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Music and Poetry
Dina Duisen, piano
Rob Heaps, actor 

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Domenico Scarlatti 
Sonata in F sharp minor, K.25
Sonata in G major, K.201
Paired with Basil Bunting

Sergei Rachmaninov 
Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3 No.2
Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12
Paired with Alexander Pushkin and Ivan Bunin (in Russian)

Frederic Chopin
Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4
Mazurka in B flat major, Op.7 No.1 
Paired with Victor Hugo (in French)

Ludwig van Beethoven 
Appassionata, Op.53 Third movement 
Paired with Lord Byron

Dina Duisen was born into a family of musicians in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She studied there and in the USA before completing a Master of Arts Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, London. 

She is a major prize winner at many piano competitions, including the 29th International Piano Competition in Senigallia, Italy, the Shabyt International Competition, the National Competition of Kazakhstan and the International Musician of 21st Century Competition. Dina has also participated in a number of music festivals in Europe, the USA and Asia, including IMS Masterclasses and Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, the Rome Music Festival and the Oxford International Piano Festival. Twice, Dina was one of eight pianists selected to participate in Sergei Babayan’s International Piano Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dina gave the Asian premiere of ‘Mazurkas’ by British composer Thomas Adès. She has been the resident class pianist at IMS Prussia Cove and Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. Last year, Dina joined Sinfonia Cymru for Twisted Rhythms: Mark Anthony Turnage Birthday Concert at the Vibrato Festival. She was invited to join the Mercury Quartet for a concert at the George Enescu Festival. Dina has performed at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, at Milton Court as well as the 20th Anniversary Concert of the Oxford Festival. In October, 2018 she made her debut at Cadogan Hall in a dramatised Concert ‘Byron: Angel and Outcast’ at Cadogan Hall with actors Simon Russell Beale and Rob Heaps. 

Dina has released her solo album, ‘Mazurkas from Chopin to Adès’ which was recorded at Kings Place with the Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Keener. 

Rob Heaps read Russian and French at Cambridge before training as an actor at Russian State Institure of Performing Arts in St Petersburg and LAMDA. He has performed at leading theatres across the country, including The National Theatre, Harold Pinter theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, Chichester Festival Theatre, and in various productions for BBC and ITV including And Then There Were None and Home Fires. He is best known for his roles as Ezra Bloom in the US TV show, Imposters

Theatre: While the Sun Shines(Theatre Royal Bath), Another Place(Plymouth Theatre Royal), Pioneer(Curious Directive/Norwich Theatre), King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM), Pride and Prejudice (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), South Downs/The Browning Version (Harold Pinter Theatre), Missing (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Changeling(Southwark Playhouse), The Browning Version (Chichester Minerva Theatre), Wittgenstein (Riverside Studios), Ivan the Terrible (London Symphony Orchestra), Unrestless (Old Vic Tunnels), Dexterity (Theatre 503), Much Ado About Nothing (Neuss Globe Theatre), The Notebook of Trigorin (Finborough), Warm (Vinterlys Festival at Nordland Theatre), Eider Latimer is in Love (Arcola Theatre), Shoot/Get Pleasure/Repeat: The Odyssey(National Theatre), Dracula (Black and White Rainbow), Mozart & Salieri (Brickhouse Theatre).  

TV & Film: Dare Me, Imposters (2 series), Death in Paradise, Home Fires. And Then There Were None, Doctors, Gothic - A Dark and Stormy Night, Life in Squares, What Remains, Law & Order UK, Bright Star. 

Jazz at the Gallery
An Evening with Robi Botos and Tim Ries

Friday, June 28, 2019 at 8 pm
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ROBI BOTOS has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Born of Romani descent in Hungary, Robi taught himself first to play drums as a young child, and got his first taste of being a professional musician working throughout Budapest. When he turned 20, Robi decided to move his wife and children to Canada to further pursue the career he was born for. Now 20 years later, Robi has solidified himself as one of the most sought-after pianists in the country, and holds 2 JUNO Awards, as well as countless global prizes including the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Award, and 2 nominations in the Canadian Screen Awards.

In 2018, Robi released a brand-new record that pays homage to his Hungarian upbringing, the early days of his career, and the music that he has dedicated his life to. “OLD SOUL” sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, gospel and more!), but he also plays on a number of different instruments including the Harpejji. Robi is joined by some familiar faces such as longtime collaborators Mike Downeson bass and Larnell Lewison drums, as well as Seamus Blake on saxophone. Also joining them for the first time is Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), Ingrid Jensen, and Lionel Loueke). Robi’s ability as a composer is (once again) highlighted on this record with a majority of the tracks being his original material. “Old Soul” pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. This record makes you feel like you have a personal connection with one of the most diverse and eclectic artists of our time. Robi is the 2019 JUNO Award-winner for Jazz Album of the Year: Solo for OLD SOUL.

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, producer and educator Tim Ries received degrees from both The University of North Texas (BM) and The University of Michigan (MM). He has had a unique and varied career, which began in 1983 with the great Maynard Ferguson. Tim moved to New York City in 1985 and since that time his performing and recording credits include a who’s who of jazz, rock, pop and world music icons: The Rolling Stones from 1999 to the present, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Donald Fagen, Michael Jackson, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rod Stewart, Lyle Lovette, and jazz greats Red Garland, Donald Byrd, Hank Jones, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Chico Hamilton, Michael Brecker, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, Al Foster, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Bela Szakcsi Lakatos and Maria Schneider. 

Tim was a member of the Prism Saxophone Quartet from 1993-2003. He has released 9 CDs as a leader. His last two discs, Tim Ries Quintet and Tim Ries Quintet Vol II, are live perfomances at Smalls Jazz Club. In 2005 and 2008 respectively, he released The Rolling Stones Project (Concord) and Stones World (Sunnyside), both are his versions of Stones classics arranged in jazz and world music genres. Both CDs have drawn rave reviews across the globe. Some of the guest artists featured on these discs include: all four Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Milton Nascimento, Sara Baras, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Larry Goldings, Franck Amsallem, Eddie Palmieri, Brian Blade and Ana Moura. His latest colaborations are performing with the great flamenco dancer Sara Baras and with The East Gipsy Band from Budapest. Tim has taught saxophone and composition at The New School, Rutgers University, The City University of New York and The University of Toronto.

unQuartet Raw

Tuesay June 18, 2019 at 7:30
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unQuartet focuses on free improvisation, inspiring a new string quartet experience. They have collaborated with dancers, aerial artists, poets and painters to create beauty in interdisciplinary spontaneous creation. They draw the listener deeper into the music experience by performing original work never to be experienced again.

With violinist Meghan Cheng, violist Nelson Moneo and cellist Cheryl O connecting through the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity residencies, each of the members of unQuartet has traditional classical training with expansion into contemporary, jazz, improvisation and electronic music. Though originally a true string quartet of two violinists, a violist and a cellist, the sudden loss of their viola player encouraged them to reform and tighten the group to become an improvising trio, thus becoming even more an unQuartet. | Event on Facebook

The Art of the Piano: Ben Cruchley

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3 pm
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Francois Couperin: Selections from "Pieces de Clavecin"

Maurice Ravel: “Le Tombeau de Couperin”:

J.S. Bach Partita #3 in a minor

L.v. Beethoven Sonata #31 in A-flat major, op. 110

Acclaimed by the press for his “charismatic”, “very individual” and “always gripping” playing, Toronto-born pianist Ben Cruchley was awarded 2nd Prize at the International Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn, Germany (2015) and 3rd Prize and the prize for the Best Interpretation of a Major Work of Grieg at the International Grieg Competition in Bergen, Norway (2016). He has appeared in such notable venues as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna (Brahms-Saal), Roy Thompson Hall and the Richard Bradshaw Ampitheatre in Toronto, and the Troldsalen in Norway. Recent orchestral appearances include the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Narva Symphony Orchestra in Estonia, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied in Toronto with Marc Durand and Shoko Inoue, in Montreal with Dang Thai Son, and with Benedetto Lupo in Rome.

