For those familiar with Larry Beckwith’s work, it will come as no surprise that the new Confluence concert series is a delightful medley of juxtaposing ideas. Under his artistic direction, the new series explores all sorts of ideas culturally and historically. It reflects a new energy while deeply rooted in the kind of performing arts experience Beckwith is known to bring to an audience.
The idea for Confluence goes back four years, when Beckwith made the decision to bring Toronto Masque Theatre to a close. “I wanted to get out of the opera world, which can be exhausting and all encompassing, but I also felt responsibility not to walk away from everything that we have built.”
Beckwith is not just referring to the loyal audience that he has built over the years, but also the strong artistic relationships he has cultivated with numerous composers and performing artists in Canada and abroad. The successes of their previous collaborations were founded on mutual trust and respect, and in the Confluence Series, the artists get a say right at the concept stage of the concerts.