The concert begins with a memorial tribute to long time friend and supporter of New Music Concerts, Ann Southam – her Quintet for piano and strings, commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council for NMC in 1986. This is one four NMC commissions included on the program, the other three being world premieres. Hope Lee has composed Secret of the Seven Stars for free bass accordion, percussion and strings which is the tenth piece in her Voices in Time cycle. In this work water and wind, the two constant and everlasting elements in nature introduced in the earlier pieces, will be transformed into direct human expressions. Alice Ping Yee Ho has written a new work for percussion solo, soprano and mixed ensemble with the support of a Canada Council commission. Ballade for an Ancient Warrior continues Ho’s exploration of her cultural roots in the context of a percussion concerto. The work is inspired by the character of the legendary resourceful female warrior in the Song Dynasty, Liang Hongyu, whose name is closely associated with incredible drumming techniques that won her many battles as well as capturing a husband. The concert will include another OAC commission, Andrew Staniland’s Pentagrams - Five Pieces for two accordions which was composed for Joseph Macerollo and his protégé Ina Henning. Henning also performs German composer Nicolas A. Huber’s Auf Flügein der Harfe for solo accordion.

Joseph Macerollo and Ina Henning perform Andrew Staniland's Pentagrams. Part 1 of 2. Video Courtesy of Moving Headshots Productions.