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The Ton Beau String Quartet
with Peter Stoll, clarinet
Sunday November 3, 2013 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Programme
Bring your family and friends to the wonderful Gallery 345 for a Sunday afternoon of music designed for any audience. This concert will feature "Sanctus", a fantastical, imaginative and colourful work for string quartet by Toronto's own Riho Maimets, alongside Brahms' magnificent Clarinet Quintet, with guest artist Peter Stoll. The quartet will explore and explain Sanctus in the first half, and then Peter will join us for the Brahms in the second half, making sense of the old in terms of the new. The Ton Beau welcome children and families of all ages.

Bio

The Ton Beau String Quartet was founded in 2010 by four friends studying at the University of Toronto. In their two years together, they have traveled throughout Canada and the USA, presenting concerts as well as educational and outreach programs. They have performed at the University of Toronto, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (where they are currently Quartet-in-Residence), the Harbourfront Music Garden, Gallery 345, the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Christ Church Deer Park, St. Barnabas Church, the Banff Centre, and the St. Luke’s Gift of Music Concert Series in Creemore. In addition to their busy performing schedule, the Ton Beau Quartet also participates in numerous educational outreach presentations, collaborating with the Toronto District School board, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Merriam School of Music, and the Health Arts Society of Ontario. Always eager to engage in new collaborations, the TBSQ maintains a concert series at the University of Toronto Art Centre, and has performed with the folk band The Krüger Brothers.

Peter Stoll

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna, which was broadcast on live television across Europe. Peter won First Prize in Chamber Music at the National Competitive Music Festival, for whose 50th Anniversary edition he was invited back as Woodwind Adjudicator, and as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert in Winnipeg. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he studied with Avrahm Galper and Ronald Chandler, he received his Master's of Music degree in Performance from Indiana University as a student of James Campbell.

Peter has been guest soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and was invited to Saratov, Russia for solo performances with the Saratov Philharmonic's "Volga Wind Ensemble" and to present masterclasses at the State Conservatory. He is a member of the Trio d’Argento (flute, clarinet and piano) which has been performing around Ontario for the past six seasons, and recently recorded a CD with members of the Canadian Brass. Featured on several CD releases, Peter has been heard frequently in solo performance on CBC-FM. Summer festival performances have included the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ottawa Valley Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and as a Mentor with the Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra, as well as the Ottawa and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music and performance studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.

Recent highlights have included performances with the Gryphon Trio, pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, solo and chamber concerts for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg, concerto appearances with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. Peter's website is www.peterstoll.ca

Leslie Ting: Violin
Sarah Hagen: Piano
Saturday November 2 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
Sonata in E flat major, K 380 W A Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata No 1 Op 13 in A Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Fantasy on a theme of Schubert (2008) Robert Rival
Sonata No 2 Op 121 in d minor Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Bio

LESLIE TING, Violin

A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Leslie is a laureate of the Concours de l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, and performed S. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with conductor Jean-François Rivest in 2010. She has also been invited to perform as soloist with Ensemble Arkea in Montreal (Four Seasons by Astor Piazzolla), and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra (Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra by Marjan Mozetich, and Sinfonia Concertante by W.A. Mozart with violist Christine Vlajk of the Penderecki String Quartet).

Leslie strives for a varied musical life which recently includes touring with the Bicycle Opera Project, recitals with Vancouver-based pianist, Sarah Hagen, and joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as its newest member as Assistant Principal Second Violin.

An avid chamber musician, Leslie has performed in London, England as a member of the Adoch Trio with Hiro Takenouchi, piano and Dongkyun An, cello. Strad magazine praised the ensemble for creating "fire without smoke." She has since shared the stage with Paul Neubauer, Scott St John and Paul Watkins. Leslie can be heard this season at Pocket Concerts, Toronto's newest chamber music series.

Other performances have included on-stage theatrical productions in Montreal and Switzerland. Leslie also composed and performed original music for the short film Knife by Montreal-based filmmaker Nancy Baric which has screened in the US, Canada and Russia.

Leslie holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from Université de Montréal, and has worked with various artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Kayaleh Academy in Switzerland.

Leslie is also an alumna of the University of Waterloo where she obtained Bachelor of Honours Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. She was a practicing optometrist from 2005-2007 during which she traveled to Anna Regina, Guyana as a volunteer optometrist with Canadian Vision Care. She is currently developing a multi-media performance piece that explores the role of vision in empathy and communication with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

www.leslieting.com

Sarah Hagen, Piano

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."

A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. She curates, hosts, and performs on numerous concert series in BC, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Nancy DiNovo, tenor Ken LavigneTrio AccordBallet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky.

As First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Highlights of Miss Hagen’s 2012/2013 season included two performances at Carnegie Hall, first with Polish flautist Krzysztof Kaczka and later as a soloist, recitals with LA Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, and a concert tour in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with cellist Rebecca Wenham. 

Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian, Christine Purvis, and Jean Duggan. Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.

Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.

www.sarahhagen.com

“Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive – this is a young woman ready to take interpretive risks.” — University of Waterloo Gazette

“Exquisite phrasing and a refreshingly imaginative approach make her one to watch.” — Marcia Adair, TheOmniscientMussel.com


A New Heritage
Michele Bogdanowicz, mezzo-soprano
Ernesto Ramirez, tenor
Rachel Andrist, piano
Friday November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm
http://newheritage.brownpapertickets.com  or reserve by email (to pick up at the door) by emailing mail@Michele-Bogdanowicz.com.
$25

Michele Bogdanowicz

Ernesto Ramirez

Rachel Andrist

Programme
Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Michèle Bogdanowicz and Mexican Tenor Ernesto Ramírez present songs from their heritage, with pianist Rachel Andrist.

Rarely performed Polish songs of French composer Francis Poulenc

Polish songs of Chopin and French song transcriptions of Chopin's mazurkas by Pauline Viardot.

intermission

World Premiere of Polish songs by Canadian composer Norbert Palej

Mexican songs of María Grever

Duets of Pauline Viardot

Bio

Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Michèle Bogdanowicz is at home in the intimate setting of a song recital, on the concert stage and in the grand world of opera. A 2007 Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, she was chosen to present the world premiere of a set of songs by acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie and as a member of the prestigious Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera, she had a resounding success as Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. A young Mozartean of note, Ms. Bogdanowicz also appeared in several recent productions of DON GIOVANNI as Zerlina (Opera Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London) and sang Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE in Andrew Porter’s staging for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. As a member of the COC’s Ensemble Studio, she appeared in mainstage productions of CARMEN as Mercédès, Ruders’ THE HANDMAID’S TALE as New Ofglen and ALBERT HERRING as Nancy.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the title role of LUISA FERNANDA for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Mercedes in CARMEN for Opera Hamilton, Cuniza in Verdi's Oberto for Toronto Opera in Concert, Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE for Pacific Opera Victoria, a programme of Berlioz and Mendelssohn with the Hamilton Philharmonic, a programme of Russian songs for the Off Centre Music Salon, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and for the Brott Festival and Handel’s MESSIAH for the Bach Elgar Choir.

Her activities on the concert stage include a recital at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa broadcast by CBC’s Radio Two, an appearance with the Ottawa Choral Society in “Notes from America”, an evening of American music and an all-Debussy programme for the Aldeburgh Connection. She was named a winner in the New Discovery Auditions adjudicated by Music Directors from the Montreal Symphony Chorus, Ottawa Choral Society, Choeur St. Laurent and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. The prize included a debut recital in Ottawa. She was also a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ms. Bogdanowicz has appeared as a soloist with many groups and festivals both nationally and internationally; among them, the renowned EMI recording artists The St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Orford Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Aldeburgh Connection, the Brevard Music Center Festival, the Leith Summer Festival and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico.

Born and raised in Toronto, her heritage is French and Polish and she is fluent in both French and English. She has received grants recognizing her talent from the Chalmers Foundation of the Ontario Arts Council, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company and the Merola Opera Program. Ms. Bogdanowicz holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music and a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto.

Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, his youthful exuberance, and for his expressive musicality.

He has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States and is finally making his long awaited debut in his homeland of Mexico at the iconic Teatro del Bicentenario, one of the best theatres in Latin America.

Recent and upcoming operatic engagements include Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA with Teatro del Bicentenario in Mexico and with the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival in Germany, Nadir in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES with Opera Hamilton, Leicester in MARIA STUARDA with Pacific Opera Victoria, Nemorino in L'ELISIR D'AMORE with Opéra de Angers-Nantes, Festival Folies D'O Montpellier and with Sarasota Opera, the title role in Stiffelio, Raoul in Meyerbeer's LES HUGUENOTS (Canadian premiere), Rinaldo in ARMIDA, Decio in the rarely performed LA VESTALE by Mercadante and Arturo in I PURITANI with Toronto's Opera in Concert, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA with the Sarasota Opera, Javier in LUISA FERNANDA with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Il Conte d'Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Opera Hamilton, Roberto (cover) in ROBERTO DEVEREUX, Alfred (Cover) in DIE FLEDERMAUS and Ruiz in IL TROVATORE with The Canadian Opera Company.  In the United States he has performed Rinuccio (cover) in GIANNI SCHICCHI for Santa Barbara Opera and for UCLA Opera, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA with Opera in the Ozarks in Arkansas, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME and Il Conte d'Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, both at the Opera Institute of Boston University.  As a young artist at the Opera Institute of Boston University, Ramírez appeared as Lázaro Carriles in the world premiere of BEFORE NIGHT FALLS and he performed other contemporary roles such as Mr. Owen in POSTCARDS FROM MAROCCO and Jonathan Orfeo in HOSTAGE.

His activities on the concert stage as a featured soloist include the MESSIAH with the Brott Festival in Hamilton, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony, Dvorak's Requiem at Koerner Hall with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, an Opera Gala with the Opéra de Quebec, an Opera Gala in Zurich with Francisco Araiza, a concert of operatic favorites with the Brott Festival, solo performances with the Israeli Opera Studio in Tel-Aviv, an Opera Gala at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, various concerts at the Degollado Theater in Guadalajara, Mexico, a concert with the New West Symphony Young Artists with Maestro Boris Brott, Boston Pops Opening Night with Maestro Keith Lockhart and with the Boston Lyric Opera in their concert series. He also received an invitation to sing at The 150th Anniversary of Puccini, a gala hosted by Simonetta Puccini.

He has won numerous awards, including: First Place Winner of the Kahn Award Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, The Performing Arts Foundation, the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, the Profant Foundation, and the ORCH Foundation. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles, the Society of Singers Foundation and the New West Symphony Young Artist Prize. The Jaume Aragall competition granted Ramírez with a Public Master Class Prize.

Ramirez earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and he graduated from Boston University's Opera Institute under the guidance of Soprano Sharon Daniels. His coaches, teachers, and mentors include Armen Guzelimian, Joan Dornemann, Rachel Andrist, Engelberto Aguilar, Harlan Snow, Oscar Samano, Bruno Pola, Jerry Hadley, Maria Spacagna, Piero Giuliacci, Francisco Araiza, Raúl Giménez, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Jaume Aragall and Ramón Vargas.

He holds dual Mexican and American citizenship and makes his home in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian pianist Rachel Andrist studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ann Epperson and Warren Jones. In 1997, she moved to Europe and joined the music staff of the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Since then she has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and has also been on the staff of the Glyndebourne Festival, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, English National Opera, and Scottish Opera.

Rachel has worked extensively with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Ivor Bolton, Rene Jacobs, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, and Kazushi Ono. Since 2008 she has been the head coach for the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, the head of Musical Projects at the Royal Danish Opera Academy, and a guest at the Chicago Opera Theater. In the fall of 2010, Rachel returned to Canada to join the music staff at the Canadian Opera Company.


Bright Angel: Contemporary Works for Clarinet, Piano and Voice
Midori Koga, piano; Kimberly Cole, clarinet; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
Sunday October 27, 2013 at 8 pm
$20;$15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

A CD launch event for the recently released Fleur de Son Classics disc

Featuring composers Joan Tower, Abbie Betinis, Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady and TORONTO-based Kieren MacMillan

Sequenza 21 Review:
http://www.sequenza21.com/cdreviews/2013/07/bright-angel/

Peter Hatch (b.1957) Music is a Beautiful disease (1999)-for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and violin

Programme
Nattsanger, by Abbie Betinis
Fantasy (…those harbor lights), by Joan Tower
The Country Wife, by Kieren MacMillan
Dance Out the Poison, by Evan Chambers
Bright Angel, by Roshanne Etezady

Bio

Fleur De Son’s recently released “Bright Angel: American Works For Clarinet And Piano” is an album that does right by new music in America. It champions important composers who currently enjoy a range of notoriety through amazingly performed works that are strong and indicative of contemporary styles without sacrificing their reverence for tradition. There are two offerings by current big-namers Joan Tower and Libby Larsen and two more by accomplished and ascending Roshanne Etezady and Abbie Betinis whose path to dominance in new music’s near future will only be eased by their triumphant representation on this CD.

Of course, at the heart of any recording’s success or failure is the tremendous quality of its performers, and “Bright Angel” features three of today’s most fabulously gifted interpreters of contemporary music. Clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano and pianist Midori Koga appear throughout the disc, and Soprano Lindsay Kesselman joins them for Ms. Betinis’ song cycle Nattsanger. Their performances are exquisite as is their ensemble chemistry, which is demonstrated in moments like the opening of Ms. Etezady’s Bright Angel, when Ms. Luevano draws her sound out of a high, quartal or quintal harmony in the piano, or in the last movement of Nattsanger, when Ms. Kesselman’s scream of madness emerges from a high, screeching clarinet line.

KIMBERLY COLE LUEVANO: Clarinet

With reviews such as “breathtaking…,” “virtuosic tone and technique,” and “exceptionally sensitive and introspective rendition,” Kimberly Cole Luevano continually establishes herself as a formidable soloist and chamber musician.  Cole Luevano joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2011 and served as a member of the clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp from 2003 to 2012.   She was recently appointed as Pedagogy Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association and has given acclaimed solo and chamber performances, adjudicated, and presented masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and in South America. She performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest® on numerous occasions, and former students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the United States and Canada.

Cole Luevano’s world premiere recordings of American works for clarinet and piano, “Bright Angel,” was released in April 2013 on the Fleur de Son label, available through Naxos. She is solo featured in several chamber music releases on both the Albany and Centaur labels.   A versatile and active freelance musician, Dr. Cole Luevano has performed as a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, as principal clarinetist of the Ann Arbor, Lansing, Toledo, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras, with the Detroit and Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestras, and with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, among others. An advocate of contemporary music, Cole Luevano has performed as soloist in acclaimed performances of prominent works for clarinet and wind ensemble including Michael Daugherty’s “Brooklyn Bridge” and Scott McAllister’s “X” and “Black Dog.” She performed as part the world premiere of Scott McAllister’s “Epic Concerto” at the 2012 ClarinetFest® conference.  

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied with Keith Lemmons, Dr. Cole Luevano studied in Paris, France with Guy Deplus and Alain Damiens as the recipient of a U. S. Government Fulbright Grant and Kade Fellowship.  A prizewinner in competitions such as the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, the Oklahoma City Young Artists Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Cole also received performance fellowships to the Blossom Festival and the National Orchestral Institute.  She earned her MM and DMA degrees at Michigan State University where she studied with Elsa Ludewig Verdehr and her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where she studied with James Gillespie.  Prior to her appointment at the University of North Texas, she was Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Michigan University for fifteen years.

Cole Luevano is a Buffet Group artist who plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets.

LINDSAY KESSELMAN:  Soprano

 Lindsay Kesselman is a soprano quickly becoming known for her "exquisite" singing (Pittsburgh Tribune), her "captivating" performances (Sequenza21), and her exemplary musicianship.  She passionately advocates for contemporary music in America, actively commissioning and collaborating with a diverse array of composers.

Recently, she has worked with such composers as Philip Glass, David Lang, Steve Reich, Amy Kirsten, Stephen Hartke, Julia Wolfe, Abbie Betinis, and Hannah Lash and is currently recording her debut album of American contemporary music, entitled "If this world could stop," due for release in fall 2013 on the Bad Wolf Music label, a joint venture with composer Amy Kirsten. Bad Wolf Music is also home to an ensemble, HOWL, which will give its inaugural performance in February 2014.

In 2012-2014 she sings with the Philip Glass Ensemble on an international tour of Philip Glass' ground-breaking opera "Einstein on the Beach," which includes 12 cities and the Latin American premiere of the piece.  In 2013 this production won the prestigious Laurence Olivier award for Best New Opera Production. Kesselman is also the resident soprano with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and in that capacity has performed music by Joseph Schwantner, Louis Andriessen, Amy Kirsten, and Kieren MacMillan, and the premiere of Falling by Mathew Rosenblum.

Kesselman has been named the soprano with Prometheus Modern, a new music ensemble created to be in residence at Chicago's International Beethoven Project in September 2013. Other upcoming performances include Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the Michigan State University Symphony Band, a recital for New Music at the Atlas in Washington D.C. with cellist Nicholas Photinos and pianist Yasuko Oura, and she will portray Béatrice in Louis Andriessen’s “La Commedia” in spring 2014 (Washington D.C.) as part of a festival honoring the composer’s 75th birthday.

Recent engagements include a staged production of Kieren MacMillan's "Drunken Moon" and Schoeberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" with conductor Kevin Noe, the premiere of “Violations: The Loading Dock Project” by Hannah Lash at Yale University, Haydn's "Nelson Mass" in metro Chicago, music of Amy Kirsten in recital at Roosevelt University with members of eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, a recital tour of Abbie Betinis' song cycle "Nattsanger" which culminated in a recording, "Bright Angel" recently released on the Fleur de Son Classics label. Kesselman also performed the music of Michael Ippolito in recital at the Greenwich House in New York City, Harbison’s “Mirabai Songs” with Baltimore’s SONAR, and Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Other recent appearances include Orffs “Carmina Burana” and Vaughan Williams’ “Dona nobis pacem” with the Akron Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), a holiday concert with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with members of the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Barber’s “Knoxville:  Summer of 1915” with the Cleveland Heights Chamber Orchestra, and several concerts with Houston’s Camerata Ventapane at the 2nd Annual Baroque Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As a result of winning an Encore Grant from the American Composers’ Forum in 2008, Kesselman was presented in a recital of music by Abbie Betinis at The Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN, as well as at Rice and Kent State Universities. 

Kesselman holds degrees in voice performance from Rice University and Michigan State University. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband, conductor Christopher James Lees.

MIDORI KOGA:  Piano

With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News), “meltingly lovely” and “rippling clean” (Globe and Mail), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as soloist and chamber musician in Spain, England, Austria and Taiwan, as well as across Canada and the US in performances venues that include New York’s Merkin Hall and Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium. 

Chamber music collaborations include those with the internationally acclaimed percussion quartet NEXUS, Soundstreams Ensemble, with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, (TSO), Toronto Wind Quintet, and with pianist Lydia Wong in the piano duo 2X10.  In addition, she has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, and the TSO in their New Creations Festival.

