The Piano Concert

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Multiple Contributors
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — 9:00pm
National Music Centre
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Presented post-humously in honour of Kenny Doren, through the support of The National Music Centre,

Performed by: Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, Akiko Tominaga and Julia Haager

Artistic Direction: John Abram and Barbara Sutherland

John Cage famously stated “Composing’s one thing, performing’s another, listening’s a third. What can they have to do with one another?”
This concert will destabilize the routine relationships between composer, performer and listener.

Arranged in three short programmes, the pianists will present iconic works of the western classical canon, while struggling with visual, aural and physical obstructions which hopefully will stimulate new musical experiences and expand our perception and appreciation of these well-known classical pieces.

1966 – 2012

Albertan artist Kenneth Doren passed away in Edmonton on September 22, 2012 at the age of 45 years. Kenny was a Canadian multi-media artist and composer whose art installations, videos and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, the U.S.A. and most recently at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France.

Kenneth’s work consisted of research and practice into varied forms of musical interventions that engage a political discourse, using video installation and performance. Kenny had been directly and actively involved in artist run centres teaching production and post-production workshops, video and sound editing for artists, and participating on boards and committees. He was also professionally employed as a director, video camera operator and video and sound editor. He also enjoyed teaching at NSCAD University after he completed his Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA).

Kenneth obtained his MFA from NSCAD University in 2005 and received an Alumni Award from Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary for recognition as one of the top 75 students throughout ACAD’s seventy-five year history.

A warm person with a passion for enjoying life, Kenny had a mischievous sense of humour and the ability to make deep friendships with others. He enjoyed all the arts, reading, cooking and baking, good food, and time with people he loved. Kenneth had an open heart and was not afraid to be vulnerable. He was wise, a good listener, eager to help others, and infinitely creative. He loved to travel and lived in Edmonton, Calgary, Guelph, Halifax, Berlin and Gaborone.

He is deeply loved and missed.


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