On Monday evening, January 21st, the 2018 / 2019 season of the Murray Adaskin Salon Concert Series resumes with a Celebration of the remarkable music and career of Owen Underhill. The concert, which features a wide variety of solo and chamber works dating from 1987 to present day (and including two premieres), will be held in honour of Owen’s 65th birthday.
The performers include some of Owen’s closest friends, collaborators, and interpreters, such as soprano Cathy Fern Lewis, a former classmate of Owen’s at the University of Victoria who also gave the premiere of Four Yeats Songs in 1987. The concert features Owen also as a performer (playing hand percussion instruments) in his A/Symmetry Ritual, a recent work with an element of theatre composed for the composer himself to perform with his regular duo partner, percussionist Daniel Tones. In addition, Tones will play Owen’s vibraphone solo Cloud over Water, inspired by a large painting by Canadian artist Paterson Ewen. Pianist Noel McRobbie will play three brief Bagatelles, which Owen describes as “a gradually growing collection of intimate, relatively short piano solos.” The second and third Bagatelles will be premiere performances.
The two halves of the concert are bookended by two substantial works played by the trio of flutist Laura Vanek, cellist Marina Hasselberg, and pianist Noel McRobbie. On the first half, Featured Emerging Composer Adam Junk presents a new work, 10 Punctuations, a piece very unusually inspired by the typographical punctuation symbols ? : ( & ) , ! ; @ . The concert closes with Owen’s Ten Miniatures, a piece inspired by Indian miniature paintings, described by the composer as “remarkably focused and brilliantly coloured mini-canvases created during the Mughal period from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries,” and observed by Owen during a trip to India in 2012. This work was commissioned by NOVO Ensemble and received its premiere at Owen’s 60th birthday celebration concert in 2013.
Owen’s music never fails to surprise, move, and delight the listener – often simultaneously. Limited tickets are still available, but this concert is sure to sell out, so book now and don’t risk disappointment! Don’t miss this concert of music by a composer whose music has variously been described as dense and interesting, colourful, lyrical in inspiration, exuberant and witty, subtle, and thoughtful. To order, please click here, or give us a call at 604-734-4622.