Internationally released recordings can be heard on the Albany, Equilibrium, Fleur de Son, NAXOS, Blue Griffin and Centrediscs labels.  The disc recorded with mezzo-soprano Patricia Green entitled Ice Age and Beyond:  Works by Canadian Women Composers, funded by a grant through the Canadian Music Centre, with distribution throughout the US (Albany) and Canada (CMC Distribution Inc.), was awarded a Four Star review by the BBC Music Magazine.  Performances on the CD Bright Angel:  Contemporary Works for clarinet and piano, released in April 2013, have been described as “kraftvoll und glänzen durch hervorragende Motivarbeit” (vibrant, and shine through superb motivic work) by Naxos Deutschland.  Sequenza 21 writes, “their performances are exquisite as is their ensemble chemistry…”.

Koga’s commitment for teaching/learning and pedagogical research has been demonstrated in numerous publications for American Music Teacher Journal, and Keyboard Companion.  Two of these articles, Music Making and Wellness Project, which explored the positive effects of active music making on the health of older Americans (2001), and Artistic Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery (2006) were awarded National Article of the Year by the Editorial Board of the Music Teachers’ National Association. 

Equally active as clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Koga has served as national touring adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competitions, and has presented pedagogical workshops worldwide.  Highlight presentations include those for the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and Bologna, Italy; Music Teachers’ National Association Conferences in Washington DC, Seattle WA, Toronto, ON; the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Atlanta, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago.

Midori Koga, currently serves as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where she developed the first Canadian MM and DMA programs in Piano Pedagogy and Performance.


The Art of the Piano: Katarzyna Musial
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Programme

Olivier Messiaen
Prélude No. 1 - La Colombe (The Dove) 

Fryderyk Chopin
Waltz in A minor Op. Posth.  
Waltz in F minor Op. 70, No. 2
Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1

Joaquín Turina
Danses gitanes Op .55
 Zambra
 Danza de la Seduccion
 Danza ritual
 Generalife
 Sacro-monte

Alberto Ginastera
>Argentinian danzas Op.2
Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the Old Herdsman)
Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Beautiful Maiden)
Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy)

Intermission

Witold Lutoslawski  
Bukoliki (Bucolics)

 Zygmunt Stojowski  
Vision de danse
Intermezzo-Mazurka

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki
Four Preludes Op.1

Frederic Mompou
Canciones y danzas No. 1
Canciones y danzas No. 6

Ernesto Lecuona
La Comparsa
Malagueñ 

Bio

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by the New York Concert Review as “a pure delight... wonderfully evocative... vividly detailed... interpretations that plumbed emotional depths with harmonic colouring…”. Ms. Musial has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who “has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills”. Conductor Richard Owen (New York Camerata) considers her as one of the finest pianists he has ever had the privilege of hearing.

 In addition to having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver) as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna) and the Philip Cohen Award for outstanding performance musicianship (Montreal).

Recent highlights include a début at Carnegie Hall, performances at the Vancouver Olympic Games, the Tempietto Festival Musicale della Nazioni (Rome) and the Music in the Mountains Festival (California), and most recently, a seven-city concert tour of China, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre Symphonique de L'Isle and the Bielsko Chamber Orchestra with which she opened the International Bach Festival (Poland).

Katarzyna Musial has performed at venues including the Warsaw National Philharmonic, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Place des Arts (Montreal), Chan Centre (Vancouver), Isabel Bader Theatre (Toronto) and the Weill Recital Hall (New York).

She has been a featured artist on numerous radio broadcasts, including a live worldwide performance broadcast on WFMT (Chicago) and has made television appearances across Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States.

Ms. Musial holds a Master’s degree with high honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow under the direction of Stefan Wojtas, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under the guidance of Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University (Montreal) under the supervision of Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen, who remains her mentor and long-term performance consultant.


Thin Edge New Music Collective presents:
6 degrees of separation
Friday October 25, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 students/seniors/arts workers

Programme
The Thin Edge New Music Collective presents 6 degrees of separation, a musical collage of interrelated sonic experiences featuring works by John Zorn, Allison Cameron, Peter Hatch, Louis Andriessen and the world premiere of a new work by Toronto-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Brenders.

Peter Hatch (b.1957) Music is a Beautiful disease (1999)-for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and violin

Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) Disco (1982)-for violin and piano

Allison Cameron (b.1963) 4 Postcards (2006/7)-for clarinet, piano, cello and violin

-intermission-

Kyle Brenders (b. 1981) Stagger and Sway (2013)*-for clarinet, piano, percussion, cello and violin

John Zorn (b.1953) Music for Children (1999)-for percussion, piano and violin

*world premiere

Performers:

Xavier Brosard-Ménard-clarinet; Cheryl Duvall-Piano; Nathan Petitpas- Percussion;

Ilana Waniuk-Violin; Dobrochna Zubek-Cello

Bio

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. Brenders has studied with Ab Baars, Anthony Braxton, Lori Freedman, David Mott and Alvin Lucier.

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, Brandon Valdivia, Rob Clutton, Aaron Lumley, Steve Ward, Wes Neal and Mark Seeger. Outside of his regular collaborators, Brenders 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, and Alvin Lucier.

Brenders 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, was released October 2012 from 18th note records.

Brenders is also active as the Artistic Associate with Soundstreams were he assists the Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, curates the Salon 21 series at the Gardiner Museum and directs their new interactive website SoundMakers.ca. Brenders has recently started his own series of concerts, the In Between Series, that presents concerts that incorporates notated ‘new’ music, improvised music and music that synthesizes the two.

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. Founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, TENMC has grown to include 8 additional performers and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped. Since its inception, TENMC has been responsible for commissioning and premiering 14 new compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad with 10 more in the works for their upcoming 2013/2014 season.  In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in residencies at the Banff centre and performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by the Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria. In July 2013 Keys, Wind and Strings a touring concert project of TENMC was featured as ensemble in residence at the soundSCAPE festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy.


Airs Chantés: A Recital of French and Spanish Art Song
Miriam Khalil, soprano with Julien LeBlanc, piano Thursday October 24, 2013 at 7:30
Tickets are $25 and are available at www.miriamkhalil.com and at the door

Programme

Shéhérazade
Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)
Asie

Ariettes oubliées
Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)
C'est l'extase: C'est l'extase langoureuse
Il pleure dans mon cœur: Il pleure dans mon cœur comme il pleut sur la ville
Chevaux de bois: Tournez, tournez, bons chevaux de bois
Green: Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles

Improvisations
Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
III
IV
VII
IX
XIII

Airs Chantés
Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
Air Romantique
Air champétre
Air grave
Air vif.

Intermission / Entracte

Nuit d’Espagne
Jules Massenets
(1842-1912)
Vocalise
Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)
Les filles de Cadix
Léo Delibes
(1836-1891)

Seis Canciones Castellanas
Jesus Guridi
(1886-1961)
Allá Arriba, En Aquella Montaña
¡Sereno!
Llámala con el pañuelo
No quiero tus avellanas
Cómo quieres que adivine
Mañanita de San Juan

Canciones clásicas españolas
Ferran Obradors (1897–1945)
Al amor
Del cabello màs sutil
Chiquitita la novia

Bio

About Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc

Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc have been collaborating since their first meeting at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since graduating they have both enjoyed successful careers in Canada and abroad.

Praised by Opera Canada for her “gorgeous, romantic, arching sound that immediately commands the ear” and a “beautiful and distinctive voice”, she is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. She has sung with companies across Canada and the UK, including Opera Edmonton; Pacific Opera Victoria; Opéra de Montréal; Opera Lyra; Opera in Concert; Opera Hamilton; Aldeburgh Connection,; Hamilton Philharmonic Symphony; Windsor Symphony; Nova Scotia Symphony; Victoria Symphony; Against the Grain Theatre; and the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera and Aldeburgh Festivals.

LeBlanc is a highly sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. Currently living in Montreal, LeBlanc has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He is co-artistic director of l’Été Musical de l’Église de Barachois, a summer concert series. He has also recently appeared as a guest pianist and collaborative artist at several Canadian music festivals including the Indian River Festival; the Elora Festival,; Music and Beyond; the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival; Festivoix in Trois-Rivières; Toronto Summer Music Song Academy; Festival de musique de chambre de la Baie-des-Chaleurs; Festival de musique de Lachine; and Festival Acadien de Caraquet.

For more information please visit: www.miriamkhalil.com and www.julienleblanc.com.

Video of Khalil and Leblanc can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVNFRDzeOVw and of Khalil in concert at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz8pUwAzvfE


Trio Bowman, Zelenka, Bertoli
Monday October 21, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE at bzbtrio.brownpapertickets.com


MUSICA REFLECTA PRESENTS:
PETER IN THE GALLERY: CHILDREN’S TALES FOR WIND ENSEMBLE
Sunday October 20, 2013 at 2 PM
Tickets: Students under the age of 18 is $10; Adults $20

Programme
Kid and family friendly! This performance will run roughly 50 minutes without intermission.
Harry Freedman: Tikki Tikki Tembe
Chris Thornborrow: Mini Piano Concerto No. 1
Sergey Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (arranged for woodwind quintet)

Bio

Musica Reflecta is thrilled to bring its short and fun kids programme across town to Gallery 345! Featuring tales ranging from Russia to China, from quirky and contemporary to an old classical favourite, the afternoon will be sure to engage young and old alike with two narrated pieces for woodwind quintet. A special guest will be young pianist Laurelle Lassonde, performing the new and whimsical Mini Piano Concerto No. 1, written by Toronto’s own budding and buzzing composer, Chis Thornborrow.

“...this opens the door ... to help inspire children to make a lifelong connection to the pleasures of making music.”
- John Terauds, Musical Toronto, on Musica Reflecta’s past kids concert “Peter and the Dinosaurs”

Musica Reflecta is a new chamber orchestra series featuring young up and coming musicians from the Toronto area. Based in Riverdale, the series features themed performances of arranged classical repertoire as well as new Canadian compositions as a contemporary answer to thesame theme. In the spring of 2013, Musica Reflecta introduced children’s concerts to its programme with great success, featuring a roster of child performers alongside Canadiancomposers in collaboration with a budding team of visual artists. One of the main goals of Musica Reflecta is to provide opportunities for developing professional musicians to collaborate with one another and become inspired to perform through engaging and creative programming. With an overwhelming amount of new talent emerging from universities and conservatories, there is little demand in performance opportunities. A vast majority of new works are only given one performance or never played atall due to lack of funds. Musica Reflecta’s goal is to inspire an entrepreneurial attitude through performance opportunity and to encourage the growth of emerging Canadian musicians and Canadian compositions.

Anastasia Tchernikova (artistic director, conductor) is has many musical interests with an emphasis on ensemble work in an operatic and orchestral setting. A recent graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Education, she conducted West Side Story with St. Michael’s College, an original film score for wind ensemble by Bruno Degazio and Samuel Barber’s chamber opera A Hand of Bridge as part of the university’s New Music Festival. An avid chorister, Anastasia has been part of Russian Orthodox church choirs, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto MacMillan Singers as well as assistant conductor of Hart House Chorus and guest conductor of GREX vocal ensemble. Recently, she had the pleasure of working as music director and touring with the Bicycle Opera Project around southwestern Ontario, staging guerilla performances of contemporary Canadian opera scenes in interesting and unusual locations.  This inspired her to launch her own initiative of facilitating collaborations and performance opportunities through Musica Reflecta. A native of Minsk, Belarus with a Bavarian background, Anastasia looks forward to being part of many more exciting projects in Toronto’s quickly expanding community of talented young musicians.

Will Callaghan (co-director, French horn) (please see photo attached) is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he studied with Harcus Hennigar. He has played in a variety of ensembles around southern Ontario including the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra, Windago, Symphony on the Bay, and the Corktown Chamber Orchestra as well as taking part in master classes and conferences with the Rome Summer Musical Arts (RomeSMARTS) program in Italy. An alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Will’s primary passion is orchestral music, however he avidly enjoys chamber music, playing with such groups as Viper Windstorm, Die Zauberquintet, Priscilla Queentet of the Desert, and Quartet Bijoux. You can hear Will on the National Youth Orchestra’s 2011 CD featuring works such as Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony 15. 


The “Almost” Complete Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Jacques Israelievitch, violin and viola; Benjamin Smith, piano
Saturday October 19,2013 at 2 pm and 5 pm
$20 for one concert; $35 for both concerts; students pay $20 for both concerts

Programme
2 pm concert

Sonatas for Viola and Piano


Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38 (1862-5)

(Transcribed from the cello sonata by Milton Katims) Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 #1 (1894)
Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 #2 (1894)

5 pm concert

Sonatas for Violin and Piano


Sonata #1 in G Major, Op. 78 (1878-9)

Sonata #2 in A Major, Op. 100 (1886)

Intermission

Sonatensatz (Scherzo), Op. Posth. (1853)

Sonata #3 in D Minor, Op. 108 (1886-8)

Bio

Jacques Israelievitch, viola and violin

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

Benjamin Smith, piano 

A native of Chatham, Ontario, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States.  He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the 2008 CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the 2003 Edward Johnson Piano Competition.  Orchestral appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, the Clairion Symphony, and the New Symphony Orchestra.  In 2007, he was a featured soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The 2010/11 season saw him perform the Schoenberg Piano Concerto under maestro Rossen Milanov, as well as appear as guest artist on both the Toronto Summer Music and the Banff Summer Arts festivals.  Highlights of 2012 included a recital collaboration with internationally-renowned cellist Colin Carr, and a performance of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4 with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra under Henry Janzen.  Still upcoming for this year is a concert in December with cellist Dongkyun An at the PianoForte Salon in Chicago.

A proponent of new music and a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra, Ben also devotes much time to chamber music.  He has been heard in this capacity on Classical 96.3 in Toronto, and has partnered with artists such as Bonnie Hampton, Mark Fewer, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Sonic Escape, the Talisker Players, the Annex String Quartet, and members of Amici and the Cecilia String Quartet.  He has also worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, Bob Becker, and Chandler Carter.

Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Young Artist Academy at the RCM.  Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario (2005-06), and he has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University.  His principal teachers include Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl.  Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.

Intelligently rounded musicianship.” – The Irish Times


The Art of the Piano: Beatriz Boizan
Friday October 18, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE at www.BeatrizBoizan.com

Programme
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI:52
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (S.161/5)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Étude No. 3 in G-sharp minor "La campanella"
Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905): Danzas Cubanas (selections)
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909): Corpus Christi en Sevilla (from Suite Iberia Book I)
Manuel de Falla (1876 -1946): Ritual Fire Dance
Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963): Malagueña (from Suite Andalucía)


The Toy Piano Composers Turns 5!
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 students

Programme
Join us for a celebration of TPC's fifth anniversary with re-imaginings of their favourite TPC works from the past five years, featuring the TPC Ensemble and the junctQin keyboard collective.
Musicians:

junctQin keyboard collective: Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, Stephanie Chua

Toy Piano Composers Ensemble:

Katherine Watson, flute
Anthony Thompson, clarinet
Wesley Shen, piano/toy piano
Daniel Morphy, percussion
Sharon Lee, violin
Adam Scime, double bass

Sinister Music Box Elisha Denburg
One short piece for my short attention span Igor Correia
Crosscurrents Glenn James
it plays (because it plays) Monica Pearce
Half Broke on the Wheel Ruth Guechtal
The Monster from the Closet Daniel Brophy
A Geology Lesson Fiona Ryan
Modus Operandi Nancy Tam
Three Fantastical Things Christian Floisand
Walking Chris Thornborrow


NEW SONGS AND REVERENT REMIXES:
GLENN BUHR & THE BUTTON FACTORY BAND
Friday October 11, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Student

Programme
New Songs and Reverent Remixes

Glenn Buhr's songs are blend of blues, rock, avant-garde and country. His remixes of blues, jazz, folk and rock classics manage to morph familiar music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Page, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon into wonderful new musical structures.

In this show, Buhr performs several of his songs and remixes, and also unveils a power trio version of his 2nd Piano Concerto, which is strongly influenced by Pink Floyd and Arvo Pärt, among others.

The Button Factory Band:

Glenn Buhr, piano/guitar/vocals
Victor Bateman, bass/guitar/vocals
Brandon Valdivia, drums/percussion
with guest: Mike Anderson, guitar/piano/laptop/vocals

Bio

Glenn Buhr, guitars/Glenn Buhr has a broad and various musical life.  He’s a singer/songwriter; a powerful performer his own songs, and he’s also developed a reputation as creator and performer of unique remixes of classic blues, rock and popular songs, giving them all his own peculiar compositional voice. 

Recently he’s worked with MadeleinePeyroux, Ron Sexsmith, Kiran Alhuwalia and Sarah Slean as arranger, producer and composer.  He won the Genie Award for best song from the film Seven Times Lucky in 2005, and he’s the winner two recent SOCAN awards for his music.

Buhr is also a composer of concert and stage music for symphony orchestra’s, ballet companies, string quartets and various chamber ensembles.  He became well known in Canada in the mid-80′s when the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras first championed his work, and in the mid-90′s as front man - with conductor Bramwell Tovey – of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

His music has been performed all over the world by such diverse ensembles as the London Sinfonia, the Tokyo Ballet Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra pianist Louis Lortie, soprano Tracy Dahl and many others.  His 3rd Symphony (a choral symphony) was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in February 2008 with pop singer Sarah Slean as soloist.

In 2003, his full length ballet Beauty and the Beast was premiered by the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Birmingham, England. The work has since toured the UK three times for a total of more than 100 performances. The ballet has also toured to Hong Kong (2005), Japan (2008) and to mainland China in 2009. He has also composed a number of scores for film and theatre and has collaborated on several other dance projects.  

Glenn Buhr’s work and his performances are featured regularly on the CBC.  His book Our Native Song - a collection of essays on music – was published in May 2013.

The Button Factory Band

Brandon Miguel Valdivia, drums/percussion

Brandon Miguel Valdivia is a percussionist, mbira-ist, flautist and composer. He studied composition and percussion performance at Wilfrid Laurier University and has studied West African percussion, Mbira Dzavadzimu, Javanese Gamelan and Latin American percussion.

He is involved in the experimental folk band “Picastro”, the improv/world music/psych duo “Not the Wind, Not the Flag” and punk/psych/folk band “Pachamama”, and his solo project "Mas Aya" . He has appeared on releases for local and international labels such as Barnyard Records, Medusa Editions, Bug Incision Records, Healing Power Records, Alien8, Polyvinyl, Spool and Constellation Records. He has also composed and performed music for theatre groups such as MT Space in Kitchener, IXOK’ Theatre Collective ,  Aluna Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre in Toronto, and the Red Snow Collective.

Brandon has performed throughout Canada, United States, China, Europe and in Colombia and believes in art making as a force of healing, wisdom and education in this divided and consumerist society.

Victor Bateman, bass/guitar/vocals

Victor Bateman has spent the past 32 years playing music in, around, and outside of Toronto. During this time he’s had the good fortune to perform and record with many excellent musicians in a variety of  styles and situations. They include country music with The Good Brothers, Sylvia Tyson and Quartette, blues with  Amos Garrett and Chris Whiteley, improvisatory music with CCMC, Jean Derome, and Lori Freedman,  jazz with Reg Schwager and Laura Hubert,  folk music with Murray Maclauchlan, Ken Whiteley, Jackie Washington, and Eve Goldberg, pop music with Jill Barber and Big Sugar, klezmer music with the Flying Bulgars. as well as contemporary concert music and opera by Anthony Braxton, Wende Bartley and Nic Gotham. 


