The opera, which is barely longer than an hour, is as much about the music as the story itself — a doomed love affair between Salud, a Gypsy woman, and the wealthy Paco, a two-timing jerk who hangs her out to die on their supposed wedding day. The score bursts with the sounds of Andalusia, and includes parts for a Flamenco dancer, cantaor and guitarist on top of the seven-person cast and a chorus (which is being sung by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir).
The Canada Council has just enlarged its Musical Instrument Bank so that more promising young Canadians can have access to something that will make them sound better. Others, like Toronto violinist Conrad Chow, part with their hard-earned savings in order to achieve the same thing.
The Alberta native who called Toronto home for many years has been leading a new and fascinating life as a composer for film and video games in Hollywood, while still pursuing her original passion for concert composition and playing the piano.
The event was hosted by RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau, and included composers John Adams, Daniel Bjarnason, Zosha Di Castri, and Brian Current, whose works are currently being featured at this year’s New Creations Festival.