Ben is distinguished for the breadth of his musical experience. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Canadian Opera Company. He has considerable experience as an interpreter of contemporary music, notably as long-term member of the Ensemble Novecento in Rome. In addition to engagements as an improviser and orchestral arranger, he worked on many occasions as assistant conductor and repetiteur at Toronto's Opera Atelier. He attained proficiency on the cello, and, many years ago, even had a fine soprano voice.

Robi Botos: The Art of the Piano | Toronto

Friday May 31, 2019 at 8 pm  
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2019 JUNO Award-winner Robi Botos returns to Gallery 345 on Friday, May 31st! Don't miss what is sure to be an unforgettable evening of solo piano in one of the most beautiful and intimate listening rooms in Toronto. Special thanks to Yamaha Canada, who will be providing a beautiful C7x especially for this evening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2018, Robi is back with a brand-new record that pays homage to his Hungarian upbringing, the early days of his career, and the music that he has dedicated his life to. “OLD SOUL” sees Robi not only venturing into a number of different genres (jazz, funk, soul, gospel and more!), but he also plays on a number of different instruments including the Harpejji, which he was inspired to learn and incorporate into his sound by Stevie Wonder. Robi is joined by some familiar faces such as longtime collaborators Mike Downes on bass and Larnell Lewis on drums, as well as Seamus Blake on saxophone. Also joining them for the first time is Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Garrett) on the Hammond B3, Ingrid Jensen (Clark Terry, Maria Schneider, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Billy Taylor) on trumpet, and Lionel Loueke (Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Wayne Shorter) on guitar. Robi’s ability as a composer is once again highlighted on this record, with a majority of the tracks being his original material. “Old Soul” pays tribute to his homeland as he takes you down memory lane with visions of his childhood neighbourhood and through some of his favourite spots in his hometown. This record makes you feel like you have a personal connection with one of the most diverse and eclectic artists of our time. "Old Soul" was awarded the 2019 JUNO Award for 'Jazz Album of the Year: Solo'.

Coffee House 345 (Revisited)
A benefit concert for New Music Concerts

Thursday May 30, 2019 at 8 pm (Doors open at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $60 ($100 for two)

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A fond farewell to New Music Concerts from David Olds who is retiring after 20 years as general manager of the organisation.

In addition to several original compositions, David will sing a selection of songs from the following singer/songwriters: Willie P. Bennett; Tim Buckley; Leonard Cohen; Bob Dylan; Allan Fraser and Daisy DeBolt; Gordon Lightfoot; Van Morrison; Fred Neil; Paul Simon; James Taylor; Loudon Wainwright III; David Wiffen.

David will be joined by musical friends Sy Potma, Sheryl Keith, David Perlman, Robert Aitken and perhaps a few surprise(d) guests.

David Olds is known across Canada as a broadcaster, annotator and administrator specializing in contemporary music and its dissemination. In 1993, as a result of his work as producer and host of “Transfigured Night” at CKLN-FM, he was awarded the first Canadian League of Composers Award (now the Friends of Canadian Music Award) for his “exceptional commitment to Canadian Composers.” From 1994 until 1998 David was a classical music programmer at CJRT-FM and in 1999 he produced “Canadian Currents” for the Canadian Music Centre, a series of 52 radio programs that aired on CJRT. In addition to his duties as general manager of New Music Concerts, he is the editor of DISCoveries, WholeNote magazine’s CD review section. David was the original convener of the Toronto Coalition of New Music Presenters (now the Toronto New Music Alliance), is a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community and the Canadian New Music Network, has been a voting member of both the Canadian Music Centre and the Music Gallery and has served on the Toronto Arts Council’s Music Committee.

Less well known are David’s activities as a musician in his own right. Since receiving his first guitar at age 11 he has gone on to build a repertoire of more than 500 songs drawn from the folk, pop, rock, blues, R&B and alternative traditions. He is also an accomplished amateur cellist and plays in piano trios and string quartets with friends with repertoire spanning Mozart to Shostakovich. In recent years he has added 12-string and high-string guitars, mandolin and mandola to his collection of instruments, and looking forward to retirement activities, has acquired a 5-string banjo, an Appalachian dulcimer and a tiny accordion with the intension to stay busy in the coming years.

The Art of the Piano: James Giles

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 8 pm
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Waltzes Op. 39 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Nos. 1-4, 12-15

Sonata in B flat major D. 960 - Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Molto moderato
Andante sostenuto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza - Trio
Allegro, ma non troppo - Presto


Alt-Wien - Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)

The Enchanted Nymph - Mischa Levitski (1898-1941)

Papillons - Moriz Rosenthal (1862-1946)

Prelude Op. 61 No. 1 - Ignaz Friedman (1882-1948)

Minuet in G major Op. 14 No. 1 -Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941)

El Albaicin from Iberia - Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Navarra (completion by William Bolcom)

James Giles regularly performs in important musical centers in America, Europe, and Asia. In 2019 he tours Denmark, Taiwan, and China and performs recitals in Toronto, Paris, Naples, Budapest, and Manchester, England. US dates include recitals in Atlanta, Dallas, Tampa, Des Moines, Bloomington, IN, and Chicago. As a chamber musician he appears at the Tucson Chamber Music Festival and with the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Dempster Street Promusica in Chicago.

In an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literatures, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time. He has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, C. Curtis-Smith, Stephen Hough, Lowell Liebermann, Ned Rorem, Augusta Read Thomas, Earl Wild, and James Wintle. Most of these new works are featured on Giles’s Albany Records release entitled “American Virtuoso.” His recording of solo works by Schumann and Prokofiev is available on England’s Master Musicians label. He recorded John Harbison’s Horn Trio with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and recently released a recording with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic.

His Paris recital at the Salle Cortot in was hailed as “a true revelation, due equally to the pianist’s artistry as to his choice of program.” After a recital at the Sibelius Academy, the critic for Helsinki’s main newspaper wrote that “Giles is a technically polished, elegant pianist.” And a London critic called his Wigmore Hall recital “one of the most sheerly inspired piano recitals I can remember hearing for some time” and added that “with a riveting intelligence given to everything he played, it was the kind of recital you never really forget.”

He has performed with New York’s Jupiter Symphony (Alkan and Czerny); the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra in Queen Elizabeth Hall (Mozart and Beethoven); the Kharkiv Philharmonic in Ukraine (Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff); and with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Alice Tully Hall (Chopin). After his Tully Hall solo recital debut, critic Harris Goldsmith wrote: “Giles has a truly distinctive interpretive persona. This was beautiful pianism – direct and unmannered.” Other tours have included concerts in the Shanghai International Piano Festival; St. Petersburg’s White Nights New Music Festival, Warsaw’s Chopin Academy of Music; Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Salt Lake City’s Assembly Hall Concert Series, and in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, and the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre. He has given live recitals over the public radio stations of New York, Boston, Chicago, and Indianapolis. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with members of the National and Chicago Symphonies and with members of the Escher, Pacifica, Cassatt, Chicago, Ying, Chester, St. Lawrence, Essex, Lincoln, and Miami Quartets, as well as singers Aprile Millo and Anthony Dean Griffey.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Giles studied with Byron Janis at the Manhattan School of Music, Jerome Lowenthal at the Juilliard School, Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music, and Robert Shannon at Oberlin College. He received early career assistance from the Clarisse B. Kampel Foundation and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Italy with the legendary pianist Lazar Berman.

