Sound of Dragon: Call For Scores

February 23, 2018
National

The Sound of Dragon Society is hosting the residency of Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (gCO) in April & May 2018. The residency includes a reading session at 1-5pm on Sunday May 13, 2018 at the Canadian Music Centre BC Creative Hub (837 Davie St, Vancouver). The Society is accepting submissions from composers of any age and nationality for the reading. The submitted works will be considered by the gCO for its programming at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall in 2018/2019.

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Joe Sorbara

Profile Type: Conductor, Performer, Ensemble, Artistic Director, Educator
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Joe Sorbara is a highly inventive drummer and percussionist with a penchant for coaxing music out of practically anything. Joe's drum kit is regularly augmented with found and prepared materials which ensure that the sounds at his ready disposal are practically orchestral in scope. He combines these skills with an extraordinary time-feel that makes him one of the most swinging drummers in Canada when the music demands it of him. He is equally at home playing jazz, free improvised music, punk rock, and chamber music; but prefers to play them all at the same time.

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Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Annex sparks hope for spring

February 15, 2018
National

"Ever longed to hear a concerto for contrabassoon? Or for piano and classical Chinese erhu? Is a sample of an opera-in-progress more your thing? All are on tap in the latest “Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Annex” series of three concerts, beginning this weekend.

The calendar insists it is not yet spring, but the Annex concerts are one of the expected musical blossoms of the season. Plum(b), described as “music that explores depths of pitch and hue,” is first up, showcasing the premiere of Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto of the same name featuring contrabassoonist Sophie Dansereau..."

Related Composers: Jeffrey Ryan, Jocelyn Morlock





Olympic pairs figure skating shines spotlight on Canadian classical music

February 15, 2018
National

"In Canada's classical music circles, it's a common refrain that musicians must do better at championing contemporary Canadian music. Gone is the period in the 20th century when "new Canadian music" was often synonymous with "hard on the ears," when many composers seemed to write not works of art, but challenges, both for the listener and the player.

Related Composers: Alain Lefèvre





50 years after his death, Healey Willan’s music lives on

February 15, 2018
National

"If Canadian composer Healey Willan isn’t getting the last laugh, he’s getting the last chord.

His longtime home base, the Anglican Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, is hosting a concert on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of his death, one of several commemorations taking place this year in Canada and abroad. There is even a burgeoning Healey Willan Society based in Chicago..."

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Related Composers: Healey Willan





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Annesley Black

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Esprit Orchestra weaves cellphones into its concert

February 8, 2018
National

Devices are welcome at the tech-savvy production taking place on Feb. 11.

"The cellphone has graduated from concert irritant to instrument.

Esprit Orchestra is putting out the welcome mat for the ubiquitous personal communication device for its Feb. 11 Plug In program at Koerner Hall

“It’s a whole new world of sound,” says music director Alex Pauk of the evening’s music offerings, which include two compositions about the telephone.

Related Composers: Alex Pauk, Eugene Astapov





Composer Vincent Ho Receives Two JUNO Nominations

February 7, 2018
National

"Canadian composer Vincent Ho's The Shaman|Arctic Symphony, featuring striking live recordings of two monumental orchestral works commissioned by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and released last fall on Centrediscs, has just been nominated for two JUNO Awards.

Related Composers: Vincent Chee-Yung Ho





Roberta Stephen Award

February 6, 2018
National

The Roberta Stephen Award, worth $500, offers support to a Canadian woman composer aged 36 or older for professional development such as further studies, conferences, or workshops, or composers’ festivals. The prize was created by the generous provision of composer and publisher Roberta Stephen and is administered by the Association of Canadian Women Composers. Two awards in the amount of $500 are available each year.

Deadline: March 30, 2018