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The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas III

Tuesday October 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
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BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 3 op. 1 in C major
1. Allegro con brio, common time
2. Adagio, 2/4 in E major
3. Scherzo: Allegro
4. Allegro assai

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 17 op.31 in d minor (The Tempest)
1. Largo – Allegro
2. Adagio (B flat major)
3. Allegretto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 25 op. 79 in G major
1. Presto alla tedesca
2. Andante
3. Vivace

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 30 op. 109 in E major
1. Vivace ma non troppo — Adagio espressivo
2. Prestissimo
3.Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung. Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes & Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

The Art of the Piano: Raphaël Sudan

Sunday October 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm 
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Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886)
- Liebestraum n°2 "O Lieb"
- Six Consolations 
- Années de Pèlerinages, première année : Suisse (extracts) 
- La Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
- Le Mal du Pays
- Les Cloches de Genève
-  Ballade n°2

 «Virtuosity is not an objective in itself. It is a way to express the music hidden beyond the notes»

Born in 1985 in Fribourg –Switzerland, Raphaël Sudan is both a piano and an improvisation professor at the Ecole de Musique du Pays d'Enhaut, in Château d'Oex, Switzerland. He studied classical piano in the conservatoire de Fribourg (Teaching Diploma ; Master of Arts in Musical Performance), followed by postgraduate studies at the Conservatori Liceu in Barcelona, and private lessons with Paul Badura- Skoda and Luiz de Moura Castro. He also studied jazz piano in Fribourg, and classical and contemporary improvisation at the Versailles Conservatory, where he earned the Public’s Choice Award in the Versailles Conservatory Improvisation Competition (2009). In 2018, he was granted a specialized Master of Arts in Free Improvisation at the Musik Akademie Basel and was acknowledged for his essay on improvisation in the history of occidental music. 

His research on the parallel development between classical music and improvisation won him the "Pierre et Renée Glasson Prize" in 2017. Started  by the State of Fribourg  the jury acknowledged "his musical creativity, his deep sense of colors and atmospheres, his technical mastery and the richness of his expressivity". He is today one of the only classical musicians to combine these two disciplines within the classical repertoire. 

His classical music repertoire ranges from the baroque epoch to contemporary music, with a special connection to the music of Bach, Beethoven and Liszt. His connection with the music of Franz Liszt has always been very strong and he has given world-acclaimed recitals and lectures focused on some of Liszt's most important piano works.: Sonata in B minor, “Après une Lecture de Dante”, First year of Pilgrimage, trenscendental etudes. His 40-page essay about the work “Après une Lecture de Dante” got him the “Director's Award” of the Conservatory of Fribourg (2008). His postgraduate studies with Luiz de Moura Castro and Paul Badura-Skoda brought him even closer to the spirit of Liszt : the heritage of those two eminent pianists made Raphael Sudan a 5th generation Liszt student descendant. 

Jazz at the Gallery: Look Ahead
Paul Novotny Duo
featuring Robi Botos, piano

Saturday October 13, 2018 at 8 pm 
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The Novotny/Botos recording Look Ahead was released internationally on Triplet Records in 2016. It has now brought these stalwart Canadian jazz musicians and their unique duo-sound to the world. Look Ahead is more than a title, it describes their musical approach, which involves a shared 6th sense of music and sound. This connection propels them toward new compositional and performative destinations. When music-making is this genuine, it can extend to other mediums because it story-tells. Recent acknowledgment of this Novotny/Botos trait comes from Canadian filmmaker Cleo Tellier, who licensed the Novotny/Botos version of Botos’s song Budapest for the closing theme of her movie Mishka. It has received over 17 million YouTube views since April 22, 2018. This reception has further brought attention to Novotny & Botos as film composers because they also co-composed Mishka’s underscore. What’s more, the Look Ahead version of My Favorite Things is currently streaming on Spotify’s instrumental jazz playlist, joining iconic jazz luminaries Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Enjoy and experience Paul Novotny with Robi Botos in the intimate Gallery 345 concert- space.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has created and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning releases. He also played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos, which has now been internationally received on a Spotify Instrumental Jazz playlist. Novotny & Botos are heard alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and others. Paul is the vice president of Triplet Records Inc., which he co-owns with Joe Sealy. He has an MA in music composition and is currently an incoming PhD candidate at York University and nominee for the Jacques Isrealievitch Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Robi Botos has performed with Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and won numerous international music competitions. He has opened for Wayne Shorter and Danilo Perez and continues to perform and record in commemoration of Oscar Peterson. Robi regularly performs with Molly Johnson, and his own group recording titled Movin’ Forward won a Juno Award in 2016 and features Jeff “Tain” Watts and Robert Hurst. Robi’s recent 2018 recording Old Soul is now also garnering rave reviews. As a film composer, Robi wrote the score for A People Uncounted, documenting the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people. Robi has just completed music for Stella Meghie’s feature films, Jean of The Jonses and The Weekend, which Novotny did with him. Robi’s song Budapest, (from Look Ahead) was licensed as the closing theme for Cleo Tellier’s film, Mishka, which has now received over 17 million YouTube views.
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The Art of the Piano: Vedrana Subotic

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8 pm
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L. Van Beethoven PIano Sonata Op.7
Stevan Mokranjac Etudes
F. Liszt B - minor Sonata

Over the course of her vibrant and multi-faceted musical career, pianist Vedrana Subotic has distinguished herself as an internationally acclaimed concert artist, pedagogue, chamber musician, concert producer, and administrator. Her 2018 schedule numbers 60 professional engagements in North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia. Subotic's concert repertoire features more than 500 works in the solo, chamber, and concerto genres, including the 32 piano sonatas, complete violin, cello, and French horn sonatas, and the complete piano trios (60 works all together) by Beethoven.

Subotic, a Steinway Artist since 2003, is an award-winning Associate Professor-Lecturer of Music at the University of Utah, and a Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Chile. She serves as the newly appointed President of the World Piano Teachers Association USA, Executive Director of the USA Chapter Conference, and as the Music Director (2002-present) of INTERMEZZO, a highly esteemed concert series based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Subotic is also the founding member of the Intermezzo Piano Trio.

An active soloist and chamber musician, Subotic has been lauded by critics and audiences for her “fierce playing,” and “impressive chops” (Salt Lake Tribune), and her “nuanced and expressive playing, beautifully phrased lines, and a wonderfully light touch.” (Deseret News). The recent review in Artists of Utah described her performance of Schubert piano trio (E-flat) as “one of the most intuitively verdant and emotionally draining performance of any of Franz Schubert’s compositions that I have ever heard, live or on a recording…truly astonishing.”

Subotic’s musical career began precociously at age nine, when her performance of Debussy’s "Childrens' Corner" aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia, as part of the series on emerging musical prodigies. Her training at the National Music Conservatory "Josip Slavenski” was consequently intensified and accelerated. At age fifteen, she was admitted to the University of Belgrade Music Academy (FMU) as the youngest candidate ever accepted. After winning the first prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition at age nineteen, she moved to the United States, to study with Ralph Votapek, the Gold Medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and later with Menahem Pressler, the founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Subotic performs in at least thirty concerts a year in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Recent concerts include performances of concertos by Brahms (No.2), Beethoven (No.4 and No.5), Chopin (No.1 and No.2), Prokofiev (No.3), and Berg (Chamber Concerto); concert tours in Russia, China, Chile, Israel, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, and Puerto Rico. Subotic has performed in such distinguished venues as Bolshoi Theater's Beethoven Hall in Moscow (Russia), Elena Obrazova Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), Martinu Hall in Prague (Czech Republic), Kolarac Hall in Belgrade (Serbia), Woolsey Hall and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT (USA), Chicago Symphony Hall (USA), Steinway Hall and Paul Recital Hall in NYC (USA), Chautauqua Amphitheater in NY (USA), Abravanel Hall and the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City (USA), Targ Hall in Tel Aviv (Israel), Doge's Palace in Dubrovnik (Croatia), and the Purcell Room in London's Southbank Center for the Performing Arts (UK). Subotic has played chamber music with distinguished musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Muir Quartet. As a soloist and orchestra member, Subotic has worked with conductors Pavel Kogan, Joseph Silverstein, Matthias Bamert, Hugh Wolff, Jan Merkel, Thierry Fischer, Keith Lockhart, and Jean-Claude Casadesus, among others.

At the University of Utah, Dr. Subotic teaches piano students in the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral programs and oversees degree recitals, Masters Thesis, and Doctoral Dissertations. She has taught courses in undergraduate and graduate piano literature, piano pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music. At the University of Chile, Dr. Subotic teaches students in the Conservatory, undergraduate and graduate piano program, and oversees degree recitals and Masters Thesis.

Since 2009, Dr. Subotic has been teaching a highly successful course in professional Career Development, for which she received the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Utah. She has received fourteen grants from the University Teaching Committee, the Dee Council, and the Fine Arts and Fees committee since her faculty appointment in 2008. Dr. Subotic created the Guest Artist Piano Masterclasses Series for piano performance majors, in collaboration with the Utah Symphony and the Gina Bachauer Foundation. She is the Director of the Teacher Development Seminars (2015-present), a collaboration with the Preparatory Piano program, and chief producer of the live-streaming faculty concert series Live@Libby. 

Dr. Subotic has distinguished herself as a teacher who mentors award-winning performers and scholars. Her University of Utah college students have won numerous competitions, performed as soloists and chamber musicians in Carnegie Hall, and have been accepted and awarded scholarships to prestigious international piano programs at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, the Royal College of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Yale University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the University of Michigan, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition), and the Interharmony International Music Festival. Her DMA students have produced dissertations on subjects ranging from cataloguing piano works by Manuel Ponce and works dedicated to exploration of extended piano techniques for pedagogical purposes, to the influence of religious and folk music of former Yugoslavia on the emergence of its pianistic style.

In 2014, Subotic began the unparalleled project of performing the complete solo sonatas, duo sonatas, and piano trios by Beethoven - 60 works total. She has since presented the Beethoven programs, lectures, and masterclasses in national and international venues, at the Sichuan Conservatory (China), Tel Aviv University (Israel), the Jerusalem Academy of Music (Israel), Unbound Chamber Music Festival (CA, USA), the InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), World Piano Conference (Serbia), the Mistral Concert Series in Santiago (Chile), University of Santiago (Chile), the Prague Academy of Music (Czech Republic), the Midsummer Piano Festival in Prague, (Czech Republic), the Turgenev Memorial Library in Moscow (Russia), and at Ohio State University (USA). Upcoming engagements in 2018 include concerts and masterclasses in the US, Canada, Russia, China, Italy, Brazil, Chile, and France.

Dr. Subotic received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University at age nineteen. As a full-scholarship student, she has earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her Doctoral dissertation explores the cultural and compositional connections between Claude Debussy’s and Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Her teachers were pianists Menahem Pressler, Ralph Votapek, Evelyne Brancart, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Gyorgy Sebok, and Byron Janis, and distinguished professors, cellist Janos Starker and violinist Josef Gingold.

Jazz at the Gallery:
Another Kind of Soul
Paul Novotny Trio with Barry Elmes and Mark Eisenman

Saturday October 6, 2018 at 8 pm 
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Another Kind of Soul identifies a fresh trio chemistry and sound between these veteran Canadian jazz artists, who are joining together under the leadership of Paul Novotny at Gallery 345. Perfectly suited to the acoustics of the gallery, Another Kind Of Soul will offer an intimate and nuanced piano trio sound, while featuring adept improvisational performance on standards, jazz songs, and originals. Novotny and Elmes were long-time members of the Brian Browne Trio, and have also honed their sound with Cedar Walton, but now, with Mark Eisenman these three musicians will embark on their own unique journey to explore Another Kind of Soul. Enjoy and experience the Paul Novotny Trio with Barry Elmes and Mark Eisenman in the intimate Gallery 345 concert-space on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday October 6th.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has created and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning releases. He also played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos, which has now been internationally received on a Spotify Instrumental Jazz playlist. Novotny & Botos are heard alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and others. Paul is the vice president of Triplet Records Inc., which he co-owns with Joe Sealy. He has an MA in music composition and is currently an incoming PhD candidate at York University and nominee for the Jacques Isrealievitch Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Mark Eisenman
has performed with numerous eminent Canadian and U.S. jazz artists including, Scott Hamilton, Art Farmer, Lew Tabackin, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Guido Basso, and Pat LaBarbera. Mark is proud to have recorded Sweet and Lovely with drummer Jimmy Cobb. Knowledgeable jazz fans will recognize Cobb as the drummer on Miles Davis’s classic recording, Kind Of Blue. He is well represented on many other recordings. His latest as a leader is Apparition, which features all original compositions by Mark performed by his Quintet. A top call vocal accompanist and long-time jazz educator at York University you'll find him in any situation where taste, feel, and a jazz sensibility is important.

Barry Elmes has occupied a position of prominence on the Canadian jazz scene since the 1980s and has become internationally-respected over the years since, not only as one of Canada’s most talented drummers, but for parallel accomplishments as a composer, producer, band leader, recording artist, and dedicated educator. His award-winning work has been documented on over 90 jazz CDs and he has performed all over the world with many renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, Phil Nimmons, and Moe Koffman. Barry has received numerous “National Jazz Awards”, including: “Drummer of the Year” four times (1994-95-96,1998) and “Jazz Musician of the Year” twice (1993-94). In 2017, the Barry Elmes Quintet released its long-awaited sixth CD entitled Dog's Breakfast, showcasing Barry’s new compositions. Barry is an associate professor of music at York University and currently serves as the Jazz Area Coordinator.

