Date Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Presenters Cathy Fern Lewis, Christopher Reiche, Daniel Brandes
Genre New Music/Education
Event Victoria Score Reading Club
Place Open Space 510 Fort Street
Works Cold Mountain Songs Rudolf Komorous, Bel Canto Cassandra Miller, Kein Fernen Meir Antoine Beuger
Admission By donation.
Don’t read music? Don’t worry! This is an excellent opportunity to listen to and discuss music you may have never heard before.
On May 17 at 6 p.m., Open Space and the Canadian Music Centre BC Region paired up to bring the CMC’s very popular Score Reading Club to Victoria. The Score Reading Club is a bi-monthly series featuring influential works by accomplished composers. In each session, three presenters offer in-depth looks at musical works of their choice. The works are presented live or recorded and discussed, revealing new insights into the works.
At the Victoria Score Reading Club, the presenters were soprano/voice artist Cathy Fern Lewis, CMC/CLC 2011 Emerging Composer Christopher Reiche, and CMC/CLC 2012 Emerging Composer Daniel Brandes.
Cathy Fern Lewis performed and presented Rudolf Komorous’s Cold Mountain Songs for voice and cello, Christopher Reiche discussed Cassandra Miller’s Bel Canto, and Daniel Brandes performed and presented excerpts from Antoine Beuger’s Kein Fernen Meir for solo whistler.
Join us and discover gems you may not know, hear something new, and engage in dialogue about the works. Collectively, we look at the scores, listen to the music, and discuss elements that fascinate us, puzzle us, and touch us in emotional ways. Everyone was welcome to attend.
Rudolf Komorous (b. 1931) is a Czech-born Canadian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed very successfully across Europe and North America. Komorous immigrated to Canada in 1969 and taught for two years in St. Paul, Minnesota, before being appointed to the composition and theory faculty at the School of Music, University of Victoria, in 1971. In 1989 he became director of the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. Komorous has written extensively for orchestra, solo instruments and ensembles, opera and vocal works, and electroacoustic music.
Cassandra Miller (b. 1976) is the artistic director of Innovations en concert, a non-profit organization that presents experimental music concerts in Montreal. In 2011, she received the Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music for her composition Bel Canto. Cassandra Miller’s work combines a love of warmth with a love for the absurd and explores the complexity of emotion that can result from simplicity. She explores ideas of virtuosity and excess, baroque through to modern. Her music also includes new notation systems that stimulate personal interpretation and connection between performers.
Antoine Beuger (b. 1955) originally from the Netherlands is now based out of Germany. In 1992 he founded the Wandleweiser composers collective with composer/performer Burkhard Schlothauer. The Wandleweiser is a group of post-Cage composers who explore (among other things) the use(s) of silence(s) in contemporary music. Since 1994 he’s been active with the conception and organization of KLANGRAUM, a concert series at Kunstraum Düsseldorf. During the years 1995–2001 he was working together with visual artist Mauser as artistic director of "Werkraum," Place for Interdisciplinary Artistic Events, Cologne.
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