Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

A New Symphonic Piece by Composer Louis Babin to Be Premiered as Part of Canada 150 Celebrations

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

A New Symphonic Piece by Composer Louis Babin to Be Premiered as Part of Canada 150 Celebrations

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Laval, January 10, 2017 - The world premiere of composer Louis Babin's new symphonic piece Retrouvailles will be performed in February by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), as well as, the Orchestre symphonique du SaguenayLac-Saint-Jean (OSSLSJ). This joint commission by both orchestras is part of the Canada Mosaic project which fits in the celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary all around the country. The fanfare composed by Louis Babin will serve as opening piece to two concerts, on February 5th in Chicoutimi, and on February 10th in Toronto.

Retrouvailles calls for celebration and sharing amongst friends and family. Through his music, composer Louis Babin wishes to remind us that, "whatever our origins and our beliefs are, it is by acknowledging our differences and uniting our talents that we can all flourish, and anticipate with such joy our Retrouvailles (reunion)." You can listen to a MIDI version on Louis Babin's new website.

The ambitious musical project Canada Mosaic is conducted by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, teaming up with orchestras and ensembles across the country for an unprecedented panCanadian celebration. Over 40 new works - including a number of pieces known as "Sesquies" - have been commissioned and will be performed all around Canada in 2017.

About Louis Babin

Louis Babin's work has been acclaimed in Canada and abroad. His 2015 album features his symphonic piece Saint-Exupéry : de coeur, de sable et d'étoiles , an hommage to Antoine de SaintExupéry, the publication of which was supported by the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation. The album received outstanding reviews. Many music ensembles and performers from Canada, the United States, and Europe have commissioned or performed Louis Babin's works. He is known for his modern, playful, accessible, and cinematographic works. He received a special mention from the World Music Competition IBLA Grand Prize (Italy) and was a finalist in the Canadian Music Centre Composer Competition - Quebecor. Une nouvelle oeuvre symphonique du compositeur Louis Babin sera créée dans le cadre des celebrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada

Laval, le 10 janvier 2017 - La nouvelle oeuvre symphonique Retrouvailles du compositeur Louis Babin sera présentée en première mondiale par le Toronto Symphony Orchestra et l'Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean en février prochain. …

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