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KINETIC - Songs of Lake Volta
Special Guest: Drew Jurecka, violin

Friday October 5, 2018 at 8 pm
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Kristin Fung, vocals
Anthony Ambroso, guitar
Joe Sheehan, keyboards
Jason Rafalak, bass
PJ Roduta, percussion
Ryan Socrates, drum
Drew Jurecka, violin

Songs of Lake Volta, Joe Sheehan’s debut on Ansonica Records, finds the composer and pianist fusing his passion or the music of West Africa, particularly that of Ghana, with his background in both classical chamber music and contemporary jazz. Songs of Lake Volta features nine traditional Ghanian songs surrounded by original music composed by Sheehan, performed by two critically acclaimed groups: Kinetic and Kassia Ensemble. Sheehan returned to Ghana several times after a life-changing trip in 2008, between 2013 and 2017, to further explore the country and its music.

The intensity of these studies, which included many unforgettable late nights drumming and dancing, continued to inspire him, resulting in Kinetic’s 2014 recording, World of Wonder, and now in Songs of Lake Volta. To promote the values of open, critical cross-cultural dialogue, this genre-bending album challenges the persistent notion of drumming being the sole outstanding feature of traditional African music. Kinetic, which Sheehan founded, is comprised of five versatile musicians who believe in breaking down barriers between traditional music genres and audiences. The newly-formed Kassia Ensemble is equally focused on breaking down barriers – the all-woman group came together to supersede the gender barrier that is prevalent in classical music. Songs of Lake Volta features vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield singing in various indigenous languages and styles representative of Ghana’s ethnic diversity. The amalgamation of the Kassia Ensemble’s and Kinetic’s musicians represents an equally diverse spirit, incorporating whose work outside these groups extends to contemporary classical, R&B and hip-hop.

Songs of Lake Volta expresses Sheehan’s joy and admiration for Ghanian music in an honest and respectful way, sharing a wisdom that unites the three music traditions from which it draws influence: West African, classical and jazz.

Kinetic has performed at the 2016 & 2014 Three Rivers Arts Festival, the 2016 Reservoir of Jazz series at Highland Park, the 2012 African Arts in the Park, the 2018 & 2016 Chamber Music Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Presents Series, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, the Carnegie Library in Oakland, the Pittsburgh Winery, Dance Alloy Studios, Club Cafe, the Thunderbird Cafe, James St. Gastropub & Speakeasy, and the Fairmont Hotel. Their debut album World of Wonder was selected for the 2014 WYEP The Soul Show Albums of the Year. | | Ansonica Records EPK

Music from Norway

Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Works by Grieg, Tveitt, Olé Bull, Svendsen and traditional folk music on the Hardanger fiddle, a beautiful and resonant nine-string Norwegian instrument.

Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene.
As a classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with famous baritone, Russell Braun.

An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing folk, klezmer, pop, latin, and jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings.

Aside from her active performing career, Rebekah holds a doctorate in violin performance from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Rebekah is a member of the Payadora Tango Ensemble which has performed sold-out shows at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Four Series Centre World Music Series and Toronto Music Festival, Indian River Festival in PEI, Toronto Jazz Festival and Ottawa Chamberfest.

Her crossover string quartet, Venuti String Quartet which began as a recording ensemble has performed concerts at the National Arts Centre, Aeolian Hall, Massey Hall, Harbourfront’s Toronto Summer Music in the Garden Series and Indian River in PEI. The quartet is known for their artistry in classical repertoire and their ability to play jazz, world music and pop charts equally well.

Rebekah also enjoys performing Norwegian music on her hardanger fiddle.

Toronto-based pianist Tom King was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his post-secondary piano studies at the University of Alberta with pianist Stephane Lemelin. He then spent time in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Academy, and in Oslo concentrating his studies on Scandinavian music with some of Norway's finest pianists. Tom later returned to Canada and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa studying with Andrew Tunis. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario where he studied with pianist John Hess.

Tom has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with pianists Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti among others and has been heard in recital on CBC radio. As well being in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher, he has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also an accomplished jazz pianist having performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals. He is also a founding member of Toronto's Payadora Tango Ensemble.

With many years of professional work as collaborative pianist, Tom has an extensive repertoire and is experienced accompanying all instruments and vocalists.

Little Mahagonny: A tribute to Kurt Weil
A benefit on behalf of Voicebox: Opera in Concert

Tuesday September 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm

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Suzy Smith, piano and music director
Guillermo Silva-Marin, stage director

Cailin McCaughey
Alida Doornberg
Chan Horrobin
Edward LaRocque
Handaya Rusli
Daniele Rae Acebuque

The Art of the Piano: Raviv Leibzirer

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2 pm
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Robert Schumann ( 1810 - 1856)
Carnaval op. 9
Symphonic etudes op. 13


Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
6 piano pieces op. 118

Raviv Leibzirer was born in Israel in 1987. He receivedd his first piano lessons at the age of seven and studied for ten years in the class of Mr. Philip Lurié at the Kiryat Tivon Conservatory.

After completing his military service in the IDF as an ”Outstanding Musician,” Raviv began his Bachelor studies at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music with Prof. Michael Bugoslavsky and Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky. He continued his studies with Mr. Daniel Hoexter and Ms. Irit Rimon.

Raviv has been supported by the Rotary Foundation between the years 1999-2004, received AICF scholarships between 2004- 2012, the Buchman-Hyman scholarship in 2012 and the Swiss Government Scholarship for Young Musicians.

In 2005 Raviv won the 2nd prize in the “Tel Hai International Master Classes” Competition, in 2008 won 1st prize in the “Piano Forever” Competition and in 2010 won 1st prize in the “Katz” Competition at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music.

In 2012 he won the “Grand Prize” as well as the “Audience Award” in the prestigious “Aviv” Competition held by the AICF.

Raviv performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Israel: The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, among others.

In 2014 he began his Master studies at the "Hochschule der Künste" in Zurich, Switzerland with Prof. Till Fellner, graduating in 2016 with distinction.

Magisterra Soloists
Brahms Piano Quartet
Louis Vierne Piano Quintet

Friday September 21, 2018 at 7:00 pm
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Romanian violist super-star, VLADIMIR MENDELSSOHN, was born into a family with a rich musical tradition. He received his training as a violist and composer at the Music Academy of Bucharest. Mendelssohn went on to an illustrious international career as a soloist and chamber musician, in collaboration with many of the world's top classical musicians such as Gidon Kremer and Dmitri Sitkovetsky. Mendelssohn lives in Holland, where he teaches at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag and at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen (Germany). He has taught at the Paris Conservatory, given masterclasses throughout Europe and has sat on the jury for many of the most prestigious international music competitions. 

Piano Quartet G minor op.25

I. Allegro (G minor)
II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato (C minor, ends in C major)
III. Andante con moto (E♭ major)
IV. Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto (G minor)

Frangel Cesena , violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Robin Hasenpflug , cello
Kyoko Hashimoto, piano


Piano Quintet F major

1. Poco lento - Moderato
2. Larghetto sostenuto
3. Maestoso - Allegro molto risoluto

Barbara-Annette Vogel, violin
Frangel Cesena , violin
Vladimir Mendelssohn, viola
Robin Hasenpflug , cello
Kyoko Hashimoto, piano

Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario: based out of London, ON, Magisterra Soloists has a current roster of over 35 international musicians hailing from over 13 countries, a repertoire of over 100 works, more than 70 concert performances and two dozen school outreach visits.

Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum” concert series, among others. Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully-crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing gems of the string chamber music literature with the community.

The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached already thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing up-close exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the ensemble will be offering programming in both English and French to roughly 2000 children in the 2018- 2019 school year.

Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on-the-job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows,” has already provided artistic training to nearly a dozen deserving emerging artists. This rigorous musical training will serve them richly in their future careers as professional musicians.

While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.

The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 8 pm
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Szymanowski: Mazurkas Op. 62
Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse L. 106
Górecki: Preludes Op. 1
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody S. 254


Scherzo 1
Scherzo 2
Scherzo 3

Winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), Jarred Dunn has been a pianist for 26 of his 29 years. Mr. Dunn has performed worldwide as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras. His career has included invitations to perform in Poland, Hungary, Belarus, Slovakia, Germany, Spain, Malta, The Czech Republic, England, United States, Canada, and Australia.  As a performer he has been hailed by the New York Classical Music Guides as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), and "technically perfect" by Belarusian First Radio.  His performances have been heard on WWFM, WQXR, Belarus First Radio Minsk, and CHR (Hastings, ON).  As a teacher, he has lectured in Canada, the United States, Poland, and Australia.  He has performed with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasia Chamber Orchestra (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and Symphony of Radio and Television Minsk (Belarus) Symphony Orchestras.

Alongside David Dubal, Jarred Dunn has helped to author The Piano Matters (Yale University Press, forthcoming) and they are currently collaborating on another book.  Having been an assistant to David Dubal, Mr. Dunn has given lectures and master classes at Steinway Gallery, numerous ORMTA locations, F Chopin University of Music, Pre-Colleges of Białystok, Lożma, and Suwałki, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard Evening Division. He performed in the International Keyboard Institute (Mannes College) and on WQXR New York.  His articles have also been published in the CMEA Journal, for which he writes regularly.  Of special importance to him was research at the former site of Auschwitz-Birkenau and music during the Holocaust, culminating in an article about Anita Lasker-Wallfisch (former cellist of the Auschwitz Women's Orchestra). He is also completing a book on form in piano concerti, having received an unprecedented perfect score on the completion and defence of his graduate thesis, The New Formalist: Approaching Piano Concertos. He is now writing this thesis into a book. 

Mr. Dunn has been teaching the piano since 2005, and is responsible for unique advancements in his hometown of Brampton's musical community. As a lecturer, he has been sought by the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, judged and adjudicated in competitions and auditions including the Burlington Music Festival, Davenport Music Festival, Peel Music Festival, North York Music Festival and Competition, Stirling Festival, Rockland Auditions in New York, Merriam Piano Competition, and the Discover Canada National Research Competition in Poland. He holds top prizes from the North York, Verona Zinetti International, D. Vincenzo Vitti, and Rome Academy Award Competitions. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Ontario Federation of Teachers, and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist graduating.  He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and scholarly achievements.

His interest in a multitude of approaches to piano playing has taken him around the world. Dunn has performed in master classes and consulted with many eminent artists and pedagogues, including Dmitry Alexeev, Dmitry Bashkirov, Seymour Bernstein, Andrea Bonatta, Janina Fialkowska, Leslie Howard, Jeno Jando, Robert Levin, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Robert McDonald, John O’Conor, Choong-mo Kang, Andrzej Jasiński, Robert Levin, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Hartmut Sauer, Ilja Scheps, Balasz Szokolay, Nelita True, and Eliso Virsaladze.  He is a double-graduate of the University of Toronto (B.M., Piano; B.Ed., English) and studied at The Juilliard School with Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky. While in New York, he became one of the only members of his generation to study with Dorothy Taubman. He completed his Master of Music degree and Post-Graduate diploma in piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, where he was a student of Anna Górecka (daughter of the eminent composer HM Górecki)

Jarred Dunn welcomes invitations and requests for performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician/collaborator.  He also teaches actively as a master class clinician and lecturer.  For booking, please use the Contact page to get in touch with him.

Big and Bigger –The Large Ensemble Experience
Incandescent Cat-Dude
Dennis Kwok Tentet

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2 pm
Admission $20; $10 Students

The Dennis Kwok Tentet is his first major project as a bandleader investigating a reoccurring love for large ensembles while assimilating his influences and experiences. The Dennis Kwok Tentet was formed in 2016 and consists of young, upcoming jazz musicians from across the GTA that share the interest of constantly creating and performing new works. This group is dedicated to showcasing original compositions and arrangements from within the band. The group aims to blur the lines between a small group and large ensemble where each member is prominently featured as a soloist while exploring the possibilities of large ensemble traditions.

Incandescent Cat-Dude is a 17-piece big band comprised of Toronto's rising talents, playing original music conceived through cinematic and classical language built on extended, challenging forms. Program includes music about a delusional, inept superhero who is half-cat, half-dude, a gravelord who found the Souls of Lords within the flame, and a gluttonous monster that will engulf the world.

Dennis Kwok Tentet:
Dennis Kwok- Alto Saxophone
Brenden Varty- Tenor Saxophone
Kyle Tarder-Stoll- Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dempski- Baritone Saxophone
Andrew Gormley- Trombone
Mason Victoria- Trumpet
Paul Callander- Trumpet
Augustine Yates- Piano
Jon Wielebnowski- Bass
Jacob Wutzke- Drums

Incandescent Cat-Dude:

Karrin Allyson Masterclass
Presented by George Koller Productions

Monday September 10, 2018 at 7 pm
Tickets on Eventbrite $50/$100

This is a very rare opportunity for music lovers, students and professionals to come together and gather musical knowledge and life experience from one of the world's most celebrated jazz vocalists. All are welcome. The vibes are warm.

Karrin Allyson is offering a vocal jazz masterclass on Monday September 10 in Toronto at Gallery 345.

