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Volume 27 Issue 5 | March 4 - April 15, 2022

"Hard to watch and impossible to ignore"--on the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Tafelmusik goes live again in a tribute to Jeanne Lamon; TSO MD reunion as Centennial Countdown kicks off; PASS=Performing Arts Sunday Series at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts ...; crosstown to the TRANZAC, Matthew Fava on the move; all this and more ....

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said during our phone conversation, “and some people do it in a very formal way with a citation or an homage.” In choosing works for the evening’s concert, she began by listening to a playlist of composer’s works that inspired her, listening for timbral details that she found “striking and beautiful, pieces that would catch my breath.” She followed that by reading more about what inspired those works, with an eye out for descriptions that mentioned the creative influence of other composers or artists from the past. Her third criterion for selecting works was to create a program of contrasts. The end result will be a fascinating evening to stimulate our sonic imaginations with works by Canadians Cassandra Miller and Margareta Jeric (who wrote a new work for the evening commissioned by Chantal Perrot), Montreal-based French composer Olivier Alary, and Americans Carolyn Chen, Tyshawn Sorey and David Lang. In addition to this opportunity to hear Arras in March, Esprit Orchestra will be presenting Devaux’s new work Excavated Sound on April 20. See the Quick Picks entry below. Wendalyn Bartley is a Toronto-based composer and electro-vocal sound artist. QUICK PICKS Seth Parker Woods MAR 9, 10, 12, 7:30PM & MAR 12, 1PM: Canadian Opera Company, COC Theatre. Fantasma. Music by Ian Cusson. Text by Colleen Murphy. Fantasma is a chamber opera created in particular for audiences ages 12 to 18. When creators Cusson and Murphy began exploring ideas for the production, they shared stories important to them about life, and in particular, stories of children’s fears of being lost. They sought to create something that was both exciting and dangerous, that had artistic depth and was not patronizing to the audience. Cusson’s experience watching a play when he was 12 years old led him to the conviction that theatre is a sacred place where stories can be told, and he knew immediately that he wanted to be part of this world. For Murphy, it was important that the two masks of theatre – comedy and tragedy – be presented together. The story follows two friends as they make a discovery while visiting an old-fashioned carnival. They are faced with the dilemma of what to do in the face of suffering. Do you stop to help out, or do you run away? MAR 11, 8 PM: New Music Concerts, Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Difficult Grace: Seth Parker Woods in Concert. American cellist Seth Parker Woods presents a solo multimedia concert made up of works inspired by various historical events and commentaries on the human condition. Woods has been described as an artist full of power, grace and possessing a versatility that enables him to both straddle several genres and willing to go to the brink. APR 3, 8PM: Esprit Orchestra, Koerner Hall. Esprit Live 2022! Act 1. Works by Canadian composers Alexina Louie and Christopher Goddard. Louie’s The Void, Rivers of Stars from 1990 will be performed along with a world premiere of Goddard’s Piano Concerto (2020). A third piece, by American Andrew Norman, will also be presented. APR 20, 8PM: Esprit Orchestra, Koerner Hall. Esprit Live 2022! Act 2. In an evening full of premieres, Canadian composer Eugene Astapov will be appearing as a guest conductor as well as presenting the premiere of his Esprit-commissioned work A Still Life (2020). A second world premiere, also commissioned by Esprit, will be Keiko Devaux’s Excavated Sound. Other works on the program include Mannequin (2014) by Korean composer Unsuk Chin and Saudade (2019) by Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė. 21/22 Crossing Over Imagined Sounds Imagined Sounds April 10, 2022 @ Steam Whistle Brewery 255 Bremner Blvd 8pm Concert | 7:15pm Pre-Concert Regular | Senior/Arts Worker | Student Celebrated composer Keiko Devaux curates a concert of exciting new works to accompany her Azrieli Prize-winning work Arras. Each piece examines our relationship with musical memory. This concert also features the direction of Juliane Gallant in collaboration with Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership Project. This concert is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation. For tickets to Imagined Sounds on Friday April 10 at Steam Whistle Brewery, and any other information, please visit or call our office at 416-961-9594. FEATURING: Keiko Devaux — Curator/Composer Juliane Gallant — Guest Conductor (Tapestry Women in Musical Leadership) 16 | February 2022

John Abberger, Artistic Director MAY 13–15, 2022 TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL WE’RE BACH! There is something for everyone with our 4-concert festival, including the Festival debut of John Butt, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the music of Bach. SAV E 16% Grab Your Early Bird Festival Pass for the entire line up for only $159! Don’t delay — offer ends March 21, 2022. TORONTOBACHFESTIVAL.ORG | (416) 466-8241 Jean-Sébastien Vallée Artistic Director TMC & Nathaniel Dett Chorale join together to sing All-Night Vigil Sergei Rachmaninoff Plus, works by Nathaniel Dett, Adolphus Hailstork, and others SACRED MUSIC FOR A SACRED SPACE Simon Rivard conductor Brainerd Blyden-Taylor conductor YORKMINSTER PARK BAPTIST CHURCH FRIDAY, APRIL 15 In-person and Online | 416-408-0208 March 4 - April 15, 2022 | 17

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