Serendipitous Events Lead to February Concerts

(February 10, 2009 —Thunder Bay, ON) Ser – en – dip- i- ty: an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.  Judging by the events that transpired to bring about New Music North’s upcoming concert exchange pilot project, composer Aris Carastathis seems to have just such an aptitude.

The concert, which features music by Canadian composers, Darlene Chepil Reid, Robert Lemay, and Mark Nerenberg, as well as Carastathis, among others, will take place in Thunder Bay on February 12.  It will also be performed in Toronto, as part of a new-music exchange pilot project.

Carastathis explains, “We had invited composer Mark Neremberg to perform live electronics with us for this saxophone, piano, and live electronics concert we were planning in Thunder Bay.  During talks, we came up with this idea of doing a kind of exchange.  He would come to Thunder Bay to perform with us, and then we would go to Toronto to perform with him.”

Greek saxophonist Stathis Mavrommatis will also be performing at the concert, which Carastathis arranged while collaborating with him on several music projects in Athens last year. Carastathis says, “While I was on on sabbatical last year, we talked about the possibility of doing a concert together.  This concert is the result of those conversations.” Lakehead University graduate Derek Oger will play piano.

The concert will take place in Thunder Bay, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church on Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 at the door. The Toronto concert will be performed at Gallery 345 Sunday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.

New Music North is the first organization of its kind in the region and, with individual, corporate and government support, brings new concert music closer to the general public. New Music North is a non-profit, incorporated organization with dedicated volunteers at the heart of its operation.


Media:  Dr. Aris Carastathis is available for media interview. For information please contact
Darlene Chepil Reid at (807) 767-3612 or Aris Carastathis at (807) 343-8652.

About Lakehead
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Last updated February 11, 2009

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