A focused and practical approach to:

  1. choosing repertoire
  2. choosing keys
  3. conceiving, executing an arrangement
  4. interpretation
  5. how to build a band and lead it
  6. how to sing a standard 5 different ways

Know how to get deeper into the material and come away with more confidence and direction for your creative goals. 

For more info go to “Teach” page 

$100.00  (for participant...approx. 15 minutes per person depending on size of class) 

Guitarist Rod Fleeman and bassist George Koller will be accompanying the students. 

Please bring 2 charts in YOUR keys that you’d like to work on. 
$50.00 to audit (no participation) 

Time will be saved for questions on all topics  (participants and auditors).

If you need more info or have questions please call George Koller at 416-436-8864,

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Saturday June 23, 2018 at 8 pm
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Payadora Tango Ensemble 
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin  
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon 
Robert Horvath, piano 
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Elbio Fernandez, guest vocalist
Originals. Argentinean folk music. Modern. Traditional tango

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. 
Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. 

"Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group."
—  From CD review by Tiina Kiik for the Whole Note Magazine  February 2018.

“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!” 
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine

Artis Duo

Sunday June 10, 2018 at 2 pm
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César Franck - 'Sonata for violin and piano' in A major
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Maurice Ravel - 'Alborada del Gracioso', from Miroirs 
(Anna Shalaykevych - piano )


Béla Bartók - 'Six Romanian folk dances':
I. Dance with Sticks
II. Waistband Dance
III. Stamping Dance
IV. Hornpipe Dance
V. Romanian Polka
VI. Quick Dance

Myroslav Skoryk - 'Spanish Dance'

Oleksandra Fedyshyn - ‘Elegy

Astor Piazzolla - 'Le Grand Tango'

Oleksandra Fedyshyn is a violinist and composer. She holds Master's degree in Violin Performance and additional Composition Education from Lviv National Music Academy M. Lysenko (Lviv Conservatory, Ukraine). Oleksandra performed as a member of symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles with concert tours in Europe, including performances with Al Di Meola (Leopolis Orchestra) and with Sir James Galway (INSO Lviv Orchestra) . She also performs as a member of different music projects, bands, orchestras and as a solo performer. 

As a composer, Oleksandra was awarded as a laureate of The First International Pianists and Composers Competition "Farbotony" and Young Composers International Competition "Gradus ad Parnassum". Her compositions were performed at Lviv Internaional Contemporary Music Festival "Contrasts", The eights International Youth Music Forum (Kyiv, Ukraine), Youth Music Festival "Music of Millennium", participation in master classes for composers (the 21st IMCM Summer Course for Young Composers, Warsaw, Poland), etc. Her scores could be seen at the library of The Gaudeamus Foundation (the Netherlands). Besides that , Oleksandra composing music for movies and has experience in songwriting (“The Boat” album). Along with active performing career Oleksandra works as a music teacher.

Born in a family of acclaimed Ukrainian singers, Anna Shalaykevych grew up surrounded by music. She fell in love with classical music after she was introduced to piano at the age of six. Anna gave her first performance with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, an experience which solidified the importance of piano in her life.
After graduating from Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv ( Ukraine) with a Master Degree in Piano Performance, Anna continued her studies at Anton Rubinstein Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany where she obtained her Artist Diploma in Piano Performance.
She leads rich concert activity both in Canada  and abroad , appearing in solo and chamber performances and cooperating with a number of ensembles and musicians, including world-famous quartet "group MoCarta” in Wawer Music Festival (Warsaw, 2011), and one of the world's leading dramatic mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska in Piano Forum (Bieszczady without Borders) in Sank, Poland. Anna is a prize-winner of many International Competitions and has been selected for Special Award from The Frederic Chopin Society to perform  a Recital in Sanniki (Poland). As collaborative pianist she provided piano accompaniment for vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs in a wide variety of genres and multiple settings such as concerts, recitals, competitions, auditions and worship services. Anna’s passion to music does not stop at performing. Most recently Anna enjoyed sharing her knowledge with young students by working as a piano pedagogue.

The Art of the Piano: Robi Botos

Friday June 8, 2018 at 8 pm
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ROBI BOTOS has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists  of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. Robi was first introduced to the piano when he was 7 years old, and never looked back. He continued to perform throughout Hungary and when he turned 20, decided to move his wife and children to Canada, to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country.

Immediately after coming to Canada, Robi immersed himself into both the Canadian and international jazz scene. In 2004, he traveled to Montreux to compete in the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition, where he placed first. His prize? Returning the following year to open for one of the headlining artists. That artists happened to be one of Robi’s idols - Oscar Peterson. Unknowingly to Robi, Peterson sat in the wings as Robi performed and upon their return to Canada, the two would form a friendship that resulted in Robi being one of OP’s final mentees. Over the next few years, Robi would continue to participate in and win global prizes and awards including the International “Jazz Hoeilaart” band competition in Belgium, the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) award in California, and the “Martial Solal Piano Competition” in Paris. In 2006, Robi would receive his first JUNO Award nomination for his participation in the ALMA Records release, “One Take.”

Since moving to Canada, Robi has been given the chance to work with many of the greats in his industry including Al Jarreau, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Joey Defrancesco, Steve Gadd and Chaka Khan and has participated in projects with Michel Legrand, Chick Corea, Bill Charlap, Benny Green,  and Kenny Barron. Robi wasted no time laying down roots in Toronto. He has been the pianist of choice for Officer of the Order of Canada, Molly Johnson, for close to 15 years and has worked extensively with some of Canada’s most celebrated players including Dave Young, Phil Dwyer, Archie Alleyne, Oliver Jones, Renee Rosnes, Sophie Milman, Paul Novotny, Carol Welsman and more.

Along with being a first-call pianist for some of the top artists around the world, as well as leading his own groups in sold-out shows nationwide, Robi is also a highly sought-after composer. In 2013, Robi composed the score for a film that was deeply personal to him. Aaron Yeger’s “A People Uncounted” tells the story of the rich culture and history of the Romani people (commonly refered to as ‘Gypsies’) in Europe. The film specifically focuses on the mistreatment and devastation of the Romani people during the Holocaust. This moving project was nominated for a Producer’s Guild Award in 2014. Since then, Robi’s music can also be heard on Stella Meghie’s 2016 film “Jean of the Joneses,” which received 2 nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards. Robi also contributed to the soundtrack of the 2013 Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon film “Arbitrage”. 

In 2015, Robi released his highly anticipated sophomore album for A440 Entertainment, “Movin’ Forward”, which brought him a 2016 JUNO Award win for Solo Jazz Album of the Year. This would be Robi’s 5th nomination and 2nd win for Canada’s highest award in music. “Movin’ Forward” featured Seamus Blake on tenor saxophone, Robert Hurst on bass, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. After rave reviews and countless sold-out shows in support of this record, Robi went back into the studio in summer, 2016 to record his next album.

In 2018, Robi is back with a brand-new record that pays homage to his Hungarian upbringing, the early days of his career, and the music that he has dedicated his life to. “OLD SOUL” sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, gospel and more!), but he also plays on a number of different instruments including the Harpejji, which he was inspired to learn and incorporate into his sound by Stevie Wonder. Robi is joined by some familiar faces such as longtime collaborators Mike Downes on bass and Larnell Lewis on drums, as well as Seamus Blake on saxophone. Also joining them for the first time is Cory Henry(Snarky Puppy, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Garrett) on the Hammond B3, Ingrid Jensen (Clark Terry, Maria Schneider, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Billy Taylor) on trumpet, and Lionel Loueke (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Wayne Shorter) on guitar. Robi’s ability as a composer is once again highlighted on this record, with a majority of the tracks being his original material. “Old Soul” pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. This record makes you feel like you have a personal connection with one of the most diverse and eclectic artists of our time.

OLD SOUL is released on A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada on February 2nd, 2018.

Introducing James Hill

Thursday June 7, 2018 at 8 pm 
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Toronto-bred jazz pianist and composer James Hill is an award-winning, internationally known musician and collaborator who has explored multiple genres with notables such as BADBADNOTGOOD, Rich Brown, Daniel Caesar, Ben Stevenson, Roberto Occhipinti and Autobahn. James is now pooling together his experiences through travel, culture and music and bringing them to the stage in this solo piano debut performance of original music at Gallery 345. 

James’ music has been described as highly imaginative, melodically informed by the jazz idiom, reminiscent of Chopin’s playful harmonic sensibility and Keith Jarrett’s raw improvisational energy. Above all, James is a forward thinking musician who mindfully attempts to free himself of the potentially constrictive boundaries of genre and trend. 

Rich Brown mentions James as being: “one of the most inventive and expressive young pianists in the country.”

A la Vie, al Amour

Friday June 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm  
Admission by Donation

Angela Maria Sanchez & Melanie Taverna, sopranos 
Alvaro Vasquez-Robles, tenor  
Jennifer Tung, piano

An evening celebrating life and love through French and Spanish sounds.


French-Canadian soprano Melanie Taverna is a versatile artist residing in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (The GGS) where she studied with soprano Monica Whicher. Last season, Melanie was seen performing the roles of Sister Genovieffa (cover) and Seconda Sorella Cercatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival under the baton of Maestro Thomas Bagwell from The Metropolitan Opera, as well as directed by Grammy Award winning mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell. Other performance credits include: Il Destino in Cavalli’s La Calisto for Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Grasshopper in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with The GGS. Melanie also appeared in the choruses of The GGS’s productions of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Ms Taverna can be seen performing in a variety of private events and fundraiser concerts. More recently, she featured in the title role of France Levasseur-Ouimet’s grand suite Elles s’appelaient Marie, with the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and the Chorale De La Salle in Ottawa, Ontario. This season, Melanie looks forward to performing in numerous collaborative recitals throughout the city and continuing her studies with teacher Jennifer Tung.

Toronto-based soprano Angela Maria Sanchez has been an active performer in the Toronto classical music community since 2005. At age 15 she performed the role of Third spirit in the Canadian Opera Company’s ensemble production under the baton of Richard Bradshaw of Mozart’s Magic flute and soloist in the opening inaugural concert of the Four Season’s Centre of the Performing Arts. She recently made her opera debut of the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica in Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Miss Sanchez was a featured soloist in the 2014/15 season at the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra performances of G.F Handel Messiah and Viva Italia. Later returning the following 2015/16 season performing Love at the Opera all under the baton of maestro Denis Mastromonaco.

Recent accomplishments include, placing first overall in post-graduate women category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition as well as Provincial finalist and scholarship recipient at the Toronto Kiwanis festival.

Miss Sanchez has a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently under the tutelage of Ms Jennifer Tung.

Alvaro Vazquez-Robles, tenor
Mexican tenor Alvaro Vazquez-Robles graduated from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, obtaining a Voice Performance Diploma. He sang Schubert’s Mass in G-Major with Barrie’s Lyrica Choir, performed the role of Bill in Samuel Barber’s A hand of bridge with Soup Can Theatre and was a tenor soloist in concerts with St John’s Anglican Church.

Alvaro performed the role of Ajax II from the opera La Belle Hélène for the school’s annual spring opera, conducted by Uri Mayer in Koerner Hall. He was cast as The Miller, the title role in El gato con botas by Xavier Montsalvage for The Glenn Gould School Fall Opera, conducted by Peter Tiefenbach.

Most recently, he made his debut with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Opera York singing the role of El Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Denis Mastromonaco. Alvaro is currently under the tutelage of Jennifer Tung. 

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 2 pm
This is a free event sponsored by Jewish Music Week in Toronto

Be seduced as the Payadora Tango Ensemble presents tango as you’ve never heard it!  With traditional modern tango, Yiddish tango, and Argentinian folk music, you will love this musical exploration of tango’s Jewish roots and the Jewish contribution to tango throughout its history. Featuring Rebekah Wolkstein (violin), Drew Jurecka (bandoneon), Robert Horvath (piano), Atilla Darvas (bass).

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality. Their just-released second album, Volando, features the traditional, as well as original compositions by Payadora members Wolkstein, Horvath and Jurecka.

Sponsored by Jewish Music Week in Toronto

Spring Salon - 20th Century Ukrainian Art Songs

Thursday May 24, 2018 at 7 pm
$30; $20 Students (Cash only at the door) 
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Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Laura McAlpine, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Skitko, tenor
Robert Kortgaard, Piano


"From the Roots of Ukrainian Art Song to a Galician Experience" 


Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Juno-nominated mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. Her charm, warmth and easy sense of humour are perfect for the stage and her vibrant musicality makes her a favourite to all her audiences. Her versatility and ability to interpret many styles are impeccable.

Hailed by Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen as having “tones of silver and gold,” Andrea has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera’s projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs, as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer’s Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and Toronto in June 2014. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings’ production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba (The Wedding) that had it’s world premiere in Toronto in June 2011. She reprised the role of Nada in France, Serbia and Ireland in 2012; at Edmonton Opera and Philadelphia Opera in 2013; and at the prestigious Festival D’Aix en Provence in 2015.

Ms. Ludwig’s commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. She made her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011 in R. Murray Schafer’s “Adieu, Robert Schumann” and made a return in 2013 for a tribute concert to Peter Lieberson in which she sang his “Neruda Songs.” More recently, Andrea performed eight orchestrated Schubert lieder with Symphony Nova Scotia, including one newly-arranged by Canada’s own Brian Current. A recording of this concert is currently in production.
This past May, she performed a sumptuous program of Kurt Weil, John Plant and Toronto composer, Monica Pearce with The Talisker Players. Andrea has also performed Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Kindred Spirits Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick and Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Amadeus Choir of Toronto and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus; Mozart’s Requiem with the Thunder Bay Orchestra; and Beethoven’s 9th with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Andrea is proud to announce her recent Juno nomination for a recording of Canadian composer Peter Togni’s Responsio in collaboration with Jeff Reilly, Suzie LeBlanc, Charles Daniels and John Potter.

