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Canadian Art Song Project takes aim at Canada's 150th birthday

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Breaking the deafening silence regarding possible Canadian 150th birthday projects for 2017, the Toronto-based Canadian Art Song Project announced a new commission this morning.

The Project’s founding members — tenor Lawence Wiliford and pianist Steven Philcox — have asked Montreal-based composer Ana Sokolovic to write a new song cycle for a quartet of singers from the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studii. The cycle is meant to reflect the country’s history, geography and cultural mix.

The premiere will happen at the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. This means that the concert will be open to all, at no charge.

“I feel so privileged for the exceptional opportunity to create a work in celebration of Canada for CASP. After having composed several vocal works, including three operas, I delight in the possibility of writing art song, where I will be able to explore the voice in a more intimate way,” stated Sokolovic in the press release.

Philcox and Wiliford founded the Canadian Art Song Project nearly three years ago in order to promote the art of the art song and to encourage Canadian composers and musicians to explore its possibilities.

You can read more about it here.

John Terauds

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