Preview: Week of January 20th

There’s only one concert to happening in Toronto this week. However next week it gets busy. Next week, the University of Toronto New Music Festival gets underway with a week and a half worth of events. Concerts, lectures, shows, discussions, and more concerts will be available for free viewing. The composer in residence at the university this year is English composer Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei, and a very talented DJ and composer in his own right. I’ll be covering the week’s events, so you can expect quite a few written pieces.

Now, onto business.

Wednesday January 22nd

7:30 PM: Ryan Scott, percussionist for Continuum, Esprit, and the Canadian Opera Company puts on a recital at University of Toronto’s Walter Hall. On the program are works from Japan and Canada, including a new piece by Andrew Staniland.

Thursday January 23rd

7:30 PM: Toronto pianist, composer, and New Music Toronto contributor Adam Sherkin will be joining forces with soprano Carla Huhtanen to “celebrate the musicality of Winter in a recital of songs from Canada and Scandinavia”. On tap are pieces by Canadians Omar Daniel, Ana Sokolovic, and Jeffrey Ryan, as well as Finnish legend Jean Sibelius, and Swedish powerhouse Ture Rangström. I have a great amount of affect for the music coming out of Scandanavia, and so I’m quite excited for this concert. Come have a listen.

Until Friday.

– Paolo Griffin

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