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Charme et Divertissements
An Afternoon of Chamber Music for Piano and Winds
Monique de Margerie, piano, Fraser Jackson, bassoon, Leonie Wall, flute, Hugo Lee, oboe, Christopher Gongos, horn

Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3 pm
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Program
Igor Stravinsky
Suite from “Pulcinella” for Bassoon and Piano (arranged by Fraser Jackson)
Sinfonia - Serenata - Toccata - Gavotta con due variazioni - Finale

W.A. Mozart
Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K.452
Largo – Allegro moderato - Larghetto - Allegretto

Intermission

Francis Poulenc
Sextet for Piano and Winds, Op.100
Allegro vivace - Divertissement - Finale

Biographies

Living in Toronto since 2011, Monique de Margerie is a collaborative pianist specializing in chamber music repertoire. She has worked as a collaborative pianist and piano teacher at Laval University, Quebec, at the Conservatoire Américain Koenig, Paris, and the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. After completing solo performance degrees at the Montreal Conservatory and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Monique combined her passion for history, culture, travel and music, living in Germany and France for 20 years and performing throughout Europe as well as India, Japan, Cambodia, and China. Whether playing, teaching or adjudicating, at home or abroad, in schools, in concert halls and recording studios, Monique’s playing is always defined by its passion, its generosity and its warmth. Monique is a dedicated piano teacher bringing her more than 30 years of experience to her very active and successful Toronto studio and to her appearances at the Cammac Music Festival in Quebec every summer. She is grateful to her own teachers: the late Soeur Irene Ducharme, Anisia Campos, Gitti Pirner, Monique Deschaussées, and Eke Mendez.

Fraser Jackson has been a member of the bassoon section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has performed with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and is a regular guest of the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he co-founded two groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca which recorded five CD’s and continue to reach new listeners in obscure corners of the world. He is also active bringing music to schools as a founding member of the TSO Woodwind Trio. As an arranger, Fraser has over 80 pieces to his credit and a handful are even published commercially. Fraser has music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California and teaches each summer at the Cammac Festival in Quebec and the Interprovincial Music Camp near Parry Sound. He enjoys home renovating, cooking, coffee and crosswords.

Born and raised in Richmond Hill, Hugo Lee joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe in 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Elaine Douvas. Hugo began taking oboe lessons at age 10 and later continued his studies under TSO Associate Principal Oboe Keith Atkinson. He has appeared as a soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the New Juilliard Ensemble. He has also performed as a chamber musician with cellist Cameron Crozman and pianist Philip Chiu, embarking on a critically-acclaimed 13-concert tour across Eastern Canada sponsored by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. In the summers, Hugo teaches at the Interprovincial Music Camp. Outside of music, Hugo enjoys computer programming, and drinking lots of coffee.

Eric Abramovitz joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2018 as Associate Principal and E-flat Clarinet, and was previously a member of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Eric was named the Vandoren Emerging Artist of the year in 2017, and a CBC Next! artist in 2013. A first prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition in 2011, Eric has been featured as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the McGill and USC Symphonies, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. A Montreal native, Eric obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, and pursued graduate studies at the University of Southern California. In his free time, Eric enjoys eating, spending time with his family and cats, shooting pool, playing hockey, and cheering for the Montreal Canadiens.

Christopher Gongos has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1998. Before coming to Toronto, Chris held positions with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also a dedicated teacher, with studios at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory and at the University of Toronto. Many of his students have gone on to study at North America’s most prestigious music schools and have embarked on careers as professional musicians. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Chris received his formal education at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He also trained as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and a Fellow at the Tanglewood Institute. Christopher Gongos is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Leonie Wall joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as second flutist in September 2004.
Winner of the 2004 New York Flute Club Competition, she was a student of Timothy Hutchins at McGill University, and Jeanne Baxtresser at the New England Conservatory of Music. Leonie began her career as principal flute with L'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, and later toured as principal flute with Les Violons du Roy. She has also been principal flute of the Toronto-based chamber orchestra g27 (group of 27), and an invited artist at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts des Iles du Bic, and the Festival Classique des Hautes-Laurentides. Leonie teaches at the Cammac family music camp near Montreal in the summers. She has been very active with the TSO's education programs and is committed to bringing classical music into Toronto’s classrooms. She has performed many shows for students with the TSO Woodwind Trio and participated yearly in the TSO's highly popular Adopt-A-Player program.

The Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner
Dreams and Reveries

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8 pm
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Recent press review (Weimar Germany, solo concert, July 23, 2019, Thueringer Allgemeine Newspaper):

The Sound-Magician on the Piano, between Classical, Klezmer and Jazz, Yiddish Summer Weimar: The Canadian Pianist, Marilyn Lerner fascinated the audience with her solo concert at Mon Ami - By Christiane Weber

Weimar: Already the very first bars electrified the audience. With Marilyn Lerner we have an exceptional pianist at the Boesendorfer grand on the stage of Mon Ami. The solo piano evening, “Romanian Fantasy,” named after her CD from 2016, started off the Yiddish Summer Weimar restrained and unpretentiously. She seemed to be listening to the piano itself, with cascading arpeggios. Developed, formed, thickened. She was in Weimar 18 years ago, Alan Bern, the artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar remembers as he greeted the audience of the well-attended large Mon Ami hall.

He thanked the funders of the Yiddish Summer Weimar, especially the City of Weimar, The State of Thueringen and the the Federal Cultural Funders, without whom this event would be unthinkable. Heartfelt thanks were also given to the volunteers and helpers of the Yiddish Summer Weimar.

It was thus a treat to be able to hear again the pianist, composer and arranger. She led the auditorium through a fascinating sound-journey. Freely formed improvisations on East European Jewish melodies were at once creative, full of ideas and inventive.

In spite of the size of the hall, thanks should be given to the refined lighting, which helped make the concert almost intimate.

The sound magician coaxed out of the piano such a multitiude of sounds and complex spectrum of expressions, that the 90-minute range was never taxed. It seemed almost as if, when the applause came after each piece, that it could be a disturbance to her intensive dedication to the music. Almost as if it diminished the magic of the sounds, the tone and the music.

The intensity transferred to the audience. They listened curiously and with enchantment. The cultural city’s 60th year of Master Classes at the Franz Liszt Academy is certainly not suffering a dearth of excellent pianists.

Lerner’s sounds developed a poetry that held till the last chord. The pianist, who is classicaly trained, wove together in her rhythmically clear sound-structures classical, jazz and klezmer and melted the borders between the styles. Listening again to her brought joy. The ending applause was correspondingly long and heartfelt.

Voices from Past to Present
Cameron Crozman and Friends

Sunday December 8, 2019 at 2 pm
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Cameron Crozman, cello
Alicia Choi, violin 
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola 
Emily Rho, piano

Program
Benjamin Britten — Suite for solo cello no. 1, op. 72
Franz Schubert — Arpeggione Sonata
— intermission —
Gabriel Fauré — Piano Quartet no. 1 in c minor, op. 15

Named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music and the 2019-20 Classical Revelation artist of Radio-Canada, Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman is making a name for himself both at home and internationally. Performing recitals and chamber music across Canada and the USA as well as over in Europe, engagements have taken him to such world-renowned venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Berliner Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Philadelphia's Mann Centre, and Canada's National Arts Centre. He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras across Canada including the Montreal, Winnipeg, Quebec, Hamilton, and Vancouver Island Symphonies under the direction of conductors including Gemma New, Fabien Gabel, and Edwin Outwater. As the recipient of the Canada Council Michael Measure’s prize, he was the featured soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and conductor Alain Trudel during their 2012 tour of Canada and the USA. Current season highlights include appearances with I Musici, the Niagara Symphony, a tour of the Canadian Prairies, and a performance at America’s National Museum of Music.
An avid collaborator and chamber musician, Cameron regularly shares the stage with world-renowed artists including James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Giltburg, Martin Beaver, Inon Barnatan, James Campbell, Hue Watkins, Gerard Caussé, and members of the Ébène, New Zealand, and Penderecki String Quartets. He regularly appears at festivals around the world such as the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki Musica Nova, Birmingham Frontiers Festival, and Musique et Vin festival at Clos Vougeot in Burgundy. His performances have been broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada, Radio France, Radio Classique, and Medici.tv.
Cameron’s debut album, Cavatine, recorded on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello, was released to critical acclaim in 2019 and described by the French publication Classica Magazine as displaying “technical perfection with a personal style that leaves us wanting to hear more.” His most recent solo recording of the Britten Cello Suites, debuted in Monaco in the presence of Princess Caroline of Hannover, is already garnering similar praise, receiving highest marks from Diapason Magazine, one of the world’s leading classical music publications.
Cameron was one of 6 cellists from around the world chosen to take part in Gautier Capuçon's 2016-17 Classe d'Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. After studies with Paul Pulford in Canada, he spent six years aboard at the Paris Conservatoire. There he received his 2e Cycle Supérieur Conférant le Grade de Master (Master's level) in cello with highest honours in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti, while concurrently completing his master's level in Chamber music in the class of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer and an Artist Diploma in contemporary repertoire and creation. He has played in masterclass for world-leading cellists, including Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Lawrence Lesser, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman, Richard Aaron, and Colin Carr. Passionate about teaching the next generation, he has been invited to give masterclasses at the Académie Rainier III in Monaco, Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, and the Victoria Conservatory among others.
Deeply committed to innovation in classical music, Cameron constantly imagines new ways to share his art with the world. He enjoys performing in unusual locations, from breweries and wineries to public markets, and makes a point of visiting smaller communities in Canada. He is fascinated by historical performance practice and exploring lesser known works while also being engaged in contemporary music and collaborating with world renowned composers including Kaija Saariaho and Peteris Vasks. He has premiered a number of new works dedicated to him from solos to concertos and is active in commissioning new music from Canadian composers such as Alexina Louie or Kelly-Marie Murphy. He has worked with a number of contemporary music ensembles and institutions including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the IRCAM, and the Ensemble Court-Circuit.
Cameron has been selected to participate in various international competitions, and is 2nd prize laureate of both the OSM Standard Life and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competitions and was one of 12 cellists chosen to compete at Kronberg Academy's 2014 Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. He is extremely grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Sylva Gelber Foundation, and CBC/Radio-Canada in his projects. He is currently plays the the Spanish cello “El Tiburon” attributed to Juan Guillami of Barcelona ca. 1769 generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.
"A musical force to be reckoned with"
- The Scene Magazine
"Crozman's Bach was one of the best musical gifts of 2016"
- CBC Music