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan.

He is a favourite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (has been nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in- residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998 and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China and served as an adjudicator at many national music competitions. Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Erin Wall, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance”. He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records.

His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Mr. Kortgaard tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and with piano duo partner Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of 20th century music.

Winnipeg born mezzo soprano, Laura McAlpine has been acclaimed for her “mellifluous singing and flashes of wit” (Opera Canada), an “impressive voice that jumps off the stage” (Classical 96.3 FM), an “expressive voice with fine artistic sensibility” (Whole Note Magazine), and praises like, “the stand out was Laura McAlpine’s Jenny; varying style and technique appropriately.” (Opera Ramblings).

Chamber and concert performances include, North American premiere of Krystof Maratka’s VABENI, at TSO’s New Creations Festival, with conductor Peter Oundjian, and world premiere of Christopher Mayo’s Under Dark Water, at the 21C Music Festival with Esprit Orchestra, and Alex Pauk. Laura sang with Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Alain Trudel, was the alto soloist in Messiah, with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, and Lydia Adams, and most recently the alto soloist for The Cellar Singers concerts of Handel’s Messiah, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with conductor Mitchell Pady.

Chamber works include, Spirit Dreaming (Maurice Ravel’s Chanson madécasses, Peter Sculthorpe’s Island Dreaming , and Tanu by John Beckwith), with Talisker Players, and music of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, in remounts of Laura Jones/Talisker Players shows, Anything Goes and Puttin’ on the Ritz. Laura self-produced A Poet’s Love, a two-act staged recital, and recording of the Dichterliebe song cycles by Robert Schumann, and Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko, with pianist David Eliakis, available on iTunes.

In opera, Laura’s roles include Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutté, Madame Flora in The Medium, Charlotte in Werther, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Siebel in Faust. New opera roles include Sarinder in Factory Theatre’s production of Savitri and Sam, Aunt Luce Gertrude for Opera in Concert’s premiere chamber version of Charles Wilson’s Kamouraska, and created the role of Caterpillar/Butterfly for Opera NUOVA in the premiere performance of Isaiah Bell’s children’s opera, The Lives of Lesser Things.

Laura is also a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. 

Andrew Skitko, tenor, earned his B.M. and M.M. at Westminster Choir College. Through Westminster, he performed with the world’s leading orchestras at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Andrew sings with the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, The Philadelphia Voices, and The Same Stream choir. He participated in The Oxford University Choral Institute with The Williamson Voices and sang on Williamson’s Grammy-nominated album Annelies: The Anne Frank Oratorio. Andrew has also performed in Les Misérables with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He is the artistic director of Theoria Chamber Choir, which performs Slavic choral repertoire.

Through Sight and Sound

Sunday May 20, 2018 at 2 pm  
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Ernest Chausson
Simple et Sans Hate

Gabriel Faure 
Les Berceaux, Op. 23, N. 1
Après un Rêve , Op.7 n°1  

Jean Sibelius
Piano Quintet in G minor JS 159


Canadian-American cellist Britton Riley joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Formerly Assistant Principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Riley enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer, teacher, and recording engineer. He has recorded for film and radio for Sony Pictures, CBC Radio 2, KUSC, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Live from Orchestra Hall series, and live performances have brought him to Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others.

Mr. Riley has received recognition throughout North America in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Awards (now YoungArts), the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and the Sphinx and Hellam Competitions. He has performed at music festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Banff Summer Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music by the Sea, Le Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival, Weimarer Meisterkurse, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Sunflower Music Festival.

After receiving degrees in Cello Performance and Music Industry from the University of Southern California, Mr. Riley went on to earn Master of Music and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. During this time, he performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and served as teaching assistant to Richard Aaron. Following his graduation, he was named a Rebanks Fellow at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, he has coached young musicians at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mount Royal University, Calgary Youth Orchestras, and the Alberta Youth Orchestra Symposium at the Banff Centre. He has a strong interest in collaborating with artists of various disciplines, particularly dancers and photographers.

Among his many interests, Britton enjoys travelling, nature, golf, college football, cooking, hiking, and photography.

Much in demand as a violin soloist and ensemble performer, Arkady Yanivker’s first major solo appearance was at the age of thirteen with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.S.R. After his graduation, Arkady Yanivker was engaged in concerts both as a chamber musician and solo violinist throughout the concert hall of Russia, and became concertmaster of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, during which time he also became member of the Faculty of Music.

Arkady Yanivker came to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1978, where he became well-known on the music scene as a violin soloist and chamber player. His concert performances in Canada have been heard on CBC, CMFX, and CJRT radio broadcasts.

During his tenure as a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he served as concertmaster of the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, and guest concertmaster for the Kitchener Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Festival Orchestra, and the New Canadian Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at home and in Europe. His performances have received outstanding reviews: "...impressive exploration of versatile potential of the violin... brilliant technique, truly virtuosic performance..." (Durier Lubelski), and "...the many memorable moments were Yanivker’s dominant violin..." (The Toronto Star).

Arkady’s students have highly appraised performances in Canadian festivals and competitions.

Arkady Yanivker was chosen as music consultant by the distinguished documentary producer, Joseph Feigenberg, for the movie documentaries Diaries of Sergei Prokofiev and the award-winning film Glenn Gould in Russia.

His interests include travel, opera, and history.

Described as having “brilliant insight and extreme musicality” by the Toronto Star, Canadian pianist Elina Kelebeev is becoming known as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Elina has collaborated with established vocalists such as renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun and Ukrainian soprano Anna Shafajinskaya; she has also teamed up with rising stars such as soprano Teiya Kasahara and bass-baritone Philippe Sly.

Elina regularly performs with violinist Arkady Yanivker, and has performed at the Music Niagara festival with artists such as the Glenn Gould Quartet and flautist Camille Watts. Elina’s solo engagements include recitals and performances throughout Toronto and in New York City, Brussels, Sanremo, and Moscow. Her performances were broadcast on CBC Radio, the former Classical and Jazz Radio Toronto, as well as Moscow and Brussels Classical Radio Stations.

Elina Kelebeev received her Master’s Degree in Performance, Collaborative Piano, at McGill University. Previous studies were at the Moscow Central Music School, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Glenn Gould School. Elina serves as staff accompanist at the University Of Toronto (since 2010), and at the Royal Conservatory of Music (since 2005). She maintains a private studio where she teaches piano and coaches singers.

Acclaimed for viola playing described as "gorgeous" (gramophone and san francisco classical voice) and "beautifully expressive" (honolulu advertiser), Ethan Filner enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, and chamber music coach. As the violist of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet for 15 years until the group disbanded in 2016, Ethan toured extensively, performing concerts and guest teaching at institutions throughout North America and Europe; recorded nearly 20 albums including the complete string quartets of Beethoven; commissioned or premiered nearly three dozen works by some of the most compelling and important composers of our time like Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, and George Tsontakis; collaborated with many of today’s great musicians like Barry Shiffman, Zuill Bailey, Gary Hoffman, and Jon Nakamatsu; and reached more than 150,000 students of all ages through the Quartet’s widely respected innovative outreach programs. In summer 2016 Ethan relocated to Kitchener with his wife and two children and soon found his calendar full with an ever-expanding variety of exciting orchestral and chamber music freelance work, including numerous appearances as an extra musician with the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Notable recent chamber music collaborators have included the Gryphon Trio, the Penderecki String Quartet, Marie Brerard, Aaron Schwebel, and various members of the TSO. Appointed Assistant Principal Viola of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 2017, Ethan also maintains a small studio of students as a Sessional Teacher of Viola at the University of Toronto.

Described as a noble musician, Adam Diderrich brings passion, vigor and love to his playing as a concertmaster and violinist. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he started playing violin at age 5. His advanced studies took him to the University of Toronto for his B.M. with Atis Bankas, and later to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida for his M.M. with Elmar Oliveira and Stephen Majeske. Most recently, he pursued a D.M.A. at University of Miami in Florida with Glenn Basham and Felicia Moye. He has enjoyed tenures with groups such as the New World Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and Seraphic Fire. In addition to his affinity for classical music, Adam loves improvising and studied jazz with Whit Sidener and Vince Maggio at the University of Miami during his tenure as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow.

Four Short Song Cycles
Michael Nyby, baritone
Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone

Friday May 18, 2018 at 8 pm
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Baritone Michael Nyby, lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (Carmina Burana) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, The Merry Widow), is establishing himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America.

An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Baritone Michael Nyby has created the roles of William Dale in Silent Night, Brent Colgate in Georgia Bottoms, and Seth in Isis and Osiris. On the concert stage, his premieres include Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity, and Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest. He is well-known for his strong performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, for which he has been praised for his “incredible control and command of his tender and rich baritone”. Michael has performed this work over a dozen times with ensembles such as the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. Other highlights from Michael’s past seasons include Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera, Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at the Washington National Cathedral

Michael holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of British Columbia. He is an alum of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer program where he covered Apollon in Alceste and sang Dulcamara in the outreach production of Elixir of Love. As a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Michael sang the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème, and Cecil in Maria Stuarda while covering Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and Germont in La Traviata.

Canadian/British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins is widely praised for his vocal virtuosity and lyricism in an impressive range of repertoire. His rich, resonant voice brings “authority and power” to the concert and operatic stage.

Mr. Tomkins’ operatic roles include Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Pistola (Falstaff), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Leporello/Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance). He has been engaged by Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria and Edmonton Opera.

Noted for his convincing portrayal of the philosopher Colline in La Bohème, Giles has performed the role with Scottish Opera, as well as with Saskatoon Opera, Manitoba Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Of his role debut in Turandot with Edmonton Opera, Bill Rankin/Opera Canada wrote - "Giles Tomkins sang the role of Liu's master, the aged Timur, and he made the most of the small part with a lustrous tone and appropriately decrepit demeanour”. In 2017, Giles made his Canadian Opera Company debut as Sciarrone in Tosca.

Recent oratorio performances include Elijah with Vancouver Bach Choir, Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Symphony New Brunswick, Dvorak’s Requiem with Chorus Niagara, St. John Passion with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Messiah with Regina Symphony and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra.

On the contemporary music scene, Mr. Tomkins starred as Gandalf in Dean Burry’s The Hobbit with Canadian Childrens Opera Company and joined the cast of The Bells of Baddeck, Lorna MacDonald and Dean Burry’s music drama based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell.

The Art of Improvisation

Saturday May  12, 2018 at 8pm 
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Six innovative musicians immersed in Toronto's improvising community, dedicated to the art of improvisation will perform in different setups exploring musical boundaries and potentialities of spontaneous composition and combustion!

Bill Gilliam, piano
Rick Sacks, percussion
Bill McBirnie, flute
Eugene Martynec, laptop
Glen Hall, reeds 
Brian Abbot, guitar

Demeter from Rick Sacks on Vimeo.

An improvisation performance with Bill McBernie (flute) evoking stark beauty while the ensemble, Bill Gilliam (piano), Eugene Martynec (laptop) and Rick Sacks (percussion) portrays the power of Winter. (recorded at Array Space, Toronto, Jan 2018).

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ official website. Bill was also chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. Bill has produced several award-winning Extreme Flute projects including his recent organ trio project, FIND YOUR PLACE (featuring Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 and Anthony Michelli on drums). Bill also performs with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. You can learn more about Bill at his website:

Rick Sacks has a Masters in Music from SUNY Stony Brook. While in NY he performed at venues including Carnegie Recital Hall, NY Shakespeare Theatre and Alice Tully and taught at Bennington College, Vermont. He performs worldwide (Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Mongolia, Europe, Africa, US and Canada). His symphony “Water Music” for the Victoria Symphony utilized remote controlled flying fish and a deep-sea diver costume. From 2011 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of Arraymusic. Rick likes to improvise on drum kit and percussion both electronic and acoustic and continues to freelance as a percussionist, sound designer and composer.

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film, dance and theatre and recorded his CDs and performed with artists such as Charlie Ringas, Ernie Tollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard Gaul, Lori Freedman. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill's recent music projects include the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio's new CD Entangled Pathways and ongoing collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Cheryl O, David Story, Kayla Milmine, Ambrose Pottie, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Bill McBirnie and other artists.

Brian Abbott is a guitarist/improvisor/composer who hails from New Jersey, the armpit of America. Escaping to Toronto a few years ago to escape the rabid human zoo the US had become, he settled into the Toronto creative music scene improvising with piles of great musicians, composing for many different instrumentations, and organizing shows, such as a 14 hour performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations” just to name one. His duo with soprano saxophonist, Kayla Milmine, Faster, has a new album called “Nuclear Fishin’” coming out March 2018, featuring mostly through composed music with some improv. Anything else? Probably, but I forget. Writing a bio is a boring activity. I’m gonna go wander around the AGO now cause it’s free Wednesdays nights!

Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

Eugene Martynec is known for his versatility, composing and recording with pop groups, orchestras, and in visual and live theatre settings. He is trained in electronic music, composition, and orchestration from The Royal Conservatory of Music (1970–1975) and has been awarded Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council grants for music composition. His most recent interests are around improvised music, composing live electro- acoustic music, as well as with adding visual components to his improvisation performances. Martynec is well traveled and has lived and performed abroad, notably living in Beijing for two years where he performed in Yunnan Province with Yan Jun (a sound artist, critic, poet and organizer) and in Beijing at several music and art festivals. From 2007-2010 he was based in London, England where he performed with the London Improvisers Orchestra and with various other small ensembles throughout Europe. Upon returning to Toronto in 2010, he organized and formed the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra. Martynec remains a key player in the Toronto improvising community.

Salon Tokyo a Toronto II
Satoko Inoue, piano    
Clemens Merkel, violin

Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8 pm
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John Cage - Thirteen Harmonies - 1985
John Cage - Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard - 1950 
John Cage - Two6 - 1992 

Clemens Merkel’s unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language,  and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage,  and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal’s Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging  experimentalists to today’s most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel’s unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one  f the world’s leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through  the Composer’s Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact  on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent’s leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He’s a passionate chef and lives in Montréal’s Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice.

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

This concert is presented with the support of the Japan Foundation.

Salon Tokyo a Toronto I
Art of the Piano: Satoko Inoue

Friday May 4, 2018 at 8 pm
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Takeo Hoshiya : Piano StudyVIII versionα (2011)
Yuka Shibuya : Clouds merging into the sea, Islands floating in the sky 2
Daryl Jamieson : new piece ~world premiere 
Toshiya Watanabe : On A Winter Day (2018)
Jo Kondo
     In Nomine (Berceuse a la Lesniewski) (2006)
     Ritornello (2005)
     Sight Rhythmics (1975) 
     Caccia Soave (2016) 
     Interlude (2017)

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

This concert is presented with the support of the Japan Foundation.

Magisterra Soloists
String Chamber Works

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8 pm
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Magisterra Soloists
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Mikela Witjes, violin
Jordan Clayton, violin
Matt Antal, viola
Ethan Filner, viola
Joel Tangjerd, cello

GIUSEPPE VERDI  (1813 –1901)
Quartet e minor (1873) for two violins, viola and cello

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino
  3. Prestissimo
  4. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso


Quintet F major 
for two violins, two violas and cello

  1. Gemäßigt
  2. Scherzo: Schnell - Trio: Langsamer
  3. Adagio
  4. Finale: Lebhaft bewegt

Magisterra Soloists is a vibrant Canadian classical music ensemble dedicated to programming innovative and venturesome chamber works in juxtaposition with traditional classical staples. Their repertoire not only seeks to rediscover historically important works, but also to support the exciting new output of this generation’s living composers. The ensemble brings together established professional musicians and young emerging artists from across the globe – with the
inclusion of guest vocalists and instrumentalists – to create something fresh, engaging and gutsy. Magisterra is also proud to oer a mentorship program for outstanding young artists who are invited to perform as “Magisterra Fellows” in select concerts. In 2016, Magisterra launched its “Salon Series,” a series designed to provide music to more intimate audiences by way of in-home concerts and in 2017 launched its inaugural “Magisterra at the Museum” series. Additionally, the ensemble presents interactive concerts in schools throughout the province through its curriculum-based educational outreach program, “Magisterra in Schools.” In March 2018, Magisterra will hold its first “Young Performer’s Award” auditions, an initiative to encourage high quality musical training at an early age provided by private music teachers in London.

Founded in the fall of 2015 by internationally-acclaimed German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Magisterra Soloists is currently based in London, Ontario. Within its first year of concertizing, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen venues across Ontario, including Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The ensemble has also succeeded in crafting an educational outreach program designed to provide young children with an interactive experience of classical music and which has been presented to over a dozen
school groups. In May of 2016, Magisterra gave the Canadian premiere of the ensemble’s first commissioned arrangement, Sapling, by award-winning Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle. It subsequently premiered this work internationally in August during its inaugural international six-city tour to Brazil which included performances in São Paolo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Florianopolis, and in Rio de Janeiro, where they enjoyed the support of the Canadian Embassy. While concertizing in Brazil, the ensemble had the privilege of playing for the students of the Baccarelli Institute in São Paolo, a not-for-profit organization that enjoys the endorsement and regular visits of musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Magisterra Soloists embarked on its first Ontario-Quebec tour in May 2017. Today’s concert kicks of Magisterra’s second Ontario-Quebec tour! The ensemble is proud to have been nominated the Jack Richardson award, with Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel nominated as a soloist in the community.

Joel Frahm, sax   Adrean Farrugia, piano

Friday April 27, 2018 at 7 PM
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TD Discovery Series Special Projects

Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of BLUED DHARMA, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.

Adrean Farrugia
Juno Award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been an active member of the Canadian jazz music scene since the late 1990’s. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performs locally with the Bob Brough Quartet, The Worst Pop Band Ever, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Marito Marques, Jane Bunnett, Sophia Perlman, Kevin Turcotte, Heather Bambrick and Molly Johnson. He also tours internationally with vocalist Matt Dusk, American trumpeter Brad Goode, and recently, with saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Adrean also leads his own bands Ricochet (whose debut album was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording in 2011) and the Adrean Farrugia Trio. Adrean is on the faculties of Mohawk College and York University.

Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970. He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone. At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School. He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally. After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop. His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998. A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.

The Art of the Piano:
Robert Silverman plays Chopin

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8 pm
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"One could only marvel at a performance of such thorough conviction. Surely he is one of the country's finest pianists." (Toronto Star)


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Prelude in C# minor, Op. 45
Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
Ballade No.1, Op. 23


Polonaise Fantaisie Op. 61
3 Waltzes Op. 64
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman's comprehensive discography is one of the largest of any Canadian pianist. His recent album of late Chopin works (on Isomike) was named the Best Recording of the Month by Stereophile Magazine in February of this year. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010, again on the Isomike label.

In 2013 Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.

Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and Isomike.

Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where a generous selection of his recordings has been heard by well over 50,000 listeners. Many of his recordings are available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Audio High. Visit him online at

Emily Steinwall’s YALA Ft. Sage Horsey
+Mingjia Chen Duo (opening act)

Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 8 pm
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Mingjia Chen and Andrew Chung Duo


Emily Steinwall’s YALA featuring Sage Horsey

An evening of original compositions from two of the city’s most exciting young voices, Emily Steinwall and Mingjia Chen. This is the debut of Steinwall’s newest project as a composer, YALA, a fiery new jazz quartet which weaves together influences as diverse as Alice Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Esperanza Spalding. The group will be accompanied by the movements of Sage Horsey, a prodigious dancer from Burlington, Vermont.

Emily Steinwall : Voice , Saxophone, Compositions
Yunjin Claire Lee: Piano, Keyboards
Hayden Farrar: Bass
Eric West : Drums
Sage Horsey : Dance

Mingjia Chen Duo
Mingjia Chen: Voice, Piano, compositions
Andrew Chung: Violin, viola, voice

Emily Steinwall is a saxophone player, vocalist, flautist and bandleader based in Toronto, and is quickly establishing herself as a strong force in the jazz community. In 2017, Emily was named one of CBC's "35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35" at only 22 years old, and was the recipient of the prestigious Mary Alice Stewart Award (presented by JazzFM91.1). She has a deep respect and connection to the jazz tradition while still maintaining a fresh approach to improvising and composing.

Steinwall performs frequently in a diverse collection of groups as both a side-woman and leader.  Her newest project, YALA, is a sharp turn from her past work as a composer with a genre-bending sound that is heavily influenced by the music of John and Alice Coltrane, and features for the first time her abilities as a lyricist. She was deeply inspired by the unparalleled power of nature which she felt in the jungles Yala National Park (Sri Lanka), and intends to use this project as a vehicle to explore the forces of nature which she channels through her body.

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Originally from Woodstock, New York, Sage Horsey began her training with Saugerties Ballet Center in 1998. In 2006, she competed nationally with the award winning Energy Dance Company and joined their faculty in 2011.She studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance School from 2007-2010, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy in 2011, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet BFA in 2013. Between 2013-2014, she was a member of JUNTOS Collective and served as a choreographer for their international company as well as Assistant to the Director & Event Coordinator.

In 2014, Sage relocated to Burlington, Vermont where her first full length work, Soft Animals, premiered. Earlier that year she received her 200 RYT Yoga Teaching Certification from Sienna Smith and Djuna Mascall and began teaching students nationally. By 2016, her piece A Little Bird Told Me, co-created with Mollie Morgan had been nominated for an ACDA (American College Dance Association) Award.During 2016-2017, Sage trained with Rubberband Dance Group and Sidra Bell Dance New York. In February of 2017, she received the Maker's Space Grant from Keshet Dance Company and was an artist in residence at their New Mexico facility.

Sage has collaborated with renowned artists, musicians, dancers, and digital designers. Between 2014-2017, she joined the faculty at Urban Dance Complex, Laughing River Yoga, and Evolution Yoga. She has reached thousands of students worldwide and continues to teach contemporary, ballet, and improv techniques. Sage is currently a member of Erika Miller Performance Lab and serves as Project Manager for the company.

Mingjia Chen (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and teacher an active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto music scene. Recognized for her technical and stylistic versatility, she has performed with and composed for her own chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra as well as a variety of groups such as the science of what ?, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, and Celeste. She will be presenting originals compositions with violinist, violist and vocalist Andrew Chung.

Made in Trio Ensemble

Friday April 20, 2018 at 8 pm
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C. Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 

C.P.E. Bach Trio for flute, clarinet and piano D major Wq 94
 I. Allegretto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro di molto 

Nino Rota Trio for flute violin (clarinet) and piano 
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace con spirito 


F.K. Abigaña Four Dances
 I. Round Dance
II. Pavane
III. Shanty 
IV. Charleston

B. Mantovani L’ère de rien 

Sophie Dupuis  From One’s Bed  (1st performance, dedicated to Made in Trio) 

G. Connesson Techno Parade

Made in Trio Ensemble was created in 2013 during study at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, the Haute École de Musique de Genève and the Hochschule für Musik Luzern (Switzerland), with the professors François Benda, Michel Bellavance, Sarah Rumer, Heinrich Mätzener, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Anton Kernjak.

The repertoire is based on music from the XX and XXI century, with composers like Bruno Mantovani, Guillaume Connesson, and others. There is also repertoire from the classic period as C. P. Emmanuel Bach (originally for quartet with flute, pianoforte, viola and basso continuo), and romantic style, especially from French composers, like Maurice Emmanuel, Camille Saint-Saens, and others.

In 2015 they were awarded with a special prize at the "Orpheus Chamber Music Competition" in Switzerland and the 1st prize at the "Marianne und Curt Dienemann-Stiftung" Competition in Luzern, Switzerland. They were finalist in the prestigious "Concert Artists Guild Competition" in New York 2016 and at the 20th International Chamber Music Competition of Illzach in France.

They performed at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival 2015 in Adelboden, at the Swiss Foundation of Young Musicians, at the Mimiko (Mittwoch Mittag Konzerte), at the Altstadt Serenaden concert series in Basel. They are regular artists at the association "Amici della Musica" of Trapani and Alcamo, Italy. They were invited also at the KlangBasel Festival 2016, Zeiträume Festival 2017 both in Switzerland and at the “Festival da Primavera” 2017 in Viseu, Portugal. Above all, "Made in Trio" intend to extend the repertoire of this rare formation and aim to create a new sonority, capable of providing real moments of music.

Rute Fernandes began her musical studies at age of eight in her hometown. Later on she gets in the Artistic and Professional School of Music Vale do Ave, Portugal (2004-2010, high school level) with Joaquina Mota and Elisa Trigo. She made her Bachelor degree at Haute École de Musique de Genève with Michel Bellavance (2010-2013) and she finalized her Master Specialized in Orchestra in 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik - Luzern with Sarah Rumer (flute) and Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo). All of that was supported by the scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

She played with the European Union Youth Orchestra (Summer School), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Schweizer-Jugend-Sinfonie Orchester, Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

She won the 1st prize at the I, II and III National Competitions "Terras de la Salette” (Portugal), at the Concours National d’Exécution Musicale (Riddes, Switzerland), at the Internacional Flute Competition Jastrzébie-Zdrój 2012 (Poland), the David Russel Honorific Prize for Young Talents, 4th Edition (Vigo, Spain), and the Edwin-Fischer Preis Wettbewerb (Luzern, Switzerland), among many others.

She is the Co-Principal flute in the Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich.

Born in Montreal, Canada, David Dias da Silva was raised by a Portuguese family, before they moved back to Portugal, where he started his musical education. He studied at the Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo and at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, with Professors Iva Barbosa, Nuno Pinto and Antonio Saiote. David holds a Master of Music in Performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), under the tutelage of Francois Benda, in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné. He has also been a member of the “Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester” and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

A recent grand-prize winner of both the “Prix d’Europe” and Canadian Music Competition’s “Stepping Stone” competitions, he has earned many other distinctions, including 1st prizes at the “Kiefer Hablitzel” Competition, Bern (Switzerland), the "Fernando Raínho Valente" Competition, Aveiro (Portugal), International Young Artist Competition, Vancouver (Canada), “Terras de La Salette” Competition, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), 2nd prize at the “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale,” Riddes (Switzerland), among others.

