Maple Leaf

Partner Orchestra

Longest Night Ensemble


Daniel Janke, Directeur musical

Year founded: 1995

Between 1995 and 2012, the Longest Night Ensemble performed numerous concerts, youth and school shows, outreach concerts to the communities, and on recordings for film and radio.

Photo credit: John Johnston

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Daniel Janke

Birthplace: Edmonton, AB

Current home: Whitehorse, YT

Daniel Janke has composed music for the concert stage, film, dance, and theatre.

Recent commissions include works for violinist Mark Fewer, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Bozzini String Quartet, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Standing Wave Ensemble, and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Film scores include: Subconscious Password (NFB, dir. Chris Landreth, 2014); The Mountain of Sgaana (NFB, dir. Chris Auchter, 2016); the TV series, Northern Town (CBC, 2006); Touch (dir. Jeremy Podeswa, 2001); and the live stage/film production, The Grubstake Remix (2016).

Recent recording releases include Celestial Blue –duets for piano and violin with Mark Fewer (Centrediscs 2016). An accomplished improvisor and jazz pianist, Daniel has also recorded with his own group, Winter Trio. He is currently working on a suite for prepared piano.

Daniel works from his studio in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.


"Small Song for Orchestra"

November 3, 2017

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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December 21, 2017

Longest Night Ensemble, Whitehorse

December 22, 2017

Longest Night Ensemble, Whitehorse

Small Song for Orchestra may be thought of as a little piece that aspires to greatness. Similarly, as a young country with a relatively small population, Canada brings humility to its position in the world while still striving to make great contributions.