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Composers Announced for the SPO-UTS-CMC Reading Project

Composers Announced for the SPO-UTS-CMC Reading Project

November 17, 2017
Ontario
Composers Announced for the
SPO-UTS-CMC Reading Project
 
Toronto – The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), the Canadian Music Centre, and University of Toronto Schools are pleased to present the composers who will be writing new works for the 2017-18 reading session:
 
Brendan Bevan
Ian Chan
Blaede Court-Suzuki (UTS)
Patrick McGraw
Julia Mermelstein
William Zhang (UTS)
 
Each composer will write a short piece for the Winds of the SPO. Throughout the project they will be working with SPO Conductor Ron Royer, and a mentor composer from the SPO community—offering guidance during the writing process, and insights into career goals. The reading project has been designed for early-career composers, and is intended to build relationships between the SPO, its musicians, audiences, and a growing community of Canadian composers.
 
The new works will be presented at a reading session in January that will include a roundtable on composing for winds. The roundtable will be facilitated by Matthew Fava (Canadian Music Centre) along with the mentors from the SPO project. The roundtable and reading are open to community members.
 
  • Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Times: Roundtable from 5:45-6:45pm, Reading Session from 7:15-9:45pm
  • Location: University of Toronto Schools, 371 Bloor Street West
  • Free to attend!
 
About the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra:
The SPO is a community orchestra, dedicated to enriching our community through high-quality musical performances. An important part of the SPO mandate is supporting and mentoring young musicians and composers. The Winds of the SPO is a professional subset of the orchestra. A Canadian Panorama recording, featuring music by 7 GTA composers, released in early 2017, was designed to help promote Canadian composers worldwide in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary. As well, this project has a goal of developing repertoire for an intermediate sized wind ensemble. Information on the SPO 2017-2018 season, including A Canadian Panorama CD launch and concert can be found here. The season includes a presentation of all piece developed in the 2016-17 edition of the reading project.
 
About the Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre is a catalyst that connects you to the ever-evolving world of Canadian musical creation through performance, education, and promotion. The CMC provides unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music. We are passionate about nurturing a musical community that honours our legacy and supports the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers. The Canadian Music Centre inspires fresh perspectives, celebrates inventive composers, and provides transformative experiences. We champion artistic diversity and embrace Canada’s rich cultural heritage in creative centres across the country and internationally
 
Connect with the Canadian Music Centre at musiccentre.ca, on Facebook (Canadian Music Centre) and on Twitter (@cmcnational).
 
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Contact: Matthew Fava
CMC Director Ontario Region
E: mfava@musiccentre.ca
T: 416-961-6601 xt. 207