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From Sea to Sea
A Celebration of Canada 150 in Poetry and Music
Friday May 12, 2017 at 8 pm
Seán Haldane – poet and novelist
David Jaeger - composer
Christina Raphaelle Haldane - soprano
Carl Philippe Gionet - piano
Including the world premiere of the song cycle ECHO: poems by Seán Haldane, music by David Jaeger.
This evening of poems, songs, and piano celebrates Canada 150 from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Seán Haldane is the author of eight volumes of poems, from The Coast and Inland (Ladysmith, Quebec 1968) to most recently The Memory Tree (Greenwich Exchange, London, 2015). He has also published books on time and neuroscience (he is a neuropsychologist), studies of English poets, and the historical crime novel The Devil's Making (set on Vancouver Island in 1869) which won the Crime Writers of Canada best novel award in 2014.
He was born in England, and grew up in Northern Ireland. He has an MA in English Language and Literature from Oxford, and a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook Institute (now Saybrook University) in San Francisco. He currently lives in London (UK) and is co-owner of Rune Press Ltd which publishes ‘Pocket Poems’ – volumes of collected poems (so far Martin Seymour-Smith, Valentin Iremonger, and [the real] David Cameron) which are small enough to be carried in a pocket or purse. He currently spends much of his time in Canada where between 1967 and 1994 he lived in Québec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia – from sea to sea.
David Jaeger is a composer, music producer, author and broadcaster, who was a member of the CBC Radio Music department staff from 1973 to 2013. In 1978 he created Two New Hours, a national contemporary music series which was heard on the national CBC Radio Two network until spring, 2007. In this capacity he commissioned hundreds of new Canadian compositions and recorded and broadcast thousands of world premiere performances of works by Canadian composers.
In the early 1970s Jaeger established a digital sound synthesis facility at the University of Toronto, one of the first in Canada. During this time, while working at the University of Toronto Electronic Music Studio he met and became a colleague of Canadian inventor Hugh LeCaine. In 1971 he founded the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, together with David Grimes, Larry Lake and Jim Montgomery. Many of Jaeger's works combine live electronic media with instrumental performance.
From 1974 to 2003 he served as the CBC Radio coordinator of the CBC/Radio-Canada National Radio Competition for Young Composers.
In 2002 David Jaeger was elected President of the International Rostrum of Composers, and was the only non-European ever to be named to this post in the history of that organization. He is currently working as an independent composer, producer and writer on musical topics.
‘Christina Raphaelle Haldane was fully committed as Cleopatra...and she sang fantastically well, from the exquisitely shaped melodic line of ‘Se Pieta’ to the dazzling coloratura of ‘Da tempeste’. OPERA MAGAZINE
‘the best of the bunch, Christina Haldane, had sadly little airtime as Quiteria’s pal Lucinda’ THE TIMES, LONDON
Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Capella Cracoviensis. Christina is also a dedicated interpreter of song repertoire, regularly performing on the recital platform in both the UK and Canada. In September 2015, Christina commenced the DMA programme at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She was the recipient of the Greta Kraus scholarship in 2015, was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2016 and is grateful for the continued support provided by the Canada Council for the Arts. Highlights for this season include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House.
Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is teaching at the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy. Carl completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. He has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and participated in numerous prestigious summer programs. Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie. MSR Classics will release his recording of Schubert’s four sonatas for piano and violin, with Icelandic violinist Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, in Spring 2016.
The Art of the Piano: Ali Berkok
Never Get Lost for Long
Thursday May 11, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student
Pianist Ali Berkok makes his Gallery 345 debut as solo pianist, bringing with him a mix of original pieces and re-imagined jazz standards.
Ali Berkok is a pianist, improviser and composer in Toronto. His electro-acoustic quartet Aurochs (with Pete Johnston - bass, Jake Oelrichs - drums, Mike Smith - electronics) can be witnessed monthly at the Tranzac club. Their second album “Another Helpful Medicine” is on the All-Set! imprint. Berkok’s solo piano music, is a diverse array of re-imagined jazz standards, original compositions and purely improvised pieces, all of which seek to explore fully the inner workings of the piano.
Ali Berkok’s compositions include a score for Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film Battleship Potemkin, for which he assembled a twelve-piece chamber ensemble at Toronto’s Beit Zeitoun, where over two sold-out nights they performed the score live with a screening of the film. Arkana, a quintet consisting of Berkok (piano), Mark Laver (saxophone), Tom Richards (trombone), Gord Mowat (bass) and Jake Oelrichs (drums) have released two albums: Hyprovisation and Kaleidoscope, which feature music for improvising jazz quintet. Arkana’s third album, featuring a brand new quartet of Berkok, Andrew Miller (drums), Karen Ng (saxophone) and Erika Nielsen (cello), is workshopping towards a recording in Spring 2017.
In addition to his projects as a creative leader, Ali maintains longstanding collaborations with those in his immediate musical family: Mike Smith Company (formerly Muskox, who released six albums and were voted best jazz band of the year by NOW Magazine), and Tova Kardonne.
Ali is a multi-grant winning artist (Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council) and is a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship SSHRC for his Master’s research. He is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto, where he researches multidimensional musical time, or, music with overt or implied periods of two or more simultaneous tempos – like when your radio and windshield wipers are in and out of sync with each other.
When he is not writing a dissertation or creating music for public consumption, Berkok teaches private piano lessons at The Music Studio in Etobicoke.
Finally, Ali finds it strange to refer to himself in the third-person: it was he who wrote this bio.
Quintagious! presents: STAFF PICKS
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 6 pm
$20; $10 Students
A grand celebration of their second full season, Quintagious! will explore favourite works that inspire, intrigue and entertain. Selections include works by Gershwin, Mozart, Ligeti, Farkas and Arnold. Come join us for an evening of songs, dances, merriment and mirth!
French Hornist Iris Krizmanic is a consummate solo, chamber and orchestral player combining a healthy balance of wit, power and lyricism in her work. She recently won the Principal Horn position of the Windsor Symphony and also performs as Third Horn of the Niagara Symphony. She is also an active cellist and singer the latter of which is a talent she contributes frequently to the quintet.
Ron Cohen Mann is a freelance oboist and English hornist. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music where he received his Artist Diploma. His previous studies were at Mannes School of Music and at the University of British Columbia. Ron was a prizewinner at the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Manulife Competition 2014, and winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition 2013. www.oboeron.com
Bassoonist Kevin Harris offers his virtuosic flexibility and soloistic bravado to the low-pitched end of the ensemble. He has devoted a great deal of his music studies to exploring wind chamber music and so brought with him a wealth of knowledge about wind quintet repertoire, and a very substantial collection of standard, and not-so-familiar pieces, which the group has delved into enthusiastically. A graduate of the Glenn Gould School, Kevin has also performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the National Academy Orchestra.
Flautist Lauren Yeomans is an active performer in the Toronto area providing bold and robust interpretations through a gentile instrument. She recently received her Master of Music from Rutgers University studying with Bart Feller, having previously studied at the Glenn Gould School with Kathleen Rudolph. Dedicated to life-long learning, Lauren in her off-time is typically found vigorously looking up new things and hypothesizing how it might apply to her next big music project.
Clarinetist Marc Blouin has appeared as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He has also performed with the Windsor Symphony and the Ontario Philharmonic. Marc is currently studying with Joaquin Valdepeñas at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.
Guest collaborator Oriana Dunlop is a versatile singer known for her expressive range, and compelling stage presence in a wide variety of repertoire. A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Ms. Dunlop recently moved to Toronto after 8 years of performing in a plethora of companies in the Boston area including the Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera del West, MetroWest Opera and Lowell House Opera as well performing with the Aspen Opera Theatre Centre in Colorado.
ROMANTIKA, Three Countries, One Language
Saturday May 6, 2017 at 7 pm
$20 (cash at the door)
Paulina Derbez, Violinist; Dobrachna Zubek, Cellist; Radka Hanáková, Pianist
Three internationally acclaimed artists merge their talent to pay homage to Romantic Era composers from their home countries of Mexico, Poland and Czech Republic
With: ANNETTE GAFFNEY, VISUAL ARTIST
Special Solo Exhibition: “THE COLOUR OF MUSIC”
Original Art Inspired by the Joy of Music & Vintage French Poster Art
“Dumky” Trio, Op.90
Lento Maestuoso-Allegro quasi doppio movimento-Lento Maestuoso-Allegro-Poco Adagio-Vivace non troppo
Pieces from On an Overgrown Path
Manuel de Elías
2 movement from Sonatina
Reflections of the Moon for violin and voice
Manuel M. Ponce
Trio in G Minor Op. 8
Allegro con Fuoco
PAULINA DERBEZ, Violin:
“One of the 50 celebrities that are transforming Mexico 2013”
– Magazine Quién, CNN Expansión
“One of the Top ten most successful Mexicans in Canada”
– The Globe and Mail.
Paulina Derbez studied in Lugano, Switzerland at the Conservatorio Della Svizzera Italiana, under the tutelage of Carlo Chiarappa, and at the D’Archi Vivaldi Academy under the tutelage of Susan Holm. She received scholarships on three occasions from the FONCA (Mexico’s National Fund for Arts and Culture).
She has performed concerts in countries around the world, including Japan, Colombia, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Canada and Mexico, as a soloist and with chamber and symphony orchestras.
Paulina’s book The Conscious Musician, was published in June 2014 by Editorial Ink. The Spanish version El Músico Consciente is available in printed version at the main bookstores in Mexico and several institutions in the world are already applying the methodology of her book in their curriculum. She was selected as a speaker, to talk about her book, at the TEDx Paseo Santa Lucía in Monterrey 2016.
Paulina is currently working with the dancer Lucy Rupert on the multidisciplinary show “Mirrors” for which they have received a grant from Ontario Arts Council and also was selected to perform at Culture Days at Koerner Hall in Toronto, October 2016.
