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Glenn Gould's Birthday BACHanalia

Glenn Gould's 80th Anniversary Year: Toronto Events
Starting September 22

Glenn Gould
Photo by Jock Carroll

September 25, 2012 marks Glenn Gould's 80th Birthday.  Not only will The Glenn Gould Foundation be launching the call for nominations for the Tenth Glenn Gould Prize, but the date also marks a wide range of celebratory events around the world from Regina to Reykjavik!  Here's the upcoming event highlights in Gould's hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23

Dreamers Renegades Visionaries: The Glenn Gould Variations

10:00am - 6:00pm, Convocation Hall at the University of Toronto

Mixing high art with pop culture, entertainment with education, this two-day event is a new inter-disciplinary, multimedia creative summit combining performances of all types with technology and talk. Each day as many as 25 ‘dreamers, renegades and visionaries’ will present new work, new interpretations and unexpected collaborations – all inspired by the creative brilliance of iconic Canadian musician Glenn Gould.

Don’t miss: Chilly Gonzales, Marie Chouinard, Lang Lang, Robert Wilson, Atom Egoyan, Bob Ezrin, Adrienne Clarkson, Brent Carver, Katerina Cizek, Cory Doctorow, 2Cellos, Johann Olav Koss, Francois Girard, Lombard Twins, Jayme Stone, Nora Young, Jean-Francois Zygel, Brian Brushwood, Ann Cooper Gay, Uri Caine, Alan Cross, Eve Egoyan, Brett Gaylor, Daniel Kotter, Mani Mazinani, Jordon O'Connor, Jordan B. Peterson, Damiano Pietropaolo, Mark & Tristan Surman, Canadian Children's Opera Company, Jean-Jacques Lemetre, Tod Machover, Michael Cumella, Johannes Debus, Sandy Pearlman, Sandrine Revel, Djanet Sears & more. Hosted by Rick Miller.

Schedule, pricing and tickets are available online at or call TicketKing at 416 872 1212

Presented in association with The Glenn Gould Foundation.Sunday September 23 
David Louie Celebrates Bach and Gould 
7:30pm, Mazzoleni Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music

Pianist/harpsichordist David Louie performs a full Bach program featuring solo and chamber pieces with colleagues Alison Melville (traverse), Kathleen Kajioka (violin) Steven Dann (viola) and Margaret Jordan-Gay (cello).

Tickets are available online 
or call the Weston Family Box Office at 416 408 0208

Monday September 24
The Glenn Gould Legacy: A Symposium
1:30pm to 3:30pm, Walter Hall, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Free admission

The symposium explores the far-reaching cultural impact left by the Canadian icon. Moderated by Tim Page, with featured speakers James Wright and Paul Théberge (Carleton University), Junichi Miyazawa (Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo), Lucille Mok (Harvard University), Arved Ashby (Ohio State University), Colin Eatock (Toronto arts journalist), and David Jaeger (CBC).

Visit the Faculty of Music website for schedule and topic information.  

Monday September 24
Glenn Gould's Birthday BACHanalia
7:00pm, Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music

RCM BACHanalia

An innovative program featuring an international array of classical, jazz, bluegrass and South Asian artists playing Bach as you have never heard him before.

Gould’s tradition of innovation and improvisation with an all-Bach buffet, featuring some of the most intrepid artists on the music scene. Hear excerpts from the Goldberg Variations on a harp care of Sylvain Blassel, the E Minor Flute Sonata played by harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy, Bach-inspired fiddle improvisations by Mark O’Connor, Oscar Peterson’s ‘Salute to Bach’ played by a jazz trio featuring Oscar’s long-time bass partner Dave Young, an acapella vocal jazz by Retrocity, a South Asian jam session featuring Autorickshaw and Trichy Sankaran, and some of The Conservatory’s most talented current students and hear Gould himself play ‘live’ at the end of this special evening. Gould memorabilia will be on public display and a new Gould-inspired music composition app, ‘Piano Invention’ will make its public debut.

Tickets are available from the Weston Family Box Office by calling 416.408.0208 or purchase online.

BACHanalia is presented in association with The Glenn Gould Foundation, Small World Music and Dreamers, Renegades Visionaries The Glenn Gould Variations.

For more information, visit us online at for celebrations beyond Toronto including Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina and abroad in Japan, Greece and Italy.  

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