Thursday, July 31, 2008

An Afternoon at Stratford City Hall

Earlier today it was off to the council chambers of City Hall in Stratford, Ontario to play at the annual Harry Somers Lecture as part of Stratford Summer Music. This year's speaker was Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, who talked about the value of music education and the efforts of Sesame Workshop to reach out to children and create culturally appropriate Sesame Street spinoffs in countries such as South Africa, Kosovo, India, and Bangladesh.

Prior to Bob's lecture, a short program was offered of works by Harry Somers, in whose memory the lecture series is dedicated. Leonard Gilbert played Somers' Three Sonnets for piano, followed by soprano Kristin Wilkes and I performing his Conversation Piece for voice and piano. Alas, there was no acoustic piano available in the City Hall council chambers, so we had to make do with a Yamaha P-140S, which filled the space quite well through the council PA system.

Sadly, this was only a day trip...I'll have to wait until another day in order to explore more of Stratford.

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