Jan 23, 2022, Chris Donison, TOSH Meeker Piano Celebration - Classical & Pop
The Barcelona Show with Chris Donison - Classical & Pop
"This concert is a re-visit of the music I used to play in Barcelona in a piano-bar called the Old Fashioned. The piano bar was set up for me and so I had a particular fondness for it …but playing there spawned a new awareness for me of how music from the Great American Songbook is viewed with more reverence and appreciation from afar. AND, they are able to recognize authenticity of playing with it the right “accent”. We learn to play music with an accent based on where we grow up, just as we do with other languages and this was something I was not so keenly aware of until I played there. I will play and discuss this phenomenon. "
- Chris Donison
About Chris Donison:
Christopher Donison is a Canadian composer, librettist, conductor, pianist, lecturer and inventor. A piano student of Winifred Wood and graduate in piano performance from the School of Music, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, he went on to win a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Music Direction in Toronto and to serve as Music Director of the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for ten years (1988-1998) where he conducted over 1,000 performances, created a string quartet residency programme and wrote more than a dozen scores for plays and orchestrations for many more.
He continued to pursue graduate studies in composition at State University of New York at Buffalo and has composed choral, chamber, and orchestral works.
In 1998 he finished an unfinished Gershwin musical for the Estate of George and Ira Gershwin to mark the centenary of George Gershwin’s birth. In January 1999 he appeared as guest conductor with the Kingston Symphony where he premiered his own first symphony: Symphony Erotica.
His concert works include Symphony Erotica; 7 Encounters for Soprano and Flute, the award-winning Choral Prophecy performed by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, England, on their first North American Tour; Theme and Conversations for Orchestra; The Little Match Girl for Orchestra, Narrator, and Dancer, choreographed adapted and narrated by Veronica Tennant; two string quartets, The Rashomon Quartet, and The Seagull Quartet for string quartet and distant oboe; and Music-by-the-Sea, a quintet for clarinet and string quartet. The last five years have been primarily devoted to the creation of MBTS but most recently he has co-written and conducted and orchestrated works for orchestra and Jorane, the phenomenal Québec cellist and singer/songwriter. Their collaborations have been featured as part of the BC Olympics Arts Festival and the 400 Year Anniversary of Quebec City concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. In August of 2009 in Montréal, Donison conducted the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand-Montréal and Jorane for Franco Follies.
He is also the inventor of the Donison-Steinbuhler Standard, a smaller 7/8 alternative piano keyboard which is hoped will become universally available for study, competition, and performance within a generation. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the National Arts Centre of Canada and he is the Founding and Executive Artistic Director of Music by the Sea at Bamfield British Columbia, International Music Festival & School.
When: Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 2:30 (Doors at 2:00 pm)
The Meeker Piano Celebration will be held:
The Old Schoolhouse Arts Centre
122 Fern Road West,
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia,
Performances are approx. 75 mins long with festival seating.
The cost of the tickets is be $35 + GST
Students tickets are $20 + GST.
Students must call TOSH at 250 752-6133 to get their tickets.
The cost of the tickets has increased to account for inflation of program expenses, which includes paying musicians a fair wage. TOSH does not make any profits from the music program and relies on ticket sales to break even.
Everyone in attendance must be vaccinated and wear a mask. There is a max of 50 tickets per show, allowing for adequate seating space.
Tickets are nonrefundable.
TOSH will hold credit for concerts that are cancelled due to health regulations caused by the pandemic.
Concerts may be rescheduled at short notice due to health regulations, in that case, ticket holders will have a valid ticket for the rescheduled date. If the date doesn’t work for the ticket holder, the individual can request a refund with a 10% charge as an admin fee.
Policies may change if necessary and shows may be cancelled or postponed due to public health orders