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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Christina Perowska Quilico Releases Fifth CD of Canadian Piano Concerti

Tapestries – New on Centrediscs



Tapestries - Front cover

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico performs concerti by Canadian composers George Fiala and Heather Schmidt on her latest recording, Tapestries, issued on the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label. The Fiala features the unusual concerto pairing of piano and choir.

The CD is her fifth of Canadian piano concerti, and the seventh and eighth Canadian piano concerti she has recorded. It is also her 26th recorded title. Physical CDs may be ordered via Digital downloads will be available in early November.

Concerto Cantata by Montreal composer George Fiala reflects the Ukrainian heritage of both the composer and the pianist. It was commissioned by the Edmonton-based Alberta Ukrainian Commemorative Society, and is dedicated to the 1988 Millennium of Christianity in Ukraine.

Recorded at its world premiere in 1987 at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, it features Petrowska Quilico at the piano, with the Canadian Ukrainian Opera Chorus under the late Ukrainian-born conductor Wolodymyr Kolesnyk.

Piano Concerto No.2 by Calgary native, U.S.-based composer Heather Schmidt was recorded at its 2001 premiere at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener, Ontario. Daniel Warren conducts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. The work was written for Petrowska Quilico, and commissioned by CBC Radio Music through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Composed in the traditional three-movement form, it features a virtuosic third movement for both the soloist and orchestra.

Two of Petrowska Quilico’s earlier Canadian piano concerti CDs have earned Juno nominations for best composition – Glenn Buhr’s on Canadian Piano Concerti (CBC Records) and Larysa Kuzmenko’s on 3 Concerti (Centrediscs). Her recording of David Mott’s concerto Eclipse (Centrediscs), featuring Petrowska Quilico with a world music ensemble, made its debut on the Space Shuttle Atlantis, as a choice of astronaut Steve MacLean.

In addition to contemporary piano concerti, Petrowska Quilico also performs traditional repertoire. She is featured soloist in the Grieg piano concerto with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra under the baton of Kristian Alexander, Saturday, November 5, 2011 at the Markham Theatre (

More news about Christina Petrowska Quilico, and her discography are available at


Yamato The Drummers of Japan Comes to Markham Theatre in GTA


World Tour 2011-2012 "Gamushara" ~ The Beat of Courage.


Prime Tickets $54.00/Regular Tickets $49.00 /Students/Seniors $39.00
For Tickets call 905-305-SHOW (7469) or Toll Free 1-866-768-8801
Box Office Hours: Mon – Sat. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The YAMATO DRUMMERS OF JAPAN bring their heart-pounding spectacle of athleticism, grace, precision and exhilarating musical expertise to the Markham Theatre for their World Tour 2011-2012 "Gamushara" ~ The Beat of Courage. Founded in 1993 in Nara—considered the birthplace of Japanese culture—the master drummers of Yamato are young, modern, and brimming with infectious energy as they take the ancient art of taiko drumming and bring it to the present. Selling out all over the planet, Yamato is, according to the London Telegraph, “Simply breathtaking. YAMATO ~ “Gamushara” – The Beat of Courage takes place on November 25th and 26th at 8:00pm; with a matinee performance at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 26th.

Yamato’s 10-member troupe of men and women draw their inspiration from the warmth, tenderness and power of the heartbeat. Performing on Japan’s traditional taiko drums, the members of Yamato “put our very souls into these unusual instruments and our performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life.” Performing on several dozen drums of various sizes,Yamato creates a wide range of sounds, rhythms and moods, from the delicate tapping of falling rain to explosions of rhythmic thunder. The members perform in authentic costumes and combine powerful and dramatic drumming with dance, flutes, theatrics and humour. Their exhilarating performances, as fascinating for the eye as for the ear, are described as “a dazzling display of dexterity, precision and physical endurance

Yamato’s world travels began in 1998 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they made their international debut and won the festival’s Spirit of Fringe award. They have since given over 2,300 performances in 41 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. To learn more about Yamato, visit

Taiko is a traditional Japanese art form that refers to both the drums and the physically demanding artistic discipline of ensemble drumming. Taiko is believed to have originated in ancient Japan thousands of years ago as a form of communication within villages to signal various activities and events, such as the beginning of a hunt or a storm approaching. As it is performed today, taiko is a relatively new phenomenon. The modern incarnation of the taiko drumming group was formed in Japan in the 1950s and has since become enormously popular. It is estimated that over 10,000 taiko groups have sprung up across Japan and North America in the last 50 years.

