May and June

Just a few concerts at this time of year...

May 6th: Magnificat by Women's Voices Chorus in Chapel Hill NC (from a review of this performance: “The next selection was the striking setting of the Magnificat by Canadian composer Christine Donkin. Soloist, Kim McCorkle, with a pure, uncluttered vocal timbre, started with what could have been an incipit, but it continued with the chorus picking up vocalizations on selected vowels and extending them. The effect was mystical, suggestive of an echo chamber six to eight times the size of Duke Chapel if you can imagine such a sonic experience.”) 

May 19th and 21st: Album of Old Photographs (marimba and piano) by Zac Pulak and Edana Higham at the Canadian Tulip Festival here in Ottawa. 

May 27th: something (not sure what) by Esprit de Choeur Women's Choir in Winnipeg MB

May 31st: open rehearsal of Udo, Shalom (youth orchestra and youth choir) by OrKidstra directed by Maestro Alexander Shelley of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. This piece, which was commissioned by OrKidstra, is a setting of the word "peace" in thirty spoken languages and five sign languages. It is part of a larger, multi-composer project for which we are still trying to secure funding.

June 1st: In Flanders Fields (unaccompanied SATB or TTBB) by Vivat Choir at a Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

June 3rd: In Paradisum (unaccompanied SSAATTBB) by Acquired Taste in Toronto ON

June 9th: In Flanders Fields by Gresley Male Voice Choir in Nottingham, England. 

June 12th: Udo, Shalom - premiere performance by OrKidstra here in Ottawa

June 13th: Magnificat by Amuse Singers in New York City NY

June 23rd: Three Short Stories (violin and two guitars) by Trio Tangere at Guitar Foundation of America 2018 Convention in Louisville KY

June 30th: Four Choral Critters (SATB with piano) by Vox - Farnham Chamber Choir in Farnham, Surrey, England. 

Other things:

I'll be adjudicating the Alberta Piano Teachers' Association Composition Competition.

I wrote an article about Udo, Shalom which will be featured in the June 2018 issue of Alla Breve, the official journal of the Kodaly Society of Canada.