JUNOfest set to shine light on Canadian talent in Vancouver-wide festival, presented by CBC Music

March 7, 2018
National

"... This year the festival will include JUNOfest Classical presented by CBC Music in association with the Canadian Music Centre on Saturday, March 24 at 2p.m.. The line up includes performances by phenomenal Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, stars of the opera world Isabel Bayrakdarian and Philippe Sly, Toronto’s celebrated ARC Ensemble, internationally acclaimed cellist Johannes Moser and a spotlight on two of Canada’s greatest composers – Jocelyn Morlock and Alice Ping Lee Ho.






Exclusive Interview – Irreplaceable You composer Lesley Barber talks composing, orchestra vs. synths, and Little Bear

March 5, 2018
National

"Red Stewart chats with composer Lesley Barber…

Lesley Barber is a Canadian composer who has been writing music for the film and television industry since the mid-90s. She is best known for her work on feature moves like Mansfield Park and Manchester by the Sea. Her latest pieces are for the documentary A Better Man, the Netflix release Irreplaceable You, and the upcoming horror film Boarding School..."






Toronto Symphony’s New Creations bristle with colour

March 5, 2018
National

Local premieres see great new and recent work outweighing the mediocre by a wide margin.

"...The first, Dust Devils by Canadian composer Vivian Fung, is a taut, 10-minute classically structured creation in one movement divided into three sections — fast, slow and fast again. Fung effectively gives the sound motion and shape through rhythm and massing voices in the orchestra rather than by working with melodies or motifs.

Related Composers: Vivian Fung





Symphony Nova Scotia to premiere brand-new work by Kelly-Marie Murphy, inaugural winner of the Maria Anna Mozart Award

March 2, 2018
National

Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to perform the world premiere of Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy’s Dragon, Unfolding on March 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Dragon, Unfolding is the first work to be commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia as part of the Maria Anna Mozart Award for Canadian women composers.

Related Composers: Kelly-Marie Murphy





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Region: Ontario
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I Play: Violin

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Bora Dogar an amateur musician living in Toronto.

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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
I Play: Drum, Percussion

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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