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

Sunday October 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
$25/$10 students (cash only)
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Program

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 1 in F minor
1. Allegro in F major
2. Adagio
3. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Prestissimo

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 6 in F major
1. Allegro in F major
2. Menuetto. Allegretto in F minor
3. Presto in F major

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 11 in B-flat major
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio con molto espressione
3. Menuetto
4. Rondo: Allegretto

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 28 in A major
1. Allegretto ma non troppo
2. Vivace alla marcia
3. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto
4. Allegro

Biography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


"Britten and Pears: the Canticles” CD release
Zach Finkelstein, tenor
Peter Tiefenbach, piano

Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

Program
Canticles
Canticle I: "My beloved is mine and I am his”
Canticle II: "Abraham and Isaac”
Canticle III: "Still falls the rain"
Canticle IV: "The Journey of the Magi”
Canticle V: "The Death of Saint Narcissus”

American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in Beijing, China.

Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” he made his New York City Opera debut in April 2013 as Mambre in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, a production dubbed by Tommasini as one of the Top 10 classical events of 2013. In 2014-15, Zach sang the role of Damon "with sensitivity and grace" (Boston Classical Review) in Acis and Galatea, performances conducted by Nicholas McGegan leading Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. In 2016, Zach made his haute-contre debut as Orphee in back-to-back productions of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice with Brava! Opera Theatre (English) and Opera Grand Rapids (French).

Mr. Finkelstein is also an evangelist for new and contemporary classical works, an oeuvre he discovered as a two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Most recently in New York City, Zach premiered a new work Threshold for tenor and orchestra with the Argento Ensemble, a piece created specifically for Zach by Prix-de-Rome-winning composer Jesse Jones. The New York Times’ James Oestrich commended this “excellent” performance: “Zach Finkelstein negotiated Mr. Jones’s high tenor flights with aplomb”. Satie’s Socrate, a thirty-minute political monodrama for tenor and piano (“beautifully sung”, UK Daily Telegraph), has also become a signature piece for Mr. Finkelstein, toured regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the United States as well as London, UK and a recent debut in Shenzhen and Beijing, China. Zach also performed the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Songs from the same earth with pianist Mike Brofman at the Brooklyn Art Song Society, returned in 2017 season to perform a recital of Jake Heggie and Reynaldo Hahn and will perform again with BASS in 2018 touring Seattle and California.

In the media, Zach has performed opera excerpts on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera as well as Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM and Seattle’s KING FM. Both Musical Toronto and Opera Canada Magazine have profiled Mr. Finkelstein as a singer to watch.

Mr. Finkelstein is currently with Dean Artists Management and holds an Artist Diploma (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, in Montreal. As a young artist, Zach participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Banff Opera as Theatre, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

Peter Tiefenbach studied music in Canada, the United States and England, before settling in Toronto, where he is a busy pianist, accompanist, composer, vocal coach, teacher and broadcaster. He has collaborated with noted Canadian singers such as the late Maureen Forrester, Russell Braun and Donna Brown, and is now on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

A familiar presence on CBC Radio, Peter is the former host of the Radio Two program The Arts Tonight. He has orchestrated and conducted a concert for CBC radio and television and of music by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He has also collaborated with baritone Russell Braun and soprano Donna Brown. In addition, Peter made his acting debut as Gerhard Krachmann in the playSimpl at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.

In 2005, Peter gave a recital in Calgary with soprano Valdine Anderson and mezzo-soprano Kimberley Barber (broadcast by the CBC), and served as music director for Calgary Opera's production of Kurt Weill'sSeven Deadly Sins. That year he performed with Miss Fallis and Kiosque for CBC Radio's OnStage, and toured through Iceland together.

Peter has participated in the Indian River Festival (Prince Edward Island), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Vancouver, where he reprised the Coward-Novello program.

Among his commissions are works for violinist Mark Fewer and pianist Jean Marchand, the Elora Festival Singers, trumpeter Stuart Laughton, and the Toronto Children's Chorus. Other projects include a composition for the Saskatoon Children's Chorus (for the World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong) and for the Canadian Brass. His recordings include Jean Stilwell's Kabarett (CBC Records, 2003) and Les chemins de l'amour(CBC Records, 2000), Isabel Bayrakdarian's Azulão (CBC Records, 2003), and Stuart Laughton's Remembrance (Marquis Classics, 2003).


Sweet Sparrow in Concert

Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
$20 Cash

Toronto based, husband and wife team, Beatrice and Adolfo, bring the love they share for each other into their music. Audiences feel it as soon as the first note is heard.

Beatrice Carpino
Sultry, rich vocals and elegant style in vocalist, Beatrice. Music and performing are her passion. You can say it is in her blood, being the daughter of the late, internationally known singing chef, Pasquale Carpino. Beatrice has a way of making her audiences feel at home and part of the family.

Adolfo De Santis
Smooth, warm and versatile playing in pianist, Adolfo. He did his musical studies in Italy soaking up the warmth and passion of the culture. His studies concentrated on the classical repertoire but life and love turned his musical direction to a broader spectrum of genres including jazz and broadway.

Program: Jazz and Broadway standards of great composers such as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Fats Waller, Arthur Hamilton and more.


Rhythm ’n Step

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)
A night of fiddle tunes and fancy footwork.

Colleen Jenish began her musical journey in the Ottawa Valley, where she took her first stepdance lesson at the age of four. Soon after, she learned to play the piano and fiddle. Colleen has competed in fiddle and stepdance competitions across Ontario for the past 17 years, and is currently the Ontario Open Stepdance Champion. She also performs regularly with her sister Alanna, and with The Great Canadian Fiddle Show. Colleen recently obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, and is now the research coordinator for the Music Cognition Lab at her alma mater.

Joelle Crigger loves entertaining on her fiddle and has been doing so since age 6, after being inspired by the virtuoso strings show Bowfire. She is an accomplished violinist, fiddler, pianist, and a keen step dancer who enjoys music of all kinds. Having played with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2014, she was thrilled to tour to Ottawa and Montreal with the TSO/TSYO in 2017. A big fan of various styles of fiddle music (Cape Breton, Canadian Old-Time, Bluegrass, Irish, Texas-swing), Joelle is a multiple winner of the Canadian Open Fiddle Championship in her age category. Within her community, Joelle has been invited as a peer leader to share her love of music with students in the TDSB and has been honoured to play at World Vision music events. She enjoys her role as young-artist-as-educator at DAREarts Music Days and looks forward to pursuing a career in music.

Tom Fitzgerald of Bancroft, ON is an accomplished musician now residing in Toronto where he is pursuing a bachelors degree in music at Humber College. Growing up in the center of the Ottawa Valley, Tom was immersed in the rich tradition of Canadian Old Time fiddling and step dancing. However, over the years he has absorbed other musical styles and traditions such as Celtic, bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues, and classical. At 24 he is already a seasoned performer, having toured professionally with his family band ‘The Fitzgeralds’ since he was 10 years old. The group has toured extensively across the US and Canada, as well as Ireland and England. In the early summer of 2017, a video of one of the band’s live performances went viral, reaching 2.9 million views worldwide. He has performed with Natalie MacMaster, Tony McManus, Brian Finnegan, Wayne Rostad, and Tommy Hunter.


Canadian Women Composers Project
Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano
Narmina Efendiyeva, piano

Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)

The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi and pianist Narmina Efendiyeva in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.

The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital is making its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes.

Program

The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Ethridge, Jean Coulthard, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.

Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is worn for each recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!

Clarisse Tonigussi has always had a deep love of music. As a child she spent countless hours at the piano playing the songs that sprung into her head, and enjoyed everything that her voice and the beautiful sound of the piano had to offer. She furthered her love of music at the University of Toronto and received an Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance, graduating with Honours. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena, and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York’s The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a performer with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers, and is the featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata.This year, Clarisse is delighted to share with audiences the music of Canadian women composers in concerts across the country with The Canadian Women Composers Project.

Born in Baku (Azerbaijan) as a fourth-generation musician, Narmina Efendiyeva always knew that she would join in the family tradition. She gave her first solo concert at the age of 6 and studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova where she frequently gave solo concerts and performed with orchestra.

In 2000, Narmina graduated with a Master's degree from U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 2001-2010, worked as an accompanist at the Azerbaijan State Choir. In 2011, Narmina gave her first concert in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she graduated with a second Master's degrees. Since then, Narmina has worked as music director and pianist for productions such as Bellinni's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," Mozart's "The Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Strauss with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as well as Borodin's "Prince Igor" with Opera in Concert. She has also played "The Saucy Señorita," "The Mikado" by Sullivan & Gilbert, "Earnest, the Importance of Being" by Davies & Benson with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" with Opera in Concert.

Recently, Narmina played Edward Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Toronto Ukrainian Orchestra and participated in Syrinx Concerts Toronto.

Website info: www.canadianwomencomposersproject.com
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The CWC project was featured in the Spring/Summer publication of “The Association of Canadian Women Composers” Journal.


Jazz at the Gallery:
John Stetch with Vulneraville

Saturday October 21, 2017 at 8 pm
$25 Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com Cash at the door

6-time Juno Nominee John Stetch celebrates his NYC quartet's new CD release show this fall at Gallery 345. "The Vancouver Concert" is a live recording made this past spring, that captures Stetch's group chemistry at its best. A synthesis of classical sounds, cinematic excursions, worldbeat and toe-tapping jazz, filtered through Steinway Artist Stetch's imagination.

Steve Kortyka - saxophone
Philippe Lemm - drums
Ben Tiberio - bass
John Stetch - piano

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.

The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.

After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.

After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.

Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.

Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.

His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.
Video Links
Re-Arrangement and Improvsations on Chopin's Heroic Polonaise
Re-Composition of J.S.Bach's Italian Concerto BWV 971
New Art video of original trio composition "Oscar's Blue-Green Algebra”


Women in Jazz - 1st Edition
For Women’s College Hospital

Friday October 20, 2017 at 8 pm 
Purchase tickets in advance
$25 (cash only at the door) Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Fresh off her second year of producing the very successful Kensington Market Jazz Festival, beloved musician, singer and community worker Genevieve Marentette will launch a year-long series called “Women In Jazz” in support of the Women's College Hospital Foundation. She says, “It is shocking to me how little is known about this fantastic instutution and about the women’s “health gap” that exists. In honour of my 40th year of life I am hoping to bring awareness to this and perhaps raise some money too.” With this event Genevieve will launch a year long fundraising & media campaign on behalf of this organization.

