Problematic Orchestra

About us

Problematic Orchestra is a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. This eclectic ensemble is made up of approximately 26 musicians from a diverse musical diaspora. The ensemble presents a repertoire that crosses genres, blending the rigour of contemporary and classical music with popular music, improvisation, and a modern sensibility. Problematic Orchestra is directed by composer Daniel Janke.

photos:  Bruce Barrett

Longest Night Society

The mandate of Longest Night Society is to support the development of a semi-professional chamber orchestra as a voice for new music in the North.

Problematic Orchestra is a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. This eclectic ensemble is made up of approximately 26 musicians from a diverse musical diaspora. The ensemble presents a repertoire that crosses genres, blending the rigour of contemporary and classical music with popular music, improvisation, and a modern sensibility. Problematic Orchestra is directed by composer Daniel Janke.

Current board members and staff include:

President: Brandan Hanley
Vice President: Brian Gaas
Secretary: Kimberly Hart
Treasurer: Kimberly Tanner
Directors: Marie Gallagher, Judy Greenhill, Elayne Sayner, Sarah Jane Johnson
Artistic Director: Daniel Janke
General Manager: Brian Gaas

For more information contact us.

photos:  Bruce Barrett

Current Events

April, 2024

Longest Night Society presents Inspiration, a series of workshops and performances for strings and winds with guest educators Gwen Hoebig – strings, and Jeremy Brown – winds. The workshop series culminates in concerts at Whitehorse United Church on Saturday April 27, at 7:30 pm, and at the Carcross Community Centre on Sunday April at 3:00 pm.

December 2024

Problematic Orchestra explores the sing-a-long on December 20 and 21, 2024 at the Yukon Arts Centre. Special guests to be announced.

Ticket Information

For upcoming event ticket information, please visit the Yukon Arts Centre here.

Previous Events

2023

Ubi Caritas
Composed by Maurice Durufle, arranged by Scott Maynard

Trio Per Uno – Composed by N.J. Zivkovic

Wannabe – Composed by Spice Girls, arranged by Nathan Howe

La Marée Rouge
Composed by Hannah Mazurek, commissioned by Longest Night Society

2022

Soir d’Hiver – Nadia Boulanger

The Crows Of Sarsfield Court- Scott Maynard

Darkness – Peter Jickling
music by Daniel Janke

2021

Coming Together – composed by Frederic Rzewski

2020

Counterpoint of View – composed by George Koller

 

2019

The theme for the Longest Night 2019 concert series was Canadiana. The program featured composers David Archer, Paul Lucas, Keitha Clark, Katerina Gimon, Sean Smith, Sarah Smith-Johnson, and Scott Maynard as well as arrangers Andrea McColeman and Daniel Janke. The program also featured the Kwanlin Dághàlhaan K’e Dancers.

2019 Videos

Honour Song – composed by Sarah Johnston Smith and family, featuring Kwanlin Dághàlhaan K’e Dancers

 

Trees on a Wire – composed by David Archer

 

2018

2018 Videos

The 2018 solstice concerts with Problematic Orchestra featured commissioned works from Bronwen Duncan, Olivier deColombel, Annie Avery, Scott Maynard, Micah Smith, Ben Barrett-Forrest, and Daniel Janke. Our theme for Longest Night 2018 was folksongs.

Radio Works – composed by Daniel Janke

 La Vie Est Belle

Listen to La vie est belle, featuring Hélène Beaulieu and Problematic Orchestra. La vie est belle was composed by Daniel Janke for the film Subconscious Password, directed by Chris Landreth [short-listed for an Oscar award, 2014].

2018 Photos

 

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.

 

2017 Composers

Andrea McColeman, Carmen Braden, Daniel Janke, Olivier de Colombel, Scott Maynard

 

2017 Photos

 

Our History

Longest Night Society was formed in 1995 to present the annual winter solstice concerts in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. In 1999 the company released the CD recording not too dark, which can be purchased here.

Beginning in 2016, the society adopted a mandate to support the development of Problematic Orchestra, a semi-professional contemporary chamber orchestra based in Whitehorse, Yukon.

 

2016

 

1995 – 2015

Our Sponsors

Longest Night is a community event.

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors and Supporters.

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