Mike Downes Trio:
Robi Botos (piano), Fabio Ragnelli (drums), Mike Downes (Bass) with special guest Ted Quinlan (guitar) Thursday October 10 at 9 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Bio

CD release of new jazz recording “Ripple Effect”

Toronto bassist and composer Mike Downes will be celebrating the release of his latest recording “Ripple Effect” at Gallery 345 in Toronto on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Recorded in the Drive Shed by John “Beetle” Bailey and released on Addo Records, “Ripple Effect” features Robi Botos (piano), Ethan Ardelli (drums) and Mike Downes (bass).  Special guest Ted Quinlan (guitar) joins the trio on the title track.

This is contemporary jazz masterfully played by some of Canada’s most vibrant musicians on the scene today. The music is dynamic, ranging from intimate to explosive. Mike, Robi and Ted have developed a deep musical connection over time and their love of melodicism is clearly evident. Put in the mix the young and talented Fabio Ragnelli and this is sure to be a great night of music. The trio/quartet will be performing their mix of original music and unique interpretations of jazz standards. Several beautiful arrangements of eastern-European folk songs from the recording will be featured as well.

From the CD liner notes, Mike describes the title track Ripple Effect: “This is a pebble dropped in water – an idea that expands outward and onward throughout the composition. It’s an analogy for the much-needed forces of kindness, tolerance and love that begin with each of us and reverberate outward.”

Selected press quotes:

“Mike Downes is as strong a player as he is a composer.” Brian Brennan, Calgary Herald

"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

Top 10 CDs of 2005” (The Winds of Change) JazzFM91

Mike Downes is as gifted a composer as he is a bassist…The Winds of Change is an excellent showcase for Downes’ compositional and bass-playing talents.” Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists

About the musicians:

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 80s. He has performed worldwide with many of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Molly Johnson, PJ Perry, 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 four recordings as a leader - Forces, Then, The Winds of Change and now Ripple Effect.

Robi Botos is recognized as one of Canada’s finest jazz pianists. Born into a musical family in Hungary, Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998. He has been featured with many local and international greats including Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy  Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Tim Ries, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Molly Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Nikki Yanofsky, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Toots Thielmans and many more. He has won numerous awards including the Galaxie Rising Star Award in 2010 and the TD Canada Trust Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012.

Drummer Fabio Ragnelli has steadily emerged into one of the leading young jazz musicians in the vibrant Toronto jazz scene. He was trained in Humber College's prestigious jazz program as well as through private study with masters like Dave Douglas, Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss in New York and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has performed with major visiting artists including Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, and Mike Stern as well as being a member of many highly regarded Toronto-based projects.

Ted Quinlan 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.

For more information please visit www.mikedownes.com.



Tango and more
Sunday October 6, 2013 at 3 PM
$20


story-songs/song-paintings
a debut cd release and art exhibition by Soozi Schlanger
Saturday October 5, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Programme
Reception to follow

Special musical guests include: Colleen Allen/saxophone ; Emilyn Stam/piano and fiddle; Tony Quarrington/guitar; Denis Keldie/organ and accordion

Plus aerial perfoming artist Holly Treddenick

soozimusic is a new musical incarnation for Soozi Schlanger.

Bio

Best known as the lead singer/washboard and fiddle player for Toronto's famed Cajun band 'Swamperella', Schlanger has now branched out into diverse musical territory. Her narratives - personal, quirky, witty, and contemporary, are rooted in acute observations of a life lived. Her powerful vocals - simply poetic.

“…some of my most intense musical experiences, as an artistic director but also as an audience member, have been through Soozi Schlanger. Dominique Denis (Artistic Director) Alliance Français

For more info: www.soozischlanger.com


From Handel to Tango
Sunday September 29, 2013 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Srs and Students

Programme
Soprano: Iris Rodrigues
Trumpet: Paul Sanvidotti
Pianio: Edward Moroney
Cello: Kerri McGonigle
Guitar: Don MacDonald

"Si Suoni La Tromba" and "Con Voce Festiva" - A. Scarlatti
from the 7 Arias for Soprano & Trumpet
"Trumpet Concerto" 3rd movement only - Hummel
"Piangero" from Julius Caesar - Handel
Three songs by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)
Habanera
Hai Luli
"Concierto de Aranjuez" 2nd mvt only - Joaqin Rodrigo
"Amor los Pajaros perdidos" - Astor Piazzolla
"Libertango" - Astor Piazzolla


The Art of the Piano: Martin Söderberg
“A Musical Journey Through Spain”
Monday September 23 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
Sonata in D Major - ANTONIO SOLER
Sonata in F-sharp Major
Sonata in g minor

Cadiz - ISAAC ALBENIZ
Mallorca
Cordoba

Spanish Dance No. 5 - ENRIQUE GRANADOS

Allegro de Concierto

Song and Dance No. 5 - FEDERICO MOMPOU

Variations on "El Vito" - MANUEL INFANTE

Ritual Fire Dance - MANUEL DE FALLA

Bio

“A first class performer....a magnificent interpreter....his Chopin is as beautiful as it is authentic” said the Diario ABC of Madrid after Mr. Söderberg’s performance of the complete Chopin Etudes. Of Swedish Spanish descent, Mr. Söderberg has been performing since he was twelve years old, when he made his recital debut in Las Palmas, Spain. After being awarded the First Prize in the 1985 “Pilar Bayona” International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain, he has concertized extensively in Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, England, Central America, The Caribbean, South America, China and the USA.

Martin Söderberg was a winner at the 1988 Artists International Auditions in New York and was presented in his New York Recital Debut at Carnegie’s Weill

Hall. The New York Times described Mr. Söderberg as a “strong technician who seems to enjoy tapping the energy that lies within the music....he made a stylish account of the Mozart sonata....voicing and textures were attractively transparent and he kept the line moving gracefully...showed considerable skill in bringing the parade of characterizations in Schumann’s Carnaval to life.” In a recent concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) the New York Times again described Söderberg’s performance of Spanish Music as “spectacular”, and the Village Voice hailed: “Extraordinary piano playing.” In 1998 he was awarded the “Alumni Award” by Artists International and was invited to perform a recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Mr. Söderberg appears frequently as a guest soloist with orchestras all over the world. He has performed with conductors such as Zdenek Kosler and Olivier Dohnanyi (Slovak Philharmonic), Irwin Hoffmann (Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra), Enrique Ricci (Orchestra of Guanajuato, Mexico), German Caceres (Orchestra of El Salvador), Max Bragado, Brian Leeper and Hubert Borgel (Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Spain), Juan de Udaeta (Orchestra of Andalucia), Laurine Fox (Orchestra Celebrate in New York), David Gilbert (Manhattan School Philharmonia) Erick Friedmann (FAME Festival Orchestra) and many others.

Martin Söderberg is a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a doctorate degree in 1990. He studied under Professor Ubaldo Diaz Acosta in New York City, whom he considers his Master teacher. With him, he learned the principles of the “Relaxation Technique”. He also studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Teresa Alonso, Tomas Andrade, and Juan Antunez.

Mr. Söderberg has recorded 3 CDs: “Piano Music from Spain", “Piano Music of Rafael Landestoy” and “The 24 Chopin Etudes” as part of his ongoing recording project “World Piano Collection”.


The Art of the Piano: Thomas Alexander
Sunday September 22, 2013 at 3 PM
$15

Programme
Scherzo no. 2 in B-flat minor - F.Chopin
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 - F.Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 12 - F.Liszt
Rhapsody in Blue - G. Gershwin

Praised for his charismatic piano presence, Thomas Alexander has distinguished himself with his versatility as a classical pianist and improvisational virtuoso.

Bio

Born in Amsterdam, Holland, January 23rd 1980, it was at the age of 11 that Thomas was first introduced to piano. His natural gift for playing and improvising was evidenced immediately. He studied at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of the Arts) formerly Sweelinck Conservatorium under the guidance of some of the best music professors in the world including M. Marcel Baudet, Mila Baslawskaya. Thomas was selected for masterclasses by Karl Heinz Kammerling, Marie Francoise Bouquet and Lazar Berman.

Thomas won several prizes and competitions including the Princess Christina competition (http://www.vvvzandvoort.com/events/events-zandvoort/princess-christina-music-contest-16092012/) in his native Holland, and was featured on national TV.

Thomas has toured his native country The Netherlands, France, Belgium, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, U.S.A. (where he lived for 8 years), and Canada (now his home) where he mystifies and commands standing ovations at all venues he plays.


GREG BYERS: CD Release of “byerself” with VICTORIA YEH and VIOLET FUSION
Friday September 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
$15; $10 Students

Bio

Since Greg began his journey with the cello at age 2, he has immersed himself in every aspect of his art, with each experience elevating and culminating to the next - from performance to composition, recording, education, and entrepreneurship. In Greg's debut EP Some Dark, Beautiful Morning, he explored the surprising richness of orchestrated jazz fusion. With his newest solo project, byerself, Greg expands his musical horizons, this time as both electric cellist and singer/songwriter. byerself embodies the dichotomy of music and of life - delving into the nuanced interplay between precision and improvisation, the natural and artificial, nature and technology -  all while pulling each listener into their own journey of truth, beauty, freedom. Join Greg at Gallery 345 on Friday September 20th for his only Canadian tour date, along with opening act, Victoria Yeh, Toronto's very own electric violinist.

www.GregByersMusic.com.

"...offers a beautiful fusion of music." -Palm Beach Daily News

"Arguably the highlight... finding their footing in a sunny bouquet of strumming guitars, flutes, cello, and other orchestral accouterments." -Miami New Times


The Art of the Piano: Kara Huber
Wednesday September 18 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
from No Longer Very Clear - Joan Tower (b. 1938)
"Holding a Daisy"
“Or like a…an Engine”

Etude in F Major, Op. 10 No. 8 - Frédéric Chopin (1810- 1849)
Etude No. 9 pour les notes répétées - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Preludes Op. 32 - Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943)

No. 10 in B Minor
No. 12 in G-sharp Minor
No. 13 in D-flat Major

Intermission

Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S.161 Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Sposalizio
Il penseroso
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante (Fantaisie quasi Sonate)

Bio

American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post during a recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.”

Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, in the Eastern Illinois University Guest Artist Series and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, NY. Kara attended the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) where she performed the Gershwin Concerto in F with the EMF Orchestra. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, Piano Arts Solo and Concerto Competition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Kara has attended summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Eastern Music Festival, Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival, and Indiana University Piano Academy. She recently finished a creative music residency at the Banff Centre.

Ms. Huber is an advocate of new music and played an active role in CCM’s Modern Music Ensemble. She works closely with living composers and has collaborated with Percussion Group Cincinnati. Also a collaborative and chamber pianist, Kara accompanies many vocalists, instrumentalists, and ballet classes. Having a passion for opera and musical theater, Ms. Huber enjoys performing in pit orchestras as a keyboardist and conductor. She has studied conducting with Mark Gibson and Annunziata Tomaro.

Ms. Huber has worked with conductors Charles Dutoit and Gerard Schwarz. She has performed in master classes for internationally renowned artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Peter Serkin, Valentina Lisitsa, Ian Hobson, Markus Groh, Steven Mayer, Irina Morozova, Jeffery Swann, Robert McDonald, Jerome Rose, and Graham Johnson. Past teachers have included Michael Coonrod, Yoshi Nagai, Paul Schenly, and Jerome Lowenthal.

First picking up melodies by ear at an early age, Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five. At sixteen, she was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) in Michigan. She spent two years at IAA and made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Kara has received degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Frank Weinstock and Awadagin Pratt. Studying now with John Perry and David Louie, she is currently earning an Artist Diploma degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


The Art of the Violin:
Stanislav Pronin – Violin for One
Saturday June 22, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Programme
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII

J.S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita for Violin solo no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Bryan Christian: Alone for Solo Violin (Canadian Premier)

Alfred Schnittke: A Paganini

Nicolo Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Pasiello’s “Nel cor piu non mi sento,” Op. 38

Bio

“[Stass] is an exceptional violinist with genuine musical sensitivity and an astonishingly formidable technique. His natural intelligence and innate musicality make his performances very compelling.” -- Andre Watts

“[Stass] is a phenomenally gifted violinist with quite a remarkable technique – playing the violin is easy for him. What I admire most about him is his curiosity for all things musical, his ardent interest in contemporary music and his very personal way of making music.”

-- Jaime Laredo

Despite his young age, Stanislav Pronin has already established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. Born in Moscow, Mr. Pronin can trace his musical lineage to the great school of Odessa trained violinists. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, who was a professor of violin at the Odessa Conservatory and a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Pyotr Stoliarsky, teacher of David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. Among his grandfather’s close friends and colleagues were violinists David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan, pianist Emil Gilels and the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Mr. Pronin continued his studies with Nelli Shkolnikova and later Jaime Laredo, and received additional artistic tutelage from Boris Kuschnir, Pinchas Zukerman, Joel Smirnoff, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Pavel Vernikov and many others.

Ever since his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10, Mr. Pronin has been maintaining a busy performance schedule. His performances range from solos with orchestras to solo and chamber recitals worldwide. He has performed in many music festivals and concert venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Miller Theatre in New York City; Dekelboum Hall in Washington, D.C.; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada; the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada; and the Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia. He has frequently performed on television and radio in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel, including live broadcasts of the Interlochen Public Radio Station and the WFMT Chicago Classical Radio station.

He has performed under the baton of many eminent conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Herbert Blomstedt, Ronald Zollman, John Adams and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Pronin is also an avid chamber musician, and frequently engages in chamber music with internationally-renowned musicians such as Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Barry Shiffman, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Anton Nel, Julian Milkis, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin has been frequently acknowledged for his individualistic and imaginative approach to musical interpretation, as well as outstanding flexibility in terms of programming and a large repertoire ranging from early-Baroque through the 21st century.

Recently, Mr. Pronin has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Verbier Festival (including the Swiss Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Part.ti.ta for solo violin) in Switzerland, the Kronberg Festival in Germany and in solo recitals at the Stankovic Music Hall as well as several special guest appearances on national television in Belgrade, Serbia.

Upcoming engagements include the Beethoven Concerto with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City; Solo recitals at the Dennos Museum in Michigan and the Barge Music Series in NY; Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Chamber music performances with Jan Lisiecki and others at the Stratford Music Festival; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra with Uri Mayer at the baton; Mendelsohn Concerto op. 64 with Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra; and a Denmark tour with Joshua Weilerstein and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Pronin is the recipient of multiple awards from the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Voirin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.

www.stanislavpronin.com


ARLENE PACULAN: CD RELEASE PARTY
Featuring Kat Leonard & The MP3
Friday June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION. Seating is first come first served

Bio

Randolph Academy graduate, Arlene Paculan, has been performing across the GTA, Montreal, Ottawa, Anaheim CA, for over 3 years. Selected past performances include: TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2012), PRIDE Toronto (2012), opening for Juno Nominee Jazz Sensation, Jill Barber, for a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012). She will be performing at the Company House in Halifax, along with her opener, Kat Leonard, this coming July. Arlene has also been invited to play the Beaches International Jazz Street Festival this year. Creator of a new fast-growing event, "WonderFest", Arlene's goal is to spread empowerment through art with the festival. The next event will take place at the Celebration Square Amphitheatre in Mississauga on August 14th. You can also catch her on Rogers TV as co-host for the new hip series " insauga.com podcast".
www.arlenepaculan.com

What people are saying about her:

“Love the groove, love the singing. There’s an effortlessness [in your singing]. You have a natural song personality.” When speaking about the single, I’m Worth It: “I have to say I think the sentiment of ‘I’m Worth It’ is really a wonderful sentiment. I had never heard it quite like that before and I think that’s really important...such a beautiful, beautiful line, ‘I’m Worth It’ ”

-Dan Hill – internationally renowned Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“You have a beautiful voice, really, really nice singing voice.”- Grant Lawrence of cbcradio3.com

“Your music and voice are both haunting and passionate, I truly enjoyed listening. Keep up the great work!”
-Rob Rapiti from www.BLREntertainment.com

Kat Leonard – singing songwriting comedian

Kat Leonard has been performing in and around Toronto for the past 10 years. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory, she has written and performed standup and sketch comedy as well as improv. She has also written and produced numerous short films and music videos.

In 2006 Kat felt magic by melding her four passions together: live performance, video production, music and comedy. She began creating multimedia cabaret shows that follow a theme or storyline.

Kat & The Mp3’s debut CD, A Depper Kind Of Love, was released June 9, 2011. The accompanying live stage show premiered at The Toronto Fringe Festival 2011 and was remounted at the Love & Obsession Festival November 2011. A Depper Kind of Love, inspired by loving Johnny Depp, is a musical comedy extravaganza exploring the hilarity of heartbreak.

www.katleonard.com 


JORY NASH IN CONCERT
Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Bio

http://www.jorynash.com/ticketsforjune19thconcertintoronto.cfm

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his newest CD Little Pilgrim. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash has also received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Best Producer for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award.

Jory is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot.

Jory plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. He tours regularly across Canada playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theatres. Jory Nash has a hat collection that numbers in the hundreds and he is also a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Solo Improvisations for Bass Clarinet
Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8PM
$15; $10 Seniors and Arts Workers; $5 Student

Program
Two sets of improvised music.
This performance will be focusing predominantly on completely original solo material, but will also include work with electronics and some very special guests.

Bio

Kathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinettists. 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.

Kathryn regularly works with young composers and improvisers. She is currently the co- Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the bass clarinet instructor at the University of Waterloo, the Artistic Director of the improvisational concert series, MIX, and the Associate Director of the East-West Music Series based at Conrad Grebel University College. As an enthusiast of improvisation in the classroom and bass clarinet repertoire, she has guest lectured in university classes and conducted workshops across Canada for both teachers and students.

In 2004 Kathryn founded Canada’s first bass clarinet duo, Bass Impact with fellow bass clarinettist, Tilly Kooyman. Bass Impact had the honour of representing Canada and performing a recital of Canadian compositions at the 2005 World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 2006 she co-founded the Kitchener- Waterloo Improvisers Collective (KWIC). KWIC’s mandate was to promote improvising musicians, and the improvised music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. KWIC created a concert series of improvised music and brought in several world renowned musicians to host workshops.

Currently, Kathryn performs as a soloist and in a number of ensembles that specialize in new music and free improvisation such as Digital Prowess, Edges, and Stealth; her duo with famed percussionist Richard Burrows. She was a 2008 KW Arts Awards nominee in the music category and a 2010 nominee for KW Oktoberfest Woman of the Year in the “arts and culture” category.

Kathryn’s debut CD “Open” was released in September, 2010 and was made possible by a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her music has been featured on CBC radio 2, CISM in Montréal, CJSW in Calgary, CKMS in Waterloo, and on TienCC in The Netherlands. In the fall of 2011, Kathryn completed a Fall Creative Residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts and she is currently pursuing her PhD at York University under the direction of Casey Sokol.