In the spirit of the feminine she has gathered award-winning composer Nancy Walker on acoustic grand Piano, fellow Humber College alumni Carlie Howell on bass, and rising star Zaynab Wilson on drums. This evening at the wonderful gallery space will also feature special guests such as young bandleader and trumpeter Marie Goudy and fellow jazz vocalist Joanna Majoko, as well as surprises. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Women’s College Hospital and include a raffle with prize of a private house concert from Genevieve.

FEATURED PROGRAM
GENEVIEVE MARENTETTE AND TRIO
Piano - Nancy Walker
Bass - Carlie Howell
Drums - Zaynab Wilson 
Vocals – Genevieve Marentette
9:30PM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Voice - Joanna Majoko
Trumpet - Marie Goudy
and more TBA
RAFFLE PRIZE - A FREE HOUSE CONCERT BY GENEVIEVE
PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL


Kings of the Guitar
James Bryan and Michael Savona

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $20 (Cash only at the door)
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An exciting evening of guitar solos and songs by two of Canada's most prominent guitarists.

Hailed as one of Canada's top guitarists, James Bryan is a Grammy and Juno winning performer, songwriter and producer.As a member of popular Canadian acts Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, to Sunshine State and his solo project, to his work with artists from across the globe including Shawn Mendes,Nelly Furtado,and Luis Fonsi,James has played on over 200 recordings,achieved platinum success,and performed on stages from Wembley Stadium to Madison Square Gardens and Massey Hall.

At the heart of all this music is the passionate,soulful and uplifting sound of his guitar playing.

" Bryan takes our global village and remixes it on it’s ear, surprising the listener with an imaginative blending of styles from African Folk to Brazilian Samba"-Rob Paul, Canadian Music

website: www.jamesbryanmusic.com

Michael Savona’s performances have taken him to Europe and major concert halls across North America as a soloist, band member and chamber musician. He has toured and recorded extensively with the legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd since 2012, and has shared the stage with artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Tom Cochrane, John McDermott, Dan Hill and Michelle Wright.

Michael has appeared and been heard on local and National television and radio.

As a guitarist, Michael is known for his versatility in many genres. He has performed to critical acclaim as a classical soloist, folk/pop guitarist, and played in the premiers of numerous contemporary Canadian works.

Michael’s playing can be heard on his 2010 debut release “Folk Songs”, Liona Boyd’s 2013, 2014, and 2015 releases and Tara Beier’s 2016 debut album “Hero and the Sage”

" Smooth and lyrical" "Plays beautifully enough to send shivers down ones spine" -Classical Guitar Magazine


Payadora Tango Ensemble
Featuring Elbio Fernandez
Fundraising Concert for New Album Release

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 8 pm
$25 

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

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

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

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


The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov

Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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REVIEW:
Niklas Sivelov: Piano Music (Audio CD)
Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine
"Niklas Sivelöv’s main career is as a concert pianist, but he has been composing music since his childhood in northern Sweden (he was born in 1968). His broad performing repertoire, from Bach to living composers, is reflected in his music for solo piano. This is not to say that Sivelöv does not write with original flair and energy, but it is probably most useful to consider this material as homage. The very choice of a set of 24 preludes is a strong nod towards Chopin and Bach, among others, and the ghosts of both of those giants appear in this music. The strongest flavor here is 20th-century Modernism, in the manner of Prokofiev or Hindemith, material that itself is often in a Neoclassical style. As a generalization, Sivelöv sounds like both a performer and composer who works in a joyous and even humorous way. This is heard in fast, loud music and a tendency to run up and down the keyboard. Some of the music is even a bit bangy, but in a fun way. One of the preludes is described in the composer’s notes as having no key signature, and he directs the pianist to use the forearms to create clusters of notes.
Sivelöv does offer a calmer mood in the two nocturnes and impromptus, which display a nice sense for lyricism. He returns to a kind of Lisztian bravura in the Toccatina Feroce and finds entrancing sonorities in the Jeux de Cordes, which is played standing up so that the pianist can strike the strings of the piano by hand with a mallet. It’s quite a tour de force, giving the listener the impression of more than one musician. It is a fittingly interesting and enjoyable way to conclude a delightful recital by this talented artist. "

Program
"Virtuoso Introspective"

J. Haydn Sonata no. 47 B-minor hob. XV1/32

L.van Beethoven Sonata no.32 opus 111 C-minor

intermission

W. Stenhammar Fantasy opus 11
2 songs:
I skogen (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Fylgia (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Impromptu

A. Piazzolla - 3 Tangos:
Adiós Nonino
Invierno Porteño
Milonga del Angel

B. Bartok - Sonata (1926)

Niklas Sivelöv’s artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence have made him a favourite with audiences in the Nordic countries and far beyond.

Niklas made his professional debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991, performing Bartók’s testing Second Piano Concerto at the Stockholm Concert Hall. He has since appeared as a concerto soloist the world over, working with orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. He works with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and has collaborated with conductors including Mario Venzago, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Thomas Dausgaard, Paavo Berglund, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo and Patrick Gallois. Schumann and Scriabin are central figures in Niklas’s musical life, but his repertoire stretches from Johann Sebastian Bach to Per Nørgård. He has worked intensively with the former composer’s Well Tempered Clavier and in 2010 performed the complete work across three concerts at Bargemusic in New York. Niklas has a repertoire of over 50 piano concertos including the most demanding works by Bartók and Prokofiev.

His extensive discography incudes the two piano concertos by Wilhelm Stenhammar as well as music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Berwald, Schumann, Englund and Liszt for labels including BIS, Caprice, Simax, Phono Suecia and Dux. His recordings have garnered the highest honours: the Diapason d’Or, the Penguin Rosette, the Vox Populi Award and nominations at the Cannes Classical Awards and the Independent Music Awards.

Niklas has also recorded a disc of his own music for the British label Toccata. Since 1985 he has written more than 40 scores including three concertos for piano and orchestra and a set of 24 Preludes for piano; his works have been recorded by Martin Fröst, Øystein Baadsvik and others.

Niklas is also a notable exponent of the art of piano improvisation, and in 2008 released a disc of his own improvisations on melodies by the Swedish composer Carl Michael Bellman.

Niklas grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ aged 6. He moved to piano and studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and with Gabriel Amiras, Maria Curcio, Esther Bodin- Karpe and Liisa Pohjola, continuing his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest, Trossingen and London. Niklas lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.


The Art of the Piano: Burton Greene
October Trio

Saturday October 14, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $20/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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BURTON GREENE OCTOBER TRIO
Burton Greene - piano
Isaiah Ceccarelli - percussionist
Éric Normand - guitar

Burton Greene figured prominently in New York's free jazz movement of the '60s, performing with such major figures as Alan Silva, Marion Brown, Sam Rivers, Albert Ayler, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. As a child, Greene studied classical music at the Fine Arts Academy in Chicago; In the mid 1950's he studied jazz with Dick Marx. Greene moved to New York in the early '60s, as the city's free jazz movement was gathering momentum. There, he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble with Silva in 1963 — reputedly one of the first groups devoted to playing a wholly improvised music. In 1964, he joined the Jazz Composer's Guild. During the mid-'60s, he recorded for the ESP-Disk label as a leader, before moving to the Netherlands in 1970. Greene became something of a journeyman, performing all over Europe while maintaining a residence on a houseboat in Amsterdam. He recorded intermittently in the '70s and '80s. Greene became one of the few free jazz musicians to experiment with synthesizers. He's played solo and led various bands of unusual instrumentation. Since 1989 he has a jazz/klezmer/sephardic/balkan band called Klezmokum based in Amsterdam. In 2015 he released with his long time “spiritual co-composing partner” composer/vocalist Silke Röllg on the Paris Improvising Beings label: “Space Is Still the Place”. Burton’s music is featured on close to 80 recordings: records and CD’s. This year he celebrates 53 years as a professional: presenting his music to the world. Burton continues to do concerts all over Europe and the USA. He also teaches improvisation and jazz piano.

Burton Greene was born and spent his early years in Chicago, Illinois. He had seven years of classical music training with Isadore Buchalter of the Fine Arts Building. Burton studied jazz theory and harmony with Dick Marx, and continued his music education in the "School of the Streets" of the mid 1950's from such luminaries as Billy Green and Ira Sullivan. He arrived in New York in 1962 and formed probably the first spontaneous composition group with bassist Alan Silva in '63: The Free Form Improvisation Ensemble. He joined the Jazz Composers Guild in '64 (organized by Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor) and formed his first recorded quartet in '65 which included Marion Brown and Henry Grimes. He performed in New York in the 1960's with such people as Sam Rivers, Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Patty Waters, Byard Lancaster, Gato Barbieri, etc. Burton was involved with the New Music Concert Series in Town Hall and YMHA organized by Max Pollikoff which included panel discussions with Morton Feldman and Earl Brown.

Burton moved to Europe in 1969--first to Paris and then to Amsterdam. Since that time he has toured and recorded extensively in both Western and Eastern Europe with occasional tours in America. Mr. Greene has recorded over 60 records and CD's of his compositions in many and varied contexts. As an eclectic composer and performer, his works are involved with jazz, contemporary classics, electronics, and a great variety of folklore musics.

Burton has collaborated with many musicians; among them are John Tchicai, Johnny Dyani, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Willem Breuker, Han Bennink, Keshavan Maslak, Sunny Murray, Steve Tintweiss, Shelly Rusten, Frank Wright, Sean Bergin, Paul Stocker, Theo Loevendie, Maarten van Regteren Altena, Martin van Duynhoven, Clarence Becton, Perry Robinson, Roswell Rudd, Tjitze Vogel, Raoul van der Weide, Tom Jones, Tobias Delius, Michael Moore, Akki Hak, Lou Grassi, Wilber Morris, Roy Campbell, Mark Dresser, Adam Lane, Paul Smoker, Russ Nolan, Ed and George Schuller etc., etc.

