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Phoenix Chamber Choir: A Phoenix Christmas


December 17 & 18, 2011 @ 8:00pm
Shaughnessy Heights United Church
1550 W. 33rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $25 general, $20 seniors and student, $15 groups of 10 or more

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Set aside an evening to celebrate both the joy and the peace of the Christmas season with the Phoenix Chamber Choir, organist Roy Campbell, and the energetic and accomplished Burnaby District Youth Choir, under the direction of Patti Fletcher. Music will include Rihards Dubra’s sumptuous Felix namque es, We Shall Hear the Angels Sing by Ramona Luengen, Carol of the Magi for choir and cello by John Rutter,  I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Mark G. Sirett, and spirited arrangements of favourite carols by Chester Alwes, David Hill, and David Willcocks.

December 17, 2011
8:00 pm
December 18, 2011
8:00 pm

Cambodia Benefit 2011

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December 8 @ noon & 7:30pm
BC Creative Hub performance space
CMC BC Region
837 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC
Tickets: by donation


A concert supporting the Cambodia Support Group (CSG) for travel and project costs of Arne Sahlén’s 20th trip to Cambodia. CSG has many long term Canada-Cambodia music partnership projects.


Music by:


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Concert Poster
PDF of poster: CMC Concert R,R, R & R 2011-12-08
December 8, 2011
12:00 pm
7:30 pm

‘From Whence He Came’ and The End Tree

The End TreeDecember 16 @ 8:00pm
The BC Creative Hub
CMC BC Region
837 Davie Street,
Vancouver, BC
$10, $15 with a CD


From Whence He Came is an album of miniatures composed by Elliot Vaughan for clarinet, violin, viola and accordion.  Here it will be performed in full by Evan Watkins, Aiden Brant-Briscall, Elliot Vaughan and Katheryn Petersen.


The End Tree is a trio of composer-performers Aiden Brant-Briscall (violin), Elliot Vaughan (viola) and Martin Reisle (cello).

December 16, 2011
8:00 pm

Pianist Ang Li premiers Canadian new works in New York

Image of Ang LiDecember 18, 7:30 pm
Carnegie Hall
New York, USA

Tickets: $40 general, $20 students & seniors

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Program includes:

Award-winning, Chinese-Canadian pianist Ang Li will make her Weill Recital Hall debut at Carnegie Hall with a program entitled “Years of Pilgrimage.” The concert celebrates the Liszt’s 200th birthday year and offers a selection of his works including several transcriptions as well as later compositions that reflect the influence Liszt had on later generations of composers. Ms. Li’s program also includes two premieres by fellow Canadians: the world premiere of Jared Miller’s Souvenirs d’Europe, commissioned by Ms. Li for this performance and inspired by Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage; and the US premiere of Jérôme Blais’ Es ist genug! (2007).


Other featured works are: Wagner-Liszt: Isolde’s Liebestod; Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este (from Troisième année of Années de pèlerinage); Schubert-Liszt: Wohin!, Der Müller und der Bach, and Gretchen am Spinnrade; LisztBallade No. 2 in B minor; Debussy: Three Preludes: Brouillards, Minstrels, Feux d’artifice, and Granados:Allegro de concierto.


Commenting on the relationship between Liszt and his new work, Souvenirs d’Europe, composer Jared Miller writes, “Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage are an extremely important milestone in his compositional output. In addition to being breathtaking displays of virtuosity, these pieces exemplify how Liszt matured musically through his years of travel. When I received this commission, I had just finished back-packing through Europe for the first time and was incredibly inspired by the sights, sounds and feelings that I experienced there.  Although I do not usually write music with a particular image or program in mind, it felt natural to do this after my trip. Like Liszt, my personal pilgrimage has helped me approach music in a different way, and Souvenirs d’Europe is the result of that experience.”

Miller’s tripartite work represents the composer’s impressions of three unique and fascinating places in Europe. The first movement, entitled Fontaines, pays homage to the Cascade Donjon Waterfall in Le Parc du Chateau in Nice, France. The second movement, Origines is inspired by the significance of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, a building where millions throughout history have pondered the origins of our world. It is also the location where Western contrapuntal music originated in the 12th century and formed the basis for almost everything that came after it. The final movement, ¡La Rambla!, evokes Barcelona’s main tourist drag.

