Past Shows

Nov 7-8, 2014
The Poem / The Song

A program presenting music inspired by the poem and poetry in a variety of contrasting musical settings. Among the highlights: Margaret Atwood will read her poetry accompanied by a brand new composition; Franz Liszt's musical impression of Petrarch's Sonnets; song from the worldwide smash-hit musical that was inspired by the poetry of T. S. Eliot; a venerable jazz standard paired with its poetic homage; a fantastical setting of Walt Whitman by George Crumb; and the ultimate marriage of poetry and music in the work of Leonard Cohen.

Click on the links below in the Program listing for audio and video.


Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto


A History of Western Music: Chapter 29
August Kleinzahler

I Thought About You
Johnny Mercer

George Crumb

Andrew Lloyd Webber, arranged by Shelly Berger


Thriller Suite
Text by Margaret Atwood
Music by Dan Parr

Three Petrarch Sonnets
Franz Liszt

Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
Leonard Cohen, arr. by Gavin Bryars

Boogie Street
Leonard Cohen, arr. by Bryden Baird

Dress Rehearsal Rag
Leonard Cohen, arr. by Jim McGrath


Kevin Lamotte


Margaret Atwood, Reader
Thom Allison, Singer 
Andrew Burashko, Piano
Andrew Downing, Bass
Gregory Hoskins, Singer
Carla Huhtanen, Singer
John Johnson, Saxophone
Rachel Mercer, Cello
Rob Piltch, Guitar
Barry Shiffman, Violin

Production Manager

Maureen Callaghan

Season Sponsor
Season Patrons

Eli & Phil Taylor

Production Sponsor

James & Margaret Fleck