Jazz bassist, composer and arranger, Al Henderson, leads an ensemble of colleagues and friends in a signature performance. The show is part of the Department of Music’s Faculty Spotlight Series, taking place in the Martin Family Lounge at York’s Keele campus.
Joining Henderson onstage are York instructors Richard Whiteman (piano) and Barry Romberg (drums) and guest artists Alex Dean (saxophones) and Pat LaBarbera (saxophones). The concert will feature a selection of Henderson’s original compositions and arrangements.
Henderson has been a seminal force on the Canadian jazz scene for more than 30 years. He has earned critical acclaim and legions of fans as leader of his own bands – the Al Henderson Septet, Quintet and Quartet – and co-founder and co-leader of the groundbreaking group, Time Warp. He has also performed as sideman with many leading jazz artists including Diana Krall, Jane Bunnett, Arnett Cobb, Hank Crawford, Slim Gaillard, Jimmy Knepper and Flip Phillips.
As a composer, Henderson has created a large and distinctive repertoire of original works. More than 60 of his compositions have been recorded by his bands as well as other eminent artists such as Don Pullen, Jane Bunnett, Shox Johnson & the Jive Bombers, Alex Dean and Richard Whiteman. His accolades include the Jazz Report’s Composer of the Year designation and the prestigious SOCAN Award for Original Jazz Composition.“… Al Henderson is the real thing, a composer in the tradition of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, whose works have distinctive energy and melodic and harmonic character,” said jazz writer Stuart Broomer (Toronto Life).
Imagine the power of 200 voices raised in chorus. Now imagine that power expressed through gospel music.
The York University Gospel Choir joins forces and voices with three other choirs in a rafter-raising celebration of gospel music as part of the twelfth annual Gospel Inter-Varsity Explosion (G.I.V.E).
Music Professor Karen Burke, founding director of the York University Gospel Choir, is the powerhouse behind G.I.V.E. Joining the York choir is the U of T Gospel Choir conducted by Lisa Toussaint, the McMaster Gospel Choir led by Pascal Adesina and Timi Agiri and the Humber Gospel Choir conducted by Brad Klump.
The concert will feature performances by all four choirs, first individually and then as a massed Gospel choir co-directed by Burke and Tousssaint and backed by a professional rhythm section directed by Corey Butler.
“G.I.V.E. is a unique platform in Canada, bringing together and showcasing gospel choirs from various Canadian post-secondary institutions. The individual performances are so exciting, and then when the choirs all sing together on stage — it’s an experience not to be missed!” says Burke.
A renowned singer, choral director and composer in the field of African-American vocal music, Burke is recognized as an authority on the history and performance practices of gospel music. She has worked with many major choral ensembles and organizations, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Youth Choir, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Ontario Choral Federation/Choirs Ontario and Poland’s Pro Novis Foundation. She co-founded the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir, a gospel choir that has been touring and recording in Canada since 1988.
York University music students showcase their talent.
Free admission. Everyone welcome.
Presented by MFA Directing Candidates, Mandy Roveda and Philip Geller, featuring the 3rd year acting conservatory, Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee is a modern reimagining of the Greek tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis. Stuck in between a hastily prepared, royal wedding and an army on the verge of war, Iphigenia weathers a storm of deception before finally taking her destiny into her own hands. This show tests the strength of loyalty and duty to family, friends, and country in an unsparing environment.
October 31 – 7:00 PM
November 1 – 2:00 PM | 7:00 PM
November 2 – 7:00 PM
CFT 139: Centre for Film and Theatre
Admission is free. Signup sheet is posted outside the studio door.
World Premiere of The Sun, The Wind and the Man with the Cloak
by Stephanie Martin in Toronto, Nov 2, 2019
New cantata based on Aesop’s fable about an epic contest
between the Sun and the Wind.
Pax Christi Chorale Artistic Director David Bowser is pleased to announce
the upcoming world premiere of The Sun, the Wind, and the Man with the Cloak, a
cantata by Canadian composer and York University music professor Stephanie Martin,
with words by York University graduate, Paul Ciufo.
