Classical music: What makes you want to listen? What are our needs as presenters, artists and audiences? Why do we do the work we do?

Sunday November 6, 2011

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West, Toronto, ON CANADA  M5V 3G5)

Panelists: David Pay (Music on Main), Barry Shiffman (Glenn Gould School), Vicky Chow (artist) and Barbara Scales (Latitude 45), and the Cecilia String Quartet (artists).

What makes you want to listen?  What are our needs as presenters, artists and audiences? Why do we do the work we do?

It's questions like these that are driving the development of the concept of "value-based presenting" in classical music and CAPACOA invites you to join the conversation.

Meet David Pay (Music on Main), Barry Shiffman (Glenn Gould School), Vicky Chow (artist) and Barbara Scales (Latitude 45), share in their ideas, and hear extraordinary performances from The Cecilia String Quartet as well as Vicky Chow at the Glenn Gould Studio on Sunday, November 6, 2011. Consider your own perceptions and curatorial frameworks as we explore how a value-based approach can innovate classical music performance and presenting. This will be an interactive workshop with exercises that will keep your creativity sparked long after the panel!


David Pay

David Pay is Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Music on Main, a concert series dedicated to building community through a refreshing concept of concert going: shorter concerts, a bar before and after performances, and casual, stimulating environments.

In just five years, the series has produced 120 classical, new and genre-bending music events with over 300 musicians and nearly 40 world premieres.  The UK’s Gramophone Magazine writes that Music on Main “provides western Canada with one of the finest windows onto the post-classical scene.”

As an independent arts consultant specialising in strategic planning, marketing and producing, David has worked with leading arts organizations, musicians and video artists.  In the fall of 2010, he was appointed faculty at Capilano University’s Arts & Entertainment Management Department and served as Associate Director, Fall & Winter Music Programs at The Banff Centre.  His essays and interviews about music have appeared at and in Vancouver Review.  Visit him at


Barry Shiffman

Barry Shiffman was a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet from 1989-2006. He is Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory, where he also directs of the Young Artists Performance Academy. Additionally he is the Banff Centre's Artistic Director of Summer Music Programs, and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Since 2009 he has been the Executive Artistic Director of Vancouver presenting organization Music in the Morning.


Barbara Scales

"Founder and President of Latitude 45 Arts since 1981, Barbara Scales has played an important role in the development of artists and music in Canada and around the world.
A lover of music and ideas, she holds degrees in Philosophy from McGill University with a thesis in Aesthetics. She was named CAPACOA Artist Manager/ Agent of the Year in 2008-09.


Cecilia String Quartet

Praised for their 'extraordinary commitment and maturity' (Montréal Gazette) and 'talent, passion and mastery' (Jacques Robert, JR Multimedia), the Cecilia String Quartet is one of Canada's most exciting young ensembles today.  First Prizewinners of the 2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) and Second Prizewinners of the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, they are currently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  They are also Quartet in Residence of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada for their 60th Anniversary Season.  Committed to teaching and outreach, the Cecilia Quartet have presented educational programs for elementary and high school students across the USA, Canada, and France.   The Cecilia String Quartet takes its name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music.


Vicky Chow

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow (B.M., M.M. Juilliard School; M.M., P.S. Manhattan School) has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) “virtuosic” (New Jersey Star Ledger) and “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech). She is the pianist for Bang on a Can All-Stars and have performed nationally and internationally working with award winning composers and ensembles such as Steve Reich, David Lang, Kronos Quartet and eighth blackbird. Her recordings can be found on the tzadik, AltaVoz and Cantaloupe labels. Ms. Chow is the director curator of “Contagious Sounds”, a new music series focusing on promoting adventurous contemporary performing artists and composers held at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. She resides in New York City.


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