Tuesday May 7 & Wednesday May 8, 2013 • 8pm.
Pre-Concert talks at 7:15pm
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Birds are magical. From earliest human history, they have stirred our imagination. They view the world from above. They surf the wind and touch the clouds, alighting only briefly. Our programme samples the many musical evocations of birds – and a few that focus on their insect compatriots, the butterflies and the bees.


Erin Bardua, soprano
Vicki St. Pierre, mezzo soprano
R.H. Thomson, actor/reader


Aaron Copland: As if Fell Upon a Day for voice, flute and clarinet. Text by Richard Barnefield: ‘Address to a Nightingale’.
Lukas Foss: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird for voice, flute, piano and percussion. Text by Wallace Stevens. audio sample
Miriam Gideon: Creature to Creature for voice, flute and harp. Text by Nancy Cardozo, from 'An Animalculary'.
Lee Hoiby: The Life of the Bee for voice, cello and piano. Text by Jeffrey Beam. audio sample
Arvo Pärt: The Nightingale for voice, violin and viola. Text by Clemens von Brentano.audio sample
John Plant: Sandpiper for voice, string quartet, clarinet and piano. Text by Elizabeth Bishop.audio sample
G.P. Telemann: Canary Cantata for voice, oboe and strings. Text anon.


Selections from Alberto Manguel, Annie Dillard, Peter Matthiessen, David Quammen and other great writers, who explore the world and our place in it with humour and insight.

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