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Ms. Li was introduced to the music of Jérôme Blais by the Canadian Music Centre. Originally commissioned by pianist Barbara Pritchard as part of a project of new contemporary piano music celebrating Christmas, Es ist genug! (2007) is made up of selected fragments from Bach’s music. It is left to the performer to mix the fragments and combine them into a piece of music, creating an improvisational aspect to the work. While the link to Liszt’s work is less direct, Mr. Blais stated “Bach and Liszt were both men of great faith, and supreme improvisers.”

Pianist Ang Li made her first public appearance at Beijing Concert Hall at age six. At thirteen, she made her orchestral debut with the Little Orchestra Society of New York at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. In 2007, Ms. Li was invited by The China National Center for the Performing Arts to replace pianist Yundi Li in a performance of the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major with the China National Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Staten Island Symphony, The Lanaudière Music Festival Orchestra, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, and American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at venues in North America, Europe and Asia. She has appeared at The Kennedy Center; Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; Ruïnekerk of Bergen, Netherlands; Hong Kong City Hall; and Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing. She was awarded first prize and five special prizes at the 2003 OSM Competition in Montréal. She has also won first prizes at the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition, The Kingsville International Piano Concerto Competition, Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition, The Chiang Wen Yeh International Music Competition, Kiwanis Concerto Competition in Toronto, and American Academy of Conducting Piano Competition at The Aspen Music Festival. Ang Li holds a bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, a master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University.

Image of Jared MillerHailed by CBC Radio as “someone to watch for decades to come,”22-year old composer-pianist Jared Abraham Miller is emerging as one of Canada’s important classical musicians. Recent successes include second prize in the SOCAN Foundation National Competition for Young Composers for his piano piece Instincts, first prize in the American Protégé International Piano Competition, commissions from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Sara Davis Buechner, and debuts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Chan Center for the Performing Arts. Miller’s 2011-2012 season includes such highlights as eight performances of his orchestral piece, 2010 Traffic Jam by different orchestras throughout North America, the commission from Canadian pianist Ang Li for her Carnegie Hall recital debut, a collaboration with choreographer Ingrid Kapteyn and the Juilliard Dance and Music Departments and an Emerging Composer Residency with Musikon Chamber Music in Halifax, NS. Jared is currently completing his Master’s in Music Composition at The Juilliard School under Samuel Adler.


After studying Music Theory at McGill University, Jérôme Blais completed masters and doctoral degrees in composition at the University of Montreal. His works, which feature a unique encounter between traditional composition and improvisation, have been performed by several ensembles, among which are Symphony Nova Scotia, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Rosa Ensemble of Amsterdam, Quasar Saxophone Quartet, Bozzini String Quartet, Bradyworks, Array Music and Continuum. He has been invited as featured composer by festivals such as Newfound Music in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Shattering the Silence in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In 2010 he was keynote speaker at the Canadian University Music Society’s annual congress and in January 2012, an excerpt of his song cycle Songs for Milena (dedicated to the memory of Czech journalist Milena Jesensnká) will be performed by Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s Orchestre Métropolitain in Montreal. He is now Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

December 18, 2011
7:30 pm

Vancouver Pro Musica: Student Composers’ Masterclass

Calling all student composers!

Call for Scores – The Sonic Boom 2012 Festival of New Music: Student Composers’ Master Class

March 25, 2012 (exact time TBA)
Western Front Theatre,
303 East 8th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC


Moderated by Canadian composer, conductor, and educator Owen Underhill, participants will receive a professional reading of their work performed by Jeremy Berkman, trombone and his accompanying pianist. Participants will receive feedback from Mr. Underhill, and will have the opportunity to engage the musicians and fellow participants in open discussion. This workshop is a rare and valuable opportunity for all student composers!

Complete details and score submission information here.

