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Monday, October 26, 2015

Christina Petrowska Quilico Performs Southam in New York Concerts

PIANIST CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO CELEBRATES
ANN SOUTHAM AND OTHER CANADIAN COMPOSERS IN CONCERTS

Performs in New York Concert Commemorating Teacher Jeaneane Dowis
Recording New CD, Launches Centrediscs Boxed Set

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico

Virtuoso pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, one of Canada’s leading interpreters of contemporary music, performs music by a number of Canadian composers, and celebrates the music of Ann Southam on the fifth anniversary of the composer’s death.  Recitals will take place in Toronto and New York in October and November.  The Southam anniversary will also be marked by the Centrediscs re-release of two of Petrowska Quilico’s acclaimed recordings as a boxed set.

JEANEANE DOWIS MEMORIAL CONCERT – Wednesday, October 28 finds Petrowska Quilico in New York City, as one of a roster of pianists performing in memory of their great teacher Jeaneane Dowis (1932-2013), who was assistant to the legendary Rosina Lhévinne at the Juilliard School.  Petrowska Quilico, a student of Lhévinne, had also studied with Dowis at Juilliard as well as privately and at theAspen Music Festival.  

The free concert takes place Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center.  Petrowska Quilico will perform what she calls her “party piece”, Ann Southam’s Glass Houses No. 5.  October 28 would have been Dowis’ 83rd birthday.

NEW TWIST ON THE CLASSICS: CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN WORKS –Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall (Accolade East Building, York University) – Petrowska Quilico, professor of piano at York University, gives a concert featuring a twist on the classics, with works by Ann Southam, Steven Gellman, Patrick Cardy and John Rea.  Rea dedicated movements of his Variations transformelles sur les“Kinderszenen” de Robert Schumann to fellow composers, past and present.  Tickets, $15; students and seniors $10, are available from the box office, 416.736.5888 orhttp://facilities.ampd.yorku.ca/home/contact-us/boxoffice.

YORK UNIVERSITY FACULTY SPOTLIGHT SERIES – Thursday, November 26th at 12:30 p.m. at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall (Accolade East, York University) – Petrowska Quilico commemorates the fifth anniversary of Ann Southam’s death by performing Southam’s Stitches in Time, Altitude Lake, Where and excerpts from Rivers and Glass Houses.  Admission is free. 

Both of the York University recitals are being recorded for CDs, thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

CENTREDISCS BOXED SET: ANN SOUTHAM’S GLASS HOUSES  Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, will release a boxed set of Christina Petrowska Quilico’s highly lauded CDs, Glass Houses Revisited (2011) and Glass Houses Volume 2 (2014) this November to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Southam’s death. Glass Houses Revisited, which Petrowska Quilico had edited and revised with Ann Southam’s blessing not long before the composer’s death, has become one of Centrediscs’ all-time best sellers.  Both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star accorded it four stars out of four, and it was named one of “30 best Canadian classical recordings ever” by CBC Music. 

Shortly before her passing, the composer praised Petrowska Quilico’s editing and performances for the Glass Houses Revisited recording, exclaiming, “I’m still blown away by the way you play Glass Houses. They’re your pieces, for sure!!!”

To date, Petrowska Quilico has recorded three major cycles by Southam for Centrediscs (including Rivers and Pond Life), for a total of six CDs on that label, in addition to Southam pieces she has recorded on four compilation discs.

More information about Ann Southam is available at www.musiccentre.ca/node/37211.

CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO (www.petrowskaquilico.com)
One of Canada’s foremost pianists and a multiple Juno nominee, Christina Petrowska Quilico has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestras on four continents. Widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist, she is a longtime champion of contemporary and Canadian music, but is equally at home in the traditional classical repertoire. CBC Music chose her as one of the 20 Can’t-Miss Classical Pianists of 2014, placing her in a shared spotlight with some of the world’s most celebrated pianists, and in 2015 named her one of 25 Greatest Canadian Pianists.  Her 37 recordings span three centuries of music, and have garnered accolades from critics and audiences alike.  

