Musikon was the brainchild of composer Michael Parker, pianist Barbara Pritchard and composer Bob Bauer. This trio began meeting in the spring of 2011 to address the fact that
The idea for Musikon took its final form when the founders met with Saint Mary's
Our mandate was to feature music by Canadian composers that reflects the spirit of the art installations at Saint Mary's Gallery at the time of each concert. On each program we included at least one work by an established Canadian composer, an Atlantic based composer and an emerging Canadian composer.
Over our five years of existence we presented music by 37 Canadian composers including 10 world premiere commissions.
We have also featured a total of 29 musicians, mainly local but also some visiting guests.
"Fascinating combination of visual art/music/poetry. It brings another dimension to the experience. Wonderful."
"You have certainly ‘raised the bar’ for content and performers.....“awesome” is the best way to describe the event. The evening was the perfect combination of music, poetry, art work, and performers. I loved the way the piano was situated against the backdrop of the vibrant paintings, and was truly impressed with the energy from both the musical artists and the art work. I enjoyed every second of the concert."