Chamberfest’s new music showcase well performed

Ottawa Citizen

Chamberfest Day 12

New Music Now

De la Salle High School, Monday afternoon

Monday was the first day of New Music Now, a brief (perhaps too brief) series of concerts of contemporary music, three on Monday and three on Tuesday.

Of the Monday concerts given at noon, 1:30 and 3:00, I attended the second and third featuring pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and the Ensemble Prisme respectively.

Petrowska Quilico has been Canada’s foremost keyboard proponent of new music for at least 30 years. Her recitals are always interesting, offering music we rarely hear otherwise.

On Monday afternoon she presented two works by Ann Southam and one each by Patrick Cardy, Steven Gellman and Constantine Caravassilis.

The first of the Southam pieces, Stitches in Time, was made up of several very short minimalist movements that failed to engage this listener’s interest. The other, one of her extensive set called Glass Houses, was…

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