I have commissioned many concerti and have also had the great good fortune of receiving works from composers. I do this to learn about the larger world of music and to use the full range of my voice through the bassoon. I look forward to Emily Doolittle‘s new concerto for a premiere date of 2018. And I am also delighted that Marc Mellits has agreed in principle to a commission for a Concerto on Blue Themes (Bluegrass, Blues, Out of the Blue, Black & Blue etc). I will need a sponsor to make all this happen, but this is the greatest joy, to look forward to new and challenging and gorgeous concerti. I love the ones I have already, Apollo X by Paul Frehner, Silver Angel by Constantine Caravassilis, Oddbird by Mathieu Lussier and one by Glenn Buhr that I have yet to premiere, along with others... it is enlivening to be part of music of our time along with all that went before. And it gives me material to work on for my lifetime and beyond.
I have added some concerts to my listings... heading to Ottawa a couple of times in the spring and summer, then to Oregon for a week of shows with Guy, then to Nova Scotia to play concerti and chamber music with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and their dynamic conductor, Dinuk Wijeratne
The world premiere of Apollo X by Paul Frehner went extremely well on February 5! The espresso lounge of the Centre for Social Innovation was packed and the performance was very dynamic. We had very little rehearsal time (budget, blah blah) but the conductor Eric Paetkau and players in group of twenty-seven are so quick and fine that things came together. Our multi-talented videographer Rob DiVito ran a Livestream of the whole concert... concerto is in about 20 minutes or so. We have a good live video too and I can share privately if you write to me.
Adding stuff to my YouTube channel... Oddbird Concerto, written for me by Mathieu Lussier and more. Along with premiering Apollo X by Paul Frehner in February 2016 with the group of 27, I am booked to give premieres across Canada in the next three years, all part of the on-going Canadian Concerto Project. And SUNY Fredonia has launched a grant application that includes commissioning Michael Colgrass to write a new concerto for me with wind ensemble.
First review for the Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One... thanks to the American Record Guide for noticing both our music, our composers and our hair!
RECENT REVIEWS & PHOTOS:
Vivaldi Basson Concerti (CD Review): MSR Music | Audio Society of Atlanta | March 2014 | Phil Muse
André Laplante Concert: André Laplante and Friends Make Beautiful Music (Toronto Summer Music Festival)
Concert Photos: Nadina with the Prince George Symphony
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Vivaldi - Concerto #14 in C Minor RV 480 - second movement - Andantino
Vivaldi - Concerto #12 in A Minor RV 499 - third movement - Allegro
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