The pianist was the recipient of a fellowship grant and the Christel Award from the American Pianists Association. He won first prizes at the New Orleans International Piano Competition, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Competition. As a student he was awarded the prestigious William Petschek Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Arthur Dann Award at the Oberlin College Conservatory. He wrote for Piano and Keyboard magazine and has presented lecture-recitals at the national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, and Pi Kappa Lambda. He regularly serves on competition jury panels and has been conference artist for many state music teachers associations.

Dr. Giles is coordinator of the piano program and director of music performance graduate studies at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and during the summers is director of the piano program at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. He gives master classes and lectures at schools nationwide, including Juilliard, Manhattan, Eastman, Oberlin, Indiana, Yale, New England and has taught during the summers at the Gijon Piano Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Bowdoin, Brevard, Art of the Piano, Colburn, Interlochen, ARIA, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and the Schlern Festival in Italy. His classes internationally have occurred throughout China as well as at Seoul National University, the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), the Chopin Academy (Warsaw), the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and the Royal College of Music (London).

Ukrainian Art Song Project presents
Spring Salon
Contrasts in a Theme

Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7 pm
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Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Olesia Verzole, soprano
Taras Chmil, tenor
Robert Kortgaard, piano

"A good number of poems, Ukrainian and German, have proved to be favourites among Ukrainian composers, particularly Oleksandr Oles', Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka and Heinrich Heine. However, it's striking how each composer envisages the words. It's fascinating to hear the same text to radically contrasting music. Herein lies the wealth of classical art song; many ways to compose, many ways to interpret what appears to be the same thought. But, is it the same?.. Come and decide for yourselves."

Pavlo Hunka, Artistic Director

Jazz for Two: Decus Duo
Lucia Barcari, violin
Katya Khatsco, piano

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 pm
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 Photo Credit: Bo Huang

Works by G. Gershwin, C. Bolling, A. Kapustin, A. Piazzolla and F. Say

A co-founding member of Decus Duo, Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Committed to educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Ms. Barcari has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. An active orchestral musician for over twenty years, she has served as concertmaster for the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldovan National Music Competition. She immigrated to Canada in
1996 and became a Canadian citizen in 2000.

Prizewinner at the 2011 Knigge Music Competition at the University of British Columbia, Katsiaryna Khatsko is a versatile and imaginative musician continuously building her career as a rising concert pianist and chamber musician. Born in Belarus, Mrs. Khatsko started playing piano at an early age, participating in numerous concerts and competitions and taking home top prizes, including the city-wide Minsk music competition “Debut” in 1999, First Place in the Mikhail Glinka Concerto Competition at the Belarusian College of Music and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Minsk Music College Orchestra in 2005. She has studied with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, and Robert McDonald, completing her Master of Music in piano performance at the University of Toronto in 2014. Ms. Khatsko is an active performer and presenter of the chamber repertoire and is currently the Music Director at Dixie Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario.

Ugly Beauties

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.
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Exhilarating jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered recognition, including "Best Western Jazz Recording 2004" for her "Special Angel" duo with legendary guitarist Sonny Greenwich.

Lerner's work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She produced "Birds Are Returning", the first contemporary Canadian jazz recording to come out of Cuba, playing her compositions with greats Dafnis Prieto, Yosvanny Terryand Jane Bunnett.

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their fall 2006 European tour included the prestigious Wels XX Music Unlimited Festival in Austria. Marilyn also performs with Sonny Greenwich,the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, From Both Ends of the Earth, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher and Gerry Hemingway.
Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. Her audio art collages have been broadcast internationally. A recent commission by CBC in honour of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch's 100th birthday entitled "Meditations on Mitya" was performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in November 2006.

A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced "Romanian Fantasy", a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto, "Thin Air" (WIG)the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berloiz' Queen Mab Scherzo, "Luminance" (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques, "Special Angel" (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, and, with singer David Wall, "Still Soft Voiced Heart"(Traditional Crossroads), original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.

Lerner conducts workshops on improvisation and on Jewish music throughout North America, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Current projects include both a recording and performances of "Shake My Heart Like a Copper Bell", Lerner's contemporary Yiddish song cycle on the poetry of Anna Margolin, scored for piano, cello, clarinet and singer Adrienne Cooper, for which she received a Hadassah-Brandeis research award, ongoing collaborations with poet Patrick Friesen, a new trio project with cellist Matt Brubeck and drummer Nick Fraser and numerous solo concerts.

Matt Brubeck is a composer/performer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Classically trained, with a Master's in cello performance from Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories. He also plays piano and bass.

Presently residing near Toronto, Matt performs with an array of jazz and improvising artists. Projects include Stretch Orchestra, a trio with guitarist Kevin Breit and percussionist Jesse Stewart. Stretch Orchestra's eponymous CD won the 2012 JUNO Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year. Matt is also a member of Ugly Beauties (a trio with pianist Marilyn Lerner and drummer Nick Fraser). Their critically acclaimed CD Ugly Beauties was released on the Ambience Magnetique label in May 2009. The trio performed at jazz festivals across Canada that summer. Additionally, Matt performs with with jazz pianist David Braid as the duo Brubeck Braid, Their 2007 CD, twotet/deuxtet was nominated for both a JUNO award and a National Jazz award in 2008. Brubeck Braid has toured Australia, China, Ontario and Quebec.

"Matt Brubeck's facility with the instrument, bowing or plucking, seems to allow him to play whatever occurs to him." - Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

In the pop/rock world, Matt's eclectic adventures have included touring with the Dixie Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and the Indigo Girls, as well as performing and/or recording with Tom Waits, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie MacMaster, Tracy Chapman and others. During his many years in San Francisco, Matt collaborated with various musicians, including Ben Goldberg, Scott Amendola, Gino Robair, Myles Boisen, John Schott, and Pamela Z. He founded Oranj Symphonette, which recorded two CD's for Rykodisc and went on to play many of the major jazz festivals, from Monterey to Montreal. He worked for several years as composer and cellist/bassist with the San Francisco based Club Foot Orchestra, contributing to critically acclaimed scores for film and television. Alongside all his other musical endeavors, Matt continued to play classical cello and was a member of Kent Nagano's Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 1989-2003. In 2008, Matt participated in the Grammy award winning Songs of Joy and Peace project with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (video). Matt has enjoyed performing with a wide range of other musicians including Evan Parker, Carlos del Junco, John Geggie, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Pierre Tanguay, Anne Bourne, and David Mott.

Matt is on the music faculty at York University and Humber College. He teaches jazz strings, improvisation, composition, and leads various ensembles. (And, yes, he is the tallest son of Dave.)

"You are a fantastic cellist!" - Yo-Yo Ma

Nick Fraser has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1995. He has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of Canadian jazz and improvised music including Justin Haynes, Mike Murley, Rich Underhill, P.J. Perry, Phil Dwyer, Michael Snow, John Oswald, Andrew Downing, Jean Martin, Christine Duncan, Lina Allemano, Quinsin Nachoff, Dave Restivo, Jim Vivian, David Braid, Ryan Driver, David Occhipinti, William Carn, Nancy Walker, Kieran Overs, Kelly Jefferson, John Geggie, Scott Thomson, Marilyn Lerner, David Mott, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ron Samworth and Kirk MacDonald.

