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This month, we continue our study of Don Davis’ groundbreaking score for “The Matrix“. Composed in 1999 for the first instalment of “The Matrix” franchise, it draws heavily on contemporary American symphonic music for its feel and scoring techniques. Studying this score will provide an interesting counterpoint to the scores studied to date, and will mark our first venture into contemporary and avant garde orchestral techniques.

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This month’s Special Guests:
Stephen Sitarski; Concertmaster of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Esprit Orchestra, Professor Sitarski held the same position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) for 15 seasons (1997 – 2012). Stephen has been awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, a nomination submitted by the National Yourth Orchestra, where he is a faculty member.  Stephen is also on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent mentor for Hamilton’s National Academy Orchestra.  He has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was an instructor at the University of Manitoba, and maintains an active private studio.

Dr. John Chong; Dr. Chong is an Adjunct Professor at the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.  As the Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada, he has treated musicians with repetitive strain injuries, motor control problems, anxiety, depression, chronic neuropathic pain, nerve entrapments, and stress-related disorders since 1986. His clinical and research interest is targeted personalized approaches using quantitative technology for the treatment and prevention of repetitive strain injuries, focal dystonia, chronic pain, and depression. He has taught Performance Awareness at the Glenn Gould School Performance and Artist Diploma Programs at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. He is the medical consultant for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and has received the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He has introduced injury prevention concepts to the gifted participants of the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy and has served on the Board of Directors for the past 4 years.

For more information on this research, go to
http://www.musiciansclinics.com/portfolio-posts/huffines-discussion-2014/
http://www.musiciansclinics.com/portfolio-posts/video-interview-dr-john-chong/
http://www.musiciansclinics.com/portfolio-posts/sounds-of-science/
http://www.musiciansclinics.com/portfolio-posts/university-of-toronto-sounds-of-science/
https://www.thewholenote.com/index.php/newsroom/musical-life/37-musichealth/26926-fake-it-until-you-can-t-make-it

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NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.
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Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
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