10x10x10 Panel Discussion: Composers and Choreographers

10x10x10 Panel Discussion: Composers and Choreographers

When: October 1, 2011 @ 1:30 – 3:00pm
Where: CMC BC Region, BC Creative Hub (837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC)
Cost: FREE to attend

Including the following Composers:
Stephen Chatman, Barry Truax, Tobin Stokes and Leslie Uyeda among others.

Including the following Choreographers and Dancers:
Noam Gagnon, Robert Leveroos and others.

The 10x10x10 project scheduled for October 12-15 at the Scociabank Dance Centre celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Dance Centre and the tenth anniversary of the Canadian Music Centre at its Davie Street location, as well as the 125th birthday of the City of Vancouver.

The discussion will focus on the composers’ and choreographers’ experiences in working on this project. The discussion will be suitable for composers, choreographers, dancers, musicians, and anyone in the public with an interest dance and music.

All are welcome to this FREE event at the Canadian Music Centre (837 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC) on Saturday October 1st, 2011 between 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

For more information about the 10x10x10 project please visit: www.thedancecentre.ca
For tickets for the October 12-15 performance contact 604-684-2787 or www.ticketstonight.ca

Produced in Partnership by the Canadian Music Centre BC and The Dance Centre.

October 1, 2011
1:30 pmto3:00 pm


The Dance Centre and the Canadian Music Centre present


Ten choreographers. Ten composers. Ten new works.

When: 12 – 15 October 2011 @ 8 - 10pm
Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street, Vancouver BC)
Tickets: $28/$20 from 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca


Post-show artist talkback October 13

Produced in partnership with the Canadian Music Centre BC Region and New Music in New Places, which is a National initiative of the Canadian Music Centre generously supported by: the SOCAN Foundation and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund)

This stimulating collaborative project pairs ten exceptional local choreographers – all previous participants in The Dance Centre’s residency program – with works by ten renowned BC composers, to create an evening of ten-minute works inspired by their personal experiences of Vancouver. The choreographers and composers:

Amber Funk Barton and John Korsrud
Byron Chief-Moon/CoyoteArts and Jeffrey Ryan
Jennifer Clarke and Leslie Uyeda
Noam Gagnon/Co. Vision Selective and Ed Henderson
James Gnam/the plastic orchid factory and Stephen Chatman
Joe Laughlin/Joe Ink and Marcus Goddard
Delia Brett/MACHiNENOiSY and Jacqueline Leggatt
Su-Feh Lee/battery opera performance and Barry Truax
Josh Martin/The 605 Collective and Tobin Stokes
Alvin Erasga Tolentino/Co.ERASGA and François Houle

Advising Artistic Director: Martha Carter

Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver

Contact: 604.606.6400 www.thedancecentre.ca

Tickets $28/$20 from 604.684.2787 www.ticketstonight.ca

October 12, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm
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8:00 pmto10:00 pm
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8:00 pmto10:00 pm
October 15, 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Vancouver Snapshots 125

Vancouver Snapshots 125

: Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 8pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC)
Cost: $20/regular   $10/student

Community Symposium 1pm – 3:30pm with Guest Curator David Gordon Duke
Concert 8pm with Turning Point Ensemble, Orchid Ensemble and Heather Pawsey, soprano

: Sunday, September 11, 2011 @ 2pm
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street at Pender, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Free

The musical history of Vancouver is a too well-kept secret! For a glorious September weekend, Turning Point Ensemble with guests, soprano Heather Pawsey and the Orchid Ensemble will unlock the past.

Vancouver Snapshots 125 will bring to life the pre-modern, modern and post-modern through musical snapshots of Vancouver’s past to the present day. With the help of the Orchid Ensemble, the vibrant Chinese cultural experience in Vancouver will be revealed, along with music of Vancouver composers representing the past 100 years including Jean Coulthard, Robert Barclay, Arthur Benjamin, Barbara Pentland, Barry Truax, Alexina Louie, Stephen Chatman, R. Murray Schafer, Jocelyn Morlock, Zhuo Rui-Shi and others.

The Saturday evening program at the Roundhouse Community Centre will be comprised of three unbroken sets of minatures representing three historical periods. Sunday afternoon’s free concert at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will concentrate on the rich Chinese cultural traditions in Vancouver.

Everyone is invited to participate in the free Saturday afternoon symposium at the Roundhouse chaired by Vancouver’s resident music historical expert David Gordon Duke and also including William Bruneau, George Laverock and Janet Danielson as panelists. This session will be accompanied by musical examples.

