Anthony de Mare, piano
Anthony de Mare invited 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to choose a song by Stephen Sondheim and reimagine it as a solo piano piece. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim as one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.
William Bolcom: “A Little Night Fughetta” (after “Anyone Can Whistle” & “Send in the Clowns”) (Ontario premiere)
Ricky Ian Gordon: “Every Day a Little Death” (A Little Night Music) (Ontario premiere)
Gabriel Kahane: “Being Alive” (Company) (Canadian premiere)
Nico Muhly: “Color and Light” (Canadian premiere)
Steve Reich: “Finishing the Hat,” for two pianos (Sunday in the Park with George) (Ontario premiere)
Frederic Rzewski: “I’m Still Here” (Follies) (Canadian premiere)
David Shire: “Love is in the Air” (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) (Ontario premiere)
Wynton Marsalis: “That Old Piano Roll” (Follies) (Canadian premiere)
Kenji Bunch: “The Demon Barber” (A Fantasia on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”) (Ontario premiere)
Film interlude: onstage interview with Stephen Sondheim, conducted by Mark Eden Horowitz at Liaisons’ New York City premiere (Symphony Space 2012)
Andy Akiho: “Into the Woods” (Into the Woods) (Canadian premiere)
Rodney Sharman: Notes on “Beautiful” (after “Beautiful” from Sunday in the Park with George)
Paul Moravec: “I Think About You” (after “Losing My Mind” from Follies) (Ontario premiere)
Jake Heggie: “I’m Excited. No You’re Not” (after “A Weekend in the Country” from A Little Night Music) (Ontario premiere)
Anthony de Mare: “Sunday in the Park ~ Passages” (Sunday in the Park with George) (Ontario premiere)
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