Jazz at the Gallery: The Dave Young Quartet
"Aspects of Oscar" 
featuring Dave Young, bass, John Sherwood, piano, Terry Clarke, drums, Reg Schwager, guitar

Saturday December 7, 2019 at 8pm
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Bassist Dave Young will be joined by pianist John Sherwood, drummer Terry Clarke and guitarist Reg Schwager, to present a special night of jazz featuring compositions and arrangements by the great Oscar Peterson. 

“Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young is without a doubt one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports.Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.”

The Wild Swans: CD Release
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Isabelle David, piano

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Program 
• Alexina Louie (1949) – Beyond Time (Premiere Recording)
• Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964) – The Swan Parapraxis (Commission and Premiere Recording)
• Roxanna Panufnik (1968) – Down the Rabbit Hole
• Elena Kats-Chernin (1957) – Bucharian Melody, and Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite
• Kala Ramnath (1967) – Aalap and Tarana
• Elena Langer (1974) – Snow
• Jennifer Higdon (1962) – Echo Dash
• Lera Auerbach (1973) – 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 (selections)
• Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) – O Virtus Sapientie
• Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin de printemps and Cortège
• Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910) – Bohémienne

The music on this recording draws inspiration from all kinds of stories — novels, fairytales, Irish folklore, even spiritual texts. The album’s title — The Wild Swans — is taken from a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838. The wonderful Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin used the Andersen story as the basis for her ballet The Wild Swans. The “Eliza Aria” comes from that enchanting work. 

In Andersen’s story, the main protagonist Eliza must save her eleven brothers, who have been turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother. It is by chance that we realized there were eleven swans in the story, and there are eleven women composers on our album: serendipitous! We wanted to make our recording debut with music that is eclectic and filled with fantasy. The repertoire ranges over the centuries, from Hildegard Von Bingen’s hypnotic sounds from 1098, to the music of today: Kelly-Marie Murphy’s The Swan Parapraxis, a fabulous work composed especially for us, and Alexina Louie’s Beyond Time, a work of brilliance and virtuosity. 

This is great music from our musical history, and great music that is becoming our musical history! Moreover, we are sharing works that we love and hold close to our hearts. 

Yolanda and Isabelle first met at McGill University in 2008 and have been making music together ever since. The duo is particularly drawn to music from their own country of Canada, digging up works of lesser-known or forgotten composers as well as designing programs that promote gender parity. Together, they have premiered works written for them by Canadian composers Michel Szczesniak and Richard Covey, as well as the Canadian premiere of Broad and Free by Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw. Their recitals have aired on CBC Radio 2 as well as ICI Musique.

Yolanda and Isabelle’s decade-long partnership owes much to their shared enthusiasm for musical discovery and their inquisitive natures drive their musical endeavours. The Wild Swans is their debut album, released in 2019.

Born into a family of musicians, Isabelle David is the youngest of a lineage of pianists dating back five generations. Deeply fascinated by Bach's music, it was at the age of eight that she decided to pursue a career in music, encouraged by her parents.

Described as a musician of great sensitivity with a lively and imaginative intelligence, Isabelle David has presented concerts in North America and Europe, notably at Helsingin Musiikitalo in Helsinki, Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall in Montréal.

Praised for her "poetic and flexible virtuosity" (Helsingin Sanomat), Isabelle has won several national competitions and scholarships, as well as the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award (USA, 2016). She is the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship which supports her doctoral research at the University of Montreal under the direction of Jean Saulnier.

Isabelle David’s doctoral project involves editing and performing works by Quebec composer Auguste Descarries. Descarries taught and mentored Louise Lussier, a wonderful pianist who also happens to be Isabelle’s grandmother.  

Yolanda Bruno is a brilliant young Canadian violin virtuoso with an intense devotion to communicating with an audience. Her exhilarating approach to making music has branded her one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and has brought her solo engagements with orchestras across North America and Europe.

Born in Ottawa, Yolanda began violin lessons with her mother at age five and quickly discovered the joys of performance. By the time she was ten, she knew she wanted a future in music. It happened one afternoon when she was looking after her brother - a toddler wailing away in his playpen. She grabbed her violin in the hopes that the music would distract him. She tossed off some folk tunes and he was soon laughing and dancing to the sounds of the music. It was a lightbulb moment - music could bring happiness to even the grumpiest listener!

Since then, she’s gone on to win the OSM Standard Life Competition, the inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition and is the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award, a distinction shared with her fellow Canadian musicians Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Ehnes and Marc-André Hamelin.

Yolanda joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and also serves as concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs on an enchanting Domenico Montagnana violin made in Venice in 1737 on generous loan from Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.

The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2 pm
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Program
Memories in an Ancient Garden - Alexina Louie
Italian Concerto - J.S. Bach
Sonetto 104 del Petrarc - Franz Liszt
Vallee d'Obermann - Franz Liszt

INTERMISSION

Four Ballades for Piano - Frederic Chopin

Biography
Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. 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. 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 and innovative programming.

Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (CanSona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas (Chestnut Hall Music), Mozart Sonatas and Sonatinas (The Mozart Effect), and the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and currently teaches at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana enjoys performing music of living composers, and also advocates for music written by Jewish composers.

The Art of the Piano: Ida Pelliccioli
Debussy and influences

Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Program

Rameau - Suite in A minor 

Debussy - Hommage à Rameau 

Albeniz - La Vega 

Debussy - La Puerta del Vino; Soirée à Grenade; Masques

Ida Pelliccioli is an Italo-Croatian pianist who grew up in France. Her multicultural background often shows in her choice of repertoire, as well as her interest in contemporary music and her interest in collaborating with young composers. The programmes that she will present in her 2019-2020 season are built around these lines as well as the will to bring to the audience some less played and forgotten pieces. 

Tonight's program  aims to create echoes between the music of Debussy and the music of two composers that influenced him. On one hand, Rameau, which Debussy described as the pinnacle of the French tradition. On the other hand, Albeniz, as an example of how Debussy found an important source of inspiration in reimagining the music of foreign lands. Spanish idioms inspired some of his most animated music. Three of the pieces chosen are also linked by the same element of inspiration: "La Vega" was also named "Alhambra Suite", "La Puerta del Vino" refers to the gate of the same Palace in Granada, and finally "Soirée à Grenade" uses the Arabic scale and mimics guitar strumming to evoke images of this same land and heritage.

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Aaron Davis Circle of Friends

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8pm
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The Circle Of Friends 
Lori Cullen - vocals
Maryem Tollar -  vocals
Suba Shankarin - vocals and keyboards
Dylan Bell - vocals and bass
Gabriel Davis - vocals
John Johnson - woodwinds
Rob Piltch - guitar
Davide Direnzo - drums and percussion
Aaron Davis - piano and vocals

Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger and keyboardist who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio, with whom he still works, and the world beat band Manteca.  He is music director for and collaborator with singer Measha Brueggergosman. Aaron is also a composer of over 100 film scores, and the winner of 3 Gemini Awards and 2 Juno Awards.
    
He has co-written songs with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Ron Sexsmith and Marc Jordan, and worked as arranger for a number of artists and organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Finnish National Opera, the Art Of Time Ensemble, Ed Robertson, Steven Page, Madeleine Peyroux, Alison Krauss, Natalie MacMaster and the Canadian Brass.

Since 2011 Aaron has been working on interactive multi-media art installations with his wife, visual artist Candida Girling. They created “Marcovaldo’s Bench”, an installation which was part of Toronto’s “Nuit Blanche” festival.

Magisterra on Tour 2019: Nine

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2 pm
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Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Mikela Witjes, violin
Matt Antal, viola
Pablo Veglia-Mahave, cello
Joseph Phillips, bass

Program
Arthur Lourie (1892-1966)     Sonata (1924) for Violin and Doublebass
Louise Farenc (1804-1875)     Quintet in E flat Major, op. 38 (1849)
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)  Quintet in G Major, op. 77 (1875)

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.

