This program is a celebration of all the arts-chamber music style! We present Michael Horwood’s Birds, which combines music and over 120 projected images to tell a story designed by Toronto writer Michael Schulman. You’ll hear “Baby Birds,” “Endangered Birds,” and even “Strange Birds” come vividly to life with the piccolo and piano. Continuing the bird theme, we conclude with Thomas Albert’s Thirteen Ways, which sets Wallace Stevens’s poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by having the musicians read lines from the poem painting them musically. Much like Horwood’s birds, Albert’s blackbird comes to us in different perspectives, asking us to check our memory of the blackbird’s song against what we hear. This work features flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, and percussion. The performance will be followed by an opportunity for you to meet the musicians. Chat about the music, the birds, the instruments, and more!