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December 4, 2016
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Orchestrating Tom: Laurier students compose musical representation of Tom Thomson’s artwork

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Mar 10/11

On Saturday, March 12 at The Museum, art meets music as Laurier’s Faculty of Music students are involved in the opening of the new exhibit celebrating Group of Seven artist Tom Thomson. 

Last October, Michael Cavan Kelly, producer of the opening’s music program, spoke with Laurier Composition Professor Peter Hatch about involving student composers in the evening. That month, nine students began composing works for strings, winds, voice and piano to create a musical representation of the Group of Seven’s artwork.  Since then, Laurier composition faculty members Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch and Linda Catlin Smith have been advising the students on their work for the opening.  

“Composers and painters deal with similar things in the course of their work, such as contrast, line, mood, and texture,” says Smith. “This concert is a wonderful opportunity for music and art lovers to hear what these young voices are up to." 

The Searching For Tom Exhibit, which includes more than 100 works by Thomson—many seldom seen from private collectors—will examine the artist’s life, mysterious death, and influence on Canadian art. 

The concert at The Museum (10 King Street West, Kitchener) takes place March 12 at 7 p.m. The art exhibit opens at 6 p.m. A question-and-answer session with the student composers will take place after the performance. Cost for the concert is $10 (general admission). For further information about the exhibit, visit:

Laurier composition students include: Colin Park, Narim Kim, Michelle Psutka, Kourosh Ghamsari-Esfahani, David Foley, Amanda Lowry, Michael Lepock, Ivana Jokic and Rebekah Cummings. 

By Sunil Kuruvilla, Faculty of Music


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