David is regularly invited to perform orchestrally with several orchestras, most notably the Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra (Japan), Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Zurich and Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland). He is a member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon, and since 2015, he has held a contract position as principal clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Sinforosa Petralia started to play the piano at the age of five with her grandmother, Sinforosa Pastorino. She continued her studies with Prof. Giuseppe Visconti, Professor at the Conservatory “A.Scontrino” of Trapani (Italy). In 2006 she graduate "cum laude" at the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo (Italy) with Prof. Aurelia Spagnolo. From 2007 to 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy). In 2014 she obtained the Master Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, Switzerland, under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; during the same year she earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In 2016 she obtained the Pedagogic Master in the same Basel School.

In 1998 she won the 2nd prize at “Tonino Pardo” Piano Competition; the year after she won the 1st prize at “Città di Balestrate” Piano Competition, Italy. In 2009 she won the 1st prize at “Nuovi Orizzonti” Piano Competition in Arezzo and the year after she won the 2nd prize at “G. Rospigliosi” Piano Competition in Lamporecchio, Italy. In 2014 she won the “Talent Factory” Competition, organized by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Foundation, in Palermo, Italy.

As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of the Ensemble Container, based in Spain, and focused on contemporary music repertoire. At the moment she is the piano accompanist of the Bassoon class of Sergio Azzolini, in the Musik Akademie Basel.

“Mortals, Myths, Lovers, Victims and the Survivors”: A Music Anthology
Vanessa Lanch, soprano
William Shookhoff, piano

Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 8 pm
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Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Zweite Braut Nacht (from Die ägyptische Helena)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Ellens zweiter Gesang, D.838 Der Zwerg, D.771 Nachtstück, D.672
Klärchens Lied, D.210
Olivier Messiaen ( 1908 – 1992)
Trois Mélodies
ii. Le sourire
Henri Duparc (1848 – 1933)
Chanson Triste
Erik Korngold (1897 – 1957)
Drei Lieder, Opus 22
iii. Welt ist stille Eingeschlafen
Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963)
Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin
i. Le Garçon de Liège
ii. Au-Delà
iii. Aux Officiers de la Garde Blanche
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935)
Bibelszene (from Wozzeck) Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
The Trees They Grow So High
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Poèmes pour Mi
iv. Épouvante
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911 – 2007)
To This We ́ve Come (from The Consul)
Jocelyn Morlock (1969 - ) Involuntary Love Songs
iii. Script 

Hailed as having a voice that is “far reaching, expressive and beautiful”, Vanessa Lanch is quickly becoming a name to look out for in young dramatic soprano repertory. Vanessa was born in Toronto, Canada and is of German heritage. She studied music and theatre at York University, where she worked with soprano Norma Burrowes and mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin. Vanessa went on to complete her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and in opera at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria where she graduated both programs with distinction. Vanessa was also a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium and the Bayreuth Festival Chorus in Germany.

Operatic roles to her credit include Mélisande in the Constant / Debussy / Brook's Impressions de Pelléas, Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw). Vanessa has now expanded into roles of the young dramatic soprano repertoire, including Agathe (Der Freischütz) and Elsa (Lohengrin).

Ms. Lanch has also been recognized for her excellence in interpreting modern music. She was the third place winner in the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition in Canada (2011) and the winner of the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recently, Vanessa was also a semi-finalist in the international Elizabeth Connell Competition for dramatic sopranos. As a scholarship recipient, she has been a member of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (Aldeburgh, England, sponsored by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation), and the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona Italy.

William Shookhoff is a noted conductor, pianist and vocal coach throughout Canada and abroad. He has conducted Canadian orchestras from coast to coast, as well as in the Netherlands and China. He has served on the music faculties of the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Johannesen Summer Institute of Music. He has been on the Music Staff of the Canadian, Netherlands, Edmonton, and Portland (Oregon) Opera Companies.

Equally at home in Music Theatre, Mr Shookhoff was the Associate Conductor of the inaugural Canadian production of Les Miserables, and of the Canadian Tour and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest Music Director with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton).

Frequently in demand as coach and conductor, Mr. Shookhoff makes frequent appearances in those capacities throughout Western Europe and China, as well as maintaining an active coaching studio in Toronto. He is a regular guest conductor with the Bluebridge Festival and with Opera Kitchener. He has also devoted his efforts to the development and presentation of the Massed Piano or Monster Concert, and has conducted such events at Carnegie Hall, New York; Massey Hall and Nathan Philips Square, Toronto; the White House, Washington, DC; and the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Mr. Shookhoff is Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions.

Chamber Opera for Clarinet and Piano

Saturday April 14, 2018 at 2 pm
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Mitchell Yolevsky, clarinet
Madison Ryley Arsenault, vocals
Deena Nicklefork, vocals 
Hye Won Lee, piano


1st Act:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
    "Parto! ma tu ben mio." (from La Clemenza di Tito)
    Vocal-Madison Ryley Arsenault 
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  2. Luigi Bassi (1833-1871)
    "Fantasia Da Concerto (based off of Verdi's Rigoletto)
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  3. Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
    "Theme and Variations"
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky


2nd Act:

  1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 
    "Non Piu Di Fiori (from La Clemenza di Tito)
    Vocal-Deena Nicklefork
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky
  2. Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826)  
    Grand Duo Concertant
    Piano-Hye Won Lee
    Clarinet-Mitch Yolevsky

Mitchell Yolevsky is a unique performing clarinettist musician based in Toronto Canada.  Mitchell enjoys performing both composed and improvised music and is open to various forms of musical collaboration.  Mitchell obtained a bachelor of performance in clarinet from the University of Toronto and will continue performing indefinitely.

Madison Arsenault obtained a Master’s of Music in Voice Performance and Literature at Western University under the tutelage of Anita Krause-Wiebe. She made her operatic debut in 2012 as Cherubino in Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ with SOLT. Madison was featured as a soloist for Orchestra London with The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. She was also featured as The Secretary in Menotti’s “The Consul” with UWOpera that year. In 2013, Madison made her international debut as “Giulietta” in Offenbach’s “Les Contes D’Hoffmann” with FIO Americas in São Paulo, Brazil. She was also seen as the title role in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” with UWOpera that same year. During the summer of 2014, Madison was in England performing the title role in "Iolanthe" with Yorkshire Opera Workshop, and back in Canada to sing Ježibaba in Dvorjak’s “Rusalka” with Halifax Summer Opera Festival. In 2015, she traveled to Lucca, Italy to perform the title role in Handel’s “Rinaldo” with AEDO. This past year, Madison performed the roles of Sesto in Mozart’s “Clemenza di Tito” with Opera By Request, and Hansel in Humperdinks classic tale “Hansel & Gretel” with Grande Prairie Opera.

In 2016 Madison became a certified yoga instructor.  Confident in the benefits a regular yoga practice has for singers, she plans to specialize her teachings in yoga for singers. She has been teaching music full time and hopes to combine her two passions and share the incredible practice that is yoga with her peers in the music industry.

H.W. Cecilia Lee is a diverse freelancer musician based in Toronto, Canada. She collaborates on all three major keyboard forms, from full – orchestral and graphic score readings to figured/unfigured continuo parts and traditional classical piano writing.
Dr. Lee received her DMA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2008) with Paul Barnes and Nicole Narboni, with generous support from Hixon – Lied Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant. Her teachers include Lynda Metelsky, University of Toronto (BME, 2004), Jack Winerock and Robert Koenig, University of Kansas (MMus, 2006). In addition, she studied organ/harpsichord (Douglas Bodle, Eugene Gates), clavichord (Gerhard Erber, Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig), fortepiano (Bart van Oort, Netherland).
Dr. Lee have attended numerous international festivals with scholarships: Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College (USA), Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy (USA- Germany), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses, 2009 Winter and Fall residency (Canada). In addition to performing, Ms. Lee is an active recording engineer, working with Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city, and recently started writing for Ludwig-Van-Toronto.
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Deena Nicklefork is thrilled to be performing with Mitch once again! Deena has had the privilege of singing across Europe, but her favourite stage will always be in Toronto. Past performances include: Cio-Cio San "MADAMA BUTTERFLY", S.O.L.T.; Donna Elvira "DON GIOVANNI", F.A.V.A.; Judit "BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE", OBR; Santuzza "CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA", OBR; Rusalka "RUSALKA", OBR; Marschallin "DER ROSENKAVALIER", OBR. Upcoming performances include: Musette "LA BOHEME", OBR; Cio-Cio San "MADAMA BUTTERFLY", OBR; Donna Elvira "DON GIOVANNI", PSOW. Thank you always to my family and friends for their continuous love and support. Phil 4:13. 

Marilyn Lerner - piano
Andrew Downing - bass
Patricia O’Callaghan - voice

Friday April 6, 2018 at 8 pm
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An evening combining classical songs and jazz improvisation, with music spanning over 250 years, featuring the songs of Rameau, Fauré, Poulenc, Debussy, Satie, Messaien, Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg, and Artur H, featuring three world-renowned Canadian artists.

Patricia O'Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, with six solo albums and many interesting collaborations along the way. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, but one of Patricia's most unique talents is the ability to blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment. “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don't need a translation to know that someone's about to get his throat cut or get laid or both." (The National Post) "O'Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it's easy to believe her." (Chart Attack)

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music. In 2016, Lerner/Filiano/Grassi- Live at Edgefest, was released on vinyl by NoBusiness Records, and in 2017 her trio, Ugly Beauties (Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums) released its second CD, Strange Attractors.

Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. His projects include MELODEON, a 7-piece chamber ensemble that performs live music to silent films and ANAHTAR, a Turkish-Canadian project inspired by his yearly visits to İstanbul, Turkey and OTTERVILLE, a quiet jazz ensemble. He has composed music for The Vancouver Bach Choir, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London, and he has arranged music for The Gryphon Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble and Patricia O’Callaghan. He has won two Juno awards for work with his group The Great Uncles of the Revolution and Zubot and Dawson and performs regularly with David Occhipinti, The Lina Allemano Four, Jayme Stone and Patricia O’Callaghan.

The Art of the Piano: Cathy Yang & Benyamin Nuss
FABLES: piano music from Debussy to Uematsu

Wednesday April 4, 2018 at 8 pm 
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"Fables" combines the diverse colours an​​d dream worlds of classical French piano music and video game scores. Come and explore the worlds full  of fantasy and imagination found in piano works of the French Impressionism and in the gaming and virtual worlds of Final Fantasy and Saga Frontier.  Hear the pictures created by the sounds and the sounds inspired by the imagination. 


At the age of 7 Cathy Yang  started her musical career with Prof. Zhaoyi Dan in China. Soon after she immigrated to Canada and continued her musical journey with Vladimir Niurenberg in Toronto. Her professional musical studies were completed with Prof. Ilja Scheps at the Universityof Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) with a Masters degree in piano performance. While in Canada, she participated and received prizes in many regional piano festivals and also in the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. In 2006, she won two first prizes at the solo and concerto competition at Ithaca College in New York, USA.

In May 2006, she was invited by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation as one of two representatives from Canada to participate in their music festival Moscow Meets Friends. Performing in the Central Music School in Moscow, Russia, she shared the stage with some of the most talented young musicians from around the world.

In 2010, Cathy won the third prize in her age category at the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera in Spain.

While in Aachen, Germany she was invited multiple times by the Collegium Musicum orchestra of the RWTH Aachen to perform as the soloist in the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven  and Chopin. She also performed in Poland  with various orchestras. As a member of Aix Alma Trio she toured several times  in Germany.

Cathy lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently working on some innovative piano projects.

Benyamin Nuss was born in Bergisch-Gladbach on the twentieth of June 1989. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, the trombonist Ludwig Nuss, an internationally renowned jazz musicians. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion. Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,” he began at the age of ten to study the composer Claude Debussy, and soon after the works of Maurice Ravel.

How elegantly and emotionally he internalizes the music is demonstrated by his first prizes at the 2005 national Steinway Competition “Young Musicians”, and the 2006 international competition “Prix d’Amadeo de Piano” as well as his grant from the Hochbegabtenstiftung (Foundation for the Gifted) ”Best of NRW”. Benyamin Nuss has been studying at the Cologne/Aachen conservatoire with Prof. Ilya Scheps since 2008. Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he had always a passion for Videogames and Videogame music. He was the featured soloist in the award winning “Symphonic Fantasies” recording and his first CD released by “Deutsche Grammophon” is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous Role Play Game of all times, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through Germany, where he played in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeiz Halle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. Besides he appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distand World” concerts in Tokio, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. Since then Nuss has played Solo performances on TV, like in “Stars von Morgen” with Rolando Villazon and performed in front of German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. In 2012, he recorded his second CD for “Deutsche Grammophon” -”Exotica”, which was equally successful and was followed by celebrated concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Recently, he did recordings and concerts for radio, performing Gershwins “Concert For Piano in F” with the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken” and Gershwins “Rhapsody In Blue” and Ravels “Piano Concert Nr.2″ with the “WDR Rundfunk Orchester”.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a classical performer, Benyamin is a gifted composer, two of his composition can be heard in “Exotica”. Apart from classical concerts, he also performs his music with his own Jazz Quartet or in a Trio together with his father Ludwig Nuss and the great bass player, John Goldsby.

Payadora Tango Ensemble presents
The Death/Rebirth of Tango

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 8 pm
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Payadora Tango Ensemble 
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Robert Horvath, piano 
Chris Gao, accordion
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon
Joseph Phillips, double bass

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. 

Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. 

