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THE ART OF THE PIANO:
ROBI BOTOS AND HILARIO DURAN

Tuesday December 18, 2012 at 8 pm
$25


Robi Botos

One of Canada's leading jazz pianists, Robi was born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi's notable performances include: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre. Opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. As well in the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada's jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Jake Hannah, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona.



Hilario Duran

One of the world’s most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music & Latin Jazz, Durán studied at the Arnadeo Roldan Music Institute in Havana, studying tumbao with Evaristo Aparicio, composition and conducting from German Pifferrer, and orchestration from Guillermo Barreto. He formed a group in the 1970s called Los D'Siempre, which melded traditional Cuban elements with those of modern jazz. He joined Arturo Sandoval's band from 1981 to 1990. He also worked with Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra and Michel Legrand. He formed a new group, Perspectiva, in 1990, and toured Central America and Europe. From 1995 he worked as a solo artist in Toronto, Canada, and has collaborated over the course of his career with Tata Güines, Changuito, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Jorge Reyes, Roberto Occhipinti, Larry Cramer, John Patitucci, Michael Brecker, Regina Carter, Dave Valentin, Juan Pablo Torres, John Benitez, Dafnis Prieto, Hugh Marsh, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Lenny Andrade, Quartetto Gelato and the Gryphon Trio. Duran was nominated for Juno Awards in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007, winning in 2005 for New Danzon.


The Art of the Piano: Todd Yaniw
Friday December 14, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
     

Program:

Denis Gougeon (Canadian): Piano-Soleil, from Six thèmes solaires (1992)
Ravel: Sonatine
Bach: Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 2 in b flat minor, Opus 36 (original 1913 version)  

Bio:

Todd Yaniw was born in Edmonton, Alberta and studied with Michael Massey for 7 years before moving to Waterloo, Ontario in 2001. In Waterloo, he studied under the direction of Dr. James Parker. Todd studied with Professor James Anagnoson at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, (GGS) where he completed a 4-year Performance Diploma Program and an Artist Diploma Program in Piano Performance. He received a Master's from Rice University, where he studied with Dr. Jon Kimura Parker. Mr. Yaniw recently started his Doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and is studying with Dr. Anton Nel.    

Winner of the Roy Thomson Hall First Prize at the 2005 Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee’s TD National Piano Competition, 26-year-old pianist Todd Yaniw has  been a two-time national winner of the Canadian Music Competition as well as silver medalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition. Mr. Yaniw was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2011, and was a recipient of the 2010 and 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards. He received his Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto (ARCT) diploma shortly after his 12th birthday. Todd is increasingly in demand as a soloist and chamber musician.  

Upcoming events include a recording of a solo recital program at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto to be broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC]. He is touring the Canadian maritime provinces as a soloist in February 2013 under the auspices of Debut Atlantic. Todd recently performed with five others in a new chamber concert series in Spoleto, Italy. While in Italy he performed a recital with cellist Brian Yoon in Casalmaggiore. This past May he performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for his fourth time, performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Edwin Outwater conducting.  

Since his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Mr. Yaniw has performed frequently in Alberta and Ontario: at festivals and venues including the Banff Centre for Music, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and Toronto's new Koerner Hall. Mr. Yaniw has performed with the symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, and Guelph. In addition, Todd has collaborated with many other musicians for numerous chamber music performances, including renowned piano duo Anagnoson & Kinton. Todd has been interviewed and broadcast on several occasions on CBC Radio and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM. Internationally, Todd has performed at the Monte Carlo Opera House in Monaco, the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica, several concert halls in China and Italy, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and St. James’s Piccadilly in London England, and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. Yaniw released his first CD on the Chestnut Hall Music label in September 2006.


Kuo, Cooper-Gay, Crino
Tuesday December 11, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

A Les Amis Concerts presentation

Lynn Kuo, Violin
www.lynnkuo.com

Erin Cooper-Gay, Horn & Voice
http://erincoopergay.ca/

Erika Crinó , Piano
http://www.stregamusic.com/

Program

G.F. Handel: HWV 210, from Neun Deutschen Arien fur Soprano Susse stille Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden

K. Szymanowski: Mythes, for Violin and Piano, Op. 30
La Fontaine d'Arethuse
Dryades et Pan
M.Ravel: Jeux d'eau for Piano
J. Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op.40 in E Flat major
Andante
Scherzo
Adagio mesto
Allegro con brio

Bios

Lynn Kuo


Violinist Lynn Kuo has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Canada, United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania. As guest soloist,she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Nexus percussion ensemble, and has also collaborated with artists such as Christoph Eschenbach, William Aide, the Gryphon Trio, and Penderecki String Quartet.

In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles (Duo Vita, Les AMIS Ensemble): Canadian and European composers which include Michael Pepa, Dennis Patrick, Katarina Miljkovi?, Daniel Foley, Elizabeth Raum, Scott Godin, James Harley, John Oliver, Constantine Caravassilis, Avalon Rusk (Canada), Séan Clancy (Ireland), and Viktorija Cop (Croatia).

In 2008-09, Lynn gave the Canadian and European premieres of a fifth Michael Pepa work (ISOMORPHE), as soloist with the Cantus Ensemble of Croatia. Reprising her role as head of the Les AMIS Ensemble, Lynn embarked on a third European tour in April 2009 under the artistic direction of Michael Pepa. Among the performances: world premieres at the 2009 Music Biennale Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, the Mendelssohn Concerto in D minor with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria and the Chausson Concerto for Piano, violin and String Quartet with Marianna Humetska, piano and the Penderecki String Quartet.

Lynn gratefully performs on a 1904 Riccardo Antoniazzi violin and Hill bow on loan from Steven Pepa.

www.lynnkuo.com

Erin Cooper-Gay

Canadian-American soprano Erin Cooper-Gay's career is quickly gathering momentum as she studies with the top baroque specialists around the world. Her unique tone, along with her musicality and expression make her an exciting up-and-comer to watch. She is no stranger to the music scene; her mother was an opera singer turned conductor, her father also a conductor. She herself can also be found on stage with major orchestras playing in the French Horn section. A unique but natural progression for her to make from professional Horn player to soprano, she uses her breath and musicality to guide her in her singing. Erin made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra last year as "Kate Middleton" in the Last Night of the Proms. This year marks her 8th season as acting utility Horn with the very same group. A "double threat", she toured to Europe with Bernard Labadie's Violons du Roy on Horn and then sang in his Chapelle de Quèbec, performing the Messiah and Bach's St. John Passion, the latter tour finishing at Carnegie Hall.

The upcoming season includes solo recitals in Toronto and performances with Les Amis Concerts in Toronto and The Madison Bach Players. She has coached with Nancy Argenta, Bernard Labadie and Emma Kirkby and continues her studies with Mary Morrison and Daniel Taylor in Toronto.

Erika Crino



Italian pianist Erika Crino is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, in a performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs", with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.

Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, the historical Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, Heliconian Hall, Gallery 345, and the University of Toronto. In 2006 she co-founded Trio sTREga, a Trio dedicated to contemporary music with whom she toured western Canada and made several concerts in Italy. Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and at the Koffler Centre for the Arts where she is also music coordinator. After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.

http://www.stregamusic.com


Patrick Boyle, trumpet
Mike Downes, bass
Nathan Hiltz, guitar

Saturday December 8, 2012 at 8 PM
$15

 

 
Newfoundland born trumpeter Patrick Boyle is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria. CBC Radio calls Patrick a “trumpet personality” and “one of Canada’s top trumpet players and jazz musicians in general." Unbound by genre, he blends a range of influences into a compelling original voice. Patrick can be heard on more than 45 recordings and three critically acclaimed solo albums: "Rock Music" (2010) with percussionist Curtis Andrews; "Still No Word" (2008); and "Hold Out" (2005). Patrick performed at Carnegie Hall with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and drummer Steve Smith in 2009. He has also worked with Duane Andrews, Mickey Dolenz, Andrew Downing, Mark Duggan, Great Big Sea, Hey! Rosetta, Mike Murley, Kirk MacDonald, Tim Ries, Ken Whitely and many others. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto. Patrick was recently profiled on ‘Sessions in The Old Town’ for CBC-TV with his quartet of Bill Brennan, Jim Vivian, and Mike Billard. You can view the episode at www.patrickboyle.ca

Joining Patrick for an evening of original jazz music and choice standards are special friends Mike Downes on double bass and Nathan Hiltz on electric guitar.

Toronto-based Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s. His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, PJ Perry, Renee Rosnes, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. He has been in demand to perform with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Phil Woods and many others. He has released three recordings as a leader - Forces, Then and The Winds of Change. Helping to mentor and inspire young musicians is an important component of his career. He has been the Bass Department Head at prestigious Humber College in Toronto since 2000. He has also been featured as a Yamaha artist/clinician throughout Canada, at the Paekche Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the infamous Conservatoire de Paris. Mike is the author of The Jazz Bass Line Book published by Advance Music of Germany. The book is receiving world-wide acclaim as one of the most informative books available on the subject. He is also co-author of Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory.

Guitarist Nathan Hiltz was raised in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His first musical experiences were in church choirs and piano lessons with the organist. At the age of twelve he began writing folk songs on a flat-top guitar. As a teenager in Halifax Nathan became involved in the high school jazz band and studied privately with local jazz legends Ross Anderson, Jerry Granelli, and Don Palmer. Nathan continued his studies in Toronto at Humber College where he received the Peter Harris Award for Guitarist of the Year and the Duke Ellington Award for Excellence. His studies now involve exploring the relationships between boxing, spirituality, and jazz music as played on the electric guitar. He works regularly with Johnny Griffith and Sly Juhas in the Griffith-Hiltz Trio, in addition to regular performances with organist Bernie Senensky and singer Terra Hazelton. Nathan teaches at Humber College and he holds a Masters Degree from the University of Toronto.


The Ton Beau String Quartet
Peter Longworth, piano

Friday December 7, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission: $20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Program

Mozart K. 421
Schumann Piano Quintet
Kevin Lau, String Quartet no. 2.

Ton Beau String Quartet

The Ton Beau String Quartet is emerging as one of Toronto’s most dynamic young ensembles. Formed at the University of Toronto in 2010, the quartet has worked with many of Canada’s finest chamber musicians, including Annalee Patipatanikoon, Tim Ying, Terry Helmer and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2011-2012 the TBSQ were awarded a Professional Development Residency at Wilfrid Laurier University, which provided the opportunity to work closely with the Penderecki String Quartet. The Ton Beau are devoted teachers, and share an interest in presenting classical music in new formats and venues. This year marks the inaugural season of Ton Beau Concerts, a four-concert series held at Gallery 345.

Peter Longworth

Pianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice.

He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno.

After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta.


Opera Eats
December 4,5,6 at 7:30PM
$30; $25 seniors, students
Buy tickets at operafive.brownpapertickets.com

Programme

Opera Five is poised, and ready to indulge your taste senses and treat you to an evening of three one act operas:

Hin und zurück (Paul Hindemith) - when a husband returns home on his wife’s birthday and discovers she is having an affair, the situation turns fatal. Could there have been a happier ending for this pair?

Aleko (Sergei Rachmaninoff) – Experience the first opera by this amazing Russian composer. Love, scandal, and murder are a common theme in any opera, and that certainly hold true here. Can the poor Aleko ever escape the torments of life?

Talk Opera (Milton Granger) – American composer, Milton Granger, explores the aftermath of the events of Rigoletto, and what better way to do so than on the smutty talk show, Cookie Time!

Each opera is served with a food sampling, so come hungry!

Bio

Opera Five’s performance arts company follows new industry directions: We’re making opera accessible, we create powerful, emotional experiences and we’re advancing the limits of our art form in imaginative, thought-provoking ways. We’ve already seen this move toward a more user-friendly experience with current trends favouring cheaper tickets, under 30s-themed events and innovative venue options in bars, subway cars and pop-up operas in parks. By re-envisioning classic stories in modern spaces, opera is now resonating with new groups of people.

At Opera Five, we want to reach out and share our love of musical drama. We believe when opera is approachable our culture grows and our minds broaden. We can communicate on a whole new level – one that incorporates all the senses.

We aren’t looking to take the shine off opera or detract from its tradition of prestige. But there’s something to be said about an approach to storytelling without airs, one that’s natural and unaffected. We’ll still bring all the glitter and glam. We’re giving opera a makeover, and we’re changing the face of the audience’s experience for good.


Christmas with Hi & Lo
December 3, 10, 17
Doors 6:30pm Showtime 7:30pm
Tickets $30/$50

Meet Hi and Lois, a swingin' sixties power couple, as they host one hundred of their closest friends, relatives, and potential benefactors in a jazzy Christmas cocktail party.

Sparks fly as the debonaire Hi and effervescent Lo perform in this hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy
diversion for the holidays.

Director; Jim Millan
Writers: Alice Moran, Colin Munch and Jim Millan
Musicians: Christina Faye, Mark Eisenman, Steve Wallace

Tickets: christmas-with-hi-and-lo.ticketleap.com
follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/HiandLoisxmas
Friend on Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/hiandlo.cardinal

Photo by Darryl Block; dblockphoto@gmail.com
Graphics: Simon Farla; http://www.simonfarla.com/


Fat Gurl Wanna Be a Rock Star presents

Found Things
lost-then-found music for piano and bassoon and electronics

highlighted by images found on the streets and outside walls of New York, Toronto, London, Saskatoon and Montreal
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3 PM
$20; $10

Hye Won Cecilia Lee (aka Quietish Pianomonkey) - piano
Nadina Mackie Jackson (aka Fat Gurl) - bassoon

Programme

Claude Debussy Pas Sur la Neige
solo piano

Gioacchino Rossini Concerto a Fagotto prinicpale
allegro - largo - rondo
bassoon and piano orchestra

Christopher Willes Everyday
bassoon and electronics

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi Concerto in C minor RV480
allegro - andantino - allegro
for bassoon and piano orchestra

intermission

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi Concerto in G minor RV495
presto - largo - allegro
for bassoon and piano orchestra

William Bolcom Graceful Ghost Rag
solo piano

Camille St-Saens Sonate Opus 168
allegretto moderato - allegro scherzando - largo/allegro moderato
pour basson et piano

Bernard Garfield Sololoquy
for bassoon and piano

(CDS, tshirts and posters for sale at intermission)

Hye Won Lee is a diverse freelance musician based in Toronto, Canada. Currently working at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music, Dr. Lee is an inquisitive collaborative artist on all three major keyboard forms: piano, harpsichord and organ. This work includes full-orchestral and graphic score-readings and realizations of figured/unfigured continuo parts along with traditional piano writing.

In year 2009, Dr. Lee attended all three collaborative pianist internships at the Banff Centre of Arts in 2009, performing solo, chamber and orchestral keyboard music. Dr Lee received her DMA Piano degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Paul Barnes and Nicole Narboni; her DMA studies were generously funded by the Hixon – Lied Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant.

As an undergrad, Dr. Lee studied with Lynda Metelsky at University of Toronto (BME, 2004). At the University of Kansas, she studied with Jack Winerock and Robert Koenig (MMus, 2006). Additionally, she studied organ and harpsichord with Douglas Bodle, Eugene Gates and Michael Bauer, clavichord with Gerhard Erber (Hochschule für Musik, Leipzig), attended masterclasses for fortepiano with Bart van Oort. In an effort to break the traditional mold of a classical musician, Dr. Lee also studied Japanese Taiko drumming with Gary Kyoshi Nagata and West African Drumming and Dancing with Fred Kwasi Dunyo.

Dr. Lee has attended numerous international festivals on scholarships as solo and collaborative pianist, including the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College (USA), Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy (USA-Germany), Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Pablo Casals Music Festival (France), World Piano Pedagogy Conference (USA), Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses (Canada) In addition to performing, Dr. Lee is an active recording engineer/producer, working with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and various freelance projects in the city.

Dr. Lee enjoys luring various musicians for chamber music ja, scribbling blog posts, taking odd pictures and long aimless walks, especially when she is back in the hills of her second home in the Peak District, UK.

https://www.facebook.com/hw.c.lee
http://www.reverbnation.com/hyewoncecilialee

Nadina Mackie Jackson records and performs worldwide on both modern and historical bassoons, has recorded 11 solo and chamber music CDs and can be heard on over 100 orchestral recordings on the London Decca, Sony, ATMA and Naxos labels.
 
Her current recording season included the much-anticipated Vivaldi Concerti, Volume I with Nicholas McGegan, followed by 24 Solos by Jean-Daniel Braun and After Hours with Guy Few. In September, 2012, she recorded the Canadian Concerto project, music written expressly for her and Guy Few with Toronto’s Group of 27 led by Eric Paetkau, to be released in early 2013.
 
She won ‘Best Classical Orchestral Album of the Year’ with Guy Few and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra in the 2009 Just Plain Folks Music Awards for her FACTOR-backed concerto album Bacchanale and has received widespread praise for Romanza, the album of 19th century concerti.
 
Nadina has appeared as soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Group of 27, Les Idées Heureuses (Montréal), Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, New York), the Grand River Baroque Festival Soloists, Prince George Symphony Orchestra and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. She regularly tours and performs across Canada and the United States in recital and as a concerto soloist with trumpeter/pianist Guy Few.
 
Immediately upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1981, Nadina began her career with the Montreal Symphony. She is the principal bassoonist of the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, the Group of 27, the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and a regular guest with Violons du Roy. www.nadinamackiejackson

“Nadina Mackie Jackson is a perfect marriage between a keen technical understanding and a truly musical, creative and artistic soul.” - November 2012

www.nadinamackiejackson.com

http://vyxen.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/concert-review-nadina-mackie-jackson-and-the-pgso/

more press quotes (pdf)


 

The Art of the Piano: Erica Crino
Tuesday November 27, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

A Les Amis Concerts presentation


Programme

Maurice Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
1. Modéré
2. Assez lent
3. Modéré
4. Assez animé
5. Presque lent
6. Assez vif
7. Moins vif
8. Epilogue: lent

Michael Pepa: INVENZIONI (2012) – for Erika (world premiere)

David Occhipinti: The Land and the Sky

Sofia Gubaidulina: Sonata
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegretto

Bio
Italian pianist Erika Crinó is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, in a performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs," with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.

Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, the historical Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, Heliconian Hall, Gallery 345, and the University of Toronto. In 2006 she co-founded Trio sTREga, a Trio dedicated to contemporary music with whom she toured western Canada and made several concerts in Italy. Erika is currently on the faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and at the Koffler Centre for the Arts where she is also music coordinator.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory of her home town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.

http://www.stregamusic.com/


Songs My Mother Taught Me
Sunday November 25, 3pm
Entry: By Donation


The Art of the Piano: Joel Hastings
Friday November 23, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students




Piano music of Carter Pann, featuring the world premiere of "The Piano's 12 Sides"

In the last fifteen years Carter Pann’s music has become known for its blend of crafty, popular-sounding idioms, subtle and unabashed humor, and haunted melodic writing. His music has been performed around the world by such ensembles as the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Berlin-Stockholm-Finnish Radio Symphonies, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland and many others. His Piano Concerto No.1 was nominated for a GRAMMY as “Best Classical Composition of the Year” 2001.

Program:

Passpied (from Fantasy Inventions)

Your Touch (Cadenza movement from Piano Concerto No.1)

Two Lullabies

The Bills
1. William Albright - A Concert Rag
2. William Bolcom - An Elaborate Fancy

The Cheesegrater (A Mean Two-Step)

The Piano's 12 Sides (written for Joel Hastings)
Silhouette
Legend
Soiree Macabre
Le Branle
Cradle Song
She Steals Me
Classic Rock
White Moon over Water
Figurines
Orion
Grand Etude-Fantasy
Irish Tune

Bio

Canadian-born Joel Hastings was the winner of the 2006 8th International Web Concert Hall Competition and the 1993 International Bach Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. After delivering a stunning performance at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas, one reporter designated Hastings the "audience favorite" while another declared, "the kinetic fingers of this young Canadian reminded me strongly of his late countryman, Glenn Gould." In a Newsweek review he "pulled the audience to their feet after a wild performance of Franz Liszt's Totentanz." Reviewers have described his playing as passionate, mesmerizing, hypnotic, and transcendental.

A Steinway Artist, Hastings has performed solo recitals across Canada and the United States, while his orchestral engagements have included the Toronto Philharmonic; the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Oakville, Okanagan, Windsor, Kamloops, Niagara, Racine, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and the University of Michigan Symphonies and Symphony Band; the Kitchener-Waterloo and Michigan Chamber Orchestras; the Huntsville Festival Orchestra and the Ann Arbor Concert Band. Recently he performed solo concerts in Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Virginia, North Carolina, and in Naleczow, Poland, as part of the Poland International Piano Festival. Acclaimed American composer Carter Pann has written a new piano cycle dedicated to him that he is premiering and recording this year.

His discography includes Franz Liszt's song and operatic transcriptions, Frederic Chopin's 24 Etudes, and selections of works by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, and Scriabin. His latest CD, Songs and Dances, includes works by Grieg and Respighi with transcriptions of music by Bach, Schubert, Wagner and Gershwin. His recordings have been selected for Canadian critic's awards and featured on CBC national radio as well numerous stations throughout the United States.

Hastings earned his ARCT diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving a gold medal for the highest score in the country. He holds a doctorate in piano and a degree in organ from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His teachers have included Nina Lelchuk, Louis Nagel, Logan Skelton, Sergei Babayan and Robert Glasgow. As a student at the University of Michigan, he won the school's concerto competition three consecutive times. Across North America and abroad, he has given masterclasses and adjudicated competitions, and has taught piano performance at the University of Windsor and Eastern Michigan University. Currently he is an assistant professor of piano at Florida State University in Tallahassee.


Free-Form Constructs:
Thin Edge New Music Collective

Thursday November 22, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission $20

Montreal based baritone and bass saxophonist Jason Sharp joins forces with members of the Thin Edge New Music Collective to present Free Form Constructs, a juxtaposition of the concepts of freedom and structure. This collaboration explores the relationship between improvisation and composition in contemporary music. Jason will perform works for bass saxophone and amplifid heart beat and the Thin Edge will present Pulau Dewata by Claude Vivier (arr. August Murphy-King) and new works by Fjola Evans and Anna Hostman.

The Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. We recognize that the broad range of musical idioms which new music encompasses functions as an important touchstone for contemporary life and as such are passionately dedicated to supporting our peers through commissions and performance. Ultimately we aspire to bring innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

Founded in September of 2011 by pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, The Thin Edge's inaugural season kicked off in February of 2012 with an artistic residency in collaboration with Toronto composer Tova Kardonne at the Banff Centre and concluded with "Premieres" An evening of firsts: 5 newly composed works by emerging Canadian composers: Margaret Ashburner, Aura Giles, Tova Kardonne, August Murphy-King, and Nick Storring.

Please visit our website for more information about upcoming events in our 2012-2013 season:

www.TheThinEdgeNewMusicCollective.com

Jason Sharp

Originally from Edmonton AB, Jason Sharp has been exploring the baritone and bass saxophone in Montreal Qc since 2004. He is a regular member of Josh Zubot’s Mend Ham, Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush, Nicolas Caloia’s Ratchet Orchestra, and can be frequently heard with guitarist Joe Grass. Jason is also a regular collaborator with Matana Roberts, and has shared the stage with jazz luminaries, the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and saxophonist David S Ware.

As a composer, Jason's work can be heard accompanying contemporary dance, film, and sound installations. Since 2007, he has had pieces premier at the Yukon Arts Center, Vancouver International Dance Festival, and the FIDA International Dance Festival that have gone on to tour internationally.

Jason holds a B.MUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto followed by further studies in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2012 Jason was a participant in the Winter Creative Music Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Anna Hostman

Anna Höstman's compositions have been performed across Canada and internationally in Italy, the U.K., Mexico, Russia and China. They are significantly informed by her interest in abstract photography, the natural world, and intermedia collaboration. Her work has been supported through travel and creation grants by the Canada Council of the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and various local awards. Her doctoral work at the University of Toronto has been supported by a University Fellowship, and a Joseph Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. Anna is very grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with her primary composition teachers, Gary Kulesha and Christopher Butterfield, as well as composers James Rolfe, John Celona, and Gordon Mumma.

As an educator, Anna has taught composition and theory at the University of Victoria, created an electronic music curriculum for Eagle Arts Academy, and created a mentorship program for high-school age composers in Victoria under the auspices of the Victoria Symphony while resident composer between the years 2005-8. She has co-created the Pendulum Ensemble with Hiroki Tsurumoto, and is part of an intermedia collective begun by Emilie Lebel and Mitch Renaud. Anna also co-founded the Intermission Interdisciplinary Ensemble that has presented a series of time-based works exploring tensions between performance and installation.

Recent performances include: ghosts of swallows for small ensemble (Continuum, Ottawa Chamber Festival), Slanted Birdsfor string quartet (Quatuor Bozzini, Montréal), Seagull (Bicycle Opera Tour and Rob Ford: The Opera), pine trees & blue sky for small ensemble and pipa (Beijing International Composer's workshop and Aventa Composer's Workshop), Emily's Piece, a 25-minute work for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra based on a quartet of mid-1930s paintings by Emily Carr, and Rhizome for solo accordion (Ina Henning and Stefan Schreiber, Gallery 345, Toronto). She is currently writing works for Sarah Reid (trumpet and video), as well as collaborating on an intermedia work with Dylan Robinson and Marion Newman exploring the relationship of the Nuxalk Nation with the Norwegian Settlers in the Bella Coola Valley in the 1900s. This collaboration is part of a larger project supported by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant between the music faculties of the University of Alberta and Toronto, and the Center for Indigeneity at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Fjóla Evans

Fjóla Evans is a composer and cellist from Reykjavík, Iceland, who is currently based out of Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of McGill University where she studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, she has been active in Montréal's musical community both as a composer and performer since 2006. She is currently pursuing her graduate studies in composition at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Julia Wolfe.

Fjóla's works are informed by her cello performance practice. Many of them use a structure where timbral hierarchy dictates the musical development. Her performance background includes touring with Matt Haimovitz's Uccello ensemble, frequent performances with string quartet Portrait of a Lady, of which she is a founding member, and playing with numerous bands and musical projects in Montréal. She also has a long standing performance collaboration with the Digital Composition Studios at McGill. In addition to her composition and performance projects she was a key organizer of a successful new music series called Stereograms at L'Envers, a Montréal venue.

Fjóla's most recent compositional project was funded by the Québec government through its Jeunes Volontaires program. The project, a collective called New Grammars Board, organized several installations and concerts of all-original works for instruments and electronics. In April 2012, as part of this project, she composed and played a work for cello and electronics with a collaborative contribution from visual artist Michelle Furlong. This past July she was a compositional fellow in resident at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the Bang on Can Summer Music Festival. While in residence, she composed two new pieces and had six of her works performed, including three premieres. Upcoming projects include a commission from the Thin Edge New Music Collective based in Toronto, and a new piece for trumpet and flute to be performed at Stony Brook University in 2013. You can hear her music at soundcloud.com/fjolae.


THE BRADEN/MICHELS JAZZ PROJECT
"COME TOGETHER"
Sunday November 18, 2012 at 8 PM
$30; $20 students

Don Braden - Saxophones and Flute – New York
Julie Michels - Vocalist – Toronto
Dave Restivo - Piano – Winnipeg
Kieran Overs - Bass – Toronto
Larnell Lewis - Drums - Toronto

The wait is finally over! Don Braden and Julie Michels are set to release their new CD: The Braden/Michels Project - “Come Together”

Recorded at Number Nine Studio in Toronto,“Come Together”, is just what the title says ....the coming together of 5 wonderfully talented jazz artists, from Toronto and New York. The result is magical...13 tunes.... from unusual arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions, to stunning vocal arrangements by pianist David Restivo to funky covers that will “make you move”. Supported by Kieran Overs on bass and Daniel Barnes on drums, “Come Together “, promises honest and joyful musical connections along with a soaring sense of energy. It’s modern jazz that crosses many boundaries.

Don Braden - Saxophones and Flute

Don Braden is a musician of the highest calibre. Having spent years performing and touring as saxophonist with greats like Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Tony Williams, Freddie Hubbard and Roy Haynes, he has developed an extensive knowledge of every aspect of jazz performance. He is an imaginative, technically excellent, soulful saxophonist, and his harmonic and rhythmic sophistication give him a unique approach to improvising as well as composing and arranging. Most important of all: he has a beautiful sound, and he swings! All this combines with his joyous yet disciplined personality to make him one of the most important musicians working today.

Since 1991 he has worked with Tom Harrell, the Mingus Big Band, Kenny Barron, J. J. Johnson, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and many others. He has composed music for everything from duo to full symphonic orchestra, in many styles, for recordings (including 16 CDs as a leader and nearly 80 as a sideman), film and television, and worked several years as composer for Bill Cosby. He is also a world renowned educator, having spent over a decade giving master classes at countless schools and universities, and running first class educational programs such as the Litchfield Jazz Camp and NJPAC's Jazz For Teens.

Braden's groups have included some of the most respected musicians today; among them: bassists Christian McBride & Joris Teepe, pianists Benny Green & Darrell Grant, drummers Carl Allen, Cecil Brooks III & Billy Hart, trumpeters Tom Harrell & Randy Brecker, trombonist Steve Turre, organists Jack McDuff & Larry Goldings, and guitarist Russell Malone. In addition to performing and composing for his own groups and CDs, Don Braden has composed for a number of important projects. He spent four years as co-music supervisor/composer for Bill Cosby’s most recent CBS sitcom, “Cosby”, which is now in syndication. In addition, he co-wrote the theme song for Cosby’s current CBS cartoon series, “Little Bill”. Braden is also the proud recipient of a Doris Duke Foundation (in conjunction with Chamber Music America) Jazz composition grant, which funded the creation of a new work for his Octet.

Braden’s educational endeavours are a very important part of his career. He is Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, and the Music Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Wachovia Jazz for Teens program. He is Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Montclair State University and is also a visiting professor at the Prins Claus Conservatoire, in Groningen, Netherlands. He endorses R S Berkeley Saxophones and flutes and also AMT Microphones, and Jamey Aebersold play-a-long products. As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and teacher, Don Braden continues to represent the highest levels of strength, creativity, discipline, joy, and soulfulness as he moves along the classic jazz path: to express a contemporary point of view in the powerful, spiritual, intelligent, and (most importantly) swinging jazz style.

". . . one of the new young lions of the tenor saxophone." -- Roy Haynes, drummer

". . . brilliant and assured . . ." -- Peter Watrous, The New York Times

" A nice person and a great musician . . .", -- Bill Cosby

More information about Don Braden is available at www.DonBraden.com.

Julie Michels – Vocalist

As a baby, Julie Michels hummed in key with the radio and she hasn’t stopped since! Her ability to vocalize flows effortlessly from within, gliding through any genre from jazz to folk, bebop and blues. Julie’s “glorious holler” [Mark Miller, The Globe & Mail] has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene for more than two decades, settling there after studying with legendary bassist Richard Davis at University of Wisconsin and spending time gigging across Europe and North America. She 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 Parlay.

Julie’s other performance credits include Kahil El’Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Dougie Richardson, Rob Frayne, Nancy Walker, Dave Restivo, Konrad Pluta, Adrean Farrugia, Joe Sealy, Robie Botos, Diane Leah, Jordan Klapman, John McDermott, Sophia Perlman, Gillian Margot, Terra Hazelton, Heather Bambrick, Jason Fowler, Rob Pilch, Kevin LaLiberte, Tony Quarington, Larnell Lewis, Davide Direnzo, Archie Alleyne, Ratech Das, Cheny Leon, Kieran Overs, Artie Roth, Paul Novotny, John Geggie, and ensembles such as The Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, The Toronto Tabla Ensemble, The Ancient Voices Project, The Madison Celtic Renaissance Consort and The Blackhawk String Band.

Julie’s performances at popular Toronto jazz venues including the Top of the Senator, the Rex Hotel, Hugh's Room, Statler's Lounge, the Montreal Bistro, Trane Studio and Opal are regularly met with great responses and packed houses. Her recordings include "Singing Naked" (1995) with bassist, George Koller and “Live at Statler’s” (2003) with Kevin Barrett and her latest - recordings "She Sings, He Plays" – Julie Michels and Kevin Barrett (2010) and "Bass and Voice" with George Koller (2011). More information about Julie Michels is available at http://www.juliemichels.com/listen.htm “Michels is a startling new voice, hugely powerful yet completely controlled. Fearless, too" Mark Miller, Globe and Mail, CD review

“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

More information about Julie Michels is available at http://www.juliemichels.com/listen.htm

Dave Restivo - Piano

Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. A pianist, percussionist and composer, he is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Keyboardist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who.

Dave is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Grace Kelly, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healy, Tim Hagans, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, and many others.

Dave Restivo has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, Humber College, the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. "

More information about Dave Restivo is available at www.myspace.com/daverestivo

"...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..." –Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal

Kieran Overs - Bass

Toronto-born bassist Kieran Overs has been active on the Canadian music scene since 1970, first on guitar and electric bass and for the past 33 years on acoustic bass. He is a B.Mus. graduate of the Humber/BCOU Music Program and holds a master’s degree from McGill University (Montreal). He also studied privately with renowned Danish bassist Neils-Henning Orsted-Petersen and arranger Rick Wilkins. Working in Toronto as a sideman with such artists as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern Jr., Carol Sloane with Bill Mays, Brian Dickinson, Pat Labarbera, Alex Dean, Kirk MacDonald, Nancy Walker, Lorne Lofsky and Ted Quinlan and touring internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie and Jane Bunnett, he established a solid reputation in Canadian jazz. To his credit Overs has 4CDs on the Unity/Page label as leader/producer and more than 80 as a sideman. Kieran Overs was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist-boxed set "HERE AND NOW"-A Celebration of Canadian Music "; produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995). A profile of Overs’ career can be found in Mark Miller’s book "The Miller Companion to Jazz in Canada". Recently, Kieran Overs toured internationally with singers Sophie Milman and Emilie-Claire Barlow. He is on adjunct faculty at Humber College in Toronto and Mohawk College in Hamilton and is active as a freelance musician, clinician and bandleader. His current band is an all-star line-up of Canadian musicians, Overs’ Eleven.

More information about Kieran Overs is available at www.kieranovers.com.

“…Toronto bassist Kieran Overs was sitting in on behalf on Cecil McBee…Overs was very much in his element” Mark Miller of the Toronto Globe & Mail on Kieran with…Kenny Barron:

Larnell Lewis

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Larnell Lewis was first introduced to drums in church at a very young age. This is where he began to learn to play a variety of styles including gospel music. He worked tirelessly to not only develop his understanding of rhythm, but also studied electric bass and piano to further his knowledge of the melodic and harmonic aspects of music making.

During his time at Humber College, Larnell was the 2004 recipient of the Oscar Peterson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music, the highest award given by the institution. Although his roots lay in gospel music, Larnell is known for his ability to accurately execute a variety of musical styles. As a result, over the last few years, he has been called upon to perform with a wide range of artists/musicians such as Fred Hammond, Michael Brecker (Verve Records), Dave Leibman, Steve Gadd, Dave Holland (LoJac Music), Tim Ries (Rolling Stones), Salome Bey, Denny Christianson (Justin Time Records, and Head of the Humber College Music Program), Phil Dwyer, Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black, Matt Dusk, and is currently playing with Andrew Craig, Laila Biali, Eddie Bullen and many others. Larnell is sponsored by Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Hardware, Evans Drum Heads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

More information about Larnell Lewis is available at http://www.myspace.com/larnellstixxlewis


San Agustin Duo:
Emma Banfield, violin, Dianna Dumlavwalla, piano

Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Diana and Emma met while studying together at Wilfrid Laurier University. Their debut performance as the San Agustin Duo at the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain was met with enthusiastic response and they have continued to garner praise for their warm sound, tight ensemble, and sincerity in performance. Their work has led to repeat invitations at several performance venues. As faithful and sensitive performers of the standard repertoire for violin and piano, the San Agustin Duo also maintains a commitment to the performance of new compositions, especially by Canadian composers. Their performance at Gallery 345 in Toronto highlighting Canadian female composers is included in the Canadian Music Centre’s Ann Southam Archive. In addition to their international work, they have performed across Ontario including recitals at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Toronto's Hart House, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, University of Windsor, Queen's University and other established concert venues in Toronto, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph. Their fourth season includes appearances at the University of Guelph, the McMichael Art Collection and Christ Church Deer Park.

Program

F.A.E. Sonata

Allegro Albert Dietrich (1829-1908)

Intermezzo: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Allegro Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Finale: Markiertes, ziemlich lebhaftes Tempo Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Romance in C major Joseph Joachim (1831-1907)

Intermission

Sonata in G major, Op. 78 Johannes Brahms
Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato

Sonata in A minor, op. 105 Robert Schumann
Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
Allegretto
Lebhaft

Bios

Emma Banfield

Since completing a Doctorate of Music under Blair Milton at Northwestern University in 2008, violinist Emma Banfield has been performing and teaching throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. She received her Masters degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan where she studied with Aaron Berofsky and completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University under Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet and Annalee Patipanakoon of the Gryphon Trio. Emma has also trained under renowned pedagogue Mimi Zweig, and has been privileged to work with Yehonaton Berick, Logan Skelton, Levon Ambartsumian, Blaise Magniere, the Vermeer Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, and the Tokyo String Quartet among others. Emma has been the recipient of numerous awards including a three year SSHRC grant. Emma recently performed throughout New Brunswick as a member of the Saint John String Quartet. She also performs as the violinist of the San Agustin Duo, and as a member of the Blue Spruce String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Emma worked as Director of the Laurier String Academy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and has taught applied and academic courses at both Northwestern University and Wilfrid Laurier University. She is currently the violin instructor at the University of Waterloo.

Diana Dumlavwalla

In 2011, Diana Dumlavwalla became the first pianist to receive the Doctor of Musical Arts Performance degree at the University of Toronto. She studied piano with James Parker and completed pedagogical research under the direction of Midori Koga. Diana was recently appointed as Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario where she teaches the doctoral and undergraduate pedagogy courses as well as piano. Previously, Diana was on faculty at the University of Windsor. She is also Director of the Children’s Piano Pedagogy Program at the University of Toronto, a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s College of Examiners and a sought-after private teacher in Brantford.

Diana has performed in North America and Europe. Along with violinist, Emma Banfield, she is the pianist of the San Agustin Duo. Her numerous awards include prizes at the Royal College of Music Contemporary Piano Music Competition and the NUMUS Pan-Am Chamber Music Competition. She was nationally recognized when she received the Marusia Yaworska Scholarship and the Elizabeth Massey Award from the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Diana completed graduate work at the Royal College of Music in London, England, received her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance and Voice at Wilfrid Laurier University and Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory. She has studied with many fine pedagogues including Agnes Olsheski, Virginia Blaha, Heather Taves, Yonty Solomon and Logan Skelton.


The Art of the Cello: Brian Yoon
First-prize winner of the 2012 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Music Competition
Friday November 16, 2012 at 8:00
$20; $10 Student

The 35th annual E-Gré Competition took place in Lorne Watson Recital Hall at the Brandon University School of Music May 4 – 6, 2012. This year’s competition was for strings. Seven semi-finalists performed
public recitals on May 4 & 5, after which three were chosen to advance to the finals and perform completely different programs on May 6.

Focusing on Canadian and contemporary music and exceptional performance, the E-Gré Competition was created as a tribute to composer and pianist/violinist Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté. It is open only to Canadian musicians between the ages of 18 and 30. The 2013 competition will be for piano.

First prize winner is cellist Brian Yoon, from Coquitlam, BC. The 1st Prize includes $5000, a Canadian recital tour (which provides up to $5,000 in performance fees), and a three-week residency and recital
with the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. Brian also received the City of Brandon prize of $1000, which is awarded to the performer who, in the jury’s opinion, gave the best performance of the
commissioned piece, String Theory, by Ontario composer John Burge.