Please find more information at: http://turningpointensemble.ca/vancouver-snapshots-125/

August 11, 2011
2:00 pm
September 10, 2011
8:00 pm

SOCAN Foundation Fetes 12 Young Composers At Annual Awards

SOCAN Foundation Fetes 12 Young Composers At Annual Awards

The SOCAN Foundation announced 12 recipients of the 20th Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. This year’s competition attracted 218 entries, awarding a total $29,250 in prizes. Vancouver-based young composer Jared Miller won second prize in Pierre Mercure Awards. The annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers recognize Canadian composers under 32 years of age for specific musical works in six categories of concert music.

A jury of three prominent Canadian composers: Stephen Chatman of Vancouver, James Rolfe of Toronto and Robert Normandeau of Montreal, judged the entries anonymously in Toronto earlier this month.

“There were very clear winners and all three of us were in absolute agreement on the results,” says jury member Robert Normandeau, one of Canada’s most celebrated composers of electroacoustic music. The John Weinzweig Grand Prize in the 2011 SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers was awarded jointly to Montreal-based composers Maxime McKinley and Beavan Flanagan. The prize, for the best overall work submitted in the competition, is valued at $3,000. The two composers were recognized, respectively, for their works Concerto “Fisher-Price” for recorder and 15 instruments, and L’essence perd son sens for string trio.

First prizes in the remaining five categories were awarded to Maxime McKinley (Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards), Beavan Flanagan (Serge Garant Awards), Adam Basanta (Pierre Mercure Awards), Darren Russo (Godfrey Ridout Awards) and Eliot Britton (Hugh Le Caine Awards).

Additional Award recipients include: Jordan Pal (second prize) and Fiona Ryan (third prize) in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards; Zosha Di Castri (second prize) and Haralabos Stafylakis (third prize) in the Serge Garant Awards; Jared Miller (second prize) and Maxime McKinley (third prize) in the Pierre Mercure Awards; Haralabos Stafylakis (second prize) and Zosha Di Castri (third prize) in the Godfrey Ridout Awards; and Émilie Payeur (second prize) and Éliane Préfontaine (third prize) in the Hugh Le Caine Awards.

Commenting on the annual awards, Rick MacMillan, Manager, SOCAN Foundation said: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity once again to celebrate and encourage Canada’s young composers through our annual competition. We congratulate the recipients and thank our dedicated judges for their efforts in selecting this year’s talented recipients. We are proud to play a part in the growing careers of this year’s prize winners.”

About the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers
The SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers is open to Canadian citizens under the age of 32. The 2012 application deadline is April 16, 2012. Visit www.socanfoundation.ca for further details.

About the SOCAN Foundation
Founded in 1992, the SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music creators in today’s society. The Foundation is an independent organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, reflects concert music and popular music genres as well as the geographic and linguistic regions of Canada.

For more information please contact:
Cara McCutcheon for SOCAN Foundation
Tel: 416.406.4044/416.557.2139
E-mail: cara@mccutcheoncommunications.com

Click the link below to download a PDF of the Recipient List of 20th Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers

Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary

Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary

When: Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC (6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Adult $29 – 49, Student / Senior $24 – 44
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Vancouver Chamber Choir

Back by popular demand, MusicFest Vancouver presents Vancouver Sings: A Celebration of CBC’s 75th Anniversary, a choral extravaganza bringing together three of the city’s favourite and awardwinning choral ensembles and Denmark’s Touché Vocal Jazz in the stunning acoustics of the elegant Chan Centre at UBC. In addition to being a choral feast for the ears, this concert recognizes CBC’s historic importance to choirs Canada-wide and celebrates CBC’s upcoming 75th anniversary.

Elektra Women’s Choir, musica intima, the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Touché will each perform selections from their own repertoire before the entire roster of singers joins forces with members of Chor Leoni, the Laudate Singers, Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, and Vancouver Cantata Singers to present several works en masse — an event that will thrill singers and Vancouver’s legendary choral audience alike!

Works by Healey Willan, Stephen Chatman, Nancy Telfer, Stephen Smith, Leslie Uyeda, Rupert Lang, Lionel Daunais, and others will be performed.

For more information, please visit: http://www.musicfestvancouver.ca/home/concertInfo.php?id=383

August 13, 2011
8:00 pm

Songs from Home: Martha Guth and Erika Switzer

Songs from Home:

Martha Guth and Erika Switzer

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 @ 5:30pm
Where: Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street at Georgia, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Adult $27, Student/Senior $22

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Martha Guth and Erika Switzer

Martha Guth
Erika Switzer

Captivating soprano Martha Guth partners with brilliant pianist Erika Switzer to present a song recital devoted to some of Vancouver’s finest creators. Originally from Vancouver, both young artists are now enjoying successful careers in New York City. Ms. Guth won the coveted first prize at the 2007 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London, U.K. and, in doing so, was praised by Opera Now magazine as ‘magical’ for her performances.

