Fonds S507 - NUMUS fonds

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NUMUS fonds

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  • 1969-2014 (Creation)
    NUMUS Concerts, Inc.

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5.27 m of textual records
263 photographs
213 audio compact discs
49 videocassettes
36 contact sheets
36 audio cassettes
30 digital audio tapes
11 optical discs
10 compacts discs
9 col. slides
7 sketches
2 plaques
1 certificate
1 trophy

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NUMUS Concerts, Inc. is a presenter and producer of contemporary music in Waterloo, Ontario. Canadian composter Peter Hatch founded NUMUS in 1985 to showcase established and emerging talent. Artists perform at various venues within the Region of Waterloo including local churches, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, The Registry Theatre, and many more.

NUMUS is governed by a Board of Directors, and is led by an Artistic Director. It is a not-for-profit organization whose funding comes from grants, sponsors, and donations from the public. The majority of support comes from grants received from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kitchener, the City of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo, the SOCAN Foundation, Canadian Heritage, and the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation.

When NUMUS began, they presented 4 to 6 concerts in a season. Now as a well-established organization, NUMUS presents 10 to 12 concerts and performances per season which generally runs from September to May. Since the 2013-2014 season, NUMUS has presented two different series: the Main Series and the MIX Series. The Main Series showcases established national and international contemporary music artists while the MIX Series presents emerging artists and improvisational music. NUMUS has held composer competitions in previous years with monetary prizes. Most recently, the first annual Student Curator Contest was presented in NUMUS’ 2015-2016 season. NUMUS also supports students with reduced ticket prices.

The Salome Dancer has been one of NUMUS’ largest productions. The two-act chamber opera, commissioned by NUMUS, took composer Tim Brady 8 years to complete. Brady created the score and John Sobol created the libretto. NUMUS, in collaboration with the Open Ears Festival of Music, presented this work at its world premiere in April 2005.

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The fonds contains records accumulated and created by NUMUS since its inception in 1985. The records include: programmes and promotional material; correspondence; grant applications; information about events; and materials related to the premiere of the opera The Salome Dancer. Other materials include sound recordings and moving images in various formats.

Some significant records are found in Series 10 where there is over 80 cm of programmes and promotional material for most concerts presented by NUMUS between 1985 and 2014. Series 15 contains extensive material from The Salome Dancer including revised copies of the score and libretto; sound recordings and moving images; and spiral-bound copies of the stage manager's score with highlighting, notes, and cues. Series 20, 22-25 are also significant to this collection because they contain over 140 sound recordings and moving images from concerts and performances between 1988 and 2012.

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  • Box: Room 1-124 Shelf 21-1-1