Kathryn Ladano, MMus, PhD candidate - York University
http://www.kathrynladano.com


Monique de Margerie, piano
Etsuko Kimura, violin
MONDAY June 17, 2013 at 7  pm
$20; $15; $10

Program
Schubert sonata in A major Opus posth. 162

Allegro moderato
Scherzo,presto
Andantino
Allegro vivace

Beethoven sonata op.30 #3 in G major

Allegro assai
Tempo di Minuetto
Allegro vivace

Intermission

Fauré sonata op. 13 in A major

Allegro molto
Andante
Allegro vivo
Allegro quasi presto

Bio

Etsuko Kimura is currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. One of the exciting performers of her generation, she catapulted to the international stage as a prizewinner of the 24th Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition. Born and raised in Japan, she studied violin performance with Tomotada Soh at the Osaka College of Music, and later with Lorand Fenyves in Canada. Etsuko has been a featured soloist with orchestras internationally, and has lead a number of premier ensembles in the past including the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra in Japan, and Sinfonia Toronto. Her performances can be heard frequently on the radio. Etsuko currently teaches at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

Monique de Margerie teaches privately and accompanies students and faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and at the University of Toronto. She also accompanies the High Park Children’s Choir under its award-winning director, Zimfira Poloz. Much sought-after as a teacher, she travelled across Canada in 2012 as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition.

From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and accompanist. In the fall of 2011, she was featured as a soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in four performances of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Other recent performances include collaborations with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, clarinettist Jean-François Normand, and members of the string quartet Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc; in 2009 she toured India with German saxophonist Claudia Schätzle. Mme de Margerie is also a member of the tango group Canciones del Sol.

Before returning to Canada in 2003, Mme de Margerie worked for almost 20 years in Europe, as a soloist, teacher and collaborative pianist based in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris. She was a frequent collaborator with violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco, she toured with Bach Akademie Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling, and taught for many years at the Koenig Conservatory in Paris. She has made many broadcasts with the national radios of Germany, Switzerland and Canada, and has one solo recording on the Koch label.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique de Margerie holds a Meisterklassendiplom from Munich’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where she graduated with high distinction as a student of Giti Pirner. She is also a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory where she was a student of Anisia Campos and her post-graduate studies include two years with Monique Deschaussées in Paris.


Prezi Piano Concert: Frank Horvat
Saturday June 15, 2013 at 8 pm
$15 Adults; $10 Arts Workers/Seniors; Free: Students 18 & under
For Tickets: www.frankhorvat.com

Storytelling through modern piano music & visual imagery. Aggressive yet introspective, Frank Horvat delivers an unyielding piano performance of his original compositions demonstrating an unpredictable meld of musical styles. These instrumental pieces without words tell deeply personal stories thru on-screen projections created with Prezi presentationsoftware. Don't miss this last night of prezi-piano music by Frank Horvat, John Adams & Ann Southam.

"Bordering on the improvisations of Keith Jarrett... this is a truly eclectic mix showcasing Horvat's wealth of technique and energy...I'm left shaking my head in wonder." - David Olds, WholeNote Magazine

"It's arpeggio-filled pop-classical-style music somewhat reminiscent of Philip Glass's solo piano work." - Adrian Chamberlaine, Victoria Times Colonist

Bio

Born in Ottawa, Canada in 1974, Frank Horvat is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. From performing in classical recitals to playing in rock bands, Frank maintains an active schedule of performances of his own compositions and the works of others in Canada and abroad. His portfolio of compositions consists of chamber, electronic, music theatre, film, and large ensemble works. His music has been featured on TV networks like the CBC & Bravo and a variety of radio stations internationally. Released in June ’07, his debut recording, “I’ll Be Good”, features thirteen original compositions for solo piano performed by Frank himself. This was followed by a 28-stop concert tour including performances at NuitBlanche (Toronto) and The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton). Frank's followup CD, "A Little Dark Music", released on Earth Hour 2010 is inspired by environmental themes. A portion of the sale of this CD is being donated to WWF. From March 2010 to April 2011, Frank presented "The Green Keys Tour", a 60+ city concert tour across Canada and the US that showcased eco-friendly behaviour. A graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frank is also very active within the field of music education. Residing in Toronto with his wife, Frank is passionate about social issues related to poverty and the environment.


Dave Restivo, piano and Reg Schwager, guitar
Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Bio

Dave Restivo

Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. He 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, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, 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, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others. Dave has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto. "...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..." -Roger Levesque,

Reg Schwager

Reg Schwager is a four-time winner of Canada's National Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. From 1994-2004, Schwager toured and recorded with master jazz pianist George Shearing, and he has also worked with Diana Krall, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell, Emilie-Claire Barlow and many others. He appears on over 100 commercially released recordings including, under his own name, “Arctic Passage", “Border Town", “Chromology" and "Duets". He appears as a co-leader with Don Thompson on the duo CDs “Live at Mezzetta" and “One Take, Volume Three."

Guitarist Reg Schwager has worked with some of the most famous performers in jazz, including Diana Krall, George Shearing and Peter Appleyard. In addition to being a distinguished sideman, though, he’s also genuinely adventurous. Schwager has just released two contrasting CDs that testify to the range and quality of his work.

His duet with pianist David Restivo, Arctic Passage (Rant 1346), presents two musicians gifted in the myriad permutations of melody and harmony, etching work of glittering lyricism. Most of the compositions are Schwager’s own, themes worthy of further exploration, but there are also distinctive accounts of Poor Butterfly and Alexander’s Ragtime Band, each enlivened by thoughtful chordal extensions that are bound to surprise. The dialogue is inevitably reminiscent of the perfect duos recorded by Bill Evans and Jim Hall in the 1960s.

http://www.thewholenote.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23552%3Ajazz-eh-may-2013&catid=51%3Ajazzaimprovised&Itemid=178


The Art of the Piano:
Alejandro Vela plays Prokofiev and Granados
Friday June 14, 2013 at 8 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students

Program
S. Prokofiev: Five Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
S. Prokofiev: Eighth Sonata, Op. 84
E. Granados: Quéjas ó La maja y el ruiseñor
E. Granados: El amor y la muerte (Balada)
E. Granados: El Pelele

Bio

"Vela plays with great sentiment, elegance, exceptional technique and a profound musicality." - Mundo Clásico

Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty,Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to the capital cities of Rome, Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki, Kiev, Tokyo and Taipei.

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Recently, Vela gave acclaimed performances at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include national broadcasts and radio appearances in over 20 countries.

Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. Upon the advice of Maestro Eschenbach, Alejandro studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School where he holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree. More information on Alejandro Vela at www.alejandrovela.com.


The Art of the Piano: Cristiana Pegoraro
Monday June 10, 2013 at 8pm
$25; $10 Students

Programme

C. Pegoraro Sailing Away

W. A. Mozart Variations on “Salve tu Domine” by G. Paisiello

G. Rossini Ouverture from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”

L. van Beethoven Sonata quasi una fantasia Op.27 N.2 “Moonlight”

Adagio sostenuto

Allegretto

Presto agitato

C. Pegoraro Colors of Love

A. Piazzolla/C. Pegoraro Tanghi:

Chau Paris

Milonga del angel

C. Pegoraro The Wind and the Sea

G. Rossini/F. Liszt La Carita’

G. Rossini/F Liszt La Danza – Tarantella napoletana

Program subject to change

Bios

At the age of 16, with the highest grades and honors, Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro graduated from the Conservatory of Terni, her birth city. She continued her studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Subsequently, she has continued to perfect her art with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Her skills display great technical and interpretive abilities and she has won various international competitions. In 1989, she won the Best of the Year for Classical Music Award in Prague "for her natural talent, great personality, mastery of phrasing and expressive maturity." The New York Times defines her as "an artist of the highest caliber" following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Cristiana has performed consistently since childhood as a soloist and with orchestras for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Grosses Saal, Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein, Palais Metternich, Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna); Royal College of Music (London); Auditorium Parco della Musica - Santa Cecilia Hall, Sinopoli Hall, Petrassi Hall, Casa del Jazz (Rome); Serate Musicali (Milan); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, S. Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr – Germany, Shabyt Festival Astana – Kazakstan, 2005 Aichi World Expo – Japan and 2008 Saragoza World Expo - Spain).
Her tours in the Gulf Countries made her the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. She is also the first female Italian pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.

In 2005, she played for the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

In 2008, she was the only European representative at the Spring Festival at the United Nations in New York, and performed in the hall of the General Assembly. That same year, she debuted at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the 16th edition of Umbria Jazz with two sold out concerts. In 2009, she played in Moscow in the presence of the Italian Minister of Economic Development. In 2010, in Rome, she performed for the President of the Austrian Senate.

Her TV and radio broadcasts include RAI, Mediaset, Radio Vaticana, Discoteca di Stato, BBC (Scotland), ARD (Germany), RTP (Portugal), WQXR New York (USA), Nine Network (Australia) and CBC (Japan). She has been a guest on the Italian TV shows: “Porta a Porta” with Bruno Vespa (RAI 1), “Sottovoce” with Gigi Marzullo (RAI 1), “Vivere Meglio” with Fabrizio Trecca (Rete 4).

Her vast discography counts 22 CDs recorded for Decision Products, Nuova Era, Dynamic and Diva. It includes three albums with her original compositions (“A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, and “La mia Umbria”), numerous recordings of classical composers, new interpretations of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos, which Pegoraro arranged for solo piano, and performances of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.

Cristiana Pegoraro adds to her concert activity that of composer. Her compositions have been used for films and documentaries including the soundtrack to the video “For whom the sirens toll” produced by the UN Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and presented at the UN on September 11, 2004 in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack.

Cristiana regularly presents master classes at universities and colleges in the United States - New York (The Juilliard School), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, as well as in Italy, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.

She is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas.

She supports various international organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, World Food Programme and Emergency in their humanitarian efforts.

In 2005 at her 10th concert at Lincoln Center, she received the “World Peace Award” from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the UN for her effort in advancing peace in the world.

In 2007, along with other important artists including Maestro Claudio Abbado, she received the Sebetia Ter – President of Italy Award for her activity as a performer and composer.

In 2010, she was anointed as “2010 ILICA woman of the year” by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York.

In 2011, she was honored with the “Rotary Umbria” prize for her professionalism, social commitment and her constant promotion of Umbria throughout the world. She also received the “Messenger of the Territory” award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terni, and the “Melvin Jones Fellow” award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

She is an Ambassador of “The Right to Music” (a program under the tutelage of the Commission of Culture of Rome and the Commission for Youth Policies whose goal is to promote musical culture in all its aspects), and a testimonial of the Umbrian tourist campaign throughout the world.

Since 2011, she is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy (www.narniaartsacademy.com) and Narnia Festival (www.narniafestival.it).

On April 15, 2013, she received from the hands of the Mayor of Rome the prestigious “Premio Simpatia”, awarded to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and conceived in recognition "of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work”. Past recipients include Directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, Actor Sofia Loren and Nobel Laureate Dario Fo.

www.cristianapegoraro.com


TRIO LAURIER: STORYTELLING MUSIC
Friday June 7, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Student

Program

"Entracte" from Carmen by George Bizet (1838-1875) arr. by Ervin Monroe
Fantaisie on Theme from Der Freischutz by Paul Taffanel (1844-1908)
Chaos, Order and Dissolve by Christopher Thornborrow (b.1983) Hypnosis by Ian Clarke (b.1964)
Fantaisie Brillante sur Carmen by Francois Borne, (1840-1920) arr. by Jim Walker

Intermission

The Disgruntled Pied Piper by Peter Crouch (b.1986)
HIstoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) arr. by Diana Lam
Flower Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes (1836-1891) - arr. by Jeanne Baxtresser

Bios

Montreal-based flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse is a prize-winner from several national competitions including the TD-Canada Trust Young Artist Competition, Ken-Murray Concerto Competition and the Saskatchewan Music Festival. Jeff is co-artistic director of Productions Berrisque, a Montreal-based company dedicated to alternative chamber music performance. Alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, l’Orchestre Réseau du Conservatoire du Québec and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, as a freelancer Jeff has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Laval Symphony Orchestra, Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia de Lanaudière and l’ECM+. Jeff received the Prix with high distinction from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in flute and chamber music (2009) and an MMus (McGill University, 2011). Jeff studied with Denis Bluteau, Marie-Andrée Benny and Amy Hamilton. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, K-W Chamber Orchestra and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal String Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Jeff performs with the harp trio Isosceles, the Burgundy Winds and l’Ensemble Paramirabo.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program as a student of Anya Alexeyev, Matty Walton recently completed his Master's degree in Performance at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Andrew Tunis. Highlights of his studies have included performing Prokofiev’s First Piano Concerto with the WLU symphony orchestra, as well as representing Ontario at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national finals in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 2007. Active as a collaborative pianist, Matty is currently completing an MA in Musicology at the University of Ottawa. His areas of interest include modern music, transcriptions, Canadian music, and the works of Franz Liszt and Frederic Rzewski.

Diana Lam received her Bachelor of Music in Performance with Distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Ottawa. Diana further pursued her studies as an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts. She has studied with renown teachers such as Robert Cram, Joanna G'Froerer, Carolyn Christie, Camille Churchfield, and Dr. Amy Hamilton. Diana has performed internationally, and has been an archival recording artist for the Canadian Music Centre. She can currently be heard on the disc "8 pieces for 8", a compilation of Canadian flute octet repertoire that was released through the centre in January 2008. She has performed as a soloist with the Wilfrid Laurier University Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and has also collaborated with numerous orchestras in Canada including the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orchestra de la Francophonie Canadienne, Symphony Hamilton, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Diana was principal flute of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2011, and is involved in multiple chamber music collaborations. Diana is the owner and flute technician at Ottawa Flute Repair and is currently Flute Faculty at Carleton University and The National Capital Suzuki School of Music.


Coenraad Bloemendal, cello, Sybil Shanahan, cello, with Mauro Bertoli, piano
Thursday June 6, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 seniors; $10 students

Program
The concert we are going to play is somewhat unusual because it originated in making a recording at Gallery 345. For the last two years Sybil Shanahan and Coenraad Bloemendal have been making an album of duo cello music by the great French romantic composer August Franchomme. He was a close friend of Chopin. All of Chopin's works for cello and piano were dedicated to and some even written with August Franchomme.

Most of the music on this album will be heard for the first time on a recording. We want to thank Edward Epstein for his generosity in lending the Gallery to us for this project.

On the concert program we will play a selection of the beautiful Caprices and Etudes by Franchomme as well as the two most famous sonata's from the repertoire for cello and piano: Beethoven's Sonata in A Major op.69 and the Brahms Sonata in E minor op.38. We are very pleased to welcome the wonderful pianist Mauro Bertoli who will play the sonata's with us.

Bio

Coenraad Bloemendal, Cellist

Coenraad Bloemendal was born in Amsterdam and did his training at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp. He did his postgraduate work with the legendary cellist Janos Starker at Indiana University in the US. After moving to Canada in 1971, Coenraad Bloemendal joined the Camerata Canada chamber ensemble and quickly established himself as one of the country’s most outstanding cellists.

As a soloist he has played the Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn and Beethoven Triple concerti, and in May 2006 he premiered a long forgotten romantic virtuoso concerto by David Popper.With pianist Valerie Tryon, his duo partner of 25 years, Bloemendal has performed most of the repertoire for cello and piano both in concert and for CBC radio. He has played with Glenn Gould on CBC Television’s "Music in our Time" which led to participation in other recording projects with the great pianist.

Coenraad Bloemendal has played with many chamber groups including Camerata Canada the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, The Toronto Chamber Players and The Rembrandt Trio. He has played at numerous festivals such as the Stratford Festival, the Guelph Spring Festival, The Collingwood Festival the Orford and the Shaw Festivals. He also toured North and South America, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Coenraad Bloemendal has recorded extensively on different labels such as Sony, Dorian, Crystal, CBC and Marquis Classics. His latest album Reflections with Erica Goodman can be heard frequently on Classical 96.3.

Sybil Shanahan, cello

Compelling young Canadian Sybil Shanahan has been described as “a rare cellist who so obviously loves both the instrument and the music. We have only to sit back and enjoy the experience of her playing.” (Stephan Rieckhoff, OSR) Much sought after as a chamber musician, Sybil has performed in festivals around the world, including much of Canada, Europe and South Africa. Equally at home with Bach’s Fugue to the tango of Argentina, Sybil is the newest member of Ensemble Vivant, “Canada's chamber music treasure.” (The Toronto Star) She will be featured in the group's next CD releases on the Opening Day label. Sybil will also shortly be releasing her debut CD of several previously unrecorded French Romantic cello duos with Coenraad Bloemendal. Strongly interested in the music of our time, she has collaborated with notable composers Betsy Jolas, Jonathon Harvey and David Philip Hefti, and, performed in Amsterdam's famous Gaudeamus Festival and the ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia.

Committed to the importance of fostering a continued love of classical music, Sybil is an avid teacher and maintains a cello class in Toronto. She is the principal cellist of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, where she was featured soloist performing Tchaikovsky's “Rococo Variations” in 2012. She participated in the first ever staged opera in Nassau, Bahamas in 2011, and while there, performed at a special fundraising event for the El Sistema program for music education. In Canada, Sybil performs concerts, and gives lessons and masterclasses to at risk youth through both the Euterpe Foundation and Axis Music. She also enjoys both composing and arranging music for cello students and professional ensembles, and her work has been featured on several recordings for songwriters, bands and film scores.

Sybil holds a Master’s Degree from the concert class of cello soloist Patrick Demenga in Lausanne, Switzerland. She received her undergraduate degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she also studied the Viola da Gamba parallel to her work with Gregor Horsch, principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. As a student, she was the principal cellist of the European Youth Chamber Orchestra in Austria, and joined the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Holland) as part of their prestigious orchestral internship programs. Sybil was a national finalist in Holland's Yamaha International Music Scholarship, and a prizewinner in the Rovere d'Oro chamber music competition in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy, with Duo AfriCan, a piano/cello duo formed in 2004 with pianist Mareli Stolp.

Sybil's formative years of training began in Toronto where she was a member of the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School. Her debut concerto performance occurred at the age of nineteen when she performed the Lalo Concerto. This was quickly followed by participation in the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts chamber music program, and her winning of several awards, among which were the Elora Festival Young Performer's Competition, the Gooderham Music Scholarship and the Bill Weatherspoon “Most Outstanding Performance.”

Mauro Bertoli, piano

Mauro Bertoli, pianist, born in Brescia, Italy, and resident in Ottawa, Canada, has established himself on the international stage and has been praised by the press for his formidable technique and exceptional sensitivity. He has performed for important Festivals and in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China.

Mauro’s recordings have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Rádio Câmara Brazil, Brasilia Super Rádio, Radio ClassicaBresciana, Radio Classica Milano, among others.

Besides focusing on his solo career, Mauro is an active chamber musician.

He won the “Giuseppe Sinopoli Award”, a prestigious Italian prize awarded personally by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.

He is currently Associate Piano Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON.


Tria Fidelis
Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 8 PM
$20 adults
$15 seniors
$10 students/arts worker

Programme
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Anton Arensky: Piano trio in d minor, Op. 32
Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion; Muerte del Angell; Autumn from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aries

Taking their name from Ontario's official motto, "Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanet" which means "Loyal she began, loyal she remains," Tria Fidelis brings together long-time friends violinist Tori Lindsay, cellist Nadia Klein and pianist Lisa Tahara.

Bio

Tori Lindsay

Tori Lindsay has consistently distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player.  In the 2012-13 season she joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as Assistant Principal Second Violin.  Since 2006 she has been Principal Second Violin in the Victoria Symphony; she has also been invited to act as guest Concertmaster with Symphony Nova Scotia.  Tori has had recent engagements as a soloist in the United States and Canada, including an appearance with the Victoria Symphony's "Classics" series.  Exhibiting a passion for chamber music, she has collaborated with such artists as the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and the St. Lawrence String Quartet; she performed in 2008 to critical acclaim with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in the United States and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  
In 2005 Tori received a Master's degree in performance under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. Born in Grimsby, she began violin at the age of 9 and continued her studies at UofT with David Zafer and Mayumi Seiler.

