Autorickshaw to Headline University Settlement Festival
CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF MUSIC IN THE MAKING
UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT’S FIRST EVER FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND CULTURE
Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2 PM
Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West)
Indian Fusion Band Autorickshaw will headline the University Settlement’s Music and Art School’s 90th anniversary concert, University Settlement’s first ever festival of music and culture. This multi-cultural celebration will take place on Sunday, April 17 at 2 PM at Glenn Gould Studio. The concert includes: Kathak Dance by Joanna deSouza, GuZheng performances from the Fan Shang-E Zheng Music Association, University of Toronto Klezmer Band, Iranian Drumming by Manouchehr Chahardooli, Chinese Erhu by Yuan Wang and a special presentation of University Settlement Music and Arts School students. Proceeds from this event will support all University Settlement programs and services.
Director of the Music & Arts School, Anne Yardley, began her 22 years of work at the school as a music teacher. “I am proud to be part of this milestone. This concert brings together performers from different cultures and walks of life. What a great way to celebrate the diversity of our clientele and the wonderful work we do at University Settlement!”
Toronto’s own Autorickshaw formed in 2003, has been nominated for 2 JUNO awards for World Music Album of the Year, and has graced European World Music Charts at #14. David Ryshpan, reviewing the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2008 says of Autorickshaw: “Their music is a mixture of traditional Carnatic music of South India, more modern bhangra and Bollywood-inspired Indian music, and American jazz and pop.” Touring prolifically throughout Canada and the world with coast to coast appearances from the Vancouver Folk Festival to the Montreal Jazz Festival, New York City, Washington DC, San Francisco, Sweden, Chennai and Bangalore, at the Congo Square Jazz Festival, and the Jaipur International Heritage Festival.
The University Settlement Music and Arts School opened in 1921, with only 2 students. Today over 280 students of all ages, levels, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds study music and dance with the help of 25 highly qualified teachers. The Music and Arts School is a part of the larger University Settlement centre established in 1910, in the heart of downtown Toronto. Located next to the AGO and OCAD the school is literally in the middle of the arts and culture scene. The school offers music classes in piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, accordion, voice, drum set/percussion, along with ear training and theory as well as tap, ballet and jazz dance classes, computer music and choir.
University Settlement receives funding from United Way Toronto, the Federal and Provincial governments, the City of Toronto and the private sector. In addition, funds are collected through registration fees of various programs and a number of different fundraising events held by the Agency.
The GGS box office will be open for ticket sales two hours before the concert
Concert supporters: Gluskin Sheff, Wilson Vukelich LLP, Long & McQuade
Tickets: $45 adults, *$20 for seniors and children 18 and under
(*note- reduced price tickets only available in person and service charges may apply when purchasing on-line)
416-872-4255, in person at Roy Thomson box office (King & Simcoe); www.roythomson.com.
For more information on Autorickshaw visit http://www.autorickshaw.ca/
For more information on University Settlement, please visit http://www.universitysettlement.ca
For more information:
Director, Music & Arts School
416 598 3444 x 243