PROGRAM

John Burge (b. 1961) String Theory (2012) cello & piano

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 143
(1948) cello & piano
Allegro - Tempo di Marcia
Cavatine
Ballabile
Finale

INTERMISSION

Elizabeth Raum (b. 1945) Prayer and Dance of Praise (1997) cello & piano

Vincent Ho (b.1975) Stigmata (2004) solo cello

Gary Kulesha (b.1954) …and dark time flowed by her like a river…
(1993) cello & piano

Alexina Louie (b.1949) Bringing the Tiger Down From the Mountain II
(1991) cello & piano

BIOS

Twenty-five year old cellist Brian Yoon is establishing himself as an exciting young artist in Canada. In May 2012, he was named the winner of the First Prize and the City of Brandon Prize for the best performance of the test piece at the 35th Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition for Canadian and contemporary music. He was also awarded the prize for the best performance of a Canadian work at the 2012 Stepping Stone Competition for his reading of Vincent Ho’s Stigmata. Brian has been presented in recital by the Agassiz Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Vancouver Women’s Musical Society, the Vancouver Cello Club and the Hornby Festival. As a soloist, he has been featured in performances with the Vancouver Academy, the University of Ottawa, the Guelph Symphony, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestras. His performance of the First Shostakovich Concerto at the National Arts Centre was praised by the Ottawa Citizen as an “impressive account” with “exquisite phrasing”.
 
Born in South Korea, Brian started music lessons at the age of six. After immigrating to Canada, he continued cello studies with Judith Fraser at the Vancouver Academy of Music, where he was awarded the Certificate in Music Performance. He has attended the international Morningside Music Bridge Program and the NAC’s Young Artists Program, as well as participating in master classes at Banff, Domaine Forget and Orford, led by such eminent cellists as Aldo Parisot, Lynn Harrell, Philippe Muller, Lluís Claret and Laurence Lesser. He completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa studying with Paul Marleyn, and a Master of Music at Rice University with Desmond Hoebig. Part of Brian’s graduate studies was funded by a generous award from the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation. Brian assumes the position of Principal Cello with the Victoria Symphony in fall 2012. For more info, visit brianyooncello.com.
 

Originally from Northern California, Eliza Ching is an active collaborative pianist in the United States. She has performed at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Millennium Stage and Terrace Theatre at the Kennedy Center. Eliza was recently awarded the "Best Collaborative Pianist Prize" at the 2012 E-Gré National Music Competition. Eliza currently serves as staff pianist at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and the Heifetz International Music Institute. She has previously been staff pianist at the University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Aspen Music Festival. Eliza holds degrees in piano performance from Rice University and the Manhattan School of Music and a doctoral degree in collaborative piano from the University of Maryland, College Park. Eliza has collaborated in performance with such artists as James Buswell, Daniel Heifetz, Mark Kaplan, Ani Kavafian, and Ian Swensen. With cellist Amit Peled, she recorded the CD Cellobration, which was  released in 2009 on Centaur Records.


The Art of the Piano: Robi Botos
Thursday November 15 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students



Born into a musical family in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi’s notable performances include: Concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre; opening concerts for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty, at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. In the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky Hall in Montreaux, Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada’s jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Molly Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Nikki Yanofsky, Sophie Milman, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Roberta Gambarini, Jake Hannah, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson,Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona.


Fantastic Pictures: Pugs and Crows
Wednesday November 14, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students




Program

This five piece band from Vancouver, BC, will be performing new music from their vinyl record release entitled 'Fantastic Pictures'. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the original music of some of Vancouver's busiest musicians.

Bio

THE PUGS AND CROWS is an instrumental band that performs origi­nal music that evokes a shifting range of sonic colours and ambient soundscapes. The ensemble’s unique cinematic sound is due in part to the unusual instrumentation of violin, double bass, guitar, piano, and drums. The band is best experienced within a quiet and focused listening setting where the dynamic subtleties of their music can be appreciated. The band is extremely adaptable, having shared stages with punk, indie rock, jazz and classical ensembles.

In 2010, the group received the Galaxie Rising Star Award for their performance at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In the following year, they were a main stage act at both, the Vancouver and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. The band made its first appearance at the Olio Festival (a part­ner of NXNE) in 2011. In addition, the group recently participated in the world-renowned Jazz and Creative Music Workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts under the direction of Dave Douglas. Upcoming highlights for the band include the release of their second independent recording “Fantastic Pictures,” as well as an opening performance for Bill Frisell at the 2012 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Meredith Bates – violin

Catherine Toren – piano

Cole Schmidt – guitar

Russell Sholberg – double bass

Ben Brown – drums

www.pugsandcrows.com


The Art of the Duo Piano:
Ellen Annor-Adjei and Erika Crino

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 8 PM
$20;  $15 Seniors and Arts Workers;  Students $10

 
A Les Amis Production

Ellen Annor-Adjei                                                 Erika Crino
 
Program

J.S. Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV 1060
L. van Beethoven: Sonata Op. 27, No. 2 "Moon Light"
S. Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2
W. Lutoslawski: Paganini Variations

Bios

Ellen Annor-Adjei was born in Moscow into a family of mixed African and Russian ancestry. As an accomplished artist, she brings to the classical piano repertoire a unique perspective, which has been showcased in many successful concerts in Russia, Europe, and North America.

Ms. Annor-Adjei studied piano from the age of five and later attended the Musical College of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where her teachers were Boris Shatskis and Galina Ygeazarova.

Ms. Annor-Adjei moved to Canada and has appeared in numerous recitals at the Arts & Letters Club, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, Glenn Gould Studio, and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Ellen Annor-Adjei currently lives in Toronto where she has completed many solo recitals. Her repertoire includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, and other Classical, Romantic and Contemporary composers.

In the West Indies, Ellen Annor-Adjei was the featured soloist in the inaugural Steinway Concert Series at the Queen’s Hall in Trinidad. Ms. Annor-Adjei presented a solo recital in Bermuda which was sponsored by the Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society. She has also performed at the Harquail Theatre in the Cayman Islands. At the present time Ms. Annor-Adjei is Director of Musical Arts Academy which she founded and is developing into an institution whose program is designed to produce performing artists.
 
Italian pianist Erika Crinó is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, in a performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs", with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.

Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, the historical Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, Heliconian Hall, Gallery 345, and the University of Toronto. In 2006 she co-founded Trio sTREga, a Trio dedicated to contemporary music with whom she toured western Canada and made several concerts in Italy. Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and at the Koffler Centre for the Arts where she is also music coordinator.
After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.


Michael Guttman, violin and Stephan Sylvestre, piano
Monday November 12, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Programme:

Programme:

Beethoven Sonata no. 4

Fauré Sonata no. 1

Intermission

Pärt, Fratres

Prokofiev Sonata no. 2 op. 94.

Bio

Hailed by the New York Times’ Allan Kozin as “a violinist with an incredible wealth of tone colors, with an exquisitely creamy sound... rich-toned and impassioned... impressively variegated,” and praised by the Jerusalem Post as “the Chagall of violinists,” Michael Guttman has performed on three continents as soloist and recitalist, in halls such as London’s Barbican Centre, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Bunko Kaikan in Japan, among others.
His groundbreaking recordings of 20th-century violin concertos with the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestras have been broadcast by the BBC in 110 countries.

The youngest violinist ever to be admitted to the Brussels Royal Conservatory, he later graduated from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy Delay, Felix Galimir and the Juilliard Quartet. Following the example of his mentor, the late Isaac Stern, he worked closely with Israeli composers including Noam Sheriff, a collaboration that resulted in an album with the London Philharmonic conducted by the late David Shallon celebrating three generations of music-making.

An invited performer at festivals directed by Salvatore Accardo, Yuri Bashmet, Boris Berezovsky and Natalya Guttman, he has also been active as Music Director and conductor of the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, the resident orchestra of the Music Festival of the Hamptons.

As assistant director to the late Lukas Foss, the legendary composer and conductor, Mr. Guttman collaborated with Peter Serkin, James Galway, Richard Stolzman, Carol Wincenc and Stanley Drucker, among others.

As conductor, he has appeared with the Elba Festival Orchestra, a unique ensemble uniting the Kremerata Baltica, the Moscow Soloists, the Odessa Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Kiev Philharmonic. He has been invited to conduct and/or play by many orchestras across Europe and will appear with the Dallas Symphony. He will also be featured in the famous Robeco Summer Series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 2009.

More highlights this season include appearances at the Gstad Festival at La Fenice in Venice, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and in Claudio Abbado’s Ferrara Musica. Mr. Guttman is the principal guest conductor of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, the leader of the acclaimed Arriaga String Quartet and of the Michael Guttman Tango Quartet, as well s Music Director of the Pietrosanta in Concerto, the internationally-renowned music festival in Italy.

Michael Guttman lives in Brussels, his native city, with his wife and their three children.

Stéphan Sylvestre ranks among the most sought-­-after and brilliant Canadian pianists of the new generation and enjoys a very active performing career as a recitalist, orchestra soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have bestowed lavish praise on his performances: “…his natural talent reminds one of the great Artur Rubinstein…” (La Presse, Montreal); “…somewhat reminiscent of the young Kempff” (La Scena Musicale, Canada); “…masterly brilliant virtuosity and monu-­- mentality,” (Flovo Cultury, Czech Republic); “…such effortless simplicity is a joy.” (Edinburghguide.com).

Stéphan Sylvestre’s numerous concert tours and performances have taken place in major concert halls, universities and concert organizations throughout Canada, the United States, Brazil, the Middle East, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Russia and the Netherlands. Notable venues include the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), St. Martin-­-in-­-the-­-Fields (London), the St. Petersburg Conservat-­- ory (Russia), Place des Arts (Montreal), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Four Seasons Centre (Toronto) and Massey Hall (Toronto). He has appeared with several Canadian orchestras and he has performed in all of Canada’s major international festivals including Ottawa, Barrie, Parry Sound, Lanaudière, Banff, Domaine Forget and Orford. Stéphan Sylvestre is heard regularly on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Suisse Romande, radio stations throughout the United States, and has performed live for the BBC in the United Kingdom.

He has collaborated with several internationally renowned artists such as James Campbell, James Som-­- merville, Ransom Wilson, Martin Beaver, Rivka Golani, Susan Hoeppner, Jonathan Crow, Denis Brott, Michel Strauss, Alain Trudel, the Penderecki String Quartet, the New Zealand Quartet, the Arthur-­-Leblanc Quartet, the Alcan Quartet as well as the ^irst chairs of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra among others. His ^irst two recordings on the ATMA label were selected among outstanding records of the year by CBC’s weekly record review. Sylvestre’s latest recording of Brahms’ late solo piano works was nominated for Recording of the Year at the prestigious Prix Opus Awards in Quebec. WholeNote magazine placed Sylvestre's latest interpretation alongside Perahia’s recent Brahms recording, stating that “...Sylvestre’s approach is much more romantic, but equally appealing. His playing is introspective and thoughtful, imbued with a deep sensitivity. Tempos are considerably more languorous, and he produces a wonderfully warm and resonant tone from the instrument. If this is Brahms for the 19th century, so be it – Sylvestre’s masterful performance is a welcome presence in our sometimes harsh and too-­-technologically advanced world.”

Stéphan Sylvestre is invited regularly to give master classes and conferences abroad and he has been a member of several national and international juries, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition and the Montreal International Piano Competition. In addition to his active performing and recording schedule, Stéphan Sylvestre is Assistant Professor of Piano and head of keyboard studies at Western Universtiy. A recording of the works for violin and piano by Karol Szymanowski with violinist Jerzy Kaplanek, which has been supported by a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, will soon be released under Marquis Classics. Further solo recordings are projected under the label XXI-­-21 Productions. Mr. Sylvestre is currently represented by Marilyn Gilbert Artists Management.


Matthew Shubin, bassoon and
Cecilia Ignatieff, piano

Sunday November 11, 2012 at 3 PM
$20; $10 Students

 
Program
 
Johann Sebastian Bach:
 
        Sacred Arias from Cantatas, Prelude  and Fugue Nos. 5 and 10
 
        Sonata No.2 for Da Gamba
 
Johannes Brahms:
 
       Serious Songs, Intermezzo Opus.117, Sonata No.2 for Clarinet and Piano.
 
Bios
 


Matthew Shubin graduated from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow and attended the chamber music master classes of Janos Starker, Josef Gingold, and Gyorgy Sebok.  He played Principal Bassoon in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1970-1975, and then joined the Cleveland Orchestra as Associate Principal.  In Cleveland he was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Soloists and the UniQue Ensemble (dancer, flute, bassoon, and cello) whose music/dance presentations gained an enthusiastic and eclectic audience. He has appeared at the summer music festivals of Tanglewood, Aspen, Blossom, Apple Hill, and Quito, Ecuador, taught on the music faculties of Macalister College and Baldwin Wallace College Music Conservatory, and performed as soloist and chamber musician with groups from the New York City area - such as Orpheus, the Boehm Wind Quintet, the Janus Ensemble, and the New York Chamber Symphony. 
 
Matthew recently participated in two recordings compiled from "Legacies", a seven concert series sponsored by the New York State Music Fund at the Rochester Folk Art Guild, with colleagues from Ensemble Resonance and Latin Landscapes, including the noted New Hampshire composer and guitarist, Jose Lezcano.  He has traveled the globe as teacher, chamber music artist, orchestral musician and soloist, collaborating with musicians in many of the major cities of Eastern and Western Europe, Chengdu China, and Quito Ecuador. Concurrent with his musical activities, Matthew was First Vice President of Investments at Morgan Stanley and later at Merrill Lynch - from 1983 through his retirement in 2010. In October of 2012 Matthew participated in the world premier of Dan Sedgewick’s Aria for Two Bassoons and Strings, commissioned by the Keene Chamber Orchestra.  He can be heard on several recordings found in the “On-line Store” at rfag.org.



Cecilia Ignatieff began her career as a solo performer as a teenager, when she appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. As a recitalist, she has played at the National Gallery, the National Arts Centre, and on CBC radio. Cecilia is also an experienced collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers, and has recorded several CDs premiering new chamber works (by composers Srul Irving Glick and Larysa Kuzmenko and others). She has frequently accompanied her nephew, violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank. Her most recent recording (2010) was ‘Sophisticated Rag’, premiering ragtime piano pieces by Cobourg composer Rod Anderson.


The Art of the Piano: Roger Admiral
Saturday November 10, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

 
Piano Music of Howard Bashaw
 
Program:
 
Howard Bashaw – Preludes II (2000, revised 2003)
 
Howard Bashaw –Minimalisms II (2005)
 
Howard Bashaw – 15, for Piano (2012)
 
(Commissioned through the Canada  Council for the Arts by Roger Admiral, Winston Choi, Douglas Finch, Corey Hamm and Kyoko Hashimoto).
 
Bio

Canadian pianist Roger Admiral performs solo and chamber music repertoire spanning the 18th through the 21st century. Known for his dedication to contemporary music, Roger has commissioned and premiered many new compositions. He also performs as part of Kovalis Duo with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey. Roger lives in Camrose, Alberta.
 
Recent performances include recitals with baritone Nathan Berg at Lincoln Center (New York City), contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux at Symphony Under the Sky (Edmonton), violinist Ilya Kaler at Convocation Hall (Edmonton), violinist Guillaume Tardif at Carnegie Hall (New York City), New Music Concerts conducted by Robert Aitken (Toronto), and the complete piano music of Iannis Xenakis for Vancouver New Music. Currently he coaches contemporary chamber music at the University of Alberta.
 

Originally from White Rock, British Columbia, Canadian composer Howard Bashaw is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (DMA, 1989). He is currently Professor of Music at the University of Alberta where he teaches composition, orchestration, theory and analysis. He has also taught at the University of British Columbia and at the Université Canadienne en France.
 
A composer in the acoustic medium, Bashaw has composed for a range of diverse ensembles including the Hard Rubber Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, New Music Concerts, Société demusique contemporaine du Québec, Duo Kovalis, East-West Quartet, Standing Wave, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Hammerhead Consort, Now Age Orchestra, Duo Majoya,  Continuum Ensemble (London), and the Augustana Choir.


SUZANA D’AMOUR
Friday November 9, 2012 at 8 PM
$20

It could be her look – old school Parisian glamour and charm meets Vegas-worthy glitz and Latin passion, accompanied by her music men in bespoke suits with a crisp vintage flair. It works. And it’s irresistible.

Or, it could be her sound – intoxicating eclectic pop with a theatrical bent, spinning off jazz and world underpinnings with contemporary sensibility, serving up old-made-new- again satisfaction.

Or perhaps it’s the way she kills it on stage with her eye-candy multimedia shows – sound, style, video – sheer, high-voltage, artistic hedonism.

Whatever it is that turns you on to Suzana d’Amour, this is certain: one taste and you’re hooked.

Widening boundaries – there are few things that yield as much pleasure as pushing at the edges of convention. Listening to the dynamic renderings of Suzana d’Amour, one realizes that this is precisely what’s happening.

Multifaceted. Genre-defying. An arresting quirkiness that is entirely hers. Singing in English, French and Portuguese, Suzana weaves together sounds and stories bursting with life that unfold and come alive before you. Her lush pop is layered and frenetic; Parisian Carnivale! Cabaret! Bossa! Recognizable arrangements and styles are skillfully pulled into the now, refreshed and remixed.

Vocalist performer Suzana, along with Mike Dell (piano), Randall Savoie (bass), and Dennis Song (drums), produce a sensational unconventional sound: theatrical pop with a rich blend of influences, combined with unmistakable passion and creativity. Her latest album – simply titled “Suzana d’Amour” – includes an impressive list of collaborators: mixing by two-time Juno Award-winning sound engineer John “Beetle” Bailey, with contributions by New York’s Vickie Yang (string arrangements) and Shirantha Beddage (horn arrangements).

“You Call Yourself A Man” is a sultry and teasing, jazz-infused track full of swagger that conjures Broadway sensations of the Chicago ilk, while the title track is a softly sweeping ballad that is both passionate and restrained.

Suzana’s devastating vibratos, her breathy, enchanting lyrics will make your heart swell and ache in “Il n’y a qu’un homme comme toi”. The bonus track, “Exchange Your Heart With Me”, with its rhythmic charm, is instantly mesmerizing. Taken together, her versatility is striking. Suzana d’Amour shifts seamlessly between styles and subjects – at times silly, at others serious – keeping listeners eagerly wondering what will come next, and delivering at every turn.

Fresh and immoderate, Suzana d’Amour is intoxicating, and is quickly establishing herself as a Creative Force in today’s music industry.

Suzana d’Amour’s unique sound has earned critical acclaim from local and international media, including the CBC, Toronto Life magazine, and the UK’s Whisperin and Hollerin.


Holger Schoorl: Guitar Music
Thursday November 8, 2012 8 p.m.
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students


Program

Two pieces for my estranged wife Alexa.

first piece (quartet)

Holger Schoorl: guitar
Kyle Brenders: bass clarinet
Germaine Liu: vibraphone/ percussion
Mark Zurawinski: percussion

intermission.

second piece (trio)

Holger Schoorl: guitar
Michael Savona: guitar
Rob MacDonald: guitar

Bios



Holger Schoorl was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada as a child. At the age of seven, inspired by his older brother's Van Halen records, he started playing the guitar. This went on for some time. Unfortunately, at the age of fifteen, Holger started reading books and for ten years literature supplanted music as his primary artistic occupation. After returning to music at the age of twenty-five, Holger busied himself with acquiring bachelor's and master's degrees in composition and establishing himself in Toronto as a composer, free improvisor and singer-songwriter. He performs, whenever possible, as a soloist, in ad hoc improvisation settings, with his band Ancient Egypt, and lamentably, infrequently in performances of his composed music.



Kyle Brenders is a Toronto based multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Brenders’ work attempts to fuse the various musical experiences that have shaped him as a creative artist. His interest in music that falls within generic and idiomatic cracks has allowed him
to develop his own personal style.

He currently is active performing his music in solo, trio, quartet and large ensemble projects. Beyond his own groups, Brenders performs regularly with The Rent, a group that performs the music of Steve Lacy. Brenders frequently performs in composed and improvised contexts with Scott Thomson, Susanna Hood, Holger Schoorl, Brandon Valdivia, Rob Clutton, Aaron Lumley, Steve Ward, Wes Neal and Mark Seeger. Outside of his regular collaborators, Brenders has performed with Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean Derome, Gordon Allen, Malcolm Goldstein, Dan Snaith (Caribou), Evan Parker, Marshal Allen, Mary Halverson, Eddie Prevost, Guillermo Gregorio, Anthony Braxton, Ab Baars and Alvin Lucier.

Kyle is an active member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) and acts as the Artistic director of the AIMToronto Orchestra. This group in 2007 performed the music of Anthony Braxton during the Guelph Jazz festival, which has been released on Spool Records. Brenders can also be heard on his solo recording Flow and Intensities as well as in duo with Anthony Braxton on Barnyard records Toronto (Duets) 2007. The Kyle Brenders large
ensemble recording, Ways, is currently available from Porter records. The Kyle Brenders Quartet first release, Offset, will be available in Fall 2012.

Octopus is an eight limbed percussionist that is the sum of Germaine Liu + Mark Zurawinski. Over the past few years, they have collaborated with a host of Toronto-based groups, improvisers and composers, and have had the privilege of performing at a number of great Canadian music festivals including, The Guelph Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival – Next Wave Series, Sound Travels Festival, 416 Festival and the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Recently they have been working on composing, and commissioning a body of new duo percussion works.

Germaine Liu is a percussionist, performer/composer and creative improviser. As a percussionist, Liu has been privileged to work with many wonderful musicians, dancers and artists. She performs regularly in a number of ensembles, including c_rl, AIMToronto Orchestra, Rob’s Collision and Octopus. Liu studied percussion with Jesse Stewart during her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and composition with David Mott at York University.

Mark Zurawinski is a drummer/percussionist. Since moving to Toronto in 2007 Mark has become an increasingly prominent addition to the city’s vibrant creative improvised music scene. He likes to play lots of different kinds of music. His main musical activities of late have been composing and performing with Alaniaris, Toronto’s very own Greek-punk-jazz power trio. Mark holds an undergraduate from the University of Guelph, and studied ethnomusicology at York University.



Sincere performances of bold and engaging repertoire have established guitarist Rob MacDonald as one of Canada’s most exciting performers of new music. As both a soloist and chamber musician his persistent quest for fresh repertoire regularly leads to the creation of new works and the presentation of rarely heard pieces. He has performed with Soundstreams Canada, Madawaska String Quartet, Canadian Opera Company, Amadeus Choir, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Talisker Players and Toca Loca. Alongside virtuoso guitarist, Tracy Anne Smith, he is co-founder of ChromaDuo, an ensemble actively commissioning, premiering, and performing new repertoire throughout North America. Their debut recording, Hidden Waters, has been called ‘nothing short of inspirational’ (Simon Powis, Classical Guitar Review) and ‘modern guitar music at its most powerful, extending the form and substance of the guitar to give the listener an almost orchestral experience’ (Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th).



Michael Savona has performed in Europe and across Canada, both as a soloist and a chamber musician. The recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, he has premiered many Canadian compositions, including several works composed especially for him. He has participated in many international guitar festivals and has performed in masterclasses for prominent guitarists such as David Russell, Manuel Barruecco, Leo Brouwer and Norbert Kraft. Other critically acclaimed artists he has worked with include Lydia Adams and Rob MacDonald. He currently records and tours with the legendary Canadian guitarist Liona Boyd.

A graduate of the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Savona also studied jazz at Humber College and holds a master's degree from the University of Ottawa. He presently serves on the board of directors for the Toronto Guitar Society.


The Art of the Piano: Darrett Zusko
Piano Preludes of Nikolai Kapustin

Sunday November 4 2012 at 3 PM
$20

Program

Nikolai Kapustin (b. 1937)

Berceuse, Op. 65

24 Preludes in Jazz Style, Op. 53 (1988)

Bio

In recent years, Canadian pianist Darrett Zusko has enjoyed a growing reputation as being one of the few truly gifted young artists appearing before the public today. As guest artist with orchestra, in recital, and in chamber music setting, he has continued to receive high praise whenever he sits down at the keyboard; and with critics already suggesting that he may well be “one of the most promising performers of the 21st century” (La Nueva España – Spain) at the onset of his international career, that reputation can only becertain to continue and soar.

Still in his mid-twenties, Mr. Zusko is fast becoming one of Canada’s most sought-after soloists, having been invited to perform with a number of North America’s leading symphonic ensembles including the orchestras of Montréal, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Cincinnati, and Louisiana. He has worked with such eminent conductors as Bramwell Tovey, JoAnn Falletta, Jacques Lacombe, Erich Kunzel and Victor Feldbrill, and, among others, has appeared in recent seasons with the Niagara Symphony, Orchestra London (Ontario), the Windsor Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, the Algoma Chamber Orchestra, the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, and l’Orquesta Sinfónica de Gijón.

In addition to touring Canada under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic, recent solo highlights have included performing on a number of important recital series such as Music Toronto, the Steinway Society – Bay Area, the Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association, the Brantford Music Club, the Jeffery Concerts, the North Okanagan Community Concert Association, the Brockville Concert Association, St. Thomas Performing Arts, and the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, to name but a few.

Festival appearances include Festival Vancouver (now MusicFest Vancouver), the Festival of the Sound, Music Niagara, the Collingwood Music Festival, and the Festival de Lanaudière, as well as chamber performances with the Allegri, Borealis, and Gould String Quartets. Many of these performances have been recorded for CBC Radio and Radio-Canada broadcasts, airing on such shows as Tempo, In Performance, Symphony Hall, Next!, Sunday Afternoon in Concert, and Music Around Us. Mr. Zusko continues tobe heard regularly on CBC Radio and has also been broadcast a number of times on NPR in the United States.

Being a strong advocate and supporter of the creation of new music and in particular that of Canadian composers, Darrett Zusko’s debut album was devoted to the solo piano works of the late Torontonian Oskar Morawetz and was released in May 2009 on the Centrediscs label to great critical acclaim. Other ‘new music’ projects and premieres have included collaborations with the late Harry Somers shortly before his death, and a number of forthcoming commissions by esteemed Canadian composer Walter Buczynski are planned for future premieres.

Winner of a number of prestigious awards and prizes including a career development award bestowed every three years by the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Darrett Zusko was a top prizewinner at both the 2004 Montréal and the 2004 New Orleans International Piano Competitions at the age of nineteen. Prior to this he had already won first prize at the Canadian Music Competition International Stepping Stone in 2002 and first prizes at both the Oberlin (2001) and the Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev (2000) International Piano Competitions. Throughout the years, he has also been the recipient of a number of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts in New York City.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Darrett Zusko was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in November 1984. After taking an interest in the piano at an early age, he soon began his formal training with Dr. Gregory Butler in Windsor. Following a number of years ofstudy, he then went on to work privately with renowned pianist Ronald Turini at the University of Western Ontario, before ultimately deciding to further pursue his training in New York with Julian Martin. Subsequently, he studied intensively with Marc Durand in Toronto and in master classes with Leon Fleisher. In addition to his primary teachers, Mr. Zusko has also had the opportunity to work with a number of distinguished figures in the music world, including Anton Kuerti, Marek Jablonski, and Dominique Weber -- all of whom he considers to have played important roles in his development as an artist


Lovers and Coquettes: An evening of opera and song
Leigh-Ann Allen, soprano
Michelle Garlough, mezzo-soprano
Mai’kai Nash, piano

Friday, November 2, 2012  8 pm
$20; $15 students/arts workers

Program

Songs from Victor Hugo       F. Listz

Oh, Quand Je Dors
Comment, disaient-ils
S’il est un Charmant Gazon

Cinco Canciones Negras
X. Montsalvage

Selections from Písne Milostné       A. Dvorák

Selections from Canciones Clásicas Españolaa       F. Obradors

INTERMISSION

L’amour est un oiseaux rebelle from Carmen       G. Bizet

Mon Coeur s’ouvre a ta voix from Samson et Dalila       C. Saint- Saëns

Obéissons quand leur voix appelle from Manon       J. Massenet

O mio babbino caro from Gianni Schicchi       G. Puccini

Leigh-Ann Allen, soprano

Toronto-born soprano Leigh-Ann Allen is thrilled to be singing her first engagement with Gallery 345.  A recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Leigh-Ann completed her Masters under the guidance of Theodore Baerg with a focus on opera and classical singing.  Since then, she has entertained audiences while performing anything from jazz to French cabaret to German lieder.  After graduation Ms. Allen shifted her focus and founded the Amici School of Music with in Toronto with fellow singer Michelle Garlough, with which she is still passionately involved.  Currently studying with Frédérique Vézina and Wendy Nielsen, Leigh-Ann is eager to balance her performance career with her love of teaching.

Known for her versatility in many vocal genres, Leigh-Ann has developed significant roles in both modern and classic soprano repertoire.  Most recently she performed Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.  Other credits including Rose in Street Scene, Jeanette in the Canadian debut of Too Many Sopranos, Poppea in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and has sung with Pacific Opera Victoria in Madama Butterfly.  In demand as a solo artist, Leigh-Ann has sung the Fauré Requiem, Schubert Ständchen, and Ligeti's challenging chamber work Aventures.  Ms. Allen enjoys engagements with the jazz trio at Centro in Toronto, performing standard jazz repertoire.

Leigh-Ann received first place in both the Louis Marshall Voice Competition and Conservatory Canada's Young Artists' Competition.  She was a finalist for the London Concerto Competition, London Music Scholarship, and London Opera Guild Scholarship recipient.  Aside from teaching, Leigh-Ann is pleased to be performing the Canadian debut of new works by composer Andrew Ager in November, as well as singing with the Opera in Concert Chorus for the 2012-2013 season. 

Michelle Garlough, mezzo-soprano

An Alberta native, Michelle grew up performing.  She spent most of her early school years in dance classes and choir rehearsals.  By the time she was thirteen years old, she was singing in a professional children’s choir and seriously studying ballet.  It was during those years that she discovered her love for singing, which hasn’t stopped since.

Michelle chose to advance her studies while completing both her Honours BMus with Rachel Mallon and MMus in Voice Performance and Literature with Theodore Baerg.  During her studies she performed contrasting roles in both operatic and cabaret repertoire where she could use both dance and vocal skills, including Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mae Jones in Street Scene, Brenda in Smokey Joe’s Café and Cercatrice in Suor Angelica, and Lulu in The Merry Widow.

Michelle currently resides in Toronto where she has founded the Amici School of Music, where she enjoys teaching both piano and voice, specializing in early childhood music.

www.amicimusicschool.com


SHIRANTHA BEDDAGE QUARTET:
"IDENTITY" CD RELEASE
with special guest Larnell Lewis
Thursday November 1, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission: $20/$15/$10

Personnel:
Shirantha Beddage - baritone saxophone and bass clarinet
Dave Restivo - piano and Fender Rhodes
Mike Downes - bass
Mark Kelso - drums and percussion
Larnell Lewis - drums

Baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage is a nationally recognized
performer, composer, arranger and educator. He has performed
extensively across the United States and Canada with his quartet, and
he currently performs and records with numerous Toronto musicians such
as Nancy Walker, Alex Dean and Bruce Cassidy. He holds a Doctor of
Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School
of Music (Rochester, New York), a Master of Music degree in Jazz
Studies from William Paterson University (New Jersey) and a Bachelor
of Music degree from Humber College, where he now serves as head of
Theory and Harmony.

Shirantha Beddage's exciting new CD, "Identity" (2012) is due for
release in the fall of 2012 on Addo Records. His quartet, feauring
Dave Restivo (piano), Mike Downes (bass), and Mark Kelso (drums), is
heavily featured on a variety of Shirantha's original compositions,
reflecting a complex mix of emotional states and moods. The record
also features special guests Nathan Eklund (trumpet) and Larnell Lewis
(drums). Here's an excerpt from the liner notes:

"This album comes at an interesting point in my life, as I feel I’m
coming to terms with my own identity as a musician, teacher, and human
being. The compositions reflect a number of aspects of my emotional
state, including self-reflection, anxiety, tranquility, profound
sadness, and pure joy. As with my previous album, and hopefully many
more to come, I hope to honor the musicians who have influenced me,
and to carry forward this great musical tradition. Enjoy!"
(Shirantha Beddage)

Shirantha’s first album, Roots and Branches (2007), featuring his
original compositions, is distributed internationally through Jazz
Excursion Records and Itunes.


The Art of the Piano: Nada Kolundzija
Tuesday October 30, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
A Les Amis Concerts presentation



Programme

Programme

Sonatas and Interludes (1946-1948) by John Cage (1912-1992)

Sonata XII First Interlude
Sonatas VI, VIII, VII, I, IV, XIII

* Choice and order are made by using chance operation

Waiting for C-A-G-E (2012) by Milos Raickovich

Video: John Cage`s Musicircus "A House Full of Music"
Conlon Nancarrow:
Three 2-part studies (1940)
Blues (1935)
Three Canons For Ursula (1989)

Canon A (5/7).
Canon B (6/9/10/15)
Canon C (2/3)

Sonatas and Interludes is a collection of twenty pieces for prepared piano by American avant-garde composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1946–1948, shortly after Cage's introduction to Indian philosophy and the teachings of art historian Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, both of which became major influences on the composer's later work. Significantly more complex than his other works for prepared piano, Sonatas and Interludes is generally recognized as one of Cage's finest achievements.

The cycle consists of sixteen sonatas (thirteen of which are cast in binary form, the remaining three in ternary form) and four more freely structured interludes. The aim of the pieces is to express the eight permanent emotions of the rasa Indian tradition. In Sonatas and Interludes, Cage elevated his technique of rhythmic proportions to a new level of complexity. In each sonata a short sequence of natural numbers and fractions defines the structure of the work and that of its parts, informing structures as localized as individual melodic lines.

From Conversation in retrospect by Joan Retallack

John Cage:
..."Humor in Eastern philosophy, must be connected with the mirthful. As such, it's one of the white emotions, rather that the dark ones. The white emotions are the heroic, the eroticc, the mirthful, and wondrous. The black ones are fear, anger, disgust, and sorrow. Sorrow for instance over the loss of something cherished, or the gaining of something undesired. Even that, I think, is very little known in the West. There is the strong flowing through all of these of freedom from likes and dislikes. Which we also find in Duchamp, in his wanting to find an object which he neither likes nor dislikes. And central to the white and black emotions, is the one emotion of tranquility. So that traditionally in Indian culture , you`re‚ not to express any one, or any combination of the emotions, without expressing tranquility. A piece that I wrote whan i become aware of these Indian "rasas" . as they're called, is the S. & I. There are 16 sonatas and 4 inter, and they are a bringing together of these 8 emotions, with their tendency towards tranquility, So all of the music moves towards its absence, hmm? Whether it represents the erotic, the mirthful ...or any of the others. So I've seen mirthful in that context - as being white, opposite the dark. And I've frequently said when asked whether I like comedy or not, that i preferred laughter to tears. That's one of my stock answer (laughter)..."

Bio

Belgrade-based Nada Kolundzija is an internationally renowned pianist and performer. A passionate promoter of contemporary music, Ms. Kolundzija has premiered major piano works of twentieth and twenty first century music, and commissioned and inspired the creation of significant new works by Serbian and international composers.

Her enthusiasm for new music includes championing creative experiment in musical expression extending far beyond piano repertoire. In 2008, she initiated and organized the first International Festival of Electronic Polymedia Art, Electroacoustic and Radiophonic Music festival in Belgrade, Art of Sounds, which presented more then forty works of composers from Australia, Canada, Europe, USA and Asia.

Ms. Kolundzija is also fervent in supporting the development of young pianists and other young musicians. She is a tenured professor of contemporary piano music at the Belgrade Faculty of Music. And she is also the artistic director of Guarnerius Art Center, whose mission is to promote young artists and enrich the cultural life of Belgrade. Nada was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and earned her Master degree in piano performance at the Academy of Music in Belgrade under Professor Dusan Trbojevic. She completed her graduate studies at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, where she studied with world-renown pianist Zoltan Kocsis.

During the last three years, Ms Kolundzija has been preoccupied with the John Cage's works. With the American director Scott Fielding, she has created a multimedia project The music Circus of John Cage – A House Full of Music, which was nominated for the city of Belgrade prize. With the musicologist Ivana Miladinovic Pricom she created John Cage's Imaginary Landscapes (music circus / concerts / video / reading of Cage / films / exhibitions / web conference) to celebrate the centenary of Cage. She also gave public readings of Cage's writings.

Ms Kolundzija's LP recording of Sonatas and Interludes was issued on 1981.



Future of Cage: Credo
Pauline Oliveros and Array Music Ensemble

Friday, October 26, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Members of the Arraymusic Ensemble join American composer Pauline Oliveros at Gallery 345 in celebrating the centennial of John Cage. Pauline Oliveros is one of the most important living American composers, and we are thrilled for the opportunity to work with her in a collaborative context.

Program

Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932) - Single Stroke Roll Meditation (1988)

Oliveros - Magnetic Trails (2008) for violin and piano

Udo Kasemets (b. 1919) – Future is Past is Now (1996) for four musicians

John Cage (1912-1992) – Five (1988) for five musicians

Oliveros – Blue Heron: in memory of James Tenney (1934-2006) for piano and bass

Pauline Oliveros

Bio



Pauline Oliveros is an American accordionist and composer who is a central figure in the development of post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the 1960s, and served as its director. She has taught music at Mills College, the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Oliveros has written books, formulated new music theories and investigated new ways to focus attention on music including her concepts of "Deep Listening" and "sonic awareness".

This concert is part of a large festival (25–28 October 2012) hosted by The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies 214 College Street, 3rd Floor Toronto, Ontario Visit the main conference website at http://futureofcage.weebly.com


Anna Hostman: CHAMBER MUSIC
University of Toronto DMA composition recital

Wednesday October 24, 2012 at 8 PM
Free Admission



Program

rhizome
Kimberley Pritchard (accordion)

ghosts of swallows

Katherine Watson (flute/piccolo), Mara Plotkin (clarinet), Ilana Waniuk (violin), Amber Ghent ('cello),

Jane Wood (prepared piano), Daniel Morphy (percussion), Bill Rowson (conductor)

straight thin lines —

*The Dark River (1961)

*White Flower (1962)

*Redbird (1964)

*The Tree (1964)

*This Rain (1960)

Larissa Koniuk (soprano), Ilana Waniuk (violin), Kimberly Pritchard (accordion)

Jane Wood (piano)

darkness...pines...long wall

Jane Wood (piano)

pine trees & blue sky
Katherine Watson (flute/piccolo), Mara Plotkin (clarinet), Ilana Waniuk (violin), Amber Ghent ('cello),

Jane Wood (prepared piano), Daniel Morphy (percussion), Bill Rowson (conductor)

Bio

Anna Höstman's compositions have been performed across Canada and internationally in Italy, the U.K., Mexico, Russia and China. They are significantly informed by her interest in abstract photography, the natural world, and intermedia collaboration. Her work has been supported through travel and creation grants by the Canada Council of the Arts, the BC Arts Council, and various local awards. Her doctoral work at the University of Toronto has been supported by a University Fellowship and a Joseph Bombardier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. Anna is very grateful to have had the opportunity to work closely with her primary composition teachers, Gary Kulesha and Christopher Butterfield, as well as composers James Rolfe, John Celona, and Gordon Mumma.

As an educator, Anna has taught composition and theory at the University of Victoria, created an electronic music curriculum for Eagle Arts Academy, and created a mentorship program for high-school age composers in Victoria under the auspices of the Victoria Symphony while resident composer between the years 2005-8. She has co-founded the Pendulum Ensemble with Hiroki Tsurumoto, and is part of an intermedia collective founded by Emilie Lebel and Mitch Renaud. Anna also co-founded the Intermission Interdisciplinary Ensemble which has created a series of time-based works exploring tensions between performance and installation. Anna has also co-organized the Collision Interdisciplinary conference and curated the New Currents Interdisciplinary Festival.

