Mary-Catherine Pazzano, New ACWC Web Manager

Mary-Catherine Pazzano, ACWC Web Manager Photo: Brian Lockyer

Mary-Catherine Pazzano has been chosen as the new web manager of ACWC, effective March 1, 2019.

Mary-Catherine Pazzano is a vocalist and music educator based in Kitchener, Ontario. At home in both classical and jazz worlds, Mary-Catherine’s performance highlights include: Birdland (NYC), various venues in Harlem, the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, The Rex (Toronto), and Jazz Bistro (Toronto). She has also toured New Zealand, and has been a soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Mary-Catherine has been lucky to share the stage with jazz notables such as Billy Stritch, as well as the world-class chamber ensemble Penderecki String Quartet. Mary-Catherine holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Education from University of Toronto/OISE.

Find out more about Mary-Catherine at: marycatherinepazzano.com.

Stephanie Orlando, 2019 Winner of the ACWC Initiatives Fund

Stephanie Orlando, ACWC SoundBox Manager

Stephanie Orlando has been chosen as the first winner of the new ACWC Initiatives Fund Award, which supports members who are composing/producing new creative work projects. Orlando’s project is titled ‘wave’ is composed for flute, percussion, and electronics. It explores negative thought patterns with an influence of new wave music. The funds will be used for equipment rental and travel to the premiere in New York City in June.

Stephanie Orlando (b.1993) is an emerging composer and pianist based in Toronto. Her music has been performed worldwide by such performers and ensembles as the junction Keyboard Collective, Thin Edge New Music Collective, Penderecki String Quartet, Arcady Singers, The Rosewood Consort, Jeff Stonehouse, and Olivia Shortt. With experience writing for a variety of styles and instrumentation, her catalogue contains works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, piano, voice, and electronics. Stephanie has composed music for a variety of mediums including opera, theatre, dance, and film. Her music is filled with traditional, contemporary and pop culture influences. Stephanie holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently pursuing her DMA at the University of Toronto.

ACWC/AFCC commemorates Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019)

Rebekah Cummings

ACWC/AFCC commemorates Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019), our beloved friend and ACWC composer who passed away on March 23 after being diagnosed with cancer in December.  Her indelible spirit and imaginative, unquenchable zest for life revealed itself in her superb, sensuous, moving, and deeply grounded compositions which touched all who heard them.  Rebekah delighted in “creativity in its various forms, and love(d) to cultivate it in others! Concepts of life, growth, process and transformation tend to be at the heart of [her] creative expression in both art and music, along with themes related to [her] Bulgarian heritage.”  As well, she was a gifted visual artist with visionary, playful, compelling canvases.  Her Celebration of Life took place Saturday, April 13 at Meadowlands Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Ancaster, ON.  And on the same day, April 13 at 3 pm , ON, the Mercer Duo (Rachel Mercer and Akemi Mercer-Niewoehner) performed a concert of violin and cello duos by six female Canadian composers, with three world premieres, including Rebekah’s “Our Strength, Our Song,” at First Unitarian, Hamilton, ON.  Listen to her hauntingly beautiful music, view her art, and read about her compositions

Rebekah Cummings: Restoration

 

Recent Events

Émergences – Two Concerts– Friday, August 2, 2019, 8:00 pm at Canadian Music Centre (Toronto), and Monday, August 5, 8:00 pm at Galerie d’art Le Livart, Montreal, Quebec, presenting five new commissioned works for a flute-guitar duet (Sara Constant flutist, An-Laurence Higgins guitarist) by five new ACWC composers from Montreal and Toronto, Véronique Girard, Gabrielle Harnois-Blouin, Shelley Marwood, Thais Montanari, and Lieke van der Voort.   See members above, watch for further details, and read more about the concert here.

The ACWC Art Song Concert – in honour of Rebekah Cummings (1980 – 2019) – occurred on Saturday, May 18, 8:00 pm at Conrad Grebel Chapel/University of Waterloo, Ontario. Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano & Narmina Efendiyeva, piano, performed music of 9 ACWC composers: Rebekah Cummings (The Way I Dream), Jana Skarecky (Green and Gold), Carol Ann Weaver (Timbrel in her Hand), Edith Covach (Cultivo una Rosa Blanca and Hoy lo Llamo Mi Pago), Christie Morrison – also singing – (Tooth or Consequences), Nephenee Rose (I Break with the Quiet), Karen Sunabacka (Shhh), Julia Jacklein (Three Summer Songs) & Fiona Evison (Evening Prayer).

