The Canadian Music Centre is renovating its beautiful home in downtown Toronto while being respective of the heritage status of Chalmers House, a 1892 Victorian building. A main floor-level multifunctional space has been designed to host small events/concerts/CD launches for start up and small ensembles, workshops and a sound recording room to record premiere performances of new works.
We have started to look for a concert grand for the new space at Chalmers House. So far we have visited Paul Hahn Pianos and Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts. Adam Sherkin, CMC associate composer and performer, www.adamsherkin.com and Christina Petrowska Quilico, CMC voting member and performer, www.christinapetrowskaquilico.com are helping us out with this important and exciting job. Do you know of a piano looking for a home? Please let us know if you do.
I have recently discovered a wonderful tool for discovering and listening to new, Canadian classical music, with the program CentreStreams. It is a brilliant idea, especially for someone like me who has not listened to much new music and wouldn't know where to start. Listening to the new compositions while on the computer, is a perfect way for myself to be exposed to this music. Even after listening a few times, I have learned the names of Canadian composers whose music I enjoyed.
Friday, August 10, 8:00 pm
Cook Hall, MUN School of Music
Admission: General $30.00, Senior/Student $20.00
As part of the Tuckamore Festival, this concert features Sybarite5 and festival faculty artists, Duo Concertante and Vernon Regehr.
The program consists of the beloved Schubert "Trout" quintet, one of the most cheerful and sunny works ever written, which is paired with the drive and drama of Dvorak´s bass quintet.
This concert also contains the world premiere of Denis Gougeon´s beautiful Chants du Coeur, completing this energetic and moving program.
Saturday, August 11, 7:00 pm
Petro Canada Hall, MUN School of Music
Admission: General $10, Senior/Student $8.00
(includes Young Artists at Play)
The program of this concert consists of new works composed by two up-and-coming Canadian young composers.The two composers will explain their new works to the audience.
The concert also features some of the Tuckamore Festival Young Artists as performers.
This week I decided to go through some piano music to see if there are any pieces suitable to use in piano lessons. Naturally, I gravitated towards the New Music for Young Musicians series and have zeroed in on three pieces that I'd like to write about.
The first is Hope Lee's flower drum dance. This is a timely selection, as her piece Secret of the Seven Stars was selected to represent Canada in the chamber music category of ISCM.