CMC Presents A Little Night Music - free concert of nocturnes!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Event Title: CMC Presents A Little Night Music - free concert of nocturnes!
  • Region: Atlantic
  • Venue / Location: Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, Halifax
  • Time: 6:30pm
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A Little Night Music - a Celebration of Canadian Music

(Halifax, NS) Enjoy an evening of nocturnes when the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Atlantic Region, and Halifax Central Library present A Little Night Music on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library, Halifax. Featured performers of Canadian nocturnes include four celebrated pianists: Simon Docking, Janet Hammock, Jennifer King and Barbara Pritchard. Canadian composers included in this concert are Richard Gibson, Jordan Nobles, Kevin Morse, Anthony Genge, Peter-Anthony Togni, Chris Paul Harman, Monica Pearce, Sandy Moore, Sophie-Carmen Eckhard-Grammatté, Linda Catlin Smith, Howard Bashaw, Emily Doolittle, Derek Charke and Dennis Farrell.

The performance is free and open to the public. A Nocturne is defined as “a short composition of a romantic or dreamy character suggestive of night, typically for piano,” the most famous ones being written by Frederic Chopin. All the nocturnes being presented on May 9 are written by Canadians continuing the tradition. The concert is presented with the support of Arts Nova Scotia.

Australian-born pianist Simon Docking has appeared as a soloist at new music festivals across Canada, as well as Australia’s Aurora Festival, with the new music group Stroma in New Zealand, and mata Festival in New York. His playing has often been heard on CBC Radio Two’s Two New Hours, The Signal, and Concerts on Demand. Active as a chamber musician, Simon has been a founding member of several ensembles, including the Toronto-based group Toca Loca, who have appeared internationally including at Lincoln Center and at the C3 Festival at Berlin’s legendary Berghain. Simon lives in Halifax where he is the Assistant Artistic and Managing Director of Scotia Festival of Music.

Energetic and insightful, Jennifer King is a versatile pianist who is equally at home on the concert stage, classroom and teaching studio. She is in demand as a performer, adjudicator, coach, and clinician and has firmly established herself as a sought-after talent across Atlantic Canada. Jennifer recently launched her first album of all night inspired solo piano music entitled: O Mistress Moon. Since January 2018 she has a steady line up of concerts featuring this music and other musical collaborations. She holds a Masters of Music degree in solo piano performance from McGill University, postgraduate diplomas from the University of Reading in the UK as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London, England.

Janet Thom Hammock, a university professor of music for 31 years, was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at Mount Allison University in 2003. Dr. Hammock’s recitals of solo and collaborative piano music consistently showcase new works she commissioned by Canadian composers including Ann Southam, Michael Miller, Alasdair Maclean, Anthony Genge, Richard Gibson and Martin Kutnowski. In 2009 she was honoured as one of 50 Ambassadors of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre– a lifetime distinguished achievement award given to outstanding Canadian performers and conductors who have played exceptional roles in shaping the Canadian music scene and raised the profile of Canadian music.

CMC Ambassador Barbara Pritchard, specializes in the performance of music from the 20th and 21st centuries. She has won awards and recognition for her compelling performances of new music and for her three solo CDs of Canadian piano repertoire (released through Centrediscs). Ms. Pritchard studied at the University of British Columbia, Ljungskile Folkhögskola (Sweden), the Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Eastman School of Music. Upcoming performances include a solo recital, Straight Fire, in the 2018/2019 season, as well as a program of new music with soprano Janice Isabel Jackson. Barbara lives in Halifax with her husband and a couple of cats.

The CMC Atlantic Region would like to thank the following for their generous support of our spring 2018 events: Arts Nova Scotia, Debut Atlantic, Halifax Public Libraries, Beverley Richardson, Peggy Corkum (for the beautiful piano in Paul O’Regan Hall).

This concert is also made possible with a donation from Marcie-Ann Gilsig.

The Canadian Music Centreis the 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 CMC 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.

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Information: Peggy Walt, Interim Director, Atlantic Region, Canadian Music Centre
(902) 422-5403/office, (902) 476-1096 (cell),