World-renowned scholars, business professionals and musicologists to participate in landmark summit at the Canadian Museum of Civilization

TORONTO – The Glenn Gould Foundation proudly announced the “Glenn Gould and The Future of Music Conference,” a landmark event to take place at The Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau-Ottawa as part of the Year of Glenn Gould celebrations. The three-day event beginning on September 27, 2007 includes complimentary access to the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s exhibition, “Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius,” the dynamic interactive exhibition celebrating Glenn Gould’s remarkable life. The innovative multimedia exhibition, curated by Sam Cronk, and developed in partnership with Library and Archives Canada, includes sound documents, video extracts of interviews and performances, original radio programs and over 100 of Gould’s original artefacts. In addition, two and a half days of symposiums; concerts; and John McGreevy’s dramatic musical presentation, “An Evening with Glenn Gould” starring Ted Dykstra at the National Arts Centre will round out the conference.

The Conference itself will bring together scholars from around the world along with business professionals and artists to discuss Gould’s prophetic ideas on technology and their relevance in today’s digital world. Leading academics and artists such as Canada’s award-winning artists, Paul Hoffert and Glenn Morley; Japan’s leading Gould scholar, Junichi Miyazawa; the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s music curator, Sam Cronk; Germany’s leading Gould scholar, Michael Stegemann; Carleton University’s professors James Wright and Paul Théberge; American Gould scholar and former head of Music at the National Archives, Timothy Maloney; worldwide exhibition designer, Stefan Iglhaut and many of Gould’s colleagues and acquaintances have confirmed their participation. Kevin Bazzana, the author of “Wondrous Strange – The Life and Art of Glenn Gould” and “Glenn Gould – The Performer in the Work” will act as an advisor for all sessions. Keynote speakers and additional artists’ appearances will be announced shortly.

Other notable Year of Glenn Gould events include:

  • “An Evening With Glenn Gould” at Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts (Jun 6 – Jun 10)
  • Glenn Gould Concert and Lecture Series at Stratford, ON (Jul 25 – Aug 19)
  • Official “Glenn Gould” day in Toronto (September 25)
  • Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau – Ottawa – Exhibition: Glenn Gould: The Sounds of Genius Exhibition (September 28, 2007 – August 10, 2008)
  • Canada Post Commemorative Envelope (September, 2007)
  • Toronto Symphony Children’s Concert: Happy 75th Birthday, Glenn Gould (December 8, 2007)

· National Arts Centre Orchestra, Boris Brott, Conductor: J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould (February 9, 2008)

· Announcement of the Glenn Gould Prize Winner (February 2008)

The Year of Glenn Gould will culminate with the presentation of the 8th Glenn Gould Prize and the Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music in September 2008.

The Glenn Gould Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes in music. Awarded every three years to an international luminary who has made an exceptional contribution to music and its communication to the public, the Prize Laureate is selected by an international jury of the world’s most accomplished musicians, journalists, scholars and music aficionados. In 1993, the Foundation expanded the Glenn Gould Prize to include the City of Toronto Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. The Protégé, selected by the Glenn Gould Prize Laureate, is an outstanding musical artist who has shown the promise in his/her career that was shown by the young Glenn Gould.

Previous Laureates include Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Yo Yo Ma, the late composer Toru Takemitsu, R. Murray Schafer, Oscar Peterson, Pierre Boulez and most recently, Sir André Previn. Glenn Gould International Protégés have included Tan Dun, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Wu Man and jazz artist Benny Green. The next Prize Committee, under the leadership of distinguished Canadian composer and performer Paul Hoffert, will begin the next nominating process during the summer of 2007.

Many other international and local events to celebrate the music and ideas of Glenn Gould are currently in development. Details on all these events and Glenn Gould and the Future of Music conference updates will be posted on the Glenn Gould Foundation’s web site,http://www.glenngould.ca/ as they become available.

About the Glenn Gould Foundation
The Glenn Gould Foundation is a registered charitable organization whose mission is to pay tribute to the legacy of Glenn Gould by embracing the future, celebrating brilliance, unlocking creativity and transforming lives through the power of music and art.  Established in 1983 in Toronto, the Foundation awards the prestigious Glenn Gould Prize and The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize once every three years.  Laureates of the prize are among the most distinguished artists of our time and are charged with selecting the recipient of The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize, which is awarded to an outstanding young musician with the promise of an exceptional lifetime contribution to the art.  For more information about The Glenn Gould Foundation and to support its mission, please visit www.glenngould.ca.


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Brian Levine
Managing Director
(416) 962-6200
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