“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!” 
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine

The coup in 1955 that ousted General Perón had profound consequences for Argentina as a whole, and for the Tango in particular, launching the country into a kind of modern Dark Age. The new military government was made up of members of the upper classes, for whom the culture of the mass of the population was alien and dangerous. They did not understand the Tango. They did not dance it.

Also they had a knee-jerk reaction that anything Perón had said was good must be bad. Perón was a nationalist and a populist, and Tango was both national and popular. Perón had used Tango and Tango artists for his political purposes, and many famous Tango artists were involved with the Peronist movement. As a consequence many artists were either imprisoned or blacklisted by the new regime.
from The Dark Age of Tango
Christine Denniston is author of The Meaning of Tango, Dancing Tango - Unlocking the Mysteries and Secrets of the Tango - 1914

Brahms for Three! 
Jelena Cingara, piano 
Emily Hiemstra, viola, 
Erika Nielsen, cello

Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Dr. Jelena Cingara is an experienced pedagogue and performer with over twenty years experience in USA and Canada. She has taught piano minors at The University level at The University of Utah School of Music, and served as the main accompanist for the String Division for The University of Utah Preparatory Division.

Jelena is currently a piano instructor at York University. She is also a winner of festivals, competitions, and teaching assistantships in both USA and Canada, such as: Kiwanis Peel and Davenport, as well as a third prize winner in both the piano concerto and small ensemble competition at The University of Toledo, Ohio.

As a performer, Jelena has recently performed solo recitals for: The Davis Arts Council, Mundi Project, and has completed a chamber music recital at The World Piano Teacher’s Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, amongst many others. She has also attended music festivals across Europe such as: Interharmony, and Prague Piano Institute, and will attend La Balie Summer workshop in France. Recently her and Zoltan Csikos have won second place at the American Protege Competition, and will make their debut in Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. Her CD: Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances and Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4 can be found on amazon, spotify, and itunes. Jelena has a DMA in piano performance from The University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Emily Hiemstra (nee Walker) holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance with Christine Vlajk and composition with Peter Hatch from Wilfrid Laurier University and an artist diploma in viola performance with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

She has participated in festivals around the world including the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany and the Canada India Youth Orchestra Project in Bangalore, India. She is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012, 2013) on violin and viola respectively. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with orchestras such as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton) and the London Symphonia.

In 2017 Ms Hiemstra performed the Stamitz Viola Concerto with the Charis Collective ensemble in Toronto, ON. She has also played in masterclasses for such world renowned violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad and has performed in venues such as the Canadian Music Centre and Koerner Hall.

As a composer, Ms Hiemstra has had her works heard on Chorale Concert (CBC Radio), and performed by ensembles such as the Maureen Forrester Singers, Laurier Concert Choir, Laurier Wind Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Schola Magdalena, the Renaissance Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir, Amabile Youth Singers(London), Halifax Camerata Singers, Podium 2014(Halifax), Corriolis Brass and the NYOC’s brass quintet. She is a featured Canadian composer on the Canadian Chamber Choir’s JUNO nominated album A Canadian Mass: Sacred Reflections of Canada. Works can be found through Cypress Choral Music Publishing.

Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and was recently on tour with The Musical Stage Company’s Onegin: The Musical on tour at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.

Erika was principal cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and on faculty of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in 2016. She has performed frequently with Westwood Concerts chamber series, and New Music series’ such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, The Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Bicycle Opera Project.

Erika holds an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Glenn Gould School, where she studied with David Hetherington, and a B.Mus (hon.) from Queen’s University, with Wolf Tormann. Erika recently joined the 2018 cello faculty at National Music Camp, and performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885.

Jazz at the Gallery: Waltz Musette
Jessica Lalonde, vocals
John MacMurchy, reeds
Tom Szczesniak, accordion/piano
George Koller, bass
Dan Ionescu, guitar

Saturday March 10, 2018 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

Waltz Musette: Waltzes, Javas and Swing. Sounds of the Latin Quarter

Jessica Lalonde has spent her life exploring music in all it’s shades and facets. Raised on Country and Rock & Roll, she fell for jazz during her formative years. Lalonde began singing around her hometown of Midland in small jazz duos and trios, and as the singer for her local Big Band. Eventually the clarity and strength of her voice led her into serious vocal study and she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. She excelled in her studies, winning a performance scholarship, several prestigious concerto competitions, and holding the title roles in the University’s opera productions.

After graduating she recorded a solo album of jazz and big ­band hits produced by jazz veteran Bill King. The album Spinning Daydreams, features some of Canada’s finest and most sought after musicians including Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, kd lang, Cassandra Wilson), Davide DiRenzo (Jacksoul, Sophie Milman, Tomi Swick), Duncan Hopkins (Diana Krall, Mark Murphy, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass) and Ann Lindsay (Blue Rodeo, Dionne Warwick, The Chieftans).

Following the production and touring of this project, Lalonde continued to explore and hone her instrument by delving into Bel canto singing under the guidance of Metropolitan soprano Aprile Millo, and in 2015 she had the privilege of performing in Italy alongside Ms. Millo for a series of concerts benefitting the Museo and Comittato Renata Tebaldi, the Amici delle case di Puccini, and Villa Verdi. While there, she was also honoured to work with legendary Conductor Maestro Richard Bonynge.

Jessica enjoys a diverse array of performing opportunities including recent collaborations with Juno award winner Chris Gestrin for a headlining performance of “From Heaven to The Centre of The Earth,” a multi­media performance art piece at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE Festival. She has also performed backing vocals on three Born Ruffians albums, and is featured on Will Currie and the Country French’s album,They Killed Us, Jaymze Bee’s soon to be released collaborative project, Muse and jazz giant, John MacMurchy’s latest Art of Breath recording project. Looking to expand into new markets Jessica signed with Folkstar Productions and re-released her Christmas single “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to overwhelming support. With these appreciations she is now headed back into the recording studio with the talented John MacMurchy to record her second album. Look for her new album to drop late 2018.

Ultimately the connecting thread between these various musical genres and adventures, has been an ability to express the core emotion of whatever composition she is singing, whether by Puccini, Gershwin or a local folk rock band. This expression is filtered through an open heart and depth of understanding; channelled through a voice that feels as though it may unleash at any moment, but chooses rather to remain grounded; an unaffected purity of tone conveying shadow and light.

John MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.

"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life." - Sheldon Zandboer

"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas."

Tom Szczesniak first arrived in Toronto in 1973, following a stint with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Since that time, he has performed as a musician on the scores of over 100 feature films, numerous television shows (such as “Earth: Final Conflict”, “Street Legal”, “The Road to Avonlea”, “Side Effects”, “SCTV”, “The Woflman Jack Show and “The Jim Henson Hour”) and over 1,000 commercials. As a player, he has also been much in demand by some of the finest international performing artists, such as Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Esthero (arrangements – Gold Album), Brian Adams, Little Richard, K.D. Lang, Lenny Breau, Joe Williams, Marc Jordan, Marvin Hamlisch, Dan Hill, The Rankin Family, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Guthrow, Smokey Robinson, Bobby McFerrin, Diahann Carole and Susan Aglukark, as well as jazz greats “The Boss Brass”, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, The Cape Breton Symphony, Nimmons and 9, Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Band, The Canadian Pops Orchestra as well as performances for former U.S. Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson.

As a composer and arranger, Tom has used his writing skills to enhance a wide variety of cinematic, televised, commercial and theatrical productions, and has been an integral part of several highly-regarded music production houses, including Acrobat Music, Pursuit Communications and Trudel Productions. Music is an essential element of any “visual” art form, and Tom’s compositions have enhanced and illuminated over 100 feature films, as well as animated and “live action” productions such as “Ruby Gloom”, “Franklin the Turtle” (syndicated series and four full-length features), “Gerald McBoing Boing”, “Fraggle Rock”, “Sesame Street”, “Beetlejuice” (the ABC/Fox animated series), “The Care Bears”, “The Adventures of Tin-Tin”, “An American Tale”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and the animated CBS series, “Ace Ventura”. In 1993, Tom formed a company (along with the formidable musical multi-threat, Ray Parker), “ParkerSzczmith Music Inc”, and since that time, has been composing, conducting, playing and arranging under the auspices of this successful and award-winning company.

Tom has been honoured to be a multiple recipient of the Socan Award for “Film and Television Music” (1994/95/97/98/99 and 2000-2006), the Emmy Award for “Beetlejuice” 1991. In 1986, The International Film Festival of New York presented him with an award for his work on Ontario Lottery Commercials (“Together”).

Bassist, Composer and Producer George Koller has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career. A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player, George plays a variety of instruments, notably Indian stringed Instruments. He has performed professionally and extensively within most genres, best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk, world and world fusion. For over three decades, he has performed and/or producer over 600 cds, and his playing of Indian stringed instruments has been featured in several films. In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for "bassist of the year”.

Born in Romania, Toronto-based Jazz guitarist and composer, Dan Ionescu debuted as a banjo player in a traditional Dixieland band. Four years later he won first prize at the national competition of the "Sibiu '82 Jazz Festival" and was immediately established on the Romanian jazz scene. Dan Ionescu was acclaimed by jazz critics as the top Romanian jazz guitarist for 12 consecutive years. During that period, he recorded frequently at the National Radio Studios and for Romanian Television. Since arriving in Toronto in 1996, Dan has been very active in the jazz community performing at a variety of venues and festivals with some of Toronto's top musicians. As a sideman, he recorded eight CD's with different Canadian jazz artists. In 2007, he completed a successful tour of Japan for the promotion of Ken G Shimitzu's "Last Winter" album. As of 2009, Dan has turned to the eight-string guitar (that he designed and build himself) almost exclusively.

Austrian Sounds of Spring
Elena Denisova, violin
Alexi Kornienko, piano

Thursday March 8, 2018 at 8 pm
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Wolfgang A. Mozart – Sonata G major KV 379 for violin and piano
I.Adagio sostenuto
III. Andante con variazioni

Maximilian Kreuz (born 1953, in Vienna) -
Free Variations Wv.89 about "Let us ever walk with Jesus”
for violin and piano, commissioned for 2018

Friedegung Rainer (* 1964 Kapfenberg / Steiermark) – #Bach#Frau#Mann
inspired by the Ingeborg Bachmann’s poem „Fogland“
for violin and piano commissioned for 2018 by Elena Denisova, world premiere

Alexander Zemlinsky (1872-1942) - Serenade A major
for violin and piano from the posthumous work
II. Langsam, mit großem Ausdruck
III. Sehr schnell und leicht
IV. Mäßiges Walzer-Tempo
V. Schnell

Elena Denisova is an Austrian violinist and festival director of Russian descent. Her musical career started at age of four. She attended the music school at the Moscow Conservatory and followed as a soloist engagement at the Moscow State Philharmonic. She moved to Austria in the year 1990 where she worked at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the festival "Carinthian Summer". Together with the conductor and pianist Alexei Kornienko she founded the Gustav-Mahler-Ensemble, which among others performs at the annual "Woerthersee Classic Festival". Elena Denisova represents this festival as a director. Simultaneously to these commitments Denisova performs in many concerts, festivals and international tours as a soloist. Among others she performed at the "Flanders Festival", the Viennese festivals "Hoergaenge" and "Klangbogen", the "Ljubljana Festival", the "Russian Winter Festival" in Moscow, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the "Austrian Musical Weeks" in Bulgaria as well as the "Concerti di Primavere" in Parma. The German composer Franz Hummel certified Denisova a great affluence of nuances, easiness and expressive power.

Eventually Denisova engaged in the promotion of young artists, for example at the Austro- American Institute in Vienna as well as a jury member at international competitions.

Her husband Alexei Kornienko is also an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and a boldness in interpretation. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, with his extraordinary wide Classical and Romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years. He was born in Moscow an began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and in Charkow. He was a prize- winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the Bösendorfer Artistic Club.

Together with his wife Elena Denisova, he is active in the rediscovery of forgotten treasures of Classical-Romantic period chamber music.

Elena Denisova Website | Youtube
Alexei Kornienko | Spotify | Youtube

The Art of the Piano: Viktor Lazarov
Rhythm and Colours of the Balkans

Saturday March 3, 2018 at 7 pm
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Viktor Lazarov is a young Canadian-Serbian pianist whose wide musical interests have lead him to perform a solo and chamber repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century.

He is the recipient of several prizes including the Silver and Bronze medals at the Concours de Musique du Royaume (2017 & 2016), a graduate award from the OICRM (Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique) in 2017, and the prestigious SSHRC CGS Master’s award in 2014 for his research and performance of keyboard works by J.S. Bach.

Viktor has performed internationally in the New York City International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Burgos Music Festival in Spain. His recordings have been broadcast in the USA and Serbia.

Continuously engaged in collaborations with contemporary composers, he has performed national and world premieres of solo and chamber works by Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, David Clay Mettens, and David Hier, among others.

In the 2017-2018 season, Viktor will present his most recent solo recital program, Sounds and Colours of the Balkans, in four different cities - Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Orford (Magog). He benefits from the advice and mentorship of Ana Sokolovic and Miodrag Lazarov Pashu in preparation for these recitals.

Viktor completed his B.Mus. studying with Prof. Marina Lomazov at the University of South Carolina. He pursued graduate studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, earning a M.Mus. and a Graduate Diploma in Performance with Prof. Ilya Poletaev. Presently, he is pursuing a Phd in Musicology at the University of Montreal, studying in the Laboratoire de recherche sur le geste musicien under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Traube.

