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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Canadian Art Song Project Announces Recital Series for 2015-16

CASP has exciting news!

We are happy to announce that in the 2015­-16 season CASP will begin a new series of concerts:
The Canadian Art Song Project Recital Series.

This, the first series of ticketed concerts presented by CASP, marks the next stage in our artistic development and mission of introducing Canadian audiences to their own art song repertoire. After four years of annual “Celebration of Canadian Art Song” concerts as a part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, CASP will expand to offer two additional intimate recitals starring established and emerging Canadian artists proudly presenting Canadian works alongside European and American song.

The first recital will present a new cycle by Erik Ross (The Living Spectacle) along with works by Brian Harman (Sewing the Earthworm), Richard Strauss (Ophelia Lieder) and American Libby Larsen (Try Me, Good King). The second concert will feature song by Canadians Chester Duncan, Larysa Kuzmenko (In Search of Eldorado) and Imant Raminsh (The Pilgrim Soul)  as well as works by Gustav Mahler (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Dominick Argento (The Andrée Expedition). Tickets will be on sale in September 2015 at

The fifth annual “Celebration of Canadian Art Song” concert will be held on May 5, 2016 at 12 noon as part of the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.

(l. to r.) Steven Philcox, Carla Huhtanen, David Brock, Brian Harman, Lawrence Wiliford (Photo: Joseph So)
Tenor Lawrence Wiliford (Photo: Joseph So)

Composer Brian Harman (Photo: Joseph So)

Soprano Carla Huhtanen (Photo: Joseph So)

Writer David James Brock (Photo: Joseph So)

At the announcement on April 17th at the Canadian Music Centre, soprano Carla Huhtanen and pianist Steven Philcox performed Sewing the Earthworm, a CASP commissioned song cycle by composer Brian Harman and Writer David James Brock. Combining elements of poetry, drama, opera and new music, the piece explores a woman's loss of physical control over her body and the effect this has on her mental stability. After the performance, the creative team was joined by moderator Lawrence Wiliford for an open Q&A.  ~  Photos by Joseph So

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