Nadia Klein

Recently returning to Ontario, cellist Nadia Klein brings her passion for chamber music to several new musical ventures, including a partnership with saxophonist Chelsea Shanoff, performing as the duo Cellophone. Recently, Nadia was a member of the Herberger String Quartet, the graduate string quartet at Arizona State University, where she was also the teaching assistant for the university cello class. While in Arizona Nadia was also principal cellist of the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. Nadia twice received the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award while at the University of Toronto, and was recipient of the Honours Award in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a founding member of the award-winning Gemini Quartet, Nadia studied regularly with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and performed with them in concert. Originally from Oakville, Nadia began studying cello at the age of six.

Lisa Tahara

Canadian pianist Lisa Tahara has appeared in solo and chamber concerts throughout North America and Europe. She is currently undertaking her Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. Lisa has won top prizes in competitions at both the provincial and national level, including the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, and most recently, the 2012 Shean Piano Competition. Lisa made her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra at fifteen. Since then, she has performed with esteemed orchestras across Canada such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. This summer, Lisa will be performing with the Westben Festival Orchestra.   Since 2006, Lisa has participated in numerous summer music festivals in North America and Europe including the Mozarteum Sommerakadie, the Wiener Musikseminar, the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the St. Lawrence Chamber Music Seminar. This past summer, Lisa was a pianist for the collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre. 


Firsts
junctQín keyboard collective

Monday, May 27, 2013 at 8pm
$25 (Adult); $20 (Advance; email junction@junctin.com);
$15 (Seniors/ Arts Worker); $12 (Student)

Firsts is a concert of three world premieres by local, emerging composers Alex Eddington, Monica Pearce (Honorable Mention, 2012 Canadian Music Centre's Emerging Composer Award), and Hiroki Tsurumoto; one Canadian premiere of the theatrical Der Eid des Hippokrates by Mauricio Kagel; and a junctQín premiere of Music for Amplified Toy Pianos by John Cage.

Programme

Music For Amplified Toy Pianos (1960) by John Cage (1912-1992)
Code Thumbnails 12 (2013)* by Hiroki Tsurumoto (b. 1976)
Der Eid des Hippokrates (1984)^ by Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)
Grasslands, Badlands and Spirit Sands (2013)* by Alex Eddington (b. 1980)
it plays (because it plays)* by Monica Pearce (b. 1984)

*World premiere
^Canadian premiere

Bio
Toronto-based junctQín (pronounced ‘junction’) consists of pianists Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, and Stephanie Chua. The name of the collective is taken from junctio – the Latin word meaning to join, and from Qín – the Chinese character for keyboard instrument. Self-proclaimed “keyboard geeks,” the members of junctQín consider the group a vehicle to introduce audiences to contemporary keyboard repertoire. Through collaborations with living composers, innovative programming, interactive performances and outreach programs, junctQín’s goal is to present new music with one of the most accessible instruments – the piano.

In its inaugural year, junctQín was featured at the 2009 spOtlight Festival (produced by Ontario Arts Council, and co-sponsored by North American toy piano manufacturer Schoenhut). The group also gave a well-received recital at the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, performed at the Cambridge Galleries as part of March Break outreach activities and gave the Canadian première of Invention in Three Parts, composed by American composer Douglas C. Wadle at Artsweek Peterborough. The latter work was selected to be performed by junctQín at Toronto’s 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary art festival.

junctQín has a keen interest in multi-arts presentations and fostering partnerships with Canadian artists of all genres. Past collaborations have included projects with the late Canadian artist Kenneth Doren in his digital opera Rule Britannia: A low opera in grand shite style (YYZ Gallery), with Toronto conceptual artist Derek Liddington for his Springsteen-inspired, piano-duel installation Coup de grâce (Clarke and Faria Gallery) and with the Toy Piano Composers Collective (Toronto). In the 2011-2012 season, junctQín was featured in the Colours of Music Festival (Barrie, ON), as part of Culture Days @ the Library (produced by the Toronto Public Library, Neighbourhood Arts Network and Culture Days), University of Toronto’s Hart House Sunday Concerts and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Music at Noon series. Highlights of 2012 include a collaboration with Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) co-presented by Toronto’s Music Gallery with additional sponsorship from the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (Switzerland), as well as an interview and week-long special feature broadcast on Rondo Classic FM (Helsinki, Finland, rebroadcasted in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Hungary).

junctQín wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. For more information, visit: www.junctqin.com.


The Arraymusic Young
Composers' Workshop
Concert

Saturday May 25th 2013, 3pm
416 532 3019
$10

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

Array’s 2012|13 Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) will be held during the month of May in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a final public concert presented at Gallery 345 in Toronto on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The workshop is designed to give composers the opportunity to hear their work in progress, making changes and amendments in consultation with the performers and the workshop director. The purpose of the workshop is for the composer to have the opportunity to try things, to experiment and to freely develop his or her work. There will be weekly seminars where the composers share their previous works, mentors speak about their work, and where other aspects of composition can be discussed. Rick Sacks will give an intensive percussion workshop.

The Composers

Sophie Dupuis is currently completing her master’s degree in composition at the University of Toronto and will be undertaking her doctorate at the same institution in September 2013. Dupuis recently took part in the Orford Creation Workshop with Ana Sokolovic . Her piece for wind ensemble was selected as one of the winners for the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble Composition Competition in 2012 and was premièred in March 2013. Recent performances also include a Montréal performance of À la dérive in December 2012 by the duo aTonalHits, and Qui lazarum resuscitasti was performed by cellist Joëlle Mauris at the University of Toronto New Music Festival 2013.

Sandro Manzon is a composer/pianist/improviser currently living in Southern Ontario. His aesthetic emphasizes ideas of re-contextualization. He has a particular interest in alternative methods of music notation and controlled improvisation. Sandro has studied composition with some notable composers such as Allison Cameron (CA), Peter Wiegold (UK), Peter Hatch (CA), James Harley (CA). He has attended composition workshops and lectures by Krzysztof Penderecki (PL) and Graham Flett (UK) in Canada and Pierluigi Billone in Venice, Italy. Sandro is currently the pianist/composer for Gerard Yun’s Dark Horse Ensemble. He is also the founding member and artistic director of the ensemble ‘Edges’ who performs music that uses unconventional methods of notation.

André Mestre is a Brazilian composer and currently a Master's student at the University of Alberta where he studies with Howard Bashaw, Scott Smallwood and Mark Hannesson. André's works have been performed in Brazil, Italy, United States and Canada where his work for acoustic ensemble “Zikr” has been awarded the 1st Prize at the 2013 CUMS/SMUC Competition. Meant to engage on the level of rationality while still committing to a core poetic impulse, his works often incorporate brain-wave technology and scenic components in a copious semiotic affluence.

Janet Sit is currently in the Master of Music program at the University of Victoria under the guidance of Christopher Butterfield, John Celona, and Dániel Biró. Her past teachers include Alexander Rappaport and Norbert Palej, along with critiques and feedback of Chen Yi and Samuel Adler in summer workshops. Janet is interested in exploring the boundaries between music and sound and how this can be translated through the use of instruments and other media in traditional and unconventional ways. Her future projects include combining her background in zoology, with a focus on marine mammal communications, into her compositional processes.

The Mentors

Linda Catlin Smith
Henry Kucharzyk

The Musicians

Rick Sacks conductor
Stephen Clarke piano
Lydia Munchinsky cello
Adam Scime double bass

Array’s 2012|13 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation and from private donors.

The four participating composers, chosen as part of Array's Call For Applications spend the month working intensively with four Array Ensemble musicians and a workshop leader to create the new works for concert presentation.

The Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne


Mivos Quartet
Friday May 24, 2013 at  8pm 
$25; $20; $15 students

Program:
Mario Diaz de Leon: Moonblood
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus XIX (arr. Patrick Higgins, 2013)
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Dig, Absolutely
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Victor Lowrie: new work
Alex Mincek: String Quartet N.3

Olivia De Prato and Joshua Mondey, violins, Victor Lowrie, viola, Mariel Robersts, cello

The Mivos Quartet, an "accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet" (New York Times), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's inception in 2008, they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding cadre of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Mivos has performed works by emerging and established composers including Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Alex Mincek, Samson Young, Luke DuBois, Philip Glass, Huang Ruo, Felipe Lara, Sam Pluta, Tristan Perich and Kirsten Broberg. They have appeared at venues including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Monkeytown, Roulette and the Brecht forum, and have appeared on concert series including Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), and Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI). Mivos was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and was invited to work with the Arditti Quartet and Helmut Lachenmann at the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival (UK).

In addition to their international performing activities, Mivos is active in education, and has conducted workshops at CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), and at the Hong Kong Arts Center.

Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, Mivos is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed and Nate Wooley. Mivos performance of Ned Rothenbergs Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, played with spontaneity and dexterity (The Strad Magazine), was recently released on John Zorns Tzadik label.

Our website is: www.mivosquartet.com
Youtube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/mivosquartet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mivosquartet?ref=hl


Rhrr
Thursday May 16, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Student

Rhrr is a trio of French improvisors comprised of Xavier Charles, Guylaine Cosseron and Frédéric Blondy. Their minimalist music is like a secret, or a confession that the voice of Guylaine Cosseron whispers in your ear. Frédéric Blondy’s piano underscores the vocals with a style reminiscent of Morton Feldman, while Xavier Charles makes time stand still through airy, drawn-out sounds on the clarinet. The vocals and clarinet intertwine, combine and separate, punctuated by the piano’s rhythm or harmony, creating a pared down, small, yet infinite space, lightly brushing up against the silence.

http://guylainecosseron.com/blondy_charles.html


The Art of the Piano: Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Thursday May 9, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $10 Students

Program

Piano Figures (2004) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Benjamin (b. 1960)
I. Spell
II. Knots
III. In the Mirror
IV. Interruptions
V. Song
VI. Hammers
VII. Alone
VIII. Mosaic
IX. Around the Corner
X. Whirling

Pianoforte (1975) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude Vivier (1948 – 1983)

Drive-Thru Etudes, bk. 1 “Upland, CA” (2008 – 11). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dante De Silva (b. 1978)
1. Five-Finger Discount (for "five-finger" positions and melody within swirls of notes)
2. Button Masher (for clusters)
3. Scratch Record (for sostenuto pedal)
4. Door-to-Door (for stride piano)
5. Padua (for fluctuating intervals)
6. Kalili Hamana (for thumbs and pinkies only)

–intermission–

Nemo Sleeps (2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Liberatore (b. 1984)
1. an invitation to Slumberland
2. stilts
3. the pie-eaters
4. Nemo pleads to Father Time
5. snow falls in the Valley of Silence (Nemo holds his breath)
6. Lunatix, and the rising bed
7. as fast as a bed can run
8. Nemo steals a kiss from the Queen of the Glass People

Stand Still Here (2012). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Beck (b. 1985)
I. II. III. IV. V.

Variations, op. 8 (1964) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacques Hetu (1938 – 2010)

Bio

Born in Boston and raised near the coastal redwoods of northern California, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough is beginning to make his mark as an artist of great versatility and musical fervor. He has developed a diverse career as recitalist, concerto soloist, vocal and instrumental chamber musician, and is also a frequent collaborator with both established and up-and-coming composers. Comfortable with a wide variety of repertoire, Ryan has received critical recognition for his artistic performances. In a performance of Chopin “his virtuosity was evident and understated, his playing projected a warmth... that conjured the humanity of Artur Rubinstein,” (Eli Newberger, The Boston Musical Intelligencer) and in a performance of contemporary music, his playing “found a perfect balance between the gently shimmering and the more brittle, extroverted strands... and left you eager to hear the rest.” (Allan Kozinn, NY Times)

Some highlights of the 2012-13 season included a summer at Tanglewood as a member of the festival's New Fromm Players, soloing in Martin Matalon's Trame IV with the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble, Janacek's Capriccio and Mozart's Piano Concerto no. 12 in A major with the Glenn Gould School Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Inland Valley Symphony, and giving the world premiere of three new piano works by American composers Jenny Beck, Dante De Silva, and John Liberatore. Some highlights of the 2013-14 season include a residency at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, a performance of Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Eureka Symphony, Ravel's Concerto in G with the Toronto Symphony, and recitals at the Canadian Opera Company and Canadian Music Centre in Toronto.

As a concerto soloist Ryan has appeared with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, Orange County Wind Symphony, and World Festival Orchestra, with such conductors as Gisele Ben-Dur, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonid Grin, Anthony Parnther, Larry Rachleff, Mischa Santora, and Joshua Weilerstein. Mr. McCullough has been a featured performer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, and at such festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Nohant International Chopin Festival, and at the invitation of Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe the inaugural season of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. In the fall of 2011, Ryan was awarded the Tanglewood Music Center's Henri Kohn Memorial Award for musical achievement and was subsequently invited back in 2012 as one of the festival's New Fromm Players.

Interested in composing from a young age, Ryan is passionate about collaborating with living composers. He has worked closely with George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, Benjamin Scheuer, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Milosz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable. This recording was praised in the Polish music journal Ruch Muzyczny for displaying “exceptional skill and precision combined with intelligence and sense of design... [slowing] for parts of reflection and very evocative Polish reverie.” In January of 2013, Ryan was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson's Secrets of Antikythera, a work written for the Magnetic Resonator Piano, an electro-acoustic instrument designed and built by the composer to augment the sounds of a standard concert grand piano.

Ryan has won prizes from the Milosz Magin Piano Competition, World Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and Bronislaw Kaper awards. Ryan holds his B.A. from Humboldt State University, M.Mus. from the University of Southern California (where he was recipient of the Thornton School of Music's 2011 Outstanding Graduate Award), and Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School. His primary teachers have been Dr. Deborah Clasquin, David Louie and John Perry, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Peter Serkin and Leon Fleisher.

Ryan is also an avid homebrewer and has a particular affinity for Belgian-style ales.


SARAH MACDOUGALL
Wednesday May 8, 2013 at 8 PM
$12 in advance; $15 at the door
For Tickets: sarahintoronto.eventbrite.ca
Doors open at 7:30. Seating is first come first served.

WESTERN CANADIAN MUSIC AWARDS WINNER 2012 for ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR AND NOMINEE FOR SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, and listed as the “2nd best gig” by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Canadian/Swedish Sarah MacDougall is an upcoming artist who is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, blistering guitar chops, passionate performances, and unique astounding voice. She has been earning rave reviews and topping major music writers top ten album of the year lists as a songwriter since her official debut album Across the Atlantic (2009), all the while producing and engineering her own music. Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her ‘one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba’, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden recently declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”. The debut Across the Atlantic got four-star reviews in such notable publications as Q magazine, the Irish Times, No Depression, and the recent album The Greatest Ones Alive has been gathering 4 and 5 star reviews since its release in August 2011.

Sarah’s songs have been chosen for onboard entertainment on Lufthansa airplanes twice, on the Fox TV drama ’15 Love’, on an ad for Roots Clothing , and she’s been a semi-finalist on the International Songwriting competition with her song Crow’s Lament. She has performed live on the Bob Harris BBC2 show in the UK, played several Canadian and International Festivals, performed with such notable artists as Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider, Kimmie Rhodes, and toured with Po’Girl.

THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE was produced in Vancouver and in Whitehorse with the help of Matt Rogers (Mark Berube, C.R. Avery, The Fugitives), and Bob Hamilton (Kim Barlow, Gordie Tentrees, the Breakmen). It features ten melodic, beautifully written, epic, and touching songs that showcase the growth in Sarah’s songwriting and performance skills. It covers themes such as storms (literal and metaphoric), success, growing up, love, friendship, and dying. The album also showcases the musical skills of Tim Tweedale, Shawn Killaly, Patrick Metzger, and Matt Rogers, with guest appearances by Bob Hamilton, Meredith Bates, Annie Avery, Awna Teixeira, Kim Beggs, Kim Barlow, and Gordie Tentrees. Sarah MacDougall is one of the hardest working Canadian artists today, and she won’t be stopping anytime soon. THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE proves that Across the Atlantic wasn’t a fluke. Sarah’s voice and songs have the power to ‘make stones weep’. (Q magazine)

Catch Sarah on tour in Canada and Europe throughout 2011 and 2012.

What others say:

‘Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual”- The Globe and Mail

“This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era.”- Rootstime, Belgium

“Sarah MacDougall (from Malmoe and now Canada) has become one of the few voices that is separating itself from the big choir of song poets”- Ystad Allehanda, Sweden 5/5 stars!

“A downright intoxicating beauty!” 5/5 stars!- AltCountry.nl, Holland

“Like Ane Brun and Wendy McNeill, we’re not so specific about nationality when we declare Sarah one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters” Nöjesguiden, Sweden 4/5 stars!

“A near perfect collection of memories of love”- Allgigs.co.uk 4.5/5 stars!


LIGHTNING FIELDS
Saturday May 4, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 Seniors and Students

A new show of poetry and improvised music featuring actor Anne Anglin and composer Bill Gilliam (piano) with percussion(tba). A poetic musical journey of whimsical imaginings, playful philosophy and dark humour skirting the erotic with classical subversion using poetry and texts by Hafiz, Shakespeare, bpNichol, Wislawa Szymborska, Constantine Cavafy, Louis MacNeice, Roberto Juarroz, Elizabeth Smart, E. E. Cummings and others.

Bios:


Composer Bill Gilliam (piano)

Bill Gilliam is a composer / pianist from London, England who now lives in Toronto. He has created scores for film, dance, theatre, and multi-media as well as new music and jazz ensembles. Bill’s music covers a wide spectrum of styles, including contemporary jazz, new music composition and free improvisation. Recently he released his new CD Ensorcell of improvised solo piano compositions and collaborates with different performance artists and the Toronto Improviser's Orchestra.

www.bill-gilliam.com

Actor Anne Anglin

Anne Anglin has been acting for stage and camera over the last thirty years or so essentially in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille developing collective creations with her husband Paul Thompson as well as collaborating with composer Bill Gilliam and poet Penn Kemp who's plays she directed. She won a Dora Award for her portrayal of Hagar in an adaptation of Margaret Lawrence's The Stone Angel , and enjoyed playing such characters as Ophelia, Lady Macbeth and Moth at the Stratford Shakespearean Theatre.

Ambrose Pottie (percussion)

Ambrose Pottie is musician, audio artist and graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He studied design, photography and multi-media at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the late 1970's. Ambrose has recorded and/or performed with Eugene Martynec, Bob Becker, Bill Bissett, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie, John Millard, Mary-Margaret O'Hara, Tom Walsh, Richard Sacks and Andrew Staniland. He is currently a member of the Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra. His field recording based work has been included in the 60X60 Contemporary Music project performances in Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Mexico City, Denver, and New York City. He lives in Toronto.

www.ambrosepottie.com www.bellwoodspress.com


The Ton Beau String Quartet
with Rory McLeod, viola

Friday May 3, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission: $20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Program

Kevin Lau String Quartet No. 2
Joseph Haydn Opus 20 No. 3
W.A. Mozart String Quintet

Bios:


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.

http://www.facebook.com/tonbeauquartet


Rory McLeod, Viola

Violist Rory McLeod is quickly gaining a reputation as a committed and sincere performer who takes on the roles of chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player with ease. From 2010-12, he played as assistant principal viola of Symphony Nova Scotia, and during that time was selected as one of Halifax’s Top 20 20-Somethings by The Chronicle Herald.

