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  • Jordan Pal: Starling:
  • 1I. Allegro non assai, ma con spontaneità15:21
  • 2II. Largo nobile13:38
  • 3III. Presto, Electric & Wild05:36
  • Into The Wonder:
  • 4I. An Infinite Range12:18
  • 5II. Birth and Death09:40
  • 6III. That Drives Us Forth... (Ebullient)06:49
  • Total Runtime01:03:22

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Into the Wonder features the world premiere recordings of two works by Canadian Jordan Pal, one of the most promising composers of his generation, performed by the Gryphon Trio and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Arthur Post. Strongly inspired by nature’s beauty and the mysteries of the universe, Jordan Pal offers two fascinating pieces, imbued with a vivifying lyricism and great finesse. Described as “One of Canada’s most interesting young composers” (Ludwig-Van Toronto), “the country’s current it-boy composer” (Musical Toronto), and “one to watch” (LaPresse), Pal (b. Toronto, Canada) is a leading voice of his generation in the Canadian concert music scene. An award winning composer, he has had the privilege of being commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest orchestras and ensembles, including the Gryphon Trio, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Gryphon Trio
Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
Arthur Post, conductor

The Gryphon Trio
has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic and memorable performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. The 2017 – 18 season marks the Gryphon Trio’s 25th anniversary.

Creative innovators with an appetite for discovery and new directions, the Gryphon Trio has commissioned over 75 new works, and frequently collaborates on projects that push the boundaries of chamber music. The trio tours regularly throughout North America and Europe, and their 19 recordings are an encyclopedia of works for the genre. Honours include two Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council. Deeply committed to music education and audience development, the Gryphons conduct master classes and workshops at universities and conservatories, and are artists-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music and Trinity College. Dr. Jamie Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and Annalee Patipatanakoon is Associate Professor of Violin and Head of Strings at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Since 2010, the Trio’s multi-faceted arts creation program Listen Up! Has engaged elementary school students, teachers and parents in 13 Canadian communities and provided them with the experience and knowledge required to participate actively in the arts. The Gryphon Trio has had a long association with Ottawa Chamberfest, one of the world’s largest chamber music festivals. Cellist Roman Borys is Artistic and Executive Director while Ms. Patipatanakoon and Dr. Parker serve as Artistic Advisors.

The Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra
is one of the most remotely located symphonies in Canada. It’s host city is the smallest in the country to have a full time professional orchestra. Celebrating its 57th season, the TBSO continues to entertain and enrich the lives of Northwestern Ontario residents with thrilling concerts, outreach performances, regional touring, educational programs and concerts, and recordings of both classical and popular music.

The TBSO has evolved and matured over the years, developing a strong sound from its relatively small core of 30 players. Its repertoire includes Canadian compositions, such as the première of Jordan Pal’s Starling and Into the Wonder in 2015, as well as choral works featuring the Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus, which is now in its 42nd year. The TBSO continues to evolve. Because of its isolated geographic location, it is developing a vision that fits the new frontier; a vision that embraces and celebrates multiple cultures of our country: Indigenous, francophone, European and world cultures that live together in Ontario’s vast northern wilderness.

Arthur Post
Internationally recognized as an insightful and versatile musician, American conductor Arthur Post was Music Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2017. He studied at Yale University, The Juilliard School and Hamburg’s Hochschule fu?r Musik, and served as assistant to Lorin Maazel at the Pittsburgh Symphony, Zubin Mehta at the Israel Philharmonic, and Michael Tilson at the The New World Symphony. In recognition of his thirteen years at the artistic helm of the San Juan Symphony in Colorado, he was appointed Music Director Laureate in 2015. He has built a reputation as an engaging communicator and audience-builder whose compelling programming integrates the great classics with music reflecting local cultures and concerns. He has conducted a number of distinguished ensembles, including the Columbus, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, New Jersey, North Carolina and San Antonio symphonies, the national orchestras of Lille, Toulouse, and Barcelona, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Bavaria and Saarland, and the London Mozart Players. His passion for expanding and enriching the traditional concert experience has established him as a potent advocate for the future of symphonic music.

Arthur Post brought vision and energy to programming and audience engagement at the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. Under his leadership, the TBSO commissioned six major works and recorded three CDs, including a 50th anniversary album that broadened the orchestra’s presence in the community. Artistic excellence, innovative programming, and extensive collaborations with local musicians and artists were all hallmarks of his tenure.

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