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Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map

janvier 17, 2017
National

The cross-country celebration led by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra aims to give Canadian music the overdue respect it deserves.

"Innovators. Renegades. Pioneers. Canadian musicians have long punched above their weight both at home and internationally.”

Or so claims a news release announcing Canada Mosaic, an ambitious cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians spearheaded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and funded (to the tune of $7.5 million) by the government of Canada.

“What a wonderful way to celebrate our 150th,” enthuses Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage.

And it surely is a welcome way to fund some major commissions to our composers in addition to 40 or so two-minute fanfares to be performed by the TSO and partner orchestras from British Columbia to Newfoundland.

The whole enterprise begins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall, when Victor Feldbrill and Alain Trudel preside over a program titled Canadian Legacy, featuring Godfrey Ridout’s Fall Fair, Pierre Mercure’s Kaléidoscope, Jean Coulthard’s “Introduction” and “Three Folk Songs” from Canada Mosaic, John Weinzweig’s Suite from Red Ear of Corn and André Mathieu’s Rhapsodie romantique, the latter with Alain Lefèvre as piano soloist..."

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