Film Festival

October 13-17, 2011 | Morelia, Michoacan - México

World premiere of film Borrar de la Memoria, directed by legendary Mexican director Alfredo Gurrola, and scored by Alfredo Santa Ana.

A Jamie Travis Retrospective

August 16, 2011 | Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, Vancouver BC

Parallel Lives: A Jamie Travis Retrospective presented by the Queer Film Festival & UBC Alumni Affairs. A presentation featuring 4 films scored by Alfredo Santa Ana.

 

Watch all of Jamie Travis's short films on his Vimeo channel here.

National Arts Centre | Composers Programme

June 23-29, 2011 | NAC Ann Southam Hall, Ottawa ON

A participant in the NAC's Summer Institute Composers Programme. World premiere of Through the Burrow.

Terminal City Soundscape

January 23-25, 2011 | Heritage Hall, Vancouver BC

Music on Main presents during the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival the world premiere of On The Bridge, as part of All, a live film/music installation directed by Mina Shum.

 

Watch a short video on the production of this project here.

Premiered & Commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble

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