The Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound has just named Richard Burrows as their new Artistic Director. In 2012 he curated his first festival with Open Ears entitled Environmental Rhythms. A founding member of TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Richard is dedicated to the development of new music and engaging audiences.
The Open Ears Festival based in Waterloo Region uses unusual venues to present a very eclectic range of musics from new classical music to electroacoustic, musique actuelle and sound installation. The focus of all events is the act of listening. Featuring a mix of local, national and international artists, concerts have featured ensembles from traditional ensembles such as string quartet, orchestra, choir to turntable art, multi-media, anachronism and dance. Innovative and collaborative, the Festival works closely with other organizations to co-present activities or to include activities within their own busy schedule.
The Rolston String Quartet is heading to Europe to kick off their Banff International String Quartet Competition Winner's Tour. This European tour, developed by konzertdirektion Andrea Hempl, will take the Quartet through Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
Stay tuned as the Rolstons launch their Canadian presence with concerts at summer festivals in Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.
First European Tour for Rolston String Quartet
Hamburg, Germany - January 21, 2017
Bremen, Germany - January 23, 2017
Trier, Germany - January 25, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany - January 26, 2017
Bruchsal, Germany - January 27, 2017
Fulda, Germany - January 29, 2017
Nürnberg, Germany - January 30, 2017
Ulm, Germany - January 31, 2017
Brixen, Italy - February 2, 2017
Meran, Italy - February 3, 2017
Tegernsee, Germany - February 4, 2017
Berlin, Germany - February 10, 2017
Eindhoven, Netherlands - February 12, 2017
Pianist Jane Coop has just released a new CD of Beethoven Sonatas. The album, Beethoven: The Young Innovator, features three piano sonatas that represent Ludwig van Beethoven at the height of his early maturity - a creator who was already pushing artistic boundaries. This is Ms. Coop's 18th title to her vast discography.
The three works on the new disc are Sonata in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, Sonata in C-sharp Minor (Moonlight), Op. 27, No. 2, and Sonata in D Major (Pastorale), Op. 28. This album was recorded by Don Harder at Pyatt Hall in Vancouver, and released on the Skylark label.
The Gryphon Trio has just returned from warming the hearts of audiences across Canada's Northwest Territories on a spectacular tour that saw weather averaging in the minus 30s and colder. Joined by singer Patricia O'Callaghan, they performed Deepest December, a program that featured collaborative works, trio pieces, and a few holiday works from Patricia's new Christmas album of the same title. This program explores the emotional depths that a long Canadian winter can kindle, yet it is hopeful and is global in spirit, mixing Latin songs with jazz-tinged tunes by some of pop's most revered composers.
With pre-tour performances presented by Calgary Pro Musica and The Banff Centre, they continued their journey north performing in Fort Smith, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Yellowknife, and Fort Simpson. A big thank you to Marie Coderre, Carmen Braden, the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre for making this tour a success. As well, a heartfelt thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts in their support of this tour.
TorQ Percussion Quartet continues their foray into the US market. They have completed extensive tours of Alaska and Idaho. Last season, they performed their American Symphonic debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as additional concerts in Ohio and Washington state.
This January, the foursome will be in residence at Midland Center for the Arts. Hosted by MATRIX:MIDLAND, TorQ will be playing community outreach, school engagements, and facilitating percussion workshops. An evening performance on the Windows on the World Series (WoW Series) at the Midland Center for the Arts will close off their residency.
The WoW Series features fun, entertaining and inspiring performing artists from near and far with unique talent and life stories. In conjunction with the WoW concerts, local businesses will be offering special menus, and after the concert, audience members will have a chance to meet TorQ in a casual post-show party.
MATRIX:MIDLAND presents TorQ
Midland, Michigan - January 20, 2017 at 7:30pm
Midland Center for the Arts, Windows on the World Series
Project Aria has just returned from two successful concerts of their holiday program, Christmas Home. Described by the Barrie Examiner as "a memorable concert to celebrate the Christmas season," the program evokes "the intimate atmosphere of a party at home, with the warm company of friends and family, sitting around the fire telling stories and singing songs while enjoying the scents of baking and the fresh outdoors". Check out the full concert review here.
Project Aria is Leslie Fagan (soprano), Guy Few (trumpet, voice, & piano), and Stephanie Mara (piano). The ensemble's varied instrumentation makes for interesting combinations, and the program features works by Bach, traditional carols, jazzy Christmas songs, readings of classic Christmas stories and even sing-a-longs.
Arriving in the "Canadian North"
The artistic crew bundled up and ready to leave the airport and brave the cold in Norman Wells