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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quillico featured in 08-09 performaces



Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, whose latest recording, Ings, has been garnering much airplay, will perform selections from the two-CD set in a Music Mondays performance, August 25 at 12:15 p.m., at the Church of the Holy Trinity (behind the Eaton Centre). There is no charge, although a $5 donation would be appreciated. For more information, call 416-598-4521 ext. 304, or visit

Among the works she will perform are Ann Southams Glass Houses, Masamitsu Takahashis Capriccio; Wannabe a Rag and All Boogies by Bill Westcott, some Art Tatum selections and a work by Olivier Messiaen.

Ings a two-CD compilation of live performances, mainly of Canadian and American composers, recorded by CBC Radio during the last few years has received much airplay on CBC Radio, particularly on both the weekday and weekend editions of The Signal. It has also been played on other Canadian stations and in the U.S. John Stape of Review Vancouver wrote, These pieces, so diverse in origin, are brought vividly to life, and each given loving treatment. The musicality is deft and knowing, and the intelligence informing the performances generous and warm. This is an album for the Ipod or MP3 player of anyone interested in the contemporary piano repertoire its already been transferred to mine.

Among other upcoming concerts in 2008-09 are two Toronto performances that she gave in July at the Sound Symposium in St. Johns, NL.

The first, Tuesday, October 7 at 7:30 pmHall, Accolade East, York University, will feature the Toronto premiere of Ann Southams new cycle of Creeks and Rivers, which includes new works written for her. at the Tribute Communities Recital Calling the concert Soundstill, she describes it as an hour and a half of introspective and virtuosic music. In the 17 movements are the premieres of Commotion Creek, Fidget Creek, Fiddle Creek and Noisy Creek, as well as Spatial View of Pond II.

Her second performance from the Sound Symposium will be a joint performance with dancer Terrill Maguire again featuring an Ann Southam work, (date and location TBA).

Another collaborative project will take place at York Universitys Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East, Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm when she performs music for piano and violin with former Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch, who has just joined the York University Fine Arts Faculty of which Petrowska Quilico is a Full Professor.

A great proponent of women composers, Petrowska Quilico is also planning a second CD of works by women composers (not counting her triple-CD set of Ann Southams Rivers on Centrediscs). She was also one of several pianists featured when CBC Radio commissioned 10 prominent Canadians to compose fugues in honor of Glenn Goulds 75th anniversary. Her performances of Ana Sokolovics Prelude and Fugue for GG and Kati Agocs Nostalgia for Airs Unheard have aired many times on CBC Radios The Signal and Music and Company.

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