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New Works of Art Calgary Society was established in 1984 by John Snow and Quenten Doolittle to support the creation of contemporary music composed and performed by Canadians, and particularly Albertans. Its first president was John Snow. The Canadian Music Centre (Prairie Region) was a founding sponsor of the Society, and continues to be a frequent collaborator.

The Society, also referred to as New Works Calgary, promotes 20th and 21st century Canadian music, and presents world premieres as well as landmark 20th century compositions. An important goal of the Society is to explore the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines such as poetry, dance, and visual arts. The society also promotes educational opportunities such as workshops and sessions to bring artists into the classroom.

Since 1984, the Society has held a continuous series of concerts, each season consisting of three to seven concerts. Pre-concert chats and post-concert receptions are held for every concert. The Society began an annual week-long Calgary New Music Festival in 2015 featuring Calgary musicians and ensembles at a variety of performance venues.


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