This is turning out to be a busy season - especially because I'm directly involved in several of these performances as a composer-who-talks-about-their-music (junctQin Keyboard Collective - Sept 30 and other dates), conductor (Scarborough Philharmonic - Oct 29), and narrator (Continuum - Nov 6).
I'm extremely excited about the opportunities that have been coming my way, and the wide-range of these performances! If you are in Toronto, Hamilton, Barrie, Kitchener, Brantford, Sudbury or Edmonton, you have the opportunity to catch a concert with my music on it - or even a theatrical staging of my adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"! (in Sudbury)
1) Big Muddy for piano six hands (!) - world premiere
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 12:00 noon - BARRIE ON. (Colours of Music Festival) Central United Church, 54 Ross Street (at Toronto Street) Pricing information
Friday, September 30, 2011 - 7:00pm - TORONTO ON (Culture Days) North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. FREE! details I'll be talking about the piece at this lecture-recital performance.
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:00 noon - KITCHENER ON. (Wilfred Laurier University - Maureen Forrester Recital Hall) FREE details
Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 3:00pm - TORONTO ON. (Great Hall, Hart House)
Peformed by the junctQín Keyboard Collective (Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, Stephanie Chua)
This will be the first installment of a large-scale piece in my ongoing geographical series called "Grasslands, Badlands and Spirit Sands", inspired by soundscapes and landscapes in Canada's southern prairies. This piece owes its genesis to Saskatchewan's Big Muddy Valley. Big Muddy Valley has big muddy buttes in it, like Castle Butte, on which there are incredible rain-carved patterns. I have mapped the shape and experience of this landform into musical sound, with the help of SIX HANDS on one piano! One of the more dense pieces you are ever likely to hear... but not always. At the top of Castle Butte there is quite the view, and perfect quiet except for the whistle of a gopher.
** You can see more pictures of Big Muddy Valley and Castle Butte, and read about my summer 2010 travels across the south of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta HERE
2) Psycho B*tch a one-woman show written and performed by Tamara Lynn Robert, directed by Laura Anne Harris, with extensive sound design by Alex Eddington.
A funny and moving story about a woman's experience living with mental illness: seeking diagnosis, trying to understand and accept herself.
ONE NIGHT ONLY (x2)!
Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 8:00pm - TORONTO ON. Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (6 Noble St.)
Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:00pm - HAMILTON ON. Staircase Café Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
General admission: $15
Tickets will be sold at the door - cash only.
This event is set to occur during Mental Illness Awareness Week and will help fund future endeavors to help raise awareness about mental illness and the devastating effects of stigma.
3) Huron Antiphon for brass quintet and orchestra (world premiere - and orchestral conducting debut!)
Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 8:00pm - TORONTO.
An exploration of deconstruction and reconstruction, composed in reaction to the F3 tornado that leveled many historic buildings in the town of Goderich, Ontario on the shore of Lake Huron. Inspired by Goderich's unique eight-sided town square which the tornado hit directly, the piece asks the brass quintet play from different parts of the perimeter of the hall, creating an acoustic "surround sound" experience.
Performed by the Red Brass with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by Alex Eddington.
Part of the concert "An American in Paris", featuring music by Copland, Gershwin, and a new trumpet concerto by Music Director Ronald Royer.
Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, 3663 Danforth Ave.
Tickets: $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 youth. (contact me for a reduced rate)
(416) 429-0007 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spo.ca
4) Fuzzy Logic for narrator and chamber ensemble (world premiere)
Written, composed and performed by Alex Eddington with the Continuum ensemble.
Commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music with the support of the Toronto Arts Council.
Sunday November 6, 2011 - 8:00 pm
Toronto - The Music Gallery (in St. George the Martyr Church - 197 John Street - just north of Queen)
Sheep were once my neighbours. I took a lot of notes about them. Here are some things they make me think about, set to music. I wrote myself into the piece because that's what sheep would do. Sheep wouldn't sit in the back row. They'd get themselves dirty.
5) Light Looked Down SSATB choir unaccompanied (2007, revised 2011). Text by Laurence Housman.
Light looked down and beheld Darkness. "Thither will I go," said Light...
Part of "Living Sound", a concert featuring choral works by Edmontonian and Canadian composers.
Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 3:00pm. EDMONTON AB
First Baptist Church, 10031 109 St.
$20/$15 available at the door or through choir members
6) A Christmas Carol for narrator and string quartet (playing toy instruments too). Text by Charles Dickens, edited by Alex Eddington.
Thursday December 8 and Sunday December 11, 2011 - 7:00pm - SUDBURY Ontario
Narrated by celebrity special guests with music by the Juno-nominated Silver Birch string quartet
Presented by the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Visit their site for ticket details.
This used to be an annual tradition in Sudbury but hasn't been done in a while. The string quartet score creates atmosphere with ghostly sounds and toy instruments, interwoven with many old Christmas carols that would have been sung in Dickens' day.
This is a STAGED performance and will be extremely wonderful. I'm hoping to attend!
7) Saturday Night at Fort Chambly for orchestra (2009) (professional orchestra debut)
Performed by the Brantford Symphony, conducted by Philip Sarabura.
Part of a concert of folk music for fiddles featuring the wonderful Pierre Schryer band!
My only Canadian ancestor was stationed at Fort Chambly, Québec. I wondered what the culture was like there when the soldiers were off duty. Did they drink beer like "Blanche de Chambly"? What music did they play and sing? My piece is a collage of French-Canadian folk songs (at least 25 of 'em), thrown together in drunken chaos. Sometimes they get along and sometimes they fight, but they'll be friends again in the morning.
Sunday April 15, 2012 - 7:30 pm BRANTFORD Ontario
Details on the BSO website.
8) Watershed for two violins (teacher/advance student and novice student)
Commissioned through the Canadian Music Centre's wonderful New Music for Young Musicians project
To be premiered at Ping! in Fall 2012