Awesome ‘Opus: Testing’ Launch!

Awesome Opus: Testing Launch!

Last night was our inaugural Opus: Testing community composition workshop, and what a treat it was! Special thanks to our baritones Alex Samaras and last-minute stand in Graham Robinson, Matthew Fava and the CMC, and of course composers Patrick Arteaga, Andrew Clark, Willyn Whiting, Jonathon Moir, Sean Goldman, Yuting Lin, James Lowrie and Michael Brooker for sharing your music and insightful discussion. We were in great company!

Check out our Opus: Testing tab at the top for details on our June/July assignment!

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OPUS: TESTING – Community composition workshop launch

Musica Reflecta invites the Toronto music community to OPUS: TESTING, a free monthly music writing workshop open to musical authors of all flavours.

Each month, we’ll offer a new palette of instruments or voices to be the subject of a 3-5 minute composition. Embracing Toronto’s multitude of musical languages, OPUS: TESTING  is an experimental safe space to try new things out. The object is to encourage musical writers of Toronto’s diverse music community to get their sounds heard by other curious and imaginative ears. Participation is FREE! You need not live in Toronto to submit your work – composers from across Canada and beyond are also welcome.

Click below or on the “OPUS: TESTING” tab above for more details:

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Felix Galimir Award Concert

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Established to honour the memory of the legendary violinist and chamber music coach, the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award is given annually to the most promising string or piano chamber music group enrolled in the Faculty of Music’s chamber music program. Past winners have included the Cecilia and Tokai String Quartets.

2014 Award Winners:
Erato String Quartet

Meagan Turner, violin
Sam Js Choi, violin
Luca Casciato, viola
Evan Lamberton, cello

Performing works by Schulhoff, Sean Goldman, and Haydn

Monday, April 28th at 7pm
Walter Hall (Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto)

Pay-what-you-can.
Proceeds to benefit the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Scholarship Fund.

Upcoming: Continuous Events (Clapping Optional)

Musica Reflecta and Love Nation team up for a concert of continual music making at the Tranzac. Oscillating between chamber music premieres and solo improvisations, the night will feature new works and performances by some of Toronto’s most adventurous contemporary composers and improvisers.

About Love Nation:
Thom Gill and Colin Fisher created the Toronto-based Love Nation label out of a wanting to document the less-polished sides of their friends’ outputs. Demos, dubs, bootlegs, remixes, and other rough-hewn sonic experiments are a-plenty in our local music community.

Tickets available at the door for $5, 19+ (cash bar)
Run time approx 100 minutes, no intermission.
General admission, no fixed seating.

Made possible with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council

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Happy 2014!

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Happy New Year to our whole community of Musica Reflecta musicians and supporters! We’re feeling very lucky to look back on a really fabulous year and are looking ahead to many more exciting collaborations and concerts in 2014. Thank you for all your love!

This holiday season, we had the good fortune of being chosen as the best concert of 2013 by Musical Toronto for our kids extravaganza concert “Peter and the Dinosaurs“! What a great project that was with fantastic collaborations – sharing our success with Madeleine Collective as well as composers Chris Thornborrow and Dean Burry, among all the fantastic performers and crew!

 
Stay tuned for show updates this winter and spring!

Peter in the Gallery: Children’s Tales for Woodwind Ensemble

We are thrilled to bring our fun kids programme to Gallery 345 in Toronto’s west end!

“…this opens the door … to help inspire children to make a lifelong connection to the pleasures of making music.”
– John Terauds, Musical Toronto, on Musica Reflecta’s past kids concert “Peter and the Dinosaurs”

This is a kid and family friendly show! The performance will run roughly 50 minutes with no intermission.

SPACE IS LIMITED – ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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New Season, New Beginnings!

After a much-needed summer hiatus, Musica Reflecta is getting back in the game with an inspired new season of collaborations and new friends. Musica Reflecta 2013/14 will feature the melding of blossoming minds such as an instrumental narrative piece with Loose Tea Music Theatre, a continuous ensemble performance with jazz soloists c/o Love Nation Records with Chris Willes and Thom Gill, a brand new kids’ contemporary concert series with co-host Gallery 345 and much more!

MR is also incredibly proud to announce co-producer and soprano Jelena Ciric‘s acceptance to Berklee Valencia’s Master of Music in Contemporary Performance program this fall! While we are sad to see one of our key co-producers and collaborators go, we are certain they couldn’t have picked a better candidate! Have an amazing sabbatical (and send us postcards and oranges)!

Exciting things are happening! Stay tuned, friends!

Love,
Anastasia, Jay and Will

Concert Recap: Peter and the Dinosaurs

Wow! What a show – thank you to everyone involved in our magical afternoon for our kids appreciation show “Peter and the Dinosaurs! We are happy to read the praises of our latest endeavour, our Peter and the Dinosaurs Kids concert on musicaltoronto.org by John Terauds! High energy performance with a great turnout and warm support by the Danforth community in Toronto and our friends and colleagues. Bravo to everyone involved!

Young musician’s mentorship session with the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir

Youth Choir mentorship workshop
Percussion workshop with Alejandro Cespedes Pasos and Michelle Colton

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Young pianist performs Chris Thornborrow’s “Mini Piano Concerto No. 1” with Musica Reflecta string quartet

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Performing Dean Burry’s “Carnival of the Dinosaurs” with narration by emerging actor Fraser Elsdon

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Mississauga Festival Youth Choir
 performs under direction of Cassandra Luftspring

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Musica Reflecta performs Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Pictured here, the duck played by Aleh Remezau.

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Incredible, dreamy set designed and built by the incomparable Madeleine Collective

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Members of Musica Reflecta and Madeleine Collective pose for well deserved post-concert victory shot!
(standing, Madeleine Collective L-R: Nicole Bazuin, Alexandra Hong, Ladan Ali, missing: Cheryl Hsu. Sitting, Musica Reflecta L-R: Will Callaghan, Anastasia Tchernikova, Jelena Ciric. Missing: Jay Caron)

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ANNOUNCING: PETER & THE DINOSAURS!!!!!

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Peter and the Dinosaurs is a magical collaboration between the Musica Reflecta chamber orchestra and the visual artists of Madeleine Collective.

Watch colourful picture books come to life as stories are told through an enchanting combination of art and music.

Suitable for all ages, the concert invites children to attend for free! In addition, there will be a free music workshop for kids before the show.

The Peter and the Dinosaurs concert program features the following:

PETER & THE WOLF by Sergei Prokofiev, narrated by Jonathan Eayrs
CARNIVAL OF THE DINOSAURS by Dean Burry, narrated by Fraser Elsdon
World Premiere of MINI PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1 by Chris Thornborrow and played by the young pianist Laurelle Lassonde
& the Mississauga Festival Youth Choir

FREE Kids Percussion Workshop @5:30pm.
Concert Begins @6:30pm

LOCATION:
St. Barnabas Anglican Church
361 Danforth Ave (Chester Subway)

TICKET INFORMATION:
Kids 12 & Under: FREE!
$20 General Admission
$15 Student/Senior/Arts Worker

You can purchase DISCOUNTED ADVANCE TICKETS
$15 General Admission
$10 Student/Senior/Arts Worker

Upcoming Event!

Exciting news! Musica Reflecta is proud to announce its upcoming performance. Keep Sunday, May 5th open for a colourful multimedia children’s concert featuring engaging community partners and of course, plenty of young talent!

This event features a collaboration with young local visual artists of Madeleine Collective, a first for MR! Stay tuned for more details and previews…!

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