The work is based on a fable by the ancient Greek storyteller Aesop (c. 620-564 BCE),
in which the Sun competes with the Wind to see which of them can make the Man
remove his cloak. The Wind blusters and rages, causing the Man to pull his cloak more
tightly around his body. Then the Sun sends down warming rays, and the Man
eventually removes his cloak of his own free will.
The story is timeless, entertaining and often light-hearted, yet its moral — gentle
persuasion is more effective than brute force — is immediately understood by all ages.
The fable remains a powerful metaphor and a lesson for resolving conflict, and has
been retold countless times and in myriad ways over the millennia.
In this new work, The Sun, The Wind and The Man are portrayed by three superb
soloists; mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel sings the part of The Sun; baritone Brett
Polegato portrays The Wind; and tenor Asitha Tennekoon performs the role of The Man.
The Sun and The Wind are each encouraged by their “team-Sun” and “team-Wind”
choral counterparts. They are joined by the Intermediate Chorus of the Canadian
Children’s Opera Company.
“It is a uniquely rewarding experience to premiere a new composition, to work with the
composer and realize the score for the first time,” says David Bowser. “We are thrilled to
share this music in the world premiere on November 2 at Yorkminster Baptist Church!”
To round out the program, Bowser has chosen favourite works from the modern
English choral repertoire. Soprano Allison Walmsley will join the other soloists and choir
for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the
Lamb. The Pax Christi Chamber Choir will sing As Torrents in Summer and My Love
Dwelt in a Northern Land by Sir Edward Elgar.
“I am very proud that Pax is an organization which supports new musical creations,”
says Bowser. “We have committed to performing newly commissioned works by
Canadian women composers over three years. After last season’s enormous success of
Miziwe… (Everywhere…) by Odawa First Nation composer Barbara Croall, the first
known oratorio in the Ojibwe language, we turn our focus to our second commission,
Stephanie Martin’s The Sun, the Wind and the Man with the Cloak.”
The premiere of The Sun, the Wind and the Man with the Cloak will take place at 7:30
p.m., November 2, 2019 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street,
Catch a rising wave of electrifying film talent!
Now in its 17th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of Canadian film and media culture.
The films selected for CineSiege 2019 were chosen from a shortlist, culled from 186 productions made last year.
The nominees were reviewed by five jurors: Maya Bankovici, Franci Duran, Stuart Hands, Adina Pintilie and Ravi Srinivasan.
Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.
CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of
Immediately following screening (approx. 10:30pm)
The Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J 2N8
DRUM CLINIC with JOHN RILEY
Sponsored by the Oscar Peterson Fund
John began playing drums at age eight, after receiving a snare drum as a gift. With the support, encouragement and patience of his parents, John and Mary Ann, he played in the school band and began drum lessons with a good local teacher, Tom Sicola. While under Tom’s guidance, he gained control of the snare drum through work on the rudiments and reading. Eventually, he acquired a complete drumset and lessons expanded to include “beats of the day,” coordination and reading studies for the drumset. At age twelve, John began playing in rock bands and heard his first jazz recordings, the soundtrack to The Gene Krupa Story and Max Roach’s Conversation. Two years later, he played his first “professional” gig, which he obtained through an audition played over the telephone. John began studying with Joe Morello in 1971, after meeting him at a drum symposium. John went on to attend the University of North Texas, where he was introduced to a larger world of music and percussion. While at UNT, he played in, toured, and recorded with the famed One O’clock Lab Band. In 1976, he moved to New York City and was soon called to join the Woody Herman Band. Following that great experience, John returned to New York and began freelancing with a wide spectrum of world class musicians including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Scofield, Bob Mintzer, Gary Peacock, Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, John Patitucci, Bob Berg, and many others.
John has a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music in jazz studies from Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, and Kutztown University, and is an Artist in Residence at Amsterdam Conservatory, Holland. John is also the author of The Art of Bop Drumming, Beyond Bop Drumming, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop, The Master Drummer DVD, and has taught master classes around the world.
