November 10–12, 2016
A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example of 21st-century cultural counterpoint. We first presented the celebrated song cycle at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and then took it on the road to the Ottawa International Chamber Festival. Now, we’re bringing it home to Toronto audiences for three nights only at the breathtaking Ismaili Centre.
Lebanese-Canadian soprano and AtG Founding Member Miriam Khalil sings this technically challenging and deeply moving song cycle with accompaniment by 11 world-class instrumentalists. The performance is staged by AtG Founder and Artistic Director Joel Ivany, and an evocative setting praised by audiences and critics alike is lit by AtG Resident Lighting Designer Jason Hand.
What You Need to Know About the Performance
Doors open 7:30pm. At 8pm, the Glenn Gould School String Quartet and sopranos Ellen McAteer and Adanya Dunn will open the first half of the program with Golijov’s Lúa Descolorida, Yiddishbbuk and Tenebrae. There will be a 30-minute intermission, and then at 9:30pm we begin Part II of our evening: the presentation of Ayre.
Ayre is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for Canada, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Sung in Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic, with translations. The performance is 2.5 hours including a 30-minute intermission.
Photos: Darryl Block