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- Together in Spirit Various Musicians Buy on iTunes 03:57
World Premiere: Oct 3, 2021, Pan Pacific Ballroom, Toronto
North York Concert Orchestra
Album: Music for Self-Isolation
Date: April 9, 2021
Musician(s): Amahl Arulanandam, Tara Baxendale, John Campbell, Theodore Chan, Tanya Charles Iveniuk, Brent Crawford, Kristin Day, Michael Fedyshyn, Vanessa Fralick, Audrey Good, Meredith Hall, Kathryn Ladano, Christopher Lee, Richard Moore, Andrew Noseworthy, Joseph Petric, Anthony Rapoport, Aleh Remezau, Iris Rodrigues, Jennifer Stephen, Peter Stoll, Lisa Tahara, Jennifer Tran, Sharlene Wallace
Producer: Frank Horvat
Location: Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto (Jan 11-13, 2021)
There is pretty well not a single facet of society that has escaped the impact of the COVID pandemic. This is particularly true for the music community. And it’s especially true for musicians who play and sing music live. In March 2020, my social media news feeds were bombarded with announcements of endless cancellations of concerts. I felt despair and empathy for all my colleagues.
We all entered lockdown, so now what? How do we make music together?
I reacted the best way I knew how…with creativity! I composed 31 short solo and duo compositions for my musical friends to sing or play at home. The Music for Self-Isolation project became this wondrous thing in my life because it quelled the gloom of the world and created a sense of community with musicians around the world…even if just in a virtual realm.
But despite the joys of this project, there’s still nothing that can beat live music and the exhilaration of musicians performing together. I imagined a time when all the individual instruments from the original Music for Self-Isolation suite could play and sing together. This is how Together in Spirit was born.
In January 2021, when I produced a recording of all the pieces from the Music for Self-Isolation suite in an empty Roy Thomson Hall, it was important for me that Together in Spirit be included. And while all the musicians had to record their parts for this piece individually, it was edited together and the spirit of the piece shone through, giving me hope that one day we can all be together doing what we love to do most…play music!
– Frank Horvat
Original Large Ensemble:
flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, vibraphone, marimba, accordion, classical guitar, electric guitar, harp, piano, three sopranos, bass-baritone, violin, viola, cello, double bass
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