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Soundtrack: The Music of Leila Lustig – Augmented Trio Promotions presents a 75th birthday celebration of the music of Canadian (and Victoria!) composer Leila Lustig.  ACWC composer Diane Berry is also featured on this concert.  Leila Lustig’s life’s work is writing expressive and poignant music for the human voice, often in atypical combinations with other instruments, and frequently on her own texts. This concert will feature  Marnie Setka-Mooney, soprano; Diane Berry, flute; Erik Abbink, saxophone; Nathan Friedman, clarinet; and Kathryn LeGros, piano.  More information here. Tickets are $15 on-line, or at the door
Monday, Apr 29, 7:30 pm, St. Matthias Church,  600 Richmond St., Victoria, B.C.

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Pierre Simard, music director, Diane Berry, ACWC secretary, Paolo Bertolussi, principal flute (photo – Dirk Heydemann of HA Photography)

ACWC and Vancouver Island Symphony Gender Equality Initiative – On Saturday, January 19, 2019, at their concert in Nanaimo, British Columbia, the Vancouver Island Symphony announced a commitment to gender equity in their programming of new music. The ACWC’s secretary, Diane Berry was on hand to help them with their announcement. It read, as follows:

“Tonight, the Vancouver Island Symphony is formalizing its commitment to equity in the compositional world. In recent years, we have established ourselves as leader in commissioning and promoting new works by Canadian composers. Tonight, we take this dedication to creation and build on it with a commitment to gender equity across all of our new music endeavors, in programming and commissioning new music. From this point on, we are pledging all future commissions will respect and abide by this principle of gender equity”

This is an exciting pledge for an orchestra to take. Diane congratulated them on being leaders in this, and hopes others will follow. The announcement was warmly and enthusiastically received by the audience.

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Spark to Stone– presented by Caution Tape Sound Collective and the ACWC Saturday, March 24 2018, 8:00 pm Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave, Toronto, ON. Featuring music by 7 ACWC composers:

  • Amy Brandon – new work (flute, cello, piano, electronics)
  • Hope Lee – …I, Laika… (flute, cello, piano)
  • Julia Mermelstein – wonted (acousmatic)
  • Sarah Reid – new work (cello, piano, amplifed objects)
  • Ivana Jokic – new work (violin, cello, flute, piano, percussion)
  • Lesley Hinger – from within (violin solo)
  • Bekah Simms – new work (10tet Toronto Emerging Composer Award piece)

Missed the concert? Check out the YouTube playlist here.

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The Climate Change & Endangered Species Concert / Concert de l’AFCC : Changement climatique et espèces en danger – Featured the music of 12 ACWC composers. Friday, October 27, 2017, Heliconian Club, Toronto, ON.

ACWC Piano Collective Concert— Premiere event featuring music by ACWC Piano Collective members occurred Sunday May 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Conrad Grebel Chapel, University of Waterloo, Ontario. Pieces were composed for and performed by student pianists, many of them students of ACWC members.  Music featured was by Joanne Bender, Sarah J. Coles, Edith Covach, Emily Doolittle,  Hanna Kim, Kye Marshall, Colleen Muriel, Paulette Popp, Jana Skarecky, and Carol Ann Weaver.

A Spirit Indominable- The ACWC presented a concert of the music of Canadian women, April 7th, 2017, First Church of Christ Scientist, Victoria, BC, celebrating the anniversary of the passing of the bill granting B.C. women the right to vote. It featured the Emily Carr String Quartet, the women’s choir Ensemble Laude and introduces soprano Elizabeth Gerow, with works by Dorothy Chang, Jocelyn Morlock, Sylvia Rickard, Carol Ann Weaver, Kim Baryluk, Georgina Craig, Eleanor Daley, Sarah Quartel, and the music of an anonymous Ursuline nun.