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PREVIEW | Two Opportunities To See Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico In Concert In May

By Anya Wassenberg on April 23, 2024

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Busy pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, C.M., OOnt, FRSC, will be performing two concerts in May 2024, both showcasing the work of Canadian composers.

A May 15 event launches her latest CD, featuring composer David Jaeger and others, while a second concert later in the month is a spotlight of the Worlds Apart conference.

Games of the Night Wind CD Launch (May 15)

This concert celebrates the release of Christina’s latest CD on the Navona label, Games of the Night Wind. The release showcases the work of Toronto-based composer David Jaeger, incorporating 12 of his nocturnes. Jaeger’s nocturnes are inspired by poetry written by his friends, including Christina herself.

They’re matched with seven 20th century pieces by Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu, and Polish composers Alexandre Tansman and Henryk Górecki.

Christina Petrowska Quilico will be performing a selection of pieces from the album, which celebrates the mystery and atmosphere of the night time, including:

  • Töru Takemitsu: Les Yeux Clos
  • David Jaeger: Nocturne: The Murmur (Poetry by Seán Haldane)
  • Alexandre Tansman: Nocturne no.4
  • David Jaeger: Nocturne: Forget the Day (Poetry by Christina Petrowska Quilico)
  • David Jaeger: Nocturne: Games of the Night Wind (Poetry by Christina Petrowska Quilico)
  • Henryk Górecki: Lullaby

Nocturne No. 12:

Composer David Jaeger

Composer, producer, performer David Jaeger was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and earned his B.Mus. in that state. He went on to get his Master’s of Music degree at the University of Toronto. While at UofT in the early 1970s, he designed one fo the first digital sound synthesis labs in the country.

He joined the CBC, where he worked as a producer for four decades from 1973 until 2013. He worked on a number of series, including Music of Today, where he produced ten broadcasts with Glenn Gould to celebrate Arnold Schoenberg’s centennial. Gould would become a friend and collaborator.

During his tenure at the CBC, he commissioned more than 300 new musical pieces, including R. Murray Schafer’s 3rd String Quartet, the opera, ‘Iron Road’ by Ka Nin Chan and ‘The Qualities of Consonance’ by Ann Southam.

He’s a seven-time JUNO award winner as a producer of more than 200 recordings.

Jaeger has also been composing his own music since the early 1970s. David is a founding member of the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, for whom he has composed a number of works.

He is known for a sound that can veer from experimental to one more rooted in traditional idioms. Two of Jaeger’s pieces for viola were recorded and released in 2023: one by Elizabeth Reid on the Redshift Records label and Carol Gimbel performs another on a Navona Recordings release.

  • The launch party takes place at the Canadian Music Centre in Toronto on May 15, and is free to attend, with an RSVP required; RSVP [HERE].

Rhapsody on a Theme by Brahms, from Christina Petrowska-Quilico’s 2017 CD Worlds Apart (Centrediscs)

Christina Petrowska Quilico: A Canadian Piano Recital at Worlds Apart Conference (May 25)

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, is hosting Worlds Apart: Music, Nostalgia and Absence in Canada’s Diasporic Communities Since 1945. The conference, held on May 25 and 26, has the goal of examining how music is and has been used by refugees and displaced people in Canada to maintain contact with culture, and create communities in the diaspora.

Naturally, the conference, sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Institute, Program for the Arts, includes several concerts.

Christina Petrowska Quilico: A Canadian Piano Recital features 20th and 21st century works by Canadian composers, along with German-American composer Ruth Schonthal.

The program:

  • Larysa Kuzmenko: Victims of Chernobyl
  • Larysa Kuzmenko: Dance Diabolique
  • David Jaeger: Lament for the People of Ukraine
  • Ruth Schonthal: The Canticles of Hieronymus
  • Oskar Morawetz: Suite for Piano
  • Peter Paul Koprowski: Rhapsody on a Theme of Brahms

Tickets and more information about the May 25 concert [HERE].

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