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

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
  • Christos Hatzis — Arctic Dreams, for flute, vibraphone and audio playback of Inuit throat singers, loons… 
  • Lou Harrison — Ariadne and Dionysus for flute and drums
  • Frederic Rzewski — To the Earth, for flower pots and voice
  • Astor Piazzolla — Night Club 1960 (Histoire du Tango, III), for violin and marimba
  • Christos Hatzis — Vignettes, for violin and marimba
  • Russell Hartenberger — New WMCT Commissioned work for percussion quartet
  • Julie Spencer — Everybody Talk about Freedom, for rap voice and marimba

12.15 pm | Tuning Your Mind

Pre-concert Lecture | Free to ticket-holders