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Performance resumé

(Highlights; pieces by Jim Hiscott capitalized):

Sept. 15/07: Performance of NORTHERN POLKA for violin and piano by Brent Akins and Jim Hiscott at the CBC True North Concert, Anglican Parish Hall, Iqaluit. Also, on Sept. 13, live performances of traditional Inuit accordion music by Simeonie Keenainak and Jim Hiscott, on the CBC Radio 2 Network program Disc Drive, with host Jurgen Gothe.

July 23/07: Premiere of BEATING HEART: double concerto for violin, button accordion and chamber orchestra; by Atis Bankas, Jim Hiscott, and the Orchestra of St. Mark's, conducted by Daniel Swift, at the opening Gala of the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, in St. Mark’s Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Commissioned by the NICMF with the assistance of the Manitoba Arts Council.

June 3/07: Premiere of MAGIC PHOENIX for Balinese gender wayang quartet and keyboard with sampler; by Maja Gender (Ann Hepper, Michael O’Neill, Andrea Ratuski and Jim Hiscott) and Cheryl Pauls, at Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church, in the GroundSwell Series. Written with the assistance of the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

May 12/07: Premiere of RIVER OF LIGHT for woodwind quintet, double bass and button accordion; by the Orpheus Winds, bassist Eric Hansen and Jim Hiscott, in the Deseret Festival, Provo, Utah. Commissioned by Eric Hansen and the Orpheus Winds with a grant from the Barlow Endowment. In the same festival, performances by Jim Hiscott of LIFE IN PARADISE, with bass clarinettist Jaren Hinckley, and of WORLD DANCES, with violinist Monte Belknap and pianist Scott Holden.

June 11/06: Performance of BLUE OCEAN for clarinet, button accordion, cello and piano and SPIRIT REEL (excerpt) for violin and button accordion; by Zoltan Kalman, clarinet, Atis Bankas, violin, Gordon Cleland, cello, Elisabeth Acker, piano, and Jim Hiscott, button accordion; at the opening night of the conference of the Canadian Association of Physicists, Sean O'Sullivan Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.

Jan. 29/06: Performance of SPIRIT REEL; by Xiao-Nan Wang and Jim Hiscott; the Manitoba Conservatory.

Nov. 24/04: Performance of SPIRIT REEL by Xiao-Nan Wang, dizi (Chinese flute) and Jim Hiscott, button accordion, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This was part of a concert by Xiao-Nan curated by Jim Hiscott, including a new arrangement of Xiao-Nan’s piece “Camel Train in the Desert” for Chinese flute, viola, and double bass.

Sept. 20-29/04: Multiple performances of an excerpt from SPIRIT REEL as well as other pieces of classical, popular and folk music by Jack Glatzer, violin; Milan Milosevitch, clarinets; and Jim Hiscott, accordions, on tour in Northern Manitoba.

Jan. 30/04: Performances of DANCING ON WINGS OF FIRE for button accordion and orchestra by Jim Hiscott with the New Orchestra of Kitchener-Waterloo, cond. Glenn Buhr, and an excerpt from SPIRIT REEL for violin and button accordion, by Stephen Sitarski and Jim Hiscott; in the Rotunda of the City Hall, Kitchener.

Jan. 27/04: Release of CBC Records CD "Blue Ocean: Music of Jim Hiscott", including performances by Jim Hiscott on BLUE OCEAN and WAVES OF PASSION.

June 11/03: Performance of WAVES OF PASSION for cello, button accordion, bass, and piano; by Paul Marleyn, Jim Hiscott, Eric Hansen, and Judith Kehler-Siebert; Eva Clare Hall, University of Manitoba.

Jan. 29/03: Performance of an excerpt from LESOTHO, THE LOON (reel) and a Basque Martxea at the Forks, Winnipeg, live-to-air on Disc Drive with Jurgen Gothe, on CBC Radio Two.

Nov. 17/02: Premiere of WORLD DANCES for violin, piano and button accordion by Gwen Hoebig, David Moroz and Jim Hiscott in the Winnipeg Chamber Music Society Series, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Commissioned by the WCMS with the assistance of the Manitoba Arts Council. This tour was organized under the auspices of Winnipeg's GroundSwell and included performances of Jim Hiscott's TREE OF LIFE for Balinese gender wayang quartet.

Nov. 15-26/02: Tour of the Canadian Balinese gender wayang quartet Maja Gender (Ann Hepper, Michael O'Neill, Andrea Ratuski and Jim Hiscott) along with pianists Laura Loewen and Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, to five Canadian cities/communities:
Nov. 15: Eva Clare Hall, the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Nov. 16: Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon
Nov. 24: The Western Front, Vancouver
Nov. 25: Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, University of Victoria, Victoria
Nov. 26: Gabriola Island Community Centre, Gabriola Island, B.C.

Oct. 27/02: Performance of DANCING ON WINGS OF FIRE for button accordion and orchestra by the Niagara Symphony conducted by Daniel Swift, with Jim Hiscott as button accordion soloist; part of a three-day SOCAN Residency (Oct. 25-27) of Hiscott with the Niagara Symphony which involved lectures to high school and university students and other outreach activities.

