A newly commissioned concerto for car horns and orchestra, by Toronto composer Victor Davies, has its premiere Sept. 12 in an outdoor performance by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra under music director Bramwell Tovey, at the city's famous corner of Portage and Main Streets. A number of car horns, including several historic models, have been collected from various auto dealers throughout the city. "I see the car horns as characters in an opera," says the Winnipeg-born Davies. "The car horn soloist will be on-stage and there will also be an off-stage chorus a block or so away. Towards the end, the off-stage horns will drive to the stage for a triumphant final chorus of horns and orchestra."
Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra will record a complete CD devoted to music by the orchestra's composer-in-residence, Linda Bouchard, for release on Toronto's Marquis Classics label (distributed in Canada by EMI). Four of the five works will be conducted by former NACO artistic director Trevor Pinnock.
Four works by Stewart Grant of Beaconsfield, Que., have been acquired for publication by the Theodore Presser Company of Bryn Mawr, Penn.: Spring Came Dancing, for string orchestra; Landscapes and Symphony ("Et in terra"), both for orchestra; and Ballade for solo piano.
Gilles Gobeil has won the Premier prix and Prix du public in the second International Electroacoustic Music Competition of São Paulo, Brazil, for his work Nuit cendre. The work has also been chosen by an international jury for participation in World Music Days 1998, scheduled for next April in Manchester, U.K.
Toronto composer/conductor John Kim Bell has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Un, deux, beaucoup, an orchestral work by Montreal composer Eric Morin, was the first "recommended" work at the summer International Rostrum of Composers Forum in Paris, in the under 30 category. The piece was a prize-winner in the 1996 SOCAN Awards for Young Composers.
Chester Jankowski, a young Canadian composer currently working on a doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto, is the 1997 recipient of the advanced music study award offered by the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, valued at $12,000.