Archive for March, 2007

Arizona Triptych

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Recently visiting Arizona, and despite warnings that the rattlers were ‘on the move’ with the 90+ heat, I was determined to go in search of petroglyphs. Hiking alone, and perhaps ill-advisedly, I followed an arid, rock-strewn trail at daybreak, deep into the Superstition Mountains, flute in hand. (more…)

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Collaborative Conference

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Sheraton’s Urban Sanctuary

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Canadian Composer’s Forum

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Kalimba Workshop

www.mtna.org/conference07/pedagogyfriday.html

NOTE: The conference was a huge success, non-stop workshops, clinics, masterclasses and performances for five days straight, not to mention so many wonderful colleagues to meet and get to know – I am still recovering!! (more…)

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‘Byrds’ of a Feather

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I have been invited to provide prelude music on Palm Sunday at The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Sunday, April 1st, for their 11 am service – I encourage you to discover for yourself one of the finest traditions and settings for choral music in Toronto. www.stmarymagdalene.ca/music.html (more…)

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A Glenn Gould Update

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My teaching and freelance work includes weekly music programs for seniors, and in addition to providing a variety of flute music, I have recently been featuring a wonderful new biography about Glenn Gould, a film by Bruno Monsaingeon entititled ‘HEREAFTER’.

Below you will find more about Glenn Gould in an article from today’s National Post which describes an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Civilization in Hull celebrating this great Canadian iconoclast, and set to open in September. (more…)

Tollkeeper’s Cottage

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This track was recorded on location using a period instrument, a vintage wooden flute well-suited for the setting of this historic cottage – the Tollkeeper’s Cottage is a unique building and very old indeed by Toronto’s standards!

This music was transcribed by Lord Simcoe’s sister, and her handwritten copies of traditional Irish dance tunes date back to 1783!

I encourage you to get to know the Tollkeeper’s Cottage, located on the North-West corner of Bathurst & Davenport – they open their doors Saturday, March 17 for a traditional St.Patrick’s Day celebration!

ww.tollkeeperscottage.ca/html/Background.htm

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Spadina House

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For a lot of Torontonians, Spadina House is overshadowed by it’s neighbour, Casa Loma, as if by an older sibling, so they have never been to this incredible site: historical Toronto truly comes alive at Spadina House!

Architecturally and historically, Spadina (pronounced ‘Spadeena’) is extraordinary, and is actually a house-within-a-house, featuring a lower room with an archeological dig on display, and surrounding grounds that are sweeping and spectacular. My favorite (more…)

Summerhill Clocktower

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The welcome I received, not to mention the architectural splendour, historical significance and fine acoustics of this site, continues to be a source of inspiration…

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