In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform and/or record with such international artists as Tony Malaby, Michael Moore, Bobby Shew, Donny McCaslin, Marilyn Crispell, Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis, David Binney, Steve Turre, Matt Welch, Bill Carrothers and Bill Mays. Nick’s recorded works as a leader include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013).

For 10 years, he co-led the co-operative group Drumheller with Brodie West, Rob Clutton, Eric Chenaux and Doug Tielli, who released four critically acclaimed CDs between 2005 and 2013. Other projects that occupy Nick regularly are Ugly Beauties (with Marilyn Lerner and Matt Brubeck), Peripheral Vision, the Lina Allemano Four and Titanium Riot.

Nick is a founding member of The Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto, a non-profit organization dedicated to the Toronto improvising community.

Fraser not so much plays the drums as hurls himself whole body and soul against skin and metal… truly talented.” - Bill Stunt, CBC Radio.

“The young Toronto drummer is perhaps a little too progressive for the hidebound Canadian scene… Fraser is a deft and sensitive percussionist with a hint of an enigmatic streak, a feeling for economical gestures, and an innate sense of form.” - Mark Miller, The Globe & Mail

“Fraser can swing hard when necessary, but he’s equally a colorist with all manner of unusual tricks up his sleeve. Placing cymbals on the drums and pushing on them while striking them created a sound akin to a water gongs. His brushwork was impeccable, asserting time while, at the same time, creating richer texture. His solos were clearly focused on the musical rather than macho displays of dexterity—though in order to do what he does, it’s clear that he possesses all kinds of technical facility.” - John Kelman, All About Jazz


Friday May 17, 2019 at 7 pm
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Enjoy refreshments while appreciating the paintings in detail and colour up close and personal with artist Mike Rockwood. Many of Rockwood’s works will be the foundation of the digital manipulations to be seen later in the program; seeing the stunning complexities and nuances of these works will be worth getting to the gallery early!

8pm   all-acoustic set with the Trio unQuartet

8:45-9:15 Intermission

9:15-10pm unQuartet with artwork+ projections, electronics
Special Guest Peter Lutek, bassoon + electronics
unQuartet focuses on free improvisation, inspiring a new string quartet experience. They have collaborated with dancers, aerial artists, poets and painters to create beauty in interdisciplinary spontaneous creation. They draw the listener deeper into the music experience by performing original work never to be experienced again.

This concert will combine the artwork of painter Mike Rockwood and the digital manipulations of Meghan Cheng, with improvisation from the trio. Large projections of artwork will be layered manually by digital manipulation of sound-activated colour, graphic, and rhythmic layers and textures, enfolding the audience with the marriage of improvised music and visual images. Projections of paintings, drawings and photography will be revealed and manipulated by sound and by the visual artist interlaced with the improvisations of the string trio and fuelled by the energy of the audience, unveiling instant compositions both visual and sonic. 

With violinist Meghan Cheng, violist Nelson Moneo and cellist Cheryl O connecting through the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity residencies, each of the members of unQuartet has traditional classical training with expansion into contemporary, jazz, improvisation and electronic music. Though originally a true string quartet of two violinists, a violist and a cellist, the sudden loss of their viola player encouraged them to reform and tighten the group to become an improvising trio, thus becoming even more an unQuartet.

Peter Lutek, Bassoon, reed instrumentalist specializing in improvised music

Nella Fantasia
Iris Rodrigues, soprano

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:30 PM
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Spend an evening wrapped in "Fantasy" with the talented soprano singer Iris Rodrigues, performing beautiful Italian classical music, opera arias, and crossover music. Guest performers are  award winning clarinetist Andrea Allini from Italy and pianist Brahm Goldhamer.

“When I heard Iris Rodrigues singing for the first time I right away fell in love with the beauty of her voice.” Dame Edith Mathis 

 Soprano Iris Rodrigues is in demand as a solo recitalist and orchestra singer. Her engagements include solo performances in Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War”; the Persian opera “Love, Wisdom and Human” at Roy Thompson Hall (sung in Farsi); and productions of Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Her prior engagements include performing a recital as part of a Concert series in Victoria, British Columbia; the featured soloist with Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra performing Zerlina, Verdi/Puccini arias, and the role of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. 

Ms. Rodrigues’ extensive Oratorio experience includes numerous solo engagements in Handel’s Messiah. Other Chamber music credits include a vocal recital, “From Handel to Tango," (performed with Baroque and Modern instruments), Love Never Dies with Trumpet, Guitar and Piano and performances under Maestro Kerry Stratton with Grand Salon and the L’orchestra Internazionale D’Italia. Ever a champion of new music Ms. Rodrigues’ collaborative range includes a remix of Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey” which garnered personal praise from Peter Gabriel himself. 

Iris coached with Richard Hetherington at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden in London, England. She also sang at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in Masterclasses with soprano Dame Edith Mathis.

Bach, Beethoven, & die Bande
Fundraiser for Orchestra Toronto

Sunday May 5, 2019 at 2 pm
Admission $50/for one. $90/for two

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Cellist Tom Mueller and violinist Corey Gemmell are teaming up with Bach, Beethoven, and a band of compatriots in a fund-raising recital for Orchestra Toronto. Join us for an afternoon of fantastic music at Gallery 345.

On the programme

Bach Suite for Solo Cello No.1 in G Major BWV 1007

Bach Sonata for Solo Violin No.1 in G minor BWV 1001

Beethoven Septet in E Flat Major Opus 20 for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon

Cash bar. Hors d'oeuvres provided by Leaside Supperworks. Raffle, with prizes from TIFF, the Stratford Festival, and other amazing donors.

Corey Lyle Gemmell, violinist, is a native of Hamilton, Ontario. He has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician with performances in Canada, Germany, the United States and China. Concerto appearances include performances of such works as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Beethoven Violin Concerto, Sibelius Violin Concerto, Brahms Violin Concerto and Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello. 20th Century solos with orchestra include Mozetich’s Affairs of the Heart for Violin and Orchestra and Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Mr. Gemmell is concertmaster of the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hamilton Orchestra and the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed in this role with the Boris Brott National Academy Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, and Esprit Orchestra. He performs frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra.

Corey Gemmell was concertmaster for the fall CBC television production of Over the Rainbow with Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber. He has performed as concertmaster for a number of musicals including recent productions of Beauty and the Beast,the Hugh Jackman Show and Next to Normal and has worked with such pop icons as Hugh Jackman and Chantal Kreviazuk. Mr. Gemmell was concertmaster for the 2010 production of Miss Saigon at the Four Seasons Centre and the 2009/2010 production of the Sound of Music at the Princess of Wales. He is also active in commercial studio work in Toronto and has recorded for numerous movies and commercials.

Mr. Gemmell can be heard on compact disc in recordings of sonatas by Brahms, Ravel, Robert A. Baker, David Eagle and Hope Lee. He was one of the contributing artists to record the Royal Conservatory of Music’s newly released violin syllabus on compact disc.
Much in demand as a teacher, Mr. Gemmell’s students have distinguished themselves at provincial and national competitions. He is presently on faculty at the Western University, the National Music Camp of Canada and is a member of the Royal College of Examiners.