More: wikipedia.org/wiki/Burton_Greene | allaboutjazz.com/pianist-burton-greene-burton-greene-by-clifford-allen.php | www.paristransatlantic.com/magazine/interviews/greene.html

Isaiah Ceccarelli is a drummer and composer. He composes for musicians and ensembles such as Sarah Albu, Mira Benjamin, the Bozzini Quartet, Katelyn Clark, the GGRIL, the London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists, the Suoni per il Popolo festival (Stretch Wood), and Ensemble SuperMusique. He has recorded albums for Ambiances Magnétiques (Montréal), Drip Audio (Vancouver), and Another Timbre (United Kingdom). As a drummer, he has performed and recorded in countless jazz and improvised music settings since the mid-1990s. In 2015, he was the artist in residence at the London studio of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.

More: www.musicworks.ca/profile/isaiah-ceccarelli-works | www.isaiahceccarelli.com

« one of Canada’s most creative musical visions. » - Stuart Brommer, TheWholenote (canada)

« a highly disciplined approach to noise making. » - DAN BIGNA, REAL ART (AUSTRALIA)

Éric Normand is an improviser, bassist, instrument designer, composer, songwriter, singer and record and concert producer. He defines himself as an epidisciplinary musician, a free electron driven by its yearning for meetings.

As an improviser, he develop a personal and radical playing on a homemade electric bass equipped with mics and objects feedbacking and vibrating in small electronic devices, creating electric flux interrupted by the instrumental gesture.

With this set, he prefer to play duets, with Jim Denley (flute and sax), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet and sax), Xavier Charles (clarinet), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola de gamba and electronic), Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone), in addition of several spontaneous encounters.

He also composes for ensemble and multi-disciplinary projects.

Interested in collective creation and orchestral improvisation, he lead for seven years the GGRIL, a 15 pieces band that have worked with composers such as Evan Parker, Jean Derome, Robert Marcel Lepage and Michael Fischer.

His music has been programmed by or performed in several festivals in Canada , Australia and Europe. It have also been broadcasted by Radio-Canada, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, Radio-Grenouille, and several college radio stations.

More: facebook | Contact: brasderic@gmail.com | www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/normand_er/


TransAtlanticOpera Gala Concert
Saturday October 7 2017 at 2 pm
$20/$10

Vasilisa Atanackovic, soprano
Allison Miller & Danny Miller, violin
Krishna Veerappan, clarinet
Michael Andrusko, piano

PROGRAMME:

1. O mio bannino caro - Puccini
2. Quando m'en vo - Puccini
3. Porgi amor - W.A Mozart
4. Meditation from Thais - Massenet
5. Casts diva - Bellini
6. Song to the Moon - Dvorak
7. Tu che di gel - Puccini
8. O sole mio

INTERMISSION

1. Cavalleria Rusticana - Mascagni
2. Senza Mamma - Puccini
3. Polubila ya - Rachmaninov
4. Vissi d'arte - Puccini
5. Manon Lescaut - Puccini
6. Morre ma prima in grazia - Verdi

Vasilisa Atanackovic - Soprano
Vasilisa Atanackovic is a dancer, singer, and actor from Toronto, Canada. She began performing at the age of 6 at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts where she later graduated with a diploma in Vaganova Technique Classical Ballet under the teaching styles of Vitek Wincza and former Bolshoi Ballet prima ballerina, Olga Krymchanska. She then went on to train at Ryerson University’s prestigious Performance Acting programme, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Vasilisa has performed around the world, including Canada, Europe, and The United States. As an actor, she has performed in many productions, from the works of Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Othello, A

Midsummer Night's Dream) to hit Musicals (The Addams Family, Cinderella, Hairspray, The Wiz, Chicago, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, Ragtime, Cabaret). She has worked with some of Canada's leading stage directors such as Peggy Shannon, Judith Thompson, Soheil Parsa, Ian Watson, Perry Schneiderman and Sheldon Rosen.

Coached by Polish Soprano Marta Greda-Kicek, Vasilisa is a classically trained soprano. She recently portrayed Helen of Troy at the LA Opera with conductor and composer Nathan Wang. In the Summer of 2016, Vasilisa performed the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica in Sicily under the direction of Maestro Leonardo Catalanotto. This year she will be reprising this dramatic role in Berlin with the Berlin Opera Academy as well as touring with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Alison Miller - Violin
Alison studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Andrea Gajic and Gina McCormack, graduating in 2013 with a First Class Honours in Violin Performance. She has participated in masterclasses with Harald Herzl, Greg Lawson, Ilya Gringolts, Leland Chen, The Brodsky String Quartet and Nicola Benedetti. Alison held principal positions in all the Conservatoire orchestras and was awarded the John McInulty Prize for Orchestral Playing in 2013. She also participated in apprenticeships with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the orchestra of Scottish Opera.

As a soloist, Alison has performed concerti by Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi in Scotland, Italy, Holland and Belgium. She has performed with the Amadeus Orchestra and appeared as Leader of the Aberdeen Marischal Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Sinfonia and the Edinburgh Bach Orchestra. For several years Alison has worked with new music theatre company, Noisemaker (National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre, Lyceum Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

In 2016 Alison was Leader of the Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra during their tour of Sicily, performing Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” as well as appearing as a soloist with the orchestra. She returned to Sicily in 2017 to play for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. Having previously worked for Sistema Scotland, Alison now holds the position of Associate Violin Teacher at the University of St. Andrews alongside her busy freelance schedule.

Upcoming engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet, touring Italy in the summer of 2017 with various opera and chamber music festivals and performing with TransAtlanticOpera in Canada and the USA.

Danny Miller - Violin
Edinburgh born violinist, Danny Miller is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Peter Lissauer and Gina McCormack. Prizes include the Bette and Willie MacPherson Prize for Solo Violin Playing, the Mabel Glover String Quartet Competition (Highly Commended) and the Governor's Prize for Chamber Music (Finalists). In 2013, he was selected for an apprenticeship with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Danny enjoys a busy schedule of chamber, orchestral and solo playing. Recent engagements include recitals with the Argyll String Quartet and the Miller Nite Duo with whom he performs at home and abroad. The Miller Nite Duo are due to release two CDs in 2017. He has appeared as Leader of Scottish Sinfonia and has led both the Edinburgh Grand Opera and Haddo House Operatic Society orchestras in their respective productions of La Boheme and La Traviata. Solo performances include the concerti of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

Danny was Principal Second Violin of the Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival Orchestra during their Sicilian Tour in 2016 where he also performed as a soloist with the orchestra. Recently he played for the Concert-Master of the Teatro Massimo, Palermo. In 2017, he was accepted into the Orchestra of the Varna International Opera Academy, Bulgaria and toured Italy with various opera and chamber music festivals.

Upcoming engagements include solo recitals at home and abroad and performances with TransAtlanticOpera in the USA and Canada. Danny is currently under the private tutelage of Professor Igor Ozim of the Mozarteum Universitat in Salzburg, Austria.

TransAtlanticOpera are joined by Krishna Veerappan, clarinet and Michael Andrushko, piano.

www.transatlanticopera.com


Music From Four to Six

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8 pm
$20/$15 (cash at the door)
; online at westwoodconcerts.com

Masterpieces of chamber music for string quartet with piano and clarinet as performed by the brilliant Venuti String Quartet and joined by pianist Gregory Millar and clarinetist Michael Westwood.

Venuti String Quartet
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jureck, violin
Shannon Knights, viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Program


Ventus Machina
CD launch “In the Weeds"

Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Students (Cash only)

Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Program

Intermission

The undeniable chemistry between the members of Ventus Machina is apparent in their flexible and unique style of performance. Each from vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds, the five musicians have truly found their common musical language.

Formed in 2011, Ventus Machina has become a major presence on the classical music scene in the Maritime region. Through their educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year, and has expanded their scope to include the exciting summer program, the “Wind Masters’ Workshop” which ran for a fourth year in July 2016. Ventus Machina is featured each season on Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, and are pleased to have performed with the Atlantic Ballet, Atlantic Sinfonia and with guest soloists Suzie Leblanc and Monette Gould, among others. Follow us on Facebook or at www.ventusmachina.com for current details.

The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden and contributing a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – born and raised in central Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and full-time Professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon bringing a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’ plus a wide range of performance experience, Patrick contributes his boundless energy and humour to the group.


The Decho Ensemble & John C.L. Jansen
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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Jacob Swanson, soprano saxophone
Sarah Marchitelli, alto saxophone
John C.L. Jansen, guitars/harmonics guitar and electronics

Welcome to an evening with music by composers such as Hugo Harmens and John C.L. Jansen, including works featured on Jacob Swanson's recent solo release "wired." (soprano saxophone and electronics).

Hailed as a “winning combination in every way!” the Decho Ensemble was founded in 2011 by longtime-collaborating saxophonists Sarah Marchitelli and Jacob Swanson. Critically acclaimed for their “blend and precision” the two have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs.

The Decho Ensemble has performed on concert series, television, and radio throughout North America and in Europe. In addition to concert series, the Decho Ensemble has presented at national and international conferences including the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences and the United States Navy International Saxophone Symposium. In 2016 the Decho Ensemble was in residence with the Ny Musikks Komponistgruppe in Oslo, Norway as part of their inaugural PULS Festival.

Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for two saxophones the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music. Since their establishment, the Decho Ensemble has collaborated with composers Andrew Martin Smith, Charles Terranova, Peter Edwards, Dan Knorr, Scott Miller, Nathan Hall, David Marc Alterman, Frank Zabel, Michael McGough, Kate Parker, and Tim Bausch to create new works for saxophone - some with electronic media.

As educators, Swanson and Marchitelli share their passion for music, the saxophone, and collaboration with their students. Marchitelli serves on faculty at the State University of New York at Fredonia and is the Director of Instruction at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts in Jamestown, New York. Swanson teaches instrumental music for the Gowanda Central School District in Gowanda, New York, the New Horizons Band of Western New York, and Jamestown Community College. Both Marchitelli and Swanson maintain private studios at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts where they founded and co-direct the Infinity Saxophone Ensemble.

