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OCTOBER 15, 2019: “Sous l’abside du ciel d’été” at U of T October Student Composers Concert
On Tuesday, October 15, at 7 p.m., in Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, I will be presenting (and conducting) my a cappella vocal piece Sous l’abside du ciel d’été as part of the Faculty of Music’s October Student Composers Concert. The piece is a setting of Léon-Paul Fargue’s “Romance” (1919) and will be performed by ten of my talented singer colleagues from the Faculty, several of whom premiered the piece earlier this year at the Arts and Letters Club’s annual new music concert. You can watch a recording of the premiere on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpcwEPCZ8Zo. The October 15 concert is free to attend and will feature several other original compositions by my Faculty colleagues. Walter Hall is located at 80 Queens Park, in the lower basement of the Faculty of Music.
SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: Toronto Public Library recital
On Thursday, September 26, 2 p.m., at the Toronto Public Library’s Northern District branch, my U of T colleague, soprano Claire Latosinsky, and I will be presenting an hour-long concert of solo piano and vocal music. Repertoire will include works by Schubert, Fauré, Poulenc, Clara Schumann, Jean Coulthard, and original compositions by me. Click here to view the full concert program. Free admission. Northern District library is located at 40 Orchardview Blvd., Toronto (https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/northerndistrict/).
JUNE 2, 2019: St. James Cathedral performance
On Sunday, June 2, 4:30 p.m., at St. James Cathedral, my setting of E. E. Cummings’ poem “i thank You God for most this amazing day” will be performed by the St. James Cathedral Choir as part of the Cathedral’s Evensong service. This piece was one of two winning works in the St. James’ Cathedrals inaugural 2018 Choral Composition Competition. You can hear a recording of it by the Cathedral Choir here, from a workshop conducted earlier this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTuW1vnLuWQ. A full schedule of the Cathedral’s music for the month of June, including the order of service for the June 2 Evensong service, can be viewed here: https://stjamescathedral.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/June-2019.pdf. St. James Cathedral is located at 106 King Street East, Toronto (https://stjamescathedral.ca).
MARCH 30, 2019: Music for a Saturday Afternoon
On Saturday, March 30, (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.), two of my University of Toronto colleagues and I will present a concert at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, in Toronto. The concert, “Music for a Saturday Afternoon,” will feature piano, organ, and vocal repertoire by Nicholas Wanstall (organist and composer), Claire Latosinski (soprano), and me (pianist and composer), including works by Massenet, Mozart, Schumann, Bach, and Ravel. The program will also feature original compositions, including Nicholas’ “Lullaby” for soprano and piano and my setting of E. E. Cumming’s “i carry your heart with me” for soprano and piano (premiered at Toronto SongSLAM this January), along with my “Variations on a Theme by Beethoven” for piano solo. Admission is $15.00 regular / $10.00 students (tickets at the door); refreshments will be offered after the concert. The concert poster is posted online here: www.benjamingabbay.com/music/mfsa.pdf. More information about the venue, Jubilee United Church, can be found on their website, www.jubileeunited.ca.