The video Christina Petrowska Quilico: Music for the Eyes and Ears serves as an introduction to the Ann Southam performances – www.youtube.com/watch?v=pahD3XZn8LU&feature=em-share_video_user

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Musicians in Ordinary perform Hebrew Sacred Music November 27

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY PERFORM HEBREW SACRED MUSIC
FROM LATE RENAISSANCE ITALY, AT ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE



At a time when the Jews of Mantua were compelled to wear a yellow badge, violinist and composer Salomone Rossi (1570-1630) was so highly regarded that he was excused.

Along with the considerable secular music he wrote for the court, Rossi created numerous Hebrew works for the synagogue.  The Musicians In Ordinary perform selections of this music in a concert called Songs of Solomon, Friday, November 27, 8 p.m. at Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Bldg., St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 100 St Joseph St., Toronto.  Tickets, $30, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door. 

Alexandra Guerson (http://guerson.com), a specialist in history and Jewish studies, will deliver a talk at 7:30 p.m., putting the music in context. Her PhD thesis focused on Jewish/Moslem/Christian relations in Spain.  

Further information is available by calling 416-535-9956 or visitingwww.musiciansinordinary.ca. 

Soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards are joined by violinists Christopher Verrette and Patricia Ahern and other singers in sacred works for three to five voices, along with some of Rossi’s innovative sonatas for two violins and chitarrone – or theorbo as this six foot, long-necked lute was often called.

John Edwards notes that, “Rossi was a great composer and as remarkable an innovator as his colleague at Mantua, Claudio Monteverdi.  He’s the first composer to publish music in the ‘trio-sonata’ texture beloved of Handel, Bach, and all Baroque composers. That he appears to have managed to convince a Rabbi to let him experiment with adapting late Renaissance church music for use in the synagogue is extraordinary, even though it didn’t catch on.”

Rossi is considered a link between the late Italian Renaissance period and early Baroque.  His output, along with commentary and biographical info are available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamone_Rossi.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Charles Richard-Hamelin remporte la Médaille d’Argent au très prestigieux Concours International de Piano Frédéric Chopin à Varsovie!

Montréal, le 20 octobre 2015 - Le très talentueux Charles Richard-Hamelin, sans doute l’un des pianistes parmi les plus prometteurs de sa génération, a remporté le deuxième prix de la 17e édition du très prestigieux Concours International de Piano Frédéric Chopin à Varsovie, une compétition que certains qualifient comme les Olympiques du monde pianistique. De plus, Charles Richard-Hamelin s’est vu remettre le Prix Krystian Zimerman pour la meilleure performance d’une sonate. Ce concours se tient tous les cinq ans et quelques-uns des gagnants passés ont été les pianistes Maurizio Pollini (1960), Martha Argerich (1965) et Krystian Zimerman (1975). 
 
Révélation Radio-Canada 2015-2016 en musique classique, Charles Richard-Hamelin a enregistré un premier album sous étiquette Analekta, paru en septembre 2015 et consacré aux œuvres de Chopin, soit la Sonate no 3Polonaise-Fantaisie, op. 61 et deux pièces de Nocturnes, op. 62.  La critique à l’égard de cet album a été des plus élogieuses.

À peine sorti de l’Université McGill en 2011, Charles Richard-Hamelin reçoit le prix d’Europe. Détenteur d’une maitrise à la Yale School of Music (2013), le pianiste n’a cessé d’accumuler les prix et distinctions : 2prix au Concours musical international de Montréal, 3e prix et prix spécial pour la meilleure prestation d'une sonate de Beethoven au Seoul International Music Competition en Corée du Sud.

Félicitations à Charles Richard-Hamelin!

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The Royal Conservatory's December and January Concerts

TAKE THE STRESS OUT OF
THE HOLIDAY SEASON AND THE NEW YEAR
AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY

The Tallis Scholars return to Koerner Hall for a special holiday concert

The Conservatory celebrates the anniversaries of
Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, and Yehudi Menuhin

Family Concerts series kicks off

If you are already dreading the hustle of the upcoming holidays, The Royal Conservatory of Music is the perfect place to relax and gather strength for the holidays as well as to de-stress in the New Year. There is variety of concerts to choose from in December and January, either for yourself or to give as presents: Tallis Scholars offer a concert of Christmas music; birthdays of Oscar PetersonFrank Sinatra, and Yehudi Menuhin are celebrated; and one can bring their entire family to the first performance of the Family Concerts series, Routes of Andalucia.    