About the Markham Theatre for the Performing Arts

Markham Theatre is an intimate 530 seat, state-of-the-art performance facility that caters to audiences of all ages with an appetite for a wide variety of entertainment. One of the most well-rounded and exciting seasons ever programmed at the Markham Theatre, the 2011-2012 Season includes more than 60 performances in 10 diverse series, featuring both rising stars and the greatest established artists from the genres of classical music, jazz, world stage, theater, comedy and dance. This season Markham Theatre proudly welcomes acclaimed artists Julliard String Quartet and NY’s “subway idol” Alice Tan Ridley who will make their GTA Premieres, and popular favourites Rhythm of the Dance who offer an encore performance.

Easily accessible, the Markham Theatre is located only 30 minutes from the downtown core and offers world-class entertainment at your doorstep. Flexible package options, student discounts and complimentary parking are available. Markham Theatre offers value priced tickets for students. The EYE GO to the Arts program aimed at High School students offers $5.00 tickets, while college and university students can purchase UGO tickets for $20.00. Student discounts are available upon the presentation of a valid student ID card.

The public are also invited to join the theatre’s annual Circle of Stars membership program and support Markham Theatre Discovery. The “Circle of Stars” annual campaign supports education and community outreach programs. Markham Theatre is strongly committed to building a strong creative community through Live Arts. The “Discovery” initiatives include: School matinees, Master Classes, Lectures, Artists Residencies, Youth Camps and Actors’ Workshops, Family Programs and Community Festivals and Special Events. For more details on how to become a member of Markham Theatre’s Circle of Stars contact the Theatre Box Office at 905-305-7469.

The Markham Theatre 27th Annual Season is proudly presented by Flato Developments Inc. Season Media Sponsor: Markham Economist & Sun.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Toronto Mahler Society Presents Author Deborah Kirshner and her new book Mahler's Lament

Toronto Mahler Society
Presents Author Deborah Kirshner and her new book Mahler's Lament

It is almost November and we would like to host an "End of year gathering" to finish off the 2 years of Mahler celebrations in 2010-11. We have a special meeting and event planned : we have invited Canadian author Deborah Kirshner to talk to us on her new novella "Mahler's Lament," which will be published in November. We have arranged a Q+A session with her about her new book and her views on Mahler, especially about events happening around the premiere of the First Symphony. After that we will have a CD/DVD comparison session on Mahler's First Symphony, as well as discussion on the "Blumine" movement.

DATE: Saturday November 19
TIME : Meeting will start from 5:30pm and dinner would start around 7pm
LOCATION : Wildfire Steakhouse and Bar, 3438 Yonge Street (please refer to The Toronto Mahler Society's website for details and updates.)
Please RSVP with the society (email: by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 if you will be attending:
A) Meeting only
B) Dinner only
C) Meeting and Dinner only

Those who RSVP before this date will receive a discount off the retail price on the novella by Ms. Kirshner.

Here is some information about Deborah Kirshner and her new book:

About the Author:
Deborah Kirshner was born in Montreal in 1954. She has spent her adult life as a professional violinist, graduating in performance from U of T in 1976. She then went on to study with Mr. Itzhak Perlman at Brooklyn College where she was enrolled in a Masters program. She has been the recipient of many grants, scholarships and awards and her string trio recently recorded the sound track for a documentary film. In 2003 she published her first article, ‘The Genius of Django’, for The Walrus Magazine which earned her a Gold National Magazine Award in Arts and Literature. She subsequently published two more pieces that also received national attention. In 2006 she was awarded a fellowship for Creative Non -Fiction at the Banff Center where she first began writing on Gustav Mahler. Mahler’s Lament is her first foray into historical fiction.
About the Novella:
Gustav Mahler was 29 years old when he conducted his first symphony, “The Titan,” in Budapest on November 20, 1889. The performance was one of the biggest “disasters” of his career and it came on the heels of another catastrophe: an adulterous love affair with the wife of his patron, Maria von Weber. Mahler’s Lament is an elaborate and multi-layered portrayal of one of the world’s greatest composers at this turbulent point in his life. Mahler is depicted as a morally ambivalent man who is forever reflecting on mortality and failure. It is the first ever historical fiction of his scandalous love affair.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Off Centre Music Salon Launches 17th Season Oct. 30

Off Centre Music Salon launches its 17th season

with Russia in Two Acts

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tickets Now on Sale!

Toronto, ON - Off Centre Music Salon launches its 17th season on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at Glenn Gould Studio, presenting Russia in Two Acts: i. Shostakovich – the non-conforming conformist? ii. Who was Onegin?, hosted by Stuart Hamiltonand acclaimed Toronto novelist Sheila Heti.

In Act I, audiences will enjoy a performance of Shostakovich’s only Cello Sonata, composed in 1934, only two years before Soviet censors publicly denounced him as an enemy of the state. This is followed by the composer’s song-cycle of five dangerously satirical poems by Sasha Cherny. In 1959, the original performance of this song-cycle was nearly shut down. In Act II Off Centre examines Tchaikovsky’s 1879 operaEugene Onegin, questioning him as a careless, selfish, cynic sacrificing the promise of young love and loyal friendship, or a man unable to recognize happiness because it was just too close.

