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Music in the Barns @ THE GREAT HALL

"Every aspect of Music in the Barns is innovative...a vivid, sensual experience." - Living Toronto Journal

Sunday, May 28, 2017
7:00 PM


in association with
Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association Canadienne pour la Recherche Théâtrale

Conversation Room: Becoming Sensor
A multi-sensory installation by
Ayelen Liberona, Music in the Barns creative producer and award winning filmmaker
Natasha Myers, associate professor of the Department of Anthropology at York University
with Allison Cameron - Sound design and Field Recordist

Sponsored by Spirit Loft

Open for the course of the entire evening, Becoming Sensor will transduce an experience of High Park's 10,000 year old Oak Savannah through a multi-sensory installation that cultivates the art of attention.

Drawing Room: The Great Arc

"a deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures"
- The Irish Echo
The Great Arc performed by NYC duo Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna

Sponsored by Pocket Concerts

Inspired by and concerned with extinct and endangered animal species, The Great Arc connects the duo's experience as composers and improvisers with their deep admiration for traditional Irish music.

Main Hall: VIP Cocktail Event

A conversation on John Cage's Lecture on the Weather with David Jaeger (retired CBC Senior Producer) and Carol Gimbel, Artistic Director, Music in the Barns

Sponsored by University of Toronto's School of the Environment & The Social Collective

Catered by Reverie on Weldon Park

Main Hall: Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble
with guest performers
Julie Nesrallah, Michael Schmidt, Rosina Kazi, Jim Montgomery, Walied Khogali, Stephen Scharper, Lacey Hill, Cherish Violet Blood

Philip Glass - Tissues (2002)
Michael Oesterle - Daydream Mechanics for String Quartet (2001)
John Cage - Lecture on the Weather (1976)

Fresh from their premiere production at the Luminato Festival's monumental 400,000 square foot Hearn Generating Station, Music in the Barns brings their latest edition of acclaimed installation concerts to downtown Toronto with an imaginative multi-room transformation of the landmark Great Hall. Drawing participants through a series of provocative reflections around human life on earth, Music in the Barns continues to defy all expectations, re-writing the rulebook on classical music presentation by exploring timely topics and combining installation art and performance for one, uniquely new concert experience.

Created for the CATR/ACRT 2017 Conference Performing the Anthropocene: Setting the Stage for the End of the World (May 27-30 2017), the evening's public event is part of a larger conversation between performers, creators, and researchers.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for guests to begin by exploring the Becoming Sensor room. The upstairs Drawing Room will host a pre-concert performance of The Great Arc by guest artists, New York City duo Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna and VIP guests will gain preview access to the Main Hall for an intimate chat between Music in the Barns' Artistic Director Carol Gimbel and retired CBC Senior Producer David Jaeger, illuminating the stories behind the origin of John Cage's Lecture on the Weather, the evening's featured work. Originally commissioned by CBC in celebration of the United States' bicentennial (1976), Lecture on the Weather has a rich history among Toronto's music, performance, and broadcast communities.

In addition to a full performance of Cage’s landmark work, the Main Hall concert will feature the celebrated musicians of the Music in the Barns Chamber Ensemble performing works for strings and percussion by seminal American minimalist Philip Glass and Canadian composer Michael Oesterle.


"Our political structures no longer fit the circumstances of our lives. Outside the bankrupt cities we live in Megalopolis which has no geographical limits. Wilderness is global park." - from PREFACE to Lecture on the Weather by John Cage

Commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, John Cage composed his classic performance piece Lecture on the Weather as a celebration of the USA’s Bicentennial in 1976. Using texts by Henry David Thoreau, recordings of nature, and projections, Cage’s work is a prescient and timeless sonic rumination on environmental and social concerns. The work was composed in collaboration with Luis Frangella, who produced its film, and Maryanne Amacher, who produced its weather sounds on tape, which were mixed live in performance.

Originally to be performed, according to Cage, by 12 men, “preferably American men who have become Canadian citizens”, Music in the Barns will reimagine the work to reflect today's socio-political environment.

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