After exploring five BC Legacy Composers last season (Adaskin, Pentland, Coulthard, Weisgarber, and Komorous) we turn our focus to their musical descendants, the next generation of composers to write concert music on the west coast of Canada: Lloyd Burritt, Jean Ethridge, Hubert Klyne Headley, Leslie Uyeda, Hildegard Westerkamp and Barry Truax.
Together (along with Sylvia Rickard, whose concert we scheduled last May to celebrate her 80th Birthday), they represent a striking variety of voices, backgrounds, styles, and approaches to composition, each interpreted by the musicians who know their work best.
New for Season 2: Every Celebration will also include a work by an emerging composer chosen by that concert’s featured composer.
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Hildegard Westerkamp Birthday Celebration SOLD OUT
7:00pm • Friday, April 6, 2018 • Murray Adaskin Salon
Hildegard Westerkamp hears the world differently than most people. Where many of us might hear noise, she uncovers extraordinary beauty and meaning. It’s all in how we listen to our environment. After completing her music studies, Hildegard joined the World Soundscape Project under the direction of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver. Her involvement with this project not only activated deep concerns about noise and the general state of the acoustic environment in her, but it also changed her ways of thinking about music, listening and soundmaking. Join us for this very special event as we celebrate Hildegard’s birthday!
Barry Truax 70th Birthday Celebration
7:00pm • Friday, May 11, 2018 • Murray Adaskin Salon
A true pioneer in the field of electroacoustic composition, Barry Truax is retired from the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he taught acoustic communication and electroacoustic music. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project, editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published a book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics. Join us for this very special event as we celebrate Barry’s birthday!
Performers: William George, tenor; Mark McGregor, flute; Marina Hasselberg, cello
Previous Concerts This Season
Lloyd Burritt Celebration SOLD OUT
7:00pm • Friday, September 29, 2017 • Murray Adaskin Salon
CMC BC’s second concert season begins with a celebration of the music of composer Lloyd Burritt. Lloyd Burritt studied with Jean Coulthard, who encouraged him to pursue advanced studies in composition. He is recognized today as one of Canada’s finest composers, lauded for his many song cycles and operas. The concert will include selections from several works, including music from Lloyd’s most recent dramatic work Miracle Flight 571, a thrilling story of survival and the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.
Performers: Robyn Driedger-Klassen, soprano; Leah Giselle Field, mezzo-soprano; Carman J. Price, tenor; Steven Bélanger, baritone; Geronimo Mendoza, English Horn; Andrew Clark, horn; Terence Dawson, piano
Jean Ethridge Celebration SOLD OUT
7:00pm • Friday, October 27, 2017 • Murray Adaskin Salon
Born in Rossland, BC, Jean Ethridge studied composition with Jean Coulthard at UBC after taking her ARCT in piano performance, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Composition in 1967. In this concert, we will hear some of Jean’s major works for violin and for cello, art songs, and excerpts from her opera, The Ballad of Isabel Gunn, based on an extraordinary but true story from the Hudson’s Bay Company’s archives. Jean’s music is highly accessible, with beautiful melodies, rhythmic vitality, and elements of folk song-like material.
Performers: Stephanie Nakagawa, soprano; Ken Lin, violin; Luke Kim, cello; Nina Horvath, piano; Bodgan Dulu, piano
Hubert Klyne Headley Celebration
7:00pm • Friday, November 17, 2017 • Murray Adaskin Salon
Hubert Klyne Headley (1906-1996) enjoyed enviable success as a composer, conductor and educator in the United States before settling in British Columbia around 1960, spending the remainder of his long life here, composing, conducting, leading church choirs, and teaching music in local school districts and colleges. We are thrilled to present two of Klyne’s greatest chamber works, including the charming, neo-classical Septet and the dramatic, dark-hued Piano Quintet. Taken together, they offer a fascinating insight into a searingly brilliant and unexplored musical mind.
Performers: Mark McGregor, flute; Roger Cole, oboe; Liam Hockley, clarinet; Sophie Dansereau, bassoon; Joan Blackman, violin; Tegen Davidge, viola; Stefan Hintersteininger, cello; Corey Hamm, piano
Leslie Uyeda Celebration SOLD OUT
Described as “a composer with that rare combination of clear-eyed intelligence and deeply-felt emotion,” Leslie Uyeda has spent her life crafting delicate, intimate masterworks inspired by her dual passions for poetry and the human voice. Many of Leslie’s pieces were composed with specific performers in mind, artists with whom she has had longstanding collaborations and deep connections. It is they, along with the composer herself at the piano, who will bring Leslie’s music to life in this very special concert that also celebrates International Women’s Day.
Performers: Heather Pawsey, soprano; Kathryn Cernauskas, flute; AK Coope, clarinet; Rebecca Wenham, cello; Leslie Uyeda, piano
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