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May 16th, 2020
Northern Arts and Cultural Centre

In search for a musical identity that embraces all of Canada, the duo meagan&amy presents connections between Canadian music and the traditional canon of classical repertoire. Selected as winners of the "Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Partnership" recital tour offered by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and Prairie Debut, the duo will explore with Canadian audiences in all ten provinces and all three territories what it is that makes Canadian music "Canadian". Their program pairs Canadian composers such as Jocelyn Morlock, André Mathieu and Saskatchewan's own David McIntyre with well-known icons that influenced these contemporary composers including Mozart, Fauré and Shostakovich. This is an opportunity to discover a shared musical heritage that, while inspired by composers of centuries past, has evolved its own distinct Canadian qualities. The tour will not only be a partnership of the touring networks, but a partnership of composers, and a partnership of artistic excellence.

meagan&amy, a vibrant Canadian duo consisting of violinist Amy Hillis and pianist Meagan Milatz, share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. Both hailing from Saskatchewan, pianist Meagan Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis began their partnership in 2011 at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. meagan&amy's recent performance highlights include recitals at Ottawa Chamberfest and the Festival International de Lanaudière, as well as a national broadcast of their complete recital on CBC's In Concert in 2018. They are regularly featured on other CBC Music programs such as Tempo with Julie Nesrallah and Backstage with Ben Heppner. Drawing from their individual strengths – Milatz’s affinity for the fortepiano repertoire and Hillis’s aptitudes for contemporary music – their artistic acumen combines to create programs of interest, intrigue, and an informative concert experience for all audiences.

meagan&amy were awarded the first ever “Pan-Canadian Partnership” tour by Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut. As a result, they will tour to over 40 different Canadian cities during the 2019-2020 season.