Our study of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring for 13 Instruments” is complete

Last month, we finished our study of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring“. A year and a half of wonderful music and valuable insights
This month, as we await the completion of “The Matrix” programming, we will be circling back to John Williams, and having a look at the “Imperial March” which we missed first time around.


This month’s ‘guest slot’  There have been many requests for a workshop on writing for the harp and harp technique, and this month seems to be a good time to hold it.  We will have a senior student at U of T Faculty of Music, Alanna Ellison, as our guest. She will not only go through the fundamental of writing for this (much abused) instrument, but will also play your examples and experiments.


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.
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.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email info@torontoravel.com if you can lend a hand. 
          Promo Video - PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AQN8yoJpDI
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel  http://youtu.be/PAsiZJYFeY
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