Updates from Royer
Recording Mirage with violinist Joyce Lai, clarinetist Kaye Royer, pianist Talisa Blackman, violist Máté Szűcs, & cellist Andras Weber, assisted by Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh
Mirage for Quintet Recorded
In the fall of 2019, Mirage for quintet was performed and recorded by Máté Szűcs (soloist and former Principal Violist of Berlin Philharmonic), violinist Joyce Lai, cellist Andras Weber, clarinetist Kaye Royer and pianist Talisa Blackman. This recording will be part of an album by the Canadian Sinfonietta that was supposed to be recorded in May 2020 but has been postponed. Máté and Talisa also recorded my Sarabande (In Memory of J.S. Bach), for viola and piano, which will be on an album featuring chamber music by Ronald Royer. Máté has also commissioned me to compose a viola concerto, which I am looking forward to writing.
Máté Szűcs and Joyce Lai performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Scarborough Philharmonic on November 2, 2019 and I had the opportunity to conduct. Working with Máté, Joyce, Andras, Talisa and Kaye (my wife) was a pleasure, and I look forward making more music with all of them.
Drying Ink Recording to be Released
Ronald Royer’s String Quartet No. 1 and Danzon will be featured on the Odin String Quartet’s Drying Ink album, set to be released during the winter of 2021.
Fantasia on Canadian Carols Update
In December 2019, there were more performances of my Fantasia on Canadian Carols/Fantaisie sur des Airs de Noël canadiens, by the Kamloops Symphony (Michael Newnham, conductor), the Toronto Choral Society with the Talisker Players (Geoffrey Butler, conductor) and the Durham Chamber Orchestra with the Resound Choir (Carlos Bastidas, conductor).
The Fantasia on Canadian Carols was commissioned and premiered by the International Symphony Orchestra (Douglas Bianchi, conductor) joined by the International Symphony Singers (Dr. David Troiano, conductor) on December 2, 2016 (Clyde Township, Michigan) and December 3 (Sarnia, Ontario); the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (Ronald Royer, conductor) on December 3 (Scarborough, Ontario); Symphony New Brunswick (Michael Newnham, conductor) joined by the Louisbourg Choir (Monique Richard, conductor) on December 3 (Saint John, New Brunswick), December 5 (Moncton, NB) and December 6
(Fredericton, NB); and the Brantford Symphony Orchestra (Philip Sarabura conductor) on December 10, 2016 (Brantford, Ontario).
Other performances have included the Brantford Symphony with The Elmer Iseler Singers (Philip Sarabura, conductor), Orchestra Toronto (Michael Newhman, conductor), Oakville Symphony with the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth (Roberto De Clara, conductor), Peterborough Symphony (Michael Newhman, conductor), Guelph Symphony Orchestra with children’s choir (Judith Yan, Conductor), North York Concert Orchestra (Rafael Luz, conductor) and the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra (Rafael Luz, conductor). To date, there have been 23 performances.