Performing in this two-act journey to Russia are: soprano Lindsay Barrett, mezzo-soprano Erica Iris Huang, tenor Ryan Harper, baritone Geoffrey Sirett, cellist Winona Zelenka, and pianists Ricker Choi, Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin.

Tickets for Russia in Two Acts are now on sale and can be purchased in advance by calling 416-466-1870 or by Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Since its foundation in 1994, Off Centre has been creating holistic musical and artistic experiences - chances to hear and play vocal, chamber and solo repertoire in an atmosphere that evokes a 19th century European salon. Enter a musical experience that will transport you to an era when music was a form of intimate conversation as well as entertainment. For more information on Off Centre’s 17th season log on


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Louis Lortie Plays Steingraeber & Sohne Grand Piano in Toronto Concerts

Canadian Pianist Louis Lortie Performs on the “Rolls Royce of Pianos”

Exquisite Steingraeber & Söhne Grand Piano Makes ‘Debut’ at:

Roy Thomson Hall - October 12 & 13

Koerner Hall – October 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, October 3, 2011 : Toronto audiences will soon get a chance to experience the magnificent sound of one of the finest pianos in the world: the Steingraeber & Söhne Grand Piano. For the first time ever, the superb German-made instrument will resonate at Roy Thomson Hall and Koerner Hall as celebrated Canadian pianist Louis Lortie performs the music of Mozart and Liszt. On both occasions, the $205k nine-foot Steingraeber piano (model E-272) will be provided by Grand Piano House Inc. from Richmond Hill, Ontario – the exclusive Canadian distributor / representative for Steingraeber & Söhne.

“The most important thing is to transform the piano from a percussive instrument into a singing instrument .... a singing tone is made up of shadows and colors and contrast ...”

Vladimir Horowitz.

One of Germany's finest piano manufacturers, yet relatively unknown here in Canada, Steingraeber & Söhne is recognized for producing superior instruments. The designs of Steingraeber's grand pianos are based upon more than 150 years' experience. The E-272 / 8’11”, based on the 265 concert grand from 1895, was redesigned between 1997 and 2002. Since then, many pianists have rated it one of the most distinctive and outstanding instruments on the market - including Alfred Brendel, Stephen Hough, Pascal Rogé and Garrick Ohlsson, to only name a few. Unique features include the unusual shape of the sound-reflecting rim, the star-shaped and half-timbered cross beams. According to distinguished pianist Cyprien Katsaris, the new E-272 is a “masterpiece” and has an “incredibly agreeable touch.” The most unusual feature, however, is the shape of the soundboard in the treble. The resonating space has been reconstructed according to the classic ratio between string length and resonating space. Thus, Steingraeber strings have 27% less wood mass to penetrate than comparable instruments. Even with softer hammers, this results in a clear, singing tone.

French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, not least for extending his interpretative voice across a broad repertoire range rather than choosing to specialise in one particular style. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative", has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have".

Louis Lortie Plays the Steingraeber Piano in Toronto:

On October 12 and 13, Louis Lortie performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. “One simply cannot find a better instrument these days for the interpretation of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart…An extraordinary instrument.”, commented the illustrious magazine Le Monde de la musique about the Steingraeber E-272 concert grand piano. Regarded as one of Mozart’s greatest works, this is the last of the twelve great piano concertos written in Vienna between 1784 and 1786. The programme also includes works by Bach and Beethoven.


Wednesday, October 12 (8pm) and Thursday, October 13 (2pm)

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503

Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis, TSO Conductor Laureate

Roy Thomson Hall: 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

For tickets, visit

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth, Louie Lortie returns to Koerner Hall on October 16 to perform the complete Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), a virtuosic, highly varied, genuinely moving masterwork that musically details Liszt’s travels through Switzerland, Italy, and finally back home to Hungary. Mr. Lortie performed the work last summer at the Steingraeber Haus in Bayreuth, Germany. Bayreuth is home to the annual Wagner Festival and the Festspielhaus, which Steingraeber has been a part of each year. Composers Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt are amongst the legendary musicians for whom Steingraeber & Söhne has designed pianos. In fact, the legendary model 205 was manufactured in 1873 for Franz Liszt.

Sunday, October 16 (2PM)

Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage)

Koerner Hall/Telus Centre for Performance and Learning

The Royal Conservatory: 273 Bloor St. West

For tickets, visit:

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tenor Michael Ciufo Launches New CD

Michael Ciufo label debut:


CD Release Party:

Tuesday October 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Hugh’s Room

2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto (just south of Bloor)

October 7, 2011 – Toronto ON - After many years of live performances on the concert stage and in classical music productions, Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo will launch his second album, Momento, on Tuesday October 18, 2011 through Acronym Records.