March 25, 2012
4:00 pm

Turning Point Ensemble: Creating Composers in Concert

November 27, 3:00pmCreating Composers at LCMS Rose Gellert Hall,
Langely Community Music School,
4899 207 Street, Langley, BC
(604) 534 – 2848

Entrance by donation


As part of Turning Point‘s education program, Creating Composers: Nurturing Life-long Musical Expression through Composition and in partnership with the Langley Community Music School, nine new works by eight young composers plus Nocturne by Rodney Sharman will be performed  by members of Turning Point Ensemble!
Join Turning Point for this inspiring concert of music by Langley Community Music School students age 11 – 19 who have been working with mentor composer Rodney Sharman, educator Rob McLeod and ensemble members since September. The young composers have been learning to develop and communicate their musical ideas, gaining access to expertise and support during their creative journey.
November 27, 2011
3:00 pm
3:00 pm
3:00 pm

NAC Summer Music Institute: Composer’s Program 2012

Be a part of the Excitement of New Music at the National Arts Centre with the NAC Composers Program 2012

From June 23 – 29, 2012, the National Arts Centre will produce and host the 10th annual NAC Composers Program led by Director Gary Kulesha and guest composer Chen Yi as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute. This program enables 5 talented young composers – the future of Canadian music – to create works for live performance and to work with distinguished Canadian and international faculty at the NAC.

Since its creation in 2003, the NAC Composers Program has provided training to 64 emerging composers, including affiliate composers (5) and auditors (16), resulting in 43 NAC commissions.  The composers, 85% of whom are Canadian, have studied with past NAC Award composers Gary Kulesha, Alexina Louie and Denys Bouliane, and current NAC Award composer Peter Paul Koprowski;  and several international guest composers, including Colin Matthews (England), Roberto Sierra (USA), John McCabe (England), Alexander Raskatov (Russia), Augusta Reid Thomas ( USA), Joseph Schwantner (USA), Poul Ruders (Denmark) and George Tsontakis (USA). Each summer the emerging composers have their new compositions workshopped in several sessions with a dedicated ensemble from l’Orchestre de la francophonie, led by its Music Director and conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay and premiered in a public concert on stage in the NAC Southam Hall.

Audition Requirements

Deadline: Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Composers Program is designed for those at a graduate level of study or higher or who have equivalent experience and are preparing for a professional career in composition. The program is ideally for those 35 years of age and under. Exceptions may apply.

Applicants must send a Data CD containing the following:

  1. MP3 files of 3 sample compositions written within the past two years with date of recording(s) showing a variety of skill and abilities.
  2. Scores of each composition including a summary description of each piece.
  3. A recent résumé and photo. Word or plain text files Photos (.jpeg) should not be more than 200k file size.


Application Process

  1. Complete the required on-line application form (below) and mail audition requirements to the National Arts Centre (to the attention of Stefani Truant) by the deadline date ofDecember 20, 2011, 5 pm EST.All applicants are strongly urged to use a courier service including brokerage services to ensure a timely delivery and efficient customs clearance for those applying from outside Canada. Recordings & scores sent to complete an application not received by the NAC by the deadline risk having their application forfeited. Applications will not be processed until all materials including recording, resumé and $55 CDN non-refundable application fee, have been received. (See below for details)
  2. $55 CDN non-refundable application fee payable by cheque (made out to National Arts Centre), Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or International Money Order. The NAC does not guarantee a secure site for online transactions. Applicants may mail or call in their payment. Applications will not be processed without receipt by the NAC of the application fee.
  3. The main form of communication for this program is by email. Applicants and those accepted to the Composers Program are advised to have an email address. It is the responsibility of the applicant / participant to check email on a regular basis for communications.


Applications being accepted through Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Full details and application form available here

NAC Summer Institute

December 20, 2011
3:00 pm

Composer’s Kitchen

The Composer’s Kitchen

Deadline for submissions: December 15th, 2011

This unique event focuses on the string quartet, and merges the concepts of workshop, laboratory, game room and master classes. It is a week-long workshop for 6 emerging composers with the string quartet and 2 experienced composersTheir work is read, dissected, discussed, worked, analyzed, replayed, and then executed at the closing concert.

