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
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra 2020-2021 Season
As the music director, Ronald Royer has been keeping busy with the SPO’s season, which is focusing on online content. On Friday, September 18, 2020, the SPOGreatMusic Podcast was launched. On Friday, October 9, the first installment of videos of chamber music and Sheridan College student animated shorts was posted on the SPO YouTube Channel. Besides famous classical works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Dvorak, Ravel, and more, the SPO will be presenting music by 31 Canadian composers, with several of these being represented by more than one composition. The goal is to create a mixture of familiar masterpieces with a group of new, engaging and enjoyable Canadian compositions. Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 outbreak, Mr. Royer is thrilled the SPO can still present a season of musical content.
Mr. Royer will be performing in several of the videos as a cellist, including a video with pianist Lisa Tahara of Beethoven’s Cello Sonata in A Major, Op. 69. As a composer, Mr. Royer wrote the music for Vladimir Moltov’s animated short, Ramon the Magnificent. His String Quartet No. 1 and Danzon Overture will be recorded by the Odin String Quartet. Mr. Royer is also composing a group of Preludes for pianist Alexander Panizza and a work for solo violin, inspired by J.S. Bach, for SPO concertmaster Corey Gemmell. Finally, Mr. Royer is serving as the producer of the SPO podcast series and will be interviewed on a few episodes as a guest. For more information, please visit the SPO website (https://www.spo.ca/).
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 the 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 Ron to compose a viola concerto, which he is looking forward to writing.
Máté Szűcs and Joyce Lai performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Scarborough Philharmonic on November 2, 2019 and Ron had the opportunity to conduct. Ron writes, “Working with Máté, Joyce, Andras, Talisa and Kaye (my wife) was a pleasure, and I look forward to making more music with all of them.”
The Odin String Quartet to Record Music by Ronald Royer
Ron’s String Quartet No. 1 and Danzon Overture will be featured on the Odin String Quartet’s first commercial album, set to be released during the winter of 2021.
Fantasia on Canadian Carols Update
In December 2019, there were more performances of Ron’s 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.