Claude Vivier’s travels to Bali and the Iranian city of Shiraz in the 1970s was for him an initiation into mysticism and poetry. Upon his return to Canada, he captured his experiences through two brilliant works: Shiraz for solo piano and the Balinese influenced Cinq chansons pour percussion. These travels led to an intensely personal voyage; Love Songs, for seven singers, runs the gamut from childhood songs and nursery rhymes to the deepest contemplation of our place in the universe. Couple this with an homage to Claude Vivier by Christopher Mayo, and you have an evening of pure magic.
David Fallis, conductor
Carla Huhtanen, Lindsay McIntyre, Vania Chan, Robin Dann, Owen McCausland, Keith Lam, and Alex Samaras, vocal ensemble
Ryan Scott, percussion
Gregory Oh, piano
New work by Christopher Mayo