With her duo, Luna-Derbez Salazar Paulina toured in North America last fall 2016 including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and in 2017 they will perform in Mexico, Switzerland and USA. In spring 2017 she will give masterclasses at the Cultural Institute in Campeche, Mexico and also, she has been invited to be part of the faculty at the music festival in Austria Music in the Alps. Paulina is also member of the Ontario Philharmonic and the Artistic Director of México Contemporáneo Foundation.
For more information about Paulina, visit www.paulinaderbez.com
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DR. DOBRACHNA ZUBEK, Cello: In an evolving, multi-faceted career Dr. Dobrochna Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra and currently is also a member of the Canadian New Music Ensemble; The Thin Edge Music Collective. Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004), the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007) and the YoYo-Ma Fellowship. Currently, Ms. Zubek is on Faculty of Music at University of Toronto, where she completed her Doctoral degree in Cello Performance. Dobrochna’s recent international performances include a concert tour and series of masterclasses in China as a part of University of Toronto Faculty of Music New Music Festival. Just recently, Dobrochna has recorded her first solo CD entitled: ”Mexico-Voyage.
RADKA HANAKOVA, Piano: A first prize winner of the International Schubert Competition in Jeseník Radka Hanáková is an accomplished and versatile solo pianist and chamber musician. She has performed at festivals throughout Austria, Poland, Canada and Czech Republic, where she has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras. Among her significant experience includes a collaboration with The National Theatre in Prague. In masterclasses she had the honour to play for such artists as Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, Richard Good, Julian Martin, Marc Durand, Andrzej Jasinski, Avedis Kouyoumdjian and Ronan O ́Hora, among others.
Ms. Hanáková has attended and became a stipendist of prestigious summer performance festivals, such as Summer Academy “Prague, Wien, Budapest” in Sommering (Austria) and "Banff Summer Music Festival" in Banff (Canada), in addition to numerous festivals in the Czech Republic.
Currently pursuing a DMA degree at the University of Toronto under professor Jamie Parker, Radka already graduated from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto where she studied in the studio of John Perry and David Louie. Back in her homeland, in the Czech Republic, she achieved a Master of Music from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She also attended
a year study intership at the Karol Szymannowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.
Besides her extensive piano performance activities, Radka is an enthusiastic music educator as well. With more than 18 years of teaching experience in both, Canada and Europe, she represents a combination of skills and experience needed for the best teaching performance. Some of her students won awards in national competitions. For last 4 years she is very happy to have been at home as a piano instructor at Branksome Hall in Toronto, Canada.
ANNETTE GAFFNEY, Visual Artist: Born in Birmingham, England to Irish parents, Gaffney came to Canada when she was 9 years' old, always knowing that she would be an artist one day. Many years later, she is still making art. Gaffney believes there is no rule that says art must have a deep and profound meaning or message, but that it does have an effect on us and has the ability to affect our mood. Gaffney wants her art to have a positive effect on the people who view it. “A smile is what I look for when people view my work of high-colour acrylic canvases of stylized landscapes, scenes and themes”. Gaffney’s work is representational and detailed in many ways, yet the perspective is quirky, emphasized by vibrant hues and pureness of pigment. It is a visual medley of her lifetime of influences. She approaches her favourite subjects in two different ways: Outlined and theme-based of the things that interest her and whimsical landscapes taken from photos on her many travels. Though these two approaches may be different, what unifies her work is the primary palette. Gaffney has worked with school children and those with special needs and strongly believes in the therapeutic value of creativity. This belief has inspired her to pursue her psychology degree toward becoming an art therapist. She hopes that viewers feel the joy of life and humour her work is meant to convey.
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Deep Salt Water: Launch Party
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
BookThug invites you to a Launch Party for Deep Salt Water by Marianne Apostolides on Wednesday, May 3 (which also just happens to be Marianne's birthday, and therefore double the reason to celebrate!
Just hum and I will play!
Music Reality Show with Milana Zilnik
Sunday April 30, 2017 at 7 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 available at eventbrite.ca
While some composers may spend great amounts of time and effort carefully writing each note and chord-change of their music with pencil on notation paper, others choose to create spontaneously according to their inspiration in the moment. Pianist Milana is one of the latter, who, as poet William Blake described: “Kisses the joy as it flies.” (Michael Diamond)
"Accidental Etude" (original instrumental)
"Not Fur Elise" (Improvisation on Beethoven)
"Not Turkish March" (Improvisation on Mozart)
“Improvisation for you #1”
(Based on your melodic motifs, rhythms, colors, moods, scenes)
"Waltz of a dying candle" (original instrumental)
"Moonlight Stroll" (original instrumental)
"Pale Moonlight" (original song)
"You and I" (original song)
"Out of the dark" (original song)
"Rhythms of your love" (original song)
“Improvisation for you #2”
(Based on your melodic motifs, rhythms, colors, moods, scenes)
Unique pianist and composer, Milana Zilnik, invites you to attend her April concert. She’d love to share her inspirational energy with you and show how she creates musical pictures right before your eyes.
If you enjoy the music of Chick Corea, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Michael Nyman, and Keith Jarret, then we know you’ll love Milana’s music style. Her adoring fans are enthralled by her talent and her incredible ability to play by ear. This exceptional and uniquely talented pianist improvises and uses whatever inspires her to create her own music. She’s an extremely skilled improviser, catching melodies on the fly and turning them into her own creations.
The first thing you’ll experience during the concert is Milana’s unusual talent in turning infamous motifs into something completely new and different. Always communicating with her audience, Milana will ask for cues. The concert then moves on to her original songs, born from these motives; continuing on to the second session of instant composition.
The favourite part of Milana’s concert for most audience members will be the instant compositions based on audience input. Simply sing or whistle any tune and a new composition will be performed right away. Participants love the experience of becoming ‘co-authors’ of beautiful music, and experience a type of euphoria in creating wonderful melodies together. Audience participation is well-appreciated, leading to wonderful moments of togetherness in the magical world of synergy and inspiration.
What makes Milana’s concerts so unusual is the diversity of musical tastes. It’s completely unpredictable what genre of music will be enjoyed on stage, because it’s entirely up to the audience. It could well be jazz, classical, rock, cinematic, or any music style you can think of. Please visit www.milana.ws for more information.
A Musical Aviary
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets $25/$10 (cash at the door) or
on-line at ticketscene.ca/events/17655/
Sibylle Marquardt, flute, alto flute and piccolo
Fraser Jackson, bassoon and contra bassoon
Paul Pulford, cello
Monique de Margerie, piano
Michael Donovan, baritone
Jan Novak - Preludio e Fuga (super cuculi cantum) in La for flute solo
Maurice Ravel - Chansons Madécasses for baritone, flute/piccolo and piano
Olivier Messiaen - Le Merle Noir for flute and piano
Henri Dutilleux - Sonatine for flute and piano
Guillaume Connesson - Toccata nocturne for flute and violoncello
Michael Donovan - Ode to a Nightingale
for baritone, flute/alto flute, bassoon/contra bassoon, piano
A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gärtnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in the productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.
She is a member of Trio D'Argento with whom she performs regularly all over Canada. www.triodargento.ca
Sibylle’s teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gérard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Aurèle Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.
Sibylle started the Baroque flute 1994 when she was living in Switzerland, taking lessons with Oskar Peters at the School Cantorum Basiliensis, and later with Alison Melville in Toronto and Claire Guimond in Montréal. She is a member of the Camerata Basel.
Since 1998 she is on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts.
Sibylle has recorded the CD “From The New Village” with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and the CD “Piano Centric” with Trio D’Argento and members of the Canadian Brass. www.silverflute.ca
Fraser Jackson joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1990. He has also performed and toured with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the BIS, ATMA, and MSR Classics labels are well-known for their inventive programming, virtuosity, and stylistic variety. In great demand as a bassoonist, he is a regular member of Toronto’s premier new music ensemble, New Music Concerts, and was a long-time guest of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.
Mr. Jackson currently teaches bassoon and chamber music at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. He has taught at several festivals including Domaine Forget, Canada’s National Youth Orchestra, and Ontario’s Interprovincial Music Camp. He has also given masterclasses on bassoon and contrabassoon across Canada, Brazil, Cambodia, and the USA, including classes at Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Indiana University.
Originally from Ottawa, Fraser Jackson holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, where he was one of the last students to graduate from the studio of Norman Herzberg.
Paul Pulford has pursued a career in chamber music, conducting and as a soloist. He currently holds the position of Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, where he is the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Music.
As a conductor, Pulford has worked with Symphony New Brunswick and has appeared as a guest with the KW Symphony, Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Mississauga Symphony, Stratford Symphony Orchestra and has been Resident Conductor of the NUMUS Ensemble. He conducted the premier performances of Tim Brady’s opera The Salome Dancer, and the premiere of Glenn Buhr’s Piano Concert (2015). The Laurier Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in 1994, has recorded for the Eclectra Label with soloists Darren Lowe and Suzanne Beaubien.
Pulford maintains a passionate commitment to New Music through his involvement with Blue Rider Ensemble (he was a founding member in 1989). Blue Rider specializes in 20th and 21st century works for Instrumental Theatre and has recorded a highly acclaimed CD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Over a period of 25 years, he was a member of the Penderecki, Orford and Brunswick String Quartets and the Galliard Ensemble.
Pulford has recorded over 30 CDs, including the complete works for Cello and Fortepiano by Beethoven (ebs label) and Brahms (DoReMi label) with fortepianist Boyd McDonald and the first three Bach Suites for Solo Cello (iTunes).