The Art of the Piano: Nazareno Ferruggio

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8pm
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Program

D. Scarlatti : Sonate k 438 k 531
F. Chopin : Notturno op.9 n.1
E. Satie : Gymnopedie n. 1
Gnossienne n. 1
E. Grieg : Im Balladeton
F. Mompou : Secreto , Pajaro Triste
M. Ponce : Intermezzo , Malgrad Tout
F: Liszt ; Rapsodia ungherese n. 3
A. Paert : Fuer Alina, Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
F. Chopin : Andante spianato e grande Polacca brillante op.22

Nazareno Ferruggio is considered one of most refined of Italian pianists. He is active in the promotion of classical music in today's culture. Having graduated with full marks, full honours and distinction from the Niccolo Piccini State Conservatorium of music in Bari in Pierluigi Camicia’s class and after having completed a postgraduate course at the Musikhochschule Mannheim (Germany) in Ragna Schirmer’s class, he finished his studies in the Musikhochschule Bern (Switzerland) with Rada Petkova. He also attended Masterclasses with prestigious teachers such as J. Achucarro, K. H. Kaemmerling, Jerome Lowenthal, J. Soriano and O.Yablonskaya.

His debut was as soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica of Bari performing Beethoven's Fantasy for choir and orchestra op. 80 conducted by Nicola Scardicchio. He has won eighteen First Prizes in national and international competitions. In 2005, he won the prestigious Piano International Competition Ibla Grand Prize[2] with best prize for Debussy's pieces.

In 2006, he had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and he performed concerts in Little Rock (Arkansas), US. In 2007, he received the Liszt Special Prize at the 8th Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo. In 2008, he won a prize and a Rotary Scholarship at the Pianale Academy in Fulda (Germany). In 2009, he won the first prize at the International piano Competition ”Premio Valentino.”

In 2007, he toured extensively in Indonesia where he also gave Masterclasses. He performed recitals in Jakarta and Surabaya. In 2008, he did his debut in the Wiener Saal in Salzburg. He is finalist at Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Salt Lake City.

After having won awards at the “Ibla Grand Prize” and the “Grieg International Piano Competition” at Oslo, he began his career which has brought him invitations to perform in some of the world’s most important concert halls: Carnegie Hall, Lindemann Hall, Cheong Ju Arts Centre, Rosengarten, Wiener Saal, Palau de la Musica, Auditorium de Leon, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center(XV Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition), Teatru Manoel, Teatro Municipal (Lima), Conservatori Municipal de Musica de Barcelona, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa della Musica - Quito.

He has given concerts and recitals in New York, London, Singapore, Yangon, Budapest, Mexico City, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Oslo, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, La Valletta, Milan, Lima, Barcelona, Innsbruck, Venice, Hong Kong, Rome, Cheong Ju, Hamamatsu, Little Rock, Cologne, Geneva, Amsterdam, Guatemala, Mannheim, Berne and Bari.

He has been invited to play at the following Music Festivals: Sommets du Classique, International Spring Festival, Cantiere internazionale di Musica Contemporanea, Festival della Musica Contemporanea in Lima, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Festival Liszt in Milan, Raices 2015 Mexico.

He has been a soloist with ICO Orchestra Provincia di Bari, ICO Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Michoacan, MAV Orchestra Budapest. He performed piano concertos under the baton of conductors Nicola Scardicchio, Brian Schembri, Karl Martin, Hakan Sensoy, Claudio Morbo, Gordon Campbell.

He is also a visiting professor at the University of Suwon in South of Korea and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Escuela Superior de musica in Mexico City, Academy of Ars in Novi Sad and Conservatorio superior de Castellon.

This is a co-presentation with the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto.

The Iris Trio: Homage and Inspiration
Christine Carter, Clarinet
Anna Petrova, piano
Molly Carr, viola

Don McKay, poet

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 Student

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“…a beauty of sound and striking expression that is rarely surpassed.”
 - BREMEN WESER KURIER

"...an exquisite balance of sound...one could feel the special passion and inspiration of the musicians..."  
- AUGSBURGER ALLGEMEINE

Program 

Robert Schuman - Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132 (1853)                 

György Kurtág - Hommage à R. Sch. 15d (2003)      

Max Bruch -  Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83 (1909)

Florian Hoefner & poet Don Mckay - Bird Island Suite for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (2019) - World Première 

Praised for their “beauty of sound and striking expression” (Bremen Weser Kurier), the Iris Trio (clarinetist Christine Carter, violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova) began working together during their years at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Their trio debut at the German Consulate in New York City was completely sold out and immediately followed by an invitation to the prestigious Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany. The trio subsequently gave the world premiere of Christof Weiß’s new work, Conversation Among Friends, at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Residence Palace, later appearing in Michael Wende & Andreea Varga’s documentary, “MozartLabor.” They have since appeared at venues across North America and Europe, including a tour of their most recent project, Homage and Inspiration, to six concert halls across Germany. 

Their debut album, recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen Germany, will be released in 2019, accompanied by tours in Canada, the US, and Europe. The three members of the trio are also active recitalists in their own rite and have performed around the world on many of the major concert stages from Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall to the Concertgebouw and Sydney Opera House. "Their ensemble playing is simply fabulous, perfectly balanced, admirable in its rhythmic security and virtuosity.” “…a musical and lively performance, solid in the technical nuances, and with an exquisite balance of sound.” “The Iris Trio convinced with a tremendously expressive, exciting and pointed performance - all the way to the gentle final beat of the drum.”

Don McKay’s books of poetry include Birding, or Desire (1983), Night Field (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), Strike/Slip (2006) and Paradoxides (2012). Camber, a selected poetry, appeared in 2004. Five of his books have been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and two of them—Night Field and Another Gravity—received that award. He has been nominated for the Griffin Award three times and received it for Strike/Slip in 2007. Between 1975 and 2018 he served as coeditor and co-publisher with Brick Books. After teaching English and Creative Writing at the Universities of Western Ontario and New Brunswick for twenty-seven years, he now writes and edits full time. From 1991 to 1997 he edited The Fiddlehead, and he has served as a workshop leader for institutions and writers’ groups. He was the Associate Director for poetry at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 14 years. His abiding interest in natural history and the environment has led to three books on the poetics of wilderness: Vis à Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005), and The Shell of the Tortoise (2011). His collected poems, Angular Unconformity, appeared in 2014. Don McKay currently makes his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2009 he was named to the Order of Canada.

The Art of Improvisation: Celebrating Gallery 345

Friday November, 22, 2019 at 8pm
Tickets: $20/PWYC
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Gallery 345 has been a source of inspiration for a very large number artists and audience members for many years. This Art of Improvisation show celebrates Edward Epstein's innovative programming at Gallery 345 and his commitment to supporting such a broad spectrum of performance.

The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio will begin the first set with more “structured” improvisations. The second set will be “unscripted” improvisations with Bill Gilliam (piano), Bill McBirnie (flute) and Eugene Martynec (electro-acoustics).

Set One
Bill Gilliam (piano)
Kayla Milmine (soprano sax)
Ambrose Pottie (drums)

Set Two
Bill Gilliam (piano) 
Bill McBirnie (flute) 
Eugene Martynec (electro acoustics) 

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of acoustic 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 his compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill has performed with different ensembles at jazz and new music venues and festivals in Canada & USA. His recordings include “Entangled Pathways” with the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio, “Ensorcell” (solo piano), “Memory Vision” (DVD), “Signposts” with Charlie Ringas as well as “Spirit Matter” and “Urban Undercurrents” with the Bill Gilliam Ensemble. The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio performed at the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the same year Bill conducted and performed with the London Improvisors Orchestra at Iklectic, London, England and also performed “unscripted” improvised music at Koerner Hall in Toronto with jazz flautist Bill McBirnie. In June 2019 the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio was featured at the Something Else! Festival in Hamilton. 

Recently Bill Gilliam, Glen Hall and Joe Sorbara released their new CD “Counterstasis – Refracted Voices” produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. www.bill-gilliam.com 

Kayla Milmine is in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Her unique approach has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell yet also a warmth and thoughtfulness reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Milmine recently released an album with Overleaf alongside Mira Martin-Gray and Heidi Chan and plays regularly in trio form with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Ambrose Pottie. In February 2019 she recorded with celebrated bassist William Parker in a chamber-improv sextet in New York City, where she also travels to study with mentor Sam Newsome. She is co-artistic director of the Women From Space Festival. 

Ambrose Pottie is a Cramahe, Ontario based musician and graphic designer. He has recorded and/or performed with: Bob Becker, Blue Rodeo, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Neil Clark, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Christine Duncan, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie, Eugene Martynec, Plasterscene Replicas, Polka Dogs, Andrew Staniland, Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie trio and Bob Wiseman. 

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist. Bill is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. He was also designated a “Haynes Artist” by the venerable Wm. S. Haynes Co. All of Bill’s Extreme Flute releases are currently available at CDBaby and iTunes. You can find out more about Bill at his website: www.extremeflute.com 

Eugene Martynec has been involved in music professionally for over 50 years as a guitarist, composer and record producer. The last 20 years he has been involved in building and performing with a software instrument that is suited primarily for improvisation and is a work in progress. He has performed with the London, Royal Amsterdam, Berlin and Wuppertal Improvising Orchestras as well as small improvising ensembles in Barcelona, London, Madrid, Copenhagen, Malmo, Amsterdam, Montreal, Rome, Toronto and Beijing. 

Martynec studied composition, electronic music and orchestration with Dr. Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory in 1970-74 and was active as a studio guitarist and record producer. He received a Juno Award for producing Bruce Cockburn and Rough Trade and is also a recipient of several Canada and Toronto Arts Grants for composition and recording projects. Eugene is a founding member of The Toronto Improvisors Orchestra.

The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen 
"Wonder Women!"