Recent performances include: ghosts of swallows for small ensemble (Continuum, Ottawa Chamber Festival), Slanted Birds for string quartet (Quatuor Bozzini, Montréal), Seagull (Bicycle Opera Tour and Rob Ford: The Opera), pine trees & blue sky for small ensemble and pipa (Beijing International Composer's workshop and Aventa Composer's Workshop), Emily's Piece, a 25-minute work for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra based on a quartet of mid-1930s paintings by Emily Carr, and Rhizome for solo accordion (Ina Henning and Stefan Schreiber, Gallery 345, Toronto). She is currently writing works for the Thin Edge Collective (violin and piano), and for Sarah Reid (trumpet and video), as well as collaborating on an intermedia work with Dylan Robinson and Marion Newman exploring the relationship of the Nuxalk Nation with the Norwegian Settlers in the Bella Coola Valley in the 1900s. This collaboration is part of a larger project supported by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant between the music faculties of the University of Alberta and Toronto, and the Center for Indigeneity at Royal Holloway, University of London.


The Art of the Piano:
A Conversation with Vlada Mars

Friday October 19, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Vlada Mars, from Vancouver, is performing for the third time at Gallery 345 bringing her own original music inspired by the minimalist movement led by Philip Glass, Michael Nyman and Yann Tiersen. Her passion for exploring and intimate approach to music makes her recitals a unique experience. Praised by her colleagues and audience in Vancouver and Belgrade, Serbia, Vlada is thrilled to bring to Toronto this unforgettable event.

A Conversation with Vlada Mars, pianist

Rachel Davidson/Black Press

Many successful people are disciplined, some creative, others benevolent, but it’s not often that you find all of those characteristics embodied in one person. Add in a passion for leveraging the power of music to charitable ends, and the field narrows considerably.

Enter Vlada Mars, a supremely gifted pianist and altruist. Known simply as Vlada to her many students and friends across the world, she is a fount of wisdom and an inspiration to those fortunate enough to meet her.

Classically trained in the former Yugoslavia, Vlada immigrated to Canada in 1994 and began working as a private piano teacher at West Vancouver’s Hollyburn Country Club in early 1997. Although she started with only 13 students, her tireless efforts as head of the club’s music department resulted in a program which now boasts six instructors and 160 students learning piano, voice, violin, guitar and drums.

Vlada’s days rarely end with her last lesson, however – she also regularly plays and promotes her own recitals. Over the years, she has graced concert halls in Toronto, London, and Belgrade, and most recently performed at Vancouver Makes Music, which took place downtown on June 21. Her appearances always benefit a worthy local cause, and Vlada has supported the Canucks Hospice, North Shore Women’s Shelter, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and the Ride to Conquer Cancer, to name just a few. Her music was performed most recently in Belgrade, during the art installation for the World's Wind Day celebrating clean and environmental friendly wind energy.

Vlada’s ongoing contributions to the music scene include compositions of her own design. Subtle yet moving, her undulating chords and harmonies act as a soothing – and occasionally dramatic – reminder to slow down and appreciate each moment. This minimalistic approach represents an emotional escape: “In the world we live in, it’s so hectic, so busy... My music is a refuge out of that with simple melodies, simple rhythms. Something different from life itself.” Poignant pieces such as “A Conversation”, dedicated to her late father, reflect this theme.

Listeners may wonder how these powerful feelings assume audible form. Quick to dispel the image of a tortured composer toiling away in isolation, Vlada contends that her songs spring freely from more natural roots. She draws ideas from her life experiences, books, art, films and dreams, which come together via a “melting process”.

“I think about [my inspirations] for weeks, and then I just sit at the piano and play,” she explained humbly, making it sound easy.

However, Vlada’s beautiful music doesn’t always arrive fully-formed, and she told me that she had recently finished a particularly intense composition that stressed her to the point of illness. “Sometimes that process puts you in a state of mind that’s very hard to control... like a roller coaster,” she confessed. “But I think it was worth it in the end.”

The name of her latest? “Going Places”. In typical Vlada fashion, its meaning transcends expectation, for “it’s not literally just traveling, it’s about places you can go to fight your fears and insecurities.”

So where is this musical marvel going next? Vlada is preparing to record 15 original pieces. In September she is going to perform a series of “house concerts” that would permit a more intimate recital experience. On October 19, Toronto audience will have a pleasure to listen to her own music at her third concert at Gallery 345.

One free life lesson that Vlada was kind enough to share with The Outlook: Aim for personal satisfaction first, and the rest will follow.

“Follow your heart and be passionate. Do it for yourself. Don’t expect recognition or glory. Say, ‘I want to make myself and my best friend happy,’ and then my parents, and then 10 people… and it will spread.”

For more visit vladamars.com.


Jacques Israelievitch, violin and Erica Goodman, harp
Tuesday October 16 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Program

Sonata in A Major for Violin and Harp J.M.Leclair
Sonata for Solo Violin S. Prokofiev
Piece for Solo Harp Carlos Salzedo

Intermission

Suite in G Major for Solo Viola J.S.Bach
Suite Hebraique for Viola and Harp E.Bloch
Fantaisie for Violin and Harp C. Saint-Saëns


Bios

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio.

Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.


A native of Toronto, Erica Goodman is acclaimed as one of the world's outstanding solo harpists. She received her training at the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), the National Music Camp (Inter-lochen, Michigan) and the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia).

Already a concert performer in her teens, Ms. Goodman played under the baton of Igor Stravinsky when he recorded in Toronto. While at Curtis, she was a concerto soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist at numerous international festivals, as well as with leading orchestras and ensembles in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Ms. Goodman made her New York debut as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra during that orchestra's American debut concert at Lincoln Centre in 1972.

Recent concerts include: The Tanglewood Music Festival, U.S.A.; Wigmore Hall, London; The Royal Palace, Stockholm; The Yatsugatake Music Festival, Japan; The Canadian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

As Canada's foremost studio harpist, Erica Goodman has played in hundreds of radio and TV productions, commercials and film scores. In addition, Ms. Goodman has performed on stage and national television with such stars as Percy Faith, Tony Bennett, Henry Mancini, Hagood Hardy and Gene DiNovi.

Ms. Goodman can be heard on several recordings for the BIS, Marquis, Opening Day and CBC labels with such artists as Robert Aitken, Paul Brodie, James Campbell, the Amadeus Ensemble and in solo concert.

In 1980, Erica Goodman won the Grand Prix du Disque Canada for her recording, "Flute and Harp" with Robert Aitken. In 1995, she won a Juno for her solo album, "Erica Goodman Plays Canadian Harp Music". Now Magazine selected her as Best Classical Musician in its 1996 "Best of Toronto" readers' poll. She continues to be an active member of the music scene in Toronto.


YOUKALI –
Donna Linklater and Tania Gill
perform music by Kurt Weill

Friday October 12, 2012 at 8 PM
$10 General Admission

Soprano Donna Linklater and pianist Tania Gill will perform a selection of songs by Kurt Weill, ranging from his early days in Berlin to his later years in the United States.

Program

Nanna's Lied
Seeräuber-Jenny
Je ne t'aime pas
Complainte de la Seine
Youkali
Fennimore's Lied
What Good Would the Moon be?
A Stranger Here Myself
Solomon Song
Berlin im Licht
Surabaya Johnny
Speak Low

Bios



Soprano Donna Linklater studied opera performance under Sylvia Richardson at Brandon University. While she was there, she won the 1999 Performance Scholarship Competition and in 2001 had the privilege of working with composer George Crumb during his visit to the school. After moving to Toronto in 2002, she performed recitals with clarinetist Julia Hambleton featuring works by Schubert, Richard Strauss, Ludwig Spohr, Ned Rorem and Friedrich Hollaender. She also founded the group "The Laments" which performed songs by Debussy arranged for soprano, clarinet, accordion, musical saw, musical glasses and bass. In 2008 Donna started the chamber-folk quartet "The Billie Hollies" which has specialized in presenting her original compositions based on excerpts from Canadian authors including Susan Swan, Linden MacIntyre, Claudia Dey and Michael Crummey. Her works with the group have been described as "stellar...A spooky, pseudo-circus operatic performance featuring haunting vibrato harmonies and delicate instrumentals " (Suzannah Showler, Torontoist). On July 9th, Donna was joined by Toronto pianist Tania Gill and they recorded a set of songs by Kurt Weill. The song "Youkali" from that recording can be heard here: soundcloud.com/donna-linklater/youkali



Tania Gill is a pianist and composer living in Toronto. She has worked with Anthony Braxton, The Flying Bulgars, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon, Deep Dark United, Charles Spearin and the Happiness Project, Mary Margaret Ohara, Brodie West, The Woodshed Orchestra, Doug Tielli, The Chris Banks Trio, CONTACT Contemporary Music, The Mark Segger Sextet, Victor Bateman, Blah Blah 666, Saint Dirt Elementary School, Runcible Spoon and Zebradonk among many others. She leads the Tania Gill Quartet with Lina Allemano/trumpet, Clinton Ryder/bass and Jean Martin/drums. Their debut CD, Bolger Station, was named one of the top ten CDs of 2010 and disc-of-the-week by the Globe and Mail and was nominated for “best debut CD” in the Village Voice 2010 Jazz Critics’ poll. Tania teaches at her house and at Humber College and has a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto.


The Beauty of Life: Joel Garten Piano Improvisations
Wednesday October 10, 2012 at 8 PM
$20/$15 Seniors and Arts Workers/$10 Students

Pianist and composer Joel Garten plays a passionate concert of his solo piano improvisations, work that is intense yet contemplative; a meeting of Keith Jarrett and Morton Feldman. At the nexus of experimental classical music and avant-jazz, Garten creates heartfelt music that marries sonorous repetitive rhythms with fluid melody and dissonance.

"Joel’s multi-layered music sweeps you away. He paints rich and mysterious mental landscapes and magically creates awesome sculptural shapes in your mind’s eye that continually transform and mesmerize... This is like NOTHING you’ve ever heard!"
– Jeanne Beker, Fashion Television

Bio

Joel Garten is an innovative composer who draws his inspiration from visual art as well as music. He has been composing music since the age of eleven. Garten has given concerts on three continents, including a memorable impromptu concert in the Shar-Dor Medrassa in Samarqand, Uzbekistan. Garten has traveled to more than forty countries, absorbing various musical and cultural influences, including studying gamelan with an aged master in Bali, Indonesia. He is influenced by visual artists such as Pollock, Rothko and Giorgio Morandi, as well as by musical artists most notably Keith Jarrett and Morton Feldman.


The Art of the Clarinet: Nora-Louise Muller

Tuesday October 9 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

 

Program

Jörg Widmann: Fantasy (1993)

Ilse Fromm-Michaels: Stimmungen eines Fauns / Moods of a Faun (1921)

Andre Laporte: Reflections (1970)

Helmut Lachenmann: Dal Niente (Interieur III) (1970)

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Manfred Stahnke: Die Vogelmenschen von St. Kilda / The Bird People of St. Kilda (2007)
version for Bohlen-Pierce clarinet and live electronics by Nora-Louise Müller (2009)

Todd Harrop: The Bird of Janus [for Bohlen-Pierce clarinet] (2012), premiere
Improvisation for Bohlen-Pierce clarinet

Tiberiu Olah: Sonata for clarinet solo (1963)
 
In this recital, German clarinetist Nora-Louise Müller will present the Bohlen-Pierce clarinet, made by Stephen Fox, Toronto, as well as solo pieces for clarinet by various European composers.
 
The Bohlen-Pierce clarinet plays in an alternative harmonic system, and only a handful of this new and rare instrument exist. The overwhelming effect of the Bohlen-Pierce scale can hardly be understood on the basis of descriptive words. It is the immediate aural impression that opens the doors to this alternate tonal world. Unlike the scales of our usual system, it is not the octave that forms the repeating frame but the perfect twelfth (octave plus fifth), dividing it into 13 steps, according to various mathematical considerations. The result is an alternative harmonic system that opens new possibilities to contemporary and future music and is often perceived as a kind of "other-wordly music", due to its unfamiliar, yet harmonic chords.
 
This concert is supported by Goethe Institut and Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
 
Bio
 
Nora-Louise Müller is intrigued by the process of the creation of new music and frequently collaborates with composers, dancers, video and sound artists in Germany and abroad. Her performances have been broadcast in the concert series NDR - das neue werk. Nora is a well-regarded artist in several festivals such as festival (DA)(NE)S 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), Microfest (Amsterdam) klub katarakt (Hamburg) and chiffen - kieler tage für neue musik.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, she has been invited to lecture and teach a masterclass at La Conservatoire de Musique de Montrèal.
 
In 2007 an extraordinary instrument came to her:  the Bohlen-Pierce clarinet which uses an alternative harmonic tone system. Since its European premiere in 2008, the Bohlen-Pierce clarinet forms an important focus of Nora's work. As one of very few clarinetists worldwide who perform on this particular instrument, she was invited to enrich the first Bohlen-Pierce conference in Boston, Massachussetts in 2010 with her performances. Besides her active performance and teaching schedule she is working towards her PhD at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Nora-Louise studied with Prof. Reiner Wehle and Prof. Sabine Meyer at Musikhochschule Lübeck and graduated in performing arts. She also took  inspiration from masterclasses at Scuola Internazionale di Perfezionamento Musicale in Piacenza, Italy with Prof. Hans Deinzer for several years.

http://www.noralouisemuller.de



The Art of the Piano: Adam Sherkin
"Ballades From The North"
Sunday September 30, 2012 at 7 PM
Free Admission: Part of Toronto's Culture Days


Programme:

Jacques Hétu - Ballade, op.30
Frédéric Chopin – Ballade in A-flat major, op.47
Kaija Saariaho – Ballade (2005)
John Ireland - Ballade of London Nights (1929)
Samuel Barber - Ballade, op.46
Adam Sherkin - C?n Annwn (2012)
Franz Liszt - The Wild Hunt (Transcendental Étude No.8)

Bio

Pianist and composer Adam Sherkin is a dynamic and versatile musician who commands a multi-dimensional approach to performance and composition. A native of Toronto, Adam graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. His works have been premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Adam has appeared in performance at the Four Seasons Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. Adam is an associate of the CMC and is to release his debut recording on Centrediscs in November of 2012.

This concert marks the launch of Adam’s 2012-2013 concert season, Plastic Dawn. For further information on Adam's music and upcoming performances, please visit:

www.adamsherkin.com


Holt-Tahara Duo
Sunday September 23, 2012 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Bryan Holt, cello
Lisa Tahara, piano
 
Programme
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 40
Intermission
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

Bios

Bryan Holt

Bryan first came to the cello when he was informed by his middle school strings teacher that he was too small to play the double bass.  Bryan attended the Etobicoke School of the Arts, playing in numerous ensembles, and studying with Charita Holod, Paul Widner and Simon Fryer.  He went on to study with David Hetherington, Shauna Rolston and Matt Brubeck at the University of Toronto where he completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Performance.

An avid chamber musician, Bryan has participated in numerous festivals including the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival (Italy), Banff Summer Chamber Music Residency, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Quartetfest.  He is a two time recipient of the University of Toronto's Felix Galimir Award in Chamber Music with Trio Danzka (2010) and the Persephone Trio (2009).

Bryan recently completed his Master’s Degree in Solo Performance at McGill University studying with Matt Haimovitz.  He will be performing with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra for the 2012-2013 Season.

Lisa Tahara

Japanese-Canadian pianist Lisa Tahara has appeared in concerts throughout North America and Europe. She has won top prizes in competitions at the provincial and national level across Canada, including the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Canadian Concerto Competition in Quebec City, Quebec, and most recently the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Alberta. Ms. Tahara has also performed with several orchestras such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec and the University of Victoria Orchestra. After obtaining her Bachelors of Music degree at the University of Victoria, she completed her Masters of Music degree at the University of Toronto. Currently, Ms. Tahara is undertaking her Doctorate of Musical Arts studies at the University of Toronto with Drs. James Parker, Henri-Paul Sicsic and Midori Koga. She has also studied with May Ling Kwok, Dr. Robin Wood, James Olsen and Kirill Bolshakov.

Ms. Tahara has had the opportunity to spend three summers studying in Europe on full scholarship – at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg with Andrzej Jasi?ski, Robert Levin and Sergio Perticaroli, and at the Wiener Musikseminar in Vienna with Rudolf Kehrer. In 2007, Ms. Tahara completed a residency at the Banff Centre, where she performed with the Penderecki String Quartet. This summer, Ms. Tahara will be participating in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar and working as a pianist for the Collaborative Piano Internship at the Banff Centre.
In addition to her passion for performing both solo and chamber works, Ms. Tahara is equally passionate about teaching and is a group class and private instructor for the University of Toronto Children’s Pedagogy Program.


The Art of the Duo Piano: Iman Habibi and Deborah Grimmett
Saturday September 22, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; Students $10

Piano Pinnacle, whose performances have been hailed as "a true tour de force" and "an absolute delight" (Musetta Stone), has eestabilished itself as one of the leading piano duo ensembles of Canada. Their recent schedule included performances in Paris, Oslo, Toronto, Vancouver, Salt Sprint Island, and Seattle to name a few. Comprised of pianists Deborah Grimmett and Iman Habibi, The duo won Third Prize and Audience Choice Award at its debut performance at the International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition. For more information, please visit www.pianopinnacle.com.

Programme

Ritmo from Danses Andalouses - Manuel Infante

Sonata in DM, K. 448 - W.A. Mozart
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Andante
III. Molto Allegro

5 Canadian Pieces

Nasim – Saman Shahi

Scherzino - Diane Chouinard

Clothed to the Naked Eye - Drew Redman

Aquifer - James O’Callaghan

Off to the Races - Craig Day

Meadows of Silence - Paul Emil Levasseur

In a Persian Market - Albert Ketelbey

Metamorphosis IV – 3rd Movement - Yoshibumi Fujiwara

INTERMISSION

New Work – East Coast Premiere - Iman Habibi

Suite No. 1, Op. 15 - Anton Arensky
I: Romance
II: Valse
III: Polonaise

Selections from Afterimages - Alexina Louie

Paganini Variations - Witold Lutos?awski

*This programme is subject to change closer to the date of the event.

Bios
Iman Habibi’s music has been performed by a number of noted ensembles and performers such as musica intima, The Standing Wave Ensemble, The Vancouver Bach Choir, The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, DaCapo Chamber Choir, Simone Osborne, Keith Klassen, Peter McGillivray, Carla Huhtanen, and Kimberly Barber among others. Iman Habibi’s music and performances are heard regularly across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Paris, Oslo, Toronto, Tehran, Nashville, Ottawa, and Vancouver, and has been programmed by prestigious concert organizations such as The Marilyn Horne Foundation (New York), The Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), Tapestry New Opera (Toronto), Vox Novus (New York), Atlantic Music Festival (Maine), the BCScene Festival (Ottawa), and the Powell Street Festival (Vancouver).

He has received numerous awards including The International Composers’ Award at the Esoterics’ Polyphonos Composition Competition, First Prize at the SOCAN Foundation’s Awards for Young Audio Visual Composers for two consecutive years (2011-2012), and The Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards for Emerging Artist in Music (2011). His music has also won awards with the Vancouver Bach Choir, and the Guelph Chamber Choir. His interviews are broadcast regularly on radios across North America, such as CBC radio one, and two (Canada), and WQXR (New York). He has received numerous commissions including a commission to compose his first piano concerto for The Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO). In Feb. 2010, Mr. Habibi appeared as the piano soloist to premiere this concerto with the PGSO.

As a pianist, Iman has had the privilege of working with many great musicians, ensembles, and orchestras. He appeared as the piano soloist with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra to premiere his piano concerto in Canada, and later played it with the Atlantic Music Festival’s Orchestra in the United States. Iman was a finalist at the Inaugural Knigge National Piano Competition, and is also well-known for his collaborations with pianist Deborah Grimmett. The two pianists formed a duo in 2010, which at its debut, won third prize, and the audience choice award at The International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition.

For more information, please visit: ImanHabibi.com

Pianist Deborah Grimmett’s performances have been hailed as "an absolute delight", and "a true tour de force" (Musetta Stone), and have been heard throughout Canada and Europe in major concert halls across Europe, and North America, in places such as Auditorium Santa Croce (Italy), Norges Musikkhøgskole (Norway), Espace Carpeaux (France), Centennial Theatre, and The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (Canada).

Deborah was a finalist and prizewinner in both the Vancouver Academy Provincial Senior Secondary Competition, and the BC Piano Competition. Most recently, Deborah joined forces with composer/pianist Iman Habibi to form Piano Pinnacle, a piano duo team. In their debut as a duo, they won Third Prize and the Audience Choice award at the 2010 International Northwest Piano Ensemble Competition, and have since received much recognition and critical acclaim for their collaboration.

Ms. Grimmett currently enjoys an active performing schedule as soloist, duo pianist, and chamber musician. She has performed in masterclasses for several highly celebrated artists, including John Perry, Andre Laplante, Marc Durand, Philippe Cassard, and Lydia Artimiw. Ms. Grimmett holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of British Columbia, and an ARCT (Piano Performance Diploma) from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Marietta Orlov, Jane Coop, and Sara Davis Buechner.

For more information, please visit: DeborahGrimmett.com


Alone: Contemporary Work for Solo Clarinet and Bass Clarinet: Bob Stevenson
Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Program

Three Sonatas (1943) George Perle
Let Me Die Before I Wake (1982) Salvatore Sciarrino
Paraphrase (1973) Alexander Goehr
Domaines (1969) Pierre Boulez
Monogram (2012) Daniel Charles Foley
Seegersong #1 (1999) James Tenney
Steep Steps (2001) Elliott Carter
I Can’t Get Started (1935) Vernon Duke/Ira Gershwin

Bob Stevenson
Bob has been an active force in the music community as a player, conductor, composer and educator since the early 70s. Bob’s background is wide ranging and diverse, encompassing many forms including jazz, classical, new music, klezmer and free improvisation. He has performed regularly with a wide variety of ensemble including Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band among many others. He also leads three groups. The Bob Standard, with guitarist Justin Haynes and bassist Victor Bateman, takes a fresh and experimental approach to the American songbook. Big Idea is an eleven piece ensemble consisting of some of Toronto’s best classical and jazz players performing Bob’s original compositions. Safety In Numbers, with guitarist Chris Bezant and bassist Chris Kettlewell begins with the inspiration of Django Reinhardt to explore jazz music from the 20s to the present. He is also a member of Red Rhythm and has appeared on the recordings of many artists including Holly Cole, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Red Rhythm and Anthony Genge. Mr. Stevenson has also performed on many film and television soundtracks. As a composer Bob has been commissioned by choreographers Bill James, Maxine Heppner and Holly Small; performers Arraymusic, The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Innovations En Concert, Stephen Clarke, the Modern Quartet and the Madawaska Quartet; and documentary film producers Laurent Productions and fission media. Mr. Stevenson’s compositions are performed frequently both in Canada and internationally. He served as Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Arraymusic from 2005 – 2010 and was Artistic Director of the improvising new music big band Hemispheres from 1995-1998 as well as serving as its conductor from 1992. He served as guest lecturer in clarinet and composition at York University in Toronto and at the University of Edinborough, Scotland. He recently co-founded the label urbanmeadow with musician and actor Michael Louis Johnson.


Talisa Blackman and Jane Yang: Piano and Violin
Saturday September 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM
$15; $10 - Students




Talisa Blackman and Jane Joon Mee Yang have been performing piano and violin duets together since elementary school. Together, they have mastered the artistry of mixing the percussive sounds of the piano with the smooth, legato melody of the violin. Both talented musicians have budding careers and have already undertaken a multitude of impressive performances including an orchestral piano performance with the Marinsky Theatre Orchestra and a violin program at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra Seminar, respectively. The two continue to grow their experiences and are excited to perform the works of their former classmate for their first duet program together since graduating from UofT.

Programme

Prokofiev Violin Sonata No.2

Kevin Lau Violin Sonata No. 2 1st movement

Intermission

Strauss Violin Sonata

Bios

Talisa Blackman

A native of Toronto, pianist Talisa Blackman has performed with some of the top orchestras from North America and Russia. She has recently appeared as soloist for the Ravel Concerto in G with the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton and the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado, and will be appearing with the Georgian Bay Symphony as soloist in October 2012. As an orchestral pianist, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

Talisa is also an active chamber musician in Ontario, having performed several times on the Guelph Connections concert series with the series’ founders Marlena Tureski and Emma Banfield. She has collaborated with musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and accompanied celebrated Canadian baritone Russell Braun in a recital as a fundraiser event for Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, an institution dedicated to bringing classical music into public schools across Ontario.

Talisa began piano studies at the age of four with her mother; she continued her studies with teachers at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Marina Geringas and Marietta Orlov, and with Joela Jones and Margarita Shevchenko at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently studying at the University of Western Ontario in London with John Hess.

Jane Joon Mee Yang

Jane Joon Mee Yang has been an active violinist in Toronto’s music scene for more than a decade and can be seen performing any genre from pop, musical theatre, hip-hop improvisation, gospel, tango, and of course, classical music.

Jane began her career in music through the influence of her parents; her mother being a pianist, and her father, a baritone. Deciding early on that neither of the two instruments were for her, she gravitated towards the violin and began studying with Julia Koo and later, Ian Grant. After the age of 13, Jane committed herself to playing the violin professionally. She attended Etobicoke School of the Arts and gained recognition as a young artist in her community after winning local competitions and being a recipient of many awards, including 1st place at the Kiwanis Concerto competition, performing Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A Minor, Developing Artist Award in 2003 (ESA), Barbara Young Leadership Award in '05 (ESA), and the prestigious David Marcia Beach Scholarship in 2008 at UofT.

Jane completed her Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Toronto and has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of programs, including the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, several music festivals across North America, multiple masterclasses with notable musicians. In December 2007, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall for the New York String Orchestra Seminar. She has reappeared as concertmaster since 2007 for the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra under Raffi Armenian and David Briskin. She is also a founded member of the Toronto-based piano trio, Fidele Trio and was awarded Second Place in the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Competition in 2009. From 2009-10, Jane was a violinist in Boris Brott’s National Academy Orchestra.

Jane now holds a B.Mus in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto. She studied under the tutelage of Mark Skazinetsky (TSO Associate Concertmaster), and Annalee Patipatanakoon (member of The Gryphon Trio). Presently, she is teaching in her own studio in Toronto and plays with many ensembles in the greater Toronto area.


The Ton Beau String Quartet
Friday September 14, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission: $20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

The Ton Beau String Quartet is emerging as one of Toronto’s most dynamic young ensembles. Formed at the University of Toronto in 2010, the quartet has worked with many of Canada’s finest chamber musicians, including Annalee Patipatanikoon, Tim Ying, Terry Helmer and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. In 2011-2012 the TBSQ were awarded a Professional Development Residency at Wilfrid Laurier University, which provided the opportunity to work closely with the Penderecki String Quartet. The Ton Beau are devoted teachers, and share an interest in presenting classical music in new formats and venues. This year marks the inaugural season of Ton Beau Concerts, a four-concert series held at Gallery 345.

The season will open with Beethoven’s own inaugural string quartet, Op. 18 no. 1, which will be followed by Dvorak’s “American” String Quartet, Op. 96, and Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet Quintet.


New Orford String Quartet
Tuesday September 11, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission: $30
Reservations Recommended

Programme:
 
Haydn Op.20 No.4
Hetu Quartet No.1

Intermission

Brahms Op.51 no.1 in C Mino

New Orford String Quartet
Jonathan Crow, violin
Andrew Wan, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Brian Manker, cello

Forty-five years ago a new Canadian string quartet was formed at the Jeunesses-Musicales du Canada summer camp at Parc National du Mont-Orford (today the Orford Arts Centre). The Orford String Quartet gave its first public concert on August 11, 1965. Through its many recordings and tours both at home and abroad, the Orford String Quartet became one of Canada's best-known and most illustrious musical ensembles. After 26 years and more than 2000 concerts on six continents, the Quartet disbanded, giving its last concert on July 28, 1991. In July 2009 the New Orford String Quartet arose from the fame and tradition of its glorious predecessor, giving its first concert for a sold-out audience at the Orford Arts Centre. In the short time since its creation the New Orford Quartet has seen astonishing success, giving annual concerts at the Orford Arts Centre for national CBC broadcast and receiving unanimous critical acclaim, including two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year. Reviews of the New Orford String Quartet debut concert in the Montreal Gazette applauded a concert performance that was “sweet, balanced and technically unassailable less than a week after their members met for the first time... Lustily applauded in the Orford Arts Centre, the concert was true to the Orford name in its beauty and refinement. Indeed, there was no trace of roughness anywhere”. Le Devoir described the musical result as “stupefying”. Recent performances in Montreal and Quebec were met with immediate invitations for return engagements.

Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. In 2009, these like-minded musicians came together with a plan to revolutionize the concept of string quartet playing in Canada, bringing together four stars of the classical music field for a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis inspired by the success of modern chamber orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Rather than committing to a year-round schedule, the members of the quartet meet for residencies in various centres for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire. The New Orford String Quartet is also dedicated to promoting Canadian works, both new commissions and neglected repertoire from the previous century. Each New Orford String Quartet project has included performances of a major Canadian string quartet from the 20th century or a premiere of a newly composed work, and programs have included repertoire from a period that spans over 225 years, from Haydn and Beethoven to Sir Ernest MacMillan and Denis Gougeon.

In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its debut album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. Hailed as one of the top CDs of 2011 by La Presse and CBC In Concert and nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, critics have described the recording as a “performance of true greatness and compelling intensity... stunning!” (Audio Video Club of Atlanta), “flawless... a match made in heaven!” (Classical Music Sentinel), “a performance of rare intensity.” (Audiophile Audition) and “nothing short of electrifying... listen and weep.” (The Toronto Star).

Jonathan Crow, violin

The 2011.2012 season marks the début of Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; during this time he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra. Jonathan continues to perform as guest concertmaster with orchestras around the world, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonia de Lanaudiere and Pernambuco Festival Orchestra (Brazil).

In May 1997 Jonathan performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in a special benefit for the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Lord Menuhin was so impressed that he invited him to perform again with the Vancouver Symphony in April 1998. Jonathan continues to perform in North America, having been featured as soloist with most major Canadian orchestras including the Toronto, Montreal, Calgary Philharmonic, Kingston, London, National Arts Centre, Victoria and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, under the baton of such conductors as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Sir Andrew Davis, Mario Bernardi and João Carlos Martins. He is heard frequently on Chaîne Culturelle of Radio-Canada, CBC Radio Two, and National Public Radio, along with Radio France, Deutsche Welle, Hessischer Rundfunk and the RAI in Europe.

An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe including the Banff, Ravinia, Orford, Domaine Forget, Seattle, Montreal, Ottawa, Incontri in Terra di Sienna, Alpenglow, Festival Vancouver, Pernambuco (Brazil), Giverny (France) and Strings in the Mountains festivals. As an advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Michael Conway Baker, Eldon Rathburn, Barrie Cabena, Ana Sokolovic, Marjan Mozetich, Christos Hatzis, Ernest MacMillan and Healey Willan, and includes in his repertoire major concerti by such composers as Ligeti, Schnittke, Bernstein, Brian Cherney, Rodney Sharman, and Cameron Wilson. Mr. Crow has recorded for CBC, Bridge, Oxingale, Skylark, XXI-21 and ATMA labels.

Jonathan is currently Associate Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University where he has been teaching since 2005. Current and former students of Mr. Crow have received prizes at competitions across North America, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, Shean Competition, CBC Radio's NEXT competition, Eckhardt-Grammatte Competition, Canadian Music Competition, and Stulberg International String Competition, and work regularly with orchestras such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Verbier Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Kammerphilharmonie and Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan plays the ex-Wm. Kroll Guarneri del Gesù 1738 violin, made available to the TSO for the use of the Concertmaster thanks to the generosity of Dr. & Mrs. Edward Pong.

Andrew Wan, violin

Andrew Wan is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In August of 2008, he was named Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, making him one of the youngest concertmasters of a major symphony. His relationship with the orchestra began with performances of Elgar’s Violin Concerto, which were hailed as one of the top two musical moments of 2007 by La Presse

Mr. Wan has appeared as a soloist with the orchestras of Montreal, Toronto, Newfoundland, Juilliard, Aspen, McGill Chamber and Edmonton under conductors such as Kent Nagano, Maxim Vengerov, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Peter Oundjian, James DePreist and Michael Stern.

He has concertized extensively throughout the world, appearing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall and Salle Gaveau with artists including the Juilliard Quartet, the International Sejong Soloists, the New Zealand Trio, Gil Shaham and Cho-Liang Lin. He recently recorded the Mendelssohn Octet with James Ehnes and members of the Seattle Chamber Music Society for the Onyx label. Mr. Wan frequently performs as guest concertmaster with several North American orchestras and has appeared as artist and faculty at the Seattle Chamber, Agassiz, Aspen and Orford Music Festivals.

In addition to garnering the top prizes in the MSO Standard Life competition, Juilliard and Aspen concerto competitions, and Canadian Music and National Music Festival competitions, Andrew has also captured the grand prizes of the Fischoff, Coleman and Plowman International Chamber Music competitions.

Mr. Wan received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki and Ron Copes. In 2008 he was the only violinist to be accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Juilliard. He is currently on faculty at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.

Mr. Wan has been the recipient of several prestigious career grants, including The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, as well as grants from the Canada Council, Anne Burrows Foundation, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Winspear Fund. He performs on a 1744 Michel'Angelo Bergonzi violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the David Sela Collection.

Eric Nowlin, viola

Second-prize winner of the 2006 Walter W. Naumburg competition, violist Eric Nowlin has performed extensively throughout the United States as well as abroad. He has been described by the Springfield (MO) News-Leader as “having a full, warm tone, expressive phrasing, and effortless technical command that suggest an artist twice his age” and by the Santa Cruz Sentinel as “displaying the remarkable capabilities of the viola, with a rich tone and sensitive interpretive skills”.

Past accomplishments include receiving first prize in the 2003 Irving Klein International String Competition; first prize in the 2002 Hellam Young Artists Competition; grand prize in the 2001 Naftzger Young Artists Competition; and winner of the 2001 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Hindemith’s Konzertmusik with Roberto Minzcuk conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall.

Performances have included solo engagements with the Springfield Symphony in Missouri, Santa Cruz Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and the Kumamoto Symphony in Japan, as well as recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Mexico. Mr. Nowlin has been featured on NPR, WQXR in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, as well as television programs in Wisconsin and California, and has participated in festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia. He is a regular member of the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City, and has also toured with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute.

In addition to solo and chamber music performances, Mr. Nowlin recently won the position of Associate Principal Viola with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and started in the 2008-2009 season. He previously played regularly as a substitute in the viola section of the New York Philharmonic, performing with them during their residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival as well as on their European tour in 2008, and has served as a guest principal with Cleveland’s Citymusic and New York City’s Metropolis Ensemble.

Mr. Nowlin was chosen as the recipient of a Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation Grant in 2004, an award intended for the advancement of young artists' performance careers, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Samuel Rhodes. Eric plays on a 1910 Neapolitan viola made by Giovanni Pistucci.

Brian Manker, cello

Principal Cellist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra since 1999, Brian Manker enjoys a diverse and varied musical career as a performer and teacher. In addition to being a frequent concerto soloist with the MSO, and his work with the New Orford String Quartet, Mr. Manker is a member of the Adorno Quartet.

Mr. Manker has performed throughout North America as a member of the Harrington String Quartet, the Cassatt Quartet, and the Atlanta Chamber Players, and performed chamber music with many distinguished artists including Walter Trampler, Laurence Lesser, Gary Graffman, Lee Luvisi and Jean-Philippe Collard. A Grand Prize winner as a member of the Harrington Quartet at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, Mr. Manker also received a special commendation from Sir Yehudi Menuhin at the Portsmouth International String Quartet Competition.

Formerly the co-director of Festival Alexandria (Ontario), Mr. Manker has participated in many music festivals, including Norfolk, Blossom, Chamber Music East, Roundtop, Swannanoa, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, masterclasses at Orford, Domaine Forget, and at the Canton International Summer Music Academy in China. He has performed for radio, television, and internet broadcasts on the CBC, WFMT Chicago, and WQXR New York, and can be heard on his 2010 recording of the complete Bach Cello Suites on STORKCLASSICS, as well as numerous recordings of chamber music and of course with the MSO. Mr. Manker served on the jury of the prestigious and historic Prague Spring International Cello Competition in 2006.

Currently on the faculty of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Mr. Manker has also taught at West Texas State and Emory Universities. In 2007, Mr. Manker launched the Beethoven Project, which aims to perform all the quartets of Beethoven in their proper context, the private salon. As a companion to this project, Mr. Manker maintains a blog at http://bquartets.blogspot.com/. Mr. Manker plays on a cello made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in 2005.


EMILIE CECILIA LEBEL: CHAMBER MUSIC
University of Toronto DMA composition recital
Sunday September 9, 2012 8 p.m.
free admission


Programme

I could see the penguins home from the highway (2010)

Terri Hron (tenor recorder), Emilie LeBel (electronics)

What You Will Encounter (2012)

Rachel Desoer (cello), Jenny Cohen (mezzo-soprano)

Locate (2011)

i. earth atlas
ii. interlude for the dark boat lost at sea
iii. cloud atlas

Ronelle Schaufele (viola), Luciane Cardassi (piano), Nathan Petitpas (percussion)
on faith, work, leisure, and sleep (2011-2012)

ii. Breaker (2012)
v. View from the Train (2012)
vi. Longing (2011)

Luciane Cardassi (piano), Emilie LeBel (electronics & video)

December is well known for blizzards and whiting out memories (2012)

Jenny Cohen (mezzo-soprano), Terri Hron (recorder), Ronelle Schaufele (viola), Rachel Desoer (cello), Luciane Cardassi (piano), Ryan Butler (guitar), Nathan Petitpas (percussion)

Bio

Emilie Cecilia LeBel is a Canadian composer, presently based in Toronto. Her compositions have been performed across Canada, and internationally.

As a contemporary art music composer, Emilie works with acoustic instruments and electroacoustic mediums to create both discrete and mixed compositions. She also creates intermedia projects working with electronics, video, photography, and acoustic instruments. Many of her recent projects have focused on collaborations with performers, incorporating contemporary classical music with electronics, and video.

Emilie is completing doctoral studies in composition at The University of Toronto under the supervision of Gary Kulesha. Under the guidance of Robin Elliott, her current research is tracing the role of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the development and dissemination of Canadian art music. Emilie has studied at the University of Victoria, Harris Institute for the Arts, and York University. She holds an Honours Diploma in audio engineering, a Spec. Hons BFA in music composition with a minor in visual art, and an MA in composition and ethnomusicology. Emilie has participated in a variety of workshops and residencies including: Le Centre d’arts Orford Sound Art Workshop, The Scotia Festival of Music, New Adventures in Sound Art Sound Travels Festival, Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, The Banff Centre, Soundstreams Canada, The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, Quatuor Bozzini Composers' Kitchen, Arraymusic Young Composers’ Workshop, and The Leighton Artist Colony at The Banff Centre. She is grateful for the generous support her work has received from a number of organizations including most recently, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Music Centre Toronto Emerging Composer Award, and the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award.

