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Lydia Munchinsky, cello
Leslie Ting, violin
Kathryn Tremills, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 pm
$25/$10 Snrs, Students, Art Workers/$5 Kids under 12 (cash at the door)
The trio is pleased to present this concert as a "relaxed performance" where movement as needed to during the performance is allowed. We're also excited to have Seth Taylor Coffee by Design (www.sethtaylor.ca) to provide refreshment during the concert.
Cellist Lydia Munchinsky completed her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello before coming to Toronto in 2000 to study cello with Simon Fryer and piano with Peter Longworth at The Glenn Gould School of Music. At the ages of 10 and 12 she performed at the International Suzuki Conventions in Australia and Korea, and spent 3 months as an exchange student in France when she was 16. When she was 19, Lydia traveled across Europe with her cello and spent 3 months in Switzerland at the International Christian Study and Philosophy Centre l'Abri. Since completing the Performance Diploma Program at the GGS, Lydia's eclectic performance experience has included playing for Stage West and Theatre Aquarius, Dr. Draw, the Array Ensemble, Sarah Slean, the Venuti String Quartet and chamber folk group Ozere. Lydia also toured extensively with Quartetto Gelato, usually with her baby daughter in tow, and is featured on their most recent recording. She has premiered solo cello and chamber music works by a number of Toronto and Austrian composers and gives recitals regularly, some of which have been recorded by CBC and CIUT radio. Lydia taught for two years with Sistema Toronto in Parkdale and currently teaches at the Toronto School for Strings. She now has two children, Arya (4) and William (2).
Leslie Ting is a Toronto-based violinist and multi-disciplinary artist. Her live performances, which have been described as creating ”fire without smoke” (Strad Magazine), strive for honesty and authenticity. A diverse performer, she held a principal position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony while creating an immersive multi-disciplinary work, Speculation, lauded as “the most unique theatre experience I have ever encountered” (EyeGo). Formerly a practicing optometrist, Leslie brings to the stage her vast depth of knowledge of sight and our relationship to it. Her work as been supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. She has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, Music in the Barns, Pocket Concerts, and Bicycle Opera Project. To further explore her art practice, Leslie attended the Art of Stillness Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the centre’s first major multi-disciplinary residency. Photo credit: Bo Huang
Pianist Kathryn Tremills is a virtuoso and versatile musician who is in great demand as a performer, coach, teacher and adjudicator. She holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Toronto. In addition to performing on numerous concert series including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Off Centre Music Salon, Canadian Art Song Project, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Thursday Noon Concerts and Pro Musica Detroit, Kathryn has been on the musical staff at the Canadian Opera Company. She is a member of Women on the Verge with sopranos Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Martin with upcoming engagements in the US, Canada, France and England. Twice a Canada Council Grant recipient, she has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in North America. Kathryn holds an appointment to the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and in summers, is a faculty member of the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy (COSI) and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA). She recently released her latest chamber music album, Piano Centric.
Kathryn lives in Toronto with her husband, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, and enjoys life with their three-year- old son, Benjamin.
Preludes & Rhapsodies
Buzz Brass Quintet with special guests
Kara Huber, piano,
Antoine Malette-Chenier, harp
Saturday February 10, 2018 at 8 pm
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Preludes & Rhapsodies - Program
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 ----- Brass Quintet Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Arr. Sylvain Lapointe, Julien Proulx & Louis Babin
Beige Nocture & Harpicide at Midnight, from Around the Clock --- Harp Pearl Chertok
3 Preludes ----- Brass Quintet & Piano George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Arr. Louis Babin
Preludes Op. 32 ---- Piano Sergueï Rachmaninov
-- No. 1 in C Major
-- No. 9 in A Major
An American in Paris ----- Brass Quintet George Gershwin
Arr. Christopher B.J. Smith
------ Intermission ------
Danse macabre ----- Brass Quintet & Harp Camille Saint-Saëns (1853-1921)
Arr. François Valière
Preludes Op. 32 ---- Piano Sergueï Rachmaninov
-- No. 5 in G Major
-- No. 12 in G-sharp Minor
Milonga del Ãngel ----- Brass Quintet Astor Piazzola
Arr. Javier Sebastián Asencio
Rhapsody in Blue ----- Brass Quintet & Piano George Gershwin
Arr. Louis Babin
Since its foundation in September 2002 and its subsequent officialization in 2003, Buzz Brass has been performing all across Quebec and Canada as well as in the United States, Europe and China. The ensemble has thus given over 1,400 performances on three continents, in primary and secondary schools as well as in famous halls, reaching more than 275,000 spectators, not counting a vast radio, television and Internet audience. Journalists and spectators alike continuously acclaim the ensemble’s performances while the quintet’s obtaining of the 2014 OPUS Award for “Concert of the Year—Multiple Repertoire” is added to the numerous other prizes and distinctions that the quintet is regularly awarded and confirms Buzz’s place of choice among the best concert- music ensembles in Quebec.
