Happy New Year

Two choirs are taking In Flanders Fields (TTBB version) on tour in the coming weeks: the Cornell University Glee Club will sing it in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah on their January tour; and Cantus (who never seems to stop touring) will sing it on January 6th, 7th, 29th, February 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 15th, 17th and 18th in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, California, Illinois, and Iowa.

January 15th: Cats & Patterns (6 pieces for piano 4 hands) will be performed here in Ottawa as part of St. Luke’s Recital Series.

January 21st: Magnificat will be performed by Belle Canto of Edmonton.

February 4th: My new orchestral composition Canoe Legends, made possible thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Councilwill be premiered by the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. This piece was commissioned in celebration of the orchestra’s fiftieth anniversary, and the concert features author James Raffan (director of the Canadian Canoe Museum) talking about his adventures in the north. My orchestral work portrays scenes from two legends about canoes and incorporates a performance by the Indigenous vocal/drum ensemble Unity. Thanks to a residency grant from the SOCAN Foundation, I will also be spending several days in Peterborough before the performance to work with the musicians and give presentations and workshops to young musicians and elementary and junior high students. 

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CDs: Later this month ATMA Classique will release the Canadian Guitar Quartet’s latest CD, entitled Mappa Mundi – named for my composition Mappa Mundi for guitar quartet and cello (played by cellist Rachel Mercer). The Capital Chamber Choir will also be releasing a CD that includes my In Paradisum.

Other stuff: the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has all kinds of Canada 150 celebrations going on – I’ve got some orchestral premieres coming up in connection with this but will give more information in the next update.