DECEMBER 8, 2015, TORONTO, ON – Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, presents the newly released complete collection of composer Ann Southam’s Glass Houses. Christina Petrowska Quilico’s highly lauded CDs, Glass Houses Revisited (2011) and Glass Houses Volume 2 (2014) come together to commemorate the fifth anniversary of composer Ann Southam’s death. Glass Houses Revisited has become one of Centrediscs’ all-time best sellers. Both the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star accorded it four stars out of four, it was named one of “30 best Canadian classical recordings ever” by CBC Music, and it received a 2012 JUNO Award Nomination for Classical Composition of the Year.
To date, Petrowska Quilico has recorded three major cycles by Southam for Centrediscs (including Rivers and Pond Life), for a total of six CDs on that label, in addition to Southam pieces she has recorded on four compilation discs.
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About Christina Petrowska Quilico
One of Canada’s foremost pianists, Christina Petrowska Quilico has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestras on four continents. Widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist, she is a long time champion of contemporary and Canadian music, but is equally at home in the traditional classical repertoire. CBC Music chose her as one of the 20 Can’t-Miss Classical Pianists of 2014, placing her in a shared spotlight with some of the world’s most celebrated pianists, and in 2015 named her one of 25 Greatest Canadian Pianists. Her 37 recordings span three centuries of music, and have garnered accolades from critics and audiences alike.
About Ann Southam
Ann Southam was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1937 but lived most of her life in Toronto. After completing musical studies at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music in the early 1960s, she began a teaching and composing career which included a long and productive association with modern dance. As well as creating music for some of Canada's major modern dance companies and choreographers, she was an instructor in electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. While a great deal of her work was electroacoustic music on tape, in her later years she became increasingly interested in music for acoustic instruments. Ann Southam's work was commissioned through the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the CBC, and has been performed in Canada, Europe and the U.S. She was the recipient of the Friends of Canadian Music Award in 2001. Ann Southam passed away November 25, 2010.
About the Canadian Music Centre
The CMC has been connecting Canadians and sharing our stories, through music, for over half a century. At five regional offices across the country, the CMC provides access for performing organizations, the cultural community and individuals to an extensive collection of music and recordings (both digital and on-site). By supporting innovative programming, promoting composers and performers and engaging audiences, we maintain the rich legacy of Canadian concert music and ensure the voice of our composers is heard by generations to come. Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at musiccentre.ca, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).
For further information, please contact:
Director of Communications and Centrediscs
Phone: 416.961.6601 ext. 304
Email: aswanson [at] musiccentre [dot] ca
Linda Litwack Publicity
Email: lalitwack [at] rogers [dot] com