November 22, 2021 | 8PM

St Andrew’s River Heights United Church
Curated by Michael MatthewS

Pianist Madeline Hildebrand is recognized for her departure from tradition and once again she captivates us with new compositions, this time showcasing the piano in concert with a second voice vying to be heard. The relationship of piano and voice in Peter Ablinger‘s cycle suggests a competition rather than collaboration, as each piece features spoken words by a well-known individual.  Kaley Lane Eaton‘s Free is built around an electronic pitch-following sine wave that attempts to mimic the piano, to no avail, resulting in a strange human-computer counterpoint. Donnacha Dennehy creates a world of competing overtones by incorporating the soundtrack of a detuned piano, Errollyn Wallen inserts the voice of Louis Couperin into a flurry of chaotic nursery rhymes, while Kate Soper‘s fascinating composition for speaking/singing pianist requires Madeline’s own voice.

She will be joined by Cathy Wood (clarinet) and Kerry DuWors (violin) in premieres of commissioned works by Canadian composers David Braid* and Michael Matthews*.

*30th Anniversary GroundSwell commissions, funded by GroundSwell