Beyond acceptance: Pianist Louise Bessette invites audience to open hearts to living composers

April 23, 2019
National

“When Louise Bessette takes her place among the recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, it will be to accept her Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for excellence in classical music. And perhaps unofficially, Bessette will also be lauded for her skills in diplomatic relations between Canada’s living composers and their audiences worldwide. “I feel like this award is not only for me,” she says, “but also for all of the Canadian music that I played…”






Sean Varah
Region: British Columbia
Sean Varah

Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Violoncello

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Sean Varah is a composer, cellist, and entrepreneur.
Raised in Vancouver, Canada, he studied cello with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi at the University of Western Ontario, and Eric Wilson, University of British Columbia. He holds degrees from Stanford and Columbia University, where he received his doctorate of musical arts. His principal teacher was Mario Davidovsky.

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Noriko Kasahara Ernst

Profile Type: Performer
I Play: Organ, Piano

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A Japanese native, I earned the Bachelor's degree in Music in piano performance from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo. I studied church music and organ performance at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina under Dr. James W. Good and Dr. Michae C.l Hawn for 2 years, then transferred to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, to study under Dr. Boyd M. Jones II. I graduated with the Master of Church Music degree with 2 Performer's Certificates in Organ Performance and Harpsichord in 1993.

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Brilliant tech pioneer Roger D. Moore gave generously to the music community

April 15, 2019
National

"Roger D. Moore’s life was like an opera with two distinct, equally impressive acts.

First, Mr. Moore, who died on March 21 in Toronto at the age of 79, was a pioneer in Canadian computing. As the “technical brains” of the Toronto-based company I.P. Sharp Associates, where he served as vice-president from 1964-1987, he helped design the type of cloud-computing and network technology that undergirds much of our modern, hyperconnected world..."






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Region: Atlantic
Gibson J. MacMillan

Profile Type: Conductor
I Play: Organ, Piano, Harpsichord

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Laura Chambers

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Against the Grain Theatre’s production of Kopernikus is a true operatic ritual

April 8, 2019
National

"t’s hard to describe an opera without any hard answers to the most basic of questions: Where are we? When are we? Who are these people onstage? And what on earth are they doing? Claude Vivier, the Canadian composer who is as imaginative as he is exasperating, named his opera Kopernikus, after the famed astronomer; and before you settle too comfortably into the idea that this is a biographical story of Nicolaus and his contemporaries, note the work’s subtitle: Opéra-Rituel de Mort (Ritual Opera for the Dead)..."

Related Composers: Claude Vivier





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Minstrel Shows, War and Our National Anthem: The Strange Life and Times of Calixa Lavallée

April 5, 2019
National

Book looks at the story of Canada’s 19th-century rock star.

"Many of us know that Calixa Lavallée composed the music for O Canada; few of us know he was a brilliant musician, a performer as well as a composer, whose life foreshadowed modern North American pop culture.

Broadcaster and music critic Robert Harris — best known for his brilliant conversations with Michael Enright on CBC Radio’s Sunday Edition — shows us a complicated man whose national anthem was a minor part of a prolific career..."

Related Composers: Calixa Lavallée





New Works Calgary celebrates 35 years by honouring co-founder Quenten Doolittle

April 5, 2019
Prairie

"On April 5, New Works Calgary will mark their 35th anniversary with Alberta Double Bill. In addition to closing out their 2018-19 season, Alberta Double Bill will honour New Works co-founder Quenten Doolittle, who passed in March 2018 at the age of 92

Related Composers: Quenten Doolittle