122 Beverley Johnston, percussion, and friends


Beverley Johnston

Aiyun Huang and Russell Hartenberger, percussion; Susan Hoeppner, flutes; Marc Djokic, violin

April 2, 2020 | 1.30 pm | Walter Hall, U of T

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Beverley Johnston is Canada’s superstar percussionist. Her exceptional stage presence, remarkable virtuosity, and insightful musicianship have established her reputation well beyond the borders of her native Canada. Performing frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, she has commissioned many works by leading Canadian composers many of which have become staples of the standard percussion repertory. Bev will be joined by some of her closest colleagues from the U of T Faculty of Music.

Russell Hartenberger, the most recent winner of the Leonardo da Vinci World Award of Arts, will compose the WMCT commissioned work for this concert.

  • George Kontogiorgos/Hatzis/Johnston — Axion Esti, for clay udu drum, voice and audio playback
  • Johann Sebastian Bach/Johnston — Bach on marimba
  • Frederic Rzewski — To the Earth, for flower pots and voice
  • Lou Harrison — Ariadne and Dionysus for flute and drums
  • Christos Hatzis — Arctic Dreams, for flute, vibraphone and audio playback of Inuit throat singers, loons… 
  • Christos Hatzis — Vignettes, for violin and marimba
  • Russell Hartenberger — Eagles | Premiere of WMCT Commissioned work for percussion quartet
  • Julie Spencer — Everybody Talk about Freedom, for rap voice and marimba

All artists, dates, and programmes are subject to change without notice.

12.15 pm | Tuning Your Mind

Pre-concert Lecture | Free to ticket-holders

The speaker will be Russell Hartenberger, He is a Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Music, U of T, 2017 winner of the Leonardi da Vinci World Award of Arts, and this year’s WMCT commissioned composer.

In consideration of those with allergies or sensitivities, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented products at concerts. We share the air: go scent free.


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