The recital will include works by Jocelyn Morlock, Stephen Chatman, Jean Coulthard, Leslie Uyeda, and Rodney Sharman. This is a welcome home occasion and also MusicFest Vancouver’s nod to 125 years of creativity in Vancouver.

August 9, 2011
5:30 pm

11th World Harp Congress & Festival

11th World Harp Congress & Festival in Vancouver this July

July 24 – 30, 2011

This July, the biggest harp festival in the world is coming to Vancouver. The World Harp Congress & Festival, usually held in Europe, is being held this year, for the first time, in Canada — July 24 to 30.

CMC Associate Composer Srul Irving Glick, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Glenn Buhr, R. Murray Schafer, Marjan Mozetich, Stephen Chatman, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Conway Baker‘s pieces will be featured in the concerts. Furthermore, on July 25, R. Murray Schafer together with Judy Loman will give a master class The Crown of Ariadne at the St. Andrews-Wesley Church.

During this week-long event, more than 100 of the world’s top harpists will perform. Plus 800 participants are expected to attend from 40 different countries. It is being hailed as a gathering of the world’s greatest harpists.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear the world’s leading Irish harpists, Scottish harpists, classical harpists, baroque harpists, jazz harpists, South American harpists, Chinese harpists …. and the list goes on and on. There are numerous concerts and styles of music being presented.

The World Harp Congress & Festival is centered downtown Vancouver. Concerts, workshops and master classes run daily for Congress registrants. Each evening there are classical and jazz concerts open to the public at the Orpheum Theatre, Vogue Theatre or St. Andrew’s Wesley Church. The concerts feature the world’s top classical harpists (some playing concertos with members of the VSO) as well as top jazz and world harpists.

You can find out more about the evening concerts at http://www.worldharpcongress2011.com/festival/

For information on the World Harp Congress & Festival day time concerts visit the web site: www.worldharpcongress2011.com

July 24, 2011
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Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney premieres Canadian Music

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney premieres Canadian Music

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney was raised in Victoria and now divides her time between Canada and the United Kingdom. As a versatile musician whose work combines concert, recital and opera performance with a wide range of collaborative, research, educational and other projects, Kathryn’s clear, colourful lyric mezzo-soprano voice make her a dynamic performer.

In June and July, Kathryn is performing Stephen Chatman‘s cycle “You are Happy” and Lorna Paterson‘s “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” in Europe:

NEW BRUNSWICK PREMIERE: “You are Happy” (Chatman/Atwood)

Brunton Auditorium, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick. 5 June 2011: pianist: David Rogosin

This was part of a concert titled “Coastal Voices” that paired the Chatman with the cycle “Shadows Blue” by New Brunswick composer Alasdair Maclean (commissioned by Debut Atlantic for Measha Brueggergosman in 2002).

BRITISH PREMIERE: “You are Happy” (Chatman/Atwood)

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16 June 2011: pianist Jeff Howard

ITALIAN PREMIERE: “You are Happy” (Chatman/Atwood)

Incontri musicali, La Giardini la Mortella, Island of Ischia. 25/26 June 2011. Pianist: Francesco di Gregorio

BRITISH PREMIERE: “Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night” (Dylan Thomas Songs, No. 3, Lorna Paterson/Dylan Thomas)

Abergavenny, Wales, 6 July 2011: Pianist: Oliver Barton.


In addition, Kathryn also gave the premieres of the song “Memory” (“You are Happy“, No. 1) (Chatman/Atwood) in May:

BRITISH/LONDON PREMIERE: “Memory” (Chatman/Atwood)

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, London, 13 May 2011. Pianist: Sholto Kynoch

PORTUGUESE PREMIERE: “Memory” (Chatman/Atwood)

Sound Studio, University of Aveiro, Portugal, 21 May, 2011. Pianist: Helena Marinho


About Kathryn Whitney

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Whitney was raised in Victoria and now divides her time between Canada
and the United Kingdom.

A versatile musician whose work combines concert, recital and opera performance with a wide
range of collaborative, research, educational and other projects, Kathryn’s performances have been
described as “meaty,” “atmospheric,” (Oxford Times), “powerful” (Times Colonist) and
“delightful” (High Notes). Her clear, colourful lyric mezzo-soprano voice, her “impressively wide
dynamic range” (Oxford Times), and her “special gift” for interpreting text (Nanaimo News), make
her a dynamic, crowd-pleasing performer, whose singing has been called “expert” (Melfort Journal)
“prophetic” (Oxford Times) and “very touching” (Sir John Eliot Gardiner).