Produced by Canadian songwriter Chris Bilton, Momento openly straddles two worlds of singing for Ciufo: those of the classically trained opera singer and crossover vocalist. This album reveals his two true loves, and highlights his proficiency in both genres. Momento demonstrates Ciufo’s impressive technique in classical arias, songs, and musical gems, while it delivers the emotional impact required for the popular, newly composed songs on the album.

When the call went out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to become part of the recording, they entered the studio not knowing what they would encounter. Upon the album’s completion, they have now become Ciufo’s biggest fans. Momento features Glenn Morley (musical direction), Joe Macerollo (accordion), Rob Piltch (acoustic guitar), Hawksley Workman (electric guitar), Lenny Solomon (solo violin), Erica Goodman (harp), and Chris Bilton (piano and synthesizer).

Michael Ciufo loved the entire process of creating and singing on this album. “I especially enjoyed working with my producer, Chris Bilton,” he says. “Under his supervision, there was an amazing sense of collaboration, and Chris created an atmosphere that made working with such talented musicians of different genres very rewarding. I’m proud to call Chris my musical partner and good friend as a result of Momento.”

Michael Ciufo will launch Momento with a tour of Toronto and other Ontario cities. The CD tour begins on Tuesday October 18, 8:30 pm, at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street W, Toronto, where he will be joined by Chris BIlton and other musical friends. Tickets, $20 in advance, $25 at the door, may be purchased by calling 416-531-6604,, or visiting

On Thursday October 20, Ciufo and Chris Bilton will be performing at Mississauga’s RUMI Galleries. Further dates include Sudbury, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Niagara Falls, London and Windsor. Full details and ticket information, along with CD cuts, are available at

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Track list for Momento:

Non ti scordar di me (by Ernesto de Curtis)

Chitarra Romana (by Eldo Di Lazzaro & Daniele Bruno)

In The Shadow ofaAn Angel (by Chris Bilton, Marc Jordan, Adam Crossley & Asher Lenz)

Caruso (by Lucio Dalla)

Because (by Guy d’Hardelot)

Indigo Blue (by Chris Bilton, David Martin & Michael Ciufo)

El Dia que me quieras (by Carlos Gardel & Alfredo Le Pedra)

La Chanson des vieux amants (by Jacques Brel & Gérard Jouannest)

Oh You Delicate Heart (by Hawksley Workman, featuring Workman)

Amsterdam (by Jacques Brel)

Musica Proibita (by Stanislao Gastaldon)

Molly and Me (by Chris Bilton & Marc Jordan)

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Opens 30th Anniversary Season Oct. 14

Glorious Bach and Zelenka

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir

Directed by Ivars Taurins

with soloists

Gillian Keith, soprano

Matthew White, countertenor
Cory Knight, tenor

Andrew Mahon, baritone

Dates + Times: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

Friday Oct 14, Sat Oct 15 at 8 PM

Sunday Oct 16 at 3:30 PM

Wed Oct 19 at 7 PM

Thursday Oct 20 at 8 PM

Ticket Prices: Regular: $35 - $84

65+: $29 - $76

Ages 30 and under: $15 - $76

PWYC Fridays for ages 30 and under: Oct 14

Venue: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Box Office: Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre: 416.964.6337 /

Website: /

The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir presents Glorious Bach and Zelenka, its first series of concerts for 11/12 Toronto season, which also marks the choir’s 30th anniversary. Under the direction of Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins, this programme showcases the choir in Zelenka’s masterful Missa votiva and Bach’s joyous motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song).

Soloists Gillian Keith, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Cory Knight, tenor; and Andrew Mahon, baritone, join the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and orchestra. Dorothee Mields, who was originally announced as the soprano soloist, has had to cancel her appearance because of a family emergency. Tafelmusik is very pleased that soprano Gillian Keith, who has performed with the orchestra and choir a number of times in the past, was available on short notice.

The concert on Wednesday, October 19 will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session with Ivars Taurins and guest soloists. The Talkback is free for October 19th ticket-holders.

Zelenka’s Missa Votiva has been described as “nothing less than a lost masterpiece” (James Manheim, The motet "Singet dem Herrn” by Bach, a contemporary of Zelenka, will be interpolated between the two halves of the mass.

Founded in 1981 by Ivars Taurins, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir is regarded as one of the world’s finest chamber choirs — “I doubt there's a better choir anywhere.” (The Globe and Mail). Last month, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir joined Maestro Kent Nagano, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the OSM chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the inaugural concerts in its new hall, La Maison symphonique de Montréal. “ … the combined forces of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and the OSM chorus made me think I was having a religious experience.” (Margo Kelly, CBC Arts Online)

Full programme:

Jan Dismas Zelenka Missa Votiva, ZWV 18

Johann Sebastian Bach Motet "Singet dem Herrn," BWV 225