Ask you dance me
When: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 @ 8:00PM (Pre-concert talk 7:15PM)
Where: Phillip T Young Recital Hall (University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building)
Janice Jackson, soprano
Miranda Wong, piano
Bill Linwood, conductor
* Markus Lehmann-Horn , Falling (premiere)
* James Rolfe, Ask you dance me (Canadian premiere)
* Timothy Brady, 15 Stages in the Search for Radium and Love (premiere)
Fresh from the success of its recent Canadian tour, Aventa Ensemble (Bill Linwood, Artistic Director) continues its 2010/11 season with Ask you dance me on Sunday, March 27. The concert takes place at the Phillip T Young Recital Hall (University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building) in Victoria, BC.
The March 27 concert features the Canadian premiere of Ask you dance me by composer James Rolfe. “When I wrote this piece for Holland’s Asko Ensemble, I played with the word Asko, leading to Ask You, to Ask Me, to Ask You Dance Me, Me Ask You Dance, and so on”, explains James Rolfe. “These playful little jiggles formed a structure on which to hang the first movement. The second and third movements are based on popular songs, though the originals are obscured by other processes (including some faux Beethoven transcribed from a stuffed Beethoven doll). The results are hardly danceable; this is more a reflection on dance music.”
The evening also includes the world premiere of Falling, by German composer Markus Lehmann-Horn, and 15 Stages in the Search for Radium and Love by Montreal composer Timothy Brady – a compelling work based on the life of the Polish-French scientist Marie Curie (1867 – 1934), discoverer of Radium and the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Soprano Janice Jackson – one of Canada’s foremost interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire – joins conductor Bill Linwood and Aventa Ensemble.
“I can hardly give enough praise to the 13 players of Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble and conductor Bill Linwood, who tackled all this difficult music with skill, passion and dedication”, wrote Robert Everett-Green in The Globe and Mail recently. “How lucky for all of us that this band is able to tour the country, for the second time in less than a year.” Aventa has established itself as one of Canada’s leading contemporary music ensembles. The group is comprised of musicians who are passionate about new music and its place in our culture. Pushing the boundaries through diverse projects, collaboration and cultural exchange, Aventa challenges the preconceptions of new music. Founded in 2003, Aventa regularly commissions both Canadian and international new works and has presented over 60 premieres both in Canada and on tour. Under the artistic direction of Bill Linwood, the ensemble works closely with Canadian and international composers, developing instrumental techniques and refining interpretation as well as exploring projects which combines music with other art forms.
Ask you dance me: Sunday, Mar. 27, 2011 8:00PM (Pre-concert talk 7:15PM)
Aventa Ensemble, Janice Jackson, soprano / Bill Linwood, conductor
Phillip T Young Recital Hall (University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building), Victoria
James Rolfe, Ask you dance me (Canadian premiere)
Markus Lehmann-Horn, Falling (2011) (premiere)
Timothy Brady, 15 Stages in the Search for Radium and Love (premiere)
Aventa wishes to acknowledge The Canada Council for the Arts for their assistance in commissioning Timothy Brady’s 15 Stages in the Search for Radium and Love.
In addition to its 2010/11 concert season in Victoria, BC and its fourth national tour, Aventa Ensemble looks forward to its third international tour with performances in New York City, Germany and Denmark in the spring of 2011. Highlights include the Danish premiere of À quelle heure commence le temps? by celebrated Canadian composer, Gilles Tremblay, and the reprise of Falling by German composer Markus Lehmann-Horn at the A•DEvantgarde Festival in Munich.