Final Gould Tribute Concert Moves to National Theatre
with Guest Conductor Ivars Taurins

 

Final Gould Tribute Concert with Guest Conductor Ivars Taurins, Havana Cuba from The Glenn Gould Foundation on Vimeo.

As reported in previous articles, The Glenn Gould Foundation has been privileged to celebrate this 85th Anniversary Year of Glenn Gould’s birth with a host of distinguished partners and collaborators from across the globe.  The three-concert series by Cuba’s superb chamber choir Schola Cantorum Coralina has been a perfect example, with Gould and his legacy being honoured in Cuba, perhaps for the first time.

All was set for a remarkable performance to bring the series to a rousing close on September 23rd, just before Glenn Gould’s birthday, but a dramatic obstacle intervened .  .  . in the form of Hurricane Irma.

Irma hit the Cuba as a Category 5 Hurricane and while coastal areas received the most devastating impact, there was extensive damage, injury and loss of life in Havana.  Under the circumstances, and out of respect for relief and repair efforts, the choir and artistic director Alina Orraca quickly decided to postpone the concert to Saturday, October 14.

We are delighted to announce that the concert, moving from the Old City of Havana (where the first two concerts were performed at beautiful historic churches) to the prestigious Teatro Nacional de Cuba on the Plaza de la Revolución, will feature not only mastra Orraca, but also one of the world’s most respected choral conductors, Ivars Taurins of Toronto’s renowned Tafelmusik Chamber Choir.

The performance, which also celebrates Canada 150 and the recognizes the long history of diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba, will feature both Canadian and Cuban repertoire with special focus on the musical inspiration of Glenn Gould.

Featured Canadian works include Ambé by Andrew Balfour a Winnipeg-based composer and conductor of Cree descent with a text in Ojibway, Glenn Gould Prize Laureate R. Murray Schafer, Sid Robinovitch, Healey Willan and Leonard Cohen, not to mention Glenn Gould himself. Cuba will be represented by Ily Matthew Maniano, Ernani Aguiar and Yaniel Fernández. The balance of the program will include repertoire dear to Glenn Gould’s heart – music by Bach, Blow and Byrd. Maestro Taurins and Maestra Orraca will take turns leading the outstanding singers of Schola Cantorum Coralina.

Said Maestra Orraca:    "It has been a great honour this year, 2017, for Schola Cantorum Coralina to present three concerts celebrating the 85th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest pianists of all times, Glenn Gould. Since I was very young his name and his recordings were an important part of my life, and the lives of my closest friends, holding a special place in the inner world of all pianists like a paradigm of the music of Bach and the interpretation of contemporary music. The opportunity that The Glenn Foundation extended to Coralina and me to honour him went beyond celebration of an anniversary date, because it gave us the opportunity to go deep inside the music of Bach, Gibbons, Willan, Blow, Schafer and to present a second concert completely with Canadian music, sharing the stage with gifted young Canadian artists like the soprano Elizabeth Polese and the pianist Bryn Blackwood, and to complete this celebration by with the privilege of welcoming the great Canadian maestro, Ivars Taurins. For these concerts, diverse celebrations come together as this year we also offer tribute also to the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Canada and the more than 70 years of friendly relations between our two countries. Glenn Gould has accompanied us on this journey, with the new dimension of his musicianship and with his fugue for choir and piano “So You Want to Write a Fugue?, which has given us the courage, the desire and the confidence to sing and strive to bring this dream to a sublime conclusion with great joy and fulfillment." (**see below for original Spanish text)

 

Ivars Taurins observed, “I was delighted and honoured to receive the invitation to go to Havana, Cuba to collaborate with Alina Orraca and her superb choir, the Schola Cantorum Coralina, in celebration of Glenn Gould’s 85th birthday, and Canada’s 150th anniversary.

This brainchild of Brian Levine and The Glenn Gould Foundation is joyous proof that culture, art, and music are not confined or restricted by political borders, ethnicity, or faith. The full depth of Glenn Gould’s mark on music, technology, rational thought, and humanity is still being explored, marvelled at, and celebrated throughout the world, and perhaps even in space!

Our concert is a true joining of hands – of different cultures and traditions, and across centuries. It is a celebration of all that is the finest and most beautiful of the human race. It shines with a light that I hope will illuminate our global commonalities, and disperse the darkness that too often pervades our hopes and dreams.” (**see below for original Spanish text)

The Glenn Gould Foundation wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Canadian Embassy to Cuba in Havana and to its dedicated staff, and to Global Affairs Canada for all the support, assistance and collaborative engagement without which this concert would not have been possible.

 

* Alina Orraca, La Habana 3 de octubre de 2017
Hemos tenido el privilegio en este año 2017 de realizar tres conciertos en homenaje al gran pianista de todos los tiempos Glenn Gould. Desde muy joven su nombre y sus grabaciones formaban parte de mi  círculo de amigos quedando como paradigma de la interpretación de Bach y la música contemporánea entre  los pianistas. La oportunidad que nos ofreció a Coralina y a mí la Fundación que lleva su nombre para recordarlo, sobrepasó el mero hecho de alabar una fecha, dándonos la posibilidad de profundizar en la obra de Bach, Gibbons, Willan, Blow, Shafer y de hacer un segundo concierto todo con música canadiense compartiendo escenario  con artistas jóvenes de gran talento como son  la soprano Elizabeth Polese y el pianista Bryn Blackwood y por ultimo tener el privilegio de recibir las enseñanzas del maestro Ivars Taurins. Las celebraciones casi siempre vienen acompañadas y este año homenajeamos además los 150 años de Canadá y los más de 70 años de su relación con nuestra isla de Cuba. Glenn Gould desde  su nueva dimensión nos ha acompañado en cada concierto y su fuga para coro y piano So you want to write a fuge? nos ha hecho tener el coraje, el deseo y la valentía de cantarla y llevar a un sublime término este sueño con gran júbilo y satisfacción.

 

** Ivars TaurinsToronto, 5 de octubre de 2017
Me sentí encantado y honrado al recibir la invitación para ir a La Habana, Cuba para colaborar con Alina Orraca y su magnífico coro, la Schola Cantorum Coralina, en la celebración del 85 cumpleaños de Glenn Gould y el 150 aniversario de Canadá.

Esta idea de Brian Levine y la Fundación Glenn Gould es una alegre prueba de que la cultura, el arte y la música no están confinados o restringidos por fronteras políticas, étnicas o religiosas.

La plena profundidad de la huella que dejo Glenn Gould en la música, la tecnología, el pensamiento racional y la humanidad, está todavía siendo explorada, aun esta maravillando y aun es celebrada como algo completamente fuera de este mundo y quizás hasta fuera del espacio!.

Nuestro concierto es una verdadera unión de manos- de diferentes culturas y tradiciones    a través de los siglos. Esta es una celebración de todo lo más fino y lo más bello de la raza humana. La misma brilla con una luz que espero que iluminara nuestras comunidades globales y dispersara la oscuridad, que con demasiada frecuencia, invade nuestras esperanzas y sueños”.