Shannon’s piece “The Mysterious Island” inspired by the Jules Verne novel will be premiered on Sunday June 2, 2019 at Alliance Francaise de Toronto.


Sunday June 2, 2019
Alliance Francaise Toronto, 24 Spadina Road

Tickets: advance $20 adults / $10 children / $10 adult members / $5 children members


Young Audience show.

Presented by Spectrum Music with Florian François.

What can transport you Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea or take you on a trip Around the World in 80 Days? The novels of Jules Verne and now, the music of the Spectrum composers. With this concert, in partnership with the Alliance Française de Toronto’s Sunday Family program, we pay tribute to one of France’s greatest literary figures and the Father of Science Fiction. Can the exploration of the world around us deepen our understanding of ourselves? Verne’s stories from “Voyages Extraordinaires” will inspire playful and wondrous new pieces performed by a hand-picked ensemble of Toronto’s finest jazz/world musicians. The addition of Francophone actors, Florian Francois and Genevieve Fontaine, will bring this adventurous music to life.

Voyage au centre de la Terre (Journey to the Centre of the Earth) – Graham Campbell
Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) – Naoko Tsujita
Autour de la Lune (‘Round the Moon) – Mason Victoria
Une ville flottante (A Floating City) – Suzannah Wilde
Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours (Around the World in 80 Days) – Chelsea McBride
L’Île mystérieuse (The Mysterious Island) – Shannon Graham

Home FB size 1Concert June 2, 8pm
Alliance Francaise de Toronto
24 Spadina Rd.
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Is “home” a place in which you reside, or something that resides within you?  What does it mean to grow and evolve, without forgetting one’s roots? The Spectrum composers tells stories of home, identity, and ultimately, the common experiences that unite us as human, no matter where we live.


Chan Kol Nidre by Patty Chan, arr. Chelsea McBride
Doghouses by Jacob Starling
No Place Like Home by Chelsea McBride
Northeast Lakota Lullaby, traditional, adapted by Patty Chan, arr. by Chelsea McBride
Re-cordis by Javier Vazquez
Remembering Home by Roydon Tse
Rumination by Shannon Graham

Spectrum composers create a distinctly Canadian repertoire for traditional Chinese instruments performed by:

Patty Chan, Concertmaster of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, on Erhu (Chinese fiddle)
Di Zhang on the Yangqin (Chinese Dulcimer)
Ziwen Qin on the Gu Zheng (Chinese Harp)

The concert will be preceeded by a pre-show panel discussion at 7:30pm about home and identity as it relates to music, featuring:
Patty Chan, performer
Roydon Tse, composer
Shelley Zhang, ethnomusicologist
Aziza Mohammed, host of Salon West