For that hard-to-please person, The Conservatory offers gift cards in any denomination, which can be redeemed for concert tickets programmed by The Royal Conservatory. The cards can also be reloaded in any denomination and can be purchased in person at the Weston Family Box Office, by phone at 416.408.0208, or by visiting http://performance.rcmusic.ca/tickets-and-packages/gift-cards. Gift Card services are donated by Givex, a global provider of stored value technology, loyalty programs, and e-coupons.

Holiday Concert
The Tallis Scholars, called “the rock stars of Renaissance vocal music” by The New York Times, return to Koerner Hall after their sold-out concerts in 2009 and 2011, to perform a holiday season concert on December 13. Known around the world as the leading exponents of Renaissance sacred music, the group is led by founder and director Peter Phillips. “Anyone familiar with Renaissance music knows that this group has attained superstardom among its ilk.” (The Boston Globe)

Special Anniversary Concerts
Celebrated Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday will be celebrated with a special concert, titled Oscar @ 90, on December 11. The concert will also launch the new Oscar, With Love CD, recorded by some of the best pianists in Canada and around the globe on Oscar’s own piano. Pianist Kenny BarronRobi BotosBill CharlapGerald ClaytonBenny GreenOliver Jones, and Renee Rosnes will reunite with Oscar’s Bösendorfer Imperial piano, which is being transported to The Royal Conservatory for this special concert. They will be joined by Dave Young on bass.                                 

CBC’s Tom Allen hosts the all-Canadian tribute to Frank Sinatra in Sinatra @ 100, on the day of his 100th birthday, as pianist and Music Director of the evening, Joe Sealy, leads an all-star band consisting of Jason Logue (trumpet), John Johnson (saxophone), Russ Little (trombone), Ted Quinlan (guitar), Paul Novotny (bass), and Daniel Barnes (drums). ‘’Come Fly with Us’’ on December 12 with guest singers Brent Carver,Barbra LicaJackie RichardsonRetrocity, and introducing Matt Forbes and Justin Bacchus, in this celebration of Sinatra’s life and legacy.

“Adventurous and brilliant” (The New York Times) violinist Daniel Hope was only 11 when he was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to play Bartók duos with him on German television. This launched a long artistic partnership, consisting of over 60 concerts together, including Menuhin’s final appearance on March 7, 1999, in which he conducted Hope’s performance of Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Concerto. OnJanuary 28, Hope honours his mentor with Daniel Hope: Yehudi Menuhin @ 100, by performing Menuhin’s signature pieces, including works by Bach, Enescu, Mendelssohn, Walton, Ravel, and Bartók.

Family Concerts
The first performance of the Family Concerts series, Routes of Andalucia, on December 5, follows Juno Award-winning trumpeter David Buchbinder, dynamic divas Roula Said and Tamar Ilana, and their crew of cross-cultural musicians on a journey into the magic musical realm of ancient Andalucia, where Arabic, Jewish, and Gypsy cultures connect to each other. These “grown-up” concerts for younger audiences (and their parents, grandparents, and friends) offer an enlightening and entertaining experience of different genres of music. Family Concerts are approximately 75 minutes long with no intermission.

Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage
After the first two sold out concerts of the series, which celebrates brilliant ladies whose voices demand attention, Lisa Fischer is also tracking a sellout date on January 29. A star of the Oscar-winning documentary film 20 Feet from Stardom, Fischer’s name may not be on the marquee when she’s on tour with The Rolling Stones, Sting, or Nine Inch Nails, but her astonishing range, her precise pitch, her mastery of the stage, and her vocal tone wraps itself around your heart and will not let go. Now, after many years in the background, she steps out front to lead her own band.

Music Mix
Maple Blues Awards, the annual all-star concert, awards event, and after party take place on January 18. This year marks the 7th season that the Awards will be held in Koerner Hall, celebrating their 30th anniversary.The host, nominees, and performers will be announced shortly.

Presented in partnership with the Songwriters Association of Canada, top Canadian songwriters come together with host Blair Packham to perform their music and tell us about their inspiration, the songwriting process, and the stories behind the songs in the seventh season of Bluebird North concerts. The December 5 evening will feature SCOTT (Scott Moffatt of the multi-platinum 90s band The Moffatts), with more exciting artists being announced soon.