Tom Mueller has gained notoriety as a versatile musician with a distinctively melodic approach. He earned a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

Foremost a chamber musician, Mueller is a founding member of the Elgin String Quartet and Quartet Saint Cecilia. His playing has been featured on CBC’s Two New Hours and The Music Around Us. Mueller is also an original member of New York City’s Allendale String Quartet, the highlight of which includes a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Mueller is Principal Cellist for Symphony on the Bay with which he has performed, as soloist, the Brahms Double, Beethoven Triple and the Haydn concertos. He is also Principal Cello of Orchestra Toronto and works with organizations such as the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Hamilton Philharmonic; and performs in musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music and Disney’s Aladdin.

Magisterra on Tour 2019: Eight

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7 pm
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Special guests:
Jutta Puchhammer, viola,
Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello


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

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

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

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

While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. In 2018, musicians from Magisterra’s string roster will be visiting Rotterdam (Holland) to perform chamber works by Robert Fuchs. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.

The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Beethoven Sonata Op. 110

Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 nr. 1
Chopin Scherzo 3 Op. 39
Chopin Scherzo 4 Op. 54
Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61

Jarred Dunn has been described by critics as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), "technically perfect" (Belarusian First Radio), and “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Annie-Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today, Madison), and is featured on the 2018 CBC Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians of 2018. He is the First Prize winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), where he also received the Special Concerto Award, in addition to prizes in Rome, Verona Zinetti, and Castellana Grotte competitions. He has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and been heard on WQXR New York, Freethought TV/Radio (Madison), and Belarus First Radio (Minsk). He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Niagara, Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and State Radio and TelevisionMinsk (Belarus) Orchestras. His first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was recorded at the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison by Audio for the Arts (Madison). 

Mr. Dunn has given lectures and master classes at Steinway Gallery, numerous RMTA locations across Ontario, F. Chopin University of Music in Poland, International and Ravenswood Schools in Sydney (Australia), and Vilnius Academy Pre- College. His articles have also been published in the CMEA Journal, for which he writes regularly. He has been sought for adjudicating in competitions. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Ontario Federation of Teachers, and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist graduating. He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and scholarly achievements. He studied on scholarship at the University of Toronto, took professional studies at The Juilliard School with Profs. Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and studied in New York with Dorothy Taubman. He completed graduate and post-graduate degrees in Poland, with Prof. Anna Górecka in Katowice (MM, Post-Grad. with Distinction) and Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń in Bydgoszcz (ArtDip). He participated in workshops with Maria João-Pires in Portugal. 

This program is the one Jarred will be playing at his Warsaw debut in the Chopin Museum (where prizewinners play after the competitions in Chopin’s honour) this June in their “Young Talent” series

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

A benefit on behalf of Voicebox: Opera in Concert 

Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 7 pm
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Celebrating Italy’s giant of the operatic stage

Music from Oberto, I Lombardi, Macbeth, La Traviata, Rigoletto
Michael Rose,  music director
Guillermo Silva-Marin, MC

Holly Chaplin
Beste Kalender
Cian Horrobin
Justin Welsh
Romulo Delgado

Pictures at an Exhibition
Fundraiser for Orchestra Toronto

Saturday March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Admission $50/for one. $90/for two
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Pianist Richard Herriott presents an auditory album of musical delights for the piano, in an evening recital to benefit Orchestra Toronto.

On the Programme:
Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky and a pot-pourri of works by Bach, Ravel, Albeniz, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Herriott's own composition," A Flight of Doves.

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The Art of the Piano: Ilona Damasiute-Beres

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3 pm
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R.Schumann -  Carnaval op.9 

S.Barber - Excursions op.20

F.Chopin - Polonise A flat Major op.53.

llona Damasiute-Beres was born in Lithuania and received B.A. and M.A. degrees at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius, receiving formal training as a concert pianist, accompanist, chamber music performer and teacher under renowned professors A. Radvilaite and P. Geniusas.

Since moving to Canada in 1995, she has been active as a vocal coach and piano accompanist for various ensembles, Lithuanian choirs, and well-known artists such as Kornel Wolak (clarinet), Juan Gabriel Olivares (clarinet), Megan Lindsay (soprano), Vaidas Visniauskas (tenor), Atis Bankas (violin), Peter Cosby (cello), and others.

Ilona has performed in Europe, US and Canada. She was invited to represent Canada in Lithuania Sugrizimai 2003, and in 2018, she performed in the “Pasaulio balsai” festival in Lithuania with the famous Lithuanian National String Quartet “Vilnius”. In 2014 Ilona founded the Zephyr Piano Trio with whom she toured in a series of concerts in Lithuania.

Ms. Beres served as Artistic Director of the Humbercrest concert series, was a member of the Calyx Chamber Ensemble, joined the faculty of the Midsummer Music by the Lake Festival, and performed at the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival. In 2006 she served as artistic director for the popular "Village Rhapsody" concert series in Bloor West Village. She has also given several concerts in the Toronto area with the Zephyr Piano Trio.

Ms. Beres has a successful private studio in Toronto and is the accompanist for the Volunge Lithuanian Choir.

EMW Culture Club Presents
The Art of the Piano: KRISTJAN RANDALU

Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8 pm
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This concert will feature Kristjan Randalu on solo piano featuring compositions from his ECM recording “Absence.”

Special guest Cellist: Winona Zelenka

Kristjan Randalu is one of the most compelling pianists of his generation, sought after as soloist, collaborator and composer, his music described by Jazz Times as an "unnameable exotic land".

Born in Estonia in 1978, Randalu moved with his family to Germany as a child where the piano became increasingly important to him. His teachers there included John Taylor in Cologne, followed by a time at the Royal Academy of Music in London (with Django Bates) and a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

His musical partners have included Dave Liebman, Ari Hoenig, Nguyên Lê, Ben Monder, Nils Petter Molvaer, Dhafer Youssef, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, at festivals in London, Paris, Madrid and Istanbul, and toured in the United States and Canada, across Europe and in Turkey, Korea, Australia and Israel. 
His awards include a Grammy nomination and Jazz Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards. In 2014 Randalu received the annual music award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

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“Kristjan is a dazzling piano player" - HERBIE HANCOCK

"At once timeless and casually spectacular, demanding and entertaining on the highest level."

"The bandleader is a pillar of stability. He clearly is capable of breathtaking displays of technique and showmanship, but employs challenging runs with a noble conservatism."  Downbeat

Winona Zelenka is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra among many others. She is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, regularly performing in every Toronto music series of note as well as the Ottawa Chamberfest; she is also a proponent of new music, having performed several world premieres of works written for her by Canadian composers. In 2006 she formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Berard and violist Teng Li, and since 2013 they have been running the concert series Trio Arkel Presents, featuring both well-known and contemporary chamber music works.

In June of 2010 Winona released her first CD set of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello, a recording on Marquis Classics. It has received international acclaim, and in 2011 was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. Her second recording, released in 2012, is titled “Connections” and is of sonatas for cello and piano written by French composers, with the celebrated pianist Connie Shih. Her films with Moving Head Productions include interviews for BOLD TV and a complete performance of the Cassado Suite for solo cello, viewed by many thousands on Youtube.

Winona obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, where she studied with Janos Starker. Her other formative teachers were William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff and William Pleeth.

Winona has won orchestral positions in England, Canada and the United States. Her professional career has included two seasons of Acting Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and five seasons as Acting Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been a member since 2001. Winona has two talented grown children, James and Kathryn, and her husband Ron Searles is an acclaimed recording engineer. 

