Songs from the Spheres7:30pm
Canadian Music Centre, Toronto
Songs from the Spheres encompasses works from the ever-broadening sphere that is my life. In memory of two wonderful composers I have programmed “Wisdom Aria” from Nic Gotham’s Negredo Hotel (1992), a work that I learned in the late 1990’s, and Spanish Skies, which I commissioned from Harry Freedman in 2003. R. Murray Schafer’s Kinderlieder (1954),was recorded as part of the Centrediscs CD My life in Widening Circles, which included Six Songs from Rilke’s Book of Hours, a work I commissioned from him in 2006. The songs by Tawnie Olson and Clark Ross were commissioned in 2011 for my Baudelaire project Rêve doux-amer. The other two works, In Black Ink (2011) by Linda Catlin Smith and Still Life (2013) for solo piano by Brian Harman, bring me forward to my current sphere filled with talented friends and colleagues of Toronto’s vibrant new music community.