Emilie is also active in Toronto as an arts-educator, and arts-administrator. She is currently the Social Media Assistant for New Music Concerts in Toronto, and is the Co-Founder of In the Current an on-line resource for new music in Toronto (www.inthecurrent.ca). Her current teaching activities include teaching music from her home studio, and teaching electronic music at The University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus.

www.ceceproductions.ca


DUO+for+CANADA
Ina Henning and Stefan Schreiber
Friday September 7, 2012 at 8:00PM
$25; $10 - Students

Programme

In Re Con Moto et al. (1915/16)            Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954)
Largo Risoluto No. 1 (1908/09)
Largo Risoluto No. 2 (1909/10)

Pandoras Box (1960/….) Bandoneon Piece Mauricio  Kagel (1931-2008)
MIMETICS Meta Piece for piano (1961)

New commission (2012) Anna  Höstman***
Black Hole (2006) Lan-Chee Lam***
Pentagrams (2010) Andrew Staniland**

--- INTERMISSION---

p i a l  accordion and piano (1994) Hans Joachim Hespos*

**World premiere
**World premiere
**Premiere
*Canadian Premiere

STEFAN SCHREIBER

Stefan Schreiber was born in 1968 in Duisburg, Germany. From 1978 to 87 he studied Piano with José Prado at the Niederrhein music school. In 1984 he participated at the 'International Dmitri Shostakovich Festival' playing early piano cycles by Shostakovich, and in 1987 at the International Festival 'Charles Ives und die Amerikanische Musik' performing piano and chamber music by Charles Ives. From 1987-1993 he attended the Robert Schumann College of Music in Düsseldorf where he specialised in Contemporary Music, studying Piano under Prof. David Levine and conducting under Prof Wolfgang Trommer.  Whilst at the college his performances included Piano Cycles, Chamber Music and Vocal Compositions by Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Egon Wellesz, Stefan Wolpe, Josef Tal and by Morton Feldman the entire work group "Instruments". With various orchestras he performed the Concerto in F by George Gershwin and other Piano Concertos by Paul Hindemith, Aribert Reimann, Dmitri Shostakovich and Igor Stravinsky. Even before graduating Stefan was engaged at the "Wuppertaler Bühnen" later known as the "Schillertheater NRW" from 1992-1997 where he performed the Chamber Concerto by Alban Berg, Piano Works, Chamber Pieces and Vocal Compositions by Alfred Schnittke, for instance, the German Premiere of his "Aphorisms", and he conducted "Fürchtet Euch Nicht" by Pina Bausch to music by Kurt Weill.

From 1997 - 2001 he was Stellvertretender Studienleiter at The Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg where his concerts included piano recitals with compositions by Charles Ives, George Crumb, Frederic Rzewski and Charles Wuorinen. Chamber Works by Morton Feldman and a "Collage piece" of works by Erik Satie, Alberto Savinio, Arthur Lourié and Igor Stravinsky at the Kunstsammlung NRW. 

In 2001-06 Stefan was appointed Studienleiter and Assistant to the General Music Director of "Staatsoper Hannover" where he continued his work of bringing to the fore the music of  Contemporary Composers. Concerts included Piano Works and Performances from John Cage to Erik Satie and also Piano Works, Vocal Compositions and Performance Pieces by Hans Joachim Hespos, Jochen Neurath, Kay Ivo Nowack, Johannes Harneit and NeuNoNeit.  

During his time in Hannover, Stefan was invited in 2002 to Pfefferberg Berlin by "Activia Neuer Musik" to perform a piano evening titled "Versus NeuNoNeit". In 2003 he was asked to conduct a new production of Salome by Richard Strauss at The National Theatre Belgrad.  Also in 2003 Stefan started performing as actor in "Lieber Nicht. Eine Ausdünnung" by Christoph Marthaler at the Volksbühne Berlin. He was also Studienleiter for the Festival Klangbogen Vienna and since 2004 he has been the pianist for the Sinfonietta Leipzig. 

Since 2006 Stefan Schreiber has been Studienleiter at Staatsoper Stuttgart and his projects so far have been:
Zeitoper III : U-Musik.Bunker, composed by Fredrik Zeller
Zeitoper IV : Pilotprojekt Wunderzeichen with works by Mark André                              
Zeitoper V  : Paulinenbrücke, composed by Daniel Ott
Zeitoper spezial: GOT LOST by Helmut Lachenmann, first scenic performance (February 2011)
Zeitoper X : Die Geisterinsel / The Enchanted Island, chamber opera by Ming Tsao (May 2011)
Girotondo, chamber opera by Fabio Vacchi (July 2011)
Die Taktik / Tactics, a new opera by Jennifer Walshe – performances in June and July 2012                                  
at the Kammertheater Stuttgart
pivoines by Hans Joachim Hespos – January 2013 at Staatsoper Stuttgart
 
INA HENNING

Ina Henning was born in 1978 in Bretten, close to Karlsruhe in Germany. She maintains a busy career in three different fields, music performance, music pedagogy and music therapy. Starting out as a freebass accordionist taught by her parents who are amateur music lovers, she studied freebass accordion from age 5 onwards. From 1992-1999 she was tutored by Werner Glutsch, one of the finest soloists in the field of classical piano accordion playing. Subsequently, she began studying accordion in Trossingen, Germany, where she took lessons at the Hohner conservatory, also in piano, classical guitar, recorder and mouth organ. In 1999 she applied to the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen where she studied classical accordion with Professor Hugo Noth and piano with Professor Tomislav N. Baynov. She finished her undergraduate studies as a double major in accordion and piano performance in 2004. After pursuing her “künstlerische Ausbildung” under Professor Hugo Noth she won two stipends with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study in North America where she completed an Advanced Certificate of Performance as well as a Master's Degree in Performance in 2006. She is currently a doctoral student with Prof. Joseph Macerollo at the University of Toronto. In 2011, she won a two months stipend with the Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland in order to do research on her dissertation topic, Stefan Wolpe.

Artistic appearances include performances with the Heidelberger Symphoniker (Winterreise by Hans Zender in 2003),  two solo performances in Carnegie Hall, NY in 2005 and 2006 and recent performances with the Stuttgart State Opera (Paulinenbrücke, 2009, die Ballade von Garuma, 2011, Pinocchio, 2010-12), the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and the New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart. In Germany Ms. Henning frequently collaborates with Nikola Lutz, saxophones and Luise Wunderlich, recitation and Doris Untch, cello. In Toronto, Ina has been a guest in various recital series across town. She has appeared at Esprit’s New Wave Composers Festival (2006), at the Goethe Institute (2005 and 2009), at the off centre music salon (2008 and the Toronto music garden (2007 and 2011). Recently she made her debut in the season opening concert of New Music Concerts where she premiered a piece by Andrew Staniland together with Professor Macerollo.  Last year she was offered a teaching position in accordion at the University of Education in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Ms. Henning joined the Faculty of Applied Sciences in Heideberg, Germany where she obtained another Master of Arts Degree in Music Therapy in 2008. Positions in this field include the Klinikum Pforzheim, the Jugendmusikschule Bretten and internships at the SHR Klinikum Langesteinbach (psychiatric ward), Sunnybrook Health and Science Centre, Toronto (geriatric and palliative area) and the Klinikum Pforzheim (premature infants in intensive care units). In 2010 she became an accredited member of the Canadian Association for Music Therapy, MTA. In the fall of 2011, Ms. Henning was a visiting scholar at Beth Israel Medical Center, NY to participate at a weeklong workshop for premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Subsequently, the Canadian Journal of Music Therapy published an article by her on this topic in their spring issue earlier this year.

COMPOSERS

Anna Höstman is a Canadian composer whose works have been performed across Canada as well as in Mexico, Europe, China, and Russia. Her compositions commonly engage with language, sensory and kinesthetic memory, breakdown, photography, and architectures of variation; they explore her deep love for the natural worlds. From 2005-8, Anna was the resident composer of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. During this time five new pieces for orchestra were premiered as well as her opera What Time is it Now? on a libretto by Governor General Award winning poet P.K. Page. Recorded and broadcast by CBC Radio Two, this one-act chamber opera explored issues of dementia as experienced by an old woman living at home with her caretaker. Aside from concert music, Anna has also been active in writing music for other media. She’s composed for the National Film Board of Canada, made orchestral arrangements for The Three Canadian Tenors, and created numerous sound designs for theatre, dance, and experimental film shorts. She is currently in the doctoral program at the University of Toronto.

Lan-Chee Lam was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with first honor, studied composition with Prof. Chan Wing Wah. Her music often combines Chinese tradition and contemporary technique, exploring new dimensions of sound world. Her music has been performed in Hong Kong, China, Canada, United States, Netherlands, Korea, Italy, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Spain, Belgium and Taiwan. She is now pursuing her doctoral degree in composition at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Ka Nin Chan and Gary Kulesha. She has received numerous awards, including Academic Creativity Award, Doming Lam Composition Prizes, Con Vivo Composer Prize, First Annual gamUT Composition Prize, as well as the winner of Choral and Wind Ensemble Composition Competitions held at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Recently, she awarded top prizes in the 2008 Luxembourg International Composition Competition, 2009 George Enescu International Composition Competition (Symphonic Section) and Nieuw Ensmeble’s Second Chinese Composers’ Competition.

Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most innovative musical voices. The New Yorker magazine has described his work as “an alternately beautiful and terrifying instrumental meditation”. His music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. His work has received numerous accolades, including the 2009 National Grand Prize in EVOLUTION, a contemporary music competition presented by CBC and The Banff Centre. Andrew is on currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland.

Charles Ives was born in the small manufacturing town of Danbury, Connecticut, on October 20, 1874, two years before Brahms finished his First Symphony. During the Civil War his father George Ives had been the Union's youngest bandmaster, his band called the best in the army. When the war ended George had returned to Danbury to take up the unusual trade, in that business-oriented town, of musician. As a cornet player, band director, theater orchestra leader, choir director, and teacher, George Ives became the most influential musician in the region. For all his singularity, the Yankee maverick Charles Ives is among the most representative of American artists. Optimistic, idealistic, fiercely democratic, he unified the voice of the American people with the forms and traditions of European classical music. The result, in his most far-reaching work, is like nothing ever imagined before him: music at once unique and as familiar as a tune whistled in childhood, music that can conjure up the pandemonium of a small-town Fourth of July or the quiet of a New England church, music of visionary spirituality built from the humblest materials--an old gospel hymn, a patriotic tune, a sentimental parlor song. The way in which Ives pursued his goal of a democratic art, and his career of creating at the highest level of ambition while making a fortune in the life insurance business, perhaps could only have happened in the United States. And perhaps only there could such an isolated, paradoxical figure make himself into a major artist.  

Mauricio Kagel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, into a Jewish family which fled from Russia in the 1920s. He studied music, history of literature, and philosophy in Buenos Aires. In 1957 he came as a scholar to Cologne, Germany, where he lived until his death. From 1960–66 and 1972–76, he taught at the International Summer School at Darmstadt. He taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1965 as Slee Professor of music theory and at the Berlin Film and Television Academy as a visiting lecturer. He served as director of courses for new music in Gothenburg and Cologne. He was professor for new music theatre at the Cologne Conservatory from 1974 to 1997. Invited by Walter Fink, he was the second composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 1991. In 2000 he received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Among his students were Maria de Alvear, Carola Bauckholt, Branimir Krsti?, David Sawer, Rickard Scheffer, Juan Maria Solare, Gerald Barry and Chao-Ming Tung. He died in Cologne on September 18, 2008 after a long illness, at the age of 76.

Born in 1938, Hans Joachim Hespos has since 1964 composed a huge number of works that are usually extreme even by the standards of the German New Music. Perhaps one of the most remarkable features of Hespos' music is that there would seem to have been no discernible process of development of technique or alteration in concerns during the last thirty years. Hespos writes as uncompromisingly today as he has always done and the unmediated forcefulness of his work remains almost without parallel even today. His scores, be they verbal, graphic, more conventionally notated or some combination thereof, always constitute incitements to action rather than instructions to be executed neutrally. Inspired by Adorno and Artaud, each composition forms itself unfettered during the act of composition. Thus each work of any length would hardly be analysable as an artistic object. In Hespos' own words, he composes without knowing "whither it goes in the next moment, where it ends". This radical subjectivity should communicate itself to any audience of hespos' work, his aim being, to quote Artaud "To reach a point at which things must burst if there would be a new departure/beginning ... to lead the spirit to a frenzy, to a rising of its energies".


"OTHER PLACES": THE BRIAN DICKINSON QUARTET
CD Release

Brian Dickinson, piano; Jerry Bergonzi, sax; Jim Vivian, bass; Ted Warren, Drums
Thursday September 6 at 8:00
$20; $15 Senior; $10 Student

Since his arrival to Toronto in 1979, Brian Dickinson has been fortunate to work with many great international jazz artists, including: John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Sonny Fortune, Nick Brignola, Sheila Jordan, Pat LaBarbera, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Maria Schneider, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, and Eddie Daniels. His pianistic abilities and contemporary compositions have made his various groups popular at Canadian jazz festivals and clubs. As a sideman, he is regularly featured accompanying top Canadian and international artists. He has toured North America, Europe and Asia extensively.

Brian has released eight recordings. His second release In Transition was awarded a Juno Award for best jazz recording in 1991. Brian's first trio, which featured Jerry Fuller on drums and Kieran Overs on bass, was formed in 1992. This group released two recordings, both on the Jazz Inspiration label (Brian Dickinson JID 9304, and Live at the Senator JID 9308) - both of which have enjoyed success in Canada, Japan, and the US.

His most recent recordings are duo settings with saxophonist Lee Konitz (LeeKonitz/Brian Dickinson – The Glenn Gould Session, Philology W322.2) and Around the Bend with guitarist Ted Quinlan (Addo Recordings, AJR004). He can also be heard on the CD Stil lWaters on the Hornblower label (HR91105) in a duo setting with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and on his quartet recording Soul Mission with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi (Elan Jazz EJ1001).Another quartet recording collaboration with Jerry Bergonzi will be released in fall 2012.

His recording work as a sideman has been featured on releases by Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Roy Patterson, Kieran Overs, Ranee Lee, and Mike Murley, among others.

Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and educator. Anative of Boston, Jerry began playing the clarinet and alto saxophone at an early age and soon switched to tenor. Bergonzi emerged as a major force on the international jazz scene in 1973 when he joined the Dave Brubeck Ensemble. In the intervening years he has released more than 50 recordings and performed with numerous leading jazz artists including Bill Evans, John Schofield, John Abercrombie, Gerry Mulligan, Joey Calderazzo, and Mike Brecker. Jerry continues to maintain a busy touring and recording schedule. Downbeat Magazine wrote about Bergonzi: “This guy is the real tower of power. His bold, penetrating tone and furiously paced streams of notes make for a commanding voice indeed.”



One of the most in demand bassists in Canada, Jim Vivian has performed and recorded with numerous Canadian jazz artists including Don Thompson, Sonny Greenwich, Jon Ballantyne, David Occhipinti, Pat LaBarbera, Oliver Jones, The Maritime Jazz Orchestra, MikeMurley, Brian Dickinson, Jeff Johnston, and Rob McConnell. On the international scene, Jim has performed and recorded with jazz greats Dave Liebman, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mel Torme, Ira Sullivan, John Abercrombie, and Tim Hagens.


A native of Regina,Saskatchewan, Ted Warren is one of the most in demand drummers in Canada. He has worked with Slide Hampton, Don Thompson, Fraser McPherson, Mike Murley, Chuck Mangione, Sonny Greenwich, Norma Winstone, Howard Johnson, James Morrison, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler and Jerry Bergonzi. He has toured with the Mike Murley Quartet, the Mike Downes Quartet, the Roy Patterson Quartet, and the Boss Brass. Ted also toured with the Banff Alumni All Stars and traveled to Brazil with the Boss Brass.

In 1999 he returned to Brazil as a member of John Stetch’s trio and in 2000 performed at Carnegie Hall with harpist Joanna Jordan. In addition to his other recorded work, you can hear Ted on Mike Murley’s CDs Time and Tide, Departure, and Conversation Piece. Ted also played on The Canadian Brass Plays Bernstein and can be heard on upcoming releases by Mike Murley, Mike Downes, and Earl MacDonald.


Dana Reason and John Heward
Tuesday September 4, 2012 at 8 PM
$20


An Evening of Improvisation:
Dana Reason, piano and John Heward, percussion


Dana Reason is a Canadian born pianist currently living in Oregon. As a pianist, composer, and improviser Reason has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe and can be heard on over 11 CD recordings. She has appeared at Frau Musica Nova, Banff Center for the Arts, Stanford University, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Spring Reverb, and Is that Jazz? Festival, among others. Reason was part of “The Space Between Trio” with Pauline Oliveros in the 2000s. She has performed with Mark Dresser, Marc Sabat, Aiyun Huang, Joelle Leandre, Bert Turetzky, Alex Cline, Barre Philips, Lori Goldston, Fred Frith, Cecil Taylor, Lisle Ellis, and George E. Lewis, among others. Reason recorded "Revealed," a trio album with John Heward and Dominic Duval which was released in 2009. This past year Reason was commissioned by OSU to compose "Currents" for wind ensemble. The work premiered in Reno in February. Her newest album "Angle of Vision" features her compositions performed by: bassist Glen Moore, drummer Peter Valsamis, with Reason at the piano. This will be released in the fall of 2012.

Reason holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University; a Master's in Composition from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Musicology/Critical Studies from the University of California San Diego. Reason currently teaches at Oregon State University and is the artistic director of a new music series called "Between the Cracks."

John Heward

John Heward was born in Montreal in 1934. He is involved in visual and aural art as a painter, sculpture and musician. He has exhibited in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe and China. He has performed and recorded as a percussionist in many situations in contemporary jazz and improvised music. Heward has performed with Glen Spearman, Steve Lacy, Dominic Duval, Paul Bley, Joe McPhee, among others.


The Art of the Piano: Vicky Chow
Monday September 3, 2012 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

 

 
Program
 
"mixtape no. 1"
nico muhly - a hudson cycle (2005)
david lang - wed (1992-97)
morton feldman - piano piece (to philip guston) (1963)
john cage-music of changes book 1 (1951)
matt mcbane - within (2012)
gyorgy ligeti - etude no. 4 bk 1 ("fanfares") (1985)
ryan francis - etude no. 1 "digital sustain" (2008)
--break--
jacob cooper - clifton gates (2011)
chris cerrone - hoyt-schermerhorn  (2010)
daniel wohl - aorta (2010)
andy akiho - vick(i/y) (2008)
 
Bio
 
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) and “one of the new stars of new music” (Los Angeles Times).

Joining the Bang on a Can All-Stars in 2009, Vicky’s passion has propelled her to work with an A-to-Z of leading composers and musicians such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner (The National) Philip Glass, Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).

Her work can be found on the ‘tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe’ and ‘altaVoz’ labels. In addition to performing, Ms. Chow also produces and curates “Contagious Sounds”, a new music series focusing on adventurous contemporary artists and composers at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. She receives continuous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and has received grants from the Fromm Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and the BC Arts Council.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Ms. Chow studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin before continuing studies at Manhattan School of Music with Christopher Oldfather.

Starting the piano at age 5, she was invited to perform at the age of 9 at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 10 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra made her NY orchestral debut appearance at Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony performing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

www.vickychow.com


Canadian Violinist Conrad Chow launches "PREMIERES"
Debut Album Release Party
Thursday June 28 at 7:30 pm
$30; $25 Students/Seniors/Arts Workers

Canadian violinist Conrad Chow celebrates the launch of his debut CD, PREMIERES with a special performance at Toronto’s Gallery 345 on Thursday, June 28. The recording, on Cambria Master Recordings, features music by Bruce Broughton - the renowned Oscar Nominee, Emmy Award-winning L.A. film composer - and works by Canadian composers Ronald Royer and Kevin Lau, brilliantly performed by Conrad Chow and the celebrated Toronto Sinfonia, conducted by Ronald Royer. PREMIERES also includes a bonus track, featuring Conrad Chow and Bruce Broughton (playing piano this time), delivering Chopin’s Nocturne in C# Minor with infectious verve and passion.

“The focus of this CD centers on the concept of the Premiere: the first showing of, or introduction to, something new. To that effect, I’m honoured to present each of the works on this CD for the first time on a recording”, remarks Conrad Chow. “While new, each piece is inspired by earlier musical styles: Bruce Broughton’s Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra, Triptych evokes elements of the Baroque, 20th-century Prokofiev, and Celtic fiddle music of Scotland; his Gold Rush Songs are based on traditional American folksongs. Ronald Royer’s Rhapsody was inspired by compositions of the mid-19th to early-20th centuries; the inspiration of his In Memoriam J. S. Bach needs no explanation. Kevin Lau’s Joy is inspired by turn-of-the-century Romanticism, as well as film music.”

Whether performing at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, or Qingdao Grand Auditorium in China, Canadian violinist Conrad Chow has won over audiences with his interpretations of music from different centuries, continents, and styles. As a communicator, he delights in forging strong emotional connections with his listeners and introducing them to music with which they may not be familiar. Critics have called him a “world-class talent” (Escarpment Views) who “perform[s] with passion . . . leaving the audience deeply intoxicated and spellbound” (Changshu Radio), and have hailed the “full, sweet, seductive intensity of Chow’s sound” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald).

A laureate at the International Stepping Stone Competition in Quebec, Conrad Chow leads a rich performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He is also a devoted teacher. Despite his young age (Dr. Chow is 30), he is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory’s Young Artists Performance Academy in Toronto, Canada, and Visiting Professor of Violin at the University of Jinan College of Music in Shandong, China. He performs on a 1933 Gaetano Pollastri violin.

See Conrad Chow video clips on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ConradChowViolin/videos
Visit his website at http://www.conradchow.com/


Darren Copeland: 2012 Harry Freedman Recording Award
Presentation and Performance
Saturday June 23, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission: $15; $10 for seniors, arts workers and students

Event: Listening Like Bats – a performance for 2 hyper-directional loudspeakers by Darren Copeland

In this performance Copeland and guest Hector Centeno will create illusions of sound movement by each physically manipulating a hand-held loudspeaker. They will both use an unusual loudspeaker called the Audio Spotlight (made by Holosonics Inc. in the United States) in order to beam highly directional sound waves off of surfaces. These will give the appearance of sounds emanating from specific objects or locations in space.

The Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and the Freedman family are extremely pleased to announce that composer Darren Copeland has won the 2012 Harry Freedman Recording Award. The Award will be publicly presented on June 23rd at a special performance of Copeland’s award winning piece, Bats and Elephants.
The Harry Freedman Recording Award, named in memory of the pioneering Canadian composer, has been established to contribute towards the creative costs associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composers’ music. Currently valued at $1,500 CDN and offered on a biannual basis, the Award is the primary activity of the Harry Freedman Fund, administered by the Canadian Music Centre.

The award money will support the recording of Bats and Elephants that will be published by empreintes DIGITALes. The piece was premiered last November at the SOUNDplay festival. The piece plays with the process of transposition, which is necessary for humans to hear the full range of vocalizations made by both Bats and Elephants. When recordings of bats are transposed down to human hearing they start to take on the identity of other animal species, most notably birds for example. The method for projecting sound in the performance will also emulate the way bats use echolocation for navigating space by the fact that the performers will beam sounds off of surfaces around the presentation venue, Gallery 345.

Bio:

Darren Copeland is an associate composer with the Canadian Music Centre. As a sound artist, Darren creates work for radio, performance, and installation with a focus on soundscape composition and multichannel spatialization. He is also the Artistic Director of New Adventures in Sound Art – presenters of the Deep Wireless and Sound Travels festivals in Toronto. Darren was selected to receive the Harry Freedman Recording Award by a national jury assembled from leaders in the Canadian music community.

About the Canadian Music Centre:
The Canadian Music Centre exists to stimulate the awareness, appreciation and performance of Canadian new music by making the music of its Associate Composers available through the Centre's collection, information resources, and production and distribution services. The CMC holds Canada's largest collection of Canadian concert music, and this catalogue is promoted nationally and internationally. The Centre makes available on loan over 20,000 scores and works of Canadian contemporary composers through its lending library. The CMC sells more than 1300 CD titles featuring music of its Associate Composers and other Canadian independent recording producers. The Centre also offers an on-demand publishing service, music repertoire consultations, and is easily accessible through five regional centres across Canada, as well as through its website.


THE ART OF THE PIANO: DAN TEPFER
Toronto CD-release concert for Goldberg Variations / Variations
Friday June 22 at 8 pm
$25; $20 Seniors; $10 Students

Original compositions and Toronto CD-release concert for Goldberg Variations / Variations, Dan Tepfer's critically acclaimed new solo CD on Sunnyside Records.

Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, “a singular voice” by Libération (France). By age 29, he has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, chronicling his talents on the solo disc Twelve Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before the Storm (2005), Oxygen (2007) and Five Pedals Deep, his 2010 Sunnyside release with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor. Dan has also had the extraordinary privilege of a sustained, ongoing duo partnership with alto saxophonist and jazz luminary Lee Konitz, documented on the acclaimed 2009 Sunnyside CD Duos With Lee (“a benchmark of human potential” – JazzInsideNY). As France’s Jazz Magazine has noted, Dan is “gifted with a heightened sense for form and an extraordinary confidence in his angles of attack.” His playing, whatever the context, is a model of fluidity and steady, effortless motion, immersed in jazz history but creating new history in turn.

On his new CD, Goldberg Variations/Variations, Mr. Tepfer not only enters what to many pianists is hallowed ground — he leaves his self-assured footprints all over. His jazz roots show through in the crisp articulation and rhythmic clarity of his counterpoint, in his glass-sharp attack and, above all, in his supple approach to time... He builds a bridge across centuries and genres to spark a dialogue with Johann Sebastian Bach.
—Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim, Wall Street Journal

The album presents Bach's Goldberg Variations in sequence, played with classical fidelity; but after each variation comes an improvised response. At times Mr. Tepfer recasts the harmony, tending to mood and hue; elsewhere he goes in for faintly comic departures, making a sport of transposition. It's an impressive feat, an act of scholarly mischief that keeps coming back to a hearty and abiding respect.
—Nate Chinen, New York Times

CRITIC'S PICK: On his latest album, the 29-year-old pianist not only had the audacity to play Bach's Goldberg Variations — he improvised on them. The results are elegant, thoughtful, and thrilling.
—Eric Benson, New York Magazine

In a ballsy move that resounds with an unabashed yen for balance, the insightful pianist concocts a freeprov ditty for each of Bach's most famous miniatures on the newGoldberg Variations/Variations. On the classical side, the 60 tracks are a blend of grace and power. On the jazz side, they're built with daring and elan. It's easy to respect both.
—Jim Macnie, Village Voice

One of the more audacious, accomplished recordings of 2011.
—Ted Panken, Downbeat

Fantastic... An ingenious, thoroughly modern adaptation... I've spent weeks going back to this album, and it's provided renewable pleasures and fresh discoveries each time.
—Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

A fascinating and engrossing listen... [Tepfer] meets exhilaration with exhilaration... A huge and unique success.
—Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen


A Worldwide Day of Vexations
June 21, 2012 6am - Midnight (Eastern Time)
http://www.worldwidevexations.com/

Vibraphonists around the world are coming together to perform
a complete version of Erik Satie's epic piece Vexations live.

"In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence with serious immobilities" - Erik Satie

While it is unclear whether Satie's only instruction for his keyboard work Vexations (1883) was meant to be taken literally, the musical pioneer John Cage embraced his challenge by organizing the first full performance nearly 80 years later, lasting 18 hours in Manhattan's lower Eastside. Inspired by Cage's visionary spirit, "A Worldwide day of Vexations" unites a community of intrepid vibraphonists from around the globe in a complete, live streamed performance of Erik Satie's epic work. Starting in Australia and ending on the West coast of the United States, segments of over 10 performances will be strung together on www.worldwidevexations.com to create one 18-hour performance in its entirety. Some contributors will perform small portions of the work, while others will be performing the piece in full, realizing all 840 repetitions as Satie suggests. This project is both in celebration of the audacious community of percussionists everywhere, as well as John Cage's legacy which has inspired us all to continually innovate and take risks.

A Worldwide Day of Vexations

Produced by Amy Garapic
Created by Doug Perkins
Website by Alex Wroten

Special Thanks

Aaron Friedman
Make Music New York
Matthew Duvall
Well Dang! Productions


MBOYA NICHOLSON & WILLIAM SPERANDEI: Blue Euphoria!
New Orleans Mardi Gras Blues
Wednesday June 20 at 8pm
$20


Program:
TorontoJazzBuzz.com engages Jazz fans with uplifting moments of soulful swing!
 
For Jazz fans who are uplifted by the 'down-home sophistication' and pure thrill of old New Orleans piano & trumpet music... Gallery 345 and TorontoJazzBuzz.com present an engaging duo piano/trumpet performance featuring Ellis Marsalis-trained artists, (pianist) Mboya Nicholson, and (trumpeter) William Sperandei, soulfully swinging elegant Mardi Gras-inspired Blues to wash-away the dust of your discontent.
 
Bios

In 1998 young pianist, Mboya Nicholson was hired by the Edmonton Jazz Society to perform solo in honour of 9-time Grammy winning trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO). Subsequent to that, Mboya moved to New Orleans where he attended the UNO, and studied with Ellis Marsalis. While in New Orleans, Mboya performed with Jason Marsalis and members of the LCJO. His tour performances have delighted fans from Brazil, Japan, Guadeloupe, and Austria. Along with being a fine pianist whose works are tinged with the influences of early stride and Swing, Mboya is a raconteur whose performances are a tip-of-the-hat to the Vaudeville tradition of engaging your audience with charm and humour.


 
Toronto trumpeter, William Sperandei also studied at the University of New Orleans with Ellis Marsalis at the recommendation of Wynton Marsalis. William is a veteran of several Juno winning bands. He has toured with multi Grammy & Pulitzer Prize winner, Wynton Marsalis… performed/recorded with Jason Marsalis… led bands featuring alumni from the Grammy winning Harry Connick Jr’s Orchestra… and opened for Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock. William also performs in two Classical ensembles – The Niagara Brass, led by internationally renowned recitalist James Tinsley, and a Classical ensemble headed by Charles Schlueter, Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. William has been a mainstay on the Jazz and Swing scene in Toronto for 20yrs. He tours internationally frequently with various bands, and was part of a small band that opened for Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock in 2010.
Both artists appear courtesy of painter/impresario, Keita Hopkinson’s www.TorontoJazzBuzz.com
(Photo of Mboya Nicholson courtesy of the artist. Photo of William Sperandei courtesy of http://www.maxwendtphotography.com).


BRIAN DICKINSON, piano and TED QUINLAN, guitar
Thursday June 14 at 8:00
$25; $20 Senior; $10 Student

Since his arrival to Toronto in 1979, Brian Dickinson has become one of Canada’s busiest jazz pianists, working with such diverse jazz artists as: John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Sonny Fortune, The Woody Herman Band, Nick Brignola, Sheila Jordan, Cab Calloway, Maria Schneider, Pat LaBarbara, Dewey Redman, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, and Eddie Daniels. His various groups have performed at virtually all of Canada’s jazz clubs and festivals.

As a leader, Brian has released five recordings. His second CD release In Transition was awarded a Juno Award for best jazz recording in 1991. His recording work as a sideman has been featured on releases by Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Roy Patterson, Kieran Overs, Ranee Lee, and Mike Murley, among others.

An active composer and arranger, Brian’s writing is featured on many jazz recordings, and radio shows. His arranging abilities are utilized by many Canadian instrumentalists and vocalists on both recordings and live shows. An accomplished studio musician, Brian’s playing can be heard on many soundtracks and jingles recorded over the past twenty years.

In addition to his concert, club, and touring engagements, Brian is on the jazz faculty at the University of Toronto and Humber College. Brian holds a Masters in Music (with distinction) from New England Conservatory. He has been the recipient of two Juno Awards, a Jazz Report Award, and the Prix de Jazz, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

"Where other musicians enjoy more fanfare, few enjoy more respect then Brian Dickinson" - Mark Miller Globe & Mail

web site: http://www.briandickinsonjazz.com

Edward (Ted) Quinlan(guitarist, writer, educator) is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.
His recording credits are numerous, highlighted by performances on Doug Riley’s famous Con Alma CD “Con Alma” and as one of six major Canadian jazz guitarists featured on Radioland Records’ compilation CD A Tribute to Wes Montgomery.

As an important jazz educator, Ted Quinlan is the long-time head of the Guitar Humber at Humber College, one of North America ’s most respected Jazz Studies institutions.

Ted is the recipient of the 1998 Jazz Report Award for Guitarist of the Year.


ARCHITEK (percussion quartet)
Wednesday, June 6 at 8 PM
$20; $15 seniors and art workers ; $10 students



Architek is an emerging percussion quartet based out of Montréal, Québec. Focused on the presentation of avant-garde art music, experimental, and electroacoustic works, Architek is also dedicated to the creation of new works of Canadian composers and has two commissions set to be premiered in 2012. In October 2011, the innovative quartet was a featured ensemble in the “Journées de la culture” in Montréal. In December, they worked with Vinko Globokar at The Music Gallery in Toronto performing his percussion quartet “Kvadrat”. The four members met as students at McGill University, and inspired by their shared interest in contemporary art music, formed the ensemble in 2011. They have since received favourable reviews from audiences and musicians alike, and look forward to sharing their upcoming performances with you.
Programme

Crystal Canon for Edgar Varèse – James Tenney (1934-2006)
The So-Called Laws of Nature, II & III – David Lang (1957-)
Drumming, Part I – Steve Reich (1936-)

-intermission-

Ziggurat (Interior) – John Hollenbeck (1968-)
Observations – Tristan Perich (1982-)
Third Construction – John Cage (1912-1992)
Bios

Noam Bierstone won Grand Prize at the 2009 Canadian Music Competition, as well as Third Prize and the Domaine Forget Prize at the 2009 OSM Standard Life Competition. He made his soloist debut with the Orchestre Métropolitain in 2011, performing Toshiro Mayuzumi’s Concertino for Xylophone. After attending the New Music Session at Domaine Forget (Québec) in 2011, Noam was invited to return the following summer where he will perform the percussion concerto Trame VIII by Martin Matalon with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Noam has worked with distinguished composers including Vinko Globokar, Philippe Leroux, and Thierry De Mey, as well as numerous student composers. In December 2011, he performed at the Thierry De Mey live@CIRMMT concert in presence of the composer.

Originally from Toronto, Noam recently completed his bachelor’s degree in performance at McGill University, studying with Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. In fall 2012, he will commence his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, pursuing a master’s degree. He received the Schulich Scholarship upon his acceptance to McGill, where he has been principal percussionist of the McGill Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. In June 2011, Noam was invited to perform at the Scotia Festival of Music as a member of the McGill Percussion Ensemble.

Noam received the Austrian Society Scholarship from McGill in 2011 to attend the Marimba Masterclass at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2010, the Williamson Foundation for Music offered him a grant to attend the Zivkovic Marimba Academy in Germany. Noam has attended various summer workshops and festivals including the Nexus Percussion Workshop at the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2010 for their 50th anniversary, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Austria, Germany, and the United States. Noam is a founding member of the percussion quartet Architek, and a five-piece ensemble, The Bombadils.

Hailing from the mountains of North Georgia, Ryan Packard is a percussionist currently pursuing a Masters degree in performance from McGill University. He is active in the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble, McGill Percussion Ensemble, and Architek. He received his Bachelors of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory in percussion performance and a minor in musicology. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Asia and has been featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He recently performed with the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and Ensemble Surplus from Freiburg, Germany at Harvard University as the guest Fromm Foundation ensemble. In winter of 2011, he toured China and Singapore extensively with the Oberlin Orchestra. As an avid performer of contemporary music, Ryan has worked closely with Vinko Globokar, David Lang, Tristan Perich, Seung-ah Oh, Per Bloland, Josh Levine, Lewis Nielson, and Evan Ziporyn as well as student composers. In 2010, he performed the US première of Seung-ah Oh’s Concerto for Piano and Percusson. During his time at Oberlin Conservatory, Ryan was part of the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble and the Oberlin Percussion Group. He was a member of the Society of Composers, Incorporated Oberlin Chapter, and OINC (Oberlin Improvisation and New Music Collective) where he has worked closely with renowned free-improvisational artists Keith Rowe, Maya Masaoka, Tim Feeney, and Vic Rowlings. He has performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and the SICPP new-music festival. His teachers are Aiyun Huang, Fabrice Marandola, Michael Rosen, Allen Otte, William Linwood, and Tom Sherwood.

Born and raised in Montreal, Alessandro Valiante has been submerged in the city's beautiful and diverse culture his whole life. He is a preferred versatile performer with various local artists in many different genres ranging from classical chamber music, rock, musical theatre and hip-hop, and is also an avid player of many world percussion styles. He received scholarships during his undergraduate performance degree from McGill, and is currently finishing a Masters degree at McGill, with the help of the Graduate Excellence Fellowship. At McGill, he is a regular performer with the Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and the McGill Percussion Ensemble, with whom he has performed such classics as Steve Reich's Drumming and Music for 18 Musicians, Iannis Xenakis' Persepphassa, and a wide array of John Cage pieces. He has been invited to perform at various festivals in Québec, Ontario, and Halifax as a member of the McGill Graduate Percussion Ensemble, Big Zang percussion quartet, and his most recent focus, Architek percussion quartet. He is also a member of the rock group, the Raftmen. In the year following his summer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he was invited to perform for the renowned composers Vinko Globokar and Thierry De Mey.

Mark Morton is a Canadian percussionist equally committed to a variety of styles of music including chamber, orchestral, folk, and rock. Originally from Halifax, Mr. Morton now calls Montreal home where he is completing his masters degree in orchestral percussion performance at McGill University. He also holds a baccalaureate degree in piano performance from Dalhousie University. Mr. Morton has performed with I Musici, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Orford Academy Orchestra, the Scotia Festival Orchestra, and has performed with and in various choirs in Halifax and Montreal. At McGill, he is an active member of the symphony orchestra, opera orchestra, and percussion ensemble. He has performed throughout eastern Canada and also made appearances in the northeastern United States. His teachers have included Aiyun Huang, Fabrice Marandola, D'Arcy Gray, James Faraday, and Peter Allen (piano). Mr. Morton is a founding member of the percussion quartet Architek and also of the rock group the Raftmen.


THE ART OF THE PIANO: R. ANDREW LEE
Monday June 4 at 8 pm
$25; $20 Seniors; $10 Students



Denver-based pianist R. Andrew Lee is on the rise with a healthy advocacy for the minimalism and post-minimalism repertoires. With quite a few great recordings already released from Irritable Hedgehog (Among them his perfectly-timed recording of Tom Johnson’s An Hour for Piano), he is still at work on even more releases, and plays extensively around the world. You can even check out his YouTube channel to see him perform some of these pieces.


PROGRAM:

Fantasia No. 5, Lumen de Lumine (2012) - Constantine Caravassilis (b. 1979)
Soundings for a New Piano: Twelve Meditations on a 12 Tone Row (1984) - Ann Southam (1937-2010)

Intermission

An Hour for Piano (1971) - Tom Johnson (b. 1939)

Bio

Pianist R. Andrew Lee, DMA is an avid performer and researcher of minimalist music and is actively involved in both the performance and research of the genre. Described as an "an indispensable new-music pianist" (Kyle Gann, 3rd International Conference on Minimalist Music), Lee has recorded multiple albums for the Irritable Hedgehog Label, including the first commercial release of Ann Southam's Soundings for a New Piano. In addition to three more recordings due later this year, Lee is embarking on a prodigious recital tour called Minimalism in Twelve Parts, which consists of over nineteen hours of minimalist-inspired programsto be performed across the United States, UK, and Canada.

Dr. Lee currently teaches at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and was most recently Artist-in-Residence at Avila University. He received his D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied under the direction of Prof. John McIntyre. His dissertation concerns the effect that minimalist and postminimalist works have on the perception of time. He has also earned a masters in piano performance from UMKC and a bachelors in piano performance from Truman State University, where he studied under Dr. David McKamie. Other former teachers include Dr. Jane Solose and Dr. Patrice Ewoldt.


Daniel Foley 60th Birthday Recital
Sunday June 3, 8pm
FREE


Composers Play: Fundraiser for New Music Concerts
Robert Aitken, flute; Brian Current, piano; Adam Sherkin, piano; John Beckwith, piano; Bruce Mather, piano; Andrew Staniland, guitar; Scott Good, trombone; Adam Scime, contrabass
Friday June 1, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission $50


This evening's performance will feature a number of composers who have been associated with NMC over the years. They will perform music of their choice in a concert to benefit New Music Concerts. Pianists Brian Current, Adam Sherkin, John Beckwith and Bruce Mather; Robert Aitken, flute; guitarist Andrew Staniland, trombonist Scott Good and contrabassist Adam Scime have all offered their services for an event that promises to be both eclectic and entertaining. Food and drink, door prizes and a good time to be had by all. Tickets are $50, with a charitable receipt issued for the CRA allowable portion and are available in advance from the New Music Concerts office 416.961.9594.