The Decho Ensemble performs on vintage Buescher saxophones built in the United States.

www.dechoensemble.com | itunes | CDbaby

Jacob Swanson's website: www.jacobswanson.com
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp_MfIxhQ0c

John C.L. Jansen is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and experimental instrument builder from Grand Rapids Michigan. A self-described musical omnivore, he seeks to blend a diverse set of influences with the pursuit of new electronic and acoustic timbres. His music has been performed by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the chamber band Drive (J:), saxophonist Jacob Swanson, and violinist Todd Reynolds. Jansen currently teaches music theory at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

John C.L. Jansen: soundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1/sequenza-i-for-harmonics-guitarsoundcloud.com/john-c-l-jansen-1 | www.hugoharmens.com

This concert was made possible with financial support from the Norwegian Society for Composers, and is part of the society's 100 year anniversary celebration.


ROME & ROMANCE
Ronée Boyce, piano & Alicja Wysocka, soprano

Sunday October 1, 2017 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

An enjoyable Autumn matinée concert filled with solo piano and favorite opera arias.

Award-winning inspirational pianist Ronée Boyce possesses a dedication to performance and education that is steadfast and unquestioned. She is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility and has been enthusiastically praised for her great depth of musical interpretation. In addition to performing more traditional solo piano and chamber music, she has demonstrated a keen interest in Russian works along with more innovative and lesser - known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert.

Recent solo engagements have included recitals and concert appearances across Western Canada, New York City, London, France, and the Caribbean, with special chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall, Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, Théâtre de Bourg, Maison de l'Europe, Maison du Canada, with L'Heure Musicale in France, and an invitation to perform for the Ambassador of Chile.

Canadian-Polish Soprano Alicja Wysocka has been dubbed as Toronto’s Opera Sweetheart. Her love for music began at the age of seven in her native country Poland with the discovery of the pianoforte. Upon arriving to Canada, Alicja began her studies with Natalia Tyomkina, and was quickly recognized to be one of the most promising pianists in her generation. Being the finalist of many national piano competitions, she was awarded the Prestigious Turzanski Award.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, Alicja was accepted into U of Toronto’s Opera Program, where she studied with Mary Morrison. In the summer of 2002 she was chosen to attend the Oberlin Music Institute of Ohio in Italy, where she had the privilege to study with soprano, Elly Ameling.

As a singer, Alicja has an extensive performance background. Among others she has performed as a soloist with the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Symphonia Choir, as well as the Salon of Music and Poetry of Maria Nowotarska and the Polish Toronto Theatre of Michal Kuleczka. Since 2005, Alicja has been a soloist with Opera Belcanto. Roles performed include Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Micaela from Bizet’s Carmen, and Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

At present, Alicja is studying under the tutelage of David Varjabed to further her vocal studies and master the belcanto technique.


FLAMENCUSION-FUSIONFLAMENCO
Silvia Temis, vocals
Benjamin Barrile, guitar
Derek Gray, percussion

Friday September 29, 2017 at 8pm
$25/$20 advance/$15 on Eventbrite

Flamencusion - A performance described as Intense, edgy and dreamy, Silvia Temis mexican singer will bring you a very personal touch of Flamenco inspired music fused with traditional tunes from across Latin America. Benjamin Barrile on the guitar and Derek Gray on percussion will accompany this night at the wonderful space Gallery 345 in Toronto.

Do not miss it!

*Also an invited flamenco dancer Virginia Castro will perform a traditional flamenco dance

Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythms.

​Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start studying flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction at the renownedInstitution Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville Triana. Silvia performed at the Festival Flamenco du Montreal in 2013 and 2014 with Triana Project and Carmen Romero Company. She was also a part of the Toronto International Flamenco Festival in 2013 with the flamenco cuadro Triana Project, of which she is a cofounder.

In 2014 Silvia was based in Calgary Alberta, where she is one of the organizer of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival and also taught flamenco dance and singing at Fiona Malena Academy and the Jewish Community Centre of Calgary. While in Calgary she performed with many local and international artists in the city. She was recently part of EXPO Latino Festival 2015 with Fiona Malena Ensemble as well as Salero Calo Flamenco group.

Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music.

She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.

Benjamin Barrile is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive in jazz, classical and world music. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including: The Café Olé - a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz. Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CityTV, Jazz FM, and Telelatino. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first of many times, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He traveled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros including Manuel Lozano "El Carbonero".

Since graduating from Humber College's renowned contemporary music program, and, more recently, completing his Masters in Ethnomusicology at York University, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching - including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, Washington, and New York City. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (2016 Julian Award runner-up contemporary-jazz quintet, co-led with his brother, bassist Justin Gray), the trans-Mediterranean group Ventanas (4X Canadian Folk Music Award nominees), and the Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon. Derek has performed with: Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Pat Labarbera, Vincent Herring, David Buchbinder, Jorge Miguel, Esmeralda Enrique, amongst many others.

Additionally, Derek is an Orff and Kodaly certified music instructor. Currently, he is on faculty at the Humber College Community Music School, and facilitates hand drum circles and workshops across Canada. For more info, please visit: www.derekgray.ca.


A Journey to the Romantic’s Vienna
Sarah Marie Kramer, soprano &
Carl Philippe Gionet, piano

Thursday September 28, 2017 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students

Canadian soprano Sarah Marie Kramer and pianist Carl Philippe met many years ago in Vienna. For many years they have been collaborating together, performing mainly in Austria and the Netherlands. For the first time, they will present recitals together in Canada. This magnificent program, written by composers who lived and worked throughout the Romantic period of the imperial city of Vienna, is built around works for the dramatic soprano by Brahms, R. Strauss, Wagner, Wolf and Dvorak.

Program

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 collaborative piano professor and vocal coach for 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 such as the Heidelberg Akademie with Thomas Hampson, the Académie de Villecroze with Dalton Baldwin, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program and the Franz-Schubert-Institut among others. 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 www.cpgionet.com

‘’Canadian soprano Sarah Marie Kramer and her dramatic „Scena di Berenice“ was one of the most memorable recent concert experiences. Finally, a performance that gave me goosebumps!’' (Classical Music Austria)

Canadian soprano, Sarah Marie Kramer graduated with a Bachelor in English Literature and History from the University of Guelph, Canada. She then completed both a Bachelor and Master of Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Sarah Marie has appeared under the renowned direction of Richard Egarr, Masaaki Suzuki, Nigel North and Reinbert de Leeuw. International festival appearances include the Bayreuth Festival, Aldeburgh Easter Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Rouffiac Festival and Canada’s Elora Festival. As a recitalist she has performed alongside Maurice Lammerts van Beuren, Richard Egarr, Sholto Kynoch, Adam Johnson, Canada’s Christopher Mokrzewski and Carl Philippe Gionet.

Operatic roles performed include Contessa Almaviva (Mozart), Suor Angelica (Puccini), Amelia (Verdi), Dido (Purcell), Alcina (Handel) and Venus (Blow).

Solo performances have aired on the BBC (UK), CBC/SRC (Canada/Quebec) and ORF (Austria).

Sarah Marie’s voice is noted for it’s depth of colour and range. On stage, her performances are commended for their versatility, vulnerability and comic timing. ORF’s Barbara Rett exclaimed “ Sarah Marie is a rare soprano, with an thrilling low register. Audiences will only be excited to see more of her!...an outstanding artist’’ Currently mentored by the Wagnerian soprano KS Linda Watson, Sarah Marie is quickly embracing the repertoire of Wagner and R. Strauss. In the 2016 -2017 she performed in Vienna’s Musikverein, Mozarthaus and Konzerthaus. In the Summer of 2017, Sarah Marie was a Young Artist at the Bayreuth Festival.

Upcoming concert work includes Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berg’s Sieben Frühe Lieder. Sarah Marie will debut Vitellia (Mozart) and Agatha (von Weber) in her 2017 -2018 season. Sarah Marie is one of 16 singers to be selected to compete in The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition for Young Wagnerians in Denmark.

Originally from Guelph Ontario, Sarah Marie lives in Vienna, Austria.


Trio D'Argento

Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
$25/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Todd Yaniw, piano

Program

TRIO D’ARGENTO

Three virtuosi join together in the exciting group, Trio d'Argento. Sibylle, Peter and Todd bring a superb level of excellence to the performance of their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces, but combine this with a fun, relaxed and conversational atmosphere onstage.

The trio has firmly established itself in the Ontario chamber music scene in the past few years, playing to standing ovations and rave audience reviews for many series. In December 2014, the trio had its Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre and has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Midland, Orangeville, Gallery 345 Toronto and Brantford Musical Club concert series, at McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. They have also performed many times for Caledon Chamber Concerts and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society over the past few years.

Trio D'Argento has collaborated with First Nations composer and performer Barbara Croall, and is planning to follow up our highly-successful debut recording with members of the Canadian Brass with a disc that will showcase our strong commitment to Canadian music. Plans are also in the works for future tours abroad that will feature some of our ‘greatest hits’ from past Ontario engagements, as well as exciting new repertoire.

To that end the trio was recently selected by audition to present showcases to concert presenters at separate contact events in British Columbia and Manitoba. We also continue to develop our educational approach to introducing newer compositions, multi- media experiences and audience- building programs. The trio will be performing for the first time in Quebec in the fall of 2017, at La Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal, as part of an Ontario-Quebec tour, and is busy planning a BC tour for the fall of 2018.

From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these three brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and even saxophone, creating a wide and ever- changing array of sound colours, combined with Todd's powerful pianism. For more information please email: TRIODARGENTO@YAHOO.CA

SIBYLLE MARQUARDT, Flute

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.

