Today's recordings include works by the following composers:
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts
(pictured) has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic, and freshly melodic musical voice that has also been described as “emotional, compelling, and relevant,” his works, which include two operas, four symphonies, and several concertos, have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by leading orchestras,
ensembles and soloists throughout the world.
Ruth Lomon was a native of Montreal. Her prolific and distinguished composing career spans 5 decades. From 1998 Ms. Lomon was Composer/Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University. Among the works completed during her tenure is the oratorio, Testimony of Witnesses, setting poetry of the Holocaust, for vocal soloists, chorus and orchestra. She died in 2017.
Chan Ka Nin was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver in 1965. Among numerous awards Chan Ka Nin won the Béla Bartók International Composers'
Competition. Since 1982, he has been teaching theory and composition at the University of Toronto. In 2001, his opera Iron Road won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical. In 2002, his chamber work Par-çi, par-là, won the Juno Award for Best classical composition.
Russ Salk will bring his collection of recordings by contemporary composers for your listening pleasure. Enjoy musical excerpts and learn a bit about selected contemporary composers. Registration is appreciated.