Thursday, May 01, 2008

Another Concert Alert for Torontonians

I just read about this:

The Songbook II: featuring Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies, June 20 & 21, 2008 8pm

Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies will be accompanied by an ensemble comprised of some of Canada’s finest musicians including: Phil Dwyer (sax), Rob Piltch (guitar), Rafael Hoekman (cello), Joseph Phillips (bass), Steven Sitarski (violin) & Andrew Burashko (piano).

Songs by Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright, Jane Sieberry and Radiohead; in fresh new arrangements by innovators from the worlds of pop, jazz & classical music such as Gavin Bryars, Rob Carli, Phil Dwyer, Kevin Fox, Jonathan Goldsmith, Jim McGrath, Owen Pallett (AKA Final Fantasy), Tom Walsh and Cameron Wilson.

The Art of Time Ensemble is a fascinating musical collective organized by artistic director Andrew Burashko of classical and jazz musicians, now in its 9th season of concerts. The Ensemble produces "unique and intimate
concert experiences that bridge the worlds of classical music, popular music, film, literature and theatre". Last year, they collaborated with Sarah Slean for the first Songbook consisting of new arrangements of Canadian artists including Leonard Cohen, Feist, and Sarah Harmer (listen online here).

Tickets can be purchased here between $24-$36.

Undoubtedly I will not be in attendance and there's a strong likelihood you won't either, but fortunately CBC Radio 2 is the Art of Time Ensemble's official partner so the concert should be recorded for future broadcast.

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