As a chamber musician Monique de Margerie has enjoyed a busy career on three continents, including performances last season with members of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and a performance with pianist Jamie Parker at UofT’s Walter Hall. Recent recital tours include Cambodia with her husband, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, and Japan with violinist Hibiki Kobayashi. In 2012 she toured Canada as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition. In November 2011 she was feature as a soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in four performances of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. After graduating from Germany’s Hochschule fur Musik in Munich with a graduate degree in performance, she began her European career touring throughout Germany with maestro Helmut Rilling and the Gachinger Kantorei. Since then she has worked as a collaborative pianist and teacher at the Conservatoire American Konig in Paris, at the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and was most recently a member of the faculty at Laval University in Quebec City.
Michael Donovan’s experience as a musician encompasses a wide range of musical styles and forms of expression. As a boy, he studied piano and pursued extensive studies in classical and jazz saxophone at the Conservatoire du Québec. As a teenager, he composed original music for the avant-garde bands with which he performed. He then went on to pursue vocal studies at McGill University, followed by graduate studies in Opera at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, with legendary mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender. Donovan was also a student of renowned Baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who is acknowledged as the 20th century’s greatest master of lieder. As Fischer-Dieskau’s hand-picked private student at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, Donovan was immersed in the historic continuum of Romantic art song interpretation. Donovan has enjoyed a successful career as a performer of opera, oratorio, art song, chamber music, jazz, new music and improvisational music in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France and the U.S. He has appeared in leading roles with the Bern State Opera, Stuttgart State Opera, Munich State Opera, Opera Vancouver and the Edmonton Opera. He has been a soloist with the Quebec Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony and Symphony Nova-Scotia as well as with many concert and new music presenters, including Numus (Waterloo), Queen of Puddings (Toronto), BradyWorks (Montreal), Array Music (Toronto), New Music Concerts (Toronto) and, most recently, the Nouvel Ensemble Modern in Montreal.
Donovan is also in demand as an educator, teaching as part of the voice faculties at Wilfrid- Laurier University and York University. He has given master classes at York University, Brandon University, the Glenn Gould School, Chadron State College (Nebraska) and Concordia University. He is also an active adjudicator and consultant for music schools and festivals.
As a composer, Donovan has written numerous settings of poems by living Canadian, German, French and Japanese poets. He has also written chamber music and film music. Donovan’s PhD in musicology, which was nominated for the York University Thesis Award, is an inquiry into the deep-ecological significance of the poetic settings of Franz Schubert.
Donovan is also co-founder, co-artistic director and music director of Long Reach Opera Workshop, a Toronto-based opera training program for singer-actors.
In 2016 Donovan premiered his project Schubertnow: The Journey Outward, a re-visitation of Franz Schubert’s seminal song cycle Die Winterreise.
Payadora Tango Ensemble
Tuesday, April 25 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20 / $10 Students
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
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
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 Russell Braun.
An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing in the styles of Folk, Klezmer, Pop, Latin, and Jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings. She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith.
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. As a dedicated educator, Rebekah teaches private lessons and ensembles out of her own studio and at Humber College.
Branko Dzinovic, accordion
Branko was born in Sabac, Serbia, where he began accordion lessons at age seven. He graduated from Music Gymnasium in Kragujevac, and subsequently from the Faculty of Music. After earning his Master’s Degree in Linz (Austria) and teaching at the school of music for several years, he is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Joseph Macerollo.
Branko has participated in various artistic projects, such as “Phonart” supported by the European Union – not only active as a performer, Branko regularly collaborates with artists coming from different types of media. Up to now, he has composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films – “Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s pride”. As a soloist he performed in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, and other countries. Dzinovic has recorded for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and BBC. He is the winner of the 2013 DMA Recital Competition held at the University of Toronto. www.brankodzinovic.com
Robert Horvath, piano
Robert Horvath is one of the most versatile pianists, gaining wide recognition in the province of Ontario. A popular soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, he has performed regularly with the CBSO since 2008 performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Bach’s single, double, triple, and quadruple keyboard concerti in one evening. In 2008, he performed Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano andStrings with the York Chamber Ensemble, and in 2003, was part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s grand re-opening.
Robert, who has been praised as “...a fine pianist with musical imagination and sensitivity” by McMaster Artist in Residence and internationally acclaimed pianist Valerie Tryon, will be featured soloist in a recital for The Caskey School of Music concert series with a program entitled “Chopin and Friends.” Speaking of his recording of Bach’s F minor Piano Concerto, renowned vocal coach Elaine Overholt said, “His nuances are exquisite. His incredible technique allows Robert so much range with the dynamics, and his heart leads you to the magic.” An important priority for Robert Horvath is music education. He founded the Horvath School of Music in 2002. He has been an assistant teacher for vocal coach Elaine Overholt at the Big Voice Studio in Toronto where he teaches classical piano, jazz (harmony), song writing and improvisation. Robert was a recipient of a Canada Council grant in 2008. He earned his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in his native Hungary; his musical ancestry can be traced back to Franz Liszt.
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Born and raised in Toronto close to the rolling green hills of Christie Pits, Joe Phillips started studying classical guitar at age 9, at the University Settlement House Music School. He attended Oakwood Collegiate, and after some time playing the clarinet, he discovered the double bass. Time spent playing in various blues bars, Irish pubs and booze cans and four years studying with renowned classical virtuoso Joel Quarrington have led to a busy and diverse career. When not playing principal bass in Orchestra London Canada, Joe can be found making music with artists as varied as The Art of Time Ensemble, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Group of 27 Chamber Orchestra, cabaret siren Patricia O’Callaghan, songwriters Jenny Whiteley, Sarah Slean, Ruth Moody, the Wailin’ Jennys, Corin Raymond and Rita Chiarelli, jazz bassist/cellist/composer Andrew Downing, banjoist Jayme Stone, Canadian fiddlers Pierre Schryer and Shane Cook and Irish flute and whistle virtuoso Nuala Kennedy. Joe has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Tafelmusik and the Festival of the Sound and is an annual participant in the Sweetwater Music weekend in Owen Sound, Ontario. He lives in London, Ontario with his partner and their two children.
New Sounds from an Ancient Land
Sunday April 23, 2017 at 3 pm
$20 / $10 Student (Cash at the door)
To purchase tickets in advance please call Sarv Academy at 416 229 0189
Building bridges between different musical communities, this concert brings together Canadian and Iranian-Canadian clarinetists and composers in a meeting place of sounds new and old. Featuring compositions and premieres by Andrew James Clark, Keyan Emami, Pouya Hamidi, Maziar Heidari, Amin Honarmand, Afarin Mansouri, Parisa Sabet, Saman Shahi, and Bahman Zandi. Organized by clarinetist Peter Stoll, this concert presents fellow clarinetists Sahar Azar, Anoush Taba'i and Bahar Tavasoli, as well as pianists Asal Iranmehr and Saman Shahi, tenor Jonathan MacArthur and violinist Saba Yousefi.
Come see musicians from different cultures meet and make music together!
What Is Freedom? (Resistance is Fertile!)
Bill Gilliam Art Ensemble
Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at 8pm
$20 / $10 students
A performance of spoken word with composed and improvised new music inspired by texts and poems about freedom and resistance across time and cultures.
The poems in this performance are examples of how different international poets responded and gave courage to people resisting the types of autocratic forces similar to what we are currently witnessing.
The spontaneous music we perform in response to these poems is our creative way to energize and support the continuation of freedoms we currently enjoy. In the words of a banner from the January 2017 Women's March, "Resistance Is Fertile!".
Bill 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 produced contemporary jazz CDs with assistance from the Canada Council and FACTOR. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill's ongoing music projects include collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Cheryl O, David Story, Kayla Milmine, Ambrose Pottie, Eugene Martynec, Penn Kemp and other artists.(www.bill-gilliam.com)
Glenda is enjoying a mini resurgence of her 30 year old acting career. She played Alice in Stacey Iseman's Stuck for Alumnae theatre's New Ideas Festival last month and Emma Jung in Katherine Frid's Burying Toni for Alumnae Theatre's 2014 Fireworks Festival. After graduating from York University's MFA acting program Glenda performed for various professional companies before entering the teaching profession. As a teacher and founding member of Ursula Franklin Academy, Glenda created and headed its drama department where she produced and directed many student productions. "Glenda played a lead role in the Bill Gilliam Art Ensemble's 2016 performance art show "What Is Future? at Gallery 345 and at Silence in Guelph.
Cellist cheryl o has been improvising ever since a sudden breeze blew her music away while busking in Spain. She got a classical music degree, and used to play respectable, serious stuff. Now she can be seen picking up litter and attaching it to her cello. cheryl has been part of Toronto’s improvising scene for many years. When she’s not deep in a music theatre pit somewhere in the city, she can be found in various states of cello (un)dress. She has played with Mark Feldman (NY) Taylor Ho Bynum, Eric St.Laurent, Lina Allemano, Barry Prophet, Rick Sacks, Octopus, Dj D-Sisive, Satoko Fujii and KAZE, and many others. cheryl is a dedicated multi-media collaborator and has blended her improvisations with live theatre, dance, film, text, poetry, painting and electronica.
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.
David's resume includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, USA as well as ARCT in piano education, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, where he won a number of scholarships. He is currently working with Terry Clarke on the fine art of jazz drumming. David completed Free Jazz studies with Victor Bateman in Toronto which lead to performances with Glen Hall and redShift, a creative free jazz performing unit in Toronto, and other free jazz and improv performances in Toronto with Rick Sacks, Eugene Martynec, Cheryl O, Bill Gilliam, Bruce Cassidy, Jason Hammer, Michael Morse, Alan Molnar, and many members of AIMT. David is retired from a colourful three-decade career journeyman in the entertainment industry as a jazz pianist, rock/pop musician, composer, band leader, producer, copyist, and agent with local, national, and international acts in three countries. David`s music is published by Mayfair Music. www.musiciandavidstory.com
The Art of the Flute: Shelley Brown and Camille Watts
Friday April 21, 2017 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student
The Piccolo Mafia Presents
Camille and Shelley, as the solo piccolo players in the TSO, COC and NBC, have been co-conspirators on the shrieking twig for more than twenty years, but rarely get to perform together. This concert presents flute music that they champion, including pieces by James Shields, Andrew Staniland, Takemitsu, Saariaho, Hindemith, Feld and Richard Rodney Bennett. They will be joined by friends and colleagues Erin Cooper-Gay, Aaron Schwebel, Keith Hamm and Britt Riley.
