Gryphon Trio, Miriam Khalil | Osvaldo Golijov: Ayre

Monday, October 25th, 2021

In a potent mixture of Arabic, Spanish, and Sephardic tradition, Osvaldo Golijov’s 2004 song cycle Ayre draws on folk material of 15th century Andalusia, juxtaposing the texts' wide expressive ambit with music full of unexpected detours and lashing eloquence. Here, in an arrangement by Roberto Occhipinti, the Gryphon Trio accompanies the legendary Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam […]

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Jeffrey Ryan – Everything Already Lost

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Says composer Jeffrey Ryan, “From the first moment I heard Jan Zwicky read from her work—richly layered poems that evoke nature, music, and profound distilled emotional moments—I hoped someday to have the chance to set her words to music.” Thanks to a commission from baritone/piano duo Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer, the composer's desire became […]

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Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef’s King Arthur’s Night

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

Premiered in 2017 at Toronto's Luminato festival, Niall McNeil and Marcus Youssef's play King Arthur's Night is now well-travelled, appearing to acclaim at festivals across the country. Centering Down Syndrome in its writing and casting, the play treats Arthurian legend with wonderful whimsy, affording its neurodiverse cast much opportunity for exuberant, hilarious improv - and […]

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At the Statue of Venus – City Opera

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Starring soprano Robyn Dreidger-Klassen and pianist Terrence Dawson, City Opera Vancouver’s production of Jake Heggie's At the Statue of Venus went online in July, drawing high praise from the composer himself: “Wow! What a fabulous performance! She is such a great actress – and he is such a fine pianist. Immensely gratifying to hear the […]

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Jeremy Dutcher & Melody McKiver – The Dream Tree (Buffy Sainte-Marie cover)

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

On stage at Ottawa music festival Megaphono in 2018, Indigenous artists Jeremy Dutcher and Melody McKiver took a rapt National Arts Centre audience into the magical world of this time-honored classic by Buffy Sainte-Marie. Listen. You’ll be transported, too.

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J.S. Bach: Ciaccona in D Minor, BWV 1004 – transcription by Jeanne Lamon

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Violinist, conductor, scholar, and educator Jeanne Lamon was a national and international treasure. Her passing in June of this year left an enormous void; over more than thirty-three years as director of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, it was Jeanne's passionate musicality that shaped and expanded the ensemble, carrying it from strength to strength and establishing […]

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