Classical Music
The second concert of the Invesco Piano Concerts series features Jan Lisiecki and has been sold out for months. Lisiecki signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 15, and in 2013 was nominated for a Juno Award for classical album of the year as well as named the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year. He is an alumnus of The Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School and his many prestigious awards include the Ihnatowycz Prize in Piano from The GGS. His program on December 6includes works by Chopin, Mozart, Liszt, and Mendelssohn.

Internationally acclaimed Lithuanian cellist and conductor, David Geringas, is known for “his rich tone and performing intensity.” (The Washington Post) The program for his Mazzoleni Masters concert on January 31includes Corigliano’s Fancy on a Bach Air, Bach’s Prelude in G Major, and a set of solo works as ‘Hommage to Rostropovich’ by Penderecki, Kancheli, and Bach. He is joined by guest faculty and students in Couperin’sPièces en concert for cello and strings and Senderovas’s David’s Song.

Two concerts that are part of the AIMIA Discovery Series will take place in January. Toronto Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinet and Royal Conservatory Orchestra Resident Conductor, Joaquin Valdepeñas, conducts Glenn Gould School students on January 26 in a program of chamber works, including Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta. On January 30The Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcaseprovides a wonderful opportunity to see The GGS’s talented voice students present an evening of art songs and opera excerpts.

Finally, string students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists will come together as the Academy Chamber Orchestra to perform a special concert on December 12.
           
The Royal Conservatory’s 2015-16 concert season is made possible through the generous support of:
Major and Series Sponsors and Supporters: AIMIA, BMO, Invesco, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, David G. Broadhurst, Leslie & Anna Dan, Michael & Sonja Koerner, a gift In honour of R.S. Williams & Sons Company Ltd., the Rebanks Family, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and two anonymous donors
Performance Sponsors and Supporters: Mohammad & Najla Al Zaibak, Alexanian Flooring, Bösendorfer, CIBC, Downtown Porsche, Georgian Capital, Michael Foulkes & Linda Brennan, Ian Ihnatowycz & Marta Witer, Brayton Polka, Deborah Leibow & Ken Snider
Wine & Beverage Sponsors: Blackstone, Vintage Ink, Mill St. Brewery, Acqua Panna & S. Pellegrino
Media Sponsors: Classical 96.3 FM, JAZZ.FM91, NOW, WholeNote, Musicworks
Government Supporters: Canada Arts Presentation Fund-Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council

December & January Concerts at The Royal Conservatory of Music

Routes of Andalucia (Family Concerts): Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2pm | KH; $25-$35

Bluebird North (Music Mix): Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8pm | CT; $25

Jan Lisiecki (Invesco Piano Concerts):
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3pm | KH; SOLD OUT! BMO Rush Tickets will be available.

Oscar @ 90 (Music Mix): Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8pm | KH; $40-$85

Academy Chamber Orchestra (The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists):
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm | MCH; Free (Ticket Required)

Sinatra @ 100 (Music Mix): Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8pm | KH; $40-$95

The Tallis Scholars (Vocal Concerts): Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3pm | KH; $40-$90

Maple Blues Awards (Music Mix): Monday, January 18, 2016 at 7pm | KH; $28-$75

Joaquin Valdepeñas Conducts (AIMIA Discovery Series):
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:30pm | MCH; $15

Daniel Hope: Yehudi Menuhin @ 100 (String Concerts):
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 8pm | KH; $35-$75

Lisa Fischer (Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage): Friday, January 29, 2016 at 8pm | KH; $40-$85

The Glenn Gould School Vocal Showcase (AIMIA Discovery Series):
Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:30pm | MCH; $15

David Geringas (Mazzoleni Masters): Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2pm | MCH; $25

Venue Legend: KH Koerner Hall; MCH Mazzoleni Concert Hall in historic Ihnatowycz Hall; CT Conservatory Theatre

Tickets and subscriptions are available online at www.performance.rcmusic.ca,
by calling 416.408.0208, or in person at the Weston Family Box Office

Become a Royal Subscriber: select any 4-6 concerts and save 10%;
select any 7+ concerts and save 15%; both levels receive special subscriber benefits  

A limited number of $10 BMO Rush Tickets are available starting 90 minutes before all performances presented by The Royal Conservatory.