Camille Watts has been a member of the Toronto Symphony since 1990, and prior to that held positions in the Atlanta and Denver Symphonies. She has played all kinds of flutes and all kinds of music, but has the most affection for repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, some of it represented here tonight. Camille serves as faculty at the University of Toronto and at The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and as a musician and former massage therapist, one of the founders of the Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital.
Shelley Brown holds the position of flute and piccolo in both the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. She has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and at the Sunriver Summer Music Festival in Oregon and was a member of the faculty for the 2013 Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. In addition to her orchestral work, Shelley is active as a chamber musician and has performed most recently on the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre series and with Chatter in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shelley studied under Nora Shulman and Jeanne Baxtresser and is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Jazz at Gallery 345: “Root Structure”
Mike Downes, bass; Ted Quinlan, guitar; Robi Botos, piano; Larnell Lewis, drums
Sunday April 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$25 adults; $10 students
One of Canada’s finest jazz quartets will perform music from a new album titled “Root Structure.” The music is composed by Mike Downes who writes: "In music and life, I’ve always been interested in what lies beneath the surface: the underlying structures that hold everything together, the strength that resides deep down. The music in this recording was composed and performed in this spirit."
Mike Downes - Bassist, composer, producer and educator Mike Downes is one of the most sought-after musicians in the country, having performed with a veritable who’s who of Canadian and international jazz artists, including Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Jack Dejohnette, Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbera, Molly Johnson and many others. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto. He has also been featured as a Yamaha artist/clinician throughout Canada, at the Paekche Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the infamous Conservatoire de Paris. His large discography includes numerous Juno winning and nominated CDs including his recordings as a leader - Forces, Then, The Winds of Change and In the Current. His recording Ripple Effect won a Juno Award for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. www.mikedownes.com
Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD " As If" received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. “Streetscape” was released in October of 2009 on Addo Records and features him in a trio setting. “Around the Bend”, also on Addo Records, was released in 2010 and is a duo collaboration between Ted and Canadian piano great Brian Dickinson. His other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno-winning CD “Ripple Effect”, Doug Riley's "Con Alma", Radioland Records' " Tribute to Wes Montgomery", Phil Dwyer's " Road Stories", Dave Restivo's " Prayer for Humankindness" and many more. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto. www.facebook.com/ted.quinlan
Larnell Lewis is a Toronto born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. Often referred to as one of Canada’s most promising up and coming drummers, Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, a national drumming magazine. Larnell has performed with various artists ranging from Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer, to Kellylee Evans, Molly Johnson, and Snarky Puppy, with whom he won a Grammy in 2016. In addition to his work as a stage musician, Larnell is currently a part-time professor at Humber College in the Faculty of Music. www.larnelllewismusic.com
Robi Botos is a pianist multi-instrumentalist of Hungarian descent who has quickly joined the ranks of Canada’s elite musicians. Having been mentored by the great Oscar Peterson, Robi Botos has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including a 2007 National Jazz Award for “Keyboardist of the Year”, 2007 NOW Award for “Best Jazz Artist” and first place and public prizes at the 2004 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and 2008 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and the International Montreal Jazz Festival's 2012 TD Grand Jazz award. His last release, Place to Place (A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada) won a Juno award in 2016. www.robibotos.com
Judith Owen in Concert
Sunday April 2, 2017 at 4 pm
$30 (cash at the door); $25 on-line at Eventbrite.ca
Judith Owen, whose latest album Somebody’s Child has received rave reviews across Europe and her native U.K., will perform at Gallery 345 in Toronto’s west end on Sunday April 2, 2017. Owen’s live band includes a string ensemble and legendary bassist Leland Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins), who also played on Somebody’s Child along with fellow L.A. session stars, drummer Russ Kunkel and guitarist Waddy Wachtel.
“Top 100 Records of the Year” Sunday Times (UK)
“Stepping into the dark, glimmering lounge at Dublin’s Avenue already seems to take you back in time to a jazz-club era, making it the perfect venue for Judith Owen and her band. They play Owen’s newest album, Somebody’s Child, straight through in its entirety. Though it’s a unique way to approach a performance of new music, you have to wonder why more artists don’t present a new album this way.” Hot Press (Dublin, Ireland)
“Judith Owen and her band invited us, that evening, to discover a musical odyssey with languid and shimmering eclecticism. The instrumental synergy, skillfully combined alchemy, choralistic whispers and the sweet pleasure of Judith’s vocal range... these were the successful ingredients of this rare, delightfully elegant show.” Songazine (Paris, France)
“Some concert moments remain a special memory. This includes the performance of the Welsh- born songwriter Judith Owen on the Darmstadt Jagdhofkeller on Sunday.” Echo (Frankfurt, Germany)
“On the whole it is flawless and effortless music of a kind that sounds classic at first listening. Despite all the accumulated veteran status, it actually feels like the beginning of something.” Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm, Sweden)
An artist whose work updates the classic Laurel Canyon vibes of Joni Mitchell and Carole King with elements of jazz and R&B, Owen’s songs also fearlessly touch on contemporary social issues. At the same time, it’s hard for her to hide her sense of humour, as it would for anyone if they were married to Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap), who also contributes bass to one of the album’s tracks.
“By nature, I am a diverse musician,” Owen says. “It’s who I am because of all the music I grew up being exposed to, from opera to Sinatra, Joni to Stevie Wonder, and everything in between. It’s a very British thing where you love mixing all those styles. It’s classical. It’s pop. There’s jazz. There’s rhythm and blues. Then there’s rock thrown in there too.”
A songwriter since her teens, Owen paid her dues performing in London clubs during the late 1980s and early ‘90s. Her future husband caught one of these shows and the pair immediately fell in love. Upon relocating to L.A. in 1993, Owen began collaborating with an array of notable names, including producer Glen Ballard, singer/songwriter Richard Thompson, and her friend, actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
In 2000, Owen and Shearer moved to New Orleans where she made a string of albums with John Fischbach, the engineer on Stevie Wonder’s Songs In The Key Of Life. During this period, she and her husband also developed their Christmas variety show, which now tours annually to raise money for a host of charities, from mental health organizations to World AIDS Day. In 2006, she and Shearer created a live theatre production entitled “This Is So Not About The Simpsons,” and Owen also had the honour of performing live with Spinal Tap under the guise of back-up singer “Arnica.” In fall 2016, she appeared on The Simpsons’ 600th episode, singing the “theme” to the James Bond-esque storyline.
The Art of the Piano: Sheng Cai
Saturday April 1, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student (cash at the door)
Sonata in E major K.162 - Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D minor K.141 - Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in F major K.332 - W. A. Mozart
Humoresque Op.20 - Robert Schumann
Barcarolle Op.60 - Frederic Chopin
Rudepoema - Villa Lobos
Award-winning pianist Sheng Cai has embraced the keyboard tradition of the great romantic virtuosos. His performances have touched audiences and won the praise of critics on three continents. "Young Pianist Impresses at Debut" and "...a young man with real talent... from a clear, singing tone to a subtle sense of rubato to a judicious choice of tempi... some of the same qualities embodied in Pollini's approach." [Toronto Star, Chopin Piano Concerto #1]. Honored with a number of prizes and awards, Sheng Cai has been described as a pianist "...with great confidence... lucidity, breath, color and power". [Birmingham News].
Sheng Cai made his debut with the Toronto Symphony when he was fifteen years old and has been invited as guest soloist with numerous orchestras including the Toronto, Quebec, Windsor and Shanghai Symphonies, the Calgary and Ontario Philharmonics, Jalisco Philharmonic of Mexico, Fort Collins and New Bedford Symphonies in the US. In Canada, Sheng Cai has also been invited to perform with numerous other regional orchestras such as the Sudbury, Oakville, Kingston and Kamloops Symphonies, Sinfonia Toronto and with the members of the Winnipeg Symphony.
As a recitalist, Sheng Cai has performed at Steinway Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Cleveland Playhouse, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, the Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and in distinguished venues in Stratford, Elora, Montréal and Winnipeg. He made a tour in China as a teenager. As a chamber musician Sheng Cai has collaborated with a number of fine artists and ensembles, including the Enso Quartet and Atlantic symphony chamber players.
Many of Sheng Cai’s performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio and he has recorded a CD for the Canadian Broadcast Company. He has recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio and for Concertino Praga International Competition in the Czech Republic. These recordings were released under the CBC label. In addition, he was invited to take part in the filming of Ophra Yerushalmi’s Franz Liszt DVD.
Sheng Cai was top-prize winner at competitions throughout his teenage years, including First Prize at the Toronto Symphony Piano Competition, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra Piano Competition, youngest finalist and special prize winner at the USASU Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, and finalist at Hilton Head International Piano Competition in the US .
Sheng Cai earned his Bachelor of Music Degree under full scholarship at New England Conservatory in Boston. His teachers included Anton Kuerti, Russell Sherman and Hungkuan Chen.