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 faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners, as well she is 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

PETER STOLL, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Recent seasons’ solo and chamber highlights have included a Music Toronto recital with his ensemble Trio d’Argento, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. In 2013 Peter was flown to Tokyo, Japan to take part in the international Yamaha “Junior Original Concert” at Bunkamura Hall, and October 2014 saw a three-city tour of mainland China and Hong Kong as part of an exchange of composers and performers organized by the University of Toronto. He recently participated in a recording of re- imagined chamber music with members of the Canadian Brass, due for release in early 2016.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and “The Business of Music” at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also the Winds Discipline Specialist for the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and was the chief compiler of the 2014 Clarinet Syllabus. Peter is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country, and his website is www.peterstoll.ca

Todd Yaniw, Piano

Canadian pianist Todd Yaniw is a young artist praised for his “atmospheric contrast of poetry and power ... a hair-raising performance”. Since his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Mr.Yaniw has performed frequently in Alberta and Ontario; at festivals and venues including the Banff Centre for Music, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Koerner Hall. Mr.Yaniw has performed with the symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Guelph. Mr.Yaniw toured the Canadian maritime provinces as a soloist in February 2013, under the auspices of Debut Atlantic. Todd has been interviewed and broadcast on several occasions on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM. In December 2012, Todd recorded a one-hour program for the CBC as part of its NEXT series, a radio program at the Monte Carlo Opera House in Monaco, the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica, several concert halls in China and Italy, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St.James’s Piccadilly in London England and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. Yaniw’s debut CD “Todd Yaniw: Scriabin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin” was released on the Chestnut Hall Music label in September 2006. Todd’s extensive prize list includes Winner of the Roy Thomson Hall First Prize at the 2005 Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee’s TD National Piano Competition; two-time national winner of the Canadian Music Competition, as well as silver medalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition. Mr. Yaniw has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2010 and 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards.

Todd Yaniw was born in Edmonton, Alberta and his teachers include Michael Massey, Dr. James Parker, Professor James Anagnoson (The Glenn Gould School), and Dr. Jon Kimura Parker (Rice University). Mr. Yaniw completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Anton Nel. www.toddyaniw.com


Photography of Paul Pasmore and Don Rooke
Sunday September 24, 2017 from 2 - 8 pm


The Imperfect Art Song Recital
Lindsay Lalla, soprano & Tanya Paradowski, piano

Saturday September 23, 2017 at 6 pm; Doors open at 5:30pm

$25/15 (cash only); on line at imperfect2017.eventbrite.ca

Featuring the music of Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay Lalla is a coloratura soprano celebrating imperfection. Along with pianist Tanya Paradowski, the duo will perform works by Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay and Tanya are excited to share songs by Cecilia Livingston, a Toronto composer known for her vocal and choral music. You can find more of Cecilia’s work at www.cecilialivingston.com.

Sharing the stage are Susanne Farrow (clarinet), and Brian Farrow (vibraphone), for Christopher Cerrone’s “I Will Learn to Love a Person”. This cycle uses the poetry of Tao Lin to explore the milennial experience.

Lindsay Lalla, soprano
As a coloratura soprano, Lindsay’s past roles include Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Constance (The Sorcerer), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), and Saphir (Patience). As a singing teacher, Lindsay has been focusing on building her studio for the last decade. She is excited to now return to performing through celebrating imperfection.

Lindsay teaches classical and musical theatre voice lessons. Holding a M.Mus in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech, Lindsay specializes in the healthy singing voice. Working with the Voice Clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital, she rehabilitates singers with voice disorders.

Tanya Paradowski, piano
Tanya has been studying piano for almost 20 years, and has spent the last six working as a collaborative pianist across the GTA for various choirs, theatre groups, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. More recently she has taken up teaching, as well as vocal coaching. She has been praised for her skills in sight-reading, her natural musicality, and her ability to effortlessly follow any performer.

Susanne Farrow, clarinet
Susanne earned a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Western Ontario as a clarinet major. Since that time she has expanded her musical horizons by delving into musical theatre (Katisha in The Mikado, Iolanthe in Iolanthe and Tessa in The Gondoliers to name a few) and teaching kindergarten to grade 8 music for the TDSB.

Brian Farrow, percussion
Brian received his classical training as a percussionist at York University, while earning a BA in Physical Education. Since then, he has been an active member of the Toronto music scene and has performed with countless community bands, orchestras and musical theatre troupes. Most of his recent work has been focused on musical direction, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan with the St. Anne's Music and Drama Society.


The Art of the Piano: Florian Hoefner
CD Launch: “Coldwater Stories"

Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)

Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

“Mr. Hoefner is an articulate German-born pianist. [...] His new album, “Luminosity,” shows him to be a composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” - New York Times (USA)

“A harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory.” - Downbeat (USA)

Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer Florian Hoefner draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.

With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album ... that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.

A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.

Since 2014 Florian has also been active as a solo performer and has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall of unparalleled acoustics in Northern Germany and is inspired by the nature and landscape around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records. www.florian-hoefner.com


An Arraymusic and Gallery 345 presentation:
The Bozzini Quartet with Philip Thomas, piano

Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 8pm
$25/$10

Reserve tickets at: admin@arraymusic.com or info@gallery345.com

Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stephanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

Programme

Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion.This has led to over a hundred and eighty commissioned pieces, as well as close to three hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartetconcert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.

The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals and venues include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), Tsuda Hall (Tokyo), Musiekgebouw (Amsterdam), Présences (France), November Music (Netherlands), (Pays-Bas), Kortrijk (Belgique), Roulette (NY), Porgy&Bess (Vienne) and Other Minds (San Francisco) . To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s musical laboratories, the Composer’s Kitchen, Performer's Kitchen and Bozzini Lab, work to mentor and support new generations of composers and performers. The Bozzini Quartet records under its own label, the Collection QB, and can be heard regularly on European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, the Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007), the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009) and the 2014 Friends of Canadian Music Award.

Philip Thomas (b.1972, North Devon) specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connections.

He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage,Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. In recent years he has been particularly associated with the music of Christian Wolff, giving the world premiere of his Sailing By in 2014 and Small Preludes in 2009, the UK premiere of Long Piano (Peace March 11), having co-edited and contributed to the first major study of Wolff's music, Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff, published by Ashgate Publications in 2010, and currently recording all of Wolff's solo piano music for sub rosa. He is an experienced performer of John Cage's music, having performed the Concert for piano and orchestra with both Apartment House and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as most of the solo piano and prepared piano music, including a unique 12-hour performance of Electronic Music for piano

He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.

In recent years Philip has pursued a passion for freely improvised music, after significant encounters with the music of AMM and Sheffield-based musicians Martin Archer, Mick Beck and John Jasnoch. He has worked with improvisers in a variety of contexts and recently devised a programme of composed music by musicians more normally known as improvisers as well as others who have been influenced by improvisation in some form. This led to a CD release, Comprovisation, which featured newly commissioned works by Mick Beck, Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. Other CD releases include music by Martin Arnold, Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Jürg Frey, Bryn Harrison, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, Christian Wolff, as well as with improvisers Chris Burn and Simon H Fell.

Philip is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics).

In 1998 Philip was awarded a PhD from Sheffield University in the performance practice of contemporary piano music. Between 2000 and 2005, he was Head of the Sheffield Music School whilst pursuing an active performing and teaching career. He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is one of the Directors of CeReNeM, the University's Centre for Research in New Music. He continues to live in Sheffield, where he premieres the majority of his programmes, with his wife Tiffany and children Naomi and Jack.


Jazz at the Gallery: The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet

Saturday September 16, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only)
Purchase tickets in advance @ eventbrite.com

One of the top jazz quintets in Canada is set to perform music by award-winning pianist and composer Steve Holt. The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet is made up of a “who’s who” of jazz in Canada.

Piano: Steve Holt - Steve was a child prodigy starting to play the piano at the age of 4. Born in Montreal, he began his professional career at the age of 17 - self-taught - playing the clubs in and around Montreal. At the age of 22 Steve began formal music studies; he entered McGill University and graduated with in 1981 as McGill's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance. It was also during this period that Steve travelled regularly to New York to study piano with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983 he released his debut album which was nominated for a JUNO. Since that time, Steve has built an international reputation having performed with, among others, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak.

Trumpet: Kevin Turcotte - Kevin is recognized as one of Canada's major trumpet talents with an impressive list of recording and touring credentials. The more than 175 CD's he has played on range in style from folk legend Bruce Cockburn to opera star Measha Bruegergossman to Jazz great Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. He has garnered at least 20 Juno nominations bringing home the coveted prize 5 times. He is an integral part of Juno-nominated recordings Time Warp, Jayme Stone, Andrew Downing’s Great Uncles of the Revolution, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, and Barry Romberg’s Random Access. Turcotte has worked with hundreds of international luminaries, among them Tito Puente, Dave Holland, Kenny Kirkwood, Pat LaBarbera, Bill Grove, and Kenny Wheeler.

Saxophone: Kirk MacDonald - For over thirty years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including legendary artists like James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Jack DeJohnette, Harold Mabern, and Sonny Greenwich. Kirk has been nominated for a JUNO four times, and won the JUNO in 1999 for Best Mainstream Jazz Album. Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 24 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. Kirk’s most recent activities include the release of Family Suite (2008), an 11 part suite for jazz quartet on Romhog Records, and Songbook Vol. I (2009) – a collection of his compositions for jazz quartet, on ADDO Jazz Records, with Songbook Vol. II (2010). Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers.

Bass: Kieran Overs – Kieran is one of the top bass players in Canada. He has toured internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Carol Welsman and Emilie-Claire Barlow, among others, and has worked in Toronto with some of the legends of jazz, such as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, and Harold Mabern Jr. Kieran has been nominated three times as Best Bassist by National Jazz Awards of Canada.He was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist box set “Here and Now – A Celebration of Canadian Music “, produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995).

Drums: Terry Clarke - Terry Clarke is quite simply one of the world’s great drummers. In the 1970s Terry toured extensively in Japan and Europe with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great Oscar Peterson. He is an original member of Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, recording and touring with the world-acclaimed ensemble for 25 years. In 1985, seeking greater musical challenges, Terry moved to New York City to pursue an exclusively jazz-oriented career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Toots Theilemans, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, and Jim Hall, to list just a few. Terry has appeared on over 300 albums throughout his career. He was named Drummer of the Year from Canadian National Jazz Awards for seven years in a row, 2002 through 2008. His debut album as a leader won the 2009 JUNO and featured appearances by Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, and Greg Osby.


