30 More! a smash success

We celebrated 30 years in style

Thanks to all those who joined us in person and in spirit for our celebration of Continuum’s 30th anniversary last week!  The standing-room-only crowd was filled with many of the composers, performers and supporters who have helped Continuum grow over the past 30 years; we were so grateful to see many familiar faces.

30 More!, which began with a pre-concert chat, represented a variety of the musical styles Continuum has performed since our first concert in 1985: international composers Richard Ayres and Joe Cutler, and a North American premiere by Turkish composer Mithatcan Öcal; along with a sublimely performed work by Toronto’s Anna Höstman and the fascinating soundscape of Jason Doell’s world premiere. If you missed the show, high definition videos will be available on our YouTube channel soon.

The next few months are action-packed for Continuum, with activity at home and overseas:

On March 31st at 1pm, we perform a concert, along with students from Riverdale Collegiate, of ten world premieres by elementary school students.  In this project funded by the Toronto District School Board, the students have created the works using special composition software, and each work has been transcribed by local composer Chris Thornborrow. 

On May 20th we perform in Rotterdam (The Netherlands!) as part of the opening gala concert of Classical:Next, an international conference on classical and new music. Continuum represents Canada along with The Cecelia String Quartet, pianist Megumi Masaki and 2014 Polaris prize-winning singer Tanya Tagaq. 

On May 28th we team up with Subtle Technologies to present Collide at The Theatre Centre. This one-night-only presentation is three years in the making, and features teams we assembled of media artists, scientists and composers. For Collide we take over the entire Theatre Centre with music and media art installations; the night will feature world premieres from James Rolfe, Jimmie LeBlanc and Nicole Lizée. Also featured is soprano Carla Huhtanen who will perform a solo work by Michael Oesterle based on the life of Marie Curie. 

And on June 11th we return to patio at Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu for the second annual Continuum Karaoke fundraiser!  We had a blast last year, and this year is going to be bigger, louder and bolder!!  (And – we made friends with the neighbours and they have promised not to call the police this time!) Join us for a fun night out and come prepared to sing –our musicians can play anything! 

We look forward to seeing you soon!