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Gregory Lewis performs Mozart

Denis Gougeon b. Granby, Québec, 1951 Coup d’archets Denis Gougeon is a Canadian composer and music educator from Montréal. His more than 100 compositions encompass a wide variety of genres, including orchestral works, chamber music, opera, ballet, and pieces for solo instruments and voice. Gougeon began his career as a primarily self-taught composer. He later entered the Université de Montréal where he studied composition with Serge Garant and André Prévost. From 1984-1988 he taught music composition at McGill University. Since 2001 he has been a member of the music faculty at the Université de Montréal. Coup d’archets (a stroke of...

James Ehnes Recital

The idea of a coast-to-coast recital tour of Canada has been percolating in my mind for many years. I have been very lucky to have traveled extensively through this great country of my birth, and am privileged to know the large cities well from repeated visits, but I often miss the days of my early career when I had more chances to visit smaller centres, to interact with people in more remote places, and, perhaps most importantly, to travel by the roads and railways, to get a sense of the massive scale of this nation. Having moved to the USA...

Visions of Paradise

Sir Edward Elgar b. Lower Broadheath, England, 1857 / d. Worcester, England, 1934 Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15, No. 2 / Chanson de Martin, Op. 15, No. 1 (circa 1890) Christos Hatzis b. Volos, Greece, 1953 Thunder Drum (2016) Gustav Mahler b. Kaliště, Czech Republic, 1860 / d. Vienna, Austria, 1911 Symphony No. 4, G Major (circa 1890) All the music on tonight’s program conveys ideas and emotions of paradise. Sir Edward Elgar’s exquisitely tender Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin turn the everyday into the remarkable, and suggest that the composer found a domestic paradise in the blessing...