All That Glitters
Watson, Durie, Lim: Flute Trio
Darren Creech, piano

Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

There is something so hypnotic about all that shines and glitters. The refraction of light as it bounces off multi-faceted objects is both fascinating and seductive. This concert, presented in two very different halves, juxtaposes a short and shiny set of music for many flutes with a multidisciplinary solo piano set par Darren Creech.

Flutists Katherine Watson, Tristan Durie, and Terry Lim will be performing works by American Composer Steve Reich, Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, and Canadian flutist and composer Robert Aitken.

Pianist Darren Creech will then take the stage performing his show entitled Resilience, featuring works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Janacek, Scriabin, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Ginastera.

This unique dual concert experience is one not to be missed.

Bios

An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as “remarkably fresh and enticing” (Musical Toronto) and “full of ease, very convincing” (Yannick Nézet- Séguin). Engaging his audience through an emotional and immersive combination of queer theatre, captivating costumes, and glittery hair, he was the Keynote Performer at McGill University’s Music Graduate Symposium and was awarded the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose.

His multidisciplinary approach to the classical stage subverts expectations and takes his diverse audiences on an emotional journey. His unique solo performances have been described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective), as Darren designs the lighting, composes poetic interludes and styles his many wardrobe changes. As a collaborative artist and performer, he has worked with visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, as well as with FAWN Chamber Creative as pianist and co-creator of three new opéra-ballets.

Darren connects communities and organizations through his work. His McGill Keynote Performance was video broadcast live on CBC Music, and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto sponsored his award-winning performance at the queer art festival Nuit Rose. His partnership with the world’s first queer orchestra, Toronto’s Counterpoint Community Orchestra was called a “perfect fit” (Canadian Mennonite) in their Toronto première performance of Victor Davies’ celebrated “Mennonite Piano Concerto.”

An advocate of contemporary music, Darren frequently collaborates with innovative composers, having also premièred works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Wally Gunn and Norbert Palej, and was a guest artist at the Toronto Creative Music Lab. He gave the world-première performance and recording of James O’Callaghan’s JUNO-nominated “Isomorphia,” and toured it across the country with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

In addition to his work as a performer, Darren is also in demand as a panelist and workshop presenter to all ages, regularly sharing his experience and perspectives of carving his own path in the classical music world.

Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, Darren draws on his cross-cultural background to inform his unconventional approach to the stage. He holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Université de Montréal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently lives in Toronto.

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

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

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

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

Tristan Durie is an accomplished flautist who is very active as a performer and freelancer in Toronto. Recently he has performed with groups including The Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, SoundStreams and has cycled across Ontario with The Bicycle Opera Project to festivals including Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music and the Westben Festival.

Tristan has performed in masterclasses for many world-renowned flautists including, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, Mathieu Dufour, Lorna McGhee, Robert Aitken and Robert Langevin. He is the grateful recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowships, the 2010 James Craig Opera Orchestra Award as well as a CBC Radio Canada Galaxy Award.

He holds both a Bachelors & Masters of Music Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied flute with Leslie Newman & Douglas Stewart, and composition with Prof. Norbert Palej. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Flute Performance.

Described as “imaginative and magical”, Terry Lim is multifaceted flutist for musical risk taking and brilliant artistry. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with an international soloist, Lorna McGhee, at the University of British Columbia and completed his Master of Music degree at New York University with a renowned flutist, Bradley Garner. Terry was also a former faculty member at the UBC Summer Music Institute and New York University. Terry has performed in various music festivals and concert series across North America, including Ottawa International Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Centre, Redshift Society, Music on Main, New Music Edmonton and Pierre Monteux. He also has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, performing at the Chan Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegia Hall, DiMenna Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall.

As an energetic proponent for chamber and contemporary music, Terry has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for his music concerts of various styles and genres. He has worked closely with numerous composers and has given several world premieres. Terry is also a member of Toronto-based Ensembles, Thin Edge New Music Collective and Charm of Finches. Besides performing, he maintains a private flute studio, delivering weekly solo and chamber music lessons, adjudicates festivals across Canada and appears as guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels.


hear the art: Grand Piano Songs sung by a Charismatic Voice

Thursday September 14, 2017 at 8 pm; doors open at 7:15
Free; you can make a donation to two charities

The music will be new grand piano songs, music that really takes you places. Music that could become the new soundtrack to your life.

It sounds like this:

Dob Feldman is not a professional musician, but you will find him here on Thursday the 14th of September. He will try to play the new soundtrack to your life. Meagan Luchko is singing his songs. Dob Feldman hired a musician named Micah Dubinsky to play the hand drums during this concert. Micah kind of looks like Dob. Micah is like Dob's calm, patient, alter ego.

You could invite the friend you haven't seen in a while or the person you know who needs to get out more.

Everyone is welcome, everyone belongs, and we really hope you decide to come.

Micah Dubinsky is a percussionist, guitar player, keyboard player, and good soul.

Meagan Luchko is a charismatic young singer who performs with the Toronto All Star Big Band and several other ensembles.

Dob Feldman is a lawyer.


Louis De Nil, tenor & Helen Becque, piano

Sunday September 10 2017 at 3 pm
Pay what you can.

Join Tenor Louis De Nil and Pianist Helen Becqué for this Sunday afternoon recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” at Gallery 345. Schubert’s first true song cycle, this masterpiece is truly one of Schubert’s most beautiful works.

Tenor Louis De Nil is beginning his doctorate at the Royal College of Music, working with Prof. Natasha Loges in musicology. His research focuses on the influence of Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, and Antonio Salieri on Franz Schubert’s early lieder, and the stylistic transformation of lieder that took place in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Aiming to combine research and performance, he is also an accomplished tenor and recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at Western University studying with Torin Chiles. Louis first obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe with the McGill Savoy Society. He has completed the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) at VISI and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. During his time at Western, Louis performed with UWOpera, singing the roles of Gonzalve in of L’heure espagnole and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Louis’ true passion is research and performance of art song. He has performed two recitals with pianist Marianna Chibotar, including a performance of Winterreise in 2015, for which he was granted an Ontario graduate scholarship. He is currently looking forward to collaborating with pianist Helen Becqué for his 2017 Toronto recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” at Gallery 345.

A native of Belgium, Helen Becqué received both her bachelor and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the tutelage of Boyan Vodenitcharov. Subsequent solo studies led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler. Equally passionate about vocal repertoire, Helen also completed a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee School of Music, working in the opera division as well as with instrumentalists. Helen continued her studies in vocal accompanying with Helmut Deutsch and Fritz Schwinghammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, receiving a ‘Meisterklasse Liedbegeleitung’ diploma in 2010.

Currently Helen is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, teaching Lieder and Song Interpretation classes in the Voice Studies department. Additionally, she serves as a coach and collaborative pianist for vocal students at both the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.


Rezonance Baroque Ensemble presents
More Harpsichord

Sunday June 25, 2017 at 3 pm; Pre-concert lecture at 2:30pm
$25 (cash at the door); $20 online here; $10 children under 12

Pity the harpsichordist. Whether working diligently at playing from two staves, harmonizing all the chords from a ground-bass line, and improvising to keep all the parts in line, he's still banished to the back of the ensemble. And it's not like he can perform on his own, either. While there's plenty of great music written for solo harpsichord, most of it is either written to be published and placed in the desk or just played at home, not in public. Maybe some harpsichordists finally got sick of it and wrote some music that they could show off, because in the mid-Eighteenth Century, Bach, Rameau, JC Bach, and Armand-Louis Couperin all wrote chamber pieces where the harpsichordist finally takes charge and shows the audience what he can do. Rezonance will be letting harpsichordist Dave Podgorski out to play and display his skills on the keyboard as we present sonatas by these composers, including Rameau's dazzling Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts. You'll never think of the harpsichord the same way again!

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
@rezonancebaroq

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. www.soundcloud.com/david-podgorski

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, Nota Bene Baroque Players (Waterloo), Ottawa Baroque Consort and more. 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.

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.


Payadora Tango Ensemble

Friday, June 16 2017 at 8 pm
$25 / $15 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.

www.payadora.com


Saskatchewan Art Songs
Mike Angell, piano, Andrea Ludwig, soprano

with Patricio Gonzalez, mixed media, and other artists

Friday June 9, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Seniors/Students (Cash only)
Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

PROGRAM:

Robert Ursan:
Song for the Earth at Night
(poetry of Walt Whitman)

Robert Ursan:
Liebe und Verlust - a 7 song cycle of love and loss
(various poets)

David McIntyre:
3 songs of Tom Moore

Elizabeth Raum:
The Passing (poetry of Emily Dickinson)
River of Life( words by Elizabeth Raum)

Thomas Schudel:
There's a Certain Slant of Light
There Came a Wind like a Bugle
My Life Closed Twice before it's Close
(poetry of Emily Dickinson)

Robert Ursan:
Vier Rilke Lieder
(poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke)

Special Exhibition of original artwork by Patricio Gonzalez, depicting The Blind Man, The Dwarf, The Drinker, and The Idiot 

Since 1989, Mike Angell has been a freelance educator, musician and researcher, in both Canada and Argentina. His performances have been broadcast numerous times, featuring a broad range of music, both popular and classical. A fluent speaker of French and Spanish, Mike has tried his luck at many other languages and hopes eventually to learn at least two more; cooking, medical research and italic handwriting are his main passions outside of music.

Originally from a farm in Northeast Saskatchewan, Mike did his undergraduate degree at the Université de Montréal in music performance and went on to do graduate and postgraduate work in Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Buenos Aires, in music performance, pedagogy and musicology. He has worked at the University of Regina, University of Alberta, Mount Royal University and the Conservatorio Thibaud-Piazzini (Buenos Aires).

From 2006-2009, Mr. Angell lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained under Maestro Sergio Tulián, the author of “El Maestro de Canto”. Although up to that point primarily self-taught, Tulian’s technique helped to transform his voice rapidly, helping Mike to find his true range, and to understand that vocal technique can and should be taught without constant reference to style and genre. As a vocal coach and accompanist, he had the privilege of working with the students of internationally acclaimed Maestro Horacio Amaurí; with the maestro himself – a dramatic baritone – he worked through major French Song repertoire, as well as Lieder by Richard Strauss, and scenes from opera. Mike’s partnership with the iconic baritone Gui Gallardo, on archive recordings of Wolf, Brahms and Grieg, has been perhaps the most rewarding musical experience of his career to-date. Through many hours of discussion, Mike was able to glean a life’s worth of pedagogical and musical insight from these three men.

