“Everything is Green” is the inaugural performance project of the interdisciplinary Looking Glass Ensemble. Critically acclaimed artists Christine Carter (clarinet) and Shannon Litzenberger (contemporary dance/choreography) join forces with Canada’s trailblazing pianist, Gregory Oh, for Randy Woolf’s breathtaking “Everything is Green” and Arvo Pärt’s equally exquisite “Spiegel im Spiegel” (“Mirror in the Mirror”). The program is rounded out with Ludwig von Beethoven’s early Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello and Vivian Fung’s whimsical “Billy Collins Suite” for clarinet, cello, piano, and narrator, in collaboration with award-winning cellist Vernon Regehr.
Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 (1797)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio / Adagio / Tema con variazioni: Allegretto
Everything is Green (2003)
Randy Woolf (b. 1959)
For clarinet, piano, pre-recorded soundtrack and dance film
Spiegel im Spiegel (1978)
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
The Billy Collins Suite (2007, rev. 2016)
Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Insomnia / The Man in the Moon / The Willies
The Looking Glass Ensemble is an interdisciplinary performance collective founded by Canadian clarinetist Christine Carter and dancer/choreographer Shannon Litzenberger. The two artists launched the collective in 2022 with their inaugural project, “Everything is Green,” in collaboration with Canada’s trailblazing pianist Gregory Oh and award-winning cellist Vernon Regehr.
Premiered in St. John’s with a co-presentation by Memorial University, the Festival of New Dance, and Business and Arts NL, Everything is Green pairs newly imagined interdisciplinary creations, including Randy Woolf’s breathtaking “Everything is Green” and Arvo Pärt’s equally exquisite “Spiegel im Spiegel” (“Mirror in the Mirror”), with whimsical repertoire for the clarinet, cello, and piano trio combination.
Shannon Litzenberger is an award-winning dancer, choreographer and director based in Toronto. Her work explores our relationship to land, the politics of belonging, and the forgotten wisdom of the body. She collaborates frequently with the Dark by Five ensemble and the wind in the leaves collective. Her imaginative productions have been presented across Canada and the US and she has collaborated with some of Canada’s most celebrated artists including Marie-Josée Chartier, Lorna Crozier, Christopher Dewdney, Susan Aglukark, David Earle, Ravi Jain, Don McKay, charles c. smith and Michael Greyeyes, among others. She has been an invited resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, Atlantic Ballet Theatre, Banff Centre, and Saskatoon’s Remai Modern. Shannon is the recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance, the recipient of a 2019 Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a twice-shortlisted finalist for the prestigious KM Hunter Award. Her recent work World After Dark was nominated for a 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award.
Clarinetist Christine Carter has performed at venues across the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. She is the clarinetist of the critically acclaimed Iris Trio and Dark by Five inter-arts ensemble, and regularly collaborates with Duo Concertante, with whom she has released two albums on Marquis Classics. Her performances have been praised for their “striking expression” (Bremen Wester Kurier), “seductive tone and effortless fluidity” (The Clarinet), and “golden legato” (Fanfare Magazine), and her debut recording with the Iris Trio was featured by CBC as a top ten classical release. She has also performed extensively as an orchestral musician, including engagements with the New World Symphony, Montréal Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and under the batons of some of the world’s finest conductors, such as Lorin Maazel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kent Nagano, and Fabio Luisi. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music and is Associate Professor of Music at Memorial University in St. John’s. Christine is a Buffet Crampon Artist.
Gregory Oh tends to wander the genres, appearing in places from the legendary Berlin techno club Berghain to Lincoln Centre. Recently he conducted RUR A Torrent of Light (Nicole Lizée/Nic Billon) for Tapestry Opera, The Cave (Tomson Highway/John Millard) for the Luminato Festival, Toshio Hosokawa’s The Raven at the University of Toronto, Ride the Wind with Roscoe Mitchell, appeared as the piano soloist in Scott Good’s Hands of Orlac with the London Symphonia and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, toured Rwanda and the UK with Neema Bickersteth and Century Song (Volcano), and was featured as conductor and pianist at the Shanghai New Music Festival. He also has also worked with and performed the music of hundreds of composers including Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Frederic Rzewski and Jörg Widmann. Other credits: Continuum, the Canadian Opera Company, Native Earth, Canadian Stage, Soulpepper, New Music Concerts and San Diego Opera. He teaches at Memorial University of Newfoundland and NYO Canada and programs the Music Garden at Harbourfront Centre.
An avid performer and teacher, cellist Vernon Regehr serves on the faculty of the School of Music at Memorial University and the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, and has been invited to festivals and concert venues across North America and Europe. His solo album, Full Spectrum, features Canadian works for unaccompanied cello including Lamentations, winner of an East Coast Music Award for Composition of the Year. Recently he commissioned and premiered Andrew Staniland’s Calamus song cycle with soprano Jane Leibel, and is currently collaborating with author and filmmaker Kenneth J. Harvey to reimagine the cycle as a collection of short films. Regehr is also the conductor and musical advisor to the Kittiwake Dance Theatre.