May continues to be a busy month. There are a couple of interesting concerts at noon in the RBA next week. On Wednesday 17th there is the unveiling of the annual Canadian Art Song project commission. This year it’s extremely ambitious. It’s a cycle of sixteen songs by Ana Sokolović setting texts drawn from right across Canada. It’s called dawn always begins in the bones and will be performed by Danika Lorèn, Emily D’Angelo, Bruno Roy and Aaron Sheppard with Liz Upchurch at the piano. (You can also hear this work in the Temerty Theatre at the Conservatory at 7.30pm on Thursday May 25th along with Andrew Staniland’s Peter Quince at the Clavier and Lloyd Burritt’s Moth Poem). On Thursday 18th tenor Charles Sy and pianist Hyejin Kwon bid farewell to the COC Ensemble Studio with a performance of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. It should be a real treat.
On Friday 19th Against the Grain open a run of the Joel Ivany transladaptation of Puccini’s La Bohème; the work that propelled them to fame and fortune (well fame). It’s at the Tranzac again and last I heard the whole run was sold out but there may be rushes or late releases. On the 24th Oksana G opens at the Imperial Oil Theatre. I think I’ve written enough about that! Finally on the 28th at 3pm there’s a performance of music by Korean composer Unsuk Chin as part of the 21C festival. That’s at Koerner Hall.
Photo credit: Alain Lefort