The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela
Beethoven and Bach
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25 / $10 for students
"Vela plays with great emotion, sentiment, exceptional technique and elegance [Wandererfantasie Schubert]. The delicacy of Sposalizio [Liszt] is reflected with a sublime interpretation. Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets and Après une lecture de Dante sounded with great virtuosity and a profound musicality." — Mundo Clásico, Berlin
L. v. Beethoven
Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
Arietta. Adagio molto semplice
Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight”
J. S. Bach
Overture in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831
Alejandro Vela, piano
Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to prestigious venues in Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.
Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada, Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico’s National Arts Center and in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout Taiwan.
Recently, Vela presented concerts at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, Nago City Hall in Okinawa, The Concert Hall in Nagoya, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung’s Cultural Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Estonia’s Mederi Hall, Mihail Jora Concert Hall in Bucharest, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Kiev ́s House of Teachers, Instituto Italo-Latino Americano of Rome, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Sala de Festivales Antonio Paoli in San Juan, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México, En blanco y negro festival and Coahuila’s Julio Torri International Arts festival. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM, Radio Praga, Radio Romania, Radio Sweden, Ucranian National Radio and Radio Vaticano.
Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. He recently became a Canadian permanent resident. Please visit www.alejandrovela.com for more information.
Gyorgy Kurtag’s KAFKA FRAGMENTS
Fundraiser for New Music Concert
Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 7 pm
Tickets $100 / 2 for $150
RSVP and Purchase Tickets at 416 961 9594
This annual fundraiser at Gallery 345 will feature a performance and video of the Kafka Fragments by soprano Tony Arnold and violinist Movses Pogossian. The board of New Music Concerts provides food and drink as part of the evening’s festivities. All proceeds go the the benefit of New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt will be issued for the CRA allowable portion.
Video: Gyorgy Kurtags coaches Tony Arnold and Movses Pogossian for Kafka Fragments
Gyorgy Kurtags: Kafka Fragments
Gyorgy Kurtag's Kafka Fragments present a unique and monumental exploration of the world of Franz Kafka. Using forty excerpts primarily from Kafka's letters and diaries, Kurtag spins a kaleidoscopic web of music styles representing extreme and disparate moments within a life. By turns introspective, dramatic, penetrating, and humorous, this hour-long journey for voice and violin is an event to be savoured . - Tony Arnold
Tony Arnold, soprano
“Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of chamber music and art song. Today’s classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit” (Huffington Post). Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold, powerful interpreter,” she is recognized internationally as a leading proponent of new music in concert and recording, having premiered over 200 works “with a musicality and virtuosity that have made her the Cathy Berberian of her generation” (Chicago Tribune). Since becoming the first-prize laureate of both the 2001 Gaudeamus International Competition (NL) and the 2001 Louise D. McMahon Competition (USA), Tony Arnold has collaborated with the most cutting-edge composers and instrumentalists on the world stage, and shares with the audience her “broader gift for conveying the poetry and nuance behind outwardly daunting contemporary scores” (Boston Globe). “Simply put, she is a rock-star in this genre” (Sequenza 21).
As the soprano of the intrepid International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Tony Arnold is a catalyst for dozens of groundbreaking projects, the most recent of which is David Lang’s Whisper Opera in ICE’s touring production directed by Jim Findlay. Her regular appearances with leading ensembles worldwide include Ensemble Modern in the 2013 premiere of Beat Furrer’s La Bianca Notte; the San Francisco Contemporary Players in the 2014 premiere of George Crumb’s Yellow Moon of Andalusia; and the Orion String Quartet in the 2014 US premiere of Brett Dean’s And Once I Played Ophelia at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. She is a frequent collaborator with Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella, JACK Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Talea Ensemble, eighth blackbird, and many others. She has toured the US extensively as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble. A noted guest artist at international festivals on four continents, Tony Arnold has been featured at the Darmstadt Festival and Witten New Music Days (Germany); Time of Music (Finland); Cervantino (Mexico); Musica Sacra Maastricht (Netherlands); Tongyeong Festival (Korea); and the Perspectives XXI Festival (Armenia). Every summer, Ms. Arnold sings and teaches at soundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy.
With more than two-dozen discs to her credit, Tony Arnold has recorded a broad segment of the modern vocal repertory with esteemed chamber music colleagues. Her recording of George Crumb’s iconic Ancient Voices of Children (Bridge) was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award. Other notable releases include a CD/DVD set of György Kurtág’s monumental Kafka Fragments (Bridge) with violin virtuoso Movses Pogossian; Olivier Messiaen’s mystical song cycle Harawi (New Focus) with pianist Jacob Greenberg; Jason Eckardt’s uncompromising Undersong (Mode) and Tongues (Tzadik) with ICE; and the crystalline chamber songs of Webern on Robert Craft’s most recent Webern edition (Naxos). Of the Webern, The Guardian writes, “sung with remarkable poise and warmth by soprano Tony Arnold...each [song] is a perfectly etched miniature, a nugget of impacted lyricism, and Arnold unwraps them with immense care.”
A strong advocate for the creation and commissioning of new music, Tony Arnold’s artistry has attracted many of the most gifted composers of our time. The growing repertoire of vocal chamber music now includes major works written for her voice by Georges Aperghis, Eric Chasalow, Philippe Manoury, Josh Levine, George Crumb, Pamela Madsen, Fredrick Gifford, David Liptak, Brett Dean, Christopher Theofanidis, Jason Eckardt, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Jesse Jones, Nathan Davis, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, John Zorn, David Gompper, amongst others. In 2012, Ms. Arnold and violinist Movses Pogossian were the recipients of a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant to support the creation of Seven Armenian Songs by Gabriela Lena Frank. Upcoming in 2016, Ms. Frank will again write for Tony Arnold with violinist Ida Kavafian a new song cycle to be premiered at Music from Angel Fire. Also in 2016, Hans Tutschku will create a new work for Ms. Arnold with live electronics, to be premiered at the International Symposium of New Music in Brazil.
Read more about Tony Arnold at www.screecher.com
Movses Pogossian, violin
Native of Armenia, violinist MOVSES POGOSSIAN made his American debut performing the Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which R. Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance…” Movses Pogossian has since performed with orchestras such as the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Halle Philharmonic in Germany, the Sudety Philharmonic in Poland, the Tucson Symphony, the El Paso Symphony, the Scandinavian Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Toronto Sinfonia. He is a prizewinner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the youngest-ever First Prize winner of the 1985 USSR National Violin Competition, previous winners of which included David Oistrakh and Gidon Kremer. An active chamber musician, Mr. Pogossian has performed with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets, and frequently collaborates with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, touring worldwide and teaching annually at their summer music festival in New Hampshire. A committed propagate of new music, he has premiered over 30 works, and worked closely with composers such as G. Kurtag, A. R. Thomas, T. Mansurian, and V. Sharafyan.
His latest releases include a solo violin CD of World Premiere recordings and “Thoughts and Dreams” with the Baird Trio, both on Albany label, as well as upcoming release of G. Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments” for soprano and violin on Bridge label. Since earning his advanced degrees from the Komitas Conservatory in Armenia and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music in Moscow, Mr. Pogossian has held teaching positions at Duquesne, Bowling Green, Wayne State, and SUNY Buffalo Universities, and is currently Professor of Violin at UCLA. His principal teachers were L. Zorian, V. Mokatsian, V. Klimov, and Louis Krasner. Movses Pogossian is a Founder and Artistic Director of the Dilijan Chamber Music Series in Los Angeles (http://dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.com), a member of the new music group XTET, and a regular participant at several music festivals. He resides in Glendale, California with his wife, Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Varty Manouelian, and their three young children.
James Shields, clarinet, Keith Hamm, viola, Peter Longworth, piano
Friday March 24, 2017 at 8 pm
W. A. Mozart (1756 1791) Trio in E-flat for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano K. 498 Kegelstatt”
L. Bernstein (1918 - 1990) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Max Bruch (1838- 1920) Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano Op. 83
James Shields joined the Oregon Symphony as Principal Clarinet in the autumn of 2016. Before relocating to Portland, James served as principal clarinet of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque. A graduate of The Juilliard School, James studied with Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. James has appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Albuquerque Philharmonic (NM), and as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival (CO), and Santa Fe Pro Musica (NM).
In addition to his orchestral and solo activities, Mr. Shields is increasingly becoming known to North American audiences as a dynamic and passionate performer of chamber music, making over 30 appearances annually in more intimate settings throughout the United States and Canada. James is the co-artistic director of Chatter, an Albuquerque-based chamber music organization that presents more than 60 concerts per year; he has also been a featured soloist in Chatter concerts. In addition to his performing activities, James holds an M.M. in composition from the University of New Mexico, and continues to compose regularly.
A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist Keith Hamm is rapidly gaining recognition as a dynamic and exciting young presence on the Canadian music scene. Upon completion of his studies, Keith was named Principal Violist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.
Keith received his training at The Glenn Gould School of Music under the instruction of Steven Dann, and at the Mount Royal Conservatory under Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Mark Fewer, Richard Lester, the London Haydn Quartet, and especially formative summers at the Chamber Music Programme at Le Domaine Forget.
Keith is an alumnus of the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; the Sarasota Music Festival; Masterclasses at The Banff Centre, and Morningside Music Bridge. Keith has been featured on CBC Radio, Classical 96.3 and has been named one of Canada’s Hottest 30 Classical Musicians Under 30 by CBC.
A dedicated chamber musician, Keith has shared the stage with Anssi Kartunnen, Ernst Kovacic, Richard Lester, David Geringas and members of the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Keith has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble; the SweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound; Ottawa Chamberfest, and at Music By The Sea in Bamfield, BC. Keith performs regularly on the Skylight Series in Toronto’s Distillery District and is co-founder and producer of Stereo Live at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Rosebud Chamber Music Festival in Rosebud, Alberta.
Keith plays on a viola made by Joseph Curtin in 2001.
"Peter Longworth is a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays." -Chicago TribunePianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice.
He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno.
After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta.
Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.
Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label with a 2013 release of solo Brahms piano music, and a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer.
Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.
Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.
From the Black Sea to Paris
Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20; $10 Student
Westwood Concerts Presents
Komitas Arr. Hrach Nazarian - Armenian Folk Songs
Dmitry Kabalevsky - Violin Concerto Second Movement Arr. Wolkstein
Aram Khachaturian - Trio (1932)
I. Andante con dolore, con molto espressione
Charles Alkan - Le Festin d’Esope
Claude Debussy - Lisle Joyeuse
Gabriel Faure - Berceuse Op 60
Maurice Ravel - Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure
Darius Milhaud - Suite Op. 157b
IV. Introduction et Final
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. She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith. 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. Rebekah also enjoys performing on her hardanger fiddle, a beautiful and resonant nine-string Norwegian instrument.
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University.
She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).
Having performed across Canada and in Europe, commissioned and premiere three new works in two years, and an ambitious new project to perform the five “Benny Goodman” concertos over the next three years, Michael Westwood is much more than a clarinetist, he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries and new music of the past few years.
Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin by J.S. Bach
Monday March 20, 2017 at 7 pm
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
- Julia Wedman
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
- Michelle Odorico
Tempo di Borea
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
- Patricia Ahern
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
- Valerie Gordon
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
- Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
- Aisslinn Nossky
Gavotte en rondeau
Violinist Patricia Ahern has a BA and BMus from Northwestern University, MMus from Indiana University, and performer diploma from the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. She taught baroque violin at the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany and Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute, and has given masterclasses at McGill, Wilfrid Laurier, University of Windsor, Western, University of Wisconsin, and University of Toronto. She has concertized throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, and has performed with Aradia, I Furiosi, Newberry Consort, Musica Pacifica, and the Carmel Bach Festival. Tricia joined Tafelmusik in 2002.
Valerie Gordon is originally from Denver, Colorado and has recently completed a Master’s from Indiana University. While in Bloomington, she was the recipient of an Associate Instructorship studying baroque violin with professor Stanley Ritchie. An avid teacher, Valerie is involved in teaching young students and adults how to play the violin. Currently she is on the faculty of the Kingsway Conservatory in Toronto, where she strives to encourage and inspire young violinists.
Recent activities include performances and recordings with the Aradia Ensemble in Toronto, performances with Opera Atelier, Tafelmusik, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and concerts with Elixir Baroque Ensemble, of which she is a founding member. This season, Valerie will be joining Holland Baroque Society as part of their trainee program. In October she was part of a Holland tour with the group in performances of De Pindakaasprins (The Peanut butter Prince). She will return for performances with Lars Ulrik Mortensen, and a new project put together entirely by the trainees. Valerie has completed a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University in Montreal, an Artist’s Diploma from The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Early Music from Indiana University.
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith is a founding member of the Elixir Baroque ensemble which has been actively performing in Toronto and abroad since 2007. The group has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, Musically Speaking Series and St. Barbaras United Church in addition to the group's self presented wine and cheese concerts at the Bellwoods Academy of Music. Elixir was also invited as guest artists at the University of Fredonia and was named a finalist in the Early Music America baroque competition in 2014. In addition to her own projects with Elixir Elyssa has also been a member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble since 2007 on both the orchestral and chamber music series, and has made several recordings with the group under the Naxos Label. She appears regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Talisker players, Opera in Concert and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Elyssa has been invited to perform as a guest artist with the IFURIOSI Baroque Ensemble and the Windemere Quartet and has appeared as a soloist with the Corktown Chamber Orchestra, Georgetown Bach Chorale, Community Baroque Orchestra of Toronto and the Alicier Arts Concert series. Her international tours have included performances in Russia, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy.
Aisslinn Nosky was appointed Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society in 2011. Nosky is in d demand internationally as a director and soloist. Recent collaborations include Holland Baroque, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, La Jolla SummerFest, the Utah Symphony, and Tafelmusik. In 2016 Aisslinn was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra.
Aisslinn is also a member of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. For almost twenty years this innovative Canadian ensemble has presented its own edgy and inventive concert series in Toronto and toured Europe and North America turning new audiences on to Baroque music. With the Eybler Quartet, Nosky explores repertoire from the first century of the string quartet literature on period instruments. From 2005 through 2016, Aisslinn was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. www.aisslinn.com
Michelle Odorico developed an interest in baroque violin when attending theTafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in 2012. Since then she has become a member of the Elixir Baroque Ensemble and the Windermere String Quartet. She has freelanced with Tafelmusik, Musicians in Ordinary, Talisker Players and Rezonance. Michelle received her BMus from the University of Ottawa and an MMus in Baroque Performance from the University of Toronto.
Violinist Julia Wedman joined the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in 2005 and quickly developed a reputation for her solo performances with the group. In addition to being featured regularly on the group's home series in Toronto, she has performed solos on tours in Canada, the US, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, China, Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. She is also a member of I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble and the Eybler String Quartet. Her debut CD of Heinrich Biber's Mystery Sonatas received glowing praise, including a beautiful article in Gramophone Magazine, that said: “Rather exceptionally, one suspects, Wedman has approached Biber's music as a true pilgrim, interpreting key moments in the life of Christ thoughtfully, vividly, and with evident personal humility and warmth. Her performances exude humanity and have about them a radiance that somehow transcends the sound of her lovely 1694 instrument.”
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble - Fantasia 1700
Sunday March 19, 2017 at 3 pm
$25 (cash at the door); $20 on-line at Fantasia1700.bpt.me
Featuring art projections curated by John Ens
The Jesuit and polymath Athanasius Kircher, writing in 1650, described the Stylus Fantasticus as “the most free and unrestrained method of composing, bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, [and it] was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues." Certainly before the Baroque era, chances to compose music freely were limited for composers. Musical form was largely limited to either the repeating rhythms of dance forms or based on a set melody like a Gregorian chant. Not only was the Stylus Fantasticus the first chance for composers to test their creativity, but it brought new prominence to the potential of instrumental, rather than vocal, music. Four hundred years later, it's easy to see what got Kircher so excited: For the first time, composers, or competent improvisers, could let their imaginations roam freely, limited only by their knowledge of harmony or their technique. This concert invites you to enjoy composers who have broken free from tradition and cliché and have given the listener a chance to hear their creativity. We hope you enjoy what they could dream up.
This concert will feature art projections curated by Toronto artist and early music enthusiast John Ens. Music by Biber, Castello, Pandolfi, Schmelzer, and more.
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble:
Based in Toronto, Rezonance Baroque Ensemble brings together some of Canada’s most exciting emerging young singers and players of historical instruments. An ensemble with a focus on early music, our vision is to give great performances in a way that resonates with today’s audiences. Inspired by history and informed by the present, Rezonance leads audiences through the discovery of under- appreciated and unusual works, and new ways of hearing the classics. www.rezonanceensemble.com
Violinist Rezan Onen-Lapointe plays regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos, including the JUNO-nominated “Vivaldi’s Sacred Music, vol. 4.” She holds a Masters degree in Baroque violin from McGill University where she studied with Hélène Plouffe, and completed further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands) with Ryo Terakado. She has performed with the Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, and more, and is looking forward to upcoming performances with the Nota Bene Baroque Players and Choral. Rezan is a passionate teacher, in demand at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble.
David Podgorski obtained a Masters degree in harpsichord performance from McGill University, where he studied with Hank Knox, and pursued further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague with Jacques Ogg. David completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d'Anglebert. He continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Canada, the US, and Europe. He enjoys exploring historical improvisation techniques, performing intimate salon concert recitals, and recording. David is a founding member of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, and he currently writes the Early Music column for Wholenote Magazine.
Cellist Rebecca Morton inspires audiences with her honesty, ease, and love of music making. Currently living and free-lancing in Toronto, Rebecca has played with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, group of 27, Toronto Masque Theatre, Contact Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Stratford Festival Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony. Sought after as a principal player, she has been guest principal of Symphony on the Bay, Talisker Players and the Kingston Symphony. A gifted soloist and ensemble member, she was a member of the Kamareli String Quartet for many years and has been heard in many solo and chamber music recitals, including performances with ChamberWorks!, Nota Bene, Past Perfect, at the Toronto Music Garden and in recordings with Final Fantasy. Most recently, she has performed with members of the Canadian Opera Company at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Gallery 345, the McMaster Concert Series, and with the McMaster Trio. In September of 2015, Rebecca joined the cello section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She has won numerous scholarships and awards including semi-finalist in the 2003 Eckhardt-Gramatte String Competition.
Benjamin Stein is a multi-instrumentalist and singer based in the Toronto area.
An experienced performer and teacher, Benjamin has a rare breadth of musical knowledge from widely different stylistic areas. Skilled and comfortable with both popular music and Western classical composition, his ability to improvise, shape and interpret serves him in music ranging from English lutesong and Italian monody to jazz standards, folk music and blues.
Benjamin has worked as a singer or instrumentalist for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Choir, Opera Atelier, Toronto Consort, Toronto Mendelssohn choir, Elora Festival Singers, Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Toronto Masque Theatre. Festival appearances include the Elora Festival and the Festival of the Sound.
