“Playful heartfelt & moving”
“Playful heartfelt & moving”
Join us for Victor Davies & Eugene Benson’s sparkling drawing room comedy Earnest, The Importance of Being, an operetta, based on Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of being Earnest, returning again to Toronto Operetta Theatre, as the finale to their 30th anniversary celebrations April 29th, May 1,2,3, 2015.
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Tickets available through St. Lawrence Centre Box Office 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754 or visit stlc.com
A reading of the libretto for The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe (an opera), (adapted by Victor Davies from George Ryga’s play), was given a very successful workshop organized by Guillermo Silva Marin through Opera In Concert on May 11, 2014. With dramaturgy by Heather Davies, performers Laura McAlpine, Stefan Fehr, Gregory Finney, Elizabeth Beeler, Virginia Reh, Domenico Sanfilippo, Henry Ingram, and Guillermo Silva-Marin, generously brought the text to life and showed the exciting possibilities for the work.
For many years my dear friends John Juliani and August Schellenberg urged me to write an opera based on The Ecstasy Of Rita Joe. After composing the music for the CBC radio adaptation of the play, I began to think that it might be possible. Although now 47 years old, the issues and situations in the play are still very much alive. A tragic love story about two young aboriginal people in the city, the text of the play is powerfully evocative, poetic, with vibrant alive characters. The play is known throughout the world and is credited with being the first major Canadian play. In its premiere in Vancouver Francis Hyland played Rita Joe, August Shellenberg was Jaimie Paul, and Chief Dan George played Rita Joe’s father. The opera’s development continues…
Toronto Operetta Theatre announces Earnest, The Importance Of Being for next season – April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 2015! TOT reprises Davies’ and Benson’s delightful operetta that brought audiences to their feet in their February 2008 production.
A new band arrangement commissioned by The Bromley (London UK) Concert Band premiered March 1, 2014. Butterfly Dance is a movement from Davies’ Good Times: Suite for orchestra Butterfly Dance is a well known piece in the UK on Classic FM, Britain’s largest classical radio station.
Listen to Orchestra Version
Listen to Band Version (coming soon!)
Excursions (Visits to Manitoba Statues) for woodwind doubler (baritone sax, piccolo, flute, alto flute) and piano had its US premiere Sunday January 26th 2014 with Teresa Payne, woodwinds and Yu-Chien Chen, piano at the Florida Flute Association 38th annual convention “The audience loved it” “A wonderful piece”
Duo A La Carte: (Julie Husband and Heidi Peters) commissioned and premiered Excursions for Woodwind Doubler (baritone sax, piccolo, flute, alto flute) and Piano Dec. 2012. This fun – filled piece illustrates the versatility, styles and special characteristics of the woodwind instruments (and piano), in their musical encounters with well-known Manitoba folk statues (real & imaginary!). More performances are slated with added percussion & bass for the fall of 2014.
The Happy Rock (!) – Gladstone MB Movement No. 1.
TRANSIT OF VENUS– has again been chosen for the Opera America Conference -Showcase of New Opera in Vancouver in 2013. Previously heard in Houston in 2009 was the end of Act 1, and in 2013 the very dramatic end of Act 2 will be performed with members of the Vancouver Opera Ensemble
The CBC Broadcast of the entire opera can be accessed on the Canadian Music Centre web site
If you have trouble accessing it contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-422-0432 and we will assist you in getting on the site.
A Jazz Piano Concerto The live performance of the Toronto premiere March 13 2013 by The Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, Norman Reintamm conductor, and piano soloist Maxine Willan can be seen and heard on youtube: (below)Classically trained jazz pianist Maxine Willan wanted to play a jazz concerto, found Victor’s, liked it , learned & wonderfully performed it with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Norman Reintamm.
Victor Davies’ new work THE JOURNEY (Violin Concerto #2) (a brilliant a work in a similar vein to the Mennonite Piano Concerto), was commissioned for the talented violinist Rosemary Siemens by Elmer and Hilda Hildebrand. Rosemary’s dazzling performance of this showpiece concerto, written especially to showcase her outstanding talent, is coupled with Davies’ world wide classic Mennonite Piano Concerto!
Now buy both CD’s of the world renown Mennonite Piano Concerto! The original classical hit, with Irmgard Baerg piano, Boris Brott conductor, and the London Symphony Orchestra, and this exciting new live concert recording of the Mennonite Concerto with dynamic young soloist Leanne Regehr, and conductor Alexander Mickelthwate with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra recorded December 2/2012!
This performance marks an important anniversary of the WSO premiere in 1975. After 37 years Leanne Regehr, pupil of original soloist Irmgard Baerg, takes up the torch from her former teacher to bring a thrilling new interpretation to the Mennonite Piano Concerto!
This live concert and CD are sponsored by Golden West Radio in honour of their 50 years of broadcasting.
Buy The Classic CD of the Mennonite Piano Concerto
Buy the new Live Concert CD of The Journey and the Mennonite Piano Concerto
More information about the Mennonite Piano Concerto
More information about the The Journey