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Live webcast: watch Darren Creech play McGill

Robert Rowat

Queer pianist Darren Creech is the keynote performer at this year's McGill Music Graduate Symposium, an annual, international gathering of music researchers, performers and composers, marking its 30th edition in 2017. Scroll down to watch the live webcast from Tanna Schulich Concert Hall and to see the full program.

For his keynote performance, Creech will give a narrative solo recital combining recorded program notes, lighting, stage design and "subversive fashion."

"My approach not only gives me more to say as an artist, but it helps the audience connect to the music and the story I'm telling in a way that is rare to find in solo piano recitals," he says. Look forward to tightly timed costume changes and audio-visual effects that recontextualize the repertoire.

It's the evolution of Creech's award-winning performance at Toronto's 2016 Nuit Rose festival, given in response to the mass murder of 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., which he describes as "an emotional journey through loss and recovery."

"Creech attempts to break down barriers between audience and performer on the classical stage, using an ardent blend of cultural reflection and masterful technique," says symposium chair Evan Campbell. "His unique approach invites the audience to hear music in a new, more inclusive way."

The live webcast begins Friday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. ET.



Sarah Kirkland Snider: The Currents
Leoš Janáček: Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, “From the Street”
Alexander Scriabin: Sonata No. 9, "Black Mass"
Frederic Chopin: Nocturne in E Minor, Op. posth. 72, No. 1
Sergei Prokofiev: Sarcasms, Op. 17
Alberto Ginastera: Suite de Danzas Criollas, Op. 15

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