Dame Evelyn Glennie – Percussion
Anne Manson – Musical Director
Friday, October 7, 2016
There are many reasons to be astonished by Dame Evelyn Glennie. She’s master of a vast variety of percussive instruments, a motivational speaker, a jeweler, an arranger, and (ahem) a noble.
Audiences also tend to marvel that Glennie – the world’s premier solo percussionist – is profoundly deaf, although she has a decidedly different attitude about the matter: “For me, my deafness is no more important than the fact I am female with brown eyes,” she says.
Fresh off winning the Polar Music Prize and recording an album with Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, the Scottish polyglot will tour Eastern Canada with the MCO in the Fall of 2016. She will perform marimba, vibraphone and cloud gongs (you read that right!), arrangements of Vivaldi and Corelli and Canadian composer Christos Hatzis, as well as a handful of short, powerful contemporary works.