Now based in Toronto, Mr. McLeod enjoys a busy and varied career, playing with some of the best chamber musicians and orchestras in Canada. This season he played frequently with The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, and The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.

An avid chamber musician, Rory has been performed repeatedly at The SweetWater Festival (Owen Sound), The Music Room (Halifax,) Le Domaine Forget (Quebec), and The Toronto Summer Music Festival. He recently toured the Isle of Mull in Scotland with Levon Chilingirian and Steven Orton, and performed as a guest artist with The Blue Engine String Quartet (Halifax) and The Ton Beau Quartet (Toronto). He has played concerti with The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, The Glenn Gould School Sinfonia, and The Timeshare Ensemble.

Rory holds a B.A. in English Literature from McGill University, and a Performance Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, where he studied with Steven Dann.


Opera Five presents Bésame Ópera
Monday April 29, Wednesday May 1, Thursday May 2, 2013 at 7:30PM
Tickets in advance: $20-Student/$25-Adult
Tickets can be bought in advance at: O5besame.eventbrite.ca
At the door $25-Student/$30-Adult

Program:

Directed by Aria Umezawa
Music Directed by Maika'i Nash
Production Manager: Catharin Carew

El retablo de Maese Pedro by Manuel De Falla
Sung in Spanish with English Surtitles

Maese Pedro: Conrad Siebert
Don Quijote: Giovanni Spanu
El Trujamán: Rachel Krehm

Intermission

Goyescas by Enrique Granados
Sung in Spanish with English Surtitles

Rosario: Emily Ding
Fernando: Conrad Siebert
Paquiro: Giovanni Spanu
Pepa: Catharin Carew

El Retablo de Maese Pedro:

Maese Pedro with the help of El Trujamán are putting on a shadow puppet show of the 26th Chapter of Don Quijote. See what Don Quijote has to say!

Goyescas:

Granados based this Opera on his piano suites of the same name. It is set in tableaus based on a series of six paintings by Goyas, which follows the tumultuous love affair of Rosario and Fernando.

Opera Five is quickly establishing itself as one of the top producers of independent Opera in Toronto. It was founded in 2011 by four GTA musicians with a goal to find new audiences for opera through the engagement of the five senses.

Please visit www.operafive.com to learn more about Opera Five.


Le Jardin Musical - A Tribute to Gilles Tremblay
Louise Bessette, solo piano
Saturday April 27, 2012
Introduction at 7:15 | Concert at 8:00
$35; $25 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students


Photo: Gilles Tremblay with Robert Aitken, © André Leduc

Programme:

Des Jardins Secrets (2011) - Serge Arcuri (Canada 1954)

Traçantes, aupres, au loin (1976) - Gilles Tremblay (Canada 1932)

Musiques de l'eau (2008) - Gilles Tremblay

Regards des anges (from Vingt regards) (1944) - Olivier Messiaen (France 1908-1992)

La soiree dans Grenade (from Estampes) (1903) - Claude Debussy (France 1862-1928)

Entre mer et chanterelle (2010) - Francois Dompierre (Canada 1943)

Suite Andalucia (1928) - Ernesto Lecuona (Cuba 1895-1963)

January 1986 marked a turning point in the career of Louise Bessette. Since winning the First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France), she has gone on to become recognized as a leading light in the interpretation of twentieth-century music. Most notably, she has added to her list of accomplishments both the First Prize and the Special Prize for Piano at the Rotterdam 1989 International Gaudeamus Competition for Contemporary Music, and the 1991 Flandre-Québec Award in recognition of her contribution to contemporary music. The Conseil Québécois de la Musique awarded her the Prix Opus 1996-1997 in the category conductor or soloist of the year for her recital devoted to the Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus by Olivier Messiaen. In January 2010, she received two Prix Opus: Performer of the year and Musical event of the year for Automne Messiaen 2008. An exceedingly appealing performer, Louise Bessette has made a personal hallmark of offering inspired, energetic interpretations of the finest in original music, whether in recital or as a soloist with orchestras or chamber formations.

Louise Bessette is seen regularly in concert halls throughout all of Europe, Asia, North and Central America. She has performed as soloist with conductor Pascal Verrot (Orchestre national de Lyon), Diego Masson and Mauricio Kagel (Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France), Michel Swierczewski (Århus Symphony Orchestra, Denmark), Agnieszka Duczmal (Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Poznan, Poland), Linda Bouchard (National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa), Charles Bruck and François Dompierre (Orchestre symphonique de Québec), Lorraine Vaillancourt (Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Montreal), Raffi Armenian (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Ontario), Charles Dutoit and Kent Nagano (Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Gerard Schwarz (New York Chamber Symphony), Edward Cumming (Hartford Symphony Orchestra), Bill Linwood (Aventa Ensemble, Victoria), Tania Miller (Victoria Symphony Orchestra), Walter Boudreau (Ensemble de la SMCQ, Montreal) and Marc David (Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, St. John's Symphony Orchestra).

Her eclectic repertoire has earned Louise Bessette numerous recital invitations at major music festivals, including the Festival de Musique Française de Laon (France), the Radio-France Festival Présences, the Festival Musica in Strasbourg (France), the Festival 38e Rugissants in Grenoble (France), the Festival Tivoli in Copenhagen, the Numus Festival in Århus, the Huddersfield (U.K.) Contemporary Music Festival, the Festival Nieuwe Muziek in Middelburg (Netherlands), the Festival International de Lanaudière (Québec) and the Festival International du Domaine Forget (Québec). Also to her credit are performances at the World Music Days, in Warsaw in 1992 and Mexico City in 1993.

Louise Bessette dedicated 2008 to the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen. Her efforts and enthusiasm led to the organization of Automne Messiaen, which featured more than 50 performers, ensembles and organizations celebrating Messiaen in Montreal. In order to perform the Quatuor pour la fin du temps, a seminal piece in Olivier Messiaen's oeuvre, Louise Bessette formed an ensemble, now known on the name ARTefact, with Simon Aldrich, Yegor Dyachkov, and Jonathan Crow. On the 10 of December, 2008, the date of Messiaen's centenary, Louise Bessette performed the complete Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in Montreal. This concert was greeted enthusiastically by the critic Christophe Huss, who rated it among the 10 best concerts of the year: What started out a celebration became a ceremonial [...] the architectural grasp [...] mastery of time [...] primacy of form and content [...] Louise Bessette's Messiaen is as powerful as Kent Nagano's [...] (Le Devoir, December 11, 2008).

Louise Bessette has made about twenty recordings. Messiaen: Les oiseaux, received an eloquent review by the Gramophone magazine in December 2009. And her double solo album on Atma Classique label features her highly acclaimed performance of Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus. As well, on chamber music recordings, she has joined forces with such outstanding artists as Angèle Dubeau, Marc-André Hamelin, the Quatuor Alcan, and the London-based Arditti Quartet. As proof of her versatility, she recorded Rhythm 'n flute, in collaboration with flautist Lise Daoust; in addition to works by Joplin, Bartók-Arma, Muczynski, this CD compilation includes pieces drawn from Latin-American folklore and a sonata specially composed for the duo by jazzwoman Lorraine Desmarais. In Canada, Louise Bessette has recorded with SNE, CBC Records, Doberman-Yppan, Analekta, Atma Classique, Riche Lieu and Fonovox, in France for the Disques Montaigne and Salabert/Actuels labels, and in United States for Mode Records.

Louise Bessette is now part of the cinema world, as she recorded works by Charles-Valentin Alkan and Grieg for the movie Hidden Diary by French Director Julie Lopes-Curval, featuring Catherine Deneuve and Marie-Josée Croze. The premiere was presented at the 2009 World Film Festival in Montreal, and the film toured all over the world.

Composers from all over the world send Louise Bessette their works, while others have created pieces especially for her, including Canadians Serge Arcuri, François Dompierre, Serge Provost, Raoul Sosa and André Villeneuve, and French composers Claude Ballif, Philippe Boivin, Bruno Ducol and Jacques Lejeune.

Distinctions by music juries and the press have accompanied Louise Bessette throughout her career. In addition to the above-mentioned prizes, she also took top honours in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Canadian Music Competition in 1981. The Montréal daily La Presse named her Personality of the Week in February 1986. In 1989, the Montréal Salon de la Femme named her Woman of the Year in the Arts category. In October 2001, she was received as a Member of the Order of Canada, and appointed, in June 2005, Officier of the Ordre national du Québec. In November 2009, she was named Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre. The critics have commended her playing with unreserved enthusiasm. Writing for the Journal de Genève, Yves Allaz commented: In Louise Bessette, Messiaen has found his most inspired modern-day interpreter, undoubtedly for many years to come. Reporting on a concert she gave in London's Purcell Room, Malcolm Hayes, critic for The Musical Times (London), wrote: Her programme was striking [...] the sight of the captivatingly elegant Louise Bessette rampaging happily through Cowell's Exultation and Tiger was nothing if not appealing, and she responded to the glittering splendours of Olivier Messiaen's Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus with playing of genuine grandeur. All this was delivered faultlessly from memory and with astonishing reserves of controlled, relaxed virtuosity.

Born in Montréal, Louise Bessette began studying piano at the age of five. Admitted to the Montréal Conservatory in 1971, she studied with Georges Savaria and Raoul Sosa. She earned five first prizes, notably a First Prize in Chamber Music in 1979, and a First Prize for Piano in 1980. She subsequently perfected her skills with Eugene List in New York. In 1982, she set her sights on Paris, where her masters were Yvonne Loriod, Claude Helffer, Jay Gottlieb and Dominique Merlet.

In addition to performing and recording, Louise Bessette has contributed to the advancement and dissemination of music by participating in the juries of numerous musical competitions, and by offering master classes in both France and Canada. In October 2007, she was invited to perform and teach young students at the 4th International Piano Festival of Shanghai. Furthermore, since fall 1996, she has been Professor of piano at the Montreal Conservatory of Music.


The Art of the Piano: Philip Thomas
Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 8 pm
$30; $20 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Continuum presents pianist Philip Thomas of the noted UK ensemble Apartment House in the Toronto concert of his Canadian tour. A major soloist, new music scholar, and specialist in notated and improvised experimental music, Thomas has commissioned new works from British and Canadian composers for the tour.

Composers:

Martin Arnold CA*, Christopher Fox UK*, Bryn Harrison UK*, Cassandra Miller CA*, Michael Oesterle CA,Linda C. Smith CA. *Works commissioned for the tour.

Bio

Philip Thomas specialises in performing experimental notated and improvised music as a soloist and with leading experimental music group Apartment House, winners of the 2012 Royal Philharmonic Society award for Chamber Music and Song, and with whom he has appeared at numerous festivals across Europe and the UK and given a number of broadcasts for the BBC and WDR. Recent performances with them have included a sold-out portrait concert of John Cage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Chamber Music series. Recent solo projects have included a 12-hour performance of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano, a survey of Christian Wolff’s piano music, which he has also recorded for future release, portrait concerts of Markus Trunk and Laurence Crane; and concerts of music composed by improvisers, which was subsequently released as a CD ‘Comprovisation’. Other CD releases include music by Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders and improvisations with Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. He has also performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the pianist Ian Pace, and the composer James Saunders. He is currently Reader in Music at the University of Huddersfield and has recently contributed to and co-edited Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff (Ashgate Publishing, 2010).


The Unruly Music of the Present
Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 8 PM
$15 Adults/Seniors; $10 Students/Arts Workers

Ian Clarke (1964- ): Maya for two flutes and piano (2000) 5 min

Bill Douglas (1944- ) : Partita for Bassoon and Piano (2005) 13 min

I. Bebop Cantando
II. Mirage
III. Raga Todi blues
IV. Jewel Lake
V. Caribbean Jig

Nikolai Kapustin (1937- ) cello and piano set: Elegy, Nearly Waltz, Burlesque (1999) 12 min

Jennifer Higdon (1962- ): running the edgE for two flutes and percussive piano (1996) 10 min

INTERMISSION

Le Rêve de l'Opritchnik - Mathieu Lussier (b. 1973)
*this piece was written for Nadina in 2003

John Cage (1912-1992): Six Melodies (1950) 12 min

John Luther Adams (1953- ) : Dark Waves (2007) 12 min

version for two pianos and electronic sounds
*the orchestral version was comissioned by Music Nova for the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

Bios:

Nadina Mackie Jackson

Canada’s most visible bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson has drawn attention and accolades both for her vivid style, and extraordinarily musical performances. Performing worldwide on both modern and baroque bassoon and continuing to release a new solo album every year, she can be heard on over 100 chamber music and orchestral recordings on a multitude of labels (MSR, Decca, Sony, Naxos, BIS Northern Lights, ATMA etc). Her most current releases in MSR Classics are Vivaldi Concerti and the Canadian Concerto Project. Nadina began her orchestral career with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 22 and went on to play with the Canadian Opera Company, Violons du Roy, group of twenty-seven and several early instrument groups. A tremendously energetic performer, her concerto and recital touring schedule takes her across Canada and the U.S.

A popular teacher, Nadina works with the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is on the permanent advisory board for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. Nadina loves to collaborate with other musicians, commissioning more composers and creating more chamber groups than any other blue-haired bassoonist in the history of the world. She is an invisible groupie for several singer-songwriters (living and dead) and wants to improvise with all the great instrumentalists and composers she has met in recent years. www.nadinamackiejackson.com




Flautas del Fuego (Izabella Budai, Alheli Pimienta)

Flautas del Fuego is a flute duo founded in Toronto by flutists Alhelí Pimienta and Izabella Budai. Although born on distant continents and trained in different countries, their intense personal connection sparked a musical partnership of shared passion and artistic concord that can be clearly heard in their performances. Having collaborated for just over a year, working together has become the highlight of their professional endeavours. Flautas del Fuego has played in important venues in Toronto such as The Royal Conservatory’s Mazzoleni Hall, Walter Hall of the University of Toronto, Victoria Chapel and at the Chamber Music Series in Christ Church Deer Park. The duo is currently focusing in programming for their first Concert Season Canada/Mexico/Hungary 2014-2015. This future project includes commissioning new works and performing the music of Hungarian and Mexican composers in Canada and abroad. Izabella and Alhelí can be also heard playing side by side in the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Markham, Ontario.


Eric Mohr

Eric Mohr is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Bassoon Performance at the University of Toronto, and has already received an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario. He has studied with Spencer Phillips, James McKay, David Haward, and currently studies with Nadina Mackie-Jackson. Eric has played bassoon and contrabassoon with numerous orchestras in London, Guelph, Stratford, and Hamilton, and spent two summers playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, London Youth Orchestra, Symphony Hamilton, and the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra, but Eric's real love is new music, especially chamber music. He has given premieres of works by Jason Noble and James McKay, and will be presenting new works by several other composers in the coming months.


Wesley Shen

Wesley Shen is a pianist and harpsichordist working and residing in Toronto. He has recently completed both a Bachelor of Music in Piano and an Advanced Certificate in Performance on Harpsichord from the University of Toronto, studying with Lynda Metelsky and Kevin Komisaruk. His focus has been primarily in contemporary and new music, collaborating with many composers and performers, such as the Toy Piano Composers and Pendulum Ensemble, to bring new works and projects to life. His personal project has been to help revive the harpsichord as a contemporary medium, through education, collaboration and performance. He also maintains a deep interest in Baroque performance practice, studying and working with Daniel Taylor, Charlotte Nedigar, Ivars Taurins and Tafelmusik Orchestra.

Wesley performs regularly in Toronto, in various solo, chamber and orchestral settings. He is an accomplished accompanist, working on piano and harpsichord with both vocalists and instrumentalists. Recent performances include the Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts featuring soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter, a performance of Charles Wuorinen’s Percussion Symphony with New Music Concerts, and the 2011 summer tour of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.


Cecilia Lee

Hye Won Cecilia 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, Cecilia 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. Cecilia 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, Cecilia studied with Lynda Metelsky and Lydia Wong 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.

Cecilia has attended numerous international festivals on scholarships as solo and collaborative pianist, including the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Pablo Casals Music Festival, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses and 2013 Winter Creative Music Residency. 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.


Kathleen Long

Kathleen Long graduated in June 2010 with a Master of Music, Cello Performance from the University of Toronto, studying under Roman Borys of the Gryphon Trio, and holds a Bachelor of Music, Cello Performance with Distinction from the University of Alberta, 2008, studying under Tanya Prochazka. Kathleen has been a recipient of numerous scholarships including the Yo-Yo Ma Fellowship for Strings, the Harold Carter Memorial Scholarship, Winspear Fund and Alberta Foundation for the Arts grants, and has been a finalist in numerous music competitions. As winner of the Alberta Baroque Concerto Competition and Scholarship, Kathleen was featured Soloist with the University of Alberta Academy Strings, 2007, and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, 2008. As well, Kathleen placed First in the National Level of the Canadian Music Competition in Montreal, 2009. Kathleen has been a member of many ensembles and attended summer music schools, including the Toyich International Projects Conference for Performers in Rome, Italy, 2010. Kathleen began studying cello when she was 13 years old. She is also an accomplished pianist, obtaining the Royal Conservatory of Music Silver Medal for the highest mark in Alberta for Grade 10 Piano, Silver Medal for the highest mark in Saskatchewan for Grade 8 Piano, as well as highest mark in Canada for Grade 8 Piano. Kathleen is currently a freelance musician and an instructor of cello and piano.


Cheryl Duvall

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.


Illana Waniuk

Ilana Waniuk is a versatile violinist and contemporary chamber music addict with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. She has held an artistic residency at the Banff centre for the Arts, participated in the Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA 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 Master’s 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.


Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Performance/CD Celebration by Duo Concertante

Monday April 22, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $10 Students


Fresh from a highly successful Carnegie Hall debut, Duo Concertante (Nancy Dahn, violin & Timothy Steeves, piano) celebrates its brand new Marquis Classics recording, Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano. The 3-CD box set is available at Canadian and U.S. retailers as of March 12, 2013. Duo Concertante makes a brief Toronto stop on April 22 for a special celebration: an evening of live music, delectable conversation and friendly refreshments in the welcoming and informal atmosphere of Gallery 345. Duo Concertante will perform some Canadian music, a bit of Bach and of course, Beethoven!

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves have a particular affinity for the music of the illustrious German composer. “We actually took our name, Duo Concertante, from the inscription over Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata, which was the very first piece we played together”, they explain. “The inscription reads “in stile molto concertante,” with the implication being that the performers are two equal and dynamic voices, sometimes together and sometimes opposing each other, and that’s what we thought we wanted to become as a duo.” 


An Evening of Russian Music (Bring the Caviar and Vodka, Please!) Jacques Israelievitch, violin and viola with Elena Prokopienko, piano
Saturday April 20, 2013 at 8 pm
$25; $20 seniors; $10 students

Programme

Shostakovich Sonata for viola and piano Op.147 (his last work !)
Tchaikovsky Melodia for viola and piano
Intermission
Shostakovitch Nine Preludes (from Op.34) for violin and piano
Stravinsky Suite Italienne for violin and piano

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.