Trio Arkel

Sunday February 25, 2018 at 8 pm
Special Screening at 6:30 
My War Years: Arnold Schoenberg schoenberg
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Kaija Saariaho (Finland b.1952) – Cloud Trio (2009)
Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland b.1933) – String Trio (1990-91)
James Rolfe (Canada b.1961) – And Then Grace (2000)
Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951) – String Trio, Op.45 (1946)

Arnold Schoenberg - Self Portrait (1910)

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Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.

Marie Bérard, violin, is best known as the Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist recording artist and teacher. She is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and member of the acclaimed ARC ensemble; she also holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California. Marie is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music; she has recorded concerti by Schnittke and Kucharzyk, and recently performed major works as soloist with Esprit Orchestra, such as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina and “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov.

Teng Li is establishing herself as one of the world’s leading violists. She appears regularly as soloist throughout Canada, China, Europe and the USA. Ms. Li is also sought after as a chamber musician and collaborator, appearing in major international festivals. She has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, Germany). Ms Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony
Winona Zelenka, cello, is Associate Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony; she has also served as Acting Principal Cellist of that orchestra for five seasons, and for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She is a dedicated recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist; her set of Bach Suites released on Marquis Classics in 2009 was nominated for a Juno award, and her second CD, Connections- of French works for cello and piano with Connie Shih, was critically acclaimed. Her performances on video of Bach and Cassado have garnered thousands of views on Youtube.

The Art of the Piano: Danae Olano
Special Guests: Jane Bunnett (sax, flute)
Joanna Majoko (vocals)
Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin)

Saturday February 24, 2018 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student

“Cuban Piano from the XIX centuries to the future!!! Part 2”

Dánae Olano this time is doing a different kind of concert. It will be divided in two parts: the first one is a Solo Performance, playing original compositions along with valuable gems from the Cuban history of piano; a world Olano has been exploring.

The second part is a new project, “The Art of the Trio” Focusing on the various Cuban styles that have been influenced by Jazz. Magdelis Savigne on percussion and Roberto Riveron Mederos on bass are amazing Cuban musicians who have impacted the Canadian scene with their own projects and collaborating with others.

Dana will be joined by special guests Jane Bunnett(sax/flute), Joanna Majoko(singer), Elizabeth Rodriguez(violin) and others.

Dánae Olano García (pianist and composer), has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by Canadian saxophonist and composer Jane Bunnett.

Danae was born on May 6th, 1992 in Havana, Cuba. She began her early musical training in piano at elementary music school Alejandro García Caturla at the age of seven. In 2008 she continued her studies on piano at the Conservatory of Music Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. She graduated with Best Bachelor of Arts instrumentalist (piano) and ensemble practitioner in 2011. She then entered the Superior Institute of Arts faculty of music, finalising her studies in 2016 and graduated cum laude.

At the elementary level of music, she participated in four editions of the contest “Alejandro García Caturla”, where she won the Grand Prix, two first prizes and one second prize, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. She participated in five editions of the contest “Amadeo Roldán” winning the Grand Prix on three occasions, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. As a university student she participated at the International Contest Musicalia 2013 and National Contest UNEAC 2014 (Union of writers and artists of Cuba) where she was awarded second place in both contests. Performing with the band Maqueque, the group won the Juno Prize 2015 in the category of Best Jazz Album.

In 2012 she made inroads in music for the theatre, arranging and playing music for El Ingenio Theater Company.

She has performed as a soloist in important concert halls of Cuba playing music by Ernesto Lecuona in the García Lorca Theater; Amadeo Roldan Concert Hall; Caturla Concert Hall of the Amadeo Roldan Theater; in the San Felipe Neri Chapel; and Basílica Menor of San Francisco de Asís Convent. In March 2014 she made her debut with the symphonic orchestra of Havana Mozart Lyceum directed by Professor Jorge Rotter. In 2016, was invited to participate in the First Piano Festival held in Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA. With Jane Bunnett and Maqueque she has performed on important stages such as Koerner Hall, Blue Note, Birdland, Shenkman Arts Centre, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Markham Flato Theatre, Kennedy Centre and La Zorra y el Cuervo Club.

GYRE Ensemble

Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm
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Gyre Ensemble, a Swiss-based trio, consisting of Stefanie Mirwald (accordion), Alejandro Oliván Lopez (saxophone) and Christian Smith (percussion), was founded in 2016 during a joint study time at the University of Music in Basel.

Coming from different parts of the world - Germany, Spain, USA - they play free and try to collaborate with composers across borders to reach the most diverse audience with their music. Gyre Ensemble has performed new compositions by Bethany Younge, Sam Scranton, Santiago Díez-Fischer, Ruud Roelofsen, Nadir Vassena and Tobias Krebs.


Lost Islands
The Cygnus Trio

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8pm
$25; $10 Students

Lost Islands
a reflection on personal geography and memory presented by the Cygnus Trio

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, Nancy Holmes, and Harold Rhenisch, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.


The Cygnus Trio appeals to the emotions of each audience member in presenting an engaging, challenging, and interactive programming experience. Bringing “classical” music into the everyday is central to their choices, both conventional and unconventional.

Flautist Benjamin Stuchbery, guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, and violinist Jasper Meiklejohn first came together in Penticton, BC in 2013 to create a group that explored a myriad of musical styles in intimate settings. This group became known as the Cygnus Trio. In 2015, the threesome re-formed in Montreal with Erica Jacobs-Perkins as the violinist. The inaugural recital of the resurrected trio took place at Resonance Café in Montreal in February 2015, which was followed shortly by a performance for revelers during the Nuit Blanche festivities at Christ Church Cathedral Montreal.

Cygnus is dedicated to breathing new life into classical music through a diversity of musical choices and venues. Selections include everything from German baroque, to folk songs and dances, to new commissions, which can be heard in churches, cafes, metro stations, private homes, and women’s shelters. Another of their quests is to collaborate in the creation of new music. During their 2016 season, Cygnus gave the world premiere of Charles Zoll’s AMALGAM and in 2017 the trio participated in the Fresh Inc. Festival in Kenosha, WI. As part of this festival, the trio premiered works by participating composers Patrick Walker and Karalyn Schubring. Other composer collaborations include Arie Van de Ven’s Algoma Miniatures, which will be premiered in the trio’s 2017/18 season, and Anita Perry’s Okanagan Vignettes.

The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt
"Hurling a Lance into the Future” -
The Late Vision of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Saturday February 17, 2018 at 3 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students


I. Religious Iconography
from Deux Légendes (c.1863): St. Francis d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux

II. Aspects of Love

  1. from Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie (1858) Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Sonnet by Petrarch)
  2. Widmung (Dedication -song by R. Schumann) (1848)
  3. from Études d’exécution transcendante (1851) Ricordanza (Remembrance)

III. Hungarian Resonances


Spiritual Visions

IV. Darker Visions of Eternity:

Valses oubliée #1 (Forgotten Waltz (c. 1881) Mephisto Waltz #4: Bagatelle sans tonalité (1883-85) Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort (1883)
from Années de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année (c. 1877)
A ux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No 1: Thrénodie

V. Transcendental Vision

from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1847-52)
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude (Blessing of God in Solitude)

VI. Postlude

Elegie: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (1880)

Liszt’s last years were spent teaching and composing. He did nothing to make his compositions known and even discouraged his students from playing them. “Yet there still remain several things for me to say, irrespective as to whether they may be quickly understood or recognized. Sometime when I am no longer of this earth, the rest will find itself. I can calmly await the event while I go on working, and meanwhile composedly expiate my virtuoso reputation with the disapproval my compositions have excited.” And so it was. It was not until the enthusiastic endorsement of Bartók and Busoni that these late works were recognized for what they are – a most astounding anticipation of major new paths which music was to follow. In their radical simplicity, obsessive rhythms and strange harmonies, they take the listener to the very brink of tonality.

But if their anticipation of the future was their only distinction, I don’t think they would deserve so much attention. They would be curiosities, nothing more. With art and artists, it’s not who does things first that matters but who does them best.

What is important is the uniqueness of their vision. Liszt’s biographer Alan Walker writes of their expression of depression and despair. I think more truly they are an extension of his life- long spiritual strivings. A courageous and unrelenting gaze at the abyss. He finds much terror there but also much beauty.

Liszt’s greatest religious composition is his Benediction de Dieu: Blessing of God in Solitude. To me, this is one of his most moving masterpieces, but also one of the few religious works of the 19th century that is not suffused with a kind of stained-glass sentimentality. And what it describes is truly universal. We live our lives in full knowledge of our mortality. We know we must die and everything that we value will disappear, often painfully and in a protracted way. And the preciousness of what we value will not change this reality. We know somehow that people and things are precious, those we love, things that resonate throughout our lives. And we are reminded all the more of their ephemeral nature, when their preciousness comes home to us in particular moments in time. And this gap between the meaningfulness, the preciousness of life and its fleeting grain-of-sand nature – this gap cannot be closed by thought, by argument. This gap remains with us all our lives and it cannot be closed by what D. H. Lawrence refers to as: “the dead vanity of knowing better ...the blank - cold comfort of superiority, [the] silly - conceit of being immune.“

It is the privilege perhaps of great art, that it can hint at a way of closing – or at least lessening – the gap.

Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt was born in Southern Ontario but for the past 37 years has lived and worked in Victoria, BC and taught at the University of Victoria as Professor of Piano. As a soloist he has appeared regularly in concerts within Canada and he tours yearly in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire encompasses music from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to having a special affinity for the music of Franz Liszt, he has both performed on period instruments and commissioned and premiered a number of new works. 

"And then I knew ’twas wind"
Katherine Watson flute
Kristan Toczko, harp
Giulia Pozzi, viola

Friday February 16, 2018 at 8 pm.
$25 / $10 Students
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Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017). Most recently, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken, working with the composition studio to workshop and premier several new Canadian compositions along with TORQ percussion quartet and the Iris string ensemble.

In the past year, Katherine has been performing with the Toronto Winds and is the newest member of Charm of Finches, Toronto’s own professional flute quintet. She also regularly plays for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children's Chorus, and Fawn Opera. This winter, Katherine performed with Continuum Ensemble’s Continuum in the Classroom project with the Toronto District School Board, as well as performing as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum. She also presented a concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble and premiered her own composition for solo flute, Supermoon 2015, at Array Space.

In May 2016 Katherine participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.

She recently obtained her Masters in Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Timothy Hutchins (Montreal Symphony Orchestra). Over the last couple of years in Montreal, Katherine has performed with several new and exciting orchestras in the community, including Pronto Musica, L’Orchestre Symphonic de L’Agora, and L’Orchestre Point D’arrête, as well as appearing in many chamber recitals ranging from outdoor concerts, to Canadian music concerts at McGill University which have included performing along with legendary flutist Robert Aitken.

As one of Canada’s premier young harpists, Kristan Toczko is recognized for her radiant tone, expressive music making and scintillating virtuosity. A first place winner of the prestigious OSM Standard Life Competition, Kristan was recently named a CBC Radio-Canada Young Artist, and featured as a soloist in a nation-wide broadcast.

Performing numerous concerti, Kristan has been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, l'Orchestre Francophonie and Bathurst Chamber Music Festival. Kristan has also performed as part of the Ottawa ChamberFest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Indian River Festival and has been an invited guest artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts numerous summers. She has also performed as principal harpist with several orchestras nationally and internationally, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Jalisco Philharmonia and Beijing Symphony.

Italian violist Giulia Pozzi is a keen contemporary and chamber music performer.

As former member of Milton String Quartet, she advanced to the final round of Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; moreover, she participated twice to the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Summer masterclass.

Giulia also commissioned works to composers such as Chris Hossfeld, Jason Noble, and James O’ Callaghan for Ideas of North, a SOCAN grant winner project whose aim is to spread new music and scientific research about climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

She was awarded a two-years scholarship by the Italian association De Sono and the Swiss Foundation Fabio Schaub. She has also been the recipient of both the prestigious Max Stern Fellowship in Music and the McGill Graduate Excellence Award at McGill University.

Giulia has performed in Canada and Europe along with Agora Symphony Orchestra, Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra Nazionale della Rai, Trio Debussy, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, and Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino.

Friends Before Facebook
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 ( 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

Buzz Brass

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)
Sonata (1939)

  1. Mäßig bewegt
  2. Lebhaft
  3. Sehr Langsam
  4. Kleines Rondo, gemächlich


Alban BERG (1885 — 1935)
4 Pieces, op. 5 (1913)

Johannes BRAHMS (1833 — 1897)
Sonata op. 120 no. 2 in Eb Maj. (1894)

  1. Allegro amabile
  2. Allegro appassionato
  3. Andante con moto

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).

Image result for robert aitken fluteRobert 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
Tickets: $20/$15 (st) (Cash only at the door)

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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 
Tickets: $25/$10 (Student) (Cash only at the door) 
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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)


The Lark

Concert Suite from the Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”
1. Prologue
2. Dance of Pages
3. Vision
4. Andante
5. Fairy of Silver
6. The Booted Tom-Cat and the White Cat
7. Gavotte
8. The Singing Canary
9. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
10. Adagio
11. Finale

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan

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

Michael Westwood, clarinet
Yosef Tamir, viola
Megumi Okamoto, piano
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Amy Laing, cello


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