The Quatuor Bozzini and two composers-mentors (Malcolm Goldstein of Montreal and Christopher Fox of London, UK) will work with participants in an atmosphere that is friendly yet intense and applied.

First annual special edition

  • Montreal, Canada: Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28, 2012
  • Huddersfield, UK: Tuesday, November 20 to Friday, November 23, 2012

The Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal) presents the 8th edition of the Composer’s Kitchen in a new expanded format in conjunction with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (AKA the “HCMF //”), the largest international festival of new music and experimental in the United Kingdom.

The Exchange

The Composer’s Kitchen will be the first exchange with the prestigious festival by providing opportunities for composers in the UK to participate in the Canadian publishing and inviting four Canadian composers in the new edition in the UK. The six composers selected will participate in two facets of the event:

  1. the one-week workshop in Montreal in April 2012, which will conclude with a concert open to the public laboratory;
  2. a workshop / master class for three days in Huddersfield, UK in November 2012, to refresh and bring to maturity the pieces created in the spring. This part ends with HCMF / /.

Eligibility and Selection

The Composer’s Kitchen 2012 is open to the emerging generation of:

  1. Canadian composers (Canadian citizen or resident)
  2. Composers of the United Kingdom (native or foreign nationals residing permanently in the UK).

Six participants (four from Canada, two in the UK) will be selected. Applications will be evaluated based on originality, creativity, artistic vision and quality of the compositions submitted. The Quatuor Bozzini reserves the right to select participants. Incomplete applications, or which do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be presented to the jury.

Financial information

Each composer accepted for CK will receive a full scholarship for his participation. In addition, travel expenses will be covered by the following table:

Trip to Montreal Trip to Huddersfield
Participants from the UK Transport and accommodation paid for by the British Council Transport and accommodation paid for by the HCMF / /
Quebec participants The participant’s expense Transport and accommodation paid by the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec
Canadian Participants not resident in Québec The Quatuor Bozzini will support grant applications for travel to Council of Canada, the provincial arts council of the participants, in universities or other institutions.


Date Time Description Place
28 Apr 2012
5:00 p.m. Composer’s Kitchen 2012 Montreal, Quebec



Full details and application form available here.

December 15, 2011
5:00 pm
April 28, 2012
5:00 pm

SFU Student Composers In Concert: New Works For Quartet

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December 1, 8:00pm
World Art Studio (2nd Floor), SFU Woodwards,
149 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC

A concert featuring new works for quartet:  flute, saxophone, trombone & double bass.
Featuring Paolo Bortolussi, Colin MacDonald, Rod Murray, Meghan Williams.
For more information,  or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event at
December 1, 2011
8:00 pm

Shadow Catch: a new Noh-inspired Chamber Opera

December 2 & 3, 8:00pm,
December 4, 2:00pm
The Firehall Arts Centre,
280 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC

Tickets: $30/$18 available at (604) 689 – 0926

Shadow Catch concert poster

A new Noh-inspired chamber opera entitled Shadow Catch will premiere at the Firehall Arts Centre.  Music composed by Dorothy ChangBenton RoarkJennifer Butler, and Farshid Samandari. Libretto by Daphne Marlatt.

Using elements of Japanese Noh theatre under the direction of Colleen Lanki, and with music direction by Marguerite Witvoet, Shadow Catch recounts the dreams of a young runaway newly arrived in the city.

As the night progresses, he is visited in turn by the spirits of four troubled souls who once inhabited the area: the spirit of an old maple tree whose grove was decimated by loggers, a member of the brilliant Asahi baseball team whose players were sent off to Japanese internment camps, the madame of a 1920′s brothel who is haunted by her tragic past, and a roughneck policeman from the 1930′s who fell to corruption.

This is a story not only about characters from Vancouver’s historical and cultural background, but about the journey and transformation that must take place in order to confront one’s greatest fears and regrets.


For more information, please visit the Shadow Catch website, or the Vancouver 125 listing



December 2, 2011
8:00 pm
December 3, 2011
8:00 pm
December 4, 2011
2:00 pm