The recipient of many scholarships and awards, Kathryn has been Artist in Residence at both the
University of Oxford (Wolfson Creative Arts Fellowship, 2002-2005) and the Royal Welsh College
of Music & Drama (Walton Fellowship, 2009-2011). Her touring, commissioning, and other
collaborative work have won support from national and international funding bodies in both the UK
and Canada, including the Arts Council of England, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust, the British
Performing Rights Society Foundation, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council
for the Arts.

Kathryn has appeared as a soloist with many ensembles, including the Budapest Chamber Opera,
the Palm Court Light Orchestra, London Musici and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, the
Guildhall Early Music Ensemble, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, VoiceScapes and the Spiritus
Chamber Choir, the Linden Singers, the Nonesuch Orchestra London, the Oxford Company of
Musicians, the Oxford Sinfonietta, New Chamber Opera, and the Sooke Philharmonic. A regular
recitalist with a great passion for the song repertoire, she has appeared for many prominent series,
including the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Balliol Concerts, the Ralston Recital Hall, Banff, Christ
Church Cathedral Vancouver, ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island, the historic Regina Musical Club, and
she has sung repeat recital performances at London’s prestigious St John’s Smith Square.

A champion of new music, Kathryn regularly commissions new works, and she has performed over
40 world and national premières, the majority written for her voice. Composers who have written
for Kathryn include David L. McIntyre, Lorna Paterson, Susan Wollenberg, John Caldwell and
John McCabe, CBE.

Kathryn has held academic lectureships at Oxford, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music.
She has also given masterclasses and lecture-recitals for many societies and institutions, including
Oxford, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the
National Conservatoire of Wales, the University of London (UK) and the University of British

An active researcher, she is involved in a number of ongoing performance-led research projects.
Since 2010, she has held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute of Musical Research in the
School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she is the Director of the SongArt
Performance Research Group: www.songart.co.uk

Trained initially at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and University of Toronto (BA music and
German), Kathryn’s postgraduate studies at Oxford (MPhil and DPhil in music aesthetics) were
supported by scholarships from Lady Margaret Hall and Somerville College, Oxford, the Oxford
Faculty of Music (Halstead Scholar), and the British Overseas Research Council.

Her subsequent studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Postgraduate diploma in
singing performance) were supported by an Arts Award from the Worshipful Company of Drapers
of London and a Somerville Margaret Pollock Award.

Kathryn’s singing teachers have included Cornelius Reid (New York), Dame Emma Kirkby
(London) and Guildhall professor Susan McCulloch. She has also taken further repertoire study
under many musical luminaries, including Rudolf Jansen, Elly Ameling, Robin Bowman, Sir John
Eliot Gardiner, Tracey Dahl, Christina Mahler, and Stuart Hamilton.

Kathryn sang her London début recital at St John’s Smith Square in 2005. In 2008, she was named a
peer assessor for Canada’s highest national funding body, the Canada Council for the Arts.

Further information about Kathryn Whitney, please visit: www.kathrynwhitney.net

O Vancouver!

O Vancouver!

celebrates Vancouver’s 125th with the best of Canadian composers

When: Saturday, May 7, 2011 @ 8pm
Where: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre (149 East Hastings St, Vancouver BC )
Cost: $20, or $15 for students and seniors

(VANCOUVER) – Veteran Vancouver chamber choir Jubilate! joins the Vancouver 125 celebrations with O Vancouver!, a concert of engagingly melodious new music by rising and established Canadian composers. Conducted by Neil Weisensel, Jubilate! (Latin for “Let’s party!”) will perform choral pieces by new and professional composers across Canada who responded to a competition offering cash prizes, and will include the top two pieces: A Western Shore by Matthew Emery and The Lost Lagoon by Allan Bevan.

The 30-person ensemble accompanied by pianist David Rogers will also perform arrangements by such established Vancouver composers as Stephen Chatman, David MacIntyre, Larry Nickel, Owen Underhill, Brian Tate, and Neil Weisensel.

This serenade to the city is made possible by the generosity of Vancouver city taxpayers through a grant from the Vancouver 125 Project. O Vancouver! will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the new Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, 149 East Hastings St. (entrance on Cordova).

General admission is $20, or $15 for students and seniors. Every-one is cordially invited.

For additional information contact Gale Walker: galewalker@shaw.ca, or Jubilate! Conductor Neil Weisensel: neilmusic@telus.net.


May 7, 2011
8:00 pm