Born out of one of the most acclaimed and appreciated chamber music festivals in the world, Festival of the Sound, Spirit ’20 is on the road again in 2020.
As celebrated master composer Dr. Allan Gilliland says of the group, “[T]he depth of their knowledge and experience is staggering and together they form one of the most unique chamber groups I have ever heard. They captivate audiences wherever they go …[T]he reception and enthusiasm for the group has been overwhelming…”
Campbell appeared with five colleagues, old and new, in a warmly received program titled Spirit 20: The Jazz Age, in which authentic period pieces by the likes of Milhaud, Martinu and Ravel were juxtaposed with recent compositions in a similar style by John Novacek, a brilliant ragtime/classical pianist from New York, and Alan Gilliland, a Canadian composer whose Spirit 20 (receiving its world premiere) turned out to be a terrific evocation of classic rags. This is the program, by the way, scheduled to tour through Ontario and British Columbia during the coming season.
TORONTO STAR, William Littler