Composer Vincent Ho (Steve Salnikowski)
"What I discovered from this experience was that being in this creative momentum made me feel connected with my inner self."
—Vincent Ho, Composer
Ever wondered how the mind of a composer works? Do musical notes stream through their head and get realeased onto paper or into a computer program? Do they experience writer's block? What do they eat for breakfast?
Your chance to find out more about composers and how they tick is through a series called Meet the Composer at McNally Robinson.
Vincent Ho is the next composer featured in the series. He's the Composer in Residence at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Ho is instrumental in programming and planning their New Music Festival which launches on January 28.
On Tuesday January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the travel alcove at McNally Robinson Grant Park, Vincent Ho will discuss his new work entitled City Suites. It's a concerto he wrote for Shauna Rolston which will be premiered (and recorded by CBC) on January 23.
SCENE asked Vincent Ho how he knew that he wanted to be a composer:
There were two moments that made me realize I wanted to be a composer. The first would have to be when I was 14 and had seen the movie Amadeus (an Oscar-winning film about Mozart). The story and use of Mozart's music enthralled me.
Amadeus opened my eyes to the exciting possibilities of composing music. As soon as the movie was over, I immediately went to the piano and wrote my first sonata. Admittedly, it was a naïve first attempt and the piece sounded quite juvenile but I had great fun doing it and certainly won't forget the excitement I felt at the time.
The second moment would have been in high school when I was involved in the production of the play Arsenic and Old Lace. I was responsible for composing and performing all of the incidental music. At the time, I didn't know what I was getting myself into but that was part of the thrill: going into unchartered territories that would stir my creative senses.