Aventa Fall Tour
With a reputation for superb performance and ambitious programming, Victoria’s AVENTA Ensemble embarks on its fall national tour with performances in Regina (October 17), London (October 18), Montreal (October 20) and Toronto (October 21). Under the direction of artistic director Bill Linwood, the 15-piece ensemble displays its musical flair through an array of arresting pieces including works from Quebec composer Ana Sokolovic, British Columbia composer Rodney Sharman, Ontario composer Paul Frehner and Danish composer Poul Ruders.
The tour commences on October 17, with a performance at Regina’s Shubox Theatre (University of Regina) and features the world premiere of Rodney Sharman’s Prelude to elsewhereless, Ana Sokolovic’s Géométrie sentimentale and Paul Frehner’s Voluptuous Panic. Aventa reprises Danish composer Poul Ruders’ KafKapriccio, described as “a wild ride of a score — raucous, witty, colourful, sensual, full of delightful allusions to music from Kafka’s time.” (Kevin Bazzana, Times Colonist, Victoria, BC).
The tour continues with a 2-day residency at the Don Wright Faculty of Music (University of Western Ontario). On October 18, the ensemble presents a performance at London’s Von Kuster Hall featuring music from Paul Frehner, Rodney Sharman, Ana Sokolovic and Poul Ruders. On October 19, the ensemble presents a composer’s workshop, featuring repertoire from emerging Ontario composers.
On October 20, the ensemble appears at Montreal’s Conservatoire de musique et d’Art dramatique as part of Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) Hommage à Ana Sokolovic, honoring renowned Canadian composer, Ana Sokolovic. Quebec baritone Vincent Ranallo joins Aventa in the world premier of Sokolovic’s Tanzer Lieder(adapted especially for this concert), as well as Rodney Sharman’s Cabaret Songs. Rounding out the program are Rodney Sharman’s Prelude to elsewhereless, Ana Sokolovic’s Géométrie sentimentale, Paul Frehner’sVoluptuous Panic, and Poul Ruders’ KafKapriccio.
The tour culminates on October 21, with a performance at Toronto’s Gallery 345. Quebec baritone Vincent Ranallo joins Aventa in Sokolovic’sTanzer Lieder and Rodney Sharman’s Cabaret Songs. Rodney Sharman’sPrelude to elsewhereless, Ana Sokolovic’s Géométrie sentimentale and Poul Ruders’ KafKapriccio are also featured on this concert.
“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.”
(Robert Everett-Green, The Globe and Mail)