Benjamin received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University, with a major in voice and guitar. He received a Master’s Degree in Musicology and Theory from the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing a doctorate exploring how music theory and improvisation was taught historically. He performs, teaches, composes and directs musical ensembles in Toronto. www.benjaminstein.ca
The Art of the Piano: Richard J. Masters
The Goldberg Variations
Thursday March 9, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student
Three Transcriptions - Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Aria with 30 Variations (“Goldberg”) - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Two Part Invention (Polonaise)
Three Part Invention (Trio Sonata)
Canon at the unison
Four Part Invention (Passepied)
A study for the crossing of hands
Canon at the second
A scherzo-like siciliana
For crossing hands with contrasting motives
Canon at the third - like a song
For crossing hands
Canon at the fourth, inverted
Accompanied solo, as for flute or violin
For crossing hands
Canon at the fifth, inverted, and bitterly dissonant
Overture in the French Style, followed by a stretto fugue
For crossing hands
Canon at the sixth, like a Bourrée
Popular and simple in style, with dance-like thythms
For crossing hands
Canon at the seventh, in minor, rich and expressive
Alla breve, in 4 voices
For crossing hands, with a scale pattern
Canon at the octave, with gentle lilt of a barcarolle
Arioso – “The Black Pearl”
For the crossing of hands
Canon at the ninth
A study in trills
A study in “batteries” (alternating chords in the French style)
Quodlibet – “I have been away from you so long…cabbage and turnips have driven me away”
Aria da Capo
"...the young and serious pianist’s power and flawless technique were impressive."
(The Boston Musical Intelligencer)
"Richard Masters is an astounding pianist who did justice to Frazelle’s demanding score and set the mood and fueled climax of many of the songs. 'In the Night' [...] made very vivid the virtuosity of the pianist."
(Classical Voice of North Carolina)
Richard Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, VA, where he is an assistant professor of piano and collaborative piano on the music faculty at Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts. Significant collaborations include concerts with Grammy-winning baritone Donnie Ray Albert, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel.
In the 2016-2017 season, Masters will perform chamber recitals throughout the Pacific Northwest and in California, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Playing the Goldberg Variations, he will appear on Gallery 345’s “The Art of the Piano” series in Toronto, as well as at the Roerich Museum in New York City.
For more information on Richard Masters, visit www.richard-masters.com.
The Art of the Piano: Danae Olano
Cuban Piano from the 1900s to Today
Friday March 3, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student
Award winning Cuban pianist and composer Danae Olano with special guests:
Grupo Okan ( Magdelys Savigne and Elizabeth Rodriquez);
Jane Bunnett (flute and soprano sax);
and a special two piano piece with Hilario Duran.
From SXIX: Ignacio Cervantes
From SXX: Ernesto Lecuona
Conga de Medianoche
Danza de los Ñañigos
Quirino Con su tres (Afro)
Tony and Jesusito
featuring Jane Bunnett
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.
Wind Song: The captivating sounds of Eastern Europe
Sunday February 26, 2017 at 3 pm
Performers: Izabella Budai, flute & Maria Dolnycky, piano
Live painting to the music by artist Heath Bartel
Each ticket is a chance to win the painting in a draw at the end of the concert. $5. From each purchase will go to the charity “You 2 Child” – giving the gift of music and art to special needs children in Ukraine and Canada.
Hungarian-Canadian flutist Izabella Budai is an active performer, researcher and teacher. She has appeared extensively in solo, orchestral and chamber music settings. She currently freelances in Toronto and devotes most of her time to chamber music. In addition to regular short-term collaborations, she is a founding member of Duo Agilis with pianist Peichen Chen and Flautas del Fuego with fellow flutist Alhelí Pimienta. She has performed recitals in Canada, Hungary, Italy and the US and has recently returned from a successful European tour with Flautas del Fuego. The duo’s first album “Roots” is currently in progress. In addition to her regular Flautas del Fuego season and the duo’s international performances, Izabella’s will be co-directing the second Toronto Latin American Flute Festival with Alheli Pimienta in April 2017.
Izabella was awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree in 2014 from the University of Toronto where she won several grants in support of her research, including the Hungarian Helicon Foundation Graduate Award in 2011 and 2013 and a Travel Grant from the School of Graduate Studies. Her doctoral dissertation won the National Flute Association’s 2014 research competition. A passionate teacher, Izabella maintains a busy teaching schedule working with young flutists in her private studios and at the Toronto Music Academy of Canada.
Native Montrealer Maria Dolnycky earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at McGill University under the tutelage of Ljerka Wollmarker-Blume. A recipient of the Alban Berg Foundation Scholarship, she went on to study in Vienna, Austria, under the guidance of Leonid Brumberg and at the Hochschule für Musik in the class of Walter Fleischmann. She is a laureate of the Debut competition, and her recitals have been broadcast on CBC Radio and the French-language Radio-Canada.
Maria is a member of the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music and teaches privately in addition to her busy schedule as accompanist and collaborative artist. She has released two solo CDs: Poetic Moods which features rare music from Ukraine, including two world premieres by Yuri Ishchenko, and Lullaby for a Snowy Night, a mosaic of holiday music. Poetic Moods has enjoyed favourable reviews in several publications such as the American Record Guide. A fascination with visual art inspired her to create the “Music on Canvas” concert series – a fusion of music with other art forms.
Heath Bartel is a versatile and sought-after artist and educator based out of Buffalo, New York. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Art degree from Buffalo State College. Heath has been creating art for three decades and has exhibited in Toronto, New York City, Buffalo, Nashville, Oregon and Oklahoma. As a descendant of the Seneca First Nation, he has a special interest in Native art and is presently working on a series of drawings and paintings of First Nations chiefs and warriors of the United States and Canada. He has lectured at many colleges and universities in the Western NY area and was invited on several occasions to serve as panelist and advisor for the New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA). Heath loves his current position as Art Facilitator with Aspire of Western New York, where he mentors and teaches art to a talented group of adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Music for Violin and Cello
Thursday February 23, 2017 at 8 pm
$20 / $10 Students
An evening of new music for violin and cello composed by Jeremy Bellaviti featuring Sarah Fraser Raff, violin and Bryan Holt, cello.
SARAH FRASER RAFF
Sarah received her formative musical training in Japan. Studying under Koichiro Harada, who was a founding member and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet, she gained a Bachelorʼs degree in Music Performance from the prestigious Toho Gakuen Music School in Tokyo. She moved to Canada to continue her studies with the late Lorand Fenyves. She went on to attain a Master of Music in Performance from Toronto University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Sarahʼs chamber music experience includes frequent concerts, workshops, recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts in North America, Europe, and Asia as a founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and principal violinist of CONTACT contemporary music ensemble. As an active and versatile freelancer she has played with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry New Opera, Arraymusic Ensemble, and Soundstreams Canada. Sarah is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.
Known for his versatility, cellist Bryan Holt has performed throughout North America and abroad. Mr. Holt has appeared with Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, Soundstreams,Thin Edge New Music Collective, Pocket Concerts, Tapestry Opera, and has played in cello sections of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Esprit Orchestra. Bryan is co-founder of the multi-genre cello duo "VC2" and is a member of Matt Haimovitz's Grammy-nominated ensemble "Uccello." He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto, researching distance learning strategies for the transmission of modern cello pedagogy. Bryan maintains a private teaching studio in downtown Toronto and gives workshops and coachings at several schools in the Greater Toronto Area. More information can be found at www.bryanholt.ca.
Jeremy is a Toronto based cellist, guitarist and composer. Born in Calgary in 1977 he grew up in Italy and later moved to Canada where he attended the Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in guitar. He continued to study privately with renowned musicians Rob Piltch (guitar), Shauna Rolston (cello). He has studied composition with University of Toronto Professor Chan Ka Nin. Jeremy’s recent projects include a work for solo cello and choir commissioned by Toronto Jubilate Singers (premiered June 2015), String quartet featuring the hardanger fiddle funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (Premiered November 2015), Short pieces for voice and solo instrument funded by the Norwegian Society of Composers (Premiered December 2015). Jeremy is the featured composer in The Music Gallery Presents: Emergents III (April 2016), music for solo violin composed for and played by Sarah Fraser Raff.
The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt
Debussy and Beethoven: Purgatory Mates (A Vision)
Special Guests Bruce Gooch and Lynn Vogt
Sunday February 19, 2017 at 3 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students
i. Cloches à travers les feuilles (Bells Heard Through the Leaves)
ii. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût (And the Moon Shines down on the Temple that was)
iii. Poissons d’or (Goldfish)
i. Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
ii. Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt was born in Southern Ontario but for the past 36 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.
Lynn Vogt has worked in theatres across Canada and the U.S. in a variety of roles, highlights include, Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf” Katherine in “Taming of the Shrew” M’Lynn in “Steel Magnolias.” While living in New York, she was a founding member of The Actors’ Company Theatre (TACT), performing in several of their early productions until moving to Canada. She has appeared in films, television series, movies of the week, live radio and radio dramas both in the US and Canada.
Aside from her acting work, Lynn has been teaching piano in Roncesvalles Village for the last 15 years where she lives with her husband, Bruce Gooch.
Bruce Gooch has been an actor, writer and director, (all with varying degrees of success) for over thirty years. Interwoven into those professional years are stints of farming, carpentering, managing construction, racing motorcycles, shipping violins, sweeping parking lots and missing his parents and every pet he ever had that preceded him on the trail to the unknown. He has appeared on Broadway, been in a movie or two and written some plays that people like. His biggest success is still being married to his Bride, Lynn Vogt and having some positive affect on his boys, Gordon and James Hecht.
Mark Fewer, violin and Daniel Janke, composer/piano
CD launch: Celestial Blue
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 for students
Daniel Janke and Mark Fewer have worked together on numerous occasions over the past years. This includes work on the Continuum New Music debut CD where Daniel was the producer, and Mark was a performer. They also collaborated on numerous film scores including Touch [Jeremy Podeswa, 2001] and Subconscious Password [Chris Landreth, 2014]. Mark and Daniel also collaborated on the dance work Cinco Puntos Cardinales which was subsequently release on the Centrediscs label. [CMCCD 16911, 2011]
Their duet CD Celestial Blue https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/139228 is a culmination of this musical relationship, and features new music for violin and prepared piano.
