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The more we understand what is happening in music, the more inclined we are to engage in it. The deeper audiences understand music, the better equipped they are to engage with other music experiences. We want our audiences to understand music and musicians better because they saw a Canvas concert.

ALL ABOUT THE DINGS: Canvas Lab chimes in with Trashed

The Lab was back in session with Trashed - a new program about how materials are used both in the physical and musical world. Audience members enjoyed live performance of works by Arvo Pärt, Lady Gaga, John Cage, Michael Nyman, and young composers Abel Lifschutz and Jack Herscowitz.

Canvas founder Lynn Hutchinson discussed what music is made of and how materials are reduced, reused and recycled by composers. Minimalism, fugues and the moral divide between borrowing and stealing when recycling musical ideas. Audience members were composers themselves as the band played and improvised upon hand-written themes.

Special thanks to Dr. Jenney Hall for bringing to the surface the need for thoughtful material use to keep our fragile planet in balance.



It is 1933. You are a young Jewish composer living in Amsterdam. Across the eastern border of the Netherlands lies Germany. You hear rumors of increasing discrimination against Jews. You continue to write and hope for the best, not realizing what is around the corner.

Mokum shares the stories of nine musicians and composers living in Amsterdam before and during the Nazi Occupation. Their compelling tales are told through animation, film and performance of pieces they wrote.

Artwork by Julia Veldman C

Artwork by Julia Veldman C

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