Sylvain Lapointe – founder / trumpet
Frédéric Gagnon – principal trumpet
Pascal Lafrenière – horn
Jason De Carufel – trombone
Sylvain Arseneau – bass trombone
An innovative and creative harpist, Antoine Malette-Chénier plays a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary creations. He has won many awards, including the Jury's Award at the Concours du Prix d'Europe 2017, a first prize at the 2013 OSM Standard Life Competition, and the 2014 Michael Measures prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. Principal harp of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Antoine has performed as a soloist, chamber, basso continuo and orchestral player in Canada, France, and the United States with ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montréal. Antoine holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, McGill University, the Université de Montréal and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon.
The 2016-2017 season featured Kara Huber’s Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall and the Steinway Series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, the Piano Virtuoso Series at the Canadian Opera Company, and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, New York. Often hired as a recitalist for her inventive and creative programming that all audiences can enjoy, Ms. Huber has performed across North America, Europe, and Australia. She was featured with the York Symphony Orchestra as well as conducted and performed with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra in Toronto. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Audience Favorite Award in the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Quickly gaining an international reputation for her extraordinary prowess and flair for contemporary music, Kara works closely with living composers and recorded with the ARC Ensemble for Chandos Records, which was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.
The Art of the Clarinet:
Dominic Desautels with Ben Smith, piano
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8 pm
$25 /$10 Student
Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844 — 1937)
Introduction et Rondo op. 72 (1898)
Paul HINDEMITH (1895 — 1963)
Alban BERG (1885 — 1935)
4 Pieces, op. 5 (1913)
Johannes BRAHMS (1833 — 1897)
Sonata op. 120 no. 2 in Eb Maj. (1894)
Dominic Desautels has been the principal clarinetist at Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada since 2012. He has quickly earned acclaim and recognition since his debut as soloist at age 21 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the principal clarinet with the Canadian Opera Company.
Known for his singing approach to clarinet playing, Dominic is the winner of several competitions and awards in Canada, including Radio-Canada’s Auditions Jeunes Artistes, and the concerto competitions of the Université de Montréal and Orchestre de la Francophonie.
More recently he won the 3rd prize at the 33rd edition of the International Stepping Stone competition, the only clarinetist to have been awarded a prize in the prestigious Canadian competition since 1978. His awards even cross over to jazz, being the Stingray Rising Star Award winner at the 2015 Halifax Jazz Festival with his sextet called The New Bridge.
Dominic is in increasing demand as a chamber musician and soloist in Canada and internationally with regular appearances on public radio and television. He was a featured soloist with various orchestras, including the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Sinfonia Lanaudière, Symphony Nova Scotia and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Dominic has studied primarily with Jean-François Normand, Robert Riseling, and Joaquin Valdepeñas; after studies at the Conservatoire de Montréal and the Glenn Gould School, he earned a Bachelors degree from the Université de Montréal in 2007. Upon graduation, he was hired as the principal clarinetist of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, a position he held until coming back to Canada in 2012. Dominic has served as acting principal clarinetist with ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.
Beyond his duties as principal clarinetist with Symphony Nova Scotia and being a member of its board of directors, he is a member of Rhapsody Quintet, a faculty member at Dalhousie University and guest artist/faculty at Scotia Festival of Music. He is the co-artistic director of the Montreal-based chamber ensemble The Parcival Project and can be heard online on YouTube with this ensemble.
Dominic Desautels has recently been named a Backun Artist and plays MoBa clarinets made with cocobolo wood, crafted in Canada.
Described as a “thoughtful and immensely exciting performer” with “scintillating technique” (Barrie Examiner), Chatham, Ontario native Ben Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the CMC Stepping Stone Competition. Solo appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Ontario Philharmonic, Orchestra London, the Clairion Symphony, and the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra. Festival appearances include Toronto Summer Music, Banff Summer Arts, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Long Leaf Opera Festival in Raleigh, NC, and Colours of Music in Barrie. Recent highlights include recitals in Chicago, Corpus Christi, and Carnegie’s Weill Hall with Canadian cellist Dongkyun An, with whom he will soon be releasing a recording.
Devoting considerable time to chamber music, Ben has been heard on CBC Radio 2 and Classical 96.3, and has partnered in recital with renowned artists such as Colin Carr, Martin Beaver, Jacques Israelievitch, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Bonnie Hampton, William VerMeulen, and Mark Fewer, and with ensembles including the Annex and Cecilia string quartets. For the past two seasons he has performed as part of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn (ISA) piano trio. Involved with music of our time as well, he is a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, and has worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, and Chandler Carter.
Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the RCM. Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario, and has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers have been Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.
