April just keeps getting busier. On April 12th The Women’s Musical Club of Toronto are presenting soprano Sylvia Schwartz with pianist Olivier Godin in a German and Spanish program. It’s a t Walter Hall at 1.30pm. Tickets are $45. The following evening at 8pm the remarkable 13 year old violinist and composer Alma Deutscher is appearing at Koerner Hall. She’ll be joined by pianist Angela Park and singers Adanya Dunn and Andrew Haji who will perform excerpts from her opera Cinderella which premiered to some acclain in Vienna.
On Saturday, April 21st Soundstreams presents Freddy’s Tune, a genre-defying, musical offering with The Gryphon Trio, Dafnis Prieto, Roberto Occhipinti, Scott Good, and DJ SlowPitchSound. Riffing off Frederick the Great’s challenge to Bach that resulted in The Musical Offering, Freddy’s Tune will showcase original compositions creating a common ground between the classical finesse of The Gryphon Trio, and the jazz chops of Cuban-born drummer/percussionist/composer Dafnis Prieto, bassist/composer Roberto Occhipinti and trombonist/composer Scott Good. There will also be the world premiere of The Altered Offering, experimental turntablist SlowPitchSound’s new work, commissioned by the Ontario Arts Council. The piece, composed especially for The Gryphon Trio and turntable, will provide Bach style transitions between the other works. Finally, American Composer John Adams’ Phrygian Gates, who also employs baroque, Bach-like techniques receives a new interpretation, courtesy of musical chameleon Scott Good’s luminous arrangement.
Looking further out Luminato is presenting Tables Turned.. This features Nicole Lizée, Ben Reimer and Carla Huhtanen in another genre bending show. I thought it was really terrific when it premiered at Tapestry. This plays June 16th to 19th at the Ernest Balmer Studio.