Humber Valley United Church
Etobicoke M9A 3C1, Ontario
Virtuoso Toronto guitarist Anton Apostolov and his Balkania Ensemble join Etobicoke Centennial Choir in performing four of his innovative Balkan-inspired world music compositions – After the Rain, Barefoot Dance, Guardian Angel and Mystic Mountain. Fusing folk, classical and jazz music styles and using instruments from various cultural traditions (Balkan, Iranian, Indian and Latin), the unique sound they create is beautiful and mesmerizing. Anton’s ability to organically combine the complex rhythmical structures of his native Bulgarian folk music with diverse jazz and global music influences makes for a unique and involving musical experience. The choir will also perform Morton Lauridsen’s exquisite Les Chansons des Roses, a five-song cycle for a-cappella mixed chorus set to French poems by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Lauridsen translates the poet’s love for roses into rapturous music that entwines its way throughout the trellis of the listener’s memory. An enchanting selection of flower-themed songs by John Byrd, Léo Delibes, Gabriel Fauré and others completes this fragrant concert bouquet. Henry Renglich, Music Director. Soloists: Gabrielle Turgeon, soprano, Erin Ronningen, alto, J. Rigzin Tute, tenor, Lawrence Shirkie, baritone. Instrumentalists: Anton Apostolov - guitar,composer, Jacek Karlowski - tamboura (Bulgarian lute), Nikola Gaydarov - kaval (bulgarian wooden flute), Sunjung Park – keyboard, Hasheel Lodhia - bansuri (Indian flute), Max Senitt - percussion,drums, Carl Steinhauser – piano. Order tickets online at www.etobicokecentennialchoir.ca or call (416) 779-2258. Doors open at 6:00 pm for our Summer Marketplace, offering baked goods, seasonal gifts and artisanal crafts, including original paintings by members of the Bulgarian community. For further info contact Lauren Mayer, Media Relations/Publicity Coordinator ECC, email@example.com or phone 416-433-5495.