Of Bow and Breath

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Event Title: Of Bow and Breath
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph Street
  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Price: $10 student/senior/arts worker, $15 general
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  • Canadian Music Centre (20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto)
  • Thurs. March 2, 2017, 5:30 PM
  • Tickets: $10 student/senior/arts worker, $15 general

Sandra Baron, violin, and Robert W. Stevenson, clarinet and bass clarinet
Featuring works by Michael J. Baker, Claude Vivier and James Tenney, plus world premieres by Daniel Foley and Robert W. Stevenson.
Baron/Stevenson Duo performs a program of compositions for violin and clarinet featuring pieces from masters of the late 20th century plus new works by Foley and Stevenson.

Michael J. Baker’s In The Place Of the Twins, from his multi-disciplinary work Big Pictures, explores the use of overlapping, ever-shifting melodic  patterns to create a mosaic of propulsive rhythmic movement of dramatic effect.

Piece pour Violin et Clarinette by Claude Vivier is a magical, lyrical work composed for, in the words of critic Robert Everett Green “musicians and other children.”

Seeger Song #1 by James Tenney, is a meditative exploration of the compositional implications of Charles Seeger’s theory of dissonant counterpoint.

Two world premiers by Daniel Foley and Robert W. Stevenson complete the program.

About Sandy Baron: A native of Calgary, Canada, Sandy has been a member of the Canadian Opera Company since 1996.  During the summer season, she resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera since 2001.  In addition to opera, Sandy regularly performs with the Toronto Symphony, the National Ballet and the Esprit Orchestra.

About Robert W. Stevenson: Robert has been an active force in the music community as a player, conductor, composer and educator since the early 70s. Mr. Stevenson’s background is wide ranging and diverse, encompassing many forms including jazz, classical, new music, klezmer and free improvisation. He has performed regularly with a wide variety of ensembles including Arraymusic,New Music Concerts, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band among many others. Mr. Stevenson’s compositions are performed and broadcast frequently both in Canada and internationally. He served as Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Arraymusic from 2005 – 2010 and was Artistic Director of the improvising new music big band Hemispheres from 1995-1998 as well as serving as its conductor from 1992. He served as guest lecturer in clarinet and composition at York University in Toronto and at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.