From a media release:
Fujii Percussion and Voices
March 5, 2013
Koerner Hall, Toronto
Part of Spotlight Japan, this concert includes classics by Toru Takemitsu and Claude Vivier, a rare sanukite stone performance, and a world premiere by Michael Oesterle.
(Toronto) — Soundstreams continues its 30th anniversary season with Fujii Percussion and Voices at Koerner Hall on March 5 at 8:00 pm. Part of a Canadian tour that will also include performances at the Montreal New Music Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series, this concert features Japan’s virtuoso Fujii Trio, percussionist Ryan Scott, pianist Gregory Oh, and the renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus, who together will explore the rich colours of Japanese music written for percussion and voice. Program highlights include classics from the Japanese and Canadian repertoire and the world premiere of Michael Oesterle’s Carrousel.
Mutsuko Fujii, one of Japan’s most prominent and influential marimba and percussion artists, has performed to rave reviews at major concert venues around the world. She joins her daughters Haruka Fujii, a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and Rika Fujii, a theatrical and orchestral percussionist based in Tokyo. Their repertoire includes works by Maki Ishii, Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Claude Vivier and Yasuo Sueyoshi, and offers a rare opportunity to experience the ethereal sound of the sanukite, a mallet instrument produced from volcanic stone.
Also featured is the Toronto Children’s Chorus, one of the world’s leading treble choirs, conducted by Elise Bradley. Thirty-six young choristers will perform the Japanese folk song Hotaru Koi, and join Mutsuko and Rika Fujii for Akira Miyoshi’s Letters to God and Yamagara Diary. Finally, three-time Soundstreams collaborator Michael Oesterle will premiere his new work, Carrousel, a quartet for glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba and piano exploring the spiral motion of time, nature and sound.
Fujii Percussion and Voices is part of Spotlight Japan, a city-wide celebration of classic and contemporary Japanese culture presented by Soundstreams, TIFF, Canadian Stage, Japan Foundation and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. For more information, please visit www.spotlightjapan.ca
Fujii Percussion and Voices
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W.
Mutsuko Fujii, percussion
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Rika Fujii, percussion
Gregory Oh, piano
Ryan Scott, percussion
Toronto Children’s Chorus, conducted by Elise Bradley
Maki Ishii: Hiten Seido II
Yasuo Sueyoshi: Mirage
Hotaru Koi (Japanese folk song)
Akira Miyoshi: Letters to God, Yamagara Diary (Canadian premiere)
Michael Oesterle: Carrousel (world premiere)
Toru Takemitsu: Seasons
Claude Vivier: Pulau Dewata
Tickets range from $20-$65 and are available through The Royal Conservatory Box Office at 416-408-0208 or online at www.soundstreams.ca
Thanks to the generosity of BMO Financial Group, nearly 100 tickets to all 2012-2013 Soundstreams concerts are available for just $20.
OTHER TOUR DATES:
Montreal New Music Festival
Friday, March 1 at 7:00 pm
Salle Pierre-Mercure, Centre Pierre-Péladeau
Ottawa Chamberfest Concert Series
Sunday, March 3 at 3:30 pm
Dominion-Chalmers United Church