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2 pm
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“Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?” So pondered Clara Schumann, remembered as one of the finest pianists of all time. As part of her project, ”Wonder Women!", pianist Sarah Hagen delves into the compositions and stories of some of her favourite forgotten female composers. This recital will highlight works by 18th and 19th century composers, including a marvellous and rarely performed sonata by Marianne von Martinez. 

Awarded as Ontario Contact’s 2017 Artist of the Year as well as the British Columbia Touring Council’s 2015 Artist of the Year, and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, Sarah’s extensive touring has taken her across Canada, to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy, and twice to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 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. Her collaboration “Exultation” with Canadian Slam Poetry Champion Brendan McLeod explores Rachmaninoff’s  complete Opus 32 Preludes through poetry and storytelling and premiered to critical acclaim in February 2017. Sarah also tours a one-woman musical comedy show called “Perk up, pianist!” of which the Edmonton Journal wrote, “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” In addition, Sarah periodically writes wine reviews for her blog, “ARTIST WINES! - Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets.

Select Reviews: 

“...the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and ex- pressing 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) 
“If all you wanted was a marvellously handled piece of difficult piano music, it would be hard to ask for more. Hagen did much more than just hit the notes in the right spots. [...] Hagen’s performance has made me reconsider my classical music likes and dislikes.” - Smithers Interior News 

Mozart's D minor Fantasy K. 397, “played flawlessly by Sarah Hagen” - Review Vancouver 

Hagen played “with great sensitivity and heart.” Vernon Morning Star

“Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive” 
- University of Waterloo Gazette 

Duo526: Duo Fantasy
Futaba Niekawa, piano
Kerry DuWors, violin

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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"DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy." (Gramophone Magazine August 2019) CD "Duo Fantasy" Review

"Niekawa and DuWors create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world."
 (Sonograma Magazine)

Program 
Sonata Fantasia No. 2 (1914) | Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
I.              Allegro non troppo
II.            Largo
III.          Rondo - Allegro Finale

Elegy & Fantasie (1989, rev. 1991) | John Mackey (b. 1973)

~ Intermission ~

Violin Sonata No. 2 (1915, rev. 1920) | Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
I.              Fantasy: Slow and gloomy
II.            The Grey Dancer in the Twilight: Fast Valse
III.          Very broad and concentrated
IV.          Allegro feroce

Duo Fantasy (1973) | William Bolcom (b. 1938)

DUO526 “DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy” (Gramophone Magazine). duo526 was founded in 2011 by violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). Their mentors include Charles Castleman, Jean Barr, Henk Guittart, Roger Tapping, Lafayette String Quartet, Hardy Rittner, and Mark Steinberg. duo526 has performed across Canada, the U.S., Japan and has had artist residencies at the Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Brandon University and Indiana University. In 2016, duo526 launched their “Mozart in Public Spaces” project: video recordings for social media of the complete Mozart sonatas in conjunction with the “Play Me I’m Yours” street pianos installations all over the world. They have recently given performances at the 2019 "Experience Villa-Lobos" Festival at Virginia Commonwealth University, Oklahoma University, and the Regina Chamber Music Festival.

duo526 is dedicated to creative thought and the art of listening through the study and performance of a vast repertoire across an array of styles. Their joy of collaboration results from risk-taking, inspiration and spontaneous reactions. Their name was inspired by Mozart’s last Sonata for Violin and Piano K. 526, the first work presented to them for their equal virtuosic flair and refined musicianship. Travels to Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, New York City and Iceland have given duo526 insight and inspiration. duo526’s 2014 debut album, Ballade, exemplifies this spirit through sonatas by Janáček, Enescu and Grieg. Their latest album DUO FANTASY featuring works by VillaLobos, Bax and Bolcom was released May 2019.

"Niekawa and DuWors create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world" (Sonograma Magazine).

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Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Taiwan, and Japan at notable venues including Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and Sumida-Triphony Concert Hall. Niekawa’s passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have led to artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Niekawa earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. She is dedicated to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice through guest teaching, masterclasses throughout North America and workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar. Since 2015, Niekawa has been on the faculty for Chamber and Collaborative Piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

www.futabaniekawa.com

Praised for “soaring cantilena” (Gramophone Magazine) and “always finding the music behind the notes with fearless competence” (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian violinist Kerry DuWors has performed across four continents. In demand as a versatile chamber musician, DuWors champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras. Highlights include performances with duo526, James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Measha Brueggergosman, collectif9, and The Knights in New York City. Described as a musical adventurer and a musician-athlete, she has been soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. DuWors has won prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, University of Toronto Eaton Graduate Scholarship, and two Canada Council Career Development Grants. From She is a four-time laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank. DuWors currently plays on a modern violin by Felix Krafft modeled after the 1735 “Plowden” Guarneri.

Curiosity drives DuWors’ dedicated academic and musical study through creative projects, artist residencies (Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Indiana University), commissions, premières, masterclasses, and community outreach. Her mentors include Lorand Fenyves, Charles Castleman, Scott St. John, Jean Barr, and the Lafayette String Quartet. In 2018 she created the annual summer duo526 Sonata Seminar with pianist Futaba Niekawa. Committed to pedagogy and mentorship, Kerry has been Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Brandon University since 2003.

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Let Me Explain: CD Release Performance
Christina Raphaëlle Haldane, soprano
Carl Philippe Gionet, piano
Stu Harrison, piano
Mike Downes, double bass

Friday November 15, 2019 at 8 pm
$30; $15 Students

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Join soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane and special guests in a performance event to celebrate the release of her debut album ‘Let Me Explain.’ The album features an all Canadian musical line-up, with works by David Jaeger C. M., Carl Philippe GIonet, Samy Moussa & Oscar Peterson. Ticket entry includes refreshment.

Christina Raphaelle Haldane was fully committed as Cleopatra...and she sang fantastically well, from the exquisitely shaped melodic line of ‘Se Pieta’ to the dazzling coloratura of ‘Da tempeste.’ OPERA MAGAZINE ‘the best of the bunch, Christina Haldane, had sadly little airtime as Quiteria’s pal Lucinda’ THE TIMES, LONDON Christina Raphaëlle Haldane shone in every facet of her performance…OPERA CANADA (Rodelinda) Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, NB.

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, in the UK. 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 The 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, and is also a dedicated interpreter of song and chamber repertoire. Recent highlights 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 Covent Garden and also covering the role of Sifare in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Mitridate, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina made her critically acclaimed Canadian operatic debut in Toronto in Nov 2017, performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert. Christina’s 2018 began with exciting plans for her debut album, ‘Let Me Explain’ a collection of Canadian art songs, which was recorded at the Glenn Gould studio that summer.

‘Let Me Explain’ will be released in October of 2019 with Redshift records. This project received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, and she is grateful for their support. In September 2015, Christina commenced a DMA in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She is currently ABD and due to complete her doctoral studies in the summer of 2019. Christina is thrilled to be joining the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts for the academic year 2019/ 20.

www.christinahaldane.com

The Art of the Piano: Anastasia Rizikov

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Ms. Rizikov is an extraordinary virtuoso, with abundant technical prowess. But she is more than the sum of ten fingers – she is a consummate artist, born to play, to love the art and act of music-making... Renée Silberman, The Beat Magazine, January 21, 2014.

Program

F. Chopin

Intermission

J. Burge

A. Arensky

A. Scriabin

Rachmaninoff Preludes:

M. Balakirev

Twenty year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov has dazzled the international arena as a child prodigy since she was seven, competing with musicians over twice her age, and winning numerous International piano competitions, placing first in the following: Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, (Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, (Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (Italy, 2013); and the Rotary International Piano Competition (Spain, 2011), among many others. She won first place at American Protégé 2010 International Piano and Strings Competition and performed in New York City's Carnegie Hall. In 2012 Anastasia was awarded the prestigious 2013 "Debut Atlantic" concert tour, a 2,5 weeks long tour along the Canadian Atlantic coast that was held in September, 2013.

Since her orchestral debut in Kiev, Ukraine, at the age of seven, she had over 40 orchestral performances internationally and has worked with many great conductors and musicians, such as Peter Oundjian, Emmanuel Ax, and Bernhard Gueller. Ms. Rizikov also has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Vladimir Feltsman, Awadagin Pratt, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, Ferenc Rados, Anatoly Ryabov, Oxana Yablonskaya, and has worked with András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Olga Kern.

Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her to Asia, all over Europe and North America, where she has performed in many famous concert halls and venues, as well as in numerous prestigious music festivals nationally and internationally, including the Orford Music Festival and the Verbier Music Festival. She recorded her CD “”Piano Recital” Laureate Series with NAXOS records, released on December 2, 2016.

In December, 2012, in honour of Glenn Gould's 80th Anniversary Year and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, The Glenn Gould Foundation has provided a C1X Yamaha baby grand piano to the "outstanding young pianist Anastasia Rizikov. Ms. Rizikov has the piano on an indefinite loan-basis to aid in her artistic and career development."

Ms Rizikov graduated the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with top honours obtaining a Concert Artist Diploma under Professor Marian Rybicki, while continuing studies with her life-long teacher in Toronto, Maia Spis.

Anastasia had given interviews to and performed at Canadian Jazz FM 91 and Classical 96.3 FM radio stations, CBC Television news and CBC Radio, Rogers TV, Global Montreal TV, Russian MIX TV (City TV), the Ukrainian TV programs Svitohliad and Kontakt, the Toronto Star newspaper, the Wholenote magazine, and the American WSKG-FM, WSKG-TV channels.

