Wednesday 10 April 2013

Group of Seven Sweet Music At The McMike This Sunday

Many years ago I helped Toronto Jazz great Tony Quarrington get access to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.  We toured the gallery together and he eventually wrote and recorded his seminal Group of Seven Suite. The gallery let him use a Group of Seven painting for the CD cover.  The suite was performed only twice at the gallery.  Now a decade later, Tony is returning to the public gallery in Kleinburg to perform it again - one time only!

Group of Seven Jazz Concert At The McMichael Gallery this Sunday, April 14.

Tony Quarrington's the Group of Seven Suite

Sunday April 14, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
In 2001, Tony Quarrington fulfilled a ten-year dream when he recorded his eight-part Group of Seven Suite, performed that same year at the McMichael. Eleven years later, Quarrington returns to the gallery for another performance of his musical tribute to the Group of Seven.

The event will be hosted by the JAZZ FM91's Jaymz Bee who is celebrating his 50th Birthday. Musicians who participated in the Suite's original recording including Jane Bunnett, Jeff Bird of Cowboy Junkies,and Brian Dickinson, will join Tony Quarrington in this exceptional performance. The band will also feature Larry Cramer, Roberto Occipinti, Mike McClelland, and vocals by Laura Smith.

The Group of Seven Suite was inspired by the works October Gold by Franklin Carmichael and Mountain Portage by Fred Varley which are currently on view at the McMichael.

Note: Concert price includes gallery admission. A special tour of the Group of Seven works will be offered at 1:00 p.m.

Prix Fixe Menu from 12:30 p.m.
$25 (taxes & gratuity not included)
Cashew & Clive Café located on lower level
Reservations: 905.893.1121 ext. 2262

Breads: Freshly Baked Breads & Flat Breads served with butter, hummus & olive tapenade

Salads: Romaine heart lettuce with a creamy garlic parmigiano dressing, croutons and crispy pancetta OR Spinach Salad with pomegranate seeds, strawberry, Quebec chevre & Balsamic vinaigrette

Main: Fettuccini Fungi with asparagus in a butter, sage, white wine sauce with a hint of cream OR Parmagiana chicken breast with apricots bacon & goat asiago over a vegetable medley and roasted potatoes

Dessert: Brownies with Vanilla gelato

Beverage: One soft drink, One freshly brewed coffee/tea

Cost: general public: Concert Only $25, Students with valid ID $20

(Note: Prix Fixe Menu not included)
McMichael members: Concert Only $20 (Note: Prix Fixe Menu not included)

Reservation: Required

A bus to and from the McMichael will be available, departing from the Rex Hotel, 194 Queen St. West, Toronto at 12:00 p.m. and returning at 5:00 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Registration required. 905.893.1121 ext. 2209