Robert Aitken


Brian Current


Adam Sherkin


John Beckwith


Bruce Mather


Andrew Staniland


Scott Good


Adam Scime


The Array Young Composers Workshop
Saturday May 26th at 8pm
416-532-3019
$10


As the Summer begins we celebrate with world premieres of works written by four emerging composers:

Carolann DeYoung - London, Ontario
Karen Power - Mountnorth, Co.Cork, Ireland
Justin Haynes - Toronto, Ontario
Lynne Penhale - Victoria, B.C.

Array’s 2011|12 Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) will be held during the entire month of May in Toronto. The final public concert is presented at Gallery 345 on May 26.

This year the composers will write for percussionist David Schotzko, cellist Lydia Munchinsky, clarinetist Colleen Cook and special guest, soprano Patricia O'Callaghan. Faculty of the University of Victoria , composer Christopher Butterfield will mentor the composers. Array Artistic Director Rick Sacks will conduct.

Array’s 2011|12 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation and from private donations

Bios

As a soloist, chamber musician, and curator, percussionist David Schotzko is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. A founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), David has premiered over 300 works by composers from across the globe, and has worked with both the established composers of today (such as Steve Reich, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Luca Francesconi, Louis Andriessen, Pascal Dusapin, Stefano Gervasoni, Ignacio Baca-lobera, Julio Estrada, Steve Reich, Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Hurel, David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Tan Dun, and more), and tomorrow’s rising stars (Dai Fujikura, Du Yun, Johannes Boris Borowski, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, Huang Ruo, Edgar Guzman, Anna Clyne, Marcos Balter, Felipe Lara, and Oscar Bettison). In 2008 David commissioned and premiered yuunohui’wah by Mexican composer Julio Estrada, performing the work in New York, Chicago, and Chihuahua, Mexico.

With the International Contemporary Ensemble, David performed more than 60 concerts a year from 2001 through 2009, in the US, Mexico, Finland, Norway, Italy, and Greece. Serving as ICE’s Program Director from 2004 to 2008, he was engaged in all aspects of programming and artistic planning: conceiving and programming the Sound/Image Events series at Rosenberg and Kaufman Fine Art in New York; commissioning composers Phillipe Manoury, Huang Ruo, Du Yun, and Dai Fujikura; co-curating ICE’s 21st Century Young Composers Project in 2004 and 2006; co-curating Chicago ICEFest from 2005 to 2007; and conceiving 3G—a groundbreaking festival of new music by Mexican composers performed in New York and Chicago.

David received rave reviews in print and digital press as the solo percussionist in the US premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia at New York’s Miller Theatre, and has performed solo in New York, Chicago, Morelia (Mexico), and Oslo (Norway). An active performer in New York’s contemporary music scene, David performed regularly with members of So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Either/Or, Argento Ensemble, JACK Quartet, and many others from 2004 to 2009.

Relocated to Toronto in 2010, David has already become an active performer in Canada, performing with the Canadian Opera Company, the Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Toca Loca, Nexus, TorQ Percussion, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, New Music Concerts, and at Ottawa Chamberfest. He recently performed the North American premiere of Au dela d'une etude pour percussion solo by Vinko Globokar with the composer in attendance at the Music Gallery, and will premiere a new work by acclaimed Canadian composer Michael Oesterle at Toronto’s Gallery 345 in April 2012.

Cellist Lydia Munchinsky is a graduate of the Performance Diploma Program of The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. A student of Simon Fryer, she was also a member of the Veritas Piano Quartet, the school's ensemble in residence. Veritas performed in various music festivals across Ontario and has been featured on CBC Radio Two's "Music Around Us" series. Lydia also has her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello. Her other teachers include Dorothy Jones and Karen Rowell (piano) and Amanda Keesmaat and Julia MacGregor (cello).

Lydia Munchinsky (nee Helsdon) grew up near Aylmer Ontario and began piano lessons at the age of four. She began studying cello when she was ten, and at the ages of ten and twelve performed for Dr. Suzuki at the International Suzuki Conventions in Australia and Korea. After high school, Lydia stayed for a term at Swiss l'Abri, an International Christian Study and Philosophy Centre. While there, she met her husband Marty, whom she married in 2003.

Lydia currently lives and works as a freelance musician and teacher in Toronto. She has performed in music theatre productions at Stage West and Theatre Aquarius, with Kanye West at Much Music, is a regular member of the Vietnamese DVD productions "Paris by Night" and enjoys giving recitals in retirement homes across the city. She also performed the Haydn D+ Concerto with the Deep River Orchestra last October. In her spare time Lydia enjoys painting, playing sports and making ice cream.

Patricia O'Callaghan divides her time between recording, touring, and collaborating on other interesting projects. Some collaborations include singing with Bryn Terfel at Roy Thompson Hall, touring the multi media opera Constantinople by Christos Hatzis, produced by The Gryphon Trio, to London’s Royal Opera House, among other places, and recording and touring with jazz clarinettist Don Byron, in support of his Bluenote release, A Fine Line. Recent appearances include opening the 2007 season with Soulpepper Theatre Company playing the role of Polly Peachum in Threepenny Opera. 2010 saw her with Calgary and Edmonton Operas and Alberta Ballet performing Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins. She is in her third year as one of twelveResident Artists at The Young Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto.

Colleen Cook is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. In her work as an orchestral musician she has had the opportunity to work with many of southern Ontario’s orchestras, including the National Ballet of Canada and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician Colleen was a member of The Burdocks, a contemporay chamber group that was active in commissioning from many composers; she was also a member of Belladonna, which brought chamber music into atypical performing spaces in an effort to create a less formal listening adventure. Colleen has worked with Collaborations, which aims to combine music and other visual arts or dance to create a chamber experience for the audience. Over the years orchestral and chamber concerts in which Colleen has participated have been broadcast on radio and television.


LUCIANE CARDASSI: View from the Train
Friday May 25 at 8pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students



A program of evocative music exploring relationships between music and text in pieces combining piano, pianist voice, electronics and video.   
 
Program:
 
A program of evocative music exploring relationships between music and text in pieces combining piano, pianist voice, electronics and video.  
 
Luciane Cardassi, piano and voice
Emilie Cecilia LeBel, sound diffusion
 
Program:
 
TERRI HRON - AhojAhoj  (2011) for piano and soundtrack
 
FELIPE DE ALMEIDA RIBEIRO - Desassossego Latente  (2010) for piano and recitation
 
LINDA CATLIN SMITH - Thoughts and Desire  (2007) for piano and singing
 
DIANA MCINTOSH - From Wapta Ice  (2003) for spoken text, piano and electronics 
                                                Text by Monica Meneguetti                        
 
RAFAEL DE OLIVEIRA - Construção II  (2011) for piano and electronics
 
EMILIE CECILIA LEBEL - View from the Train (2012) for piano, electronics and video (premiere)
                                                Longing (2012) for piano
                                                Text by Sue Sinclair
 
Luciane Cardassi
www.lucianecardassi.com
 
Brazilian-Canadian pianist Luciane Cardassi is a noted performer of new music who regularly premiers works by emerging and established composers from around the world. She earned a doctorate in contemporary music performance from the University of California, San Diego.
 
The main focus of Luciane’s work in the last 15 years has been collaborations with composers. Since moving to Canada in 2006, she has already premiered more than 30 works by Canadian composers. Luciane continues to collaborate with composers from her native Brazil as well. In 2010, she developed a concert program, “Going North”, with new works for piano, pianist voice, electronics and video by Canadian and Brazilian composers, for which she received an Alberta Creative Development Initiative grant. This first cycle of “Going North” was well received by audiences in Canada, Brazil and the U.K. Luciane is currently working on “Going North 2”, to be premiered later this year. 
 
Luciane lives in Banff, Canada. She is the pianist of the New Music ensemble “Rubbing Stone”, the resident ensemble of New Works Calgary.


Thin Edge New Music Collective
Thursday May 24, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission $20

The Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. Being a musician in the information age means one is acutely aware of the existence of an ever expanding and impossibly diverse spectrum of musical styles and soundscapes. We believe that the broad range of musical idioms which new music encompasses functions as an important touchstone for contemporary life and as such are passionately dedicated to supporting our peers through commissions and performance. Ultimately we aspire to bring innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

http://thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com/home.cfm

Thin Edge Performer Bios:

From her beginnings in Kamloops, BC, Elizabeth Eccleston is currently completing the final stages of her doctoral studies in music majoring in Oboe at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she also obtained her MMus. Her interest in new music developed during her time at Wilfrid Laurier University, where as an undergraduate studying with James Mason of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, she collaborated with numerous young Canadian composers for the performance of new chamber works on the Student Composers Concert Series. During this time, she was also a member of the WLU Improvisation Concerts Ensemble, under the direction of composer Glenn Buhr. Heavily involved with chamber and orchestral music performances, she has also been featured as concerto soloist with several orchestras, winning concerto competitions in Waterloo and twice in Cincinnati, including a performance of Lutos?awski's Concerto for Oboe and Harp with the Cincinnati Café Momus Ensemble. In addition, she has been able to perform both new and traditional music in chamber and orchestral settings during many years of travel with festival tours through China, Italy, the United States, as well as Canada with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Since winning the audition in October 2011, Elizabeth has taken a new position with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra as Second Oboe/English Horn. In her spare time she enjoys playing disc golf and snowboarding.

Olaf Szester is a percussionist and composer based out of Toronto, Ontario. He has been consistent in pursuing both directions throughout his career. Olaf graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University where he specialized in Orchestral Performance and Composition. In addition, he had the opportunity to perform across Holland while studying percussion at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Koninklijk Conservatorium), which is renowned for its focus on new music. He graduated from Koninklijk Conservatorium with a second Bachelor Degree in Percussion in 2008, where he studied with Luuk Nagtegaal, Hans Zonderop, Fedor Teunisse, Ali N’Diaye Rose, Wim Vos, and Stefan Kruger. He has also had the pleasure of studying with Trichy Sankaran, Dave Campion, Michael Coghlan, Richard Windeyer, Peter Hatch, Glenn Buhr, and Linda Catlin Smith. Currently, Olaf is completing a Masters degree in Composition at York University; he is also focusing his energies on freelancing, teaching and pursuing personal musical projects.

Cheryl Duvall is a multi-faceted musician and pianist. She is active as a soloist, collaborative pianist, teacher and adjudicator and has toured and performed throughout Canada, Italy, England, Argentina, the Netherlands and the U.S. Ms. Duvall appears regularly as a collaborative pianist in the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society concert series and is the official accompanist for the internationally renowned Oakville Children’s Choir. She is especially passionate about contemporary music, which has led her along with friend and violinist Ilana Waniuk, to co-found The Thin Edge New Music Collective. Cheryl has attended the Casalmaggiore Music Festival in Italy, the Palazzo Ricci masterclass series, the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference and held an artistic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a SSHRC grant for her pedagogical research on how to incorporate aspects of the Alexander Technique into lessons with beginner piano students. Ms. Duvall completed an Honours Bachelor of Music, majoring in Piano Performance and Theory and a Diploma of Chamber Music from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master’s of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Toronto. Her main teachers and influences include Guy Few, Chris Foley, Midori Koga, Carmen Piazzinni, Nina Tichman, Henri-Paul Sicsic, Anya Alexeyev and Jamie Parker as well as the Penderecki String Quartet. www.cherylduvall.com

Ilana Waniuk, is a versatile violinist and contemporary chamber music addict. She has held an artistic residency at the Banff centre for the Arts, and has attended several summer workshops and festivals throughout Canada, the USA, and Italy which have provided her with the opportunity to study with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cavani, and Orford string quartets. In 2002 as a participant in the NUMUS Pan-Am Chamber Competition her chamber ensemble the TEDUWA piano trio was the recipient of the Audience Award sponsored by the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and the Canadian Music Center Award for best performance of a Canadian work. She has also performed with the Pendulum Ensemble in Toronto, and Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago. Ilana received a Performers Certificate from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Blaise Magniere, and Marie Wang of the Avalon String Quartet and was a recipient of the Dutton String Fellowship. She completed her Masters degree in performance at the University of Ottawa studying with David Stewart, and received her undergraduate degree in performance and a diploma in chamber music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Jeremy Bell and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet.

Thin Edge Composer Bios:

Margaret Ashburner studied music composition with Linda Catlin Smith and Peter Hatch at Wilfrid Laurier University and with Christopher Butterfield at the University of Victoria. Margaret’s music has been performed throughout Canada: They Let Their Brushstrokes Show has been performed at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Through a Window or a Door at the Open Ears Festival in Waterloo and Ink Blot by the Bozzini Quartet at Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal. She has been commissioned by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. Her work Small Rooms for solo harp is published with the Avondale Press and listed in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 2009 Harp Syllabus; Small Rooms has recently been recorded by Lori Gemmell on “Canadian Music for Harp” which was supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

Flutist and composer Aura Giles holds a Masters in Flute Performance from the University of Ottawa, having studied with Camille Churchfield and is in the ultimate year of her MA in composition with the renowned Steven Gellman. Aura's music pushes the limits of the flutists' traditional skills by incorporating a strong vocal component in her solo pieces. Dedicated to the performance and promotion of contemporary music, Aura joined the board of the Ottawa New Music Creators in 2010. As well as actively performing in solo, chamber and orchestral settings, Aura also plays piano and sings for pleasure and maintains a full roster of flute students. This summer Aura will be touring with the Thin Edge Music Collective, as both performer and composer. For more information about events, please visit www.auragiles.com.

Tova Kardonne’s choir-saturated youth and her Conservatory training in viola and piano led into a passion for a wide array of musical idioms. She studied Vocal Jazz and Composition/ Arranging at Humber College, classical viola with Talisker Players’ Mary McGeer, and orchestral composition under Gary Kulesha at the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute 2010. Tova’s compositions have toured the world as part the Vox Novus 60X60 project. She has scored film installation and accompanied works of theatre, dance, and performance art in Toronto and internationally. As a vocalist, she has shared the stage with Ravi Naimpalli, Bill McBirnie, Ted Quinlan, David Restivo and Jim Vivian among others. Her a cappella choral choreographed performance art has been showcased in Nuit Blanche 2007 through 2010, including her large-scale live choral performance installation, “Sound Forest” in 2008. She performs with Christine Duncan’s Element Choir (most recently in Montreal for l’Off Festival de Jazz), Alex Samaras’ GREX choir the Toronto Heliconian Choir, and plays a daringly instrument-like vocal role in her Jazz trio The Weft with bassist Phill Albert and drummer Nick Fraser. Tova performs her compositions with The Thing Is, her 8-piece Balkan-Jazz fusion band (www.myspace.com/thethingismusic), makes guest appearances singing her compositions with the Composer’s Collective Big Band and with the Max Senitt jazz ensemble. Recent commissions include “La Danse,” based on the painting of the same name by Marc Chagall, premiering at the AGO in December 2011, and a Sonata for piano and violin for the Thin Edge New Music Collective, premiering in May 2012. She is the Musical Director and arrangement consultant for b current/Theatre Archipelago’s world premiere of Obeah Opera. Tova acts as a creative facilitator for dance/music collaborations, most notably with Andrea Nann and Nilan Perera at the Young Centre for the Arts; she also teaches privately from her home.

August Murphy-King is an emerging composer currently living in Toronto. After studying piano and playing in a wide variety of musical settings, August attended the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where he was a Schulich Scholar. He studied with Chris Harman and Sean Ferguson, completing a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition in 2009. In the fall of 2011, August enrolled in the Masters program at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Gary Kulesha. His music has recently been performed by the Madawaska String Quartet and the TorQ Percussion Quartet, as well as by pianist Yuval Fichman. In addition to composing, August has worked extensively with the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, serving as an assistant on the Composing in the Classroom project. As part of this project, he had the pleasure of working with composers Brian Current and Andrew Staniland, as well as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Gryphon Trio, and Esprit Orchestra.

Nick Storring is a Toronto-based composer with a wide palette of interests, ranging from skewed pop to electroacoustics, and from chamber music to various forms of cross-cultural collaboration. Recent winner of the Canadian Music Centre's 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer Award, he also placed first in the 2008 Jeux de Temps/ Times Play Competition for young Canadian electroacoustic composers with the first section of his broken violin-derived work Artifacts. Eager to collaborate with artists in various media, his work has recently been performed by the Esprit Orchestra, the Madawaska String Quartet, and Quatuor Bozzini. Interactive piece Tentacles, featuring Storring's music and sound design, was featured at MoMA in New York City this summer and fall as part of their Talk To Me exhibit. He also frequently collaborates with Kitchener-based theatre collective the MT Space, including doing original music and sound design for the Last 15 Seconds, which toured across Canada and to the Middle East. He is member of various bands: Picastro, Mexican son jarocho group Café Con Pan, I Have Eaten The City, and experimental cello duo the Knot, and creates skewed pop-dance music under the alias Piège. His debut album of abstract electronic work, Rife was released this past September on UK imprint Entr'acte. For more information and sound samples visit: www.nickstorring.ca


Subito: Duos for Violin and Piano
Wednesday, May 23rd at 8pm
Tickets $20 (Student $10)

Programme:

Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin in F major, op. 24 "spring"
Lutoslawski: "Subito" (1992) for Violin and Piano
INTERMISSION
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Cesar Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

Bios

Carson Becke has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including performances in Canada (National Arts Centre, Four Seasons Centre, Integral House), England (the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. Georges Bristol, Steinway Hall, Winchester Cathedral), Scotland, Ireland (Canadian Embassy), Germany, Switzerland (Verbier Festival Academy), Poland, Latvia (National Radio) and Trinidad and Tobago. For the past three summers he has been artist in residence and then artistic director of “Festival Pontiac Enchante” in Luskville, Quebec.

Carson was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began learning the piano at the age of five with his Great Grandmother, Mary Mackey. In 2005, he moved to the UK in order to study at the Purcell School of Music, where he studied piano with Ilana Davids and composition with Jonothan Cole. After graduating from the Purcell School, he studied on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Tatiana Sarkissova. He completed his Bachelors degree in June 2011.

Since moving to the UK, Carson has won a number of awards and prizes, including the top prize in the S.V. Rachmaninov Piano Competition (2006, Russia), 1st Prize in the BBC young composers of the year competition (2007), and the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Competition, Francis Earle, and Dorothy Bryant awards at the Royal Academy of Music. He was also the recipient of a BBC performing arts fund bursary scholarship in 2007.
As a composer, his composition “Three Nocturnes for Orchestra” has been performed by the Purcell Symphony Orchestra in the UK, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra in Canada, and has also been heard on BBC Radio Three. A smaller composition, “John Keats: On Death” was recorded by members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed in the BBC Proms.

Currently, Carson is teaching in London, England, and is studying privately with Tatiana Sarkissova. He is competing at the Honen's International Piano competition in 2012. Among recent Canadian appearances were concerts at the Richard Bradshaw Auditorium of the Four Season's Centre for the Arts and Integral House (both Toronto, December 2011), and a recital at Festival Pontiac Enchante (QC, March 2012).

Violinist Nathaniel Anderson-Frank performs as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader in North America and Europe. He was recently named the Meaker Fellow at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was the recipient of Canada’s Sylva Gelber Music Foundation 2009-10 career development award.

Highlights of recent seasons included performances at the Spanish festival Encuentro de Musica de Santander, at the Festival Pablo Casals in France and leading the Ashover Festival Orchestra in the United Kingdom. As an avid chamber musician, his performances have been broadcast on SDR radio (Germany), WCLV Cleveland and PBS television. He has held multi-year Fellowships at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Perlman Music Program.

A native of Toronto, Mr. Anderson-Frank has studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Université de Paris-Sorbonne and Salzburg’s Mozarteum. Mr. Anderson-Frank holds a Bachelor of Music degree with academic honours from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Masters of Music degree, obtained with distinction on full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He regularly leads orchestras including the Orion Symphony and City Side Sinfonia of London and was a member of the LSO String Experience Scheme. In February 2011, Mr. Anderson-Frank was appointed No. 3 First Violin of the London Philharmonia Orchestra.

Among Nathaniel's recent appearances in Canada was a program of Spanish music at Orillia Festival and in George Weston Hall (Toronto, 2011); concerts at a festival in Pontiac, Quebec, in July 2011; a program of French and Canadian music in R. Bradshaw Amphitheater (COC), Ottawa,Quebec and in Integral House (Rosedale,Toronto) in November 2011

Nathaniel plays a 1682 G. Cappa violin.


DAVID AMRAM
"From Cairo to Canada to Kerouac"
Viewing of "Pull My Daisy" followed by Jazz & Excerpts from "On the Road" as premiered by Kerouac and Amram in 1957.
Tuesday May 22 at 8 pm
Tickets $30

http://www.youtube.com/user/AmraminToronto2012?feature=watch

Featuring David Amram, composer and multi-instrumentalist;
Les Allt, flute; Roberto Occhipiniti, bass

Program

Introduction by David Amram
Screening of Robert Franks' film "Pull My Daisy" (29 minutes)
Spontaneously narrated by Jack Kerouac
Directed by Alfred Leslie

Score and title song composed by David Amram
*The screening will be followed by a Q & A

CANADIAN PREMIER of the Chamber Version of the flute concerto commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway.
2nd movement of "Giants of the Night" composed by David Amram and Les Allt, flute

INTERMISSION

"This is Beat"
a reading of a statement Jack Kerouac by David Amram

Jazz & Poetry
five classic excerpts read from "On the Road", as performed by Kerouac and Amram 1957 for the first-ever public jazz/poetry readings in New York City

1) Children of the American Bop night"
2) "Denver At last"
3) "On the Roof of America"
4) "On Hearing Shearing"
5) "So in America"

Kerouac & Amram’s musical favorites

"Waltz" from Arthur Miller's After the Fall" from Amram's score for Miller's play
Aya Zehn" Famous Egyptian folk song
Theme for

"Splendor in the Grass" from Amram's score for the film, which was one of Kerouac's favorites

Mastinchele Wachipi Olwan", traditional Lakota round dance melody.

Pull My Daisy" Lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg.

Bio

David Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films "Splendor in The Grass" and "The Manchurian Candidate;" two operas, including the groundbreaking Holocaust opera "The Final Ingredient;" and the score for the landmark 1959 documentary "Pull My Daisy," narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. He is also the author of three books, "Vibrations," an autobiography, "Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac," a memoir, and "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" published in the fall of 2007 by Paradigm Publishers.

A pioneer player of jazz French horn, he is also a virtuoso on piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries, as well as an inventive, funny improvisational lyricist. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, who chose him as The New York Philharmonic's first composer-in-residence in 1966, Langston Hughes, Dizzy Gillespie, Dustin Hoffman, Willie Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Odetta, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, E. G. Marshall, and Tito Puente. One of Amram's most recent works "Giants of the Night" is a flute concerto dedicated to the memory Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie, three American artists Amram knew and worked with. It was commissioned and premiered by Sir James Galway.

He is also currently working with author Frank McCourt on a new setting of the Mass, "Missa Manhattan," His two most recent orchestral works are "Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie." commissioned by the Guthrie Foundation, premiered Sept. 29 2007 , and Three Songs: A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra premiered in January of 2009. He was the Democratic National Convention's composer-in-residence in August of 2008 in Denver.

Today, as he has for over fifty years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages.


TRIO CONCERTANTE:
Nancy Dahn, violin; Tim Steeves, piano; Simon Fryer, cello
Sunday May 20th at 3:00pm

Tickets $25.00; students $10.00

Programme:

Beethoven Op.1 No.2
Katarina Curcin: Gypsy
Schubert Bb Trio D898

Bios

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, well known as Duo Concertante, have worked together since 1997 and are known for the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances. Nancy and Tim maintain a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. Duo Concertante has received the Touring Performers Award (Contact East) as well as Memorial University’s prestigious President’s Award for Outstanding Research, and were named NLAC Artist of the Year in May 2010.

Of five acclaimed recordings, the most recent, Wild Bird, includes works written especially for the duo by Canadian composers Murray Schafer, Chan Ka Nin, and Kati Agócs, and takes its name from Schafer’s Duo for Violin and Piano which won the Juno Award for Classical Composition of the Year. Duo Concertante’s recording It Takes Two features encore pieces and was described as “spectacular” by the American Record Guide. Their first three CDs—À Deux, Of Heart and Homeland, and Wild Honey—all received nominations for Best Classical Recording at the East Coast Music Awards.

Based at Memorial University in St. John’s, Dahn and Steeves have given hundreds of master classes and workshops across Canada, the US, and China and their commitment to working with young musicians has given rise to the annual Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival. As Artistic Directors of the Festival, they continue to present and collaborate with international artists such as the Shanghai Quartet, the Lafayette String Quartet, Mark Fewer, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Miro Quartet, Suzie Leblanc, and Louis Lortie.

“two packages of musical dynamite” Halifax Chronicle-Herald

www.duoconcertante.com

Simon Fryer, recently appointed Principal Cello of the Regina Symphony Orchestra, is an artist of the utmost versatility, at home with the demands of the music of our time and those of historical performance, with collaboration and solo recital. Artistic Director of the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto, Simon is also in demand for his teaching, coaching and masterclass skills.

Appearances as soloist in Canada with the Esprit Orchestra and the Da Capo Chamber Choir, are complemented by performances as guest Principal with the Hamilton Philharmonic and internationally with the Orqestra Sinfonica de Tenerife and the UK’s Northern Sinfonia. Formerly a member of the Juno-winning Penderecki String Quartet and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Simon collaborates regularly with musicians such as the Silver Birch String Quartet, Duo Concertante and flutist Robert Aitken. His discography of over 20 recordings includes the solo CD: Music of a life so far... acclaimed as ‘a fascinating collection' by the Toronto Star. He will shortly release a CD of Victorian English Sonatas with pianist Leslie De’Ath for Centaur Records.

Now teaching at the Regina Conservatory for the Performing Arts Simon has previously held faculty positions at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Toronto, the Glenn Gould School, Canada and the Casalmaggiore International Festival in Italy. Continuously active as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist in more than thirty countries on six continents, he performs on an instrument completed in 1998 by Masa Inokuchi.

www.simonfryer.com


Erik Satie (1866-1925) an Arraymusic Fundraiser
Sunday May 13 at 4 pm
For tickets please call 416 532 3019
$25



“Before I compose a piece, I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself.” - Eric Satie

Array pianist Stephen Clarke is joined by Eve Egoyan (piano) and vocalist Christopher Butterfield. Please join us for a delightful foray into the music of Eric Satie. Refreshments will be served.

Program:

Chanson (1887)
Elegie (1886)
Les Anges (1886)

Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire (1903) piano four hands

-intermission-

Socrate (1918)

Bios

Born in Victoria, B.C., in 1964, pianist Eve Egoyan has been interpreting new works since 1994. Eve has performed the world première and North American premières of many works by Canadian and international composers including Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, Alvin Curran, Maria de Alvear, José Evangelista, Michael Finnissy, Rudolf Komorous, Jo Kondo, Michael Longton, Juliet Palmer, Stephen Parkinson, James Rolfe, Linda C. Smith, Ann Southam, Karen Tanaka, James Tenney, Judith Weir and Gayle Young. Many of these works were commissioned through the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Laidlaw Foundation, CBC, Japan-Canada Fund and the British Council.

She has appeared as a solo recitalist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Portugal, Japan, and the U.S. including performances at the Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, (Huddersfield, U.K.), the Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Kobe International Modern Music Festival (Kobe, Japan), and the Sound Symposium (St. Johns). In 2001 she made her debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, playing the world première of Figures by Ann Southam for the Massey Hall New Music Festival (CBC commission).

Eve has released eight critically acclaimed solo discs, seven of works by contemporary composers and one disc of works by Erik Satie. She has acted as soloist and executive producer on all these discs. Her first solo CD, thethingsinbetween, was included in the Globe and Mail’s 1999 “Top Ten” list. Simple Lines of Enquiry, a one-hour long piano solo by Ann Southam written for Eve, was selected as one of the New Yorker magazine’s ten top of 2009 discs by Alex Ross, music critic and author of the critically acclaimed “The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century”. Her most recent disc, RETURNINGS, was selected by Elissa Poole, of The Globe and Mail, as her top pick of the Year's Best Music, 2011.

RETURNINGS, with world première recordings of works Ann Southam, was released on December 2, 2011 at Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto. Along with Simple Lines of Enquiry, RETURNINGS represents some of the complete works for solo piano that Ann wrote with her in mind. New works have recently surfaced which Eve is planning to record. Eve performed Ann’s Simple Lines of Enquiry at Nuit Blanche in Paris, France, October 2011. She looks forward to touring this work westwards to the PuSh Festival in Vancouver and other destinations in January 2012.

As an improvising musician Eve has had the opportunity to perform with Fred Frith, Michael Snow, Malcolm Goldstein, Anne Bourne, Martin Arnold, and Casey Sokol. Other collaborations include dance projects, interdisciplinary performance, film work (including the Oscar nominated “Capote”) and sound installations. Her most recent Collaboration Surface Tension with her husband media artist David Rokeby (structured improvisations on a disklavier piano and real-time images) can be viewed at: www.vimeo.com/6154175.

Honours include numerous commissions and awards from the Canada Council, Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, FACTOR, a University of Victoria Distinguished Alumna Award, a K.M. Hunter Award, and a Chalmers Award. Recently she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) and was one of fifty Canadian performers and conductors given and designation of “CMC Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre.

Eve trained in standard repertoire at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Anne Brayshaw and Winifred Scott Wood, the University of Victoria with Eva Solar- Kinderman, the Banff Centre of Fine Arts with György Sebök, the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin with Georg Sava (German Academic Exchange Scholarship), the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, with Hamish Milne (Commonwealth Scholarship), and in Toronto where she completed her M.Mus. at the University of Toronto with Patricia Parr (Chalmers Award).



Stephen Clarke has performed in festivals in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and South America, among these the Donaueschingen Musiktage and the Berliner Festwochen. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, New Music Concerts (Toronto),
the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

He also plays in a duo with violinist Marc Sabat, has worked with a number of ensembles and is pianist with Arraymusic. Solo recordings include first recordings of works by Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records) Udo Kasemets (hatHut) and Marc Sabat (World Edition). Recordings with Marc Sabat include the complete music for violin and piano by James Tenney (hatHut), Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff (Mode), as well as Maria de Alvear (World Edition) Mr. Clarke studied composition at the University of Toronto and has written works for various ensembles.

Born in Vancouver, composer Christopher Butterfield received his earliest musical training as a chorister in King’s College Choir, Cambridge (UK). He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, and with Bülent Arel at SUNY Stony Brook. He lived in Toronto from 1977 to 1992, where he played in the rock band Klo, made performance art, conducted and sang.

His most recent work includes Bosquet, a spatial work for 22 flutes and ‘cello commissioned by Montreal’s Ensemble Alizé; Stall, a site-specific work for public washrooms commissioned by improvising singers DB Boyko and Christine Duncan; Trip, a string quartet written for the Quatuor Bozzini; settings of Jacques Prévert’s 1947 childrens’ stories Contes pour enfants pas sages, for Toronto’s Continuum Ensemble; Madame Wu said…, a projected three-day piece for piano trio; Triple Expansion for orchestra, commissioned by the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra; and Les Paradis Perdus, music for voice and tape to accompany a choreography by Laurence Lemieux.

He has written an opera, Zurich 1916, which was produced at the Banff Festival in 1998; Convoy PQ17, a ballet score for chorus and orchestra that premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001, and many chamber works. In 1996/97 he performed Kurt Schwitters’ sound poem Ursonata many times on tour in Europe and the United States with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Butterfield’s music has been played across Canada, as well as in Finland, Slovakia, Poland, and France, and is recorded on the Artifact and CBC labels. He teaches in the School of Music and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria, BC


An Evening of Russian Opera
May 12 at 8 pm
General admission: $20, with special price for first 2 rows: $40.

Programme:

This concert presents a selection of wonderful pieces from the golden age of Russian opera (19th century). This is wonderful opportunity to enjoy these timeless masterpieces once again, or open to yourself the marvellous world of Russian opera. This selection includes excerpts form Eugene Onegin, The Queen of Spades and Iolanta by Tchaikovsky; Khovanshchina by Mussorgsky; The Snow Maiden and The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov; Prince Igor by Borodin; and Ruslan and Lyudmila by Glinka.

All pieces are sung in Russian with English surtitles. There will be one intermission.

Bios:

Luiza Zhuleva, soprano, made her operatic debut in 2006 as Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) on the stage of Nizhny Novgorod Rostropovich Philharmonic. Luiza also performed the main roles in operas Faust (Marguerite), La Serva Padrona (Serpina), Eugene Onegin (Tatiana) in her native Nizhny Novgorod and Saint Petersburg. In 2007 after moving to Canada, she was engaged by Opera In Concert to make her Canadian debut in the title role of the Snow Maiden and later on she also appeared as Gorislava on the same stage. Upcoming engagements include Lucia de Lammermoor with Toronto School of Music, Musetta with Opera Belcanto and participation in IVAI 2012 summer program.

Anna Bélikova is a Russian-Canadian contralto, studying voice under the tutelage of Inna Golsband. Her repertoire includes the roles of Naïna in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila, Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Marcelina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Mother in The Consul by Menotti. She performed the part of Goffredo in Rinaldo, Mistress Bentson in Lakmé, Old Baroness in Vanessa and the part of Bobyliha in The Snow Maiden. She sang the parts of Giovanna, Countess Ceprano and Page in Opera York production of Rigoletto, Baba the Turk in The Rake's progress by Stravinsky. Anna has worked with numerous choirs: the Black Creek Summer Music Festival, Opera York, Opera in Concert, Mendelssohn and Orpheus choirs.

Slava Serebrainik is very talented young tenor. Slava won numerous awards at provincial voice competitions and has performed the principal role Don Jose in Carmen with Toronto Opera repertoire. hes repertoire includes roles of Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera and Gherman in Queen of Spades (both productions with Opera by Request). He sang part of Rodolfo in La Boheme and Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana with Opera Lyrica Italiana. His upcoming engagements include Rodolfo (La Boheme), Alfredo (La Traviata) and Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera) with New Opera in Concert Centre and Odessa Opera House (Ukraine).

A native of Western Ukraine, Serhiy Danko was born into a family with deep musical roots. Family traditions brought him to the Odessa State Conservatory where he mastered the art of opera singing. Since the year 2000 Serhiy has been living in Toronto where he worked with the Canadian Royal Opera and the New Opera and Concert Centre. His repertoire includes such operatic roles as: Figaro (The Barber of Seville), Germont (La Traviata), Onegin (Eugene Onegin), Yeletski (Queen of Spades), Robert (Iolanta). His repertoire also includes many songs and romances by world known composers. Upcoming engagements include Marchello (La Boheme) with New Opera in Concert Centre.

Solomon Tencer. From an early age Solomon developed a strong interest in singing and pursued his passion with voice lessons by famous Russian voice coaches. In 1972, Solomon moved to New York, where he received further vocal training with the leading tenor of New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera – Harry Theyard. Mr. Theyard became his vocal mentor. In 1987 Solomon relocated to Toronto, Canada and continued his vocal studies under Canadian baritone Louis Quilico.

Our special guest, a native of Moldavia Igor Emelianov is an exceptionally gifted baritone who has performed extensively in North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Emelianov celebrated his successful international debut in 2001 with the New Israeli Opera as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata; in the same year with the Mississauga Opera Company also as Germont; and in 2002 with Opera Lyra Ottawa as Schaunard in Puccini’s La Boheme. He gave a stirring performance of Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani with the Sarasota Opera, and as the Venetian Merchant in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko with Opera in Concert. Mr. Emelianov appeared with the Canadian Opera Company as Doctor Ibn Hakia in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta, as Monterone in Rigoletto, and created the role of Alexander Berkman in the world premiere of Kulesha’s Red Emma with the Canadian Opera Company. Other engagements were with Centuries Opera Association as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. He has also been a featured soloist with Kingston and York Symphony Orchestras, with CBC in Singing Starts of Tomorrow and Opera Highlights broadcasts, with the Canadian Opera Company’ Operamania, Opera York, Opera Ontario, and L’Opera de Montreal.

The Belarusian-born pianist Zhenya Yesmanovich holds a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto where she was mastering the art of piano under the guidance of Boris Lysenko. These past couple of years Ms. Yesmanovich had participated in masterclasses with Garrick Ohlsson, Boris Berman, Yefim Bronfman, Roger Vignoles, Håkan Hagegård and Adrianne Pieczonka. She had also collaborated with Mark Morris Dance Group at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, at the State University of New York at Purchase, and at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.


A Recital of Art Songs by Philippe Sly, bass-baritone
and Anne Larlee, piano
 
Thursday May 10 at 8:30 pm 
Pay What You Can 

   
Programme
 
Henri DUPARC (1848 - 1943)
Chanson Triste        (3’)
Phidylé                    (5’)
 
Maurice RAVEL (1875 - 1937)
Don Quichotte a Dulcinée
I.Chanson romanesque      (2’)
II.Chanson épique              (3’)
III. Chanson à boire           (2’)
 
Guy ROPARTZ (1864 - 1955)
Quatre poèmes d’apres l’Intermezzo de Heine  
Prélude        (3’)
I.                  (2.15’)
II.                 (3.30’)
III.                (2’)
IV                (2.10’)
Postlude     (1.10’)
 
Pause
Jonathan DOVE (1959-)
Three Tennyson Songs     
I. Swallow, swallow                    (4.30’)
II. Dark House                            (3’) 
III. The Sailor-Boy                      (2.30’)
 
Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828)
Gruppe aus demTartarus          (3:30’)  
Wanderers Nachtlied                (5:00’)
Der Tod und das Madchen      (2:30’)
Fischerweise                            (3:00’)
An die Musik                             (2:30’)

Der Erlkonig
 
Bios


 
Canadian Bass-baritone Philippe Sly is a recent graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. He recently won the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions Competition in 2011 and completed his bachelor of music degree in voice performance at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal. Philippe is also a recipient of the Prix Jeune Soliste 2012 des Radios Francophones Publiques and of the Brian Law Opera Scholarship. Mr. Sly’s recent performances include Dr. Bartoloin Il Barbiere di Siviglia with theSan Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program; Marcello in La Bohème and Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress with Opera McGill. This season with the COC he has appeared as A Scythian Man in Iphigenia in Tauris, Hermann in The Tales of Hoffmann and Ser Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi. Philippe will be performing the role of Sitos in Das Labyrinth in the Salzburg Festival’s 2012 summer season and will be making his San Francisco Opera debut as Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in their 2012-2013 season.
 
In concert Philippe has appeared as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, I Musici de Montreal the Choeur St-Laurent and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include Handel’s Messiah with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Ottawa Choral Society.

Born in Campbellton, New Brunswick, Anne Larlee is currently a repetiteur and coach with the Canadian Opera Company, having already worked for two successful seasons with the same company as part of the Ensemble Studio as the intern coach/pianist. Anne completed her training in the UK where she was an Artist-Fellow and repetiteur as part of the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Anne also holds degrees and diplomas in piano performance from Boston University and the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, France and the University of Windsor, where she was the recipient of the Board of Governors’ Medal in Music. Anne is also the recipient of various awards and scholarships, including most recently the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation.

Anne has held accompanying positions at the Conservatoire National de Région de Nice, Boston University and the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal. She has appeared on stages across Canada, the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom including London’s Wigmore Hall. Anne is in great demand as a collaborative recital partner, as a repetiteur as well as a vocal coach. Most recent notable performances include a recital of excerpts from the operas of John Adams, which won rave reviews from the composer himself, who was in attendance. She has worked with many acclaimed singers, including Wendy Nielsen, Adrianne Pieczonka, Phillip Ens, Alice Coote, Brett Polegato, and Dame Felicity Lott. Anne is also a regular faculty member of Wendy Nielsen’s Opera Workshop and Vocal Techniques workshop. Beyond the Canadian Opera Company, her operatic credits include work with the Center for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy, the British Youth Opera, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Aldeburgh Music.


