Saturday, March 21, 2015

Recent Montreal music events

A lot has been going on this past little while.

Once again, I played clarinet in the orchestra for a McGill Savoy Society production. This year, we did H.M.S. Pinafore. Pinafore was also the very first production that I played in, 10 years ago. Once again, it was such a pleasure to be in the Savoy Society!

On March 7, the Sam Roberts Band played the last show of their Lo-Fantasy tour. The show was here in Montreal. And what a show it was! Stunning visual displays, a wonderful mix of older and newer songs, and a very enthusiastic audience combined to create a most memorable concert. This was my fourth time seeing the Sam Roberts Band, and it was my favourite show of theirs that I've seen.

I love living in Montreal, where there are so many great things happening.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Orchestre Lyrique de Montréal - a new orchestra worth checking out

I always find it exciting to hear a newly-formed music ensemble, and I'm fortunate to have attended the Orchestre Lyrique de Montréal's first concert on October 23, 2014.

The concert began with Schubert's "An Die Musik," in an orchestration by Arthur Luck, conducted by Simon Rivard and sung by Aline Kutan. This tribute to the power of music was a fitting opening to the concert.

Mozart's familiar "Exsultate, jubilate" was the next piece on the program, conducted by Ben Kepes. The Andante was particularly moving and beautiful. I got chills during Aline Kutan's final phrase at the end of the last movement.

Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor followed, with Ben Kepes conducting and Olivier Godin as soloist. I found that the peppy bassoon lines in the first movement were admirably played, and in the second movement, the harmonies in the horns were pleasing. The musicians captured the fiery spirit of the last movement very well. The cadenzas used in this performance were by Raoul Sosa, and Olivier Godin was good at bringing out their varied moods.

The last piece on the program was Mahler's 4th Symphony, with Aline Kutan as soloist in the final movement. Simon Rivard took us on a thrilling ride through the symphony, bringing out the wide variety of orchestral tone colour. Mahler's 4th is a symphony with much to offer, and all the musicians gave an excellent performance of it.

I'm impressed that we have enough great musicians in Montreal to make up a whole new orchestra. The Orchestre Lyrique de Montréal is well worth hearing.

Check out their website here. Information on upcoming concerts here.

--Emily Gray

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My sheet music website

Hello all. I recently created a website where I sell sheet music. It contains links to my compositions and arrangements available for sale on

Here is the website: GrayWinds Sheet Music.

It contains music for wind instruments, mostly. I may add other sheet music at a later date.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The joys of Titipu

Once again, I have had the pleasure of playing the clarinet in the McGill Savoy Society. This season was the 50th anniversary of Savoy, and my 9th year in the society. We performed The Mikado.

Rehearsals started in the fall of 2013. I very much enjoyed working with our two conductors and my fellow orchestra musicians. Later on in the season, we rehearsed with the singers, which I always enjoy. Rehearsals could sometimes be difficult, but I didn't mind all the hard work at all.

The dress rehearsals and the peformances took place in Moyse Hall at McGill. Before each performance, I brought cookies and candies for my Savoy friends. One performance was special - it being Savoy's 50th anniversary, Robin Alder, the founder of Savoy, was invited to conduct the overture. The last performance was also special - it was "Gags Night," where the performers insert extra jokes into the peformance.

The cast party after the last performance was my favourite of all Savoy cast parties I've been to. So many of my old and my new Savoy friends were there. I enjoyed hanging out with my friends. It was a night of good times, friendship, and love - a night I'll remember forever.

Here's a link to a little film I made about our production.

Many people have said that Savoy's 50th season was the best ever. I found it both very richly rewarding and great fun!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sheet music

I've been selling some of my sheet music on, both arrangements and original compositions. Maybe when I have a few more pieces of music there, I'll organize it all on a website with links to the sheet music. In the meantime, you can have a look here.