Elena Prokopienko, a native of Kazan, Russia, studied at the Kazan Specialized Music School for Gifted Children and the Kazan State Conservatory graduating with a Master's degree in Solo Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Pedagogy. She studied piano with Professor Natalia Fomina, herself a student of the legendary pianist Heinrich Neuhaus.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Elena has performed at various recitals and concerts in Russia and Poland.

Elena has lived in Toronto since 2007, combining performing and teaching as an accompanist at the Glenn Gould School of Music, and instructing students from her own piano studio.


Future Food Salon:
Crickets on the Tip of Your Tongue

Thursday April 18, 2013 Doors Open at 7; Talk at 8 PM
Tickets: $25; Artists, low income, students $18
tix: http://alimentaryinitiatives.com/future-food-salon/
and at the door (if not sold out).
416.606.0799

Some talk, some art, some music, something to amuse your palate. Complimentary cricket-free canapés will be served. Cricket tastings and other insecty delights. Libations for sale. Dress: cocktail party attire… Door prize for most futuristic frock or suit.

“Crickets tonight, dear?”
“Yes darling...you know I just love your cricket ragout...”

What will be on our plates in a few decades time? Crickets, like other insects, are an ancient food--Aristotle waxes eloquently about the taste of cicadas in Book II of his History of Animals. And in many countries of the world, insects feature in the current diet. But here in North America? In much of Europe? Only the brave or foolish seem to partake.

Come find out why insects and crickets in particular make good eating. Not only are they a versatile culinary ingredient, but pound for pound, far fewer of the planet’s resources are needed to raise them and they are rich in protein and iron as well as other nutrients.

Hosted by Alimentary Initiatives and the Culture of Cities Centre, this salon is first in the 2013 series of four that will take place in Toronto, Waterloo, Manhattan and Montreal.

You will hear from Toronto born Jakub Dzamba, an architecture Phd candidate at McGill University by day, and a mad inventor working on his cricket reactors by night. For four years, Jakub has been experimenting with different prototypes of cricket farms in his quest to discover the most efficient way to raise crickets to a human food grade quality. His sketches and posters will be on display on the gallery walls. Jakub has spoken about his work in Bangladesh, in Germany, in the Czech Republic... we thought it was about time that we here in his hometown got a chance to hear about his marvellous inventions. Ask him about cricket psychology...ask him about cricket herding. Prepare to be amazed.

This salon also features improvised music by the So-called Quintet, art by Han Zhang and Helen Yung, a silent auction for some of Jakub’s prints, as well as beautiful and tasty canapés.

Earth and City will be providing (cricket-free) sumptuous tasting and stunning looking canapés; but for the more adventurous, there will be a variety of cricket tastes to sample including cookies from Cookie Martinez and even an insect-sourced wine!

Program:
Doors Open
Opening remarks
So-Called Quintet Improvised Music
Jakub Dzamba Entomophagy Expert & Cricket Reactor Inventor
So-Called Quintet

Jakub Dzamba

Jakub Dzamba is a Masters of Architecture graduate from the University of Toronto, currently pursuing his Ph.D. in architecture at McGill University. During his studies in the Masters program, Jakub initially focused on the idea of becoming a Space Architect. While awaiting his first lunar commission, Jakub’s interests evolved to focus on the issue of sustainability and food production here on Earth. In collaboration with Stafford Haensli Architects, Jakub has been researching and developing an approach to urban agriculture named Third Millennium Farming (3MF). He will be talking about his current research on the design of hygienic farms for cricket livestock.

So-Called Quintet

Doug Tielli trombone, Bea Labikova, saxophone, Dan Friedman, saxophone, Chris Adriaanse, bass, Raphael Roter, drums.

Doug Tielli

Doug Tielli is a musician and singer living in and working in Toronto. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, trombone, keyboards…) he finds himself on the edges of many musical practices (song-writing, pop, jazz, country, free-improvisation, composition and sound-art). He has performed with such renowned musicians as: Marshall Allen, Baby Dee, Eugene Chadbourne, Amy Millan, John Oswald, Evan Parker, Dan Whiteley, and he has had chamber music pieces performed by Arraymusic, Contact, and Neither/Nor. As a singer-songwriter, and with co-lead bands Drumheller, The silt and The Reveries, he has toured Canada, U.S.A., Italy, Germany, U.K., Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Finland and Estonia.

Bea Labikova

Bea Labikova is an emerging Slovak-Canadian improvising musician. Based in Toronto, she studied contemporary improvisation, jazz performance and South Indian music at York University. She is a recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship for Excellence in Jazz Performance, the Saint Thyagaraja Music Award for Achievements in Indian Classical Music, as well as multiple Slovak national music awards in solo saxophone. She has worked with, and studied under, prominent musicians such as Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Casey Sokol, and Trichy Sankaran. Bea has worked with many multidisciplinary ensembles, dancers and artists across Europe and she is also a co-founding member of Lila Ensemble which recently returned from their first international tour. Aside from her pursuits in music, she has done community work in countries such as India, Cambodia and Singapore, combining music therapy, improvisation, development work and education.

Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman has been making up music in Toronto since the mid-90s when he was a member of Casey Sokol's improv ensemble. These days he divides his time between computers, martial arts, parenting three children, and just enough music to keep things interesting.

Chris Adriaanse

Chris Adriaanse is a young and emerging bassist, composer, educator who graduated from York University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, specialized honours in music. While at York, he was awarded a York University Talent Scholarship, one of the Dean’s Prizes for Excellence in the Fine Arts, and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship for excellence in Jazz performance. In his final year, Chris was selected as one of the few participants of Jazz FM 91’s ‘Jazzology’ program. Chris manages a busy schedule as a bassist and occasional trombonist in the Barrie and Toronto area. He appears as a member of a number of ensembles, and as a freelance musician, open to play in just about any situation or style. He dabbles in composing for small jazz ensembles, and the Chris Adriaanse group performs his songs in occasional appearances in the GTA.

Raphael Roter

Raphael Roter is a drummer/percussionist and dancer from Toronto, Canada. He brings a varied musical past to his drumming, the highlights of which include leading the percussion group Samba Elegua, working regularly with West African dance company Ijo Vudu, Brazilian percussion group Maracatu Nunca Antes and Folk artist Crissi Cochrane. Raphael earned an honours Bachelor degree in music from York University. While there, he focused on dance accompaniment, jazz and contemporary improvisation. He counts among his most influential music teachers Casey Sokol, Mark Adam, Terry O’Mahoney and Aline Morales. Currently, Raphael performs regularly around Toronto as a freelance drummer and with a number of popular music and jazz groups including Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Melanie Brulee, and the Emerald Jazz Trio. He also regularly accompanies dance technique classes at York University and occasionally at the School of Toronto Dance Theater. Raphael also performs frequently in the improvised music scene in Toronto. Visit www.raphaelroter.com for more info.

Artists

Han Zhang

Han Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the subject of language, translation, meaning, and cross-culture communication. http://www.han-studios.com. She questions the problematic issues in literary translation: loss of meaning, vulnerability of language structure, and subjectivity of interpretation. Wood, thread, paper, ink, glass, mirror and other fragile materials are the resources which Han Zhang uses to construct and deconstruct language, challenging viewers’ perceptions and interpretations of the poetic nature of language and translation. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Communication and Culture at York University.

Helen Yung

A scenographer and writer by training, Helen Yung (www.helenyung.com) makes art in the form of interactions, installations and interventions. This usually involves a combination of scenic design, storytelling, secrets, mystery, joy, wonder, public participation, relational aesthetics, technology and sound. Based in Toronto, Helen has also worked in France, Argentina, Quebec and Asia. Her collaborations include projects with Oboro, Harbourfront Centre, Dreamwalker Dance, Festival Accès Asie, Gladstone Hotel, Dasein Dance, Foundation Creative Studio. Helen has received many grants from Fondation Tenot (France), Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and support as artist-in-residence at L’Institut international de la marionette (France), Centre d’art Marnay Art Centre (France), Oboro (Montreal), and The Banff Centre (Alberta). Helen also operates a Gift List.

Alimentary Initiatives is a Toronto-based company that works to enhance food culture through initiatives that celebrate real food.

Culture of Cities Centre The culture of cities centre is devoted to new ways of representing, shaping and defining urban culture.


Shannon Graham and The Storytellers
CD Launch Event

Wednesday April 17, 2013 at 8pm
Admission $10 (includes CD).



Musical Storytelling for the Spirit: Narrative compositions from an eclectic chamber ensemble that refuses to recognize borders between art music, jazz, and pop.

Personnel:
Shannon Graham: Sax, Voice, Viola, Compositions
Aline Homzy: Violin
Kelly Lefaive: Violin
Jessica Deutsch: Viola
James Ervin: Trumpet
Aidan Sibley: Trombone
Tom Fleming: Guitar
Chris Pruden: Piano
Matt Fong: Bass
Evan Cartwright: Drums

Biography

Shannon Graham and the Storytellers are a Toronto-based, ten person chamber jazz ensemble who bridge the realms of improvised music, through-composed music, and song; merging the styles of large jazz ensemble, modern chamber music, and pop music. With an eclectic instrumentation of voice, strings, saxophone, brass, and jazz rhythm section, the Storytellers are constantly reaching for new textures, ranges of emotion, and musical surprise and humor to provoke and delight the listener. The music is often programmatic in nature, telling stories and reflections of human experience to communicate and connect people, attempting to create a new genre of "narrative composition". Shannon’s music has been described as “art for those who want art and entertainment for those who want entertainment.” Have a listen at www.shannongraham.ca


MUSIC FOR MALLETS (PLUS)
DAN MORPHY, BEN DUINKER, percussion

Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Student

Program:


In the Fire of Conflict - Christos Hatzis
Mind the Gap - Luis Tinoco
Their kind of Moon - David Pye
Like Crystal - for three or more glockenspiels - Daniel Morphy
Cello Suite # 5 in c minor - Bach arr. Brahms
Beyond the Walls of Sleep - Jude Traxler
Like Spinning Plates - radiohead (arr. Duinker)

Bios:


A graduate from the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School, percussionist Daniel Morphy now performs with some of Toronto’s most well known and respected ensembles.

A busy orchestral and chamber musician, Daniel frequently performs with the Toronto Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan. He is also a founding member of River Connected percussion Duo, the Ken Shorely Trio, Big Zang Collective, and the TorQ Percussion Quartet. Daniel’s work in TorQ has taken him across both Ontario and Canada alike, being the featured artist at Yamaha Music Fest Canada (2006), concerto performance with the Mississauga Symphony, and winner of the 2010 Mississauga Arts Council Award for “Best Emerging Artist”. TorQ has also been presented by Prologue for the Arts, Juenesse Musicale Canada, Prairie Debut and Soundstreams Canada. Currently, TorQ has also worked at the University of Toronto along side Canadian composer Christos Hatzis’s and his “Composing for Percussion” course.

Daniel is currently developing a solo repertoire with guidance from percussionist Ray Dillard, as well as being the “house percussionist” of the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble. He has also been soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Wind Orchestra, and has had performances presented by the Banff Centre, Soundstreams and Acadia University.

Most recently, Daniel has attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School (2008) and Steve Schicks “Roots and Rhizomes” percussion workshop at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2010). Daniel can be heard on CBC, NAXOS, Centrediscs, TSO live, MTV and Bedoint Records.


Percussionist Ben Duinker is equally active in music performance and academics. In 2009 he won first prize for Percussion at the OSM Standard Life Competition, where he also received the prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work. He has performed as a soloist in Canada, USA, Germany, and Switzerland, and with L’Orchestre Francophonie Canadienne, the McGill Symphony, and Symphony Nova Scotia. As a chamber musician Ben has recently performed at MusiMars (Montreal), Montreal/Nouvelles Musiques, X-Avant Festival (Toronto), NIME 2011 (Oslo), and EMS-EMF 2011 (New York), with various Montreal groups such as The McGill Percussion Ensemble, Sixtrum, Big Zang Percussion, and the EP trio.

Ben holds Master’s degrees in percussion performance and music theory from McGill University, under the joint supervision of Aiyun Huang and Fabrice Marandola. His diverse research interests include methods of analysis for popular music, renaissance vocal polyphony, and contemporary percussion literature. In 2010/11 he presented his research at the Xenakis Arts/Science conference (Montreal), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Oslo), and Confounding Expectations conference (Calgary).

www.benduinker.com

 


Sagapool
Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 8pm
$20


Program

Inspired by windswept northern landscapes, tranquil wintery mornings, and the atmospheric music of acts like Beiruit, Sigur Ros and its compatriots, Patrick Watson, Quebec indie instrumental ensemble Sagapool has charted a new musical course with its Felix Award-winning eponymous fourth album – one so cinematic and evocative that it unfolds like the score to an as-yet-unwritten film.

After premiering the material to enthusiastic crowds at last year’s Ashkenaz Festival, the band – recipients of a 2008 GAMIQ (Quebec indie music award) nomination, two Canadian Folk Music Awards,  a Galaxie Rising Star Award and a 2006 ROSEQ-RADARTS discovery award -- returns to Toronto for its first full-on concert since the album’s release.

Audiences can expect an all-encompassing musical journey weaving the often wry and mischievous  klezmer and hot jazz-inspired compositions of the act’s three previous albums with periods of dreamy introspection that build in intensity toward moving crescendos.   The core instrumentation will be familiar to long-time fans:  clarinet, accordion, violin, guitar, bass and percussion.  But the new sounds provide a lush contrast to some of their more angular earlier compositions.

Luzio Altobelli’s “45.56°N 73.58°O - 90°N” suggests a journey from the coordinates of his Montreal neighbourhood to far-off reaches, the clarinet and violin melody strolling along pensively before climaxing in a burst of accordion and percussion.   The classically-inspired “Les Vent des Iles” is an equally epic and imaginist musical voyage – the mood flowing from melancholy to hopeful to triumphant , peaking in ecstatic accordion and scampering clarinet and violin lines.  “Entracte” is a pensive piano number influenced by Chilly Gonzales.  “Marcel” is a fun, light-hearted piece, inspired by Alexis Dumais’ recent home renovations;  it’s named after his contractor and punctuated by the sounds of power tools.  And “Mon Cousin Joue Du Synthe” is a rollicking, high-energy closer featuring whistling, beat boxing and an array of other quirky sounds.

That Sagapool can pull off this ambitious musical outing owes much to its members’ training, virtuosity and diversity of musical experience.   All six players are classically-trained and possessed of expansive post-secondary musical educations.  Zoe Dumais’ now-defunct string quartet, Foresome, was a prize-winner at the Canadian Music Competition, the Festival de Musique du Québec, and the Young Artists program broadcast by Radio-Canada.  Alexis Dumais, who, as a child, was a two-time national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition, earned the Couleur Jazz scholarship while a student at the University of Montreal.  Alexis was the bassist with the esteemed jazz-world act Polemil Bazaar, and, in 2003, was a soloist with the Symphonie des vents de Montreal.  Marton Maderspach has studied Arabic and Cuban percussion and is a member of the Gitanes de Sarajevo.  Guillaume Bourque plays with the contemporary music ensemble Chorum and the East-meets-West jazz ensemble Absinthe.  And Zoe Dumais performs with flamenco guitarist Juan Carranza among many other artists.

Yet despite their vast musical interests, the band members all found themselves in accord on the new focus for Sagapool.  Originally formed in 1999 as an exploration of the intersections between klezmer, Balkan and film music, the members felt inspired this time to put the emphasis on the filmic.  The result is a sound both familiar and adventurous and a richly varied live show that is not to be missed.


Six Hundred Year Anniversaries

Solo and small works by six centennarians in performances
to benefit New Music Concerts

Saturday April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm
NON-SUBSCRIPTION FUNDRAISER
$100

featuring the music of:
John Cage (USA 1912-1992)
John Weinzweig (Canada 1913-2006)
Barbara Pentland (Canada 1912-2000)
Witold Lutoslawski (Poland 1913-1994)
Conlon Nancarrow (USA 1912-1997)
Henry Brant (Canada 1913-2008)


Jacques Israelievitch, violin with special guests
Lydia Wong, piano and Winona Zelenka, cello

Saturday March 30, 2013 at 8 pm
$25; $20 seniors; $10 students

Programme

Mendelssohn (Trio in D minor )

Intermission

Dvorak (Dumky Trio)

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.

Lydia Wong, piano


One of Canada’s most sought after collaborative pianists, acclaimed for her ‘vivacious playing’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘sparkling clarity’ (The Strad) Lydia Wong appears regularly with the world’s pre-eminent performers. Venues across the globe from Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City to London’s Wigmore Hall have featured her expertise in partnership with such artists as Edgar Mayer, Lorand Fenyves, Patrick Gallois, Michel Lethiec, Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, Arto Noras, Erika Raum, Shauna Rolston, and Scott St. John.

Following her successful Banff Centre collaboration with Krzystof Penderecki on the North American premiere of his Sextet, Ms. Wong has enjoyed a particular association with the composer. She was invited to perform the Sextet and other works at the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico and at the “Making Music” series in New York City by Carnegie Hall. In 2003, with violinist Erika Raum, she gave the North American premiere of Penderecki’s Violin Sonata No.2 in Toronto; she also performed at Maestro Penderecki’s 70th birthday celebration in Warsaw, Poland and served as a member of the jury for the Seventh Annual International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Krakow, Poland.

Active in New Music, Ms. Wong has appeared as soloist and is a regular member with the Esprit Orchestra. She can be heard on CentreDiscs, Naxos, Marquis Classics, Phoenix Records and has performed for networks in North America, Africa and Europe besides broadcasting regularly for the CBC.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, Ms. Wong was appointed artistic co-ordinator of the Collaborative Piano Internship Program at the Banff Centre in 2008. She has been on faculty at the University of Toronto since 1998 where she was Acting Head of the Collaborative Piano program from 2008-2010 and co-ordinator of the chamber music program from 2005-2009.

Winona Zelenka, cello


Photo credit: Bo Huang

Renowned for her gorgeous, invigorating tone, emotional vibrancy and superb control, Winona Zelenka is celebrated as one of Canada’s finest cellists. As a soloist and principal cellist, Winona has performed with numerous orchestras, conductors and ensembles such as the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Sinfonietta, the Zuckerman Chamber Players and the Huronia Sinfonietta.

Winona has worked with the legendary cellist Janos Starker and has had various works composed specifically for her by noted composers. She has the privilege of regularly collaborating with other critically acclaimed musicians and has also been the cello soloist of such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,” István Szabó’s “Being Julia” and the IMAX film “Under The Sea.”

Winona's recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello has received international acclaim and was recorded on the "Starker Guarnerius" cello, dated 1707. She recently released a new recording with pianist Connie Shih featuring the works of French romantic composers.

www.winonazelenka.com


Duo Les Amis
"Love: Innocence, Passion, Obsession"
Lynn Kuo, violin and Marianna Humetska, piano
Guest Artist: Yuri Lanyuk, cello
Tuesday March 26, 2012 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

A Les Amis Concerts presentation

Selections from LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession

César Franck: Sonata in A major:
1. Allegretto Ben Moderato
2. Allegro
3. Recitativo Fantasia
4. Allegretto Poco Mosso

Nino Rota: Improvviso in re minore 4'30
Astor Piazzolla: Milonga en re
Igor Frolov: Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Yuri LanyukYuri Lanyuk: Anticipation Sonatafor cell, piano and four meloday voices (tape)

Michael Pepa: Fantaisie bohémienne

Bios

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

Pianist Marianna Humetska 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.