Mike Downes’ In the Current Jazz Ensemble
(7 horns and rhythm section)

A Toronto Downtown Jazz Special Project
Wednesday May 9 at 8 PM
$20 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students



Kelly Jefferson – saxes, Colleen Allen – saxes/woodwinds, Shirantha Beddage – saxes/woodwinds, Jon Challoner – trumpet, James MacDonald – French horn, Jay Burr – tuba, Kelsley Grant – trombone, Mark Kelso –drums, Brian Dickinson – piano, Ted Quinlan – guitar, Mike Downes – bass/composer

In the Current was honoured to be chosen as one of three TDJ Special Projects for 2012. The music is a unique convergence of jazz and contemporary classical music, drawing on influences such as Gil Evans, Bela Bartok and Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool recording. This stellar cast of Toronto musicians promises to deliver an unforgettable night of music!

Program

In the Current Suite – originally composed as part of a master’s thesis at York University, the suite is in 5 parts – In the Current, Parallel Streams, Re-emerging Linear Tones (an anagram based on Gil Evans’ birth name Ian Ernest Gilmore Green), Still Waters Run Deep and Re:currents.

The ensemble will also premiere new works Bell Park, Soleil Couchant, Elation, Smoky, Whisper and a special arrangement of Boplicity/Miles Ahead.

Mike Downes

"Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive and his intonation is absolutely impeccable…his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary.” Kim Richmond, Jazz Player

“Mike Downes is as gifted a composer as he is a bassist.” Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists

Mike Downes began playing bass at the age of eight, inspired by his bass-playing father. He studied bass, piano and trombone and began performing in Winnipeg as a teenager. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 1980s.

He has performed worldwide, including tours throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, PJ Perry, Renee Rosnes, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. He has been in demand to perform with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Phil Woods and many others.

His large discography includes Juno-nominated and Juno-winning CDs. He has released three recordings as a leader - Forces, Then and The Winds of Change. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto. He has also been featured as a Yamaha artist/clinician throughout Canada, at the Paekche Institute in Seoul, South Korea and the infamous Conservatoire de Paris.

mikedownes.com


Jacques Israelievitch, violin with special guests Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano and Winona Zelenka, cello 
Friday May 4 at 8 pm
$25; $20 seniors; $10 students

Programme:

Compositions for violin and piano by Oskar Morawetz, James Rolfe and Gary Kulesha 
Intermission
Mozart C Major Trio
Kodaly Duo for violin and cello.
 
Bios

Jacques Israelievitch

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio.

Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

Christina Petrowska Quilico


 
One of Canada’s foremost pianists, Christina Petrowska Quilico is widely recognized as an innovative and adventurous artist and a leading champion of the music of our time. She has made her mark as a brilliant interpreter of contemporary classical music. Much in demand, she has premiered more than 100 new works, many written especially for her, and premiered 16 piano concerti. A prolific recording artist, having recorded 26 CDs of classical, romantic and new music, she was awarded The 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award by the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers. A national jury recognized Christina Petrowska Quilico “for her dedication to Canadian contemporary classical music as well as her unwavering support of this country’s composing community. Throughout her exceptional performing and recording career, Christina Petrowska Quilico has had a profound impact on Canada’s classical music community from coast to coast.”

Over the course of her career, Petrowska Quilico has collaborated with a long list of eminent international and Canadian composers, including Violet Archer, Pierre Boulez, Glenn Buhr, John Cage, Christos Hatzis, Lowell Liebermann, György Ligeti, Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Luis de Pablo, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Claude Vivier and John Weinzweig. She has performed with most new music groups and chamber ensembles in Canada. Her concert tours, both as a soloist and with her late husband, the legendary Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico, have taken her across four continents. On the recital stage, her appearances include such prestigious New York City venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Concert Hall. Tours have taken her to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Greece, Germany and Ukraine, and throughout the United States. She is heard regularly on Canadian, American and European radio stations.

Christina Petrowska Quilico has performed with such leading orchestras as the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony, Taipei Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony, and the Greek Radio Orchestra, and worked with conductors John Eliot Gardiner, Jukka Pekka Saraste, Bramwell Tovey, Alex Pauk, Victor Feldbrill, Boris Brott, Geoffrey Moull, Walter Boudreau, Serge Garant, and others. She has premiered and performed concerti written for her by Steven Gellman, Heather Schmidt, Larysa Kuzmenko, Ted Dawson, David Mott and Alexina Louie, Glenn Buhr, Michael Matthews, George Fiala, Simon Bainbridge, George Koumendakis and Claudio Ambrosini. She has also performed two concerti by Violet Archer, the harpsichord concerto by Murray Schafer and the first piano concerto by Luis de Pablo who dedicated his 2nd piano concerto to her.

She made her debut with orchestra at age10 when she performed the Haydn D major Piano Concerto with the Conservatory Orchestra in Toronto conducted by Ettore Mazzoleni. She followed this by a win shared with Murray Perahia and performed a Mozart piano concerto in Town Hall, New York at age 15. The New York Times called her a “promethean talent”, and after subsequent concerts hailed her as “an extraordinary talent with phenomenal ability… dazzling virtuosity.” She continued performing classical piano concerti in Canada and the United States and was a frequent guest on New York and Canadian radio broadcasts. Some of the repertoire she performed with orchestra included the Chopin E minor, two Bach concerti, Haydn and Mozart concerti, Beethoven “Emperor”, Strauss Burleske, Bartok first, Prokofieff Concertos No. 1,2 and 3, the Grieg, the Healey Willan and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, to name a few.

www.petrowskaquilico.com

Winona Zelenka, cello

Photo credit: David Leyes

Winona Zelenka, known for her gorgeous, singing tone, is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Strauss’ Don Quixote Suite, with Thomas Dausgaard conducting, 2006), and performs often with conductor John Barnum. Their past collaborations include Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the Mississauga Symphony (2008) and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with both the Scarborough Philharmonic (2007) and the Huronia Sinfonietta (2006). She has also performed Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major with the Canadian Sinfonietta (2007), conducted by Tak Ng Lai. At this same concert, Ms. Zelenka, a proponent of new music, performed the world premiere of “Invocation II’” for cello and orchestra, a work written for her by Canadian composer Michael Pepa. In 2008, Ms. Zelenka performed as guest Principal Cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. She has been Assistant Principal of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 2005, and served as Principal during the summers of 2007 and 2008. She is currently serving as Acting Principal of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has held that position since the 2004/2005 season.

Winona is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, who regularly performs on the Les AMIS, Syrinx, Amici, Art of Time and Offcentre series in Toronto. She collaborates regularly with many of Canada’s finest musicians including violinists Stephen Sitarski and Erika Raum; violist Steven Dann; bassist Joel Quarrington, pianist Andrew Burashko, and countless others. This summer ( 2009) she performed at the Ottawa Chamberfest with, among others, soprano Donna Brown and pianist/composer Heather Schmidt. The 2009/2010 season sees Winona performing with the Zuckerman ChamberPlayers at the Royal Conservatory’s new Koerner Hall as well as at the 92nd St. Y in New York.

Ms. Zelenka recently formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Bérard and violist Teng Li, with whom she will perform at the Four Seasons Amphitheatre in February of 2010. She will also be performing at the Amphitheatre with long-time duo partner Jacques Israelievitch in December 2009. In the 2009/2010 season, Ms. Zelenka is very pleased to work with Mr. Pepa again, who will compose a work for cello, violin and percussion for his Les AMIS series in Toronto.

Since the summer of 2004, Ms. Zelenka began performing in the Music Garden Series at Toronto’s waterfront. Every year, she has performed a different Bach cello suite. In 2006, she performed Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman’s “After the Sixth Suite”, also a composition written for her, which, as the title suggests, she performed in tandem with Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. For her performance of the Suite No. 4 in September of 2009 she was joined by dancer Claudia Moore who added beautiful movements choreographed by Carol Anderson. Winona was also the cello soloist of such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008), István Szabó’s “Being Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under The Sea” (2009).

Exciting new projects include the recently-released films in HD of the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassado, filmed by Moving Head Productions and available on Youtube. Winona will also be releasing the complete Bach Cello Suites in the spring of 2010; all projects are recorded by CBC recording engineer Ron Searles , whose credits include I Furiosi and the Eybler Quartet as well as film scores by Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington.

Winona Zelenka began her career at age 22 as Associate Principal in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and won orchestra jobs with the National Ballet Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, and studied with the legendary Janos Starker. Ontario born and raised, Ms. Zelenka’s other main teachers include William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff, and William Pleeth.

Winona plays on the “Starker Guanerius”, which was made in 1707 by Giuseppe Guarneri, the father of the legendary “Guanerius del Gesù”. This instrument, formerly owned by Janos Starker for 30 years, is on loan to the TSO for Ms. Zelenka’s use thanks to the generosity of Dr. Edward Pong.

www.winonazelenka.com


Jose Lopez, piano and Laura Wilcox, viola
Sunday April 29 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

Programme

Sonata in E-flat major Jan K?titel Va?hal (1739-1813)
“Instillness” for solo piano (2011) Juraj Kojs (b. 1976) (Canadian premiere)
Doxa for viola and piano Judith Shatin (b. 1949) (Canadian premiere)
Intermission
Visitation from the Seven Hathors (2001) Wende Bartley (b. 1951)
Sonata for viola and piano (1955) Jind?ich Feld (1925-2007)

Bios

José R. López, pianist
“Engaging, insightful pianism, delightful touches of character to virtually every measure, without ever overdoing it.” -Tim Smith (Sun-Sentinel)

“Impeccable musicianship, elegance of line, and delicately sculptured phrasing to the ornate piano writing.” - Lawrence Budmen (Coral Gables Gazette)

“Clarity of mind and affinity for Schubert and Beethoven … beautifully etched Bagatelles, Op. 126” – James Roos (Miami Herald)

JOSÉ R. LÓPEZ is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Keyboard Department at Florida International University in Miami, Florida and is the President of the American Liszt Society Chapter at FIU (www.americanlisztsociety.net ) . He has performed throughout the United States, Italy and Central and South America with orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber groups in concert halls, summer festivals . Active throughout South Florida, he has been a featured performer in the Florida International University’s Music Festival; ISCM New Music Miami Festival, the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Coral Gables' Mainly Mozart Series, University of Miami’s Miami Festival. He is a founding member of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble and a co-founder of The Deering Estate “Living Artist Concert Series”: collaborative concerts revolving around environmental and preservation themes involving historians, living composers, literary and visual artists, including Master classes for young artists. Recent activities include performances in the Lake Como region of Italy for the 2008 International Convention on 12-tone music , a publication on piano works by Riccardo Malipiero as part of the proceedings at the Villa Vigoni German/Italian Center in Mennagio, Italy and a recording of the complete solo piano music by Riccardo Malipiero.

A versatile pianist and enthusiastic performer of chamber music, José has been a member of the Dalbergi Trio, has collaborated in many chamber works with strings, winds, brass, and voice, has been a member of FIU’s resident new music ensemble, the Nodus Ensemble, and was the orchestral pianist with the Florida Philharmonic for 13 years. His interest in contemporary music features frequent world premieres and collaborations with composers along with his pursuit in resurrecting rarely heard works by Romantic and Classical composers. Dr. López received his MM and DMA degrees from the University of Miami School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Rosalina Sackstein, a former pupil of Claudio Arrau and Isabelle Vengerova. He has recorded for SNE, Albany and Innova record labels. Dr. López’s website can be accessed at www.joselopezpiano.com

Laura Wilcox

Canadian-American violist/violinist, LAURA WILCOX has collaborated in many crossover ventures with artists and composers from North America, Asia, Europe, Central and South America. Laura is a founding artist of The Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble and the Music Director of The Deering Estate Living Artist Concert Series, a collaborative concert series held at the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler (an archeological, architectural, environmental and historical preserve) located along the shores of Biscayne Bay in Miami, Florida. Having received awards from the Canada Council, the Chalmers Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, MetLife Foundation and the American String Teachers Association, Laura has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. She studied at McGill University in Montréal where she received the Concert Diploma with distinction.

Her recordings of Schubert, Feld, Ligeti, Schumann, and Cage are all on the SNE label. Committed to both performing rarely heard masterpieces along with classics and new works, Laura also has a love and interest in teaching new generations of young musicians. Currently active as a teacher and chamber music coach for the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and string programs in South Florida she also records and performs with her husband, Jose R. Lopez (Coordinator of Keyboard studies at Florida International University-School of Music and a founding member of the Deering Estate Chamber Ensemble). Both Jose and Laura live in Southwest Miami-Dade County with their three rescue dogs, Johannes, Clara, and Flory (Florestan).


Duo sTREga
Sunday April 29 at 3pm
$25; $15 Senior; $10 Student

Ewa Sas, violin and Erika Crino', piano

PROGRAMME

Franz Liszt - La Campanella, Grandes études de Paganini n.3 for piano

Ludwig van Beethoven - "Spring" Sonata No. 5 in F major, Opus 24 for violin and piano
Allegro
Adagio molto espressivo
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Fritz Kreisler - La Campanella, for violin

Johannes Brahms - Violin Sonata n.3, op. 108 in D minor
1.Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Un poco presto e con sentimento
4. Presto agitato

Bios

Erika Crinó

Italian pianist Erika Crinó is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, in a performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs", with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.

Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, the historical Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, Heliconian Hall, Gallery 345, and the University of Toronto. In 2006 she co-founded Trio sTREga, with clarinetist Katarzyna Marczak and violinist Ewa Sas, with whom she toured western Canada and made several concerts in Italy. Her love for chamber music has brought Erika to collaborate with such artists as Vania Chan, David Hetherington, William Findlay, Marianna Humetska, and Kaili Maimets among others. Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano with top marks at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Bachelor in Piano Performance at the University of Victoria with Prof. Bruce Vogt, and her Master and Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.

www.stregamusic.com

EWA SAS

Born in Tarnow, Poland, Ewa Sas began playing the violin at the age of 7. In 2006 she graduated with 1st Class Honors from the Instrumental Department of Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow, receiving her Master of Arts degree in violin performance under the tutelage of Professor Teresa Gl?bówna. From 2001 to 2006, in recognition of her academic achievements, Ewa received Study Scholarships for every year of her studies. In that time (2001-2003), she also completed an Inter-Faculty Pedagogical Program, hosted at the Akademia Muzyczna in Cracow. In 2008 she finished her second Master degree (M.Mus) in violin performance at University of British Columbia in the studio of Jasper Wood.

For the 2 years she was living in Vancouver, Ewa was concertmaster of Orchestra Armonia, a member of the Erato Ensemble, and she performed throughout BC with many orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as solo, including a performance at the 2006 BC Fashion Week Opening Show. Currently, Ewa is living in Montreal, studying with Richard Roberts, concertmaster of Montreal Symphony, as well as Denise Lupien, a distinguished pedagogue at McGill University.


SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
A Recital by Yoko Hirota, Pianist
Friday April 27 Introduction 7:15 concert at 8 pm
Tickets $25; students $10

As part of its Heritage Arts Presentation activities, New Music Concerts has invited Sudbury-based pianist Yoko Hirota to perform. Hirota is a specialist in the music of Arnold Schoenberg who has also had a number of works written for her by notable Canadian composers. The recital she will give for New Music Concerts combines these two areas of interest, including premieres by François Morel and Brian Cherney. Please be prepared for an enchanting evening of piano music in the intimate acoustic of Gallery 345.

Fünf Klavierstücke, opus 23 Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
I. Sehr langsam
II. Sehr rasch
III. Langsam
IV. Schwungvoll
V. Walzer

Fantasy (1964 rev. 1967) Bruce Mather (b. 1939)

Trinômes (2011)** François Morel (b. 1926)
I. Asagao

Nachtstücke (2011) * Brian Cherney (b. 1942)
six miniatures for piano

- INTERMISSION -

Roiling (1997) Laurie Radford (b. 1958)

Hiroshima mon amour (1998) Robert Lemay (b. 1960)
I. Lui
II. Elle
III. Never
IV. Hiroshima

Sungods (2007) Brian Current (b. 1972)

* World premiere ** Ontario premiere

Professional management for Ms. Hirota is provided through Michael Gerard Management Group (www.mgmg.ca), Michael Dufresne –President (mgerard@sympatico.ca).

Yoko Hirota, Pianist

Having been praised by the press as “precise and keenly projective” and demonstrating “the highest level of proficiency,” Japanese-Canadian pianist Yoko Hirota is considered one of the leading interpreters of contemporary piano repertory of her generation.

Born in Japan, Ms. Hirota began piano lessons at age four. She entered the State University of New York at Buffalo where she studied with Livingston Gearhart and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. Yoko pursued her commitment to contemporary piano literature with the prominent Canadian pianist and pedagogue, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, at McGill University where she received her doctoral degree in piano performance in 1999. In addition to studies in North America, grants from the Canada Council for the Arts allowed Ms. Hirota to study in Europe with renowned interpreters of contemporary piano music such as Gabor Csalog at the Bartók Music Conservatory and Gabor Eckhardt at Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary, Herbert Henck in Germany, and Florent Boffard, former pianist with L’Ensemble InterContemporain in France.

Yoko Hirota is a strong advocate of contemporary music and she particularly enjoys performing music, including works written for her, by some of Canada’s finest composers. She has performed in solo and chamber recitals with major organizations and festivals across North America including: the New Music Concerts in Toronto, Discovery Series of the University of Calgary, Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Innovations en concert in Montreal, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and Friday Evenings at the Rolston at the Banff Centre. Ms. Hirota was invited by the notable ensemble, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), to Canadian premiere the challenging work, Joy (for 23 musicians and tape), by the renowned Finnish composer, Magnus Lindberg. The Montreal Gazette gave special recognition of her performance. She has also been the guest soloist with orchestras including the Sudbury Symphony for the world premiere of “Oiseau de Givre” a concerto written for her by the Canadian composer, Robert Lemay.

Ms. Hirota’s excellence in contemporary music interpretation is reflected in the many broadcasts of her performances on Société Radio-Canada, her participation as a juror for the profession’s leading grant agencies including the Ontario Arts Council, and the many awards she has received including prestigious grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and semi-finalist at the Nutley Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition. At the 1996 Clara Liechtenstein Piano Competition (Montreal), a Special Mention Prize was especially created to distinguish her excellence in the interpretation of twentieth century repertoire.

Yoko’s first CD, “The Piano Music of Arnold Schoenberg with 17 Fragments,” was released to critical acclaim and was listed as one of Essential Tracks by The Globe and Mail. Her second CD “Small is Beautiful: Miniature Piano Pieces”, a project made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council featuring sixteen concise 20th and 21st century piano works, was released in 2009. Current and upcoming projects include two CDs for the Centrediscs label made possible through grants from the Ontario Arts Council: the first “Voces Boreales” featuring solo piano compositions by contemporary Canadian (performed in this recital), and the second “Chamber Music of Robert Lemay” with the Silver Birch String Quartet.

Ms. Hirota is currently Professor of Piano and Chair of the Music Department at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, and co-founder and co-artistic director of 5-Penny New Music Concerts.

For more information please visit: www.yokohirota.com and www.5pennynewmusic.ca.
Management for Ms. Hirota: Michael Gerard Management Group –Michael Dufresne, President www.mgmg.ca.


LUSH CELLOS
Thursday April  26 at 8 pm
Tickets $20; students $15

“With great musical dexterity Lush performs its way through an extremely extensive and very entertaining repertoire. Their arrangements are ingenious and informed with an outside-the-box look at what a cello quartet can do.  Lush has a kind of people-pleasing musical personality that adds a sense of humor and playfulness to a solid traditional core.   Lush is defined by its unique musical interpretations wrapped in the sensuous sound of a cello quartet. A delightful musical tour through the centuries adding to traditional repertoire with whimsical and adventurous interpretations of the non-traditional. " – Micky Erbe, film and television composer

Biographies

Wendy Solomon Wendy has been a featured recitalist in Canada, the United States and Europe. Along with winning a Canada Council Grant, she was winner of the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition, and 1992 Toronto Heliconian Young Artist of the Year.

Wendy received her Master’s of Music degree in Performance at Rutgers University, studying with Bernard Greenhouse and went on to England to study with William Pleeth. Wendy has played with numerous orchestras from the Aradia Baroque Ensemble to Led Zeppelin and had played many Broadway shows including the latest Hugh Jackman show. Wendy has recorded for film and television and for many solo artists including being a featured soloist on Natalie McMaster's 'Live in Cape Breton' DVD. Along with being the cellist of the exciting touring group BOWFIRE, Wendy has also acted as co-producer on several recordings. She is a founding member and composer/arranger for the cello quartet ‘LUSH”

Orly Bitov was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied chamber music at the Jerusalem Music Centre with Isaac Stern, Aldo Parisot and Yehudi Menuhin among others. After she completed her Artist’s Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Orly traveled to Spain where she played in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon and to the UK where she freelanced with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Symphony and the Scottish Opera. She traveled to Japan touring with her trio ECKO. Orly lives in Toronto where she freelances with with Queen of Puddings, Ensemble Noir, Windsor Symphony, Orchestra London, Elmer Iseler Singers, the Amadeus Choir, and the National Ballet Orchestra as well as enjoying a thriving recording career.

Mary-Katherine Finch has been engaging audiences with her soulful and eloquent playing on stages large and small for the past decade. A Toronto native, she holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in performance from the University of Toronto. A versatile musician, Ms. Finch is at home with repertoire spanning the baroque to the contemporary. She has recently played with the Canadian Opera Company orchestra and frequently joins the Toronto Philharmonia. As a chamber musician she has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, Elora Festival, and many venues throughout Toronto. She regularly collaborates with the contemporary ensembles Contact, Toca Loca, and Ergo, and has premiered several chamber and solo works of Canadian composers. Playing an authentic baroque cello, she has appeared with Aradia, Baroque Music Beside the Grange, Grand River Baroque Festival and Toronto Masque Theatre. Ms. Finch frequently plays with the larger ensembles of the Mendelssohn, Isler, Amadeus and Elora Festival Choirs.

Rachel Pomedli, a native of Saskatoon, Canada currently performs and teaches in Toronto. She recently spent a year with the international Hyogo Performing Arts Center Symphony Orchestra in Nishinomiya, Japan. Rachel was a member of the Vinca String Quartet and studied on a graduate fellowship under the Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rachel received her Masters degree in Cello Performance from Yale University, where she studied with Aldo Parisot and members of the Tokyo String Quartet. She obtained her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto, where she was a student of Shauna Rolston. Rachel was a member of the 2007 Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra in Charleston, S.C., and has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall with the Yale Cellos. She also spent six summers participating in masterclasses and chamber music at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Rachel enjoys playing diverse styles of music, including pop and jazz.


DAVID SCHOTZKO: percussion solos
Monday April 23 at 8 pm
$25; $15 Students 

 

 
Program:

Steve Reich (b. 1936) - Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) – Rebonds (1987-89)
Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) – Ko-tha (1967)
Michael Oesterle (b. 1968) – NEW WORK (2012)
Iannis Xenakis – Psappha (1976)
 
Bio
 
As a soloist, chamber musician, and curator, percussionist David Schotzko is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. A founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), David has premiered over 300 works by composers from across the globe, and has worked with both the established composers of today (such as Steve Reich, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Luca Francesconi, Louis Andriessen, Pascal Dusapin, Stefano Gervasoni, Ignacio Baca-lobera, Julio Estrada, Steve Reich, Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Hurel, David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, Tan Dun, and more), and tomorrow’s rising stars (Dai Fujikura, Du Yun, Johannes Boris Borowski, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, William Brittelle, Missy Mazzoli, Huang Ruo, Edgar Guzman, Anna Clyne, Marcos Balter, Felipe Lara, and Oscar Bettison). In 2008 David commissioned and premiered yuunohui’wah by Mexican composer Julio Estrada, performing the work in New York, Chicago, and Chihuahua, Mexico.
 
With the International Contemporary Ensemble, David performed more than 60 concerts a year from 2001 through 2009, in the US, Mexico, Finland, Norway, Italy, and Greece. Serving as ICE’s Program Director from 2004 to 2008, he was engaged in all aspects of programming and artistic planning: conceiving and programming the Sound/Image Events series at Rosenberg and Kaufman Fine Art in New York; commissioning composers Phillipe Manoury, Huang Ruo, Du Yun, and Dai Fujikura; co-curating ICE’s 21st Century Young Composers Project in 2004 and 2006; co-curating Chicago ICEFest from 2005 to 2007; and conceiving 3G—a groundbreaking festival of new music by Mexican composers performed in New York and Chicago.
 
David received rave reviews in print and digital press as the solo percussionist in the US premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia at New York’s Miller Theatre, and has performed solo in New York, Chicago, Morelia (Mexico), and Oslo (Norway). An active performer in New York’s contemporary music scene, David performed regularly with members of So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Either/Or, Argento Ensemble, JACK Quartet, and many others from 2004 to 2009.
 
Relocated to Toronto in 2010, David has already become an active performer in Canada, performing with the Canadian Opera Company, the Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Toca Loca, Nexus, TorQ Percussion, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, New Music Concerts, and at Ottawa Chamberfest. He recently performed the North American premiere of Au dela d'une etude pour percussion solo by Vinko Globokar with the composer in attendance at the Music Gallery, and will premiere a new work by acclaimed Canadian composer Michael Oesterle at Toronto’s Gallery 345 in April 2012.


King Creosote and Michael Johnston
Sunday April 22 at 8 PM
Advance tickets from maplemusic.com ($15) and at the door ($20)



King Creosote (real name Kenny Anderson) is one of most powerful and influential voices of the 21st century. Based in the small fishing village of Crail, King Creosote's recording, "Diamond Mine" (a collaboration with Jon Hopkins) was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, the UK's most prestigious music prize. King Creosote has attracted celebrity fans including Coldplay, Elton John and mystery author Ian Rankin. He has released over 40 recordings, accompanying himself primarily on accordion and acoustic guitar. He releases his recordings and those of his extended musical community primarily through his own micro-label, Fence. In February 2012, he concluded a British tour with a sold-out show in London featuring KT Tunstall as his backup singer.

Michael Johnston is one of Canada's best-loved musicians: an enthusiastic collaborator, and a gifted performer. In addition to being a solo artist, producer, and songwriter, he has been keyboardist/vocalist with Skydiggers since 2006. Michael has accompanied and worked with Juno-winners Joel Plaskett, Lynn Miles and Jim Cuddy as well as Chris Difford (Squeeze). Michael and his wife Annie also run the Michael Johnston Music Studio - a renown small music school on Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto.

Anderson and Johnston met fve years ago at a songwriting retreat in rural Scotland called "Burnsong", in the spirit of Scotland's national poet Robbie Burns. The two hit it off immediately, and wrote two songs in as many hours. They went on to form a band (along with six others from the retreat) called The Burns Unit.

The Burns Unit were immediately hailed as a "Scottish-Canadian supergroup". Their debut album 'Sideshow' was voted #2 Folk Album of the year by MOJO Magazine, and received 4-star reviews from virtually every major UK newspaper. The Burns Unit performed two songs - one a collaboration between Anderson and Johnston - on the legendary Jools Holland Show in 2011.

With The Burns Unit taking a hiatus in 2012, King Creosote and Michael Johnston are teaming up for their first-ever live dates as a duo. Their debut performance in Toronto will include guest appearances from a who's-who of the Toronto music scene.


A Pallette of Sound: Passport Duo
and Blythwood Winds in Concert

Friday April 20th at 8pm
General Admission: $15, Students $10

Passport Duo:

Cellist Samuel Bisson and Pianist Nadia Boucher have been collaborating as a duo since they met, while pursuing undergraduate degrees at the University of Ottawa. They have recently completed masters of music degrees at the University of Toronto and Cleveland Institute of Music, respectively.

Primarily based in Toronto, the Passport Duo performs regularly throughout Canada and the US in various concerts and festivals. They have performed in festivals including the Scotia Festival of Music and the Toronto Summer Music Festival and have been guests of the Toronto Arts and Letters Club as well as the Midday Music with Shigeru concert series in Barrie, ON. Aside from these performances, they often volunteer their time and talent to various organizations including hospitals, homes for the elderly and religious institutions. The Passport Duo has also been featured on the CBC/Radio Canada morning show Y'a pas deux matins pareils.

Over the years, the Passport Duo has had the opportunity of working with many leading chamber musicians and coaches, including renowned Canadian pianist Jean Desmarais and cellist of the Juno award-winning Gryphon Trio, Roman Borys. They have also worked with cellists Paul Katz and Paul Marleyn, pianists Virginia Weckstrom and Anita Pontremoli, and violinist Mark Fewer.

Blythwood Winds:

The Blythwood Winds is a Toronto-based woodwind quintet made up of current and former students from Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. They are the artist-in-residence of the Blythwood Road Baptist Church where they perform at morning services and give lunchtime and evening concerts as well. In addition to performing at the church, the group has also performed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, and most recently for the Lindsay Concert Foundation. The ensemble enjoys playing a wide range of repertoire for any occasion and provides an enjoyable listening experience for all audiences. The members include Tim Crouch on flute, MinSook Kim on oboe, Anthony Thompson on clarinet, Brett Freithaler on bassoon and Julie Rochus on french horn.





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Leap in the Dark
Bill Gilliam, Charlie Ringas and special guest Michelangelo Iafaldano
Saturday April 14, 2012 at 8 PM
Admission $20

Composers Bill Gilliam (prepared piano) & Charlie Ringas (percussion) with guest multi-instrumentalist Michelangelo Iaffaldano perform improvisations with spoken words using the poetry and humorous writings of Phillip Larkin, Richard Brautigan, Dylan Thomas, Samuel Beckett, Pablo Neruda, Ivor Cutler, Rumi, Alan Lightman and more. 

BIOS

Bill Gilliam – composer / pianist
 
Bill is from London, England and moved to Toronto after completing his studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Has written scores for film, dance and theatre and new music ensembles presented at festivals and contemporary music venues. With the assistance of the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR he has released electronic music and contemporary jazz CDs and performed improvised / electro-acoustic music in collaboration with different performance artists at the Music Gallery, alternative music venues and jazz festivals.

His new music compositions include works for voice, spoken word, soloists and chamber ensembles and for Toronto’s 2007 Nuit Blanche all-night art event, Bill’s electro-acoustic, multi-media production Memory Vision was a featured installation at the Canadian Music Centre. In 2008 / 2009, he received grants from the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council to create his work, Poems from a Love Triangle a 45 minute new music concert for voice, actors and chamber ensemble based on the erotic love poems of Irish poet W.R. Rodgers. This work was performed in May 2009 at the Music Gallery with poetry staged as a radio drama. Bill continues to perform solo and with different artists in the Toronto area and his DVD “Memory Vision” is now released on Supermono Records.

www.bill-gilliam.com

Charlie Ringas - composer/percussionist

Charlie Ringas has delved into progressive and experimental music and by contrast has also found inspiration from the jazz of all eras. His past ensembles and projects include a diverse group of musicians creating a melting pot of all genres.

Charlie is the co-founder of Supermono Records that has released 32 titles. His credits include his Ring Cycle project for new music chamber ensemble with chorus, Flame of Days (1997) and Heart Of Mind (2000). He also created the experimental Hermetic Music Commission, a new music sextet with spoken word that recorded his work In Sound Is (2002).

His project Gold of Hours is a full length score for chamber orchestra and chorus was performed October of 2004 and November 2005 at Premiere Dance Theatre. Charlie continues to compose and perform with different artists in Toronto and his latest CD “Revolving” is now released on Supermono Records.

www.supermono.ca
 

 

Michelangelo Iaffaldano– multi-instrumentalist


JODA CLEMENT - THE NARROWS
Saturday March 31 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Album release concert: an audio/visual presentation of new Canadian electro-acoustic work

Program:

Chris Strickland - The Kingdom of Ends (for prepared piano, field recordings and double bass, performed by Chandan Narayan)

Joda Clément – The Narrows (audio/visual soundscape presentation with exclusive video accompaniment by Jubal Brown) (available on CD from Unfathomless: http://unfathomless.wordpress.com/releases/u09-joda-clement/ )
 
To celebrate the release of his first CD since 2005, The Narrows (on the Belgian Unfathomless label), Joda Clément has put together and an audio/visual soundscape presentation of the piece.This Canadian premiere features exclusive video accompaniment by acclaimed Toronto artist Jubal Brown. To start the evening off, Joda has invited young Montreal composer (and collaborator) Christopher Strickland to present the premiere of his electro-acoustic piece entitled Kingdom of Ends, an “homage to Toronto” scored for various field recordings of Toronto (recordedby Clément),  prepared grand piano and double bass, played by Chandan Narayan.

Joda Clément

Toronto based artist Joda Clément has been performing and composing experimental music in Canada for over 10 years, developing a unique repertoire of methods for working creatively with sound. His work utilizes analog and acoustic instruments, microphones, found objects and noises recorded from natural and urban environments, investigating hidden properties of sound, space and recording techniques that transcend a distinction between audio and source.
 
Joda has performed compositions, improvisation and/or exhibited audio/visual installations in numerous Canadian cities and festivals, New York and recently in Europe including appearances at The Music Gallery, MOCCA, Issue Project Room (NY), Reheat (Austria), Suoni Per Il Popolo, Extermination Music Night, Electric Eclectics, MUTEK and Oboro New Media lab as well as live collaborations with Magali Babin, Michael Northam, Hitoshi Kojo, Olivia Block, Bhob Rainey, Bonnie Jones, Kai Fagaschinski, Chris Cogburn, Tomasz Krakowiak and Freida Abtan.  

website: http://jodaclement.wordpress.com/
 
About Joda Clément: Tobias Fischer, Tokafi online interview: http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/15-questions-joda-clement/
 
Jubal Brown 
 
Jubal Brown is a video maker, multi-media artist, organizer, and writer based in Toronto. He has shown extensively in Europe and North America. His projects consistently challenge boundaries of culture regardless of the medium, pushing limits of spectatorship, often manifesting an amoral barrage of mindless directionless energy, often a tragic and beautiful collision of despair and longing. Co-founder of the PO-PO seditionary action team responsible for Toronto's legendary WASTELAND event series. Co-founder of the ART SYSTEM Cultural Center in Toronto. Co-founder of the multimedia label FAMEFAME, notorious for producing, programming and promoting experimental cutting edge audio/visual culture. Other projects include the live event UNKNOWN UNKNOWN, the interactive social sculpture series The Land of the Lost, and the live video event series VIDEODROME.
 
Chris Strickland

Christopher Strickland is a Montreal based composer and improviser who is interested in the examination of thresholds of perception and the co-existence of the incidental with artifice. In his compositional work he endeavours to illuminate the unheard aural peculiarities of the performance venue while placing them in a dialogue with classical music instruments.  By delving into the multitude of shades in-between musical banality and richness, intensity and quietude, he hopes to show the interdependence of these conflicting oppositions and approximate the fluidity of form and structure that occurs in nature.

Strickland has collaborated with many local and international musicians such as Joda Clément (Toronto), Erin Sexton (MTL), Emilie Mouchous (MTL),  Tomasz Krakowiack (Toronto), Greg Kelley (Boston), Christian Weber ( Switzerland), Bryan Eubanks (Baltimore)  and Peter Kutin (Vienna). He is also involved with two long-standing projects with turntablist Steve MacFarland and with Montreal electronics/percussion musician Jon Boles as BlackSoul.   


The Robi Botos Quartet
Friday March 30 at 8 PM
$25; $20 Seniors; $10 Students

Featuring Tim Ries- sax/piano, Jozsef Botos-Guitar, Lui Botos - Bass, Robi Botos / Piano-drums


 
Robi Botos
 
Born into a musical Romani (Gypsy) family in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, playing drums and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark. Robi's notable performances include: concert at the Long Beach convention and entertainment centre;  opening concert for Bela Fleck, Stanley Clark, and Jean Luc Ponty at the 2005 International Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival on the main stage. In the same year Robi opened for Oscar Peterson at the prestigious Stravinsky hall in Montreaux Switzerland. Since immigrating to Canada in 1998, Robi has made great contributions to Canada's jazz scene. He has been featured with many local and international greats including: Chaka Khan, Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Terri Lyne Carrington, James Blood Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Donald Walden, Archie Alleyne, Dougie Richardson, Roberta Gambarini, Jake Hannah, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Jake Langley, Vito Rezza, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villenueve, Dennis Coffey, John Lamb, Joey DeFrancesco, Peter Cardinali, Toots Thielemans, Guido Basso, Avishai Cohen, and Richard Bona.
 
Tim Ries

It's not only rock & roll and Tim Ries takes it seriously.
by Thomas Staudter

It was close to midnight at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. As more than 53,000 unabashed devotees of the Rolling Stones cried out for an encore, saxophonist Tim Ries had one of those permanent mental scrapbook moments. Standing halfway up the long ramp that leads to the massive stage for the Stones' outdoor shows on their 2002-'03 Licks Tour, Ries awaited his cue to rejoin the band onstage. As he surveyed the yowling sea of fans, a big, beaming smile and look of fascination spread over his face.

Two nights later, the Stones, who were enlivening their year-long tour with a sporadic number of "club" dates, played Boston's intimate, 2,800-seat Orpheum Theater. Midway through the show, Ries stepped in front of the band's four-piece horn section and, illumined by a spotlight, confidently delivered a high-register tenor sax solo during "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," a Solomon Burke tune that the Stones recorded in 1964. His 24 bars of mad glory finished, Ries stepped back in line, got a pat on the back from trumpeter Kent Smith, and again his bemused countenance spoke volumes.

A 43-year-old master of more than a dozen instruments--he plays all the woodwinds and keyboards--whose career has stretched from classical music to pop, Ries is certainly no Stranger to landmark gigs. He has performed live from the White House in a 1998 national TV broadcast, worked on Broadway with Paul Simon in the Capeman musical and even backed Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop," on his 30th anniversary extravaganza last year. Known for his versatility and musicianship, Ries has made countless professional connections over the years, too, resulting in appearances on dozens of diverse albums, ranging from Grammy Award winners by Joe Henderson ("One of my heroes," Ries said) and former Van Halen vocalist David Lee Roth.

Performing on stage with the Rolling Stones, though, tromps all this. Still, with credentials of the highest order and an abundance of musical opportunities in front of him, Ries' present situation nonetheless begs the question: What's a jazz saxophonist, or better yet, a talented post-bop practitioner and composer, doing on tour with the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band?" The answer is because he's having the time of his life.

"There's never been a band like the Rolling Stones, and playing with them is a dream come true," Ries said. "Sharing in the excitement that surrounds this band, on stage and off, is an absolutely incredible experience. It would be hard to top this gig: The only ones better for me that come to mind would be if Miles [Davis] were still alive or if Herbie [Hancock], Keith [Jarrett] or Chick [Corea] called."


The Art of the Piano: Claudia Chan
First-prize winner of the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatte
National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music

Sunday March 25 at 3pm
$25; $15 Senior; $10 Student



PROGRAMME
Sofia Gubaidulina - Piano Sonata
Luciano Berio - Sequenza IV
Unsuk Chin - Etude no.2 "Sequenzen"
Alice Ho - Aeon (Canadian Premiere)
- intermission -
Scriabin - Sonata no.9 "Black Mass"
Maurice Ohana - Hommage a Luis Milan from Trois Caprices
Elliot Carter - Catenaires

Bio

Hailed by the Ottawa Citizen as the "Ambassador for New Music" and by Megumi Masaki (Artistic Director, Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition) as a "powerful, expressive, and energetic pianist," recent first-prize winner of the 33rd Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition for Contemporary Music pianist Claudia Chan made her concert debut at the age of eleven playing Mozart's Concerto in C major, K.415 with the Thirteen Strings chamber orchestra, under the direction of Jean-François Rivest. Since then, Claudia has  performed solo and chamber recitals throughout North America.
Her upcoming performances include recitals in Cologne and Wuppertal, Germany, featuring the premiere of Aeon, composed by Canadian Alice Ho for Claudia. She will also be competing in the 10e. Concours internationale de piano d’Orleans in February 2012 and taking part in the inaugural new music masterclasses in Montepulciano, Italy in May 2012.

