Upcoming Events

23 May 2019 11:00. NORA Conference 2019. Reykjavik, Iceland

Karen Sunabacka will be attending the 2019 NORA Conference at the University of Iceland and presenting her paper: Reclaiming the Voices of Métis Women in Mama’s Painting: Louis Riel’s ‘Dream’

6 OCTOBER 2019 – Premiere of I Wasn’t Meant for This by Park Sounds. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Park Sounds, a duo comprised of percussionist Ben Reimer and violist Jennifer Thiessen, have commissioned Karen Sunabacka to compose a new work for percussion and viola d’amore. Titled I Wasn’t Meant for This, the piece will premiere this fall at Park Sound’s debut concert, Root Systems.

10 OCTOBER 2019 – 19:30. Premiere of Concerto for English Horn by ORCHESTRE MéTROPOLITAiN. Montreal, Canada

L’Orchestre Métopolitain has commissioned Karen Sunabacka to write an English horn concerto for their 2019 – 2020 season. The premiere performance in the Maison symphonique de Montréal will feature Mélanie Harel on the English horn and be conducted by Alondra de la Parra. For more information visit the Orchestre Métropolitain webpage.

13 NOVEMBER 2019 – 12:00. Park Sounds at Conrad Grebel University College. Waterloo, Ontario

Park Sounds will perform I Wasn’t Meant for This, Karen Sunabacka’s new work for viola d’amore and percussion at Conrad Grebel University College for a noon hour concert on November 13th.

February 2020 – PREMIERE OF Winnipeg Missa Brevis by Winnipeg Singers. Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Winnipeg Singers have commissioned Karen Sunabacka to write the Gloria for a collaboratively composed Missa Brevis, to premiere in February 2020.

Recent Projects and Events

8 May 2018 - 20:00. Groundswell. Winnipeg Art Gallery

A performance of Mama's Painting: Louis Riel's Dream.

28 February 2018 - 12:30. Conrad Grebel University College. Waterloo, Ontario.

Mama's Painting: Louis Riel's Dream was performed during a noon hour concert in the Grebel Chapel. Local musicians, and Karen Sunabacka herself were part of the performance.

27 January - 2 February 2018 - Mentor Composer at WNMF Composers Institute. Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

Karen Sunabacka was a mentor composer for the WNMF Composers Institute.

31 January 2018 - 19:30. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Centennial Concert Hall. Winnipeg, MB, Canada. 

Premiere of #DryColdCoversations by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The WSO commissioned Karen Sunabacka to write the piece for the 2018 New Music Festival. The piece explores new and seasoned Manitoban's experiences of Winter. 

22 and 24 of February 2017- 19:30. Premiere of De natura sonorum by ORCHESTRE MéTROPOLITAiN. Montreal, Canada

De natura sonorum was composed by Hartery/David/Ware/Sunabacka/É. Champagne. This was a collaborative project where each composer wrote one movement about their region of Canada. Karen Sunabacka wrote the slow movement about the Canadian Prairies. 

17 September, 2016 - 8:00 pm. Premiere of Across the Grasslands by the Regina Symphony Orchestra.

The RSO commissioned Karen Sunabacka to write the piece for Gordon Gerrard's inaugural season. 

4 February 2016, 20:00. Premiere of All Night A Dark Wind Blows. 

All Night A Dark Wind Blows was a collaboration with Montreal based improviser-composer-hyperflutist Cléo Palacio-Quintin.

24 February 2016, 20:00. Manitoba Premiere of All Night a Dark Wind Blows.

This was a Groundswell season concert with Karen Sunabacka guest curating. The concert was titled Electric Breath and featured Cléo Palacio-Quintin. 

8 March 2016, 19:30, McNally Robinson, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove.

Karen Sunabacka gave a special talk entitled Composing our Stories: Inspired by Family and the Prairies. This was presented as part of the McNally Robinson ongoing Meet the Composer series. For more information visit the McNally Robinson website here.

6 June, 2015: Premiere of Mama's Painting: Louis Riel's Dream at Agassiz Chamber Music Festival