Winona Zelenka will be guesting in the 2nd set.

The Hogtown Syncopators:
CD release of Rotman’s Hat Shop

Friday, March 22, 2019 at 8 pm
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Beloved Toronto band The Hogtown Syncopators celebrate 15 years of playing together with the release of a new album. The album features mostly originals written by guitarist Jay Danley, as well as some traditional jazz favourites, including hits such as "I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate" performed by Drew Jurecka. The band is thrilled to be releasing the album titled "Rotman's Hat Shop' on March 22nd at Gallery 345. 

The Hogtown Syncopators
Drew Jurecka - Violin, Clarinet, Vocals, Alto Sax, Bandoneon
Terra Hazelton - Vocals, Snare Drum
Jay Danley - Guitar, Vocals
Richard Whiteman - Piano
James Thomson - Bass

Elizabeth Reid, viola
Alison Cerutti, piano

Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:30 PM
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Violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti return to Toronto to perform Gallery 345 for the third time.  The first half of this concert includes Canadian repertoire, including a new viola sonata composed in 2018 by David Jaeger, and the music of composer Rose Bolton.

The concert ends with the Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano, one of the most beloved masterpieces of the 20th century viola literature.
This piece is celebrating its centennial in 2019.

The tempo of the first movement of this incredible work is Impetuoso, hence this concert’s title!


Rose Bolton                         From the Very Edge of the Flat Earth (2007)
David Jaeger                       Sonata for Viola and Piano (2018)
Rebecca Clark                     Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919)

Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).

Elizabeth is the core violist of the innovative and dynamic Vermont new music group TURNmusic.  She has a passionate interest in contemporary music, especially that of her native Canada and her adopted state of Vermont, USA. Elizabeth has been involved in numerous premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Notable highlights include works of Vermont composers, Erik Nielsen, Michael Close, Lydia Lowery Busler, Jacob Morton-Black, Jorge Martin, and Matthew LaRocca;  and Canadian composers, Tawnie Olson and Derek Healey.

Recently Elizabeth performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. In November 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. She appeared as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in Vermont performing the Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra. In the summer of 2018 she appeared with Counterpoint Chorus as the soloist for Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi and in music of Janacek, Bloch, Tawnie Olson and Matthew LaRocca.  

Elizabeth is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Music-COMP. In Canada, Ms. Reid has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Elizabeth studied viola with Lorand Fenyves, Betty-Jean Hagen, and Ralph Aldrich at Western University; and with Rennie Regehr at the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France.  For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with Counterpoint, TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, Arioso, the Northern Third Piano Quartet, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo. She appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, and the Norwich University Band Company. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black, and she can be heard in the soundtrack of Bess O’Brien’s documentary “All of Me”.  A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University.

Be My Love
A Late Valentine’s Day Concert
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, piano 
Solomon Tencer, bass
Inga Filippova-Williams, soprano

Anna Antropova, violin

Sunday February 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm  
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This evening’s performance will  feature the songs of Tosti, Falvo, Puccini, Valente, Debussy, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, von Flotov, Arditi, Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, Di Capua, Dvorak, Romberg, Loewe, Gastaldon, Cardillo, Arlen, Cohen, Leoncavallo, Liszt, Schumann.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan 

Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.

Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.

Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.

Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca. 

Solomon Tencer
Solomon Tencer, bass opera singer was born in Riga Latvia. From an early age, Solomon developed a strong interest in singing and pursued his passion by taking voice lessons from renowned Russian coaches. In 1972, Solomon moved to New York where he received further vocal training with leading tenor, Harry Theyard, of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. In 1987, Solomon relocated to Toronto, Canada and continued his vocal studies under Canadian baritone Louis Quilico.

 In 1993, Producer Solomon Tencer and his wife and business partner, Artistic Director Nadia Veselova Tencer established Stars of the 21st Century an annual International Ballet Gala that has taken the world-renowned stages of Paris, Cannes, New York, Toronto, Bucharest, Moscow and Panama City by storm since its debut in 1993. Featuring first class line-ups in both classical and cutting edge contemporary dance from around the globe, Stars of the 21st Century has become the most prestigious ballet gala and one of the most important cultural events in the world. In 1998, Solomon produced a World Opera Gala featuring winners of the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.

Inga Filippova-Williams (soprano) is an award-winning and internationally known Opera Singer. Some roles include Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Voice Afire Pocket Opera; Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Lyra; and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. Inga was a finalist in such prestigious competitions as Louis Quilico Voice Competition 2008; Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona, Spain; Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Voice Competitions 2008, 2011, 2013; Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 2009; Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy; Riccardo Zandonai Opera Competition in Riva del Garda, Italy.

Hailed by critics “Very musical and an intelligent singer, vocally secure and expressive’’, Ukrainian Soprano Inga Filippova Williams started her vibrant music career engagements for 2011 included Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly with Voice Afire Pocket Opera; First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Nedda in Pagliacci with Opera Lyra, Vanessa in Vanessa with SOLT Messiah.  She sang with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marco Parisotto Florida Concert Tour 2012, Germany Audition Tour 2012 The winner of Prix Lyrique Allemand Bourse Sebyllas Hesse Annee 2011 from Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques.  Inga Filippova has proven herself to be an exceptional talented opera singer where ”Her beautiful and flexible full lyric voice, even from top to bottom, is tailor made for this most exacting of Mozart heroines, with excellent floritura and huge high Cs” in Cosi Fan Tutte – Fiordiligi, Le Nozzie di Figaro”.

She was Coutessa conducted by Mario Bernardi in Die Zauberflöte. First Lady conducted by Tyrone Paterson, Beethoven Ninth Symphony conducted by Peter Oundjian, Gabriel Faure Requiem conducted by Woloschuk William. Mrs. Filippova as a laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeure Lyriques 2011 was representing Canada on the 7 Klaudia Taev International Voice Competition in Estonia. A 2011 Finalist of many local and International competitions like: Riccardo Zandonai , Italy 2016; Louis Quilico Voice Competition 2008, Laureate of Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Voice Competitions 2008, 2011, 2013. National Association Teacher of Singing competition where she received a Scholarship and Award as “The Most Promising Young Artist…” In 2008 she was a Finalist and prizewinner at the 12 Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition in Pamplona, Spain. Finalist of Czech and Slovak Voice Competition 2009, Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award 2009.  First place at Ukraine: Musical Tribute Competition and she participated in the Pavarotti International Voice Competition in Modena, Italy.  Mrs. Filippova Williams graduated from the Artist Diploma Program at the Glenn Gould School, Toronto.

Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Master’s degree in Viola Performance from the Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. As a professional violist, she held the position of Assistant Principal Violist of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra and National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). She toured with the orchestra in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, France, the U.S.A. and Canada.

Residing in Toronto since 2002, Ms. Antropova currently performs with the Toronto Philharmonia, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Concert Orchestra. She has performed with such notable musicians as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Salvatore Accardo, Giya Kancheli, Lev Markiz, Nina Kogan, Victoria Kogan, Atis Bankas, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vladimir Krainev.

Her solo performance highlights include Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola with the Ukraine Symphony, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 at the Music Niagara Festival and with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto. She has performed at numerous recitals and solo concerts.

Ms. Antropova has over 15 years of international experience as a music educator for viola and violin. Her students have performed at and competed in music festivals and competitions throughout Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham and Scarborough.