Also during his time in Argentina, Mike Angell began studying the Aberastury bodywork technique, which is a practice he now incorporates into his performances and teaching. At the same time, he was attending doctoral seminars at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and doing independent research on music, cognition, economics and psychology. He was also fortunate to teach both English and French, expanding his pedagogical practice beyond music. Alongside these activities, Mike was artistic director and pianist for the Festival Internacional Grieg (2007), held at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, which helped to solidify his reputation abroad as both a musician and disciplined, creative thinker.

Since returning to Canada in the spring of 2009, he has worked with many classical singers on cycles of Spanish song, German Lieder and many excerpts from late Romantic and early 20th century opera. He continues to study voice with Frances Ginzer and Uwe Dambruch, under whose guidance he has explored the Heldentenor repertoire. Mike is currently preparing new repertoire for upcoming performances and recordings, in both the classical and world music genres, wearing several different hats: producer, pianist and singer. From 2012-2016, Mr. Angell had the pleasure of running a performing arts program in a high school in Fort McMurray, AB, commuting from his home base in Vancouver. In the summer of 2016 Mike Angell traded his beloved Davie Street and English Bay, for Greektown and The Danforth in Toronto, where now resides with his husband, visual artist Patricio Gonzalez, and their two orange cats.

"Andrea Ludwig's two performances, one right after the other, in Tantrika and Amente Nufe, were a tremendous tour de force of powerful vocalization, beautiful singing, and expressive acting." (Robert Harris, Globe and Mail)

"Ludwig, with her warm voice and unpretentious musicality, neither over dramatic or inexpressive, but intuitive and brimming with her complete mastery of meaning, born of a profound understanding of the text, overwhelmed us with astonishment." (Stephen Pedersen, Halifax Chronicle)

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

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

Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera’s projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs, as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer’s Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and Toronto in June 2014. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings’ production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba (The Wedding) that had it’s world premiere in Toronto in June 2011. She reprised the role of Nada in France, Serbia and Ireland in 2012; at Edmonton Opera and Philadelphia Opera in 2013; at the prestigious Festival D’Aix en Provence in 2015, and at San Francisco Opera in 2016.

Ms. Ludwig’s commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. She made her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011 in R. Murray Schafer’s “Adieu, Robert Schumann” and made a return in 2013 for a tribute concert to Peter Lieberson in which she sang his “Neruda Songs.” More recently, Andrea performed eight orchestrated Schubert lieder with Symphony Nova Scotia, including one newly-arranged by Canada’s own Brian Current.  A live concert recording has just been released this past January and is available for purchase at www.symphonynovascotia.ca/shop/

She has performed works of Canadian composers John Plant and Monica Pearce with The Talisker Players, Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Kindred Spirits Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick and Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Amadeus Choir of Toronto and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus; Mozart’s Requiem with the Thunder Bay Orchestra; and Beethoven’s 9th with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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


The Art of the Piano: Robert Silverman plays Beethoven and Chopin

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $30 (Cash only at the door)

Reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

"One could only marvel at a performance of such thorough conviction. Surely he is one of the country's finest pianists." (Toronto Star)

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)

I: Allegro con brio
IIa: Introduzione: Adagio molto
IIb: Rondo: Allegretto moderato

Intermission

Fréderic Chopin

Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54

Robert Silverman, piano

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

Robert Silverman's discography includes over 30 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely- acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. An integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an album of late Chopin works on the Isomike label is due for release this year.

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

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

Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where the generous selection of his recordings has been heard by well over 50,000 listeners. Many of his recordings are available for download on iTunes, amazon, and cd baby. Visit him online at robertsilverman.ca.


Une soirée musicale:
A Benefit Concert for BLUME Haiti

Featuring members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and friends

Monday June 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$25 on-line at blumehaiti.org or cash at the door

All proceeds from this concert benefit BLUME Haiti, supporting music education programs throughout  Haiti.

Program

Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 71 (1919)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Duo (1955) for Oboe and Bassoon

Emmanuel Chabrier 1841-1894)
L'Invitation au Voyage (1870) for Voice, Bassoon and Piano

Albert Roussel (1869-1937)
Duo (1925) for Double Bass and Bassoon

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Biographies

Sarah Jeffrey joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe in the 2005-2006 season. A Toronto native, Sarah is an active recitalist, and chamber musician, making frequent guest appearances with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. She is a guest soloist with numerous orchestras. In May 2008, Ms Jeffrey performed Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with James Ehnes, as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra season. 

Sarah is on the faculties of the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running and yoga, cooking, baking, traveling, and of course, reed-making. She is married to TSO horn player, Gabriel Radford, and they live in Toronto with their children Evelyn and Aidan.

The Washington Post has described soprano Adria McCulloch as “World-class”. Originally from rural Alberta, Adria holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. She has performed the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Gluck’s Armide, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Susan in Allan Bell’s Turtle Wakes, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Anaman in Opera Erotiquewith Out of the Box Productions. She is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists as well as Opera Lafayette’s Young Artist program in Washington DC. Adria recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s Armide for the Naxos label and performed the role of Naiad in Gluck’s score at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Adria has performed with The Regina Philharmonic Chorus, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Concert Orchestra. 

Adria is the Musical Director and performer for My Virtual Dream, a critically acclaimed international art and science installation, powered by The Virtual Brain technology. Adria resides in Saskatchewan...mostly, where she’s in demand as a master class clinician and music festival adjudicator, and teaches singing to everyone from medical students to superstars. 

Pianist Christina Faye performs with a vast number of instrumentalists, singers, orchestras, chamber groups, theatre and opera productions, as well as being an active teacher and solo performer.  Christina has held collaborative pianist positions at several major summer music programs, including Opera Nuova, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Christina has collaborated with innovative production team Out of the Box Productions for 'Sound in Silence' and was music director for 'Opera Erotique.’

Currently she is the music director at Christ Church Scarborough Village, and accompanist for the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, in addition to her work as collaborative and solo pianist. Christina is a member of the dynamic and successful 'Yegada Piano Trio' with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and violinist Edwin Huizinga, and piano/vocal duo 'Seirínes' with acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch.

When not performing, she teaches a small number of private students, volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society and experiments baking vegan desserts!

Bassoonist Samuel Banks joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2009.  He has performed as a soloist or guest bassoonist with numerous ensembles in Canada and the US.  Some of his most meaningful work has been performing outreach concerts for thousands of public elementary students in Chicago, Indianapolis and Toronto. He runs and occasionally cooks.

Principal bass player with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Beecher has performed with numerous orchestras and festivals including the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Beecher is also a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He tours frequently with the Ensemble, performing in the major venues of North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Beecher has participated as a mentor along with other members of the Silk Road Ensemble in the Weill Institute Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie Hall. He appears on the most recent Silk Road Ensemble's album, Off the Map.

He currently serves on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto.  Mr. Beecher recently composed and produced music for an internationally broadcast television show entitled Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe. He plays on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri made in Brescia, Italy in 1690.


Classic Jazz at Gallery 345
Carl Bray Trio - Featuring Geneviève Marentette - "Celebrating Oscar Peterson”

Carl Bray, piano; Mark Godfrey, bass; Will Fisher, drums; Geneviève Marentette, voice; Hosted by Céline Peterson

Saturday June 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 @the door (cash only), students $10

Purchase tickets online
or reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com
Gift tickets available - for arts patrons that cannot attend will be given to fellow artists or arts workers.

A classic jazz piano trio performing music from the golden era of jazz. A mix of fresh original compositions that pay homage to the iconic trios of the 40's - 60's, and the best selections from the Great American songbook. Their sound is a high-energy, dynamic conversation between three great musicians. Featuring one of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists Geneviève “Gigi” Marentette singing selections from the Oscar Peterson catalogue, and hosted with anecdotes by Céline Peterson. carlbraytrio.com

Biographies

Genevieve Marentette - “This fresh jazz singer puts as much originality into her covers of the newer repertoire as she does the standards from long ago. With the most minimal of backing, she makes all of this material exciting.” So says CBC Radio’s Mark Rheaume about “Gigi,” the latest recording by GENEVIEVE ‘GIGI’ MARENTETTE which features original compositions as well standards by the likes of Mal Waldron and Fred Coots, and a deliciously peppy take on “Put on a Happy Face” which has been heard on CBC, JAZZ.FM91 and around the world where her fan base extends.

Coming from a musical family, Genevieve’s first word was “song” and she has been a professional vocalist since the age of 5. As a teen she seasoned in clubs and casinos in Detroit and Windsor while studying voice at Walkerville-WCCA Performance Arts High School. She is a graduate of Humber College’s music program and spent 8 years singing in Asia and Europe. Now in Toronto she is a producer of concerts, philanthropic events, and the Kensington Market Jazz Festival.

“Geneviève Marentette is a dynamic performer who knows how to get the most out of her instrument and every performance from her is different and more brilliant than the last.” - Céline Peterson of Social Legacy

“She is, to me, the perfect balance of fragile beauty and a burning intensity that makes her and her music irresistible.” - Don Thompson (Juno winning multi-instrumentalist, Order of Canada)

genevievemarentette.com

Carl Bray - Oscar Peterson Award winner, Carl Bray was named one of Canada’s rising star pianists by CBC Radio. He has had the privilege of performing for the Governor General of Canada, and shared the stage with Don Thompson, Terrance Blanchard and Chris Potter. Bray recently returned to Toronto after graduating with honours from UCLA’s Film Composition program. His compositions reveal a strong appreciation of the classic eras of jazz and the exciting world of film music. Mr. Bray has recently been invited to speak and perform at The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada as part of a panel alongside luminaries such as Margaret Atwood.

Mark Godfrey - Hailing from rural Southwestern Ontario and now based in Toronto, bassist Mark Godfrey has emerged as one of the new faces of Canadian jazz. Awarded the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014 along with his ensemble Pram Trio, his work as a co-leader, bassist, and composer has garnered international recognition. Mark has performed as a feature artist at jazz festivals across Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Rimouski.

