Sonic Boom 2022: March 11-13, 2022

Date: 2022 Mar 13
Location: Pyatt Hall and Annex

Vancouver Pro Musica


Sonic Boom Festival 2022

March 11 – 13 2022

Pyatt Hall / Annex

A three day festival of exciting new music created by BC’s finest composers, performed by eclectic combinations of some of BC’s finest musicians!

Composer-in-Residence: Edward Top

Featured Artists:
McGregor/Verdejo Duo (flute / guitar)
    Valerie Whitney, Horn

Festival Program

Tickets Available on Brown Paper Tickets

In accordance with the Provincial Health Order,

  • proof of full vaccination for concert attendees aged 12+
  • concert attendees aged 19+ must show government-issued photo ID with their proof of full vaccination.
  • only scannable Proof of Vaccination QR codes will be accepted.
  • masks are required for everyone inside of Pyatt Hall and Annex

Please allow additional time to confirm vaccine status. Thank you for your patience.

Pyatt Hall – VSO School of Music


Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 1: March 11 at 7:30 pm

Edward TopConfluence – Lan Tung (erhu), Jun Rong (erhu), Parmela Attariwala (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello)
Katherine BonnessNight-shining clouds – Jae-Won Bang (violin), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Sarah Kwok (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello)
Athena Loredo the far ends – Parmela Attariwala (violin), Jae-Won Bang (violin), Sarah Kwok (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello)
Francis SadleirPatches – Parmela Attariwala (violin), Jae-Won Bang (violin), Sarah Kwok (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello)

— intermission–

Jeffrey Ryan Suture – Corey Hamm (piano), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Sungyong Lim (cello)
Antony KnightLune, qui là-haut s’embrume – Corey Hamm (piano), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Jae-Won Bang (violin)
Chris Albanesetracings – Parmela Attariwala (violin), Jae-Won Bang (violin), Sarah Kwok (viola), Sungyong Lim (cello)
Goushi YonekuraStardust – Corey Hamm (piano), François Houle (clarinet)
John L. BakerPentahexaflexagon: Five Academic Inventions – Corey Hamm (solo piano)
Britney Dawn DoBlurry – Corey Hamm (piano), Parmela Attariwala (violin), Sungyong Lim (cello)


Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 2:  March 12 at 7:30 pm

Jack M. Campbell4×4 – Parmela Attariwala (violin), Jae-Won Bang (violin), Sarah Kwok (viola), Laine Longton (cello)
Kara GibbsThat was the year – Julia Chien, Luke Hildebrandt, Katie Rife, Gaël Chabot-Leclerc, (percussions)
Glenn SutherlandCaribou Crossing – Melanie Adams (voice), François Houle (cl), Katie Rife (percussion)
Isaac ZeeIn the Cave of Crystals – Parmela Attariwala (violin), Gaël Chabot-Leclerc (percussion), François Houle (clarinet)
Dubravko PajalicSerenade for Wind Quartet – Brenda Fedoruk (flute), Gerónimo Mendoza (oboe), François Houle (clarinet), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon)

— intermission–

Mariah MenniePatchwork – Gerónimo Mendoza (oboe), Laine Longton (cello)
Matthew-John KnightsShadow Figures – Gerónimo Mendoza, Emma Ringrose (oboes)
Ramsey SadakaSaying Nothing – Nathania Ko (solo konghou)



Featured Artist: Valerie Whitney, Horn + Mixed Ensemble Concert No. 3
March 13 at 2:00 pm

Kehao CaiMarching in the City Center at Night – Valerie Whitney (solo horn)
Réjean MaroisPrelude & Dances – Valerie Whitney (solo horn)
Wylie Ferguson Danger of the Fortunate SevenThomas Law (flute), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon), Janelle Nadeau (harp)
Mark Marinic AureaThomas Law (flute), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon), Janelle Nadeau (harp)

— intermission–

Ben Ledochowski The Land of Broken PotsBrenda Fedoruk (flute), François Houle (clarinet), Ingrid Chiang (bassoon)
Adam M. Junk Toccata for Two Flutes – Thomas Law and Brenda Fedoruk (flutes)
Henry From – Improvisation – Valerie Whitney (solo horn)
Judah WilliamsFragments for solo horn in F – Valerie Whitney (solo horn)
Craig DayEagle – Valerie Whitney (solo horn)


About the Artist: Valerie Whitney

Dr. Valerie Whitney was appointed to the faculty at the UBC School of Music in 2018, where she is now Assistant Professor, Horn and Brass Area Coordinator. Dr. Whitney has been performing in and around the Chicagoland area for over a decade. She regularly appears with some of the nation’s most esteemed performing organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 2010, she was invited to serve as guest principal horn with the Florida Orchestra for two weeks. From 2013–2016, she served as hornist of Fifth House Ensemble, during which time she performed and led masterclasses at nationwide universities as well as educational programs in various Chicago public schools and community centers. In 2017, Dr. Whitney was the first candidate to earn a DMA in Horn Performance from Northwestern University. She is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northwestern University.

Featured Artists Concert No. 2: McGregor/Verdejo Duo (flute & guitar)
March 13 at 8:00 pm

Sam Meadahl Ethereal Fluidity
Leslie Opatril
Greenslide in Spring
Nadia Schiblidance of disoriented figures burning in a box
Michael TrewRecalling the Night
rd WraggettVicissitudes for Flute and Classical Guitar
Diane BerryWhere We Meet
Albin Rickman – Swedish Rondo
Rodney Sharman – Missing You

About the Artists: Mark McGregor, flute / Adrian Verdejo, guitar

The McGregor-Verdejo Duo was formed in 2016 by guitarist Adrian Verdejo and flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor. From Bach to Piazzolla to Baca-Lobera, the Vancouver based duo is committed to re-envisioning established classics, rediscovering forgotten and neglected works, and forging bonds with modern day composers by commissioning and performing new music for flute and guitar. Past engagements include collaborations with soprano Dory Hayley, performances at Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra’s Global Soundscapes Festival and Powell Street Festival, and concerts throughout Western Canada for the HealthArts Society. The Duo’s dedication to fostering new music has resulted in the premieres of works by composers Jennifer Butler, Kara Gibbs, Rodney Sharman, and Hiroki Tsurumoto, as well as forthcoming commissions by Farshid Samandari, Mark Marinic, Alfredo Santa Ana, Ana Lara, and Diego Lozano.

During the 2020/21 season, when the coronavirus pandemic put live concerts on hold, the McGregor-Verdejo Duo moved their activities online, creating videos of music by Jocelyn Morlock and Celso Machado with assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, and Creative BC. Forthcoming projects include the duo’s debut album, which will feature new and recent works for flute and guitar by Canadian, Japanese, and Mexican composers, and an artist residency at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in Morelia, Mexico.

Career: Composer – Postponed until Season 22/23

Composers’ Masterclass – Postponed until Season 22/23