Duo Concertante: Collaboration with Christiaan Venter and the Calgary Wind Symphony

By Calgary Wind Symphony

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About the Project

About the project

The Calgary Wind Symphony is a strong supporter of commissioning and performing new wind ensemble repertoire before Calgarian audiences. In the spirit of supporting Albertans, we have commissioned local composer, Christiaan Venter, to compose a double concerto for two of Calgary's top instrumentalists: Jeremy Brown, saxophone, and Morag Northey, cello.

Christiaan first worked with us as part of his Dancing Lights of the North project, commissioned by ensembles across Alberta. Both the ensemble and audience responded with enthusiasm for his work. The piece was evocative and idiomatic, and it was a pleasure working with him during the entire project.

We hope to do the same with this new project by way of its unique instrumentation: saxophone, cello and wind ensemble - a complete rarity in the music world. This unique composition will allow us to bring the worlds of modern jazz instruments, classical instruments and repertoire, and wind ensemble literature together for unique musical experience.

Why support Duo Concertante: Music in the Community

Our main directive is public outreach and education.

Our goal is to broaden our audience base by getting those not normally interested in wind ensembles to attend our concerts.

We do this in many ways including bringing in well-known guest soloists and commissioning works by Canadian and international composers.

WIth this project, we'll be educating the community on the music composition process.

Many people do not know what is involved in the process of music creation. With this project, we'll be able to show the community what it takes - from the first musical thoughts of a composition, to rehearsing a band, to the final product: the concert!

Over the coming months, we'll be posting pictures, videos and comments on the creative process.

Feel free to ask us questions about about the composition, rehearsals etc. and we'll answer them!

On the day of the concert, Christiaan will be giving a pre-concert talk about composing Duo Concertante, in an intitmate Q&A setting.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on the composition process!

All donations made through InvestYYC.com will receive a charitable tax receipt. Please email us at calgarywindsymphony@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Concert Details:

Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:30pm

Location: Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary


World Premier of Duo Concertante; plus special guests Cheryl Fisher and Eric Allison performing alongeside the Calgary Wind Symphony Jazz Orchestra!

About the artists

Christiaan Venter

Christiaan’s love of music began at an early age and has been a part of his life since he can remember. His goal is to write expressive and uplifting music that excites both audience and performers. Christiaan received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Calgary (2005) where he studied composition and clarinet. His composition mentors included Allan Bell, Miroslav Spasov, David Eagle,
Hope Lee, and William Jordan.

Christiaan’s concert music has been performed in Canada, Europe, Thailand, and the United States by Ensemble Resonance, Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Quintessence Winds, Calgary Saxophone Quartet, VictoriaSymphony, Prairie Sax Quartet, Rubbing Stone Ensemble, Equinox Winds, and Kensington Sinfonia among others. He participated in the Vancouver Phoenix Chamber Choir “Young Choral Composer Workshop” with his choral work “Rovers” and he took part in “Tapestry New Opera” Composer-Librettist Laboratory where he wrote five mini-operas. Three of his mini-operas were performed at Tapestry New Opera’s “Opera Briefs” in September of 2011.

In addition to concert music Christiaan writes music for film and television. Media works include the scores for the short films Panorama (2010), Citadel (2008), Binty (screened at the 2007 Whistler film festival), Wake of a War Bride (screened at the 2006 Calgary International Film Festival and nominated for an AMPIA award for best documentary score), and the feature length independent film The End, co-scored with Nova Pon, (screened at the Fantasia Film Festival, Cinequest International (among others), and nominated for an AMPIA award for best dramatic score.

Morag Northey

Classical training at the Vancouver Academy, Victoria Conservatory of Music, Banff Centre, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory Orchestral Training Program, University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Calgary, helped build a solid foundation for Morag’s professional career. She was contractor, leader, soloist, chamber musician, and arranger in the VAD Ensembles ((1991-2010), has performed with a number orchestras, including Austin Symphony and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, has played cello in numerous musicals as well as the Royal Winnipeg and the National Ballet touring Orchestras.

She has freelanced with celebrities such as Tony Bennett, Lyle Lovett, Johnny Mathis, Llinda
Ronstadt, and Rod Stewart and has recorded with Artists: Wil, Wendy Bird, Anne Lorree, Steve Coffee,
Kristophe Franz, Jeff Landeen, Brent Tyler, amongst others. Her album, Lilies of the Field was nominated “Outstanding Inspirational Album of the Year” for the Gospel Music Association of Canada in 2007.

Creating original music and collaborating with others to bring artistic visions to life, is one of Morag’s great
passions. Whether it be performingoriginal compositions as cellist and singer, or simultaneously accompanying herself with drums, Morag’s creative inspiration continually leads her to push boundaries of expression. She has written, arranged, performed and expressed her talents for the Original Canadian Folk and Improv group Tsk, for the Parisian Moulin Rouge, French Art Song Duo, She, and Cielo – an experimental mixed genre group. Working in film is one of Morag’s favourite callings. Her music can be heard as recording artist in the Canadian Film Productions: Opening Night, the Former Mrs. Butterfly, Beauty Crowds Me, and the Genie-nominated short, Claire. She composed and recorded cello and piano in the sound score for Nicole Tritter’s dance film Enticed, and has been heard on soundtracks for film and music video with composer Bruce Leitl at Six Degrees.

Jeremy Brown

Jeremy S. Brown is Professor and former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary. In 2009 he was awarded the title of “Canadian Music Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre for his
accomplishment in performing and commissioning works by Canadian composers. In 2008, he was celebratedin a select group of five as an “Innovator of the University of Calgary.” As Head of the Department of Music from 2003-2008, he lead in the creation of the Monday Night Jazz Concert Series, Community Music Program, Contrasts Chamber Music Festival, the Masterclass Series, the Protégé Music Program with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Calgary Operetta. He has also won the University of Calgary “Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award” and the “Peterkin Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education for the province of Alberta.

In 2009 he released a provocative recording of contemporary Canadian saxophone, Rubbing Stone, on the Centredisc label. It was nominated as the Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year by the 2010 Western Canadian Music Alliance. His new recording, Ornamentology, sonatas of J. S. Bach and G. F. Handel with originally composed ornamentation, was released in March 2011 on lightblue records.
As a musician he has appeared throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan as a conductor,
saxophonist and clinician and adjudicator of wind bands. A prolific author, he is currently completing a book, “The Wind Band Music of Henry Dixon Cowell” for Sourcebooks in American Music, Pendragon Press. He is the founding artistic director of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in Calgary and conductor and founding artistic director of the National Concert Band of Canada.

He has performed at the World Saxophone Congresses twice and has commissioned more than thirty new works for saxophone by Canadian composers. He has also been artist-in-residence and a visiting lecturer at the Banff Centre. Former Artistic Director of the Banff Centre Isobel Rolston calls him “A distinguished teacher and performer.”

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