Will Fisher - Nova Scotia born, Toronto-based drummer, Will Fisher has been named a “bright light on the cusp of a great career” by CBC Radio. He holds a Masters of Music from the University of Louisville, which he received on full scholarship as a member of the Jamey Aebersold International Masters Quartet. Mr. Fisher has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. As leader, his debut album Portage was nominated for ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year.

"Mr. Bray’s compositions are as soul quenching as the past and as wishful as the future. Performed with such captivating passion and interplay that I love to see and hear.
- Geneviève “Gigi” Marentette


Westwood Concerts presents
Hearing Double

Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20; $15 Student (Cash at the door)

On-line at Bemusednetwork.com


PASTORALE
An Opera Scenes concert in support of Forests Ontario

Thursday May 25, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $20 Seniors/Students

Nature has always been a source of inspiration for some of the greatest composers, and has had a profound influence on music. In recognition of what nature has given to music, on May 25th, we will give back to nature. "Pastorale", a concert of some opera's most famous and beloved scenes and arias, will be held at Gallery 345 in support of Forests Ontario. Holly Chaplin (soprano), Meagan Larios (mezzo-soprano), Patrick Jang (tenor), and Diego Català (baritone) will perform selections by Verdi, Thomas, Massenet, Strauss, Offenbach, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.

Proceeds will help to support Forest Ontario's tree planting initiatives. Charitable receipts available for donations.


The Art of the Piano: David Six
Between the Stations

Saturday May 20, 2017 at 8 pm
$20

„Between the Stations“ is how the Austrian pianist David Six calls his new project. The solo artist presents compositions all written on the road.

The idea is simple: At every single recital, he presents one new piano piece that has been inspired by and written at the very same place: Music, written in hotel rooms or at train stations, on planes or simply on stage. Pieces that are named after their place of birth.

By the end of this year, David Six seeks to have drawn a kind of musical-geographical map. Places of this year's tour like Paris, Teheran, New Delhi, New York, Nairobi, Berlin, Vienna, London or Shanghai are part of David Six’ sonic form of cartography.

Inspired by traveling and longing for a new challenge, the idea of composing „Between The Stations“ was born. David Six also uses on-stage-composing-methods, often including spontaneous ideas of his audience. Piano grand master
Misha Alperin commented admiringly: "David’s sense for integration and organic unity of composition and improvisations is simply incredible!“

Experience accumulated during his studies of Classical Music, Jazz & Improvisation and Classical Indian Music come in handy in this project.

David Six was born in 1985 in Vöcklabruck, Austria. He studied Classical Piano as well as Jazz and Improvisation in Linz and Vienna. Further studies in 2010 in New York with Ellery Eskelyn, Aaron Parks and Fabian Almazan made very important contributions to his musical development. Since 2012 he studies classical Indian percussion with Manickam Yogeswaran in Berlin and Pandit Shailendra Mishra in Delhi, India.

His musical collaborators include classical soloists as well as outstanding jazz and pop musicians from all over the globe: Shara Worden, Woodkid, Daníel Fridrik Böðvarsson, Bill Frisell, Mira Lu Kovacs, Laura Winkler’s Wabi-Sabi Orchestra, Stargaze & André de Ridder, Morris Kliphuis, Terry Riley, Lisa Hannigan, Andrej Prozorov, David Six’ Matador, Ilya Alabuzhev, Matthias Ruppnig, Wanja Slavin, Nora Fischer, Dach, Alexi Murdoch, Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü), Aart Strootman, and many more... 


Trio Corventano: The Art of the Flute
Dakota Martin, flute, Thomas Beard, cello, Philip Chiu, piano

Friday May 19, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Program

Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano Opus 63, Carl Maria von Weber

Trois Aquarelles, Par un clair matin, Soir d’automne Serenade Phillippe Gaubert

Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano H. 300, Bohuslav Martinu

From Wingham, Ontario, Thomas Beard has performed across Canada, parts of the USA and Europe in various capacities. Notable highlights include playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2009 and 2010), winner of the Stratford Concerto Competition (2011) and the McGill Chamber Music Competition (2014), and being a founding member of ensemble Verisimo.Thomas Beard is currently pursuing Masters studies at McGill University under the tutelage of Yegor Dyachkov.

Originally from Perth, Ontario, Dakota Martin recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, UK. As an orchestral musician, Dakota has performed with the National Arts Center Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, LʼOrchestre de la Francophonie, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. During his time in London, Dakota also had the opportunity to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of their Pathways internship program.

In addition to his orchestral pursuits, Dakota is an avid soloist and chamber player. A prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, he also appeared as a soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra. Also passionate about period instrument performance, Dakota has studied baroque flute with Rachel Brown and taken part in Tafelmusikʼs Winter Institute.

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).


From Sea to Sea
A Celebration of Canada 150 in Poetry and Music

Friday May 12, 2017 at 8 pm
Free Admission


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 Pietato the dazzling coloratura of Da tempeste. OPERA MAGAZINE

the best of the bunch, Christina Haldane, had sadly little airtime as Quiterias 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.

Biography

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
TRIO INCONTRO

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

PROGRAM

Antonin Dvorak
“Dumky” Trio, Op.90
I movement
Lento Maestuoso-Allegro quasi doppio movimento-Lento Maestuoso-Allegro-Poco Adagio-Vivace non troppo

Leos Janacek
Pieces from On an Overgrown Path
Piano solo

Manuel de Elías
Página Elegiaca
Homerica

Manuel Enríquez
2 movement from Sonatina
Cello solo

Paulina Derbez
Reflections of the Moon for violin and voice

Intermission

Manuel M. Ponce
Trio Romántico
Scherzo
Allegro Energico

Frederic Chopin
Trio in G Minor Op. 8
Adagio
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.

For more information please contact: info@paulinaderbez.com or annette@annettegaffney.com


Deep Salt Water: Launch Party
Marianne Apostolides

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!

The night will feature artwork by Catherine Mellinger and Melanie Gordon; hors d'oeuvres by Carole Ferrari; music by Meg Contini; and a reading from Deep Salt Water.


Accidental Etudes
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)

Program

Part I

"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)

Part II

"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

Program

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

-Intermission-

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

Biographies

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.

www.schubertnow.ca | www.operaworkshop.ca


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

Program

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 Gilliam
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 Romano
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.

Cheryl O
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
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 Story
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.

Program

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.”

Judith Owen

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.

Website: www.judithowen.net Twitter: twitter.com/judithowen
Facebook:  facebook.com/officialjudithowen


The Art of the Piano: Sheng Cai

Saturday April 1, 2017 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student (cash at the door)

Program

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

Allegro
Adagio
Allegro assai

Humoresque Op.20 - Robert Schumann

Intermission

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

Program

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”
Adagio sostenuto
Allegretto
Presto agitato

Intermission

J. S. Bach

Overture in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831
Ouverture
Courante
Gavotte I
Gavotte II
Passepied I
Passepied II
Sarabande
Bourrée I
Bourrée II
Gigue
Echo

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


Gyorgy Kurtag

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.

Program

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
$20/$10 Students

Program

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

intermission

Max Bruch (1838- 1920) Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano Op. 83

Biographies

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.

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From the Black Sea to Paris

Wednesday March 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20; $10 Student

Westwood Concerts Presents


Program

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
II. Allegro
III. Moderato

Charles Alkan - Le Festin d’Esope

Claude Debussy - Lisle Joyeuse

Gabriel Faure - Berceuse Op 60

Intermission

Maurice Ravel - Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure

Darius Milhaud - Suite Op. 157b

I. Ouverture
II. Divertissement
III. Jeu
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
$25/$15 student

Program

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
- Julia Wedman

Adagio
Fuga (Allegro)
Siciliana
Presto

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
- Michelle Odorico

Allemanda
Corrente
Sarabande
Tempo di Borea

Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
- Patricia Ahern

Grave
Fuga
Andante
Allegro

Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
- Valerie Gordon

Allemanda
Corrente
Sarabanda
Giga
Ciaccona

Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
- Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith

Adagio
Fuga
Largo
Allegro assai

Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
- Aisslinn Nossky

Preludio
Loure
Gavotte en rondeau
Menuet I
Menuet II
Bourrée
Gigue

Biogaphies

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.

www.soundcloud.com/david-podgorski

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

Program

Three Transcriptions - Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)

Aria with 30 Variations (“Goldberg”) - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Aria
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
Little Fugue
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

Biography

"...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.

Program

From SXIX: Ignacio Cervantes
Invitacion
Homenaje
Improvisada
Tres Golpes

From SXX: Ernesto Lecuona
Afrocuban Dances
Conga de Medianoche
Danza Negra
Danza de los Ñañigos
La Comparsa

Emilio Grenet:
Quirino Con su tres (Afro)
Yambambo(afro)

Eliseo Grenet:
Negro Bembon(son)
Songoro cosongo(son)

Frank Emilio:
Tony and Jesusito
featuring Jane Bunnett

Dánae Olano:
Mother
Guajira Blues
Good Moments
Sabroso

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
$25/$15 Student

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.

Program

Biographies

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.

Biogaphies

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.

BRYAN HOLT

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 BELLAVITI

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

PROGRAM

  1. Ludwig van Beethoven – Bruce Gooch
    Claude Debussy – Lynn Vogt
  2. Images, Book II (1907) Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

    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)

  3. Sonata in C minor, Opus 111 (1822) L. Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    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).

Bookings and information: 867 633-4806 danieljanke@northwestel.net
Centrediscs: Allegra Swanson 416-961-6601 x304 aswanson@musiccentre.ca


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

Programme:

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.

An autobiography

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

Program

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
$20/$10 student

Program

Frank Bridge - Meditation and Spring Song

Ralph Vaughan-Williams - 6 Studies in English Folk Songs

Britten - O Waly, Waly

Britten - Sonata in C

---intermission---

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
$20/PWYC

Programme

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
$20/$10 Student

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!

Elixir Ensemble
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.

PROGRAM

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

Intermission

Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in E minor Op. 5, No. 2, P. Locatelli
Elixir Ensemble

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.


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