All the audience needs to do is let the music settle and move them.
Saturday, November 29th, at 8 pm, marks the newest concert for Music In The Barns. Stepping away from the New Canadian Music featured in last season’s series, Artistic Director Carol Gimbel has chosen a deeply traditional programme. Elegantly featuring the talents of pianist Cullan Bryant and violinist Moshe Hammer, New York City artist Lana Jean Israel adds to the multi-disciplinary event with her modernistic projection designs at the post performance reception. Read on…
“There was also something you can’t put your finger on that’s intuitive about the way that we responded to one another’s playing. I don’t even know how to put it into words. It’s chemistry, like in any relationship.” ~ Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt
In 2013, the Dover Quartet’s sensational performance earned them the top and special prizes at the String Quartet Competition in Banff. They have been in high demand ever since on the performance circuit.
As part of their breakneck touring pace throughout the US and Canada, they will be performing in Toronto this Thursday afternoon in the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto’s 117th series, and at Jeffery Concerts on Friday at 8 pm in London, Ontario. Read on…
(Photo credit: Nick Kozak)
“These composers whose music we hear so much, they were living, breathing people, who had a very practical side to their lives, their performing career.” ~ Adam Sherkin
Adam Sherkin’s free noon-hour series at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts:
(Nov 6, 2014, 12:00pm) Rachmaninoff: Preludes of the North
Thursday, November 6th marks the second in pianist Adam Sherkin’s series of six noon hour concerts, held in the lobby of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
Each of the monthly concerts introduces a notable classical composer-pianist. Each is also being performed by an excellent composer-pianist – Adam composes contemporary classical music and will be including his own works in each concert. Read on…
Tickets to Thin Edge New Music Collective at BeMused Network!
$13 student, artist, senior / $18 general
(Nov 6, 2014, 8:00pm) Cuatro Esquinas (The Four Corners)
Performances at Gallery 345.
Designing a program for a concert often requires skillful finesse between what is new and what is familiar to the audience. What excites me is seeing the balance in the plethora of new and challenging works that members of the Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) and visiting special guest Laura Ventemiglia have specially prepared for their audience in Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) — also TENMC’s first international collaboration project. Read on…
“To me, the joy is watching like-minded multidisciplinary performers come together, and share each other’s world.”
Tickets to Toronto Masque Theatre at BeMused Network!
$20 student / $23 general & over 65
(Oct 25, 2014, 6:45pm) The Soldier’s Tale • (Oct 20, 2014, 8:00pm) The Soldier’s Tale
Performances at Yonge Centre for the Performing Arts.
Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale is often only heard in concert; the full production involving actors and dancers can be an unwieldy undertaking. But for artistic director Larry Beckwith, it is one of many such multidisciplinary productions that Toronto Masque Theatre has presented since 2003.
This coming weekend, presented as part of Soulpepper Theatre’s Global Cabaret Festival, Beckwith will conduct an ensemble of top-notch instrumentalists in collaboration with long-time artistic associates Derek Boyes as narrator and choreographer Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière. Read on…
” It’ll be a fabulous evening and a whole lot of really good spirit all night.”
The evening of October 25 is when fears come alive — literally, if you’re in Dufferin Grove Park. Organized by Clay and Paper Theatre, Night of Dread is coming back to the park and the community for its 15th year starting at 6pm with a parade, followed by pageantry and celebration at the park at 7:30pm.
A “pre-emptive strike” against the consumerism that’s taken over Halloween, Night of Dread is a parade bringing us face to face with our fears given — often very large — form. But fear not! The night culminates with the participants facing down their fears and mocking them. Read on…
“Doing this is so hard, the musicians and composers have to come from a love and understanding of new art music.”
Tickets to Continuum Contemporary Music at BeMused Network!
$10 student / $20 artist & senior / $30 general
(Oct 19, 2014, 8:00pm) Souvenir • (Oct 20, 2014, 8:00pm) Souvenir
Performances at Betty Oliphant Theatre.
As Continuum Contemporary Music celebrate their 30th years of championing new works by contemporary composers, their first concert of the season at the Betty Oliphant Theatre on Oct 19 & 20 presents a film project 20 years in the making.
Initiated by founding artistic director Jennifer Waring and her friend and filmmaker Gary Popovich, “Souvenir“ is a tale of the history of the universe and humanity’s place in it. The film features six commissioned works by different composers as the soundtrack. This is an unusual performance for Continuum, as it features a large-scale projection against which the Continuum ensemble and guests artists will perform on stage. Read on…
This is contemporary music that doesn’t leave the audience behind, and actively makes the music relevant to our daily lives.
Tickets to Spectrum Music at BeMused Network!
$15/$10 single tickets. $49/$34 subscriptions.
(Oct 8, 2014, 6:30pm) Tell It Like It Is • (Dec 6, 2014, 8pm) Journeys
(Feb 7, 2015, 8pm) Starry Night • (Oct 8, 2014, 9pm) Your Wish Is Our Concert
All performances at Alliance Française de Toronto.
Spectrum Music’s season launch at Alliance Française this Wednesday evening at 9pm is both a party and a mixer. Set against a soundscape created by composer and cellist Nick Storring, this is a rare opportunity to experience the other-worldly vocal and electronics duo, Barnyard Drama, featuring Christine Duncan & Jean Martin.
Founded in 2010 as a collective of contemporary music composers with their feet planted in the classical and jazz tradition, Spectrum Music has cultivated a strong roster of performers who are regular collaborators, with the support of Duncan herself as artistic advisor, and advisor emeritus Andrew Downing. Read on…
What distinguishes g27 is the earnest desire to create meaningful connections between the orchestral members and the audience.
Eric Paetkau is on a mission to build an orchestra that belongs to the audience and musicians. This may seem like a strange thing to say, because by what other reasons would an orchestra exist? Read on…
A living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.
Art installation meets live improvisation with audience interaction at Spectrum Music‘s remount of Matthew Roberts’ electro-eco-acoustic “Interface” during the upcoming Nuit Blanche in Toronto. “Interface” is a participatory audio-visual installation that uses live performers, electronics, and human touch in synergy to create morphing soundscapes. It is a living metaphor of what happens when the boundaries between performers and audiences are erased.
“Interface” was first presented at the season launch concert for Spectrum Music last year. With their 2014-2015 season launch slated for next Wednesday, the re-mounting of “Interface” at a larger scale as part of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche activities is a fitting pre-launch party. Find them at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street) with new performers every hour form 7pm to 7am. Read on…