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Every week Radio 2's In Concert team surveys the vibrant Canadian classical scene and recommends three hot ticket concerts you won’t want to miss. This week’s picks are: soprano Simone Osborne, baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erica Switzer on tour with Debut Atlantic; members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in concert at Hilldale Lutheran Church, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with clarinetist James Campbell at the Winspear Centre.

March 5 to 15:
Simone Osborne, Tyler Duncan and Erika Switzer
Debut Atlantic concert tour

This series of concerts featuring three terrific Canadian musicians is sure to delight admirers of art song. Soprano Simone Osborne, in her final year as a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, is a rapidly rising star. Baritone Tyler Duncan, known primarily as an early music specialist, enjoys a big career all over Europe and North America. Pianist Erika Switzer is a wonderful collaborator and the co-founder of a fascinating new blog called Sparks & Wiry Cries which explores the world of art song. They’ve put together a program featuring outstanding Canadian composers, including Jean Coulthard and John Greer, alongside selections by Rachmaninoff and Barber. CBC Radio 2 will be there to capture the performance for future broadcast on In Concert. For complete details consult the Debut Atlantic website.

Listen Listen to Tyler Duncan singing Tongue twister by Canadian composer Nancy Telfer.


Tuesday, March 7:
Members of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra led by Arthur Post
Hilldale Lutheran Church, Thunder Bay

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra takes pride in exploring a wide range of repertoire and in this concert the orchestra mixes the familiar with the unusual. Perhaps the most intriguing work on the program is the Divertimento on a Theme of Couperin by the American composer-psychoanalyst Paul Ramsier, featuring the orchestra’s principal bassist Martin Blanchet. Ramsier is arguably best-known for his opera The Man on the Bearskin Rug. Also on the program: Mozart-Variations for string sextet by Nicolai Korndorf, the brilliant, somewhat mystical Russian composer who died in Vancouver 10 years ago. Rounding out the concert is the Much Ado about Nothing Suite by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the Austrian romanticist who ended up making it big in Hollywood.

Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10:
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra with James Campbell, clarinet
Winspear Centre, Edmonton

The musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra can’t wait for their big debut at Carnegie Hall in May. They’ll be appearing there as part of the Spring for Music series which features orchestras from North America selected for the inventiveness of their programming. In advance of that event, folks in Edmonton can hear the orchestra led by music director William Eddins in a trademark program that features music with a jazz sensibility. You’ll hear two pieces by Aaron Copland: Music for the Theatre and the Clarinet Concerto. Leonard Bernstein’s Fancy Free, a ballet suite that became the basis for the musical On the Town, snuggles up to another jazz-inspired selection called Dreaming of the Masters 1. Composed by Alan Gilliland, it’s an homage to the great clarinet players of the past performed by one of the great clarinet players of today – Canada’s own James Campbell.

Listen Listen to James Campbell playing the opening movement of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581.


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