These pieces are some of the best of many new works commissioned by the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Gryphon Trio. Brian Current’s These Begin to Catch Fire was inspired by patterns of brilliant sunlight reflecting off the waters of Lake Muskoka, while Andrew Staniland’s Solstice Songs is a lyrical exploration of time’s universal markers, described by the composer as ‘the poetry of sound’. Michael Oesterle’s Centennials is a tribute to three individuals who would have celebrated their 100th birthday in 2012, and James K. Wright’s song cycle was inspired by Beethoven’s passionate letters to his eternally mysterious “Immortal Beloved”. For this work the Gryphon Trio is joined by mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah.
Listen to a snippet from Brian Current’s These Begin to Catch Fire
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About the Artists
Founded in Toronto in 1993, the Juno Award-winning Gryphon Trio has established itself as one of the world’s leading piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to New World jazz and popular song, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. They actively commission new works and regularly collaborate with creators from other artistic genres on projects that push the boundaries of chamber music. The Gryphons are also deeply committed to the education of the next generation of audiences and performers alike, through master-classes and workshops, and as Artists-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College. gryphontrio.com
Mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah is a singer, actress and broadcaster who is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphony orchestras, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. In the winter of 2014 she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada as a singer and as the host of CBC Radio 2’s national classical music programme, Tempo. She has been the recipient of several distinguished prizes and awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award. Julie Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a rogue opera company she created that performs Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen as dinner theatre. This season, Carmen on Tap debuts at the Stratford Music Festival, Lula Lounge in Toronto, and at the Prince Edward County Music Festival in the fall. www.julienesrallah.com
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