Leading up to our show at Celebration of Nations on September 7 we will be featuring each of our artists! Today’s first Artist Spotlight is guitarist and Assistant Music Director Benjamin Stein.
Benjamin Stein is a singer, lutenist, pianist, guitarist composer, music director and writer. He has played or sung for ensembles as such Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir, Opera Atelier, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, Toronto Masque Theatre and Soundstreams Canada. He has an MA in Musicology/Theory from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music in voice and classical guitar from McGill University, and is currently pursuing a PhD at York University, focusing on the re-emerging art of Western classical music improvisation. He is the proud founder of Musicians on the Edge, an initiative devoted to creating opportunities for classical musicians to reintegrate improvisation practice into music education and concert performance. He works an associate music director at Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, and has written articles on music and culture for the Toronto Star and Wholenote Magazine. More information on his activities can be found at benjaminstein.ca.
Benjamin will be appearing in RADAR and Contraries: a chamber requiem as part of a presentation of Unsettled Scores at Celebration of Nations on September 7 starting at 7:30PM at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $5 for high school students, $20 for adults, and can be booked by visiting the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website.