Sunday, March 16, 3:30pm & Tuesday, March 18, 8pm
Pre-concert talks at 3pm & 7:15pm
Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

The medieval Bestiary, or "book of beasts" was a compendium in which the traits of animals (real or imagined) served as examples for proper human conduct. Our 21st-century version offers music from Rossini to Flanders and Swann – and a new piece by Alexander Rapoport based on Don Marquis's iconic Archy and Mehitabel.


Norine Burgess, mezzo soprano
Geoffrey Sirett, baritone
Ross Manson, actor/reader


Miriam Gideon: excerpts from Creature to Creature for baritone, flute and piano. Text by Nancy Cardozo, from 'An Animalculary'.
Lee Hoiby: Rainforest for mezzo soprano, woodwind quintet and piano. Text by Elizabeth Bishop, prose poems. (audio sample)
Francis Poulenc: Le Bestiaire, ou Le Cortège d'Orphée for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon and string quartet. Text by Guillaume Apollinaire. (audio sample)
Alexander Rapoport: archy and mehitabel for mezzo soprano, baritone, flute/piccolo clarinet/bass, string trio and toy instruments. Text by Don Marquis. *Commissioned work, premiere performance*
Gioachino Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti (Cat duet), for mezzo soprano, baritone and piano.
Flanders and Swann: songs from The Bestiary, arr. by Laura Jones for baritone, horn and string trio. (audio sample)


Selections from Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth

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