All concerts take place at The Royal Conservatory of Music
TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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Monday, October 19, 2015

October 18-21: The 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Webcast Live on medici.tv

Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Krystian Zimerman, Mitsuko Uchida, Garrick Ohlsson, Yundi, Rafal Blechacz, and Daniil Trifonov are just a few of the magnificent keyboard talents that the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition has helped discover every five years in Poland since the event was established in 1927. The Chopin Competition has convened again to discover the piano stars of tomorrow, with medici.tv in Warsaw starting this Sunday to webcast live the Grand Finale, October 18-20, and the Prizewinners’ Concert on October 21.

The 17th International Chopin Competition began earlier this month with 84 competitors from Poland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Italy. Twenty of these made it to the Third Stage of the Competition, being judged not only on their technical facility but also their ability to convey “the soul of Chopin,” and only ten of these fine young artists will make it to the Grand Finale. The winners will be chosen by an international jury comprising great pianists – including Martha Argerich, Adam Harasiewicz, Janusz Olejniczak, Dang Thai Son, Dina Yoffe and Yundi, all past winners of the Chopin Competition – as well as renowned pedagogues and specialists in Chopin’s music.





A video preview of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition on medici.tv


This summer, medici.tv set records with its live webcast of the complete XV International Tchaikovsky Competition from Moscow and St. Petersburg, with some 11 million streams around the globe of the stirring, content-rich experience (still available at http://tch15.medici.tv). Last month, medici.tv was in New York to webcast the opening gala concert of Carnegie Hall’s 125th anniversary season, featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin and the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert (still available for viewing here).


17th International Chopin Competition on medici.tv

Oct 18, 19, 20, 12:00pm EST

Grand Finale


Oct 21, 12:00pm EST

Prizewinners’ Concert


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

La Scena Musicale stage d'hiver 2016


La Scena Musicale recherche des candidats pour le programme de soutien aux premières expériences de travail, pour les postes de :
- Représentant des ventes et des partenariats
- Rédacteur adjoint

Critères d’admissibilité :
  • Être âgé de 16 à 30 ans
  • Avoir obtenu un diplôme postsecondaire depuis moins de cinq (5) ans (de préférence dans les arts)
  • Être citoyen canadien ou résident permanent
  • Habiter l’île de Montréal

Il s’agit d’un contrat de 26 semaines, du 11 janvier au 9 juillet 2016, 35 heures par semaine, 13 $/heure. Envoyez vos CV à : cv@lascena.org
Date limite : 26 octobre 2015



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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Rare Mozart letter sold for $217,000 at auction

BOSTON, MA – (October 15, 15) A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. 

The one-page signed note in German, undated but likely circa July–August 1786. Letter to his close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, asking him to return three musical scores by way of messenger. “I ask you to send me by the bearer of this, the Quartet in g minor, the Sonata in Eb and the ‘New Trio in g.’ 

The pieces Mozart refers to are his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (K.478, 1785), Violin Sonata No. 33 in E-flat major (K.481, 1785), and Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G Major (K.496, 1786). This last ‘new trio in g’ was completed on July 8, 1786, and thus this letter probably dates to shortly thereafter. While K.478 was published as early as December 1785, the other two would see publication in 1786; the edition of Mozart’s ‘Briefe und Aufzeichnungen’ by Bauer and Deutsch hypothesizes that the composer required theatter two works in order to prepare them for publication However, Mozart is known to have written to the Prince of Furstenberg on August 8, 1786, offering him a number of compositions including these three clustered together at the end of his list. Thus, Mozart’s request would appear to be in connection with his plans of offering them to the Donaueschingen court. 

“Mozart letters are among the most sought after of all musical autographs, and with such specificity concerning his own compositions this is a truly outstanding example,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.  

Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

Gone With the Wind: Max Steiner, handwritten working draft for “Selznick’s Melody,” sold for $7,136. 

Nikola Tesla inscribed portrait, sold for $12,400. 

Rare Dutch TV guide magazine featuring a color image of the Beatles, fully signed with Jimmie Nicol, sold for $11,000.

