Confluence Concerts 2021/22

js-bachConfluence Conerts has announced its 2021/22 season with some details to be firmed up when anyone figures out what the “new normal” actually is.  First up is a presentation of the Bach suites for solo cello in conjunction with the Toronto Bach Festival.  They are being performed at Heliconian Hall and recorded for later, free, Youtube streaming on Confluence’s channel.  There will be some tickets available for the live performance but no details on that yet.  The performances are as follows:

Cello Suites No. 1 in G Major BWV 1007 and No. 3 in C Major BWV 1009
Concert September 22nd at 7pm at the Heliconian Hall
YouTube premiere October 1st
With Winona Zelenka  and Michelle Tang, cello

Cello Suites No.4 in E-flat Major BWV 1010 and No. 6 in D Major BWV 1012
Concert October 21st at 7pm at the Heliconian Hall
YouTube premiere October 29th
With Keiran Campbell, cello and Elinor Frey, violoncello piccolo

Cello Suites No. 2 in D Minor BWV 1008 and No. 5 in C Minor BWV 1011
Concert November 3rd at 7pm at the Heliconian Hall
YouTube premiere November 10th
With Andrew Downing, double bass, and Ryan Davis, viola

The rest of the season starts with the annual Walter Unger Salon.  Dr. Ellie Hisama speaks about the life and music of Ruth Crawford Seeger with music curated by Confluence Young Artistic Associate Ryan McDonald.  The live salon is on December 6th at 7pm at the Atrium at Shaftsbury Place with the YouTube premiere on December 15th.

Backlash Blues: The Music of Nina Simone will feature Alexa Belgrave, Andrew Downing, and Shakura S’Aida with four performances in January 2022.  Details yet to come.

Further out, and with details yet to be announced there’s an exploration of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly viewed through a contemporary lens by Teiya Kasahara.  Songs of Fate and Destiny, curated by Patricia O’Callaghan and featuring the music and life of German Romantic writer and composer E.T.A. Hoffmann; and a special ongoing project connecting Indigenous Classical musicians from across Turtle Island led by Marion Newman.

There’s likely to be a ticketed live performance plus free Youtube streaming for each show but exactly how that will work is not yet finalised.

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