Member of Music Niagara Festival led by Maestro Atis Bankas.

Ms. Antropova is Artistic Director of Toronto-based Chamber Music Gallery, a music society featuring concerts in the city and touring throughout Canada.

The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt 
“Brahms and the Question of Biography”

Sunday February 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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Two Nocturnes - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
i.  Opus 27#2 in Db Major (1835-36)
ii. Opus 62#1 in B Major (1846)

 Op. 116, Seven Fantasias (1892) - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
i. Capriccio in D minor
ii. Intermezzo in A minor
iii. Capriccio in G minor
iv. Intermezzo in E major
v. Intermezzo in E minor
vi. Intermezzo in E major
vii. Capriccio in D minor


Intermezzo, opus 119#1 in b minor (1893) - Johannes Brahms  
T the
Question of Biography – and the Case of Brahms’ Schumann Variations

Variations on a Theme by Schumann, opus 9 (1854) - Johannes Brahms

Bruce Vogt appears regularly in concert across Canada, and also inspires audiences abroad, having performed in Japan, China, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.

Vogt grew up in Southern Ontario where he studied with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later, he studied in the U.S. and Europe with such celebrated musicians as Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong and Dario de Rosa.

Vogt's repertoire is diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has long championed the music of contemporary composers, and commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also a dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. Other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. In 2011 – the bicentenary of the composer’s birth – he recorded two subsequent Liszt CDs.

In addition to his career as a soloist and chamber musician, Vogt is Professor at the University of Victoria. Because he sees teaching and working with young pianists and teachers as an important commitment, he lectures widely, leads master classes and workshops and adjudicates for festivals. 

In recent years he been invited more frequently in Canada and abroad to indulge another passion – presenting and improvising accompaniments to great films of the silent era.

The Rebel: “Breaking down Barriers”
A celebration of the wild, the different, and the outcast

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 pm 
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Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices, choir
 Andrew Downing (upright bass), Aline Homzy (violin),Chris Pruden (piano)

Seven new works will premiere at this concert, each inspired by our theme. 
Tiffany Hanus, Chelsea McBride, Mason Victoria, Jackson Welchner, Suzy Wilde, Jay Vazquez, Saman Shahi
We encourage you to unleash your inhibition and let your freak flags fly because in this concert, the rebel in all of us takes center stage. A juxtaposition of classical choir (Musicata-Hamilton’s Voices) and improvising jazz trio (Andrew Downing, Chris Pruden, Aline Homzy) provides the ultimate cross-genre platform to explore the individual’s desire to break free of the confines of convention.
In a world bent on social revolution, can music show the length we are willing to go to define our own identities? Spectrum composers rise up and make their own unique voices heard through original compositions. 

The Art of the Harpsichord: Corina Marti
Keyboard music from 16th century Poland

Thursday, February  21, 2019 at 8 pm
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Tabulatura IOANNIS DE LYUBLYN 1540
authorship of the vocal model/intabulation unknown unless otherwise indicated

[Preambulum in g] (161r)
Surrexit Dominus valete luctus (70v)
 [Passamezzo antico] / Proporcia Jeszcze Marczynye (188v/189r)
 [Deus qui sedes super thronum] (after Johann Walter) (204r)
 Zaklolam szÿa tharnem (215r)

 [Preambulum] in e (19v)
Absolon [= Rex autem David] (after Antonio de Ribera) (253v)
Francigenum [= Le content est riche] (after Claudin de Sermisy) (28r)

 Preambulum super d  (19r)
 Bona [corea?] (218v)
 Haÿduczkÿ (220v)
Vita in lingo moritur (after Ludwig Senfl) (171r)
 Preambulum in d (N[icolaus] C[racoviensis]) (160v)
 Schephczyk ÿdzÿe po ulÿczÿ schÿdelka noschacz (222r)

 Preambulum super f (98v)
 Anglicum (200r)
Preambulum in d (233r)
32. Plus mille regres [= Plus nulz regretz] (after Josquin des Prez) (254v)

Tribulatio [et angustia] (after Josquin des Prez?) (235v)
Preambulum in c (18v)
 Sicut lilium inter spinas (after Antoine Brumel) (97v)

Corina Marti’s performances have been praised as ‘strikingly superior and expressive’ (Toccata) and ‘infallible’ (Diapason). After graduating in Baroque music performance on the recorder and harpsichord from the Lucerne Academy of Music, she focused on early flutes and Late Medieval / Early Renaissance repertoire, in which she gained a degree from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle (Switzerland) under the guidance of Pierre Hamon and Kathrin Bopp. In 1999 she won the first price of the Friedl-Wald competition (Switzerland), 2003 the first price of J.Kulsky in Poland.

Corina Marti has extensively performed, recorded and taught Late Medieval and Early Renaissance repertoires throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA, South America and Japan. (Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag, Conservatory Tel Aviv, Musikhochschule Bremen, Prague Conservatory, Early Music Village Japan and others.)

In 2003, she was invited to join the faculty of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a tutor for early flutes and keyboard instruments. Her performances on these instruments and research into their history and construction have contributed to their revival among performers.

She also enjoys later repertoires, appearing as soloist and together with chamber music formations and orchestras such as Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI and La Capella Reial de Cataluña, with Diego Fasolis, Kore, Helsinki Baroque, Capriccio Basel, Arte dei Suonatori performing Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary repertoire.

With ensemble La Morra, of which she is co-director, Corina Marti has recorded several enthusiastically received CDs of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century music (including the complete works of Johannes Ciconia, awarded Diapason d’Or, and Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Her ongoing interest in the earliest instrumental music has resulted in a CD release devoted to German repertoire of the late fifteenth- / early sixteenth-century (Von edler Art, Ramée, 2008, together lutenist with Michal Gondko) and in her first solo CD: I dilettosi fiori, 14th century music for clavisimbalum and recorders. (5 Diapasons) Her discography of post-1500 music includes recordings devoted to Early Baroque instrumental music from Lombardy, music by the Italian-Jewish composer Salomone Rossi (1570-c1630), flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, flute concertos by Francesco Mancini, the suites by Charles Dieupart, Alessandro Scarlatti flute concertos 2015, and together with Vivabianacluna Biffi and Michal Gondko a CD dedicated to Francesco Landini, to be released in 2017. January 2016 her new CD: Quando cala la notte, Italian music of the early 16th century (Enea Sorini: Voice, Corina Marti: Early Renaissance harpsichord) was released by Carpe Diem. 2016 was as well the year the recording “The lion’s Ear” A tribute to Leo X (Ensemble La Morra) was awarded with a Diapason d’Or and the NOAH GREENBERG AWARD. And the newest CD: Petrus Wilhelmi De Grudencz (fifteenth-century music from Central Europe) -5 Diapasons.

The Art of the Piano: Moritz Ernst
Fundraiser for New Music Concerts

Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7 pm
Tickets $100 / 2 for $150

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The acclaimed German virtuoso Moritz Ernst guides us through a vast array of recent keyboard music including composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Arthur Lourié and Edison Denisov, and contemporary compositions written especially for him by Dieter Mack, Canadian Sandeep Bhagwati and others. Tickets $100 (2 for $150) include door prizes, gourmet delights and complimentary bar, with proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt will be issued for the CRA allowable portion.

Moritz Ernst was born in1986 in Ostwestfalen, Germany and began playing the piano already at the age of five, taking lessons in Detmold. After graduating from high school at the early age of 16, he continued his piano studies in 2002 at the Detmolder Musikhochschule where he also studied musicology. During that time he was also awarded several prizes.