Faculty Concert Series: Leaving Kansas Compositions by Dorothy de Val
Faculty member, pianist and musicologist Dorothy de Val reflects on her twenty years at York with a lighthearted program of original songs and instrumental music.
Dorothy de Val, piano
Paula Arciniega, mezzo soprano
Susanna McCleary, soprano
Anne Lederman, fiddle
Kye Marshall, cello
Patricia Wait, clarinet
Barbara Ackerman, flute
Dorothy de Val is a musicologist and pianist whose research interests include Scots Gaelic song, the first English folksong revival, pianos and pianism, and Haydn reception in England. Particular research interests include early 20th-century collectors and arrangers of folksong, particularly Broadwood and Grainger, and collectors of Gaelic song (Tolmie, Broadwood, Murray and Kennedy-Fraser).
Dr. de Val is the author of In Search of Song: The Life and Times of Lucy Broadwood, published by Ashgate in July 2011. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and many music reference works including The Haydn Companion, and is a regular reviewer for the journal Music and Letters. With Patricia Debly of Brock University she organized a conference on Haydn in 2009, sponsored by York University, SSHRC and The Wirth Institute. She is also a member of the North American British Music Studies Association, whose conference she organized at York in 2008.
Professor de Val’s research extends into the field of dance, focusing on English social dance and Morris dance (especially Mary Neal and the Esperance Club). She co-organized a conference at York on English country dance in the summer of 2010, and performs regularly as pianist for English country dances with her group, Playford’s Pleasure, with a focus on the life and times of Jane Austen. Her most recent project involves performing music from Jane Austen’s own collection, featuring composers such as Pleyel, Sterkel, Storace and Kotzwara.
Dr. de Val has taught at the Royal Academy of Music (London), Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford, and served as assistant curator of musical instruments at the Royal College of Music (London). She joined York University’s Department of Music in 1999 and served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2007, and as Graduate Program Director in Dance from 2009 to 2011.
The York University Wind Symphony, under the direction of William Thomas, joins forces with the York University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Interim Director’s David Lum and Mark Skazinetsky, in a preview concert featuring selected works from their upcoming end-of-term concerts.
The York University Chamber Choir
Craig Garnham, guest conductor
Edward Moroney, piano
The choir will be performing works by Palestrina, Schütz, Monteverdi, Mendelssohn and Britten.
Ticket Admission:$15 adults | $10 students & seniors
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ENSEMBLE JENG YI is a Korean performing arts ensemble based in Toronto. Since their formation in 1998, the group has entertained audiences with their exciting repertoire of original compositions and traditional pieces.Building upon the conventions of Korean performing arts, Ensemble Jeng Yi has created a variety of innovative productions including intimate mu
sic recitals, site-specific works, interactive performances for young audiences, and ambitious multi-disciplinary productions. Not just talented drummers, the members are also accomplished performers of the ribbon-hat dance in which each member spins a ribboned-hat called the sangmo–all while dancing and drumming.
Joo Hyung Kim, Kayagum
Joo Hyung Kim is an accomplished performer of the Kayagum,the traditional Korean zither. Born in Korea, she began her traditional Korean music training at the age of six. She majored in traditional Korean music at Kyung Buk University, and completed her M.A. in traditional music at Sook Myung University. She immigrated to Canada in 2005 and has been an active performer and composer.
Admission is free.
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a beloved feminist revisioning of two of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, Othello and Romeo & Juliet. Written by Canadian playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, the play explores the hypothetical question: what if Shakespeare’s tragedies were actually intended to be comedies? To learn the answer to this question, please join us November 16-25 in the Joseph G. Green Theatre to find out.
Sat, Nov. 16 (preview 1) @ 7:30 pm
Sun. Nov. 17 (preview 2) @ 7:30 pm
Tues. Nov. 19 (Opening) @ 7:30 pm
Wed. Nov. 20 @ 1:00 pm
Wed. Nov. 20 @ 7:30 pm
Thurs. Nov. 21@ 7:30 pm
Fri. Nov. 22 @ 1:00 pm
Fri. Nov. 22 @ 7:30pm
Sat. Nov. 23 @ 2:00 pm
Tickets $7- 20
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