Centrediscs Album Launch: Soundspinning

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Event Title: Centrediscs Album Launch: Soundspinning
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Price: $Free with RSVP
  • Genre: Keyboard
  • External Link: Free with RSVP

With the launch of Soundspinning, the nearly 30-year friendship between composer Ann Southam and acclaimed interpreter of her music, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, is now commemorated with a total of seven recordings, all on Centrediscs. Soundspinning calls attention to some of Southam’s rarely heard gems, going back as far as 1963. Virtuosic torrents of notes, 12 tone meditations and monumental, chordal pieces all demonstrate her compositional mastery and creativity. Such evocatively titled works as Altitude Lake, Stitches in Time and Soundspinning reflect her love of nature in shimmering tonal colour. And the composer’s love of jazz and Canada’s East Coast fiddle music imbue them with further energy.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1937, composer Ann Southam made her name in Toronto, enjoying a long and productive association with modern dance companies and choreographers. As an instructor in electronic music at the Royal Conservatory of Music, she created much electroacoustic music on tape, but increasingly turned her attention to acoustic instruments. She was a founding member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, and the recipient of the Friends of Canadian Music Award in 2001. Southam passed away November 25, 2010.

From her New York orchestral debut at 14 (“promethean talent” – New York Times) to the present as one of Canada’s leading artists, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilicocontinues to astound audiences and critics with her dazzling command of the keyboard. The Ottawa-born, Juilliard-trained pianist has toured across the U.S. and Canada, giving recitals in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls, and solo appearances with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and with orchestras in Greece, Taipei and the U.S. Her 50 highly praised recordings range from Mozart, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy to Brazilian tangos and numerous contemporary works

The evening will include a short concert by Christina Petrowska Quilico, followed by a reception.