Mar. 26/02-- World premiere of TREE OF LIFE for Balinese gender wayang quartet by Ann Hepper, Michael O'Neill, Andrea Ratuski, and Jim Hiscott, as part of a GroundSwell concert at Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church, Winnipeg.

Apr. 2&3 /01-- Premiere of WAVES OF PASSION for cello, button accordion, bass, and piano; by Paul Marleyn, Jim Hiscott, Eric Hansen, and Sara Laimon; Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Winnipeg.

Jan. 26/01-- Performance of BLUE OCEAN by Alain Desgagné, Jim Hiscott, Paul Marleyn, and Judith Kehler Siebert in the Centara Corp. WSO New Music Festival, Centennial Hall, Winnipeg.

Jan. 14/01-- Performance of DANCING ON WINGS OF FIRE by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, with Jim Hiscott, button accordion, and conducted by Marco Parisotto; at Place des Arts, Montreal.

Sept.11-30/00-- Multiple performances of classical, folk, and popular music, as well as excerpts from SPIRIT REEL and LIFE IN PARADISE, on a 34-concert tour of Northern Manitoba and Nunavut; by Jim Hiscott, accordions; Jack Glatzer, violin, and George Zukerman, bassoon.

Feb. 3/99: playing Balinese gender wayang-- Premiere of MAYA for two oboes, string quartet, and Balinese gender wayang quartet; with Ann Hepper, Michael O'Neill, and Andrea Ratuski, genders, and WSO players led by Gwen Hoebig and conducted by Bramwell Tovey. At the WSO New Music Festival; Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.

Mar. 25/96: Premiere of THE NEEDLE'S EYE for violin, button accordion, and piano; with Stephen Sitarski, violin, and Dolores Keahey, piano; at Eva Clare Hall, the University of Manitoba.
Apr. 13/94: performances of SPIRIT REEL and RIVERS OF BRONZE with students at the Colorado College, Colorado Springs, U.S.

Jan. 31/94: playing Balinese gender wayang, Indian harmonium and percussion-- "Stretching the Borders", a full concert of new and traditional music influenced by the music of Bali and Scotland, including premiere of RIVERS OF BRONZE for four Scottish bagpipe chanters and Balinese gender wayang quartet; with GroundSwell gender quartet and Stirling Pipe Band.

Feb. 22/93: Premiere of LIFE IN PARADISE for bass clarinet and button accordion; with Lori Freedman, bass clarinet; part of the third DuMaurier Arts Ltd. WSO New Music Festival; Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.

Jan. 23/92: Premiere of DANCING ON WINGS OF FIRE for solo button accordion and orchestra; with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bramwell Tovey; at the first DuMaurier Arts Ltd. WSO New Music Festival, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg. Commercially recorded with the WSO/Tovey on March 15/93. Repeat performances Nov. 4 and 5/94, with the WSO/Tovey, in the orchestra's main season.

Sept. 5/91: Performances of SPIRIT REEL, LESOTHO, and BLUE OCEAN, as part of a complete concert of music by Jim Hiscott; with Lori Freedman, clarinet; Moshe Hammer, violin; Chris Sharpe, cello; and Guy Few, piano; part of "The Big Squeeze" festival, at the Music Gallery, Toronto.

July 4/91: Release of CD "Spirit Reel", with recorded performances of SPIRIT REEL, LESOTHO, and METIS DANCE VARIATIONS.

July 13/90: SPIRIT REEL and METIS DANCE VARIATIONS performed at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival; the former on the Main Stage, with an audience of approximately 12,000; with Victor Schultz, violin, Shirley Sawatzky, piano, and Frederick Liessens, percussion.

Apr. 8/90: Premiere of BLUE OCEAN for clarinet, button accordion, cello, and piano; with Lori Freedman, clarinet, Susan Round, Cello, and Arly Thompson, piano; at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, as part of the Vancouver New Music Society series.

Apr. 5/88: Premiere of LESOTHO for solo button accordion, at the West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg.

May 26/87: Premiere of SCHVESTER MUSIC for violin, clarinet, button and piano accordions, and percussion; with Nandor Szederkenyi, violin, Myron Schultz, clarinet, and Frederick Liessens, percussion; Winnipeg Art Gallery. Later recorded at the West End Cultural Centre for use in puppet play "Schvester".

Apr. 5/87: Performance of SPIRIT REEL with violinist Sidney Humphries at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Vancouver, as part of the Vancouver New Music Society series.

March 17/86: Premiere of METIS DANCE VARIATIONS for violin, button accordion, piano, and percussion; with Victor Schultz, violin, Barbara Riske, piano, and Frederick Liessens, percussion; at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Several subsequent performances at Metis community functions, as well as Oct. 30/86 at Young United Church, in the SATORI New Music Festival, Winnipeg.

Nov. 1/82: Premiere of SPIRIT REEL for violin and button accordion; with Victor Schultz, violin; Winnipeg Art Gallery. Also, performance in Neepawa, Manitoba.

Apr. 14/82: Premiere of ST. BRENDAN IN AMERICA for solo button accordion*; Winnipeg Art Gallery

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