Against the Grain Theatre bring its unique new production of Ayre, a song cycle of Arabic, Ladino, Sardinian and Spanish texts by Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov, to Toronto's Ismaili Centre for three nights only. Directed by AtG artistic director Joel Ivany, this immersive musical experience features the lyrical voice of Lebanese-Canadian soprano Miriam Khalil along with eleven world-class instrumentalists. Debuting to acclaim last summer at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Ayre is a moving AtG production that is not to be missed.
“ . . . this was the best I’ve ever heard [Ayre]. Khalil carried the melodies to an entirely new place that tied together the amalgam, and the troupe became a band — the kind that you might imagine would roam the streets of Cairo with the best of them." - Musical Toronto
This production is a partnership with the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music which will open the first half of the program with Golijov's Lúa Descolorida; Yiddishbbuk and Tenebrae.