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Robert Aitken, artistic director

MICHAEL KOERNER'S CHOICE

Sunday December 2, 2018 @ 8 Introduction @ 7:15
New Music Concerts Ensemble, Robert Aitken direction
Ben Heppner special guest
John Hess piano Max Christie clarinet David Hetherington cello
Accordes string quartet
Jonathan Krehm and Evonne Tan, tai chi players
Betty Oliphant Theatre at 404 Jarvis Street [MAP]
Tickets $35 regular | $25 seniors and arts workers | $10 students
For Reservations Call 416.961.9594

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L/R: Carter, Stravinsky, Ives, Schafer, Milhaud


Programme:

Elliott Carter (USA 1908-2012) Rigmarole (2011)
Igor Stravinsky (Russia/USA 1882-1971) Octet (1922-23, rev.1952)
Charles Ives (USA 1874-1954) Selected Songs
R. Murray Schafer (Canada b.1933) String Quartet No.6,
“Parting Wild Horse’s Mane” with Tai Chi players (1993)
Darius Milhaud (France 1892-1974) La Création du monde (1923)

in 1978
Michael Koerner joined the New Music Concerts Board of Directors, serving until 2016 when he retired with emeritus status. Michael has supported our activities in all possible directions and has aided us, perhaps more than any other, in reaching our 48th season. In 2018 Michael turned 90 and to mark this milestone we asked him to curate a concert of some of his favourite works. His choice of composers includes four giants in the history of music: Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, R. Murray Schafer and Darius Milhaud. Stravinsky’s famed Octet for Winds (1922-23, revised 1952), is a woodwind divertissement that equally exercises the listener's mind and the eight virtuoso performers. Stravinsky said "The Octet began with a dream, in which I saw myself in a small room surrounded by a small group of instrumentalists playing some attractive music . . . I awoke from this little concert in a state of great delight and anticipation and the next morning began to compose." Dedicated to Sonja Koerner, Schafer’s String Quartet No.6 was written in 1993 on commission from Michael, the Canada Council and the CBC for the Scotia Festival of Music. With its title “Parting Wild Horse’s Mane” and the involvement of a T’ai Chi dancer, this work reflects the diversity so integral to the arts today. Milhaud’s La Création du monde, is a magnificent and flamboyant polytonal work which is surely one of the most beloved pieces from the first half of the 20th century. The concert also features a selection of songs by legendary American eccentric Charles Ives, sung by very special guest, tenor Ben Heppner. The festivities begin with our annual tribute to the late, great Elliott Carter in the Canadian premiere of one of his very last works, Rigmarole for bass clarinet and cello, written at the age of 103. The evening promises to be a real delight!