In 2003 he became a private student of the well known professor for piano, Peter Feuchtwanger. Shortly thereafter his concert activities were launched with regular performances in Europe and abroad.

Some years later Moritz Ernst continued his piano studies with Prof Jean-Jacques Dünki and harpsichord with Prof Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, thereafter his career also as harpsichordist began. During these years of study, he attended master classes and workshops held by Günter Reinhold, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferderick Rzewski and the Auryn Quartet.

Moritz Ernst is presently concertising as pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician performing a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. Concerts include appearences in Germany, at the Piano Festival Feuchtwangen, the Lake Constance Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn; in England, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Russia. (St. Petersburg Sound Ways Festival) He has also held master classes at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany and at The Royal Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden.

Music of the 20th and 21st century is especially dear to his heart. Ernst has premiered several works as well as collaborating closely with composers such as Eötvös, Pelzel, Winkler, Bhagwati, Wohlhauser, Olofsson, Maros and others, some of whom have dedicated works to him. In addition, he advocates the forgotten and less played composers; for example by performing Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata op. 106, Feruccio Busonni‘s Fantasia contrappuntistica and the music of Samuel Scheidt, as well as music for the 16th- tone - piano. (Micro - tonality)

The international press has highly acclaimed Moritz Ernst for his superb recording of music by Sir Malcolm Arnold. “The Classical Music Magazine” granted him their highest rating. “Gramophone” praised his sparkling and stimulating rendition of this recording. In addition, he has performed for international radio stations such as DRS2 (Zurich), Radio Luxembourg, SR (Radio of the Saarland), DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk and BBC London.

Extensive plans for future recording projects include: the harpsichord works of Kent Olofsson, well as the complete Sonatas by Joseph Haydn and the entire piano works by Arthur Lourié. He already recorded the complete piano works of Viktor Ullmann and the sonatas by Norbert von Hannenheim in connection with Deutschlandradio and the CD label EDA Records on two CDs . In 2014 the Piano Concerto by Victor Ullmann was recorded together with the Dortmund Philharmonic under Gabriel Feltz.

In June 2013 Moritz Ernst gave his debut performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Bern (Switzerland) under the baton Mario Venzago with a performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto by Edward Staempfli.

In 2014, his highly acclaimed Asian debut took place.There he also held mastercalsses and lectures at the SEGi College of Malaysia, the University of Malaysia and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

In 2015 several other extensive tours, most notably to Teheran and Canada (Montréal, Toronto) took place.

In 2016 a 3-CD-Box with the complete piano works by Arthur Lourié will be published by Capriccio, as well as other recordings, including the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto (again Capriccio) and Vol.1 of the complete Haydn piano sonatas.

His knowledge as musicologist has led to a cooperation with the Schott Verlag.
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Patrick Boyle Quartet 

Friday February 15, 2019 at 8 pm 
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Patrick Boyle - trumpet
Bernie Senensky - piano
Jim Vivian - double bass
Michael Billard - drums

Trumpeter Patrick Boyle launches his new album entitled "After Forgetting" to Toronto audiences on Fri Feb 15 at Gallery 345 at 8:00PM. |

Boyle is known for his outstanding prowess as a trumpet player. A provocative and prolific composer, his performances are filled with jazz enthusiasts and music lovers who are lured into the purity and creativity of his playing. After Forgetting, Patrick Boyle’s fourth solo album, showcases his uncanny sense of the moment and exquisite understanding of melody.

“After Forgetting is an exploration of sound and patience.” says musician Patrick Boyle. “Any magic on this record comes from how well each musician listens to the entire sonic landscape, allowing our distinct personalities to contribute to the moment. I am so thrilled with the high-end audiophile sound of this album and can’t wait to share it with music lovers.”

After Forgetting is a new vinyl and digital release with Bill Brennan (piano), Mike Downes (bass), and Mike Billard (drums) and produced by Glen Tilley. Previous solo albums include Rock Music with Curtis Andrews (2010); Still No Word (2008 ECMA Nominee); Hold Out (2005 ECMA Nominee). Artist Bruce Alcock designed the artwork, using a photo taken by Boyle of a shed in his father’s family home in Ireland. The album features original compositions alongside tunes by Bob Dylan, William Walton, and Michel Legrand.

Hailing from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland Boyle is a fearless sonic explorer. His frontiers are in performance (trumpet and guitar), improvisation, composition and education. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in performance from Memorial University. Dr. Patrick Boyle is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria. He appears on over fifty commercial releases and four acclaimed solo albums. In 2009, he performed at Carnegie Hall with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. Boyle has cultivated the rare ability to synthesize a range of influences – including jazz, rock, traditional, Balkan, and South Indian music – which all come together into a rhythmically compelling musical voice. A composer for theatre, film and the concert stage, Boyle scored the recent Artistic Fraud production of Colony of Unrequited Dreams at the National Arts Centre.


Ivana Popovic
Bushes and Bombshelters CD Release Concert

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2pm
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Ivana Popovic is a Serbian-Canadiancomposer, violinist and theatre performer based in Toronto. Her chamber music has been performed in Canada, USA and Europe and she has written music for several theatre productions as well. Bushes and Bombshelters is her debut album, featuring ten original compositions. She is the artistic director of Art Strollers, a concert series for parents and babies and is currently writing an opera for babies and toddlers. This last season Ivana appeared in the avant-garde troupe Theatre ARTaud’s productions of Grab ‘Em by the Pussy and Rage Against Inferno (Jerusalem).
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Bushes and Bombshelters
Encompassing a 5-year composition period, the pieces on Bushes and Bombshelters voice connections to two important countries in Ivana’s life: Canada and Serbia. They are intimate, deeply human stories about land and journeys, friendship, love, memory, crossroads. Although mostly instrumental, all of Ivana’s compositions are meant to tell a story; each is built around a specific event, image, or emotion. Built on the strong classical foundation and aesthetic, her compositional style is also influenced by the musical traditions she grew up with in Serbia: Gypsy and Eastern European Folk. Bombshelters in the title of this album is a reference to secret creative spaces in the artist’s life. By contrast, Bushes refers to Ivana’s love for Ontario’s open fields and forests and time spent in nature that has allowed for extended periods of artistic introspection. In its multicultural bent, this album speaks to Canadian immigrant communities from all areas of the world, responding to common themes such as longing for home or starting a new life.

This concert will feature the following musicians:
Ivana Popovic, violin/electric 5-string violin, voice
Perry Maher, piano
Max Senitt, percussion
Jesse Dietschi, double bass
Saman Shahi, piano
Don Laws, trombone
Halyna Dziuryn, violin
John Sellick, viola
Stuart Mutch, cello
Jamie Thomspon, flute

Windward Bound
Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Featuring music from their upcoming debut album, Windward Bound, and other original works, the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra is a fast-rising contributor to the growing scene of next-generation Canadian artists.

The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra (DKJO) is a Toronto-based contemporary big band committed to the creation, performance, and showcase of new works composed by the next generation of artists. The group is led by and comprises solely of musicians under 30 from the southern Ontario region. Formed in early 2017, the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra has since developed a repertoire of over 20 original works from within the band and has performed in many of Toronto's iconic venues including Lula Lounge, Gallery 345 and Burdock. The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra consists of 19 of the finest performers, composers, and arrangers dedicated to preserving the big band tradition while staying relevant to our generation.



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