“The real, expressive interpreter”: “Intense expressiveness is characteristic of the artist’s masterly performance.”
– Lauterbacher Anzeiger, Germany

“Her playing is distinguished by perfect technique, sound colors, vivacity and generosity in conveyance of feelings. Marianna Humetska startled everyone by her virtuosity, depth and temper of the performance. The viewers got a powerful charge of active energy from her art.”
- Panorama, Ukraine.

“…startled by not only confident pianism, which excluded any randomness, but also by the deepness of philosophical comprehension of music, harmony of the performer’s concept and preciseness of its implementation. She did not have a single sound, which was not filled with an idea, warmed by a feeling.”.
- On performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto #3, Music Life Magazine, Russia


Tango Cafe: An Evening of Music and Dance
H.W. Cecilia Lee, piano, Soohyun Nam, cello, Jane Yang, violin
with guests: Alan Kulka, guitar, Julian Gregory, violin, and dancers.

Friday March 22, 2013 at 8 pm
$20 (Adult); $15 (Students/Arts Workers)

Hye Won Cecilia Lee, Soohyun Nam, Jane Yang present an intimate evening of contemporary and traditional Argentinian tango works by masters Astor Piazzolla, Canaro, and Di Sarli and additional offerings with guest artists. Dancers are encouraged to bring dance shoes. A peek into the passionate and elegant world of Argentine tango.

Bios


Hye Won Cecilia 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, Cecilia 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, Cecilia attended all three collaborative pianist internships at the Banff Centre of Arts in 2009, performing solo, chamber and orchestral keyboard music. Cecilia 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, Cecilia studied with Lynda Metelsky and Lydia Wong 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, Cecilia also studied Japanese Taiko drumming with Gary Kyoshi Nagata and West African Drumming and Dancing with Fred Kwasi Dunyo.

Cecilia has attended numerous international festivals on scholarships as solo and collaborative pianist, including the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at Mannes College, Juilliard – Leipzig Summer Academy, Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Pablo Casals Music Festival, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, Banff Centre of Arts String/Winds Masterclasses and 2013 Winter Creative Music Residency. 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.

Soohyun Nam - A Toronto-based Korean-Canadian cellist, Soohyun made her debut with Korea Sinfonietta at age 11 in Seoul, Korea. Soohyun has since performed as soloist and collaborative musician in North America, Europe, and Asia, appearing as soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, and the Hamilton Philharmonic, among others, and in solo recitals at venues such as the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre. Soohyun's playing has been recorded and broadcast on CBC Radio and national TV networks in South Korea. She has performed in the workshops with legendary artists such as Daniil Shafran, Janos Starker, and Pinchas Zukerman, as well as members of the Guarneri String Quartet, Cleveland String Quartet, and St. Lawrence String Quartet. Soohyun has been invited to various music festivals including Orford Music Festival, Domaine-Forget Chamber Music Program, the National Arts Centre Young Artists Program, and to the Third World Cello Congress, where she was the youngest participant. In 2007, Soohyun was a recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award. 
A highly diverse and intuitive artist, Soohyun loves to engage in a diverse array of genres beyond the western classical language, be it acoustic pop, jazz, or Arabic music. As an avid lover of Argentine tango in both its dance and musical forms since 2003, Soohyun has enjoyed coachings and collaborations with Rodion Boshoer, soloist of the critically acclaimed Argentine tango production, Forever Tango, as well as performances as a recurrent guest artist with Mashpotangos, a contemporary tango trio, in Toronto and Montreal, including a feature show at the Upstairs Jazz Bar and demonstrations with leading local Argentine tango and contemporary dancers. On most nights of the week, Soohyun can be found dancing at one or several of the many local milongas (dance socials for Argentine tango) in the City of Toronto, where she sometimes provides the music with her closest friends in tango. 
 
Soohyun received her Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser on a full-tuition merit scholarship. Her past instructors include Bryan Epperson, David Hetherington, Vladimir Orloff, and George Neikrug.  
 
Following her musical studies Soohyun completed a Juris Doctor degree at University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and worked as an international human rights advocate and journalist, serving on the Board of Directors for HanVoice, a leading Canadian advocacy group for the North Korean human rights crisis, and reporting for Radio Free Asia, a human rights radio station based in Washington D.C. Soohyun has combined her passion for advocacy and music by directing and participating in various awareness-raising musical campaigns and performances, including the inaugural concert for the 10th International Conference for North Korean Human Rights and Refugees and the Squeaky Wheel tour, a transnational campaign raising awareness on missing persons and their families. Soohyun currently practices as a refugee and immigration lawyer in Toronto.

Jane 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, 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.


Ensemble Paramirabo:
Folklore, Myth and Legend

Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 8pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of 'Rite of Spring', Ensemble Paramirabo commissioned an arrangement of Stravinsky's revolutionary piece for their first Canadian tour, Folklore, Myth and Legend. Founded in 2010 by young professional musicians, Ensemble Paramirabo is dedicated to performing new composers' works. Bachtrack has described the quintet as 'a rare gem in [Montreal] - born solely of creative inspiration, and their evolution as an up- and coming musical force is not to be missed.'

Kevin Lau, affiliate composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra arranged Stravinsky's monumental work for the quintet. The masterpiece normally requires a more than one hundred person orchestra. In November 2012 in Montreal, Ensemble Paramirabo premiered Lau's arrangement to audience acclaim. 'Rite of Spring' with innovations of tonality, rhythm, and dissonance that caused a furor in 1913 and is credited with sparking the contemporary music movement is now one of the most recorded pieces of classical music.

Program

Gates of Light (2006) - Kevin Lau
Paramirabo (1978) - Claude Vivier
Fairy Tale (2008) - Moon Young Ha
Rite of Spring (1913) - Igor Stravinsky (arr. Kevin Lau)
Quintet* (2013) - Cristaan Venteer
Quintet* (2013) - Nova Pon * Premier

Bios


Flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse is a prize-winner from several national competitions including the soundSCAPE New Music Festival, TD-Canada Trust Young Artist Competition and Ken-Murray Competition. Jeff is artistic director of Productions Berrisque, a Montreal-based company dedicated to alternative chamber music performance. Alumnus of the NYOC, l’Orchestre Réseau du Conservatoire du Québec and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne, as a freelancer Jeff has performed with l’OSM, l'Orchestre Métropolitaine du Grand Montréal, Laval Symphony Orchestra, I Musici, Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra and l’ECM+. Jeff received the Prix with high distinction from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in flute and chamber music (2009) and an MMus (McGill University, 2011). Jeff studied with Denis Bluteau, Marie-Andrée Benny and Amy Hamilton. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and K-W Chamber Orchestra. Jeff’s interest in contemporary music has led to performances for the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects and recordings with the Laurier Flute Octet and of the Collected Chamber Works of Chris Paul Harman (Naxos – to be released in 2013). He performed at the National Flute Association's 2012 Convention (Las Vegas) and at the Canadian University Music Society (2012) with the Laurier Quartet.

François Gagné, born in Weir in the Laurentides region of Québec began studying the clarinet at age twelve at l’école polyvalente Curé-Mercure in Mont-Tremblant. He entered the Conservatoire de musique à Montréal in 1999 in the class of Jean Laurendeau and later Jean-François Normand. He received his Prix du Concours en musique de chamber (2005) and Prix du Concours in clarinet (2006) from this institution. He has performed in masterclass for André Moisan, David Veilleux, Simon Aldrich, Wolfgang Meyer, Marie Picard, Robert Riseling, Larry Comb et Guy Yehuda. During his time at the Conservatoire, François discovered a passion for improvised music, studying with René Lussier and Robert M. Lepage. Since, he has participated in many free improvisation and multi-disciplinary improvisation events with different ensembles including l’ensemble Allogène. François finished his MMus in clarinet performance at l’Université de Montréal where he studied with André Moisan. In September, 2007 he played the opening solo from Rhapsody in Blue for the season opener of the OSM conducted by Kent Nagano. Recently, François has participated in several musical projects as a chamber musician, freelancer and improviser. He participated in the musical theatre production of Edgard et ses Fantômes featuring actor Edgar Fruitier.

Geneviève Liboiron studied with numerous skilled violonists and teachers. She entered Anne Robert’s class for Bachelor at l’Université de Montréal and at the Orford arts center in masterclass training, right after meeting her. Geneviève received a scholarship for »l’Orchestre de l’Académie d’Orford » with Maestro Kent Nagano and Maestro Jean-François Rivest. She also had the chance to study that same summer with Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan and Claude Richard. She received a scholarship for the Kayaleh Violin Academy of Geneva to study with Maestro Habib Kayaleh. She was an invited guest at the same academy, later that same summer, to play in the academy chamber orchestra with soloists Laurence Kayaleh et Jutta Puchammer. As she felt her passion and curiosity growing for modern music, she took the new music session with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at Le Domaine Forget, working with Alain Giguère, Johanne Morin and Lorraine Vaillancourt in 2011. She has been a member of l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in summers 2008, 2011 and 2012. She is a member of Orchestre 21, Ensemble Arkea and newly Ensemble Paramirabo and a violon/theory teacher at Vincent-d’Indy school of music, Crescendo school of music, and Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie. Geneviève graduated from l’Université de Montréal for her Bachelor with Anne Robert and Laurence Kayaleh and her Master with Laurence Kayaleh.


The Art of the Piano: Jason Cutmore
Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 8 PM
$25; $10 Students


Program

Déodat de Séverac Cerdaña (Cinq etudes pittoresque pour le piano)
(1872-1921)
En Tartane
Les Fêtes
Ménétriers et Glaneuses
Les Muletiers devant le Christ de Llivia
Le Retour des Muletiers

Isaac Albéniz (completed by de Severac) Navarra
(1860-1909)

~intermission~

Franz Schubert Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960
(1797 – 1828)

Molto moderato
Andante sostenuto
Allegro vivace con delicatezza
Allegro, ma non troppo

Jason Cutmore has performed piano recitals and collaborative concerts throughout North America, Europe and India. In 2005, he made his Chicago recital debut in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts with an all-Liszt programme that was heard live on WFMT radio and broadcast on television. Since then he has returned twice to the Hess series, and has performed in Canada’s Elora, Music Niagara, and Colours of Music festivals, the University of Calgary’s Celebrity Series, and for the Edmonton Recital Society, as well as at venues in New York City, Cleveland, Cincinnati and elsewhere in North America.

His concert performances, and an ardent interest in foreign travel, have frequently taken him abroad to Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, and India, including appearances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bombay, and Franz Liszt Museum in Budapest.In 2008, Mr. Cutmore’s debut commercial CD, an album of piano music by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla on Centaur Records, was released to critical acclaim. Gramophone magazine praised his “warm, generous sonority and natural feel for the idiom” and raved that “this pianist’s gorgeously variegated legato makes a sexy and inviting recital.”

Jason Cutmore holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music in New York. His teachers have included Stephanie Brown, Robert Shannon, and Michael Massey. Currently based in a New York City suburb, Mr. Cutmore is originally from Edmonton, Canada, and serves as the Executive and Artistic Director of Alberta Pianofest.

Please visit www.JasonCutmore.com for more information.


An Afternoon of  Song
Bridget Best, mezzo-soprano and Anne Larlee, piano 

Sunday March 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm
$20; $15 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students

Programme

Ruckert Lieder- Mahler

Blicke mir nicht in die lieder
Liebst du um Schönheit
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
Ich atmet' einen linden Duft
Um Mitternacht

Chansons Bilitis- Debussy

La flute de Pan
La Chevelure
Le Tombeau des Naïades

Four Songs- Barber

A Nun Takes the Veil
The Secrets of the Old
Sure on this Shining Night
Nocturne

Banalités- Poulenc

Chanson d'Orkenise
Hôtel
Fagnes de Wallonie
Voyage à Paris
Sanglots

Bios



Mezzo-Soprano Bridget Best is an active performer both in the United States and Canada in opera and recital.  The 2012 season heard Ms. Best in the role of Charlotte in Werther at the Castleton Festival in Virginia where she also sang the role of Ms. Nordstrom in A Little Night Music under the baton of Lorin Maazel.  She traveled with the Castleton Festival in the fall to sing La Bohème at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman.  Debuting with the New York Lyric Opera she sang the role of the Monitor in Suor Angelica at Symphony Space and 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Dimenna Center.  
At the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montrèal she sang the role of Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann and participated in public master classes with Joan Dornemann and Diana Soviero.  Abroad, Ms. Best sang the role of Mimi in La Bohème at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival.  Participating at the Schubert Institute in Austria she performed in recital with Julius Drake.  During her graduate studies, Ms. Best performed the title role of Susanna by Carlisle Floyd, Marguerite in Faust by Gounod and Blanche in Dialogues des Carmelites under the direction of Mignon Dunn.  This summer she will return to the Castleton Festival to cover the role of Emilia in Verdi’s Otello.


 
A native of New Brunswick, pianist Anne Larlee is currently a repetiteur and coach with the Canadian Opera Company, where she spent two seasons in the Ensemble Studio as intern coach/pianist. She 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. She 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. She is the recipient of numerous 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 and Saint John’s Smith Square. Anne is in great demand as a collaborative recital partner, repetiteur and vocal coach. Recent notable performances include a recital for Radio France at the Maison de la Radio in Paris and a recital of excerpts from the operas of John Adams, hosted by the composer himself. She has worked with many acclaimed singers, including Wendy Nielsen, Adrianne Pieczonka, Phillip Ens, Alice Coote, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Brett Polegato, Dame Felicity Lott, Elza van den Heever and Ramón Vargas.  Anne is also a regular faculty member of Wendy Nielsen’s Opera Workshop and Vocal Techniques workshop in New Brunswick. Beyond the Canadian Opera Company, her operatic credits include work with the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona, Italy, the British Youth Opera, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and Aldeburgh Music.


AN INTIMATE NIGHT WITH PETER KATZ
WITH SPECIAL GUEST KEN YATES
Friday March 15, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 students

2012 JUNO Nominee, Emerging Artist of the Year nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Winner of the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, recording artist Peter Katz captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. Playing 150+ dates a year all over the world, Katz’s remarkable grassroots efforts have resulted in him selling over 15,000 copies of his discs and sharing the stage with such notable artists as The Swell Season, Dan Mangan, The Good Lovelies, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Lucky Fonz III, Donovan Frankenreiter (to name a few) and the legendary Garth Hudson from The Band.

Peter’s 2010 studio record ‘First of the Last to Know’ debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and features a guest appearance by Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, ‘Once’), JUNO Award Winners The Good Lovelies and Melissa McClelland (Whitehorse, Sarah Mclachlan) 2011 saw Peter release a live CD/DVD entitled “Peter Katz and Friends: Live at the Music Gallery”, an intimate snapshot of Peter doing what he does best, playing for a room full of people. The concert was recorded in front of a sold-out crowd and reveals an artist at home on the stage, connecting with an audience like few performers can. It also recently earned him a JUNO nomination for Music DVD of the Year.
Not one to waste any time, Peter has a brand new studio album called ‘Still Mind Still’ which was released on April 24th, 2012. This new collection of songs is Katz’s best writing to date, recorded mostly live off the floor at a cabin in the woods and surrounded by a stunning atmospheric production thanks to producer Rob Szabo.

“One of the most promising songwriters of our time” B.Y.E

“Try listening without getting goosebumps” London Free Press

“True musical brillance” The Gauntlet

“Lyric and vocal virtuosity” Chart Attack

“If talent alone ensures success, then Peter Katz will soon be a name on everyone’s lips” The Record

Ken Yates

Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music, where he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, “The Backseat EP”.

After the release, Yates received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer, who gave him a glowing review. Mayer posted a full page blog about Yates’ ability as a writer, stating, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love’… this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today”.

Yates’ EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has played numerous shows with veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor who commented saying “Ken Yates’ music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air... he proves the future is in very good shape”.

Along with working in New York on a full-length album, Yates is also in heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s The Coffee House.


INTERPLAY: POETS INSPIRE MUSICIANS
Roger Greenwald, Sheniz Janmohamed, Jacob Scheier (poetry)
Kousha Nakhaei (violin improv); Casey Sokol (piano improv)
Thursday March 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm
$10; Students $5

Program

Sheniz Janmohamed reads, with musical responses from Kousha Nakhaei

Jacob Scheier reads, with musical responses from Casey Sokol.

Interval

Roger Greenwald reads, with musical responses from Kousha Nakhaei or Casey Sokol

Improvisation by Kousha Nakhaei

Improvisation by Kousha Nakhaei and Casey Sokol

Improvisation by Casey Sokol

Bios


Roger Greenwald grew up in New York, attended The City College and the St. Marks in the Bouwerie Poetry Project workshop, and then took graduate degrees at the University of Toronto. He has won two CBC Literary Awards, one for his poetry and one for travel literature, as well as numerous awards for his translations. He has published one book of poems, Connecting Flight (Williams-Wallace, 1993) and several volumes of poetry in translation, most recently Through Naked Branches: Selected Poems of Tarjei Vesaas (Princeton University Press, 2000), which was a finalist in the U.S. for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; North in the World: Selected Poems of Rolf Jacobsen (University of Chicago Press, 2002), winner of the Lewis Galantière Award; and Picture World, by Niels Frank, a book-length poem in twenty-four parts (BookThug, 2011). Meditations on Georges de La Tour, by Paal-Helge Haugen, is forthcoming from BookThug in May.
http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~roger


Sheniz Janmohamed has performed at over a hundred events, including the TedXYouth Conference in Toronto (2010) and the Indian Summer Festival in Vancouver (2012). Her book, Bleeding Light (TSAR, 2010), a collection of ghazals in English, has been taught in courses at several Canadian universities, including York University and the University of Toronto. She has more than eight years’ experience in the art of spoken word and teaches it in schools arcross Toronto. Her initiative, Ignite Poets, has traveled as far as Kenya to develop the international spoken word scene and to give a voice to new young talent. In January of 2013, she traveled to India to read at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.
http://shenizjanmohamed.com/


Kousha Nakhaei is a kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle) player, violinist, music educator, and interdisciplinary artist who studied music at York University in Toronto. He performs traditional
Persian music, western classical music, and open improvisation. Kousha has collaborated with many artists, including Loreena McKennitt, Peter Chin, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Soley Vaseghi, Keaja d’Dance, and Patty Powell. He also practices Contact Improvisation and Alexander Technique. Kousha is a founding member of Sarv Ensemble and director of Sarv Music Academy. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarv-Ensemble/123535784346978

Jacob Scheier is a Toronto poet and journalist. He received an honors BA in Humanities from York University, where he was the editor of existere, York’s journal of art and literature. His debut poetry collection, More To Keep Us Warm (ECW Press, 2007) won the 2008 Governor General’s Award. Jacob’s poems have appeared in several periodicals in North America, including Rattle, Geist, and Descant, and have been aired on CBC radio and adapted for a modern dance performance at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto. He has read his poems at venues across North America, including the International Festival of Authors in Toronto and the Word for Word poetry series at Bryant Park in New York City. He has poems appearing next year in two anthologies: Poet to Poet (Guernica Editions) and Hospital (Tightrope Books). Jacob’s second full-length collection, Letter from Brooklyn, will be published by ECