Problematic Orchestra is a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Under the direction of composer Daniel Janke, this eclectic ensemble is made up of approximately 20 musicians from a diverse musical diaspora. The ensemble presents a repertoire that crosses genres, blending the rigour of contemporary and classical music with improvisation and a modern sensibility.
photos: Bruce Barrett
Longest Night Society
The mandate of Longest Night Society is to support the development of Problematic Orchestra, a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon. Current board members and staff include: Brendan Hanley-president; Katie Avery-vice president; Gina Cosco-secretary; Kim Tanner-treasurer; Andrea McColeman, Rachel Grantham, and Joan Stanton-directors; and Daniel Janke-artistic director.
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Longest Night 2017
The 2017 Problematic Orchestra winter solstice concert series featured new works by northern Canadian composers Carmen Braden, Olivier de Colombel, Daniel Janke, Scott Maynard, and Andrea McColeman, as well as works adapted from Claudio Monteverdi. Also on the program was a partnership work by director Daniel Janke , commissioned by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Canadian Mosaic project. Small Song for Orchestra was also performed by the TSO on Nov. 3, 2017 at Roy Thompson Hall.
Listen to the TSO performance.
More information on the Canadian Mosaic project can be found here.
Andrea McColeman, Carmen Braden, Daniel Janke, Olivier de Colombel, Scott Maynard
Gold Miner’s Daughter – composer by Daniel Janke
Every Freeze is Different – composed by Carmen Braden
Zombie Apocalypse – composed by Daniel Janke
Two Sleepless Songs – composed by Andrea McColeman
Aurora – composed by Olivier de Colombel
The Sun Peaks – composed by Scott Maynard
Longest Night Society was originally formed in 1995 to present the annual winter solstice music-driven storytelling concerts in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. During this period the company released the CD recording not too dark, which can be purchased here.
CD release Not Too Dark 
Beginning in 2016, the society adopted a mandate to support the growth and development of Problematic Orchestra, a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon.
1995 – 2015
Longest Night is a community event.
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