This fall, she will tour the Northwest Territories as part of the PianoSix organization, aiming to bring world-class pianists to thousands of Canadians in remote communities, to inspire future generations of musicians and fans.

Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, English, and mastering her French, Anastasia also enjoys culinary arts, Russian literature, and loves spending time with her 3-year old sister, Diana.

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

Sunday November 10, 2018 at 3 pm 
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Last year, FABLES made its debut in Toronto at Gallery 345 with an unlikely mixture of sounds: classical piano music from the French Impressionists and piano covers of Japanese video game scores. On one stormy April evening, the music of Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Uematsu and Hamauzu were weaved together in a recital programme, painting the Gallery's walls and the listener's imagination with its narrative power.

They say that music begins, where words fail. But here, the music of these creative and innovative composers bring stories and words off the page to exist in a multi-dimensional reality, where they exist in a perpetual dance.

This year, the musical narrative continues with a new programme of exciting music. On November 10, Cathy Yang and Benyamin Nuss - based in Germany - will perform again at Gallery 345 music for piano solo and piano duet from Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Nobuo Uematsu, Masayashi Soken and Benyamin Nuss.

Program

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/9T1GdVDQ_OJL6DCNcBseSVYZnIskq_R7cUDC3dePrh4FTOfIPFUzHgmkOWhBMV_5FKciAISneQOQXxB1YebwnmFedUiEX178XvkqNTST6LrPRA3ufZk36_BSFR1z-u8Y9XsWGECRAt the age of 7 Cathy Yang started her musical career with Prof. Zhaoyi Dan in China. Soon after she immigrated to Canada and continued her musical journey with Vladimir Niurenberg in Toronto. Her professional musical studies were completed with Prof. Ilja Scheps at the University of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) with a Masters degree in piano performance. While in Canada, she participated and received prizes in many regional piano festivals and also in the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. In 2006, she won two first prizes at the solo and concerto competition at Ithaca College in New York, USA.
In May 2006, she was invited by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation as one of two representatives from Canada to participate in their music festival Moscow Meets Friends. Performing in the Central Music School in Moscow, Russia, she shared the stage with some of the most talented young musicians from around the world.

In 2010, Cathy won the third prize in her age category at the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera in Spain. While in Aachen, Germany she was invited multiple times by the Collegium Musicum orchestra of the RWTH Aachen to perform as the soloist in the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. She also performed in Poland with various orchestras. As a member of Aix Alma Trio she toured several times in Germany.

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

Benyamin Nuss was born in Bergisch-Gladbach (Germany) on June 20, 1989. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, Ludwig Nuss - an internationally renowned jazz trombonist. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion. Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,” he began at the age of ten to study the composer Claude Debussy and soon after the works of Maurice Ravel.
How elegantly and emotionally he internalizes the music is demonstrated by his first prizes at the 2005 National Steinway Competition “Young Musicians” and the 2006 International Competition “Prix d’Amadeo de Piano”, as well as his grant from the Hochbegabtenstiftung (Foundation for the Gifted) ”Best of NRW”. Benyamin Nuss has been studying at the Cologne/Aachen conservatoire with Prof. Ilja Scheps since 2008. Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he always had a passion for video games and video game music. He was the featured soloist in the award-winning recording “Symphonic Fantasies” and his first CD - released by “Deutsche Grammophon” - is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous Role Play Game of all time, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through German playing in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeiz Halle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. 

He appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distant World” concerts in Tokyo, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. His has performed on TV, like in “Stars von Morgen” with Rolando Villazon and in front of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. In 2012, he recorded his second CD for “Deutsche Grammophon”: ”Exotica”. It was equally successful as the first and was followed by celebrated concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Recently, he made recordings and played concerts for the German radio, performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano in F” with the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken”, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G″ with the “WDR Rundfunk Orchester”.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a classical performer, Benyamin is a gifted composer. Two of his compositions can be heard in “Exotica”. Apart from classical concerts, he also performs his own compositions with his jazz quartet and in a trio together with his father Ludwig Nuss and the great bass player John Goldsby.

Eight Singers Drinking

Friday November 8, 2019 at 8 pm
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Featuring the...
Affable Aaron Durand, magnificent Michael Nyby, brilliant Beste Kalender, cool-as-cucumbers Catherine Daniel, refulgent Ryan Downey, radical River Guard, superb Sonya Harper Nyby, relentlessly radiant Rachel Krehm, and the powerfully perfect pianist, Trevor Chartrand.

Behold the beginning of a brand new bit of boozy business!

Come in from the cold and casually catch eight cool cats carousing over classy cocktails.

Each of our eight vocal artistes shall engage your eyes and ears, while your tastebuds are either shaken or stirred (to your preference, of course!)

Eight singers. Eight drinks. One good night.

Get thee to Gallery 345! November the 8th, at 8:00pm.

Jazz at the Gallery
John MacMurchy, reeds
Dan Ionescu, guitar

Thursday November  7, 2019 at 8 pm
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John MacMurchy (saxophone and clarinet) and Dan Ionescu (8-string guitar) in a follow-up to their live-in-the-studio recording. The interplay between these musicians has been called “intuitive” and “sublime”. The performance will range between Brazilian rhythms, straight ahead jazz, and sublime ballads.

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"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life." - Sheldon Zandboer
"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas."

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

Ron Davis’ SymphrRONica: Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Ron Davis (piano)
Kevin Barrett (guitar, Music Director)
Mike Downes (bass)
Steve Heathcoate (drums)
Aline Homzy (violin, String Section Leader)
Brielle Goheen (violin)
Laurence Schaufele (viola)
Beth Silver (cello)

On the heels of a critically acclaimed ("4 Stars!", "[The] reinvention of jazz for modern ears") three-week run at world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron Davis and his genre-defying, boundary-pushing 8-piece group SymphRONica are wasting no time before launching a new season of concerts (their seventh), and a new recording (Ron's 13th).

SymphRONica isn't jazz with classical accompaniment or jazzed-up classical music. It's tuneful, inventive music with big grooves and melodies the leaves audiences moved, excited and humming. SymphRONica captures original compositions, newly reinvigorated jazz standards and world melodies with energy, pizzazz and groove that explore new musical realms across a journey of enjoyment. It’s rich, it’s substantial and above all it’s entertaining, presented with wit, wisdom and irreverence by the classically trained jazz adventurer, Ron Davis.

This open rehearsal is a chance to catch Ron and SymphRONica right before they perform a concert that will then become their next recording. It will be an informal performance, with stops and starts, a front row seat to the musical creative process in the beautiful and intimate setting of Gallery 345.

Some critical reactions to SymphRONica:

“Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is truly an ensemble like no other. Energetic, virtuosic, charming, worldly … excitingly unpredictable and fresh… virtuosity and drive …” - WholeNote

“Superb (SymphRONica)” - The Royal Philharmonic Society, UK

“Four Stars… wonderfully wayward eclecticism… sumptuously floating … deftly ranging keyboard work … a wonderful excursion … a pulsing, slamming drive … enjoyably intimate, salon vibe.” – The Scotsman

“Not like anything else out there. …Your mind will be blown … a sound which truly represents modern jazz music!” – OrcaSound

“No wonder he’s been called “one of the great minds in Jazz” by JazzFM and “an innovative force within the world of Jazz” by The National Post.” – TorontoMoon

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

Friday November 1, 2019 at 8 pm  
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The Novotny/Botos recording Look Ahead was released internationally on Triplet Records in 2016. It has now brought these stalwart Canadian jazz musicians and their unique duo-sound to the world. Look Ahead is more than a title, it describes their musical approach, which involves a shared 6th sense of music and sound. This connection propels them toward new compositional and performative destinations. When music-making is this genuine, it can extend to other mediums because it story-tells. Recent acknowledgment of this Novotny/Botos trait comes from Canadian filmmaker Cleo Tellier, who licensed the Novotny/Botos version of Botos’s song Budapest for the closing theme of her movie Mishka. It has received over 40 million YouTube views since April 22, 2018. Also, the Novotny/Botos version of My Favorite Things is streaming on Spotify’s instrumental jazz playlist, joining iconic jazz luminaries Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Please join us at the intimate Gallery 345 concert space, on November 1st 2019, to hear experience Paul Novotny and Robi Botos, as they together Look Ahead.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas and many others. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has composed and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning recordings. He played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos on Triplet Records and their music is easily heard on all digital music services. Paul is currently the president of Triplet Records which he started with Joe Sealy in 1994. He has an MA in music composition and is currently in his second year of doctoral research at York University. Paul also teaches at Humber College in Toronto.

Robi Botos has performed with Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and won numerous international music competitions. He has opened for Wayne Shorter and Danilo Perez and continues to perform and record in commemoration of Oscar Peterson. Robi regularly performs with Molly Johnson, and his own group recording titled Movin’ Forward won a Juno Award in 2016, featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts and Robert Hurst. Robi’s recent 2018 recording Old Soul is now a Juno winner as well. As a film composer, Robi penned the score for A People Uncounted, documenting the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people. Robi has also completed music for Stella Meghie’s feature films, Jean of The Jonses and The Weekend, which Novotny did with him. Robi’s song Budapest, (from Novotny/Botos-Look Ahead) was licensed as the closing theme for Cleo Tellier’s film, Mishka, which has now received over 40 million YouTube views. Robi Botos is a Canadian jazz treasure who is recognized worldwide.

Robi Botos is endorsed by Yamaha and Nord.
Paul Novotny is endorsed by Universal Audio and HHB Communications Canada.

tripletrecords.com | 40 Amroth Ave. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4C 4H2  | 416-961-9440
Paul Novotny and Robi Botos, My Favorite Things

Irving Artists: CD Release
Hiroko Nagahata, piano Alexa Muhly, cello

Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 2 pm
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Chicago-based musicians Hiroko Nagahata (pianist) and Alexa Muhly (cellist), known together as Irving Artists, released their self-produced album Irving  on October 9, 2019. The album will be available for purchase on CD and download from CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com. Self-released through their own Six Corner Records, Irving Artists functions as a chamber group with a ‘flexible format’.

Program
J. S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Major, BMV 1027
Robert Schumann:  Fantasiestucke op. 73

Intermission

Cassado: Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello
Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Prelude in D Major Op. 23 No. 4  for solo Piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Cello and Piano
Antonin Dvorak:  Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 2I 

Cellist ALEXA MUHLY holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, and Lithuania, and is an active orchestral and chamber musician in the Chicago area. She was principal cellist of the Kalamazoo Symphony for three seasons, and has served as principal cellist for the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing music from the cello’s traditional repertoire, Muhly also enjoys championing music by living composers, and she was the cellist for the Michigan-based contemporary music ensemble Opus 21, winner of the 2006 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award. Performance highlights included an invitation to appear on the Carnegie Presents series with internationally renowned American composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, and a performance for Chamber Music America’s national conference. 

A native of Japan, HIROKO NAGAHATA (hirokopiano.webs.com) has performed internationally for solo and chamber music. She was a Special Presentation Award winner of the Artists International Audition and made her New York solo recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009. She has accompanied renowned organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Choirs of America, and Chinese Fine Arts Society among many others. Nagahata received a Doctor of Music Degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from Kobe College. 

The Art of the Piano: Ani Gogova

Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Program
Sonata quasi Fantasia “Moonlight"  -  Ludwig van Beethoven
Fantasia quasi Sonata “After reading of Dante” - Franz Liszt 
Intermission
Two Etudes-tableaux -  Sergei Rachmaninoff
Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky

Biography

Ani Gogova’s “dazzling artistic presence”, “masterful poetic expression”, “ravishing colors”, and “virtuoso technique beyond reproach” have been captivating audiences around the world for almost two decades. Her career started early in her native Bulgaria after winning top prizes in several national and international competitions for young pianists. Since then, Gogova has appeared in solo recitals, at festivals, and in concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, France, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the US. Her performances have been heard on NPR, WBEZ, TED Talks, Bulgarian National Radio, FM Classic Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, and WFMT Chicago and have been selected as Critics’ Pick by Time Out Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

Acclaimed for her innovative approach to classical music, Ani Gogova appears in cutting-edge collaborations with artists of other media such as photography, film, live animation, poetry, fashion, and dance, creating fresh and memorable classical experiences. This season she performs in Canada, France, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, and around the US. Recent performances include solo debut at Carnegie Hall, debut as soloist with the State Orchestra of Mexico and Brevard Symphony, appearances at Chicago Cultural Center, Harris Theater in Chicago, and the Bulgarian Embassy Series in Washington, DC. James Harrington of American Records Guide writes, “Gogova is a complete modern classical musician, with the ability to communicate her music through straight concert performances, videos, multi-genre presentations, and recordings...I would go out of my way to see her perform.”

Her latest album titled “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares” was released on Blue Griffin Recording label gathering critical acclaim for her playing being “quite hypnotic”, “eliciting fine nuances”, “project[ing] a special magic “and for its “incisive accuracy” “as if she were Martha Argerich on speed.” (Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition) Next season, she will have two new releases. “The Tempest” will feature music inspired by the writings of William Shakespeare, while “Immortal Beloved” will explore the piano music Beethoven dedicated to three women considered by scholars to be the mysterious lady he addressed in his famous “immortal beloved” letter.

Gogova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has been living in Chicago since 2003 when she was appointed at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University becoming the youngest professor at the time to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory. In addition, she has taught young pianist from all over the world at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and has judged several international and national competitions.
www.anigogova.com

Monologues 
Brad Cherwin, clarinet, Nikki Joshi, percussion

Thursday October 24, 2019 at 7:30 pm 
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Program
Georges Aperghis - Le corps a corps
Stephanie Orlando - 2 from big, 1 from small
Christopher Adler - Ta sa maye, from Zaum Box
Pascal Dusapin - Ipso
Gyorgy Kurtag - In Nomine, from Signs, Games, and Messages
Gyorgy Kurtag - All’ongherese, from Tre Pezzi op. 38

The Happenstancers present percussionist and theatre-artist Nikki Joshi with clarinetist and visual artist Brad Cherwin in Monologues. Featuring works by György Kurtág, Georges Asperghis, Pascal Dusapin, and a world premiere by Stephanie Orlando, Monologues explores the limits of intelligibility, posing the question, “If music is a language, what are we saying?” Scenic design specially conceived for this performance will accompany a compelling selection of speech-based and folk-inspired works of the last 40 years.

An Evening with Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Wells

Monday October 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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In celebration of the release of his acoustic album, Nicholas Wells will be performing an intimate solo show, sharing personal stories about the music and his process of songwriting.

Singer-Songwriter Nicholas Wells found his passion for music at a young age. Since the age of eight, his vocal and piano-driven songs have chronicled his growth in life and as a songwriter with memorable melodies, emotional storytelling, and grandiose arrangements. His music has appeared in programs on MSNBC, SYFY, and Netflix, and spins daily on international radio. In addition to his solo performances, Nicholas has worked as a singer, pianist, producer, and arranger with acts such as Five For Fighting, Adele, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who he supported on programs like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ABC’s The View.

Over the span of fifteen years, Nicholas has released three original EPs, three studio albums, and multiple singles. His YouTube channel, featuring music videos, in-studio performances of original and cover songs, and behind-the-scenes footage, has garnered well over a million views. Nicholas’ commitment to creating “music with meaning” inspired the music video for his song “What I’m Here For,” starring his two adopted cats; this in turn inspired his fans to support their own local animal shelters.

Performing both solo shows and with his full band, Nicholas engages in heart-to-heart moments with his fans, celebrating his eclectic catalogue of upbeat, anthemic songs, as well as songs of deep-cutting honesty. His dedication to songwriting, his rich and soulful voice, and uniquely engaging, piano-laden performances make Nicholas Wells an artist to watch.

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

Sunday October 20, 2019 at 3pm
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Program 
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op.49 no.1 
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op.13 “Pathetique"
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op.78 "für Therèse"
pausa
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op.106  ”Hammerklavier"

Biography

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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.

Payadora Tango Ensemble

Saturday October 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm 
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Payadora 
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin  
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon 
Robert Horvath, piano 
Joseph Phillips, double bass
 

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Fewer, violin and Daniel Janke, composer/piano
Nominees 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards – best classical group

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8 pm
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Daniel Janke and Mark Fewer have worked together on numerous concert and recording projects. Film scores including Touch [Jeremy Podeswa, 2001] and Subconscious Password [Chris Landreth, Oscar short-list 2014]. Mark and Daniel also collaborated on the contemporary dance work Cinco Puntos Cardinales, which was subsequently release on the Centrediscs label. [CMCCD 16911, 2011].
Their recording Celestial Blue is a culmination of this musical relationship, and features new music for violin and prepared piano. www.musiccentre.ca/node/139228

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. Daniel’s work as a media artist recently led to the release of his feature film The Grubstake Remix.
Introductory video: vimeo.com/220052030
Bookings and information: 867 633-4806 danieljanke@northwestel.net
Centrediscs – Nicole Blain 416-961-6601 x304 nblain@musiccentre.ca

Jazz at the Gallery: JQXZ

Thursday October 17,  2019 at 8pm
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Diane Roblin, keyboards
George Koller, bass
Bruce Cassidy, EVI
Bill McBirnie, flute

A classically trained pianist and composer,  Diane Roblin continued her music education at York University. Her studies were eclectic and wide-ranging including electronic music, ethnomusicology, South Indian drumming, and jazz improvisation.  She attended the Karl Berger/Ornette Coleman intensive workshop in Woodstock and NYC playing with Dave Holland, Jack deJohnette and other notable musicians. As well, she studied with the Dutch Improv Academy (Hans Bennick , Mary Oliver, Wilfred de Joode) culminating in a performance at Amsterdam’s legendary Bimhaus.

Throughout the years Diane has lead and played with many diverse groups from Rough Trade, to renown avant garde improviser Charles Gayle. Toronto DJ, Jaymze Bee’s honoured her original jazz-funk CD RECONNECT placing it on his Top 3 list  for 2014 and it was top of the charts domestically and internationally (i.e. Japan, New Zealand, Germany)

Diane continues to lead and write for her jazz-funk quintet/sextet made up of Toronto’s finest (Bruce Cassidy, George Koller, Rich Underhill, Morgan Childs, to name a few). As well, she is an accomplished contemporary improviser and soloist playing with musicians such as: Nick Fraser, Brodie West, Phil Albert, Michael Snow, Rob Clutton, Kayla Millmine.    Diane has performed at the Kensington Market Jazz Festival, Jazz Bistro, Lula Lounge, Hart House, The Pilot Tavern, Alliance Francais, Harbourfront, Array Space, Tranzac residency, La Rev,  Toronto 416 Improvisers Festival, Somewhere There Festival, Merida Mexico, Tennessee Plum Festival, Smalls NYC, Ronnie Scotts London UK, Amsterdam’s Bimhaus as well as clubs abroad in Cannes, Antibes/Juan les Pins.  Diane plays high energy music from the heart.

"She is a facile and deeply emotional keyboardist who establishes her  musical territory with a muscular performance on the Fender Rhodes and  technical skill on the acoustic piano…..”
The Whole Note, Leslie Mitchell-Clarke

George Koller has played professionally and extensively within most genres of music and is best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk music, world music and world fusion. His current base of operations is Toronto, (Canada).

In over three decades, George has accumulated hundreds of diverse performing and recording credits and some of the artists he has worked with are: The Shuffle Demons, Phil Woods, Peter Gabriel, Loreena McKennitt, Bruce Cockburn,[2]Holly Cole, Richard Underhill, Graeme Kirkland, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, William Beauvais, Dominic Mancuso,[3]David Clayton-Thomas,[4] Doug Riley, Valdy, Issa, Autorickshaw, Larry Coryell, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Herb Ellis, Moe Koffman, Ron Korb, Eddie Harris, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.

In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. His playing of Indian stringed instruments -- Sitar, Sarode, Tanpura, and the violin-like Esraj and Dilruba—are featured in the motion pictures Such a Long Journey and Possible Worlds.[5]
In 2010, George helped produce the World Jazz For Haiti charity album at Number 9 Audio Group in Toronto in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, David Clayton-Thomas, Norman Amadio and Holly Cole.

Bruce Cassidy facilitates creativity and personal transformation in players and this has endeared him to students that he has taught and artists that have worked with hiBorn in Fredericton, New Brunswick he left his university studies and  moved to Montreal to study trumpet. After a period of study at Berklee College of Music in Boston he moved Halifax, Nova Scotia, finished his degree in experimental psychology at Dalhousie University and then moved to Toronto. He was soon performing at Toronto’s main jazz venues and in studios, including the first seven albums released by Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass.

From 2004 to 2009 Bruce was musical director for the great Blood Sweat and Tears vocalist David Clayton-Thomas and re-wrote the BS&T book for a larger ensemble to bring fresh sounds to that music.

He performs regularly with Bruce Cassidy’s Mbaqanga, A quartet playing South African Township style music One World Trio, a collaborative world music group featuring Anwar Khurshid, sitar, Waleed Abdulhamid bass and percussion and Bruce Cassidy EVI. Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Orchestra, a wide format six-horn band with which he recorded his latest release My African Heart.

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist. Bill is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. He was also designated a “Haynes Artist” by the venerable Wm. S. Haynes Co. All of Bill’s Extreme Flute releases are available at CDBaby and iTunes. You can find out more about Bill at his website: www.extremeflute.com

The French Reverie: Laura Farré Rozada

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Program

Biographies
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Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician. She has successfully auditioned for and secured residencies such as the Waterloo Region Contemporary Music Sessions 2017 in Canada, the NEXT Scheme 2018/2019 with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG) and the Ensemble Evolution 2019 at the Banff Centre (Canada), the latter generously supported with the Cyril and Elizabeth Challice Fund for Musicians Award. 

She completed her Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London as an RCM Patrons’ Award Holder, where she received an 'Exceptional' Distinction (94%) at her 1st-year MMus Recital. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor and Master piano studies with Jean-François Dichamp at ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music), and from her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). She obtained several Distinction Awards in all her studies. 

Laura recently published her first solo album The French Reverie, funded by 208 patrons from 28 countries across the 5 continents. 

She has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and the UK, and has appeared on the main Catalan and Spanish media, Channel France 3, France Musique, BBC Radio 3, Classic FM Radio and the Bulgarian National Radio.

In 2018, Laura made her debut with Robert Gerhard’s Piano Concerto with Camerata 'Eduard Toldrà' conducted by Edmon Colomer. In the same year, she World-Premiered in London Joel Järventausta's Piano Concerto with the New Perspectives ensemble conducted by Timothy Lines, giving a second performance at the CBSO Centre. She has performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the Ensemble Court-Circuit conducted by Jean Deroyer, and side-by-side with members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. She has also been conducted by Steven Schick, Tyshawn Sorey, Thomas Foskett-Barnes, Matthew Hardy, Tomàs Grau and Jean-Bernard Matter, among others. 

She has worked with renown composers including George Crumb, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Rebecca Saunders, Márton Illés, Rolf Hind, Nino Russell and Albert Sardà. Additionally, Laura has given 15 world premieres and 19 national premieres of works written by Philippe Manoury, David Lang, George Lewis, Dai Fujikura, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Vladimir Djambazov, Thierry Escaich, Ofer Ben-Amots, Tyshawn Sorey, Miya Masaoka, José Martínez, Joel Järventausta, Lara Poe, Lisa Atkinson, Layale Chaker, Gavin Stewart, Stella Fiorenzoli, Dani López, Ákos Lustyik, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Karim Younis, Benjamin Heim, Bronwen McVeigh and Patrick McGraw. 

Laura has participated in several masterclasses with professors Stanislav Pochekin, Mikhail Voskresensky, Felix Gottlieb, Konrad Elser, Boris Berman, Dmitri Alexeev, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Michel Béroff, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Andrew Haigh, Albert Tarakanov, Natasa Sarcevic, Marcel Baudet, Mark Knoop, Cory Smythe, Claire Chase, Malcolm Wilson and Nelly Ben-Or, among others. 

As a researcher, she has written essays on music and mathematics and the piano repertoire of the 20th century. Due to her multiple interests and her training in other instruments, Laura has also engaged in several musical projects that involved her in arranging music for the Swedish choir Köörmit, singing in choir festivals in Germany, France and Russia, collaborating with dancers Jonathan Goddard, Vilma Tihilä and Jess Williams, and performing and recording for bands such as GentleMusicMen, The Pinker Tones and Love of Lesbian.

In 2017, Laura received a High Commendation from the jury (Mei Yi Foo and Tim Gill) at the RCM Contemporary Competition. Since April 2018, she has been featured at the itinerary exposition 'D’ONES: Women’s (R)evolution in Musicin several venues, including Palau Robert in Barcelona. 

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

Friday October 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
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Program
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op. 10 no.1
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op.31 no.1
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. Op. 14 no.1
pausa
BEETHOVEN - Sonate No.  Op. 57  “Appassionata"

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.

Julie Michels, vocals and Dave Young, bass

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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"Musical performance rides the current of what’s swirling around us, embracing a diversity of ways in which we can grapple with the world around us."

Julie Michels was born in New Jersey and raised throughout Europe and the USA, before settling in Toronto, Canada. Her travels instilled a wanderlust not only for different countries, but for diversified cultures and distinct musical genres, all of which helped mold her career in music.
Her next CD is set to be recorded in New York. A re-interpretation of the songs of Lyle Lovett, it will be produced by Grammy Award nominated Mark Ruffin.

While attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison, ultimately receiving a Bachelor of Political Science degree with a minor in Macro Economics, Julie studied jazz with the bassist, Richard Davis.

Julie has performed, toured and recorded with Kevin Barrett, George Koller, Ottawa’s Chelsea Bridge, the MCCT Choir (Diane Leah, Musical Director) and her own bands, Sutra and Parla. As well as the Chicago Free Jazz Movement Kahil El’Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, the legendary BeBop Musician Dougie Richardson, composer and pianist Nancy Walker, pianist and composer Adrean Farrugia, Grammy Award winner Joe Sealy, pianist and composer Robie Botos, drummer Larnell Lewis, pianist and composer the late Archie Alleyne, Indian tablah player Ratech Das, Columbian percussionist Chendy Leon, guitarist Kevin Barrett, pianist and composer Gordon Webster, and the legendary Bob Fenton Davide.

Julie’s latest projects include the Braden/Michels Jazz Project with saxophonist Don Braden and pianist and arranger, David Restivo. Julie is a member of Broadsway with fellow vocalists, Heather Bambrick and Diane Leah. She has also worked with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Toronto Tabla Ensemble, the Ancient Voices Project, the Madison Celtic Renaissance Consort and the Blackhawk Stringband and JazzWorks Jazz Camp. In 2012, Julie played a major role in “Amazing Voice”, Japan’s national television documentary about the diverse face of Canadian music.

‘It’s a real pleasure to share the stage with Julie Michels…one of the Jazz Masters!’
- Sherif Elian, Principal Bass, Cairo Symphony Orchestra

‘Julie Michels possesses a huge voice with amazing control, both in range of volume, expression and wonderful tonal effects which she uses like an instrument.’
- Bob Scott, The Examiner

‘Michels is a powerful, gritty, all-in singer, with the power and confidence needed to belt the music out.’ - Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

‘Risky, imaginative, fresh, and fun loving.’ - Roger Levesque, The Edmonton Journal.

DAVID (DAVE) YOUNG (bassist) was born on January 29, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He began studying the guitar and violin when he was 10 years old, but a turn of events at his first gig (a university dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Educated as both a jazz and a classical player, Young’s elegant performances with the late guitarist Lenny Breau are legendary. He was a member of the Lenny Breau Quartet in live performance and recording for five years from 1961 to 1966. Dave Young’s professional relationship with jazz giant Oscar Peterson spanned three decades during which he played in the Oscar Peterson Trio in appearances all over the world up until Peterson’s death.

Young is equally comfortable with symphonic work and acoustic jazz. As classical artist, he was the principal Double Bassist for a number of years with the Edmonton and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz artist, he has collaborated with the genre’s brightest luminaries including Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Lenny Breau, Rob McConnell, Phil Dwyer, Michel Lambert, John Hicks, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Marsalis, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Cyrus Chestnut, Cedar Walton, Peter Appleyard, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Kenny Burrell, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Gary Burton, Barney Kessel, Ed Bickert, Ranee Lee, Marcus Belgrave, Don Thompson, and James Moody.

In 2011, Young released Aspects of Oscar with his quintet featuring Dave Young, Kevin Turcotte, Reg Schwager, Robi Botos and Terry Clarke. The album was nominiated for a JUNO Award. In 2012, the Dave Young / Terry Promane Octet released their recording Octet Volume One, which was nominated for JUNO Award.

As an educator, Dave Young has taught at numerous music seminars and jazz clinics and is currently a faculty member of The University of Toronto. In 2003, Young was in residence at the Music Department of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, conducting bass master classes and performing.

Part I: The Art of the Piano: 
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, piano
Part II: Beethoven Violin Sonatas
Atis Bankas, violin

Sunday October 6, 2019 at 2 pm  
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Program

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Arabesque in C-major, Op.18
Frühlingsnacht Op.39 No.12

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-Flat major, Op.22
Mazurka in A-flat major, Op.24, No.3
Mazurka in B-minor, Op.30, No.2
Mazurka in C-major, Op.67, No.3
Mazurka in F-minor, Op.68, No.4
Etude in C-minor, Op.25, No.12 (Ocean)

INTERMISSION

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Violin Sonata No.1 in D-major, Op.12, No.1
Violin Sonata No.8 in G-major, Op.30, No.3

Biographies

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. 

Atis Bankas
Violin Canadian-Lithuanian violinist extraordinaire, Mr. Bankas has performed as a soloist in Canada, Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and with orchestras under the direction of Nejme Jarvi, Iona Brown, Andrew Davis, and JoAnn Falletta among many others. Chamber music collaborators include pianists A. Laplante, S. Goodyear, R. Silverman, R. McDonald, N. Kogan, among many others. Atis Bankas is dedicatee of numerous new works by composers such as G. Kulesha, H. Freedman, D. Varelas, M. Bronner, V. Bartulis, A. Navakas, G. Samsonas, D. Hyman, S. Burbi, A. Shenderovas, P. Tiefenbach, and many others. 
On international scene 2017-18 season highlights include solo and chamber music performances in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. Atis Bankas s the first violinist of the Gould String Quartet, member of Potsdam Trio, and leader of Ensemble CamerAtis. 

Atis Bankas is the Founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara, a highly regarded annual international summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. 
His solo and chamber music performances have been featured on CJRT, CFMX, CBC and NPR radio networks. He has recorded on Fidelis, Analekta, Radioservis and CBC labels. His performances have received high critical acclaim: “Atis Bankas's phenomenal technique allowed him to portray the original flavour of the traditional classical repertoire... he was able to present the beauty of the classical genre employing musical mastery and warmth of his sound...” KOREAN ART & CULTURE MONTHLY MAGAZINE 

“We have one of the greatest living violinists with us every summer here in Niagara-on-the-Lake —Atis Bankas. He has it all, intonation, beautiful tone in all registers, phrasing, and great musicianship. Having such an exceptional talent here is something we should celebrate.” PETER HALL, WNED RADIO, BUFFALO, NY 
 "A brilliant technique and profound musicianship are combined in the artistry of the Lithuanian born violinist, Atis Bankas" ESTONIAN DAILY 

"The mellow tone he elicits from his instrument is responsible for the warmth of the ensemble. Its pitch approaches that of the viola but in capable hands of Mr. Bankas it soars the heights into sweetness. Quite remarkable!" NATIONAL POST 

“...a driven melting sound of the violin in Sergei Prokofiev's sonata for violin and piano Nr. 2 in D major...” POTSDAMER NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN, GERMANY 

Atis Bankas first came to national and international attention after winning the International Violin Competition in Tallin, Estonia. After graduating from the Lithuanian State Conservatory with a summa cum laude Masters degree in solo violin performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and orchestral performance, Mr. Bankas continued his post- graduate work in violin performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. where he studied in David Oistrakh's violin department. His principal teachers were Victor Radovich (in Vilnius, Lithuania) and Semyon Snitkovsky, (in Moscow, Russia), both students of David Oistrakh. 

Mr. Bankas shares his musical talents by teaching a large violin studio at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For his extraodinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music Atis Bankas was awarded the Barenreiter Prize, Carnegie Hall's American Protege and Enkor competition awards. He has adjudicated competitions and conducted master classes in Japan, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada. Many of Mr. Bankas' students have been prizewinners of international and national competitions, such as the Paganini International Violin Competition, Stradivarius International Violin Competition, J. Heifetz International Violin Competition, Kocian Violin Competitiona, Stulberg International Competition, the Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony competitions. 

In recognition of his musical contributions he was inducted into the International Knightly Order of St. George and was honoured as an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education and the Academy of Fine Arts.

The Art of the Piano: Raviv Leibzirer

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 8pm
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Program 
Fantasiestücke op. 12 -  Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano Sonata no. 3 op. 28 - Sergei Prokofiev (1891 - 1953)
Rhapsody in Blue ( piano solo) - George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)

Raviv Leibzirer was born in Israel in 1987 and grew up in Kiryat Tivon. He began piano lessons at the age of 7 in the Kiryat Tivon Conservatory, under the direction of Philip Lurie. He received his musical training at "Reut" high school of arts in Haifa. During those years, he accompanied the Jewish-Arab choir, "Shani", conducted by Pnina Inbar. 

In 2005, he joined the IDF as an "outstanding musician" and served as a musical arranger. During his army service, he began his Bachelor’s degree at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, in Tel Aviv University, under the direction of Prof. Michael Boguslavsky and Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky.

Later, he took piano lessons with distinguished teachers Daniel Hoexter and Irit Rimon. There after He joined the Israeli Opera and also took part in the field of musical production.

In 2014 he began his music master's degree at the Zurich Academy of Arts, graduating with distinction as a pianist and organist. Upon completion of his studies, he got the position of the main organist at the Reform Church in Rotkreuz, Switzerland, and in 2018 was invited to play as part of the annual organ festival in Canton Zug, Switzerland. 

Raviv was awarded “The American-Israel Cultural Foundation” scholarship , the BuchmanHeiman scholarship, the “Rotary Israel” scholarship and the “Swiss Government” scholarship for young musicians. In addition, He won several competitions, including the international competition of the "Tel Hai" master classes and the "Katz" competition at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music. He is also the winner of the grand prize and the audience award in the prestigious "Aviv" Competition, held by the AICF.

Raviv performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Israel, including the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Rishon LeZion Opera Orchestra and the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he regularly performs in music festivals around the world as soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles.

Music and Poetry
Dina Duisen, piano
Rob Heaps, actor 

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Programme:

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
Tickets $25 / $10 students / $5 Sistema students  
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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.
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The Art of the Piano: Ben Cruchley

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3 pm
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Program

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 charitable receipt will be issued for the CRA allowable portion.

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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Program

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

Intermission

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
$35; $20 Students (Cash only at the door)

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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.        

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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. www.mattbrubeck.com.

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

unQuartet

Friday May 17, 2019 at 7 pm
Tickets $25 /$10 students/$5 Sistema students 
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Program

7-8pm
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.   https://www.unquartet.com/

Peter Lutek, Bassoon, reed instrumentalist specializing in improvised music
www.peterlutek.com/about

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
$25/$20 Senior/$15 Students (cash at the door) 
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Special guests:
Jutta Puchhammer, viola,
Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello

Program

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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Program
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.
www.jarredunn.com

VIVA VERDI!
A benefit on behalf of Voicebox: Opera in Concert 

Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 7 pm
$45
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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.

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

The Art of the Piano: Ilona Damasiute-Beres

Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 3 pm
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Program

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
(doors open with food available at 7 and come mingle) 
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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.

For more info visit www.randalu.com

“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, cello
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. 
www.winonazelenka.com

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

IMPETUOSO
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!

Program

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.

www.elizabethreidviolist.com

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  
Tickets: $30/$15 (Student) (Cash only at the door)  
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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.

www.chambermusicorillia.org/musicians/antropova.php

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

Sunday February 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm
$25/$15 Student
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Program

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

Interval

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 
Tickets: $20/$15 Student
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PERFORMERS:
Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices, choir
 Andrew Downing (upright bass), Aline Homzy (violin),Chris Pruden (piano)

FEATURED PROGRAM:
Seven new works will premiere at this concert, each inspired by our theme. 
Composers:
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
JESZCZE MARCINIE
Keyboard music from 16th century Poland

Thursday, February  21, 2019 at 8 pm
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Program 

Tabulatura IOANNIS DE LYUBLYN 1540
authorship of the vocal model/intabulation unknown unless otherwise indicated

I.
[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)

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

III.
 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)

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

V.
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.
Website: moritz-ernst.com | Soundcloud

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.
www.patrickboyle.ca | patrickboyle.bandcamp.com

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.

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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).
For more info visit www.ivanapopovic.com

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
Admission $20; $10 Students

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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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