Mark Fewer (violin) has been described as “genre-bending” (National Post), “intrepid” (Globe and Mail), “profound” (The Whole Note), and “freaky good” (The Gazette). His performance career has seen him tour worldwide. Mr. Fewer teaches at the string dept. of McGill University. Prior to this he was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he performed regularly as a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Daniel Janke (composer / piano and prepared piano ) has composed music for Standing Wave Ensemble; Penderecki String Quartet; Bozzini String Quartet; and Ensemble Moderne du Québec. An accomplished jazz pianist, he has recorded with numerous artists including Bruce Cockburn and Holly Cole, and his own group Winter Trio. Film scores include Subconscious Password (NFB, dir. Chris Landreth, Oscar short-list 2014).
Azuline Duo: Romanza - Music of Spain and South America
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 students
Azuline Duo features award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar). This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note. Their newest program Romanza - Music of Spain and South America showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting. The program represents many different aspects of this repertoire. From Spain, we hear the ethereal sounds of Rodrigo's Aria Antigua, the passionate Spanish Dances of Enrique Granados, and virtuosic transcriptions of the gypsy-flamenco music of Manuel de Falla. As the music of Spain travelled to South America one encounters a different scene: the haunting rainforest soundscapes of Villa Lobos, punchy Afro-latin rhythms of Machado and Pujol, the pure energy of Merlin's Joropo and, of course, the sultry sounds of Buenos Aires in the tango music of Piazolla. This program is a favourite with all audiences, combining lyrical sensitivity and showstopping technique in a compelling and unusual presentation.
The Art of the Piano: Vlada Mars
In Between the Keys - CD launch: ‘Melancholy’
Friday, February 10th, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 / $10 for students
Vlada Mars’ original piano music from her fourth CD ‘Melancholy'.
Inspired by melancholy and loneliness in 21st century Vlada Mars music and poetry is personal reflection on the world we live in. Vlada thinks that role of an artist is to reflect the times and to give light and hope, which she does with her music and words.
Following her inspiration in music of Philip Glass and Yann Tiersen, Vlada developed her own musical style and her music is sold and listened on all five continents.
I am not here nor there.
I live in the city where river Sava is merging into Blue Danube, in Belgrade, a crossroad for travellers, conquerors, wars, peace.
I live in the city where Pacific Ocean is washing over Rocky Mountains, in Vancouver, at the end of the world.
My music comes from different places, from people that I've met, from art and books and movies.
My music is a saved moment; a passing memory that once composed doesn't belong to me anymore.
Music is the only poetry I can truly write.
The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen
Thursday February 9, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students
Sergei Rachmaninoff - Preludes Op. 32
Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."
A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. She curates, hosts, and performs on numerous concert series in BC and Alberta, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Martin Chalifour, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold.
As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Highlights of Sarah’s current season include an autumn tour in the Maritimes, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the West Coast Symphony, and a musical adventure in Goose Bay, Labrador.
Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. In December 2013 she released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian and Christine Purvis. Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.
Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge. www.sarahhagen.com
“…the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art - is something quite extraordinary. It does seem to be this deep level of artistic understanding, and ability to communicate on this level - either through words or through artistic expression - that truly sets her apart as a pianist and musical artist. …it was immediately apparent that this would be a piano concert beyond the norm. …Hagen is one of the most expressive piano players that I have ever seen perform. ” - The Guardian (Charlottetown)
Mozart's D minor Fantasy K. 397, “played flawlessly by Sarah Hagen.” - Ed Farolan, Review Vancouver
“Exquisite phrasing and a refreshingly imaginative approach make her one to watch.”
-Marcia Adair, TheOmniscientMussel.com
“Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive – this is a young woman ready to take interpretive risks.” -University of Waterloo Gazette
"Hagen performed this complex arrangement [Chopin's Opus 28 Preludes] with inﬁnite skill. Her concentration and focus was extraordinary; her movements strong, yet graceful." -Comox Valley Record
Voices from Past to Present
Cameron Crozman, cello and Philip Chiu, piano
Sunday February 5, 2017 at 3 pm
Frank Bridge - Meditation and Spring Song
Ralph Vaughan-Williams - 6 Studies in English Folk Songs
Britten - O Waly, Waly
Britten - Sonata in C
Britten - Le roi s'en va-t'en chasse
Koechlin - Chansons bretonnes
Poulenc (arr. Gendron) - Sérénade
Poulenc - Sonate
Cameron Crozman is quickly being hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists. Playing on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 “Shaw” Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, he has been recognized for his musical expressivity, versatility, and remarkable technique. He performs around the world in such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Canada’s National Arts Centre. Regularly invited to appear at festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Festival de violoncelle de Beauvais, and Musica Nova Helsinki, Cameron plays alongside eminent musicians including James Ehnes, Martin Beaver, André Laplante, Denis Pascal, and Huw Watkins.
Recently selected as one of 6 cellists from around the world to take part in the third edition of Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Cameron received his Master’s in Cello with highest honours from the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in contemporary repertoire and creation at the Conservatory, as well studies in chamber music in the class of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer. Prior to his studies in Paris, he was a student of Paul Pulford in Canada. He has participated in numerous international competitions, and is 2nd prize laureate of both the OSM Standard Life and Eckhardt-Gramatté competitions. He has played in masterclasses for legendary cellists, including Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Lawrence Lesser, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman, and Colin Carr. Passionate about collaborating with contemporary composers, Cameron is particularly devoted to the promotion of Canadian music. He is very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva Gelber Foundation for their support in his various projects.
"A musical force to be reckoned with"
- The Scene Magazine
"Crozman's Bach was one of the best musical gifts of 2016"
- CBC Music
More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.
“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse
“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)
An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).
Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist-/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor--accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.
Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio--Canada.
Acoustic Guitar Project Toronto
The SIMPLICITY of a Song
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8 pm
$20 at the door (www.eventbrite.ca)
One guitar. One week. One song.
An evening of music celebrating the simplicity of a song with Toronto singer-songwriters, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Keith McKie, Blair Packham, Julian Taylor and Suzie Vinnick.
This is Toronto's first year as a participating city in The Acoustic Guitar Project, (TAGP), a global music initiative and concert series. How it works : TAGP appoints a Curator from cities they have invited to participate from around the world (there are currently 50 cities involved), providing the Curators with an acoustic guitar and a simple recorder. Each year, each Curator invites five local songwriters to participate in the project. These songwriters are given the guitar for one week and asked to write an original song and record it live with no editing; shoot a video describing their experience writing the song; sign the guitar; take a photo with the guitar and then pass the guitar onto the next songwriter in their city. The songs, photos and videos are uploaded to theacousticguitarproject.com where all TAGP participants can be found and heard. When all five musicians have completed their songs there is a concert where these songwriters perform their music, including the songs they have written for the project and share the stories behind them.
Cascades and Abysses: Stephen Clarke in Recital
Sunday January 8, 2017 at 8 pm
Arraymusic’s resident piano virtuoso, Stephen Clarke presents a concert of works by four radically singular composers, Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988), Udo Kasemets (1919-2014), Horatiu Rădulescu (1942-2008) and Gerald Barry (1952). All four composers bring together extreme clarity with unsettling strangeness. All four bring together deeply affecting sensuality/viscerality with erudite, provocative connections to, and confrontations with, culture and history (not only involving other musics past and present, but also literature, science, philosophy...). And, all four are composers whom Stephen Clarke is internationally renowned for championing, both through live performances and recordings released on important new music labels such as Mode and Hat Art.
Watch video: Radulescu’s Piano Sonata 6 (2007)
6th Annual Elixir Mixer
Presented by Elixir Baroque Ensemble
Friday January 6, 2017 at 8 pm
Join us after the holiday season for an evening of joyful concertos, appetizers, and delicious drinks! Elixir is thrilled to present our Elixir Mixer for the 6th year in a row. We are thrilled to be working with guest soloists Patricia Ahern and Matt Antal. Brave the January weather, and come out to the beautiful Gallery 345!
Valerie Gordon and Michelle Odorico, violins
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord
Special thanks to our colleagues Chole Prendergast and Rezan Onen-Lapointe for joining us in this performance.
Concerto per la Viola da Gamba in A major, by J.G. Graun
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 KV 107, by W.A. Mozart (after J.C. Bach)
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord
Concerto for Viola, Strings and Continuo in Eb Major, by J. G. Graun
Matt Antal, viola
Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in E minor Op. 5, No. 2, P. Locatelli
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, after BWV 1064, by J.S. Bach (Charlotte Nediger / Tafelmusik 1996, revised 2006)
Patricia Ahern, Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico, violins
Elixir Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2010 by harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchill, viola da gamba player Justin Haynes, and violinists Elyssa Lefergey-Smith and Valerie Gordon. Elixir is excited to welcome violinist Michelle Odorico to the ensemble as of May 2016! Elixir gives new life to 17th and 18th century music by serving up intoxicating programs combining the lyrical with the virtuosic and the well-known with the newly discovered. Elixir’s innovative programming and bold performances have swiftly established the group as a major proponent of early music in the Greater Toronto area. Elixir has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, St. David’s Anglican Church (Musically Speaking Series), and at the University of Toronto as part of the Toronto Handel Festival. The group also has its own series where it is often joined by members of Tafelmusik. In April 2014, Elixir gave the world premier performance of “The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour,” composed specifically for Elixir by Frank Horvat.
Elixir seeks to share its knowledge of baroque performance practice through community outreach and education of all ages. In 2011, during a brief residency at the University of Fredonia (SUNY), the group performed and gave masterclasses for the students of the faculty of music. Elixir is also a regular guest of the Kingsway Conservatory of Music where the group teaches and performs alongside the Kingsway Chamber Strings, inspiring young minds with a curiosity for gut strings, pointy bows, and harpsichords.
Elixir Ensemble was recently named one of five a finalists in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition.