R. MURRAY SCHAFER CD BENEFIT
Sunday November 8, 2015 at Gallery 345
Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue [MAP]
(non-subscription event) | Doors open @ 7:00
Celebrating the reissue of NMC’s historic recording of R. Murray Schafer’s theatrical work Loving/Toi on the Centrediscs label.
La Testa d’Adriana from The Greatest Show (1977) Brooke Dufton soprano Joseph Macerollo accordion
Nocturne from And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon (1996) Max Christie clarinet
Suite for clarinet, cello and piano (1954)
Max Christie clarinet David Hetherington cello Gregory Oh piano
Flew Toots for Two Flutes (2004) Robert and Dianne Aitken flutes
Departure Music for solo trumpet and echoing instruments from And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon (1996) Stuart Laughton trumpet (and the ensemble)
Special Thanks to Edward Epstein and Gallery 345
I do hope you will join us for a very special event on Sunday November 8 at 7pm, courtesy of NMC president Edward Epstein and the members of our board of directors who will be providing the hospitality at Gallery 345. “Celebrating R. Murray Schafer” promises to be an evening of fun and surprises, with performances by excellent musicians, door prizes and raffles, displays of scores, books and memorabilia, and of course, fine food and drink. Mr. Schafer and his partner Eleanor James will be on hand for the festivities and there is bound to be some tall tale telling among the reminiscences.
The intent of the occasion is to raise funds for production costs of a Centrediscs re-issue of New Music Concerts’ historic recording of Schafer’s seminal bilingual music theatre piece Loving/Toi. Originally released as a Melbourne LP back in 1978 the studio recording was the culmination of a four city tour of performances in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The singers were Mary Lou Fallis, Susan Gudgeon, Jean MacPhail and Kathy Terrell, with actors Trulie MacLeod and Gilles Savard and Robert Aitken conducting an ensemble of five strings, harp, keyboards, guitar/banjo, mandolin, accordion and no less than six percussionists. Long out of print we feel the re-issue is long overdue and we are seeking your help to fund it. Due for release early in the New Year, the Centrediscs CD will be distributed internationally by Naxos. Of course attendees will receive a copy when it is released.
Our event will feature some of Schafer’s rarely performed works – one will be receiving its first performance in more than 60 years! (perhaps ever, we can’t be sure) – as well as several favourites. Max Christie, David Hetherington and Gregory Oh are featured in Suite for clarinet, cello and piano (1954), Robert and Dianne Aitken will perform Flew Toots for Two Flutes (2004) written for Bob’s retirement concert at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, the disembodied head of soprano Brooke Dufton and accordionist extraordinaire Joseph Macerollo will present the magical La Testa d’Adriana from The Greatest Show (1977) and long-time member of Schafer’s Wolf Project Stuart Laughton will give a rare opportunity to hear the Departure Music from And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon (1996) normally only heard by the participants in an annual weeklong retreat in the wilds of the Haliburton Forest.
Tickets are $100 ($150 for two) and include admission, gourmet buffet and complimentary bar and a copy of the CD. As mentioned there will be raffles and items from Schafer’s catalog for sale, so bring you cheque book and help celebrate a good cause. A charitable receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for the allowable portion under CRA guidelines. Call 416.961.9594 for reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door.