Online bidding for The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on September 29 and concluded on October 14.  More details, including results can be found online at www.rrauction.com.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Musicians in Ordinary Presents Evening of Renaissance Music Oct. 30

The Principal’s Music Series  at St. Michael’s College
THE MUSICIANS IN ORDINARY PERFORM RENAISSANCE MUSIC
CONNECTING CHRISTIANITY AND PAGAN CULTURE OCTOBER 30

The Renaissance artist Michelangelo was so besotten with all things ancient he placed several pagan Greek and Roman oracles among the Old Testament prophets on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.  The avant-garde music and faux-prophetic texts of Prophetiae Sibyllarum by Orlando Lassus were similarly inspired, as The Musicians In Ordinary illustrate in performance Friday,  Friday, October 30, 8 p.m. at Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Bldg., St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, 100 St Joseph St., Toronto. 

The Renaissance/early Baroque ensemble of soprano Hallie Fishel, lutenist John Edwards and friends performs what Edwards calls “the weird and wonderful” settings of Orlando Lassus (1532-1594) about the birth of the Messiah, in the voice of Graeco-Roman prophecies.  The concert also features intricate, beautiful and rarely heard lute fantasias by Lassus’ contemporary Melchior Neusidler. 

Joining MIO for this performance will be Rebecca Claborn, mezzo-soprano; Ben Kim, tenor; and Sean Nix, bass. 

Michael O’Connor, music director of St. Michael`s College, will deliver a pre-concert talk that puts the music in context, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, $30, $20 for students and seniors, are available at the door.  More information is available by calling 416-535-9956 or visiting www.musiciansinordinary.ca.

“The Sistine Chapel ceiling,” John Edwards said, “portrays some of the Sybils in between Old Testament prophets.  The Lassus is part of this Renaissance campaign to ‘Christianize’ their Greek and Roman literary heroes, just as Dante does in The Divine Comedy, with the Roman poet Virgil leading him through Hell and Purgatory.

The music itself is unusual for its time.  Edwards added, “Lassus’s music is chromatic and dissonant in a way that still shocks the ear today, perhaps as Lassus tries to evoke the alienness of the ancient religion,” 

More information about the Prophitiae Sibyllarum is at www1.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Prophetiae_Sibyllarum_%28Orlando_di_Lasso%29.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Oratorio ABRAHAM premieres Oct 28 to Aid Syrian Refugees

Oratorio Performance to Aid Syrian Refugees
DAVID WARRACK’S ABRAHAM PREMIERES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28 AT METROPOLITAN UNITED CHURCH

STARRING RICHARD MARGISON AS ABRAHAM
WITH OTHER LEADING TORONTO SINGERS PLUS
THE ELMER ISELER SINGERS
JARRAHI SUFI CHOIR WITH WHIRLING DERVISHES
BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS



Abraham, an oratorio by David Warrack about the patriarch of three major faiths, will bring together leading Toronto artists in a special fundraising performance for Syrian refugees, Wednesday, October 28, 8 p.m. at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East, Toronto.

Internationally celebrated Canadian tenor Richard Margison stars as Abraham, founding father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.   Joining him are five principal vocalists: Ramona Carmelly, Meredith Hall, Hussein Janmohamed, George Krissa and Theresa Tova; and three choirs: the Elmer Iseler Singers (Lydia Adams, conductor); the Jarrahi Sufi Choir with Whirling Dervishes, and the Bach Children’s Chorus (Lynda Beaupré, conductor).  David Warrack will be at the piano.

Proceeds from this event will support the Syrian Refugee Program at Metropolitan United Church.  General admission tickets are $54; $36 for students.  $75 VIP tickets offer reserved seating and an invitation to the post-concert reception.

Tickets and information are available fromwww.abrahamoratorio.ca.  Inquiries may also be directed to 416-809-6044.

Tracing the key elements of the Old Testament story, Abraham runs approximately two hours plus one intermission.  Although it has previously been heard in excerpts, this will be its first complete performance.

This is the first oratorio written by Warrack, (www.davidwarrack.ca), who is best known as one of Canada’s foremost creators in musical theatre.   He was inspired by the fact that “Abraham is at the base of three of the world’s great faiths.  This oratorio is reminding us that we all come from the same place and we must find a way to share this world. We need to get past a lot of the things that have divided us.”

In 2013, Warrack told the Barcza Blog, “Based in history, and believing in the essential goodness of man, the message of this work is that by reaching out, we can find solutions.”  

The October 28 performance of Abraham is a joint production of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) GTA, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto Area Interfaith Council and Holy Blossom Temple. Sponsors are BMO, the Hal Jackman Foundation and the Hellyer Foundation.

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