Wisdom Of The Elders

May 21, 2010, 8 pm
The Music Gallery
918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, CA, M5R 3G5 map

Featuring actor RH Thomson

Who’s counting? Continuum’s 25th anniversary season concludes with Wisdom of the Elders, a concert examining our place in the world - as members of Continuum and as members of the human race. The works on the program ask important questions: in Narayana's Cows, Tom Johnson musically interprets the 14th century Indian mathematician Narayana's investigation into population growth; in a new piece by Juliet Palmer, a setting of excerpts from the work of Native author Thomas King, the creation myth is reexamined; British composer Geoff Hannan underscores inequity in Where I live is shite/Where I live is posh. The concert is a celebration of Continuum's achievements since its inception and features old friends, some of whom were members when the group was a collective of musicians and composers fresh out of school. Other special guests are soprano Carla Huhtanen and acclaimed actor RH Thomson.

For more detailed information read the press release or click on the title of a work for the program note and composer bio.


  1. Geoff HannanUK
  2. Tom JohnsonUS/FR
  3. Tom JohnsonUS/FR
  4. Juliet Kiri PalmerCA
  5. Aaron GervaisCA

* Ontario Arts Council Commission
† Toronto Arts Council Commission
‡ Continuum Commission


Continuum’s ensemble, with Carla Huhtanen (soprano), Wallace Halladay (saxophone), RH Thomson (narrator), many and diverse others.


$20 / $15 / $10


Narayana's Cows (Tom Johnson, US)
R.H. Thomson (narrator), Anne Thomson (flute), Max Christie (clarinet), Martin van de Ven (clarinet), Wallace Halladay (baritone saxophone), Jennifer Waring (recorder), Fraser Jackson (bassoon), Dewi Minden (trumpet), Carol Lynn Fujino (violin), Margaret Gay (cello), Jonny Dovercourt (electric guitar), Linda C. Smith (toy piano), Laurent Philippe (piano), Gregory Oh (Orgatron l), Ryan Scott (vibraphone)

Wisdom Of The Elders