November 8, 2019 – Shenkman SHHHuffle

Last night SHHH!! Ensemble debuted our new avant-accessible initiative “SHHHuffle” at the Shenkman Arts Centre’s Richcraft Theatre. 

A big thank you to Arts Network Ottawa for your generous support of this project through the ARTicipate Endowment Fund. Without it, workshopping and presenting this initiative would not have been possible.

SHHHuffle is a mashup programme that bridges the gap between traditional classical music and 21st century composition, presented in an accessible, fun, and engaging format.

The inaugural SHHHuffle programme featured music by Francis Poulenc, Roxanne Nesbitt, Christine Donkin, Kevin Hanlon, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and John Beckwith.

As SHHH!! Ensemble’s repertoire continues to grow, SHHHuffle will evolve in step with these developments and serve as a flexible way for our duo to engage with diverse audiences. 

Throughout each season, we plan to continue (as we are this year) with a three-programme-approach:

  1. all-contemporary
  2. traditional (this year’s “Foreign Inspirations”)
  3. SHHHuffle

The debut of this initiative was made even more special by featuring the world premiere of a new work by Kevin Hanlon, also titled SHHHuffle. 

The event was captured by photographer Ming Wu: