Here are a couple more upcoming events that readers may be interested in. The Royal Conservatory has a festival of contemporary music from April 21st to May 25th. There are eight concerts in a variety of genres. The most interesting to me is on May 22nd when there is a concert to celebrate R. Murray Schafer’s 80th birthday. The concert will feature four pieces; Quintet for Piano and Strings Shafer himself, played by the ARC Ensemble; a world premiere of The Questioning by Canadian composer Christos Hatzis, written for and played by the Afiara String Quartet, Faster Still, a work by the by Canadian composer Brian Current played by the ARC Ensemble; and the Canadian premiere of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen’s Anaïs Nin, a semi-staged work for chamber ensemble, video, and mezzo-soprano, based on the diary entries of Anaïs Nin. Singing the role of Anaïs Nin will be a favourite of mine, Wallis Giunta most recently seen in the COC’s Così fan tutte. More details and tickets available here.
On May 1st at 1pm 96.3 FM are broadcasting Sondra Radvanovsky in recital live from the Zoomerplex. You can catch it on the radio or at www.classical963fm.com. There’s also a draw for free tickets for the recital and the reception before. I believe to enter you need to email name, phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.