Western alumnus at the Junos

Carrabré nominated for classical composition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

T. Patrick Carrabré

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MAKING HIS ALMA MATER PROUD. Western alumnus T. Patrick Carrabré was nominated for his second Juno for classical composition “The Dark Reaches,” but lost to John Burge’s “Flanders Fields Reflections.”

In the category of classical composition of the year, Western alumnus T. Patrick Carrabré was nominated for his second Juno for his composition “The Dark Reaches,” which he wrote for the Gryphon Trio last year. The Canadian music hardware was handed out Sunday evening, and Carrabré lost to John Burge’s “Flanders Fields Reflections.”

Orchestral music fans will most likely recognize Carrabré’s work, but others may recognize his voice from his CBC radio show “The Signal” which he hosts every weekend from 10 p.m until 1 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Carrabré studied music composition at The University of Western Ontario with composer Peter Paul Koprowski " a Jules Léger Prize winner.

“Koprowski has won a lot of awards himself and that is probably what drew Carrabré to come to Western,” says Don Wright Faculty of Music’s media relations officer, Janis Wallace. Carrabré completed his masters degree in music at the university and then went on to receive a PhD from City University of New York.

“The Dark Reaches” was released last fall on the album Firebrand from the Canadian Music Centre’s record label. His first Juno nomination was for his composition Sonata No. 1 “The Penitent” for the violin and the piano in 1990 in the Best Composition category.

“It feels good. It’s nice that it might bring more attention to the music and to the performers, who are all great,” Carrabré says of his nomination in a press release.

“These are live recordings " the two piano trios that I’ve written for the Gryphon Trio are on there as well as a piano quintet that I wrote for the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society. The nomination came for the newer of the piano trios.”

He is currently the dean of music and vice-president of academic research at Brandon University in Winnipeg. Carrabré has also been the composer-in-residence for Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra since 2001. His best-known pieces include “Inuit Games,” for katajjaq throat singers and orchestra and “The Gates of Heaven.”

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