Opera to focus on Great War nurses 100 years after hospital ship sinking

November 10, 2017
National

"TORONTO — The creators of a planned opera about the tragic sinking of a Canadian hospital ship during the First World War say it’s time to resurrect the stories of nurses who died in heroic service.

The sinking of the HMHS Llandovery Castle was considered one of the worst atrocities committed against Canada during the Great War and yet it is little known today, says librettist Paul Ciufo.

He and Toronto composer Stephanie Martin are working on an opera they hope will be ready for public performances by June 27, 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the sinking..."

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Region: British Columbia
Tina Wang

Profile Type: Educator
I Play: Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano

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Tina Wang is a multi-instrumentalist and an in-demand music instructor based in Vancouver, BC. Her studies have taken her from her home province British Columbia, Canada to China and the United States. Equally passionate and dedicated to music teaching, performing, accompaniment and the art of chamber music, Tina has a wide-ranging experience on the saxophone, piano, and other instruments. For over 10 years she has taught saxophone, piano and clarinet privately, ranging from beginner to college level as well as collaborating as a pianist with other instrumentalists.

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Mike Filkins

Profile Type: Conductor
I Play: Clarinet, Bass clarinet

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I have been a music educator in the state of Michigan for 36 years. I hold a degree in Music Education from The University of Michigan where I majored in Music Ed, Clarinet and History. I am currently the Director of Bands for Cadillac Area Public Schools in Cadillac, MI. I have also served as the Music Director of the Cadillac Area Symphony Orchestra for nine years. Prior to that, I conducted the Cadillac Youth Symphony for 5 years. I served as Music Director of the Cadillac City Band for 15 years.

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Claremont Somehow Skips 20th Century

November 7, 2017
National

"Artistic Director Mary Beth Alger has shifted Ashmont Hill Chamber Music’s focus from cultivation of a locally based repertory company to acting as an independent presenter; she continues to draw soloists and ensembles mostly from the Boston area, but now reaches further afield as well. The Claremont Trio, which performed on Sunday afternoon at AHCM’s usual venue at Peabody Hall of All Saints Church, bridges these two categories.

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Ursula Pidgeon

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Angelina Lynne

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A Canadian Composer’s Death-Obsessed Search for Connection

November 3, 2017
National

"TORONTO — Death-haunted, drawn to danger and desperate for connection, with his ceremonies in sound charting transitions from life to something beyond it, the Canadian composer Claude Vivier should be the great downer of modern music.

But so shimmering are Vivier’s drones, so sweetly childlike his invented languages and mystical geographies, so energetic his need to communicate his cravings and insecurities, that the effect is one of warmth rather than dread. He’s not trying to scare or sadden us; he wants to be our friend..."

Related Composers: Claude Vivier





Vancouver composer translates Amanda Todd's life into music

November 3, 2017
National

Jocelyn Morlock's 'My Name Is Amanda Todd' aims to empower PoCo teenager who took own life due to bullying

"When Jocelyn Morlock was approached by the National Arts Centre to write a piece of orchestral music based on the life of Amanda Todd, she wasn't entirely sure it was a good idea..."

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ISCM 2017: Local composing stars Jocelyn Morlock and Lisa Cay Miller weigh in with World New Music Days picks

November 3, 2017
National

"It’s not the ISCM World New Music Days’ push for gender parity that makes Jocelyn Morlock and Lisa Cay Miller two of the busiest people in Vancouver: it’s that each is an exceptional composer (and, in Miller’s case, pianist). As composer in residence with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Morlock will present That Tingling Sensation at the Orpheum on Sunday (November 5) and has a piece on the bill for the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s opening-night gala (see page 14).