Canadian Chamber Orchestra of NYC
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 4, 2010
New York City is a community of locals and immigrants from near and far, so it's no surprise that Canadian conductor and pianist Justin Bischof chose this city as the home for the Canadian Chamber Orchestra of New York City (CCO/NYC), a showcase for the growing Canadian artistic community in town. On May 4 at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the ensemble performed works by Dimitri Shostakovich and Richard Strauss to bookend a program that included Bischof performing his own improvisation based both on orchestral works and impromptu audience suggestions.
It's commonly said that practice makes perfect, with musicians spending countless hours practicing the repertoire they end up performing. But less is said about unwritten music--the art of improvisation--and Justin Bischof is considered one of the finest improvisers today. Having won first prize in the National Improvisation Competition in Seattle in 2000 on the organ, he has been touring the world in concerts of his own piano and organ improvisations ever since, in addition to conducting engagements with orchestras in the US, Europe and Australia. Bischof is the Artistic Director of the CCO/NYC and together made their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Silas Brown.
The CCO/NYC performs Dmitri Shostakovich's powerful Chamber Symphony, based on the eighth string quartet.
Bridging the gap between the first and last piece of the program, Music Director Justin Bischof performs a piano improvisation, taking excerpts from both works and throwing in a patriotic O Canada.
The CCO/NYC returns to the stage and concluds its performance with Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen, the composer's lament on the loss of German culture as a result of WWII.