Preview: Weekend of November 8th

A few events coming up this weekend. Saturday is a busy day.

Saturday November 9th:

3:00 PM: Rosedale Winds at the CMC. The Rosedale Winds, an exciting new quintet Formed at the National Academy Orchestra at the Brott Music Festival last year, takes on a program of contemporary works, which include music for quintet and narrator. It will be a good concert, and music with narrator is not heard often apart from the usual Stravinsky, Strauss, and Prokofiev.

8:00 PM: The Array Music ensemble puts on their yearly showing of miniatures. This year, the program includes works by Kurtag, Webern, Feldman, Carter, and more. This is always a popular event, so come out and see it. There are two performances: Saturday at 8 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. This event is held at the Array Space.

8:00 PM: Also at 8 PM, over at the Glenn Gould Studio, is a celebration of Canadian Remembrance Day. The Canadian Men’s Chorus will be singing new works by Toronto-based composer Laura Silberberg on the theme of Honour.

8:00 PM: The final Saturday event takes place at Koerner Hall. The Kitchener-Waterloo Orchestra performs rock-inspired works by Nicole Lizée, Dan Deacon, and Bryce Dessner. The first time I heard the works of Nicole Lizée was at last year’s TSO New Music Festival and I was very impressed. I’m not a huge fan of electronics in music, but Lizée’s take on it is so well handled that it seems as if the orchestra and the electronics are one instrument.

Sunday November 10th:

2:00 PM: HarpFest at Koerner Hall. Working with the Toronto Harp Society, harpist Judy Loman performs alongside other Toronto harpists in a program of Canadian work. Pieces by R. Murray Schafer, Glenn Buhr, and Kevin Lau among others, with winners of the 2012’s composition competition – Daniel Brophy and Cecilia Livingston – having their works performed.

3:00 PM: A matinee showing of Array Music’s ‘Small Wonder’s. If you didn’t see Friday night’s concert, this is your chance.

Lots of music this weekend. Get on out there.

– Paolo Griffin

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