Land’s End Ensemble
An Evening with Robert Aitken, flute
Sunday February 4, 2018 at 8 pm. Introduction at 7:15
$35/$25 Seniors & Arts Workers/ $10 Students
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Land’s End Ensemble
John Lowry, violin
Beth Root Sandvoss, cello
Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano
Robert Aitken, flute
Max Oppenheimer – Portrait of Anton Webern (1909)
Hope Lee (China/Canada b.1953) – New Work (2017)
Sean Clarke (Canada b.1983) – New Work (2017)
Matthew Ricketts (Canada b.1986) – Graffiti Songs (2010)
Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951) – Kammersymphonie Op. 9* (1906)
* 1922 chamber arrangement by Anton Webern (Austria 1883-1945)
“If you want to see a contemporary music ensemble perform provocative, brilliant and relevant work, with an eye for the narrative, then look no further than this bold ensemble that does it all” – Calgary Herald
Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s is a highly regarded chamber-musician and collaborative artist. She has performed with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Catherine Monoukian, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi.
John Lowry has been Associate Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987. He was Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony for the 2002-2003 season, and has served as Guest Concertmaster of orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Red Deer, and the Adelaide Symphony of South Australia.
Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth’s early professional activities took her to Hong Kong, where she became a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Victoria String Quartet, performing throughout Asia.
Vincent Ho is widely recognized as one of the most exciting composers of his generation. His works have been hailed for their profound expressiveness and textural beauty, leaving audiences talking about them with great enthusiasm. His many awards have included Harvard University’s Fromm Music Commission, The Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize,” ASCAP’s “Morton Gould Young Composer Award,” four SOCAN Young Composers Awards, and CBC Radio’s Audience Choice Award (2009 Young Composers’ Competition).
Robert Morris Aitken, CM, is a Canadian composer and flautist. He began his career as a teenager playing in a number of orchestras, notably becoming the youngest principal flautist in the history of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1958 at the age of 19. In 1971, he abandoned ensemble performance to pursue a highly successful solo career. He has appeared as a soloist with major symphony orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has made more than 40 commercial recordings.
Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Aitken has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of New Music Concerts in Toronto. He has also done classical and contemporary music (along with eminent harpist Erica Goodman) on BIS Records. He studied flute wirh Nicolas Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Andre Jaunet, Severino Gazzelloni, and Hubert Barwahser.
From 1988 to 2004, Aitken was a member of the music faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He is also a former faculty member of the University of Toronto(1960–1975) and the Shawnigan Summer School of Arts (1972–1982) and was director of advanced studies in music at the Banff Centre from 1985 to 1989.
The Art of the Piano: Max Midroit
Special Guest: Mike Angell, tenor
Friday February 2, 2018 at 7 pm
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Pianist Max Midroit's active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist has led him to perform at many of New York City's most important venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall, as well as in Germany, the Netherlands, and his native France.
In collaboration with other artists, he participated in many world premieres, performed for dance for the NYU distinguished choreographers series, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, the American Repertory Ballet. His expertise as a studio musician lead him to work for many years with the NYU Scoring for Film and Multimedia program, performing live music for animation and silent films at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as well as at the National Gallery of Washington DC.
He has recorded for the CRI label as well as for independent film, documentaries, and pop music.
At home in many styles and mediums, his versatility as a musician has been hailed by critics; the Denver Post noted his "ravishing tone" in a "scintillating" performance of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the Colorado Symphony, described by NBC's Channel 4 as "on all accounts brilliant," and after his performance of rag-style music by Willie (the Lion) Smith, the New York Times commented that Mr. Midroit "played with ferocious speed and sweetness.”
He has collaborated with many international opera stars as well as Grammy, TONY, and Academy Award winners, and most recently had the immense privilege to spend a few months at the piano for Meryl Streep as she prepared for her Academy Award nominated performance as Florence Foster Jenkins.
Dr. Midroit holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Rice University, and obtained a PhD from New York University, focusing on the analysis of stratification and symmetry in Benjamin Britten's music. He has been on faculty at Queens College (City University of New York), New York University, and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.
The Art of the Piano: Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8 pm
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Andante with Variations in F Minor, Hob.XVII:6
Variations on the theme by Robert Schumann Op. 9
Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations)
MIKHAIL GLINKA & MILY BALAKIREV
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY & MIKHAIL PLETNEV
Concert Suite from the Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”
2. Dance of Pages
5. Fairy of Silver
6. The Booted Tom-Cat and the White Cat
8. The Singing Canary
9. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.
As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.
Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.
Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.
Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.
Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca.
Five for Five
Wednesday, January 31, 2017 at 8 pm
$30/$25 (cash at the door); online at bemusednetwork.com
Michael Westwood, clarinet
Yosef Tamir, viola
Megumi Okamoto, piano
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Amy Laing, cello