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Toronto: Confluence Concerts will hold a May Festival of its past concerts re-broadcast May 10-20

Friday, May 7, 2021

Confluence Concerts will be re-broadcasting most of the events from their Online 2020-2021 Season in a May Festival, beginning Monday, May 10 and concluding Thursday, May 20.

All concerts are free of charge, "premiere" at 7:00 pm on the Confluence YouTube Channel and will remain available for viewing for 48 hours

Monday, May 10 - WALTER UNGER SALON: AGING AND CREATIVITYCelebrated authors and educators Linda and Michael Hutcheon curate a salon based on their recent book Four Last Songs: Aging and Creativity, focusing specifically on Olivier Messiaen and Leonard Cohen....with performances by soprano Patricia O'Callaghan, pianist Robert Kortgaard and violinist Larry Beckwith.  

Wednesday, May 12 - SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR: A BILLY STRAYHORN CELEBRATION (curated by Andrew Downing)

A detailed look at the story of the great 20th century classical and jazz pianist and composer. Best known for his long-time collaboration with Duke Ellington, Strayhorn composed Take the A Train, Lush Life, Something to Live For and A Flower is a Lovesome Thing.....with performances by singers Larry Beckwith, Marion Newman, Patricia O'Callaghan Alex Samaras, Suba Sankaran, pianist Alexa Belgrave, bassist Leighton Harrell, cellist Andrew Downing and violinists Aline Homzy and Drew Jurecka....featuring a pre-show chat with Professor Walter van de Leur from the University of Amsterdam, an expert in the music of Duke Elington and Billy Strayhorn.

Friday, May 14 - MANDALA: THE BEAUTY OF IMPERMANENCE (curated by Suba Sankaran)

Mandala, from the Sanskrit meaning "circle", is a universal symbol, with both sacred and secular implications. The musical journey of this concert follows the mandala in all its forms, from ancient to modern times, as it appears in different cultures. Spanning centuries and styles, this feast for the senses features music, poetry readings and a community/nature mandala creation.....with performances by singers Dylan Bell, Marion Newman, and Suba Sankaran, percussionists Ed Hanley and Trichy Sankaran, violinists Larry Beckwith and Bijan Sepanji, bassist Andrew Downing, pianist Gordon Gerrardand poet Sheniz Janmohamed.  

Sunday, May 16 - Concert One of THE JOHN BECKWITH SONGBOOK (curated by Larry Beckwith)
On the occasion of the celebrated Canadian composer's 94th birthday, a performance of the great majority of his song catalogue, sung by students, professionals, friends and colleagues (including Colin Ainsworth, Allison Angelo, Kimberly Barber, Russell Braun, Benjamin Butterfield, Leslie Fagan, Natalya Gennadi, Barbara Hannigan, Doug MacNaughton, Sara Schabas, Krisztina Szabo, Giles Tomkins and Caitlin Wood)....featuring interviews with William Aide, John Beckwith and Mary Morrison

Monday, May 17 - Concert Two of THE JOHN BECKWITH SONGBOOK
Tuesday, May 18 - Concert Three of THE JOHN BECKWITH SONGBOOK

This concert honours the music of two great Argentine artists. Astor Piazzolla, revolutionizer of the tango, would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Mercedes Sosa, born 14 years later, sang of freedom and human rights, and was hailed as "the voice of the voiceless".....with singers Anais Kelsey-Verdecchia, Patricia O'Callaghan and Rebekah Wolkstein, the Payadora Tango Ensemble, the Gryphon Trio, artist Kevork Mourad, actor Diego Matamoros, bassist/arranger Andrew Downing and pianist Robert Kortgaard.

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