In the past season, Claudia performed over 25 solo recitals, including  a 14-city recital tour of Canada  - with stops in Toronto, Montreal, Charlottetown, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, among others - playing the winning program of contemporary piano music from the Eckhardt-Gramatte competition in Fall 2010. During the tour, she coached young  performers on contemporary performance at the University of Brandon and the University of British Columbia. Her concert at the Winnipeg Art Gallery was also recorded and broadcast by CBC Radio 2 on Concerts on Demand. She was also the subject of an episode of CBC’s podcast Next! and profiled as one of 8 up-and-coming young musicians from Canada.

Claudia has been heard at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts, as a featured recitalist at the Kelowna Pianoforte Festival, at the Toronto Summer Music Academy, in Germany at the Bad Bertrich Klaviersommer Festival, in France at the masterclasses of Jean-Paul Sevilla, in New York City at the Mannes Institute and Festival for Contemporary Festival, and as soloist with the Hart House and Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestras in Toronto. She has been a recipient of awards and scholarships from  the Ottawa and Toronto Kiwanis Music Festivals, the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the Canadian Music Competitions. Claudia has been heard on the soundtracks of many short films produced by the Canadian Film Composers Guild and the Ontario Arts Council. An advocate of art for charity, she has been a leading part of concerts benefiting the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Ottawa Mission, Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts in Asia, and earthquake relief efforts in Italy.

Claudia completed her undergraduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory, as a Dean's scholarship student studying with David Louie and John Perry, and is now pursuing her Master’s of Music at the Hochschule fur Muzik und Tanz Koln with Prof. Dr. Florence Millet.

www.claudiachan.ca
www.instantencore.com/claudiachan


THE BRIAN DICKINSON TRIO
Brian Dickinson, piano, Jim Vivian, bass, Ethan Ardelli, drums
Friday March 23 at 8 pm
Tickets $25; students $15


Brian Dickinson


Jim Vivian


Ethan Ardelli

Bios

Brian Dickinson

Since his arrival to Toronto in 1979, Brian Dickinson has been fortunate to work with many great international jazz artists, including: John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Sonny Fortune, Nick Brignola, Sheila Jordan, Pat LaBarbera, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Maria Schneider, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Jerry Bergonzi, and Eddie Daniels. His pianistic abilities and contemporary compositions have made his various groups popular at Canadian jazz festivals and clubs. As a sideman, he is regularly featured accompanying top Canadian and international artists. He has toured North America, Europe and Asia extensively.

As a leader, Brian is currently involved in three different bands. His trio featuring Jim Vivian (bass), and Ethan Ardelli (drums) is the latest incarnation of this group, which formerly featured Kieran Overs (bass) and the late, great Jerry Fuller on drums.

Brian’s Toronto quartet features Mike Murley (saxophone), Jim Vivian (bass), and Ethan Ardelli on drums. Brian has also worked extensively in a quartet setting featuring the Boston tenor great Jerry Bergonzi along with Jim Vivian, and Ted Warren. This group was a mainstay at Toronto’s Top ‘O the Senator as well as The Montreal Bistro, after the Senator’s unfortunate demise.

Brian has released eight recordings. His second release In Transition was awarded a Juno Award for best jazz recording in 1991. Brian's first trio, which featured Jerry Fuller on drums, and Kieran Overs on bass, was formed in 1992. This group released two recordings, both on the Jazz Inspiration label (Brian Dickinson JID 9304, and Live at the Senator JID 9308) - both of which have enjoyed success in Canada, Japan, and the US.

His most recent recordings are duo settings with saxophonist Lee Konitz (Lee Konitz/Brian Dickinson – The Glenn Gould Session, Philology W322.2) and Around the Bend with guitarist Ted Quinlan (Addo Recordings, AJR004). He can also be heard on the CD Still Waters on the Hornblower label (HR91105) in a duo setting with trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and on his quartet recording Soul Mission with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi (Elan Jazz EJ1001). Another quartet recording collaboration with Jerry Bergonzi will be released in fall 2011.

As a sideman, Dickinson can be heard on many recordings, including: Alex Dean’s At This Point (Cornerstone),Mike Murley's Two Sides (Juno Award winner , 1990), and Time and Tide, Kieran Overs' Gateway, Shapeshift, Quartetto, and For the Record (UP Records), Pat LaBarbera’s Crossing the Line (Jazz Compass), Kirk MacDonald's Family Suite (ADDO records), Reminiscence, New Beginnings (Koch Records), Roy Patterson's The Coming of Angels, and Inland Passages (1996 Prix de Jazz winner, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal) and Roy Styffe's The Art of Melody (Up Records). For a more complete list of recordings, see the discography section. Brian is the pianist in groups led by Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Alex Dean, Roy Patterson, and John MacLeod.

An active composer and arranger, Brian’s writing is featured on many jazz recordings, and radio shows. His arranging abilities are utilized by many Canadian instrumentalists and vocalists on both recordings and live shows. An accomplished studio musician, Brian’s playing can be heard on many soundtracks and jingles recorded over the past twenty-five years.

In addition to his concert, club, and touring engagements, Brian is the head of the piano dept. at Humber College in Toronto. Brian holds a Masters in Music (with distinction) from New England Conservatory. He has been the recipient of two Juno Awards, a Jazz Report Award, and the Prix de Jazz, Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.

Jim Vivian

Jim Vivian has been at the forefront of music making in Canada for over 20 years, and has performed and/or recorded with most of the well known jazz artists working in the country today. Originally from Newfoundland, he moved from St. John’s to Toronto in 1979 to pursue classical bass studies with Thomas Monohan,, Stuart Knussen, and Thorveld Fredin. During the early 1980’s he began to focus more on jazz and improvised music, studying with Dave Holland at the Banff centre, and later in New York with Holland and Marc Johnson.

Jim has long-standing associations with many musicians in Toronto and across the country such as Mike Murley, Jeff Johnston, Don Thompson, Geoff Young, Brian Dickinson, Ted Warren, Steve Amirault, John MacLeod, and Barry Romberg, to name a few. He appears on numerous recordings, over twenty-five of which have been nominated for Juno awards in as many years. He has also performed and recorded with many internationally esteemed artists such as John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick, David Liebman, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winstone.

An experienced teacher, Jim is presently on faculty at the University of Toronto, York University, and the Humber College Community School.

Ethan Ardelli

Ethan Ardelli is currently a freelancing musician in the Toronto music scene. Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music Jazz Program in 2006.

In October 2005, Ethan played on Jane Bunnett’s cd “Radio Guantanemo” which featured jazz legends Dewey Redman and Howard Johnson. This album won the Juno for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year in 2006.

Also in 2006, Ethan received the Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet. Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Sextet, Nancy Walker Quartet, the Brian Dickinson Trio and William Carn's "Run Stop Run", to name a few. Ethan is featured on Nancy Walker’s record “New Heiroglyphics”, David Virelles' "Motion" and Darren Sigesmund's Juno nominated record "Strands II".


john cage: sonatas in movement
Daniel Gaspard and Ellen Furey
Thursday March 22, 2012 at 8:00PM
$20; $15 – Seniors; $10 – Students

In light of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage, two Montreal based artists revisit his works for prepared piano. Seven of the pieces have been chosen at random to be played (by Daniel Gaspard) alongside a contemporary choreography of the same duration (created and performed by Ellen Furey). The first part of the performance will include the preparation of the piano.

Podcast
http://evidanceradio.com/home/podcasts/1

Bios

Ellen Furey, native of Cape Breton Island, is a multi-faceted performer and emerging creator newly based out of Montreal. She completed her studies in dance at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and in theatre and music at the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. While living in Toronto, she performed with the Capitol Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse and in film and television. After graduating from STDT in 2010, she moved to Montreal and since has been working with companies Fleuve espace danse (Comme un odeur de Varech), Stéphane Gladeszewski (Danse à 10, Chaleur Humaine), Pigeons International (Grâce à dieu, ton corps, Place des Arts) and most recently in a research project by Susanna Hood. She and Daniel Gaspard began the creation of john cage : sonatas in movement in September of 2011.

Pianist, Daniel Gaspard Yocom, began his studies in France at the National Conservatory of Music followed by the Superior Conservatory of Stuttgart, Germany. He then studied orchestral conducting under the direction of the Romanian conductor, Sergiu Celibidache. His career as a solo pianist and accompanist has taken him all over Europe and the North and South Aericas. Between 1982 and1990 he was a teacher at both the School of Music of Stuttgart and at the University of Detmold. He has given conferences on the evolution of musical notation in relation to the evolution of human conciousness, most notably at Berkeley University in San Diego. Gaspard was also working for the Ministry of French culture on the creation of a national school of music in Cayenne, French Guiana. He currently lives and works in Montreal, QC and performs concerts frequently in Boston, Massachusetts.


ART GIVES:
A CHARITY EVENT IN SUPPORT OF THE
10TH QUEEN WEST ART CRAWL

Monday March 19, 2012 - 6-9 PM
$40 + HST in advance ; $50 + HST at the door


KURT WEIL: THE 7 DEADLY SINS and holier fare
Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17, 2012 at 8:00PM
$30


RIVKA GOLANI AND STEPHAN SYLVESTRE
Tuesday March 13 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students

PROGRAMME

Max Bruch: Kol Nidre
(1838-1920)
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione
(1797-1828)
Edvard Grieg: Sonata Op. 36 (Cello) in A minor for viola and piano
(1843-1907)
Allegro molto e marcato
Allegro agitato
Andante molto tranquillo

Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the great virtuoso violists of modern times. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also many composers who have been motivated by her mastery to write specially for the viola. More than 200 pieces have been written for her including over 60 concertos to date. Ms. Golani's awesome technique, riveting stage presence, and superbly sensitive musicianship have made her a favourite with music-lovers and critics alike.

Leading orchestras with which Rivka Golani has performed as soloist include the Boston Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony and many others. Her on-stage charisma unfailingly adds excitement to her appearances, and her reputation as a teacher draws students from all over the world to her master classes.

What do the critics think of Rivka Golani? James North of Fanfare Magazine best summarized her stature in the music world in suggesting she is " . . . carving out a place of her own that no other performer on the instrument can reach." And here is what the Financial Times in Britain had to say recently after one of her performances: Rivka Golani is ". . . at the head of today's supreme viola virtuosi - white-hot in delivery, kaleidoscopic in tone colours, electrifying in rhythmic attack." The Boston Herald is if anything more effusive: ". . . riveting, intensely physical stage presence . . . hurtling momentum, constant risk-taking, complete technical assurance."

In addition to being named an ambassador of Canadian music by the Canadian Music Centre for commissioning and performing works by Canadian composers, Ms Golani was recently awarded the Medal Pro Artibus by the board of Artisjus in Budapest for her representation of works by Hungarian composers worldwide, and is a member of the Club of Budapest.

Several of Golani’s many CD recordings have achieved landmark status, among them the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bartok Concerto with the Budapest Symphony, Martinu’s Rhapsody Concerto with the Bern Symphony, Chaconne by U.S. Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Colgrass with the Toronto Symphony, and a 3-CD set of solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach. A CD entitled “Dancing in the Light”, featuring Rivka Golani performing a new work written for her and percussionist Beverley Johnston for viola, percussion and orchestra, “Pyricchean Dances”, on CBC Records. Recent releases include a CD of virtuoso encores, “Viola Encores” (HCD 32645) in 2009 by Hungaroton with American pianist Michele Levin.

Rivka Golani is also a painter of distinction, and has worked closely with composers as a visual artist in presenting multi-media performances of works for viola and orchestra. Exhibitions of her paintings have been held in Britain, Germany, Austria, Israel and North America. Ms Golani is a citizen of Israel, Canada and Britain, where she currently resides.

Stéphan Sylvestre ranks among the most sought-after and brilliant Canadian pianists of the new generation and enjoys an active performing career as a recitalist, orchestra soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have bestowed lavish praise on his performances: “…his natural talent reminds one of the great Artur Rubinstein…” (La Presse, Montreal), “…somewhat reminiscent of the young Kempff” (La Scena Musicale, Canada), “…masterly brilliant virtuosity and monumentality,” (Flovo Cultury,Czech Republic). His numerous concert tours and performances have taken place in major concert halls, universities and concert organizations throughout Canada, United States, Brazil, the Middle East, France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Czech Republic, Russia and the Netherlands. Notable venues include the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), the St-Petersburg Conservatory (Russia), Place des Arts (Montreal), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Four Seasons Centre (Toronto) and Massey Hall (Toronto). He has appeared with several Canadian orchestras and he has performed in the major international festivals in Canada, including Ottawa, Parry Sound, Lanaudière, Domaine Forget and Orford. Mr. Sylvestre is heard regularly on both networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Suisse Romande and the BBC in the United Kingdom.
He has collaborated with internationally renowned artists such as James Campbell, James Sommerville, Ransom Wilson, Martin Beaver, Rivka Golani, Susan Hoeppner, the Penderecki String Quartet, the New Zealand Quartet, Quartuor Arthur-Leblanc, Quatuor Alcan and members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra among many others and was a member of Trio Contrastes until 2002. His numerous recordings on the ATMA, SRC, Marquis and Prod. XXI:21 labels where acclaimed by critics. Stéphan Sylvestre is invited regularly to give master classes and conferences abroad and he has been a member of several national and international juries, including the Canadian Music Competition, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Glenn Gould School and the Montreal International Piano Competition. In addition to his active performing and recording schedule, Mr. Sylvestre is also Assistant Professor of Piano and head of keyboard studies at The University of Western Ontario. He is presently working on recording the works for violin and piano by Karol Szymanovski with violinist Jerzy Kaplanek, which has been supported by a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.


L.A.D. Trio
Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:00PM
$20; $15 - Seniors; $10 - Students



Featuring prominent pianist Lee Pui Ming, cellist and suddenlyLISTEN Artistic Director Norman Adams, and multi-percussionist Erin Donovan, Lee/Adams/Donovan has developed over the last three years as an exciting, adventurous new musical ensemble. Together, Lee, Adams, and Donovan bring audiences music that is rich, spontaneous and emotionally charged, yet still compelling and accessible to a broad audience. Drawing on a broad range of influences from classical to contemporary, with a wide musical dynamic, this trio stimulates, entertains and expands horizons.

Bios

Lee Pui Ming

Lee Pui Ming is an artist who is curious about the space where the Known meets the Unknown. Through the years, that exploration has led her to new ways of transforming and integrating Chinese material into her work; creating a live performance gestalt that includes sounding all parts of the piano, engaging her body and her voice; finding fresh ways of weaving tonalities; and diving into the wide expanse of open improvisation.

And always, the intent is to communicate and connect with the listener, heart to heart.

From her first recording, Ming (1991), till now, Pui Ming has created a rich body of work. There are the compositions and recordings of contemporary Chinese music performed by The Lee Pui Ming Ensemble, a quartet of Chinese instruments plus piano and percussion; and the orchestral piece Blessings for The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. There are the solo piano recordings of Strange Beauty (1994), who's playing (2002) and she comes to shore (2011) which also contains a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. Then there are the works for dance - Hundun (2002), a groundbreaking 60-minute piece created with Peter Chin (dancer/choreographer/musician) for eight musicians and dancers where music and movement are completely integrated; Sheepman Dreams, a full-length dance score for Kokoro Dance, Vancouver, inspired by the writings of Haruki Murakami utilizing sounds recorded on Gabriola Island in British Columbia; Xiao Bai Chuan ("Little White Boat"), a duet with Yvonne Ng (dancer/choreographer) where the piano is at various points a resonant box for hawkers' cries, a dream chamber, and a boat.

In Pui Ming's performing career, she has played in jazz, new music, and folk festivals in places like Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton, White Horse, San Francisco, St. Paul (Minnesota), Honolulu, Berlin, Bern, Worpswede, and Hong Kong. She has been presented by presenters like Honens International Piano Festival in Calgary, Art Gallery of Ontario and The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Vancouver New Music, and Hong Kong Urban Council. Recently she made concerto appearances performing she comes to shore with The Hopkins Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and The Bay-Atlantic Symphony.

Norman Adams

Norman Adams is the Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia, the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN, and a cellist, improviser and electronic musician exploring music, sound creation and performance. Norman has performed classical, free and new music throughout Canada, the US, and in the UK and France, collaborating with many leading artists including Lori Freedman, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker, Gerry Hemingway, Marilyn Crispell. Norm teaches at Acadia Summer Strings Festival each summer, and leads workshops and clinics on bothcello and improvisation, across Canada.

Since 2000 Norman has been the Artistic Director and Producer of suddenlyLISTEN Music, presenting an annual series of concert collaborations of improvised music, featuring a broad range of local, Canadian and international artists. He also continues to be dedicated to sharing music with all people, co-leading the bi-weekly suddenlyLISTEN Improv Workshop forthe past six years.

Norman has a special interest in collaboration with other kinds of artists. He has performed with theatre, media and performance artists, and has worked frequently with dancers. Most notable of these partnerships is that with Gwen Noah, which has extended for the past15 years

Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan percussion, composition - Erin Donovan is the Artistic Director of Hear Here Productions and performs as a percussionist, pianist and composer. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, Continuum New Music, Array Music, the Glass Orchestra and Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble. She lives in Mahone Bay Nova Scotia.


THE ZAGREB PIANO TRIO
Tuesday February 28 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Martin Draušnik, Violin, Pavle Zajcev, Cello, Danijel Detoni, Piano

PROGRAMME

Michael Pepa: Falstaff Variations
Maurice Ravel: Trio in A minor
Modéré
Pantoum. Assez vite
Passacaille. Très large
Final. Animé
Berislav Šipuš: Gonars trio
Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio Nr, 2 in E minor Op. 67
Andante - Moderato
Allegro con brio
Largo
Allegretto

Zagreb Piano Trio was founded in 1997. In 1998, the Trio won the Darko Luki? Competition in Zagreb, Croatia and was awarded second prize at the Charles Hennen Competition in Holland. In 2000, the Zagreb Piano Trio won the 1st Trondheim Competition in Norway. ZPT worked with the Borodin Quartet, Sándor Devich, Milan Škampa and participated in the Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters (2000), where they worked with Isaac Stern, Leon Fleischer, Joel Krosnick, Samuel Rhodes, Philip Setzer, David Finckel and Wu Han. The trio performed at festivals in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Israel, Serbia, Norway, Holland and Croatia.

Violinist Martin Draušnik was born in Zagreb, Croatia (1981). He commenced his studies at the Music Academy in Zagreb with Maja Dešpalj-Begovi? (Degree in 2002). He continues his studies in Germany. First with Latica Honda-Rosenberg at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (Degree in 2004). Afterwards he pursued the "Solistenstudium" with Ingolf Turban at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart (Degree in 2007). In 2010 he finished his viola studies at the Music Academy in Zagreb with Aleksandar Milošev. He attended Masterclasses with Maja Dešpalj-Begovi?, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, Klaus Maetzel, Gorjan Košuta and Zakhar Bron.

During his studies in Germany he had several annual contracts with the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg. As member of the Orchestra he played one of 6 Solo Violins in Messiaen's Chronocromie at the concert in the Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic. He won the 1st prize at the Croatian Violin Competition twice, as pupil (1998) and student (2002). In 2000 he won the 3rd und Special prize at the International Competition Alfredo Marcosig in Gorizia (Italy). At the International Violin Competition Vaclav Huml 2009 in Zagreb he won a diploma. In May 2010 he won both the Darko Luki? Prize and Prize of the Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski in Zagreb for the recital played at the Darko Luki? Young Artists Competition in Zagreb. In January 2011 he was awarded with the Stjepan Šulek prize for the best violin performance in the years 2009 and 2010.

Draušnik is founder of the Porin Quartet. The Quartet won many prizes in Croatia (Radio Podium 2000., Darko Luki? 2002., Ivo Vuljevi? 2002.). He was member of the Quartet from 1998 until 2002. From 2002. he is member of the Zagreb piano trio. He played recitals in Croatia, Austria, Germany and Italy. He has appeared as soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Cantus Ensemble. In January 2011. Draušnik performed the Croatian Premiere of the Violin Concerto by Ligeti in Zagreb (Lisinski Hall).

From 2006. he is Concertmaster of the Ensemble I Virtuosi di Paganini led by Ingolf Turban. As a member of the Ensemble he took part at the first recording of the octet Exil of Eugene Ysaÿe published on the CD Hommage a Eugene Ysaÿe by Ingolf Turban in 2008. From 2007-2011 he played as Deputy Concertmaster of the Zagreb Philharmonic. In October 2011 he becomes Concertmaster of the Zagreb Philharmonic. (www.zgf.hr) He teaches at the Music Academy in Zagreb.

Cellist Pavle Zajcev was born in Zagreb (1976) and commenced his studies in the class of Valter Dešpalj at the Music Academy in Zagreb and continued studying for a year as a student of Ivan Monighetti at the Music Academy in Basel. He attended masterclasses and lessons given by M. Flaksman, S. Soundeckione, D. Grigorian, V. Messermann, J. Chuchro, E. Schoenfeld, A. Meneses and P. Muller.

He won the Prize of the Zagreb Philharmonic as the best young musician in season 1995/96. Zajcev was finalist of the 2nd International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro 2000 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2001 he premiered and recorded Pavle Dešpalj's Cello Concerto for which he received the Porin discographic award for the best performance.

As chamber musician he played in many ensembles. He is a founding member of the Zagreb Piano Trio which won many prizes and critical acclaims. As soloist he performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists, Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Chamber Orchestra and Varaždin Chamber Orchestra.

In 2002 he has become the Principal cellist of the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He regularly makes recordings for Croatian radio. Since 2005 he teaches Chamber Music at the Music Academy in Zagreb. In 1995/96, as a member of the World Youth Orchestra, he toured the Philipines, Malaysia, Korea, Germany and Denmark.

Pianist Danijel Detoni was born in Zagreb in 1983 won his BA and MA degrees in the class of Lászlo Baranyay and Balázs Kecskés at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and for a year as a student of Itamar Golan at the Paris Conservatory. He attended masterclasses and lessons given by artists as Pnina Salzman, Hamsa al-Wadi, Emanuel Krasovsky, Felix Gottlieb, Pál Éder and Dénes Várjon.

Beeing a dedicated chamber musician since his early age he won the first prize in duo with Márta Deák at the Leó Weiner State Competition for Chamber Music in Budapest in April 2003, and in August 2006 he received the Award of the Israeli Isman Foundation for his extraordinary interpretation of Ligeti's music.

He performed as soloist and chamber musician in various concert halls and at music festivals in Belgrade, Sarajevo, Budapest, Vienna, Paris, Rouen, Bruxelles, Warsaw, Beijing, Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem.

Danijel appeared as soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Croatian and Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the String Orchestra Dušan Skovran , the Budapest Strings, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He played under the baton of Oliver von Dohnányi, Lior Shambadal, Tan Lihua, Patrick Fournillier, Zoltán Rácz, Pavle Dešpalj, Carlo Tenan and others.

He regularly makes recordings for Croatian radio. Danijel was awarded as the best young musician in 2008 by the Croatian Jeunesses Musicales.

Since 2009 he teaches at the Zagreb Music Academy.


Pendulum Ensemble
February 26, 3pm
$20

Jane Wood, piano, Kimberley Pritchard, accordion, Ilana Waniuk, violin, Adam Scime, double bass, Wesley Shen, piano, eldritch Priest, electric guitar, Katherine Watson, flute, Hiroki Tsurumoto, clarinet.

Program:

Adam Scime - after the rioT for flute, piano & bass
Engram Knots - autonomic pulchritude for electric guitar & exteriorized nervous system
Christopher Butterfield - Pastorale for violin, accordion, piano & bass
Anna Höstman - Allemain for solo piano
Josef Hauer - Zwölftonspiele for violin, accordion, 2 pianos & bass
David Cecchetto - Sessile Blur for keyboard & electronics
Hiroki Tsurumoto - Code Thumbnails 5 for clarinet, violin, accordion, piano & bas

Biographies

Fiona Jane Wood is a Toronto-based pianist in demand both as a solo and collaborative artist. Ms. Wood champions both the standard and contemporary repertoire and enjoys collaborating with new and exciting composers. She holds degrees from McGill University, University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School and is also an examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has recently given solo recitals at the McMichael Gallery of Ontario as well as the Arts and Letters club of Toronto. Ms. Wood has performed at the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts here in Toronto in addition to numerous recital halls across North America. She combines her love of performing with teaching and maintains a private studio. She lives with her husband, her baby son and her English springer spaniel in the Beach.


Violinist Ilana Waniuk received a Performers Certificate from Northern Illinois University where she studied with Blaise Magniere, and Marie Wang of the Avalon String Quartet. She completed her Masters degree in performance at the University of Ottawa studying with David Stewart, and received her undergraduate degree in performance and a diploma in chamber music from Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied with Jeremy Bell and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet. In addition, Ilana has attended several summer workshops and festivals in Canada, the USA, and Italy which have provided her with the opportunity to study with members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cavani, and Orford string quartets.

In 2002 as a participant in the NUMUS Pan-Am Chamber Competition Ilana’s chamber ensemble the TEDUWA piano trio was the recipient of the Audience Award sponsored by the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and the Canadian Music Center Award for best performance of a Canadian work. Ilana is passionate about contemporary chamber music which has led her to co-found The Thin Edge New Music Collective with pianist Cheryl Duvall. She has also performed with Ensemble Dal Niente in Chicago and has freelanced with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Gatineau Symphony, and Ottawa Symphony Orchestras.

Canadian concert accordionist Kimberley Pritchard has graced the stages through North America and Europe with her "virtuoso performance" (Exclaim! Magazine). Kimberley studied under the great Joseph Macerollo and has now carved out her own distinguished career as a solo and chamber instrumentalist. Recent performances include Remembrance - Music Concert, Toronto Music Garden, Continuum New Music, Queen of Puddings Musical Theatre, indie-pop-rock band The Lollipop People, "Blind Date" by Rebecca Northan at Harbourfront Centre for World Stage. Kimberley can regularly be heard celebrating the accordion in all it can do; from the wild to the wonderful; from Bach to Queen, and anything and everything in between. 



eldritch Priest is a composer and musician. He also writes about contemporary culture, experimental art, and nonsense.  


Katherine Watson is currently completing her Artist’s Diploma Program at the The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory for flute, studying with Leslie Newman. She performs with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, many chamber music groups, and is high in demand to perform in student composer concerts at U of T and also with composer collective The Toy Piano Composers. Just recently, Katherine and fellow GGS flautist Alheli Pimienta have begun a free concert series at the RCM, their most recent concert featuring the flute music of American composers. In the past four years, Katherine has performed with the U of T Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and the Sir Ernest McMillian Chainsaw Gang. She has recorded for local filmmakers Andrew Cividio and J. Adam Brown, musician Emilie Mover and funk band Jay Spectre. Katherine teaches both flute and piano privately in the Toronto area. She is the recipient of the 2011 Bobcaygeon Music Council Bursary. 



Wesley Shen received his Bachelor of Music from the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, where he continues to pursue studies in performance. He is exploring all periods and styles of music, but has a strong passion for contemporary and new music. He primarily works on piano (and toy piano), but also studies harpsichord and percussion. He actively performs as a soloist, accompanist as well as in chamber and orchestral ensembles, including recently participating in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in the Summer 2011, and performing in Charles Wuorinen's Percussion Symphony with New Music Concerts.



Born in Vancouver, composer Christopher Butterfield received his earliest musical training as a chorister in King’s College Choir, Cambridge (UK). He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, and with Bülent Arel at SUNY Stony Brook. He lived in Toronto from 1977 to 1992, where he played in the rock band Klo, made performance art, conducted and sang.

His most recent work includes Bosquet, a spatial work for 22 flutes and ‘cello commissioned by Montreal’s Ensemble Alizé; Stall, a site-specific work for public washrooms commissioned by improvising singers DB Boyko and Christine Duncan; Trip, a string quartet written for the Quatuor Bozzini; settings of Jacques Prévert’s 1947 childrens’ stories Contes pour enfants pas sages, for Toronto’s Continuum Ensemble; Madame Wu said…, a projected three-day piece for piano trio; Triple Expansion for orchestra, commissioned by the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra; and Les Paradis Perdus, music for voice and tape to accompany a choreography by Laurence Lemieux.

He has written an opera, Zurich 1916, which was produced at the Banff Festival in 1998; Convoy PQ17, a ballet score for chorus and orchestra that premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2001, and many chamber works. In 1996/97 he performed Kurt Schwitters’ sound poem Ursonata many times on tour in Europe and the United States with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Butterfield’s music has been played across Canada, as well as in Finland, Slovakia, Poland, and France, and is recorded on the Artifact and CBC labels. He teaches in the School of Music and the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria, BC.


Adam Scime (b.1982) is a young composer living in Toronto. Adam has received several performances by Canadian and International professional soloists and ensembles. Recently, Adam was selected to participate in the Chrysalis Composers Workshop with the Continuum Contemporary Ensemble, during which his piece Fixity was performed under the baton of Christopher Butterfield. In the summer of 2010, it was announced that Adam’s piece Vagues, a Prelude for Piano and Electronics was selected as the winning composition for the Electro-Acoustic Composers Competition hosted by acclaimed American pianist Keith Kirchoff. Subsequently Mr. Kirchoff performed Vagues as part of his 2011 North American Tour. In January of 2011, renowned Canadian soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson premiered Adam’s Concerto for Bassoon, Electronics, and Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2011, Adam participated in the National Arts Centre Composer Training Program with Colin Mathews. Adam was also appointed Composer in residence with the GamUT contemporary ensemble for the 2010/2011 concert season, a residency that saw the commissioning of two new works, and one new installation.

In March of 2011, New Music Concerts premiered Adam’s new trio, After the rioT, for Flute, Double Bass, and Piano for a concert celebrating the music of Jonathan Harvey. In the spring of 2011, Adam was selected by The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop to write a piece for a concert commemorating the passing of Canadian composer Ann Southam. Future projects include a commission from The Jumblies Theatre Company for Soprano, Cello, Choir, and Electronics, and a large chamber work commissioned by New Music Concerts for the 2011/2012 concert season.

Adam is continually seeking new ways to become involved in the local new music community. He recently created his own concert series in Toronto as a vehicle to promote the creation and performance of new Canadian electro-acoustic works. In addition to his activities as a composer, Adam also performs as a pianist and double bassist. Interesting performance projects have included Toronto's 2009 Nuit Blanche Arts Festival, during which Adam performed under music director Brian Current for a performance of James Tenney's installation piece In a Large Open Space. In December of 2011, Adam performed double bass in Juliet Palmer’s massive theatre creation, Like an Old Tale. This January, Adam will travel to China with the Ontario Festival Orchestra on a tour of six cities over a two week period.

Adam is currently studying with Gary Kulesha at the University of Toronto where he has been awarded a full fellowship to study as a Doctoral student in composition. Previous to his current position at U of T, Adam studied composition at The University of Western Ontario, where his teachers included Peter Paul Koprowski and Paul Frehner. Adam has also received private lessons with renowned composers Vinko Globokar, Osvaldo Golijov, Chen Yi, and Cornelius Schwehr.


David Cecchetto is a practicing non-musician. Persistently wagging dogs, Cecchetto's musical tails have been described as "obstinate and translated." Less generous critics might remark that his music has been performed in Canada, Russia, Mexico, the UK, and the USA, but no such critics have yet perched themselves on his tenebrous creative output. When not not-practicing, Cecchetto adds and removes quotation marks to the terms (")teaching,(") (")writing,(") and (")researching(") in the context of his empoyment at OCAD University.


In addition to his vocation as a composer, Engram Knots writes fiction and essays concerning such topics as black market chess, Forteana, and Magic 8-Ball theory. Currently Knots is exploring how certain occult practices can be realized in musical terms (and vice versa of course).


Toronto-based composer, Hiroki Tsurumoto studied Economics at Chuo University in Tokyo and Music Composition at the City University of New York and University of Toronto. His composition teachers include Amnon Wolman, Tania Leon, Ka Nin Chan, and James Rolfe. He has participated in music festivals and workshops including Acanthes-IRCAM (France), Aventa Composers Workshop (Victoria), Continuum Workshop (Toronto), International Workshop for Young Composers (Latvia), ISCM World New Music Days (Australia), and Ostrava Days (Czech Republic).


Anna Höstman’s works have been performed across Canada and in Italy, the U.S., England, Mexico, China and Russia. Recent performances include: Emily’s Piece, a 25-minute work for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra based on a quartet of mid-1930’s paintings by Emily Carr, Slanted Birds for string quartet (Quatuor Bozzini, Montréal), Vertical Studies for flute, piano, violin and video (Pendulum Ensemble, Toronto), and Pine Trees & Blue Sky for small ensemble (Beijing, and Victoria, BC). This latter piece has been chosen as one of six works representing Canada in World Music Days taking place in 2013 in Košice, Bratislava and Vienna.

From 2005-8, Anna was the resident composer of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra during which time five new pieces for orchestra were premiered as well as her opera What Time is it Now? with a libretto by the late poet and painter P.K. Page.

Currently, Anna is in the doctoral program at the University of Toronto where she is writing on the chamber works of Toronto-based composer Martin Arnold. She has studied composition with Christopher Butterfield, James Rolfe, Gary Kulesha, Gordon Mumma and John Celona.



Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt on an encounter with Josef Matthias Hauer in his old age: The impression was bizarre enough. The inner balcony, the ‘Pawlatsche’ – as it is called in Vienna – continued around the courtyard of an old Josefstadt house. Chickens were making noise below, dry wash was fluttering in the June breeze. I knocked at a white door. It opened, and before me there stood an old Chinese sage in his long nightshirt. It was Hauer. He had a white Vandyke beard. ‘I’ve already been waiting quite a while for you’, he said without any surprise. Then he asked me in, got back into bed, and spoke with deep bitterness about Thomas Mann, Darmstadt and Theodor Adorno. With every word it became clearer to me that here the excess pressure of a volcano brought to the point of eruption by increasing isolation was venting itself. But the strangeness of this man had traces of prophecy about it… The compositions that he showed me were very similar. They all began with the major 7th chord, usually with b flat-d-f-a, and also concluded with it. Most of the pieces were piano duets or string quartets. ‘Do take it with you if you want to read it’, Hauer said. I did not want to take the responsibility upon myself. ‘What do you mean?’, he wanted to know. ‘When you’ve read it, just throw it away. I write something new every day.’ So I took the little bundle of these curious scores along with me.

Starting 1939 Hauer titled all his works “Zwölftonspiele”. There was a famous dispute between Arnold Schönberg and Hauer on the origin of twelve-tone music, which both claimed to have invented. In the beginning Hauer numbered his compositions, but later just attached a date to them.

Hauer claimed to have nothing to say. He wanted to keep personal influences away from his compositions. He used chance operations to get a material to start working with, and had friends suggest a row to him, which he submitted to his unchanging laws. — Ingvar Loco Nordin


ADVENTURES: TORONTO
Saturday February 25 at 8 pm
$25; $15 Students

Marta Herman, mezzo soprano; The Ton Beau String Quartet (Alex McLeod, viola; Linnea Thacker, violin; Alexa Wilks, violin; Sarah Steeves, cello); Maika'i Nash, pianist

Adventures is an exciting new collaboration between "utterly winning" (Opera Canada) mezzo soprano Marta Herman, the up-and-coming Ton Beau String Quartet and award-winning pianist Maika'i Nash. These fearless, compelling artists have created a program featuring works by Canadian composers with strong ties to Toronto. Adventures: Toronto features Christos Hatzis' Sappho Songs for voice and chamber ensemble, a string quartet by Kevin Lau, and works by other local composers. Adventures: Toronto showcases the lyrical side of contemporary, while not shying away from the adventurous and surprising.

Marta Herman:

Called “engrossing, utterly winning and stylish” by Opera Canada magazine, mezzo soprano Marta Herman is a recent young artist graduate of the University of Toronto’s Opera School with an already notable list of accomplishments in the performance of new music and opera. In 2011/12, Marta will appear in a principal role in the Luminato Festival's new opera The Legend of Laura Secord, give concerts and recitals with renowned contemporary music centre The Music Gallery, Tapestry New Opera, The Hart House Sunday Concert Series, Nocturnes in the City, Kindred Spirits Orchestra, and the Toy Piano Composers' Collective. Marta will also perform as a soloist with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto as a Sidgwick Young Artist. Marta's operatic roles include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Hansel (Hansel und Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). Marta has performed with the Aldeburgh Connection, Guelph Symphony, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra, gamUT New Music Ensemble, and Harbourfront Summer Music, among others. Marta is the recipient of awards from the Riccardo Zandonai International Competition, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, and the Canadian Operatic Volunteers Committee.  More information at martaherman.com

The Ton Beau Quartet:

Founded in 2010, the Ton Beau Quartet has presented music throughout the University of Toronto community through performances at the Art Centre, Multi-Faith Centre, and the Faculty of Music’s own New Music Festival. Beyond the university, the Ton Beau Quartet has performed at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Merriam School of Music and as part of the Health Arts Society of Ontario’s ArtsWay series.  They have worked with members of the Ebène, Miami, Orford, Prazak, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets. During the 2011 summer season, they performed at Wilfrid Laurier University’s QuartetFest, the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar at Stanford University and the Harbourfront Centre’s Summer Music in the Garden series. In February 2012, they have been invited to undertake a residency program at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts. More at www.tonbeauquartet.com

Maika'i Nash:

Hawaiian pianist Maika’i Nash is quickly establishing himself in the world of voice and opera. Previously a vocal coach and accompanist at McGill University, he now coaches at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music and collaborates with a number of young singers throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Maika’i has also performed in a number of renowned masterclass series with artists such as: Barbara Bonney, Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Wolfram Rieger, Robert Holl, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Wolfgang Holzmair, Wendy Nielsen, Laura Claycomb & Denise Massé.

Since arriving in Montréal in 2005, Maika’i has performed, directed & coached with a number of groups. He is a graduate of the Schubert Institute in Austria concentrating on Lieder and the art of the musical duo and has recently performed in Italy as a part of the COSI Opera Festival in Sulmona. He was the touring musical director for a 20-city tour with Jeunesses Musicales’ opera , L’elisir d’amore in the Fall of 2010. Maika’i has also worked as a vocal coach and pianist for shows at the Saidye Bronfman Theatre and has collaborated with the Savoy Society of McGill as a music director, coach and accompanist. He is frequently engaged with other organizations throughout the city and has collaborated & recorded with renowned singers such as Quinn Kelsey, Marjorie Owens, Julie Daoust, Philippe Sly, & Dion Mazerolle.

Maika’i was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony at the age of 11 and performed with them on numerous other occasions. He has been a regular guest on Honolulu’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate and was a representative for the United States in a Japan/China/U.S. performance tour.

After spending his younger years in piano performance at the University of Hawaii, he moved to Seattle and opened a highly successful music school with well over 400 students and 11 teachers at its zenith. He continued to perform throughout the Puget Sound region before finally choosing to move to Montréal to pursue further work in vocal coaching and performance at McGill University with Michael McMahon.

Maika’i has been an award, scholarship & prize winner for many organizations and competitions including: McGill University, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra Competition, Orford Centre for the Arts, Canada Millennium Scholarship, Explore Bursary, Honolulu Community Arts Council, Morning Music Club, University of Hawaii, Exchange Club of Hawaii Scholarship, among others. He is a grant recipient from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Quebec Conseil des Arts et des lettres.


OUTRE-MANCHE
CARLA HUHTANEN, soprano and ADAM SHERKIN, piano

Sunday February 19 at 7 pm
Tickets $25; students $15

Soprano Carla Huhtanen joins forces with pianist Adam Sherkin in a programme of new songs and solos from modern-day France and Britain. OUTRE-MANCHE, ”across the channel,” explores the current musical trends and creative personalities of both countries: each radically different and yet oddly akin to one another. This concert presents music by English composers Thomas Adès, Oliver Knussen and Martin Butler. French composers here include Pascal Dusapin, Christophe Bertrand and Bruno Mantovani. Anthony Thompson (clarinet) will also perform.

Biography - Carla Huhtanen, soprano

From early to modern repertoire, Carla has performed with Grand Teatro La Fenice, BBC Concert Orchestra, festival d’Aix, Opera Atelier and Garsington Opera in roles such as Fairy Queen (Purcell), Susanna and Blonde (Mozart), Angelica (Handel), Tytania (Britten), and Cunegonde (Bernstein). She has been praised for her “vivid, fine-toned, accurately placed coloratura” (Independent), and her “clarity of tone and smoothness of line…matched only by her exquisite acting” (Opera Now).  Much in demand as an interpreter of contemporary music, she has performed the work of Saariaho, Salonen, Leroux Scelsi and Crumb, and numerous premieres of Canadian and American works (most recently Omar Daniel’s Mehetapja with New Music Concerts, and Sokolovic’s opera Svadba with Queen of Puddings). Upcoming engagements include Lully’sArmide at the Royal Theatre of Versailles, and a new cycle by Brian Harman and David Brock with Canadian Art Song Projects on March 6.

Biography - Adam Sherkin

Composer and pianist Adam Sherkin is a dynamic and versatile musician who commands a multi-dimensional approach to performance and composition.  A native of Toronto, Adam graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. His works have been premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, The Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Adam has appeared in performance at the Four Seasons Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. Adam is an associate of the CMC and is to release his debut recording on the Centrediscs label in 2012.

www.adamsherkin.com 


c_RL in concert
Saturday February 18, 2012 at 8:00PM
$20; $15 – Seniors; $10 – Students

c_RL is a new improvising trio that features three of Toronto’s most innovative performer/composers: Allison Cameron, electronics/found objects/keyboards, Germaine Liu, percussion and Nicole Rampersaud, trumpet. The trio has performed at Somewhere There, The Tranzac and Lab Space’s Hot Soup multi-disciplinary series. More recently they were featured artists at the Tone Deaf Festival in Kingston where they performed with Malcolm Goldstein. They also opened for Friendly Rich at The Cameron House in January 2012.

c_RL has a mutual interest in the varied sonic palettes of trumpet, percussion and electronics. Our exploratory approach to timbre, gesture and ‘found sounds’ has quickly become a trademark of our colourful sonic world. Although c_RL is primarily an improvising trio, we are also interested in structural approaches to composition such as in deconstructing and re-inventing the jazz standard repertoire - thinking of such radical departures as Derek Bailey or even Ran Blake – and exploring the world of graphic notation.

In 2011, c_RL received a recording grant from the Ontario Arts Council Popular Music program to produce a CD of their original work.

Bios

Allison Cameron

Allison Cameron performs improvised music and creates sound environments using Casio saxophone/Casio SK sampling keyboards/ukulele/banjo/Honeytone mini amplifiers/radios/a desktop theremin/drum machine/crackle box/cassette tapes/miscellaneous objects and toys amplified with a variety of contact mics/a variety of pedals and piano.

Since 2000, she has performed improvised music at The Rat-drifting loft series, the Victory Café, the Rhino, Mike Hansen’s studio, The Music Gallery, The Tranzac, Somewhere There, Music (in) Galleries, AIM-Toronto’s Interface and Now Series’, Gladstone Art Bar, the Guelph Jazz and 416 Festivals, the Goethe Institute, and with many of Toronto’s finest improvisers including Pete Johnson, Eric Chenaux, Ryan Driver, Doug Tielli, Stephen Parkinson, Christine Duncan, John Oswald, Joe Sorbara, Ken Aldcroft, Tania Gill, Nicole Rampersaud, Scott Thomson, Thom Gill, Mike Hansen, Steve Ward, Germaine Liu and sound artist Nobuo Kubota.

She recently performed at The Stone in New York City where she was a guest artist of the XI label festival.

Allison also performs in the groups: cRL (improv trio with Germaine Liu and Nicole Rampersaud), and is the founder of the Allison Cameron Band with fellow musicians Eric Chenaux and Stephen Parkinson for which she writes all of the music.

Nicole Rampersaud

Critics and musicians alike have called Trumpeter and Composer Nicole Rampersaud “impressive”, “thoroughly engaging” (The Live Music Report) and as having “the chops and ideas to make some serious noise” (Taylor Ho-Bynum). Her commitment to doing justice to any musical situation is earning her a reputation as an important and versatile voice in the improvised music scene in Toronto and abroad.

In addition to being heavily involved in the Toronto scene, Nicole continues to be an in demand performer in cities across Canada and the United States. She has performed with some of today’s leading artists including: Anthony Braxton, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Evan Parker, Django Bates, Dave Holland, Uri Caine, Jeff Coffin and Joe Morris. She has recorded and collaborated extensively with Rakalam Bob Moses, the latest of which has been released on the Sunnyside Records label.

Nicole’s Quintet was invited to perform a set of new compositions at the Festival of New Trumpet Music, where she was also a part of the New York premiere of Anthony Braxton’s Composition #103 for Seven Choreographed and Costumed Trumpets, with Mr. Braxton conducting. She has since performed the piece with Mr. Braxton at the Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia. Nicole also performed with Braxton as a member of the AIMToronto Orchestra at the Guelph Jazz Festival. The performance was documented and recently released on Spool Records.

Born and raised in Toronto, Nicole holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program. Upon graduating from the University, Nicole was offered a scholarship to continue her studies at the New England Conservatory, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies. While at the Conservatory, Nicole studied with Danilo Perez, John McNeil, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Morris, Herb Pomeroy, Joe Maneri, and Bob Moses. She also studied composition with Michael Gandolfi and Ken Schaphorst.

Today, Nicole maintains a busy performance schedule as a leader and side person. She continues to perform with the AIMToronto Orchestra, is a co-curator for the weekly Leftover Daylight Series, and is the newest board member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto.

Germaine Liu

Germaine Liu is a Toronto-based percussionist and composer. Her musical interests primarily involve collaborative improvisation and composition informed by sonic and gestural connections, as well as by the sense of touch and movement. Her recent work focuses on exploring the sounds inherent in the materials and the space that she works with. As a percussionist, Liu has performed as a soloist and with many wonderful musicians from Toronto. She has participated in the Sound Travels Festival, Supermusique, X-Avant ­festival, soundaXis festival, Music(in)Galleries, NUMUS, and AIMToronto’s Leftover Daylight and Interface Series. She performs regularly in a number of Toronto-based ensembles, including the AIMToronto Orchestra, CRL, Wet Dog’s Dream Dance, Open House, Octopus, and RedWireArchAngel. Liu holds an undergraduate degree in music from the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in music composition at York University in Toronto.


LES AMIS CONCERTS: SOLO PIANO, DUO PIANO, FLUTE
Tuesday February 14 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


Marianna Humetska, Piano Erika Crinó, Piano Kaili Maimets, Flute

PROGRAMME

Chan Ka Nin (Canada) - Majestic Flair (1987) for piano solo
Vast
Phantasmagoria
Paolo Rotili (Italia) - ...e nel tempo si disperdre for flute solo*
Laura Manolache (Romania) - Irizari (Irisations) for piano four hands*
Ivana Stefanovic (Serbia) - For Left Hand Only (1998) - Clocks, Time (2003) for piano solo*
Doina Rotaru (Romania) - Mithya I for flute solo*
Carmen Maria Cârneci (Romania) - «Lichtung2» (2011) for two pianos*
Volodymyr Runchak (Ukraine) - Homo Ludens for piano solo*
Michael Pepa (Canada) - duello per venti dita (2010) for two pianos
arioso-cantabile
duello-variacione
tan-go

* Canadian Premiere

Pianist Marianna Humetska www.myspace.com/mariannahumetska is a winner of numerous prizes and diplomas in international competitions, among which include the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians and Diaghilev Competition in Moscow, “Virtuosos of the Year 2000” Competition in St. Petersburg, Dvarionas Competition in Vilnius, and the Honens Competition in Calgary. Ms. Humetska is also a winner of the “Galaxie” Rising Stars Award of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the “Debut” Young Artists Auditions, and the Marusia Yaworska Award from the University of Ottawa.

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Humetska holds a Diploma with Honours from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, and a Masters Degree from the Lviv Music Academy. Marianna Humetska regularly concertizes in some of the world’s prestigious music festivals, which have included the Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Rheingau Festival (Germany), Tibor Varga Festival (Switzerland), Music at the Institute in New York (USA), Music Biennale Zagreb (Croatia), Niagara International Music Festival (Canada), Szymanowski Quartet and Friends, Kyiv Music Fest, Festival of Contemporary Music “Contrasts”, “Virtuosos”, Chamber Music Sessions, and Bach-Fest (Ukraine).

Ms. Humetska has also performed in some of the world’s most celebrated concert halls: the Great Hall and Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Steinway Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Field Church in London, Kasinosaal in Wiesbaden, George Enescu Hall in Bucharest, Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Chapelle Historique in Montreal, Ukrainian Institute in New York and Chicago.

Her performances with orchestras have included concerts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, London Soloists, Russian National Orchestra, Festival Orchestra of the Banff Art Center, Orchestra of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (Canada), Banatul Filarmonica Timisoara (Romania), Geminiani Orchestra (Italy), Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lugansk Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine).

In addition to her solo and orchestra performances, Ms. Humetska is also very much in demand as a chamber musician and collaborative artist. Marianna Humetska has collaborated with artists such as Victoria Loukianetz, Jovan Kolundjia, Jeffrey Solow, Thomas Sanderling, Gary Kulesha, Volodymyr Sirenko, Simon Streatfield, Shauna Rolston, Lynn Kuo, Rachel Mercer, Lori Freedman, Martin Owen, Joseph Macerollo, Miriam Konzen, Joaquin Valdepenas, Mark Skazinetsky, Aviv String Quartet, Tokai String Quartet, and Penderecki Quartet, among others.

Italian pianist Erika Crinó www.stregamusic.com/ is very active both as a chamber musician and a soloist. Several of her performances have been featured on CBC Radio both as a soloist, as winner of the Debut Series, and in chamber music settings, collaborating with percussionist Salvador Ferreras, clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Brett Kingsbury, and, more recently, in a performance of Jocelyn Morlock's "Involuntary Love Songs", with soprano Vania Chan, winner of the special prize at the Eckhard-Gramatté Competition.

Since her move to Toronto, Erika has been regularly heard in several important venues, among which, the Glenn Gould Studio, where she performed and recorded Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Robert Silverman and Brett Kingsbury, and the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch, the historical Massey Hall directed by William Shookoff, Heliconian Hall, Gallery 345, and the University of Toronto. In 2006 she co-founded Trio sTREga, a Trio dedicated to contemporary music with whom she toured western Canada and made several concerts in Italy. Erika is currently faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory and at the Koffler Centre for the Arts where she is also music coordinator.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory of her own town, Trieste, and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia.

Flutist Kaili Maimets www.kailimaimets.com has been described as “a consummate professional and an inspiring musician” by Canadian conductor Alain Trudel. Kaili’s performances have taken her across Canada from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, to Banff, Alberta. She performed with Youth Orchestra of the Americas in the summer of 2010, which toured South America, performing in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, as well as a separate tour to the Dominican Republic in October 2010. She has also performed with orchestras such as National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Scotia Festival Orchestra, and Banff Festival Orchestra. Many of her orchestral performances have been recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio, including the Scotia Festival of Music’s 30th Anniversary Gala Concert in June 2009.

Kaili completed her Masters of Music in Orchestral Performance from McGill University in December 2009, under the mentorship of the Associate Principal Flute of Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Denis Bluteau. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Toronto in June 2008, where she studied with Nora Shulman, Principal Flutist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She also received her A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada earning the top honour, the Gold Medal for Woodwinds in November 2007.

Kaili has participated in many summer music festivals and masterclass programs across Canada and Britain. She has studied with flutists William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser, Peter Lloyd, Paul Edmund-Davies, Robert Langevin, Emmanuel Pahud, Mathieu Dufour, Tara Helen O’connor, and Carol Wincenc.

Kaili performs regularly in Toronto with various ensembles and orchestras, at Roy Thompson Hall, Gallery 345, Heliconian Club, Christ Church Deer Park, and University of Toronto’s Walter Hall. She has also performed in Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, and Montreal’s Place des Arts.

Kaili is dedicated to performing new music. She has premiered and recorded works of Toronto composers. Two of her own compositions, Wind, and Silence of the Birds, have been performed in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre and Glenn Gould Studio respectively. Wind was broadcast on CBC Radio, performed by the prestigious chamber ensemble, the Gryphon Trio.

Teaching flute is an important part in Kaili’s life. She is currently teaching at the Bishop Strachan School for Girls, Toronto French School, and has previously coached the flute choir at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. She also has a private studio.


EDGES: COMPROVISED
EDGES in concert

Saturday February 11, 2012 – Concert at 8:00PM
$20; $15 – Seniors; $10 – Students

PROGRAMME
Allison Cameron (CA), D.I.Y Fly
Peter Wiegold (UK), towards that sea-lit sky - North American Premiere
Ann Southam (CA), Thruways
Sandro Manzon (CA), Tangram - World Premiere
Christian Wolff (UK), Edges

Band info:

Edges specializes in performing music composed using unconventional methods of notation. Most of these unconventional alternatives leave room for improvisation and creative realization of pre-composed musical material. This concert, COMPROVISED, will feature vastly different constructs of new musical aesthetics including works by international and Canadian composers like Ann Southam, Allison Cameron, Peter Wiegold, Sandro Manzon, and more. There will two premieres in this concert.

Allison Cameron

Allison Cameron is a composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and North America; she is also active as an experimental performer. Ms. Cameron studied with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk, Per Nørgård, Frederic Rzewski and Walter Zimmerman in Europe, and Rudolf Komorous, Michael Longton, David Mott and James Tenney in Canada. Her works have been performed at numerous festivals, including Bang on a Can (New York), Emerging Voices (San Diego), Evenings of New Music (Bratislava), the Festival SuperMicMac (Montréal), the Newfoundland Sound Symposium, New Music across America, and the Rumori Dagen (Amsterdam) as well as several in Toronto. Allison is also a member of the Association of Improvising Musicians of Toronto (AIMT) and since 2000 has been performing on small amplified objects in collaboration with Eric Chenaux, Rob Clutton, Ryan Driver, Stephen Parkinson, Gert Jan Prins, Mike Hansen, Mauro Savo, Ken Aldcroft, Joe Sorbara, Wilbert de Joode, and Doug Tielli among others.

Joe Sorbara

Joe is a highly inventive drummer and percussionist with a penchant for coaxing music out of practically anything. Joe's drumkit is regularly augmented with found and prepared material that ensures that the sounds at his ready disposal are practically orchestral in scope. He combines these skills with an extraordinary time-feel that makes him one of the most swinging drummers in Canada when the music demands it of him. Joe leads Other Foot First, a 'seven-or-more-tet' that is the primary outlet for his inventive compositions. Elsewhere, Joe plays in the Remnants Trio, Ken Aldcroft's Convergence Ensemble, and the AIMToronto Orchestra. He is also a stalwart creative music organizer, a founding Board member of AIMToronto, a member of the Somewhere There collective, and has been the director of the weekly Leftover Daylight Series since its inception in 2003.

Sandro Manzon

Sandro Manzon is a young composer/pianist/improviser currently living in Southern Ontario. His compositions are generally contemporary chamber/ensemble music. He has a particular interest in alternative methods of music notation and controlled improvisation. Recently, his orchestral music reflects idioms of both contemporary and popular music styles. He is also currently practicing composing music for turntables as an orchestral instrument or used in an orchestral setting. He has studied composition with some notable composers such as Allison Cameron (CA), Peter Wiegold (UK), Peter Hatch (CA), Graham Flett (UK), James Harley (CA). He has attended composition lectures by Krzysztof Penderecki. Sandro is currently the pianist/composer for Gerard Yun’s Dark Horse Ensemble. He is also the founding member of the ensemble ‘Edges’ who plays new works using unconventional methods of notating music and made their debut at the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Kathryn Ladano

Kathryn Ladano MMus is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad.  Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. In 2004, Kathryn was a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant which allowed her to study with Lori Freedman in Montréal. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclass from world renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prevost. Kathryn has also studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer.

Kourosh Ghamsari-Esfahani

Kourosh Ghamsari-Esfahani was born in Iran and immigrated with his family to Canada in 2000, eventually settling down in Waterloo, Ontario. He started playing the violin at the age of 11: first in a public school strings program, then in private lessons with Tatiana Kostour. He is now in his fourth year of the music program at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in Performance and Composition/Improvisation. He has studied with members of the Penderecki String Quartet, primarily Jerzy Kaplanek. His composition teachers include Glenn Buhr, Peter Hatch and Linda Catlin Smith.


 

TOKAI STRING QUARTET
Amanda Goodburn, violin, Csaba Koczo, violin,
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello, Yosef Tamir-Smirnoff, viola

Monday February 6 at 8 pm
All Tickets $20

The Tokai  will perform  Mendelsohn’s last String Quartet which he wrote in memory of his beloved sister Fanny.  The highly emotional piece is accompanied by Mozart’s last quartet which he wrote for the Prince of Prussia who was an avid amateur cellist. Of the second movement A Einstein said: “It seems to mingle the bliss and sorrow of a farewell to life. How beautiful life has been! How sad! How brief!” And on that note we have Shostakovich’s shortest quartet which was also written in memory of a beloved. He dedicated this work to his first wife Nina. It is a compact work, lasting a mere thirteen minutes, but it covers a much broader expanse than its brevity might initially suggest.

Program:
Mozart String Quartet in F major ‘Prussian’ K.590
Shostakovich 7th Quartet in F-sharp minor
Mendelssohn String Quartet in F minor Op 80

TOKAI STRING QUARTET
Praised for their “emotional investment” and “decisive” interpretations (Toronto Star) and “intense” and “hot-blooded” performances (Globe and Mail), the Tokai Quartet is one of Canada’s leading string quartets. In September 2007, the quartet became prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the first Canadian group to do so since 1992. The vibrancy that this exciting young ensemble brings to their performances is gaining them enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and has earned the Tokai Quartet a growing demand for performances at concert series across the country.

The Tokai Quartet had its beginnings in 2002 at the University of Toronto where the Quartet benefited from the guidance of the late Lorand Fenyves. The members of the St. Lawrence Quartet have also been significant mentors to the Tokai Quartet, their Summer Music Seminars at Stanford University being a source of inspiration and instruction. The Tokai Quartet has also studied with the Emerson, Ying, Orion, and Leipzig Quartets, with Scott St. John and with Henk Guittart of the Schoenberg Quartet, Mayumi Seiler, Terence Helmer, Ian Swensen, and Roberto Diaz.

The commitment and generosity of their teachers is passed on by the Tokai Quartet in their own flourishing teaching career, which began at the University of Toronto when the Quartet was invited back to give masterclasses. The Tokai Quartet has been ensemble-in-residence at Queen’s University in Kingston, the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, and Music at Port Milford, where intensive schedules saw them coaching numerous ensembles, giving masterclasses and performing. In 2010 they participated in the SLSQ Emerging String Quartet Program performing and teaching at the Stanford University as well as participating in outreach activities at numerous schools and other venues.

Audiences have seen the Tokai Quartet perform across Canada at various music festivals including The Toronto Summer Music Festival the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, The Concerts aux Îles du Bic Chamber Music Festival in Quebec. They also performed an extensive concert tour of Atlantic Canada in March 2007 awarded by Debut Atlantic.

The accomplishments of this gifted ensemble have earned the Tokai Quartet some impressive accolades. In 2003 they were recipients of the Felix Galimir Award and the following year the Tokai Quartet went on to receive the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award, which has facilitated their participation in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Stanford Summer Music Festival. They were further distinguished by the award of a Debut concert presented by the Frederick Gaviller Music Foundation, which took place in April 2005.  The Quartet was a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant in support of their multimedia children’s production of the Snow Queen, with award winning actor Alon Nashman. This production was nominated for a Dora award, and has been presented in Banff and also in Toronto for three consecutive years.


 

WARHOL DERVISH
Friday Febuary 3 at 8pm
$20


Program

Brahms Horn trio
Mozart's Kegestat trio, in versions for violin, viola and piano, with duos by Martinu, Bartok, and Berio.

Pemi Paul



A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, Pemi Paull is a true 21st century artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal. He appeared as soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in the premiere of "Debacle", by Denis Dion, as well as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and was the recipient of the 2002 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award for Chamber Music. Pemi has been invited as a regular participant at Prussia Cove Chamber Music Festival in Cornwall, England, and Domaine Forget International Chamber Music Festival.

Pemi's activities have brought him to the forefront of Montreal's contemporary music world. He is a member of three important new music ensembles in Montreal, Bradyworks, Ensemble Kore, and SMCQ. In addition, Pemi has premiered works for viola by composers including Scott Godin, Andre Ristic, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle, and Tim Brady. He gave the Canadian premiere of "Prologue", for viola and electronic resonator, by French composer Gerard Grisey. Francois Tousignant, of Montreal's Le Devoir, wrote of the performance, "...Voila une maniere differente d'user de la 'monodie' d'autant plus convainquante que l'interprete, totalement engage, en fait resortir tout l'art inspire et inspirant". An avid recitalist, Pemi has been gaining a reputation as one of the few violists in the world to present, with growing frequency and critical acclaim, full programs of unaccompanied repertoire for viola, spanning three centuries, from Biber to works newly commissioned for him.

In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom he has recorded four discs for Analekta, winning a Juno in the process. He also appears regularly with Ensemble Arion, and Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music.

Previously a long term resident at The Banff Centre, during the 2008 and 2010 winter residencies, Pemi plays on a viola built in 1789 by the Parisian luthier and Jacobin revolutionary, Leopold Renaudin.

Katelyn Clarke



Canadian harpsichordist Katelyn Clark specialises in the performance of historical repertoire and experimental music on early keyboard instruments. As a soloist and ensemble musician, she has performed across Europe, the USA, and Canada, and has appeared at such diverse festivals as the Vancouver New Music Festival and the Festival Medieval d'Elx.? Katelyn is a founding member of both the Montréal-based Contemporary Keyboard Society, and of the period ensemble Les Amusements de la Chambre, which specialises in 18th- and 19th century repertoire for keyboard and strings. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Katelyn studied with Bob van Asperen at the Amsterdam Conservatory and holds a doctorate in performance studies from McGill University. Her artistic practice has been generously supported by Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, The Banff Centre, the Early Music Society of the Islands, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

John Corban

Violinist, John Corban, is a musician committed to bringing music of all kinds, to a
wide variety of audiences and circumstances. This approach evolved out of his deep love of music but also reflects the musical diversity of his surroundings and collaborations.

He has performed with many ensembles throughout Montreal and abroad, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and plays regularly with Toronto's baroque ensemble, the Classical Music Consort, as well as performing in festivals such as Mutek, Pop Montreal, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance in New York, the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg and the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Germany.

John has a keen interest in exploring and performing new works. A member of Ensemble KORE and la Societé de Musique Contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), he is a founding member of the Warhol Dervish collective and has worked on many occasions with Montreal composer, Ben Shemie.

His growing interest for improvisation, folk and pop music have led him to participate with various outfits and musicians, such as Sevens Project, Zeroes (SUUNS), Ohbijou, Mark Berube and Erin Lang . He is a member Olivier Alary's Ensemble as well as the newly formed Toronto- based band, Del Bel.

John can also be heard on several albums and film scores including those of Polaris Prize Winner Patrick Watson and the 2009 documentary Reel Injun.

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RÊVE DOUX-AMER/BITTERSWEET DREAM
STACIE DUNLOP, soprano and KRISTA VINCENT, piano
Thursday  February 2 at 8 pm
All Tickets $20

Multi-media Baudelaire: Rêve Doux-Amer/Bittersweet Dream:
An Interview with Soprano Stacie Dunlop

- James Strecker Reviews the Arts

SEX, LOVE, LIFE & DEATH: Explore Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) with soprano Stacie Dunlop and pianist Krista Vincent as they journey through a lifetime of experiences.  Follow them as they recall the playfulness of childhood, the sexual excitement of youth and finally the chill of death while performing music of Claude Debussy, Jonathan Harvey, Sheila Silver and Elliott Carter, along with three new works by Canadian composers Clark Ross, Scott Godin and Tawnie Olson. Written in 1857, Les Fleurs du Mal was considered an insult to public decency, dealing with subjects of decadence and eroticism, yet also created a new thrill in literature that is still inspiring composers today. With stage direction by Roberta Barker and images from the era of Baudelaire, this multi-media theatrical event will be an evening to remember.

Bios

With a voice that has been described as a "powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique" by the Halifax Chronicle Herald, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid performer of contemporary music who has appeared at Calgary Opera, the Banff Centre, Toronto Opera in Concert, Knoxville Opera, Patria Music Theatre, Toronto Philhamonia, Britten-Pears, Tanglewood and Mountainview International Song and Chamber Music Festival. She created the role of Emmy Hennings in the Banff Centre's world premiere of Zurich 1916 and performed role of Ariane in The Enchanted Forest with Patria Music Theatre. She toured England with the British Contemporary Ensemble "(rout)" where she premiered new works by British composers Sam Hayden, Paul Whitty and Andrew Hamilton, and was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio. Stacie has also had numerous concerts recorded by CBC Radio Two for Two New Hours and The Signal. Recent performances include Anne Trulove with Opera Nova Scotia's production of The Rake's Progress, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Brettl-lieder and her self-produced show, Rêve doux-amer, at the Music Room in Halifax. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin and Tawnie Olson.

More information on Stacie Dunlop can be found at: www.staciedunlop.com

Krista Vincent is a dedicated specialist in the performance and interpretation of contemporary music, with a career spanning two continents as pianist, composer and actress.
 
Krista graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree, majoring in performance and with a minor in music technology from McGill University (Montreal). In 1999 Krista moved to the Netherlands to study Sonology (electronic music performance and composition) at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In 2003 she graduated with a Master’s Degree, studying performance art and piano. Krista worked with leading composers while in the Netherlands and premiered many compositions from rising young composers. In Holland Krista quickly established herself as a respected performer, working with leading Dutch groups including o.a. Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Slagwerk Groep Den Haag, Leine Roebana, Suzy Blok, ZT Hollandia and VeenFabriek and was a founding member and former co-artistic director of the Amsterdam-based contemporary music theatre group Soil Ensemble.
 
Krista is active as pianist, teacher and accompanist and is frequently heard in guest performances at the MUN School of Music and on the CBC Radio program Musicraft. In 2008, Krista founded the contemporary music theatre group Ora Ensemble. With two full-length music theatre collaborations with Governor General’s award winner, writer/director Robert Chafe (Flight Songs, Night Songs, 2008 and Throwing Sound into Silence, 2010), Ora Ensemble has also recently performed Transformations, a program of chamber works which can currently be heard on the CBC Concerts on Demand website. Krista is currently based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
 
More information about Krista Vincent is available at: www.kristavincent.com


Fragments of Love
Friday, January 20, 8pm
$30

Xin Wang, soprano, Wallace Halladay, saxaphones, David Hetherington, cello

As music, as truth, Love can only be learned piece by piece. We say love with different tongues, we show love in various ways, we experience love's gifts: the joy, the fear and all that is in between. Project X is taking a wintery evening to display the shades of love we have found. Because love is on our mind and so it should be on yours.

Program:

'Some Love Songs' For Soprano and Saxophone Ana Sokolovic,
'Sequenza' for Violoncello Luciano Berio
'Un Lieu Verdoyant' for Soprano and Soprano Saxophone Phillipe Leroux

Intermission

'4 Kanzonens' for Soprano and Violoncello Jurg Wyttenbach
'Wild, wild nights' for Soprano, Cello and Soprano Saxophone KaNin Chan
'Fragments of Love' for soprano and soprano saxophone Walter Zimmermann

Xin Wang, Soprano

Xin Wang has distinguished herself as a dynamic and captivating performer of contemporary music, having sung works by Canadian and international composers Alice Ping Yee Ho, Petar Klanac, Fu Hong Shi, Jose Evangelista, James Rolfe, Ana Sokolovic, Karin Renquist, Jurg Wyttenbach and many more. Ms. Wang has performed with many of Ontario’s best known venues for contemporary music, including the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Tapestry Opera New Works, New Music Concerts. Soundstreams Canada presented “Pimooteewin”, the first Cree opera, composed by Melissa Hui with libretto by Thompson Highway. Xin premiered and toured this production to Northern Ontario. Xin performed Abigail Richardson’s "Sanctuary Songs”, which won the 2009 Dora Award for Best New Musical/Opera. Her performance of Aaron Gervais’ “Sensational Revolution in Medicine” at the SHIFT Festival 2009 won Mr. Gervais the SOCAN AWARDS’ first prize in the vocal category.

Some of her recent performances are: "The Pub Opera" by Gareth Williams and David Brock presented by Tapestry New Opera Works in November 2011; Chamber concert "Small Arguments" in June 2011 with Saxophonist Wallace Halladay and Trio Trillium, co-produced with TheMusic Gallery, presenting the world premier of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s.

Works by Philippe Leroux and Thomas Kessler; 'Facade' with the Talisker Players Chamber Series in May 2011 and 'Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour', presented by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, as part of the Montreal Contemporary Music Festival in February 2011.

Xin Wang's upcoming projects are: 'Mehetapja' by Omar Daniels in January, 2012, presented by New Music Concerts. 'Sanctuary Songs' remounted by Theatre Direct in February 2012. Ms. Wang will also be spending the majority of her time in 2012 learning the '14 recitations' by George Aperghis, supported by the Ontario Arts Council's Career Development Grant

When offstage, Xin Wang is a passionate voice teacher. Teaching since 2001, her students range from amateurs to those in university pursuing careers in music, from teenagers to retired seniors. She treasures immensely the collective process of discovering and owning one’s voice.

A native of Mainland China, Canadian Soprano Xin Wang completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Winnipeg before moving to Toronto where she graduated from both the Opera division and the Artist Diploma Programme at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Wallace Halladay

Canadian saxophonist Wallace Halladay captures the qualities of the modern virtuoso, being at home in numerous styles, from the traditional to jazz and beyond. A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, he has commissioned and given premières of numerous works for saxophone. In addition to performances of concertos by Ibert, Schmitt, Husa, Scelsi and Donatoni, he has worked with composers Michael Colgrass, Mauricio Kagel and Scott Good on the Canadian premières of their concertos, the latter commissioned by the Esprit Orchestra.

He inaugurated the Intersections Series with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in an entire concert of music for saxophone and orchestra entitled The Story of the Saxophone. He makes his début with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2009. He has been presented by and performed with new music groups across Canada and the United States, including New Music Concerts, Continuum, Sound Symposium, CCMW, 5-Penny New Music, Kumquat, Earshot!, Contact, soundaXis, Toca Loca, and Bang on a Can in New York. He was the Artistic Director of the Scelsi Centenary, Franco Donatoni, and Gubaidulina Chamber Projects. His orchestral experience includes performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra of Canada, and as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Centre.

Wallace Halladay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performance and Composition from the University of Toronto, a Master’s from New England Conservatory in Boston, and a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music. He also studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with internationally acclaimed virtuoso Arno Bornkamp and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has previously taught saxophone, chamber music and theory at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Eastman School of Music, and presently teaches at the University of Toronto. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones.

David Hetherington

A native of St Catharines Ontario, David Hetherington is currently the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Principal Cellist. He received his musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto, and furthered his studies in New York, Italy and Germany with Claus Adam, André Navarra and Paul Tortelier. A member of the TSO since 1970, he also teaches cello and chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He coaches the cello sections of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and is Music Director of the Inter-Provincial Music Camp near Parry Sound, Ontario. As a soloist, David Hetherington has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Niagara Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra of Canada. As a chamber musician, he has toured Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe, and has performed at the Ottawa, Elora and Kincardine Music Festivals. He is a founding member of the Amici Chamber Ensemble, which presents an annual series of concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. He is also a founding member of the string quartet Accordes, which performs regularly for New Music Concerts and other contemporary music organizations. He has appeared on several recordings for several labels including Naxos. His cello was made in 1695 by Giovanni Grancino.


SONGS FOR A WINTER'S DAY:
ALEX DOBSON, baritone and MARC DI RUGGIERO, piano

Sunday January 15 at 3 pm
All Tickets $20

Programme

Poems of Heinrich Heine

Schwanengesang Franz Schubert

Der Atlas
Ihr Bild
Das Fischermadchen
Die Stadt
Der Doppelganger

Dichterliebe Robert Schumann

1. Im Wunderschonen Monat Mai
2. Aus meinen Tranen spriessen
3. Die Rose, die Lilie, die Taube
4. Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
5. Ich will meine Seele tauchen
6. Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
7. Ich grolle nicht
8. Und wussten's die Blumen
9. Das ist ein Floten und Geigen
10. Hor ich das Liedchen klingen
11. Ein Jungling liebt ein Madchen
12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen
13. Ich hab' im Traum geweinet
14. Allnachtlich im Traume
15. Aus alten Marchen
16. Die alten bosen Lieder

Bios

British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson has been praised for his musicality and dramatic awareness in a range of repertoire on both opera and concert stages. Opera highlights include his riveting title role portrayal of Wozzek and Don Giovanni both conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Opera Hamilton, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for l’Opéra de Montréal, Silvio in Opera Quebec’s Pagliacci, Marcello in La Boheme for Saskatoon Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria, De Retz in Bard Summerscape’s production of Les Huguenots and his Royal Opera Covent Garden debut with The Midnight Court.

A dedicated concert and recital artist, Alexander has appeared with the Orchestre Métropolitain for Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer; the National Arts Center Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 8, “Symphony of a Thousand”; Messiah with the Edmonton Symphony; in recital at Toronto’s Aldeburgh Connection; at the Vancouver New Music Festival; and as Aeneas in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Montréal’s Theater of Early Music which he will tour with the group in the spring of 2012. He has sung Schubert’s Winterreise to great acclaim in Canada, England, and France. Alex spent this past summer as bass soloist at the Carmel Bach Festival under the direction of Paul Goodwin and will return next summer to sing arias in the B Minor Mass and Handel's Alexander's Feast.

www.alexanderdobson.ca



Born in Toronto, Canada, Marc di Ruggiero is a graduate of Saint Michael's Choir School where he began his studies in piano and choral singing. He studied at both the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at the Western Conservatory of Music in London from which he graduated with first class honors, subsequently completing a 4-year Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto in just two years.

Marc has frequently collaborated with singers and has participated in chamber music concerts in Canada, France and Italy and served as musical director for numerous French theatre productions in Toronto. He has collaborated in Italy with the international tenors Angelo Marenzi and Carlo Bini whom he accompanied in recital in Tuscany in 1999. More recently in 2007, he acted as repetiteur for Leoncavallo's Pagliacci at the Teatro Garibaldi (Santa Maria Capua Vetere - near Naples) with Carlo Bini in the lead role.

In France, Marc has accompanied the Canadian soprano Karen Wierzba in a recital in June 2005 at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and in March 2007, accompanied the soprano Monica Ling Lin in a recital of art song and opera also at the Canadian Cultural Centre. He has also collaborated with the French violinist, Véronique Davério, in various concerts in Paris and Eymoutiers (Limousin).

Since 2008, he has collaborated with the Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, in particular for rehearsals in Paris of "poèmes pour mi" by Olivier Messiaen in preparation for her debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He also accompanied Measha Brueggergosman at the French 2008 classical music awards (Diapason d'or 2008) held at the Maison de Radio France in Paris performing selections from her Deutsche Gramophone CD Surprise, winner of the Diapason d'or of the year (best vocal CD) for 2008.

In April 2009, he performed in China with the Bel Canto operatic ensemble from Canada giving 6 concerts in 5 cities over a period of 10 days at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Hangzhou Theatre, Fujian Grand Theatre (new theatre in Fuzhou), Ningbo Grand Theatre and the Shipai Theatre and Cultural Weekend Theatre in Dongguan near Hong Kong.

Since January 2008, he has participated in masterclasses in Paris conducted by Janine Reiss, former head vocal coach at the Paris Opera and the Chorégies d'Orange. He has been living in Paris, France since 2003.


An Evening with Lara Downes
January 13, 8pm
$40 / Students $25

For tickets and information contact:
edwin@edwinhuizinga.com

PLUS
Classical Revolution
String Quartet jam session - featuring
Edwin Huizinga, Rebecca MacLoed, Keith Hamm, and Tobias Baz
wine and light fare reception and a chance to mingle with the musicians

Concert: Lara Downes brings fantastically fresh takes on Bach’s
Goldberg Variation Aria to Gallery 345 on Jan. 13
- John Terauds

LARA DOWNES
A captivating presence both on and offstage, critically acclaimed American pianist Lara Downes has garnered wide acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative pianists of today's generation. Lauded by NPR as "a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship" and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances "rendered with drama and nuance," Lara presents the piano repertoire - from iconic favorites to newly commissioned works - in new ways that bridge musical tastes, genres and audiences.

Lara’s fresh and insightful interpretations have captivated audiences at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Salle Gaveau Paris, the American Academy Rome, San Francisco Performances, the Portland International Piano Festival, Le Poisson Rouge NYC, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Washington World Series, among many others. Her performance projects have received support from prominent organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, and American Public Media.

Ms. Downes’ chamber music appearances include collaborations with other noted soloists and ensembles, including violinists Rachel Barton Pine and Lara St. John, cellists Zuill Bailey and Denis Brott, the Miami and Alexander String Quartets, and the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. Commissions and premieres of new works for Lara have come from composers Aaron Jay Kernis, David Sanford, Benny Golson, Eve Beglarian and Dan Coleman, among others.

Lara’s solo recordings have met with tremendous critical and popular acclaim. Her debut CD, Invitation to the Dance (2000), was called "a magical recording" by NPR, and her second release, American Ballads (2001), was ranked by Amazon.com among the four best recordings of American concert music ever made. Dream of Me (2006), was praised for "exquisite sensitivity" by American Record Guide. Her world-premiere recording of 13 WAYS of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined was released in 2011 to overwhelming response, celebrated as "Electric…otherworldly…magnificent… A rewarding journey through Bachian fields…at once arresting and playful”.

Lara's busy performance career is strongly driven by her commitment to expanding and developing new audiences for the arts. She is the Founder and President of the 88 KEYS® Foundation, a non-profit organization that fosters opportunities for music experiences and learning in America's public schools, and she regularly works and performs with the next generation of talented young musicians as Curator of the Young Artists program at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at UC Davis, where she serves as Artist in Residence.

Downes grew up in San Francisco, where she made her concert debut at age 7. She studied with Adolf Baller and Reah Sadowsky, and later worked under Hans Graf at the Vienna Hochschule and Rudolph Buchbinder at the Musik Akademie Basel Lara Downes is a Steinway Artist.
WWW.LARADOWNES.COM

Sacha Rattle, clarinet

Since his highly praised 2009 solo debut at Berlin’s Philharmonie, Sacha Rattle has become an established soloist. Noted for his immense sensitivity, warm character and unique sound, his career has developed rapidly with performances throughout Europe, including festival appearances at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Gidon Kremer’s Kammermusikfest, Lochenhaus and Italy's AnimaMundi Festival. Sacha recently made his Asian Solo-Debut with the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra last November.

Sacha is also a much sought-after chamber musician having collaborated with artists such as Katia and Marielle Labèque, François Leleux, Pascal Moragues, Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Bohorquez. He performs regularly in recital with duo partner Zeynep Özsuca and as a guest artist with the Sheridan Ensemble. Sacha is also a founding member of Berlin Counterpoint, which has been playing in many prestigious venues worldwide.

Born in London in 1983, Sacha began studying the clarinet at the age of 9 at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2005 he received his Performance Diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under Professor Richard Hawkins. Interested in the german school of clarinet playing, Sacha then moved to Berlin to study with Karl-Heinz Steffens at Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ Berlin. In 2010, he completed his studies with Wenzel Fuchs and Ralf Forster.

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