Crossing Borders - Mission: Compassion

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Event Title: Crossing Borders - Mission: Compassion
  • Region: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: 35 Hazelton Avenue Toronto ON
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $15-20
  • Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1-9 Performers)
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Crossing Borders - Mission: Compassion is a concert series founded by Maureen Batt in 2014 that features contemporary music by living Canadian composers and musical artists from around the world. With themes of themes of compassion, contemplation, beauty, loneliness, darkness, heading, and warmth, the pieces presented in this series mirror both modern societal views and ancient cultural contexts through the lenses of humour, home, and nostalgia.

On Wednesday, February 14, Crossing Borders - Mission: Compassion will be presented at Heliconian Hall in Toronto's Yorkville District, with Cheryl Duvall on piano. This event will feature two new works - first by Canadian composer Saman Shahi, the executive manager and co-founder of the Iranian-Canadian Composers of Toronto who was awarded a commissioning grant from the Ontario Arts Council to compose Breathing in the Shadows, a five-song cycle for Batt for this series. The second work featured is by Robert Bauer, who has worked with CBC, Symphony Nova Scotia, and who founded the new music and improvisational ensemble UPSTREAM. Bauer received an Arts Nova Scotia creation grant to compose Ice Kaleidoscope for Batt. This Toronto event will be a furthering of the January premiere of these works in Halifiax.

The synthesis of the musicality of Batt and Duvall is the crux of Crossing Borders - Mission: Compassion. Passionate about classical music, storytelling, and new voices, Batt and Duvall have toured Halifax, Toronto, and Philadelphia with works by Canadian and American composers. In addition to the two song cycles being premiered, other composers featured on the program include Leslie Arden, Monica Pearce, Kala Pierson, Rodney Sharman, and Kotoka Suzuki. Batt will also be performing two pieces by Fiona Ryan, from Batt's debut album, Lady of the Lake, building on her impressive resume of a Nova Scotia Music Award nomination for Classical Recording of the Year and a nomination for Best Classical Artist in The Coast's Best of Halifax.


February 14, 7:30PM, Heliconian Hall - 35 Hazelton Ave. Toronto, ON

Tickets: $20 General & $15 Students/Arts Workers

Tickets available online and at the door