The Celebrity Series Festival invites a celebrated musical artist, whom has achieved performance excellence on the international stage and has been recognized for their contribution to music education, to present a week of enriching lectures, performances, and collaborations to audiences of all ages.
Past Guests Artists
2012 – David Amram
The inaugural festival was kicked off with internationally known composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author David Amram. An artistic pioneer renowned throughout the music, film and theatre worlds, David Amram’s credits range from composing the score for the original Manchurian Candidate to being awarded six honorary doctorates, including one for his ground-breaking work with beat poet, Jack Kerouac.
The weeks events included a children’s concert, workshops, live radio interviews on Jazzfm and CBC’s Q, multiple jam sessions, two performances of Mr. Amram’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the York Symphony Orchestra, an evening of jazz, poetry and a rare special screening of the revolutionary 1959 Beat Film “Pull My Daisy” featuring Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, David Amram and other notables of the beat generation. Viva Arts is proud to have hosted the Canadian premiere film screening of Lawrence Kramen’s documentary, David Amram: The First 80 Years.
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Music in the Barns
Performers & Special Guests
Roberto Occhipinti Trio
Les Alt, Flute (National Ballet Orchestra)
Lawrence Kramen, Film Director and Producer (New York)