Celebration of Life for Associate Composer Michael Parker

Monday, September 11, 2017
Event Title: Celebration of Life for Associate Composer Michael Parker
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: 20 St Joseph Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1J9
  • Time: 11:30am
  • Price: $FREE
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Description:

Join us in celebrating the life of Associate Composer Michael Parker (1948-2017)

11:30 - Light lunch and refreshments
12-2PM - Musical highlights and remembrance

This is a free event. Please RSVP to Christopher Minnes by September 8th: cminnes@musiccentre.ca

Born in Toronto, Parker studied violin and viola at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, in Banff and at Michigan State University. From 1972-76 he was founding member, performer and Executive Secretary of the contemporary music group Array (now Arraymusic) in Toronto. In 1976, he moved to Newfoundland where he served as Principal Violist with the Newfoundland Symphony from 1976-77. In 1977 he was appointed to the faculty of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland in Corner Brook, where he was Professor of Classics and Historical Studies. In September 2007, Parker retired from this post and relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Completely self-taught, Parker considered himself a very eclectic composer with works ranging from traditional in style to more avant-garde. Commissioned by Music Canada 2000 and the Newfoundland Symphony to commemorate the millennium of the arrival of the Vikings in Newfoundland in 1000 AD, Parker’s most ambitious work, the chamber opera The Visitor, received its world premiere in Corner Brook and St. John's in September 2000.

Regarding Michael Parker’s compositions, Ontario Arts Council Classical Music Officer, David Parsons comments, “Michael’s music often reveals his love of Baroque and Classical forms. Many pieces feature titles and content that draw on his other field of expertise, Greco-Roman mythology, literature and history, as well as highly creative use of local subjects inspired from his 30-year residency in Newfoundland.”

Parker’s music has been performed throughout Canada, and in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Cairo, and throughout France and the United States. He has been performed by such artists and organizations as Lawrence Cherney, Erica Goodman, the Victoria International Festival, the Holland Festival, the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Minneapolis Symphony, and the Newfoundland Symphony.