Soprano Anne Grimm joins Aventa in the premiere of New Zealand composer Eve de Castro-Robinson’s “Quiet at her window and Juliet Palmer’s “American Woman”. Inspired by the special relationships created by Aventa’s appearance at the University of Auckland (NZ) in 2015, this concert feature the works of New Zealand composers Leonie Holmes and Eve de Castro-Robinson. These composers, joined by Toronto composer and University of Auckland alumna, Juliet Palmer, have left an indelible impression on our organization.
Aventa’s percussionist extraordinaire Corey Rae brings Juliet Palmer’s “The Truth and the Truth” to Victoria audiences, in an evening of music from Canadian and New Zealand composers. Juliet writes of “The Truth and the Truth”: “While visiting Toronto’s historic Fort York, I learned that musicians had collected the wounded and corpses from the battlefield. Those least responsible for the violence were the ones most intimately acquainted with its effects. Exploring the traditions of military drumming as a form of signalling and communication, I began to look at how messages about war in our own time are shared and/or withheld. The snare drum part is based on speech rhythms and military drumming techniques.
Bill Linwood, conductor
Anne Grimm, soprano
Juliet Palmer, American Woman
Leonie Holmes, When Expectation Ends
Juliet Palmer, The Truth and the Truth
Eve de Castro-Robinson, Knife Apple Sheer Brush
Leonie Holmes, Recitative II
Eve de Castro-Robinson, quiet at her window *
… Palmer’s music “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” – John Terauds, Toronto Star