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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Christina Petrowska Quilico Launches CD at Glenn Gould Studio Concert January 22 2013

Launching World Premiere Centrediscs CD Set - January 22 at the Gould

PIANIST CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO PERFORMS

CONSTANTINE CARAVASSILIS' VISIONS: RHAPSODIES & FANTASIAS



PIANIST'S PAINTINGS INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC

PROJECTED AT THE CONCERT



Christina Petrowska Quilico - 30 by Marco Grazzini - for website.jpgPiano
virtuoso Christina Petrowska Quilico performs a concert launching the world
premiere of a two-CD Centrediscs recording, Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias,
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front
Street W., Toronto.



The concert featuring the evocative, exhilarating and profoundly individual
music of Constantine Caravassilis.



Tickets, $20, $15 students and seniors, are available from the Roy Thomson
Hall box office, www.roythomson.com, phone 416-872-4255.  Information is
also available on the website.



Released on the Canadian Music Centre's Centrediscs label, the two-CD
recording is the result of the awarding of the inaugural Harry Freedman
Recording Award jointly to Petrowska Quilico and Caravassilis in 2010.  It
is also made possible by a recording grant from the Ontario Arts Council.



The January 22 concert promises to be an extraordinary evening of music and
art.  It features works from Constantine Caravassilis' complete books of
Rhapsodies and Fantasias for solo piano - most receiving their world
premieres. As Petrowska Quilico describes them, "They are visions in sound,
transcending lyricism to become a dramatic opera for the keyboard."



VISUAL INTERPRETATIONS



image004.jpgPetrowska Quilico - who brings a rare combination of virtuosity,
adventurousness and dedication to contemporary music - has created some 100
paintings, all inspired by the music.  They will be projected before and
after the concert and during intermission, and some will be printed in the
CD program book.  The Canadian Music Centre in Toronto will subsequently
display them in an exhibition.  (Details are still being organized.)
Petrowska Quilico is also the author and artist of Opera Illustrated, a
critically acclaimed book of drawings, published in 1994.



It is no surprise that the composer's virtuosic piano works should inspire
these paintings.  In Caravassilis's synaesthetic* musical "vision", musical
sounds are linked to color and movement.



His music is also intimately connected to his Hellenic roots, drawing
inspiration from ancient Greek mythology and Byzantine music, while also
reflecting his strong affinity for classical music that ranges from the
baroque to impressionism.



Caravassilis praises Christina Petrowska Quilico for not only her vast
experience in premiering and recording new music, but also for her command
of the standard repertoire, as well as her formidable technique.  He adds,
"Discovering the odd wrong note in the scores and choosing to keep it for
its 'spicier' sound has been one of the many moments of joy in working
together with this singular artist."



The January 22 Visions CD launch concert is a production of Summers
International.



More information on Christina Petrowska Quilico is at
www.petrowskaquilico.com.  Constantine Caravassilis' website is
www.caravassilis.ca <http://www.caravassilis.net> .  The Canadian Music
Centre's Centrediscs catalogue is at
http://dev.musiccentre.ca/recordings/Centrediscs.

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