Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.
Doors at 5:00 p.m.
Canadian Music Centre: 20 St. Joseph Street, Toronto.
The event, featuring a performance followed by a reception, is open to the public, with free admission. However, attendees are asked to register in advance, by calling 416-961-6601 ext. 201, e-mailing email@example.com or visiting http://www.musiccentre.ca. More information is available from these sources. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a short performance at 5:30 p.m., followed by the reception.
Glass Houses Volume 2 (CMCCD 20114) features six of Southam’s Glass Houses, written in 1981, and then revised for Petrowska Quilico in 2009. (1981 was the year that Petrowska Quilico began performing Southam’s music, and began a friendship and collaboration that continued till Southam’s death in 2010.)
The pianist describes the pieces as “fiendishly difficult etudes,”, comparing the cycle of entirely fast pieces to the lightning-speed fingering of Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes and the complexity of Bach’s counterpoint. As there are “no indications of dynamics, phrasing, fingering, pedaling, or other directions in the score,” it was up to Petrowska Quilico to choose how to interpret the work.
As she describes it, “Fingers become whirling dervishes, entering a mystical and ecstatic trance through suddenly shifting patterns and moods. The dizzying tempi, speed and control required from the performer make them extremely demanding and require virtuosic pianistic skills. Technically, the two hands must be able to play completely independently because the pieces are based on a mathematically precise order. But the interpreter must also have an intuitive grasp of the phrasing and flow of the music as well as the technical control of rhythmic articulation.”
Petrowska Quilico’s 2011 CD set, Glass Houses Revisited (Centrediscs CMCCD 16511), featured nine pieces, edited and revised by the pianist with the composer’s whole-hearted approval. It earned high praise internationally and has become one of Centrediscs’ all-time top sellers. John Terauds, then of the Toronto Star, gave it four stars, writing, “This is nothing short of miraculous. Toronto pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico elevates to poetry the complex musical loops created by Ann Southam. …That Petrowska Quilico can perform these nine pieces is an achievement in itself; that it makes for mesmerizing listening is the magic of art.”
Glass Houses Volume 2 represents Petrowska Quilico’s fourth Centrediscs collection recording and sixth solo CD devoted to Southam’s piano music. Besides Glass Houses Revisited, the other two titles are the two-CD cycles Rivers (Canadian Composers Portraits: Ann Southam, 2005) and the two-CD Pond Life (2009). She has also included works by Southam on four general compilation CDs.
Petrowska Quilico recently returned from a Maritime tour with Toronto Dance Theatre, performing the music of Ann Southam live in Rivers, the much-heralded dance work by Christopher House, which premiered in Toronto in 2012.
Early this year, CBC Music named Christina Petrowska Quilico one of 20 Can’t-Miss Classical Pianists of 2014: http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/1/From-Lang-Lang-to-Angela-Hewitt-20-ca…. More information about the pianist is available at http://www.petrowskaquilico.com.
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Tuesday, April 22, 5:30 p.m.
I’m so very honoured to be named one of CBC Music’s 20 can’t-miss classical pianists! http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2014/1/From-Lang-Lang-to-Angela-Hewitt-20-cant-miss-pianists-in-2014
Christina Petrowska Quilico
Her close collaboration with the late Ann Southam has led to some of this country’s finest performances and recordings. Petrowska Quilico’s virtuosic recording Glass Houses Revisited is Centrediscs‘ best-selling CD of all time, and was heavily praised by critics. This spring she’ll release a final recording in the series, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the entire year.
Performance at Fredericton Playhouse this Wednesday January 29th!
Originally posted on Fredericton Playhouse's Blog:
Toronto Dance Theatre’s latest piece, Rivers, combines the music of a beloved Canadian composer with a bold interpretation from one of Canada’s most respected dance artists. This innovative performance will captivate audiences when it comes to the Fredericton Playhouse on Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
“Rivers” is the beloved masterpiece of the late composer Ann Southam. In collaboration with Toronto Dance Theatre’s 10 dancers, Artistic Director Christopher House has created a fluid and unpredictable counterpoint to the sublime music, reflecting the rushing cascades, luxuriant eddies and quiet islands of calm in the score.
Adding to the creative nature of the piece, “Rivers” will be performed live by one of Canada’s foremost pianists, Christina Petrowska Quilico, widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist who brilliantly interprets contemporary classical music.
This isn’t the first time House has been inspired by Southam’s music; he began collaborating with the composer in the…
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