Presented by The Music Appreciation Program at The Royal Conservatory of Music
Location: Mazzoleni Hall
Ticket Price: $15.00
* Tickets may also be purchased with cash at the door!
* Reception to follow in Mazzoleni Lounge
Come celebrate International Women's Day by attending this unique Music Appreciation Event! Join Sara Constant, editor of Whole Note Magazine, as she interviews three Canadian female composers about their experiences and life journeys.
About the Host:
Sara Constant: Sara Constant is the Digital Media Editor for Whole Note Magazine. With a passion for new music and Canadian composers, Sara is the perfect person to conduct this fascinating discussion on women composers in Canada.
About the Composers:
Norma Beecroft: Norma Beecroft ( b.Oshawa, 1934) has enjoyed a long and active life in music as a composer, producer, broadcaster and administrator. Beginning in the early 1950s, she began studies in composition with John Weinzweig and continued her studies in Tanglewood with Aaron Copland and Lukas Foss, then spent 3 years in Europe, completing her studies with Goffredo Petrassi and Bruno Maderna. She has had a long association with broadcasting, beginning in CBC television, then CBC Radio where she specialized in programs on contemporary music including many on Canadian composers.
Attracted by the lure of new sound resources which emerged post WWII, many of Beecroft's compositions involve electronic music in combination with traditional instruments. Her interest in this medium led her to publish an eBook "Conversations with Post World War II Pioneers of Electronic Music" (see Canadian Music Centre). The recipient of many commissions and scholarships, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from York University in 1996.
Juliet Palmer: Composer Juliet Palmer is known as a "post-modernist with a conscience" (The Listener) whose work "crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own"(Toronto Star). Recent premieres: Vermillion Songs for tenor Simon O?Neill and NZTrio; and Sweat, a cappella opera with Anna Chatterton (National Sawdust, New York). Juliet is the Artistic Director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent productions: Boots (Opera Peepshow); Singing River (Pan Am Path, Waterfront Toronto, Arts in the Parks); Stitch (Dora nominations Best New Opera and Best Production); Slip (Best Experimental Short, Toronto International Short Film Festival); and Voice-Box (Harbourfront World Stage). Upcoming: Quarry (soprano Sarah Albu and Continuum); The Unsilent Project for spoken word artists and orchestra (Michael Greyeyes and Signal Theatre with NYO Canada); and Sweat, Canadian premiere and tour (Bicycle Opera with director Banuta Rubess). www.julietpalmer.ca
Tara Kannangara: Categorizing her diverse sound is a difficult proposition. Juno- nominated artist, Tara Kannangara's preferred tag is "Groove-Based Indie Jazz," for elements of melodic indie pop are seamlessly meshed with fresh jazz grooves. Similarly, the mellow feel of her trumpet playing neatly complements the subtle nuances of her unaffected vocal style.
As a bandleader, Kannangara is quickly making a splash on the Toronto jazz scene and continues to perform all across Canada and throughout the United States with notable performances at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and New York City's Jazz Gallery. Tara's group has been awarded the 2016 Julian Award for excellence in emerging Canadian jazz artists, the Sting Ray Rising Star Award as a part of the TD Montreal Jazz Festival and her debut album "Some Version of the Truth" has been nominated for a 2016 Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.