Colourful World

Claude Debussy, Rodney Sharman, Toru Takemitsu


Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 8pm

Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre

 Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, SFU Woodward’s

Presented with SFU Woodward’s and PuSh International Performing Arts Festival 

Prepare yourself for a truly outstanding evening as the Turning Point Ensemble celebrates a century of colour and new expression with reinvented  Debussy masterworks of 1912, the exquisite music of Toru Takemitsu and with a premiere by one of Canada’s leading composers, Rodney Sharman.

Michael Bushnell has created a new arrangement of Debussy’s rarely performed orchestral masterpiece – the enigmatic and sensual Jeux – also included will be the Debussy Cello Sonata performed by talented cellist, Ari Barnes.

The evening will also provide another rare treat of Toru Takemitusu’s work, Rain Coming and the Canadian Premiere of Archipelago S for 21 players.  With the orchestra dispersed in five different sections (“calling out to each other across the great distance separating them”), the music describes an imaginary archipelago made up of five real islands, each island’s name beginning with an “S”: islands in Stockholm, Seattle, and the Seto Inland Sea of Japan.

The dynamic concert is completed with the work of Rodney Sharman who is well-known to Vancouver audiences as a composer with a distinctive voice, a precise command of orchestration and an ability to conjure a unique sound world from Turning Point Ensemble’s large-size ensemble.  The Colourful World program is built around connections to Sharman’s music and this large-scale new commission. Visit for further information.