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Bramwell Tovey: A Composer Chat

Bramwell Tovey: A Composer Chat

November 22, 2010
Canadian Music Centre BC Region

837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact: Marci Rabe T: 604-734-4622                        E:

SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Contact: Lenore Swenerton, Director of Marketing
T: 778-782-9223                        E:

Bramwell Tovey: A Composer Chat

The Inventor: A guided tour through a new opera

with a special introduction from
Bill Richardson,
CBC’s Saturday afternoon at the opera host

Presented by the BC Region of the Canadian Music Centre and
Simon Fraser University Woodward’s Cultural Programs

The BC Creative Hub is going off-site for this special event on Tuesday December 14th, 2010 @ 7:30PM.  It’s all taking place at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Woodward’s (Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC).  Come early as admission is FREE, with general seating.

The evening will begin with Bill Richardson, host of CBC’s Saturday afternoon at the opera, introducing Bramwell Tovey, CMC Associate Composer and VSO Music Director.  Seated at the piano, with the assistance of singers, and with his engaging and inimitable speaking style, Bramwell Tovey will walk us through his new opera: The Inventor.  Written in collaboration with librettist John Murrell, The Inventor will be premiered by Calgary Opera on January 29, 2011.  This new opera is the true tale of a 19th century deceiver and international con man whose get rich quick schemes destroy the lives of his family, friends, strangers and eventually his own self.

For this special presentation, Bramwell Tovey will be the first to perform on SFU Woodward’s newly acquired Steinway D 9’ concert grand piano.  These pianos take a year to build and are world-class pianos chosen by the vast majority of concert pianists.  Each piano has its own sound.  The piano for the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre has been individually chosen from the Long Island Steinway factory.

Perhaps best known as an internationally acclaimed conductor, Bramwell Tovey is also an award-winning composer. Requiem for a Charred Skull won a Juno Award for Best Canadian Classical Composition of 2003 and was performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Street Silver Band in Toronto. Maestro Tovey composed the score for director Richard Bell’s film Eighteen, which was recorded by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He was also commissioned to write the test piece for the 2005 British Open Brass Band Championship and responded by writing a score inspired by VE Day celebrations, The Night to Sing, brilliantly capturing the mixed emotions of that night in 1945.  In December 2009 the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Andrew McCandless premiered Songs of the Paradise Saloon – a Trumpet Concerto, a TSO commission based on music from the opera The Inventor.

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SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs aims to redefine the boundaries of arts, community and education through professional artistic activities that connect, provoke and inform.  Its multi-disciplinary arts programs aspire to reach into diverse communities building audiences through innovation, accessibility and affordability.  SFU Woodward’s also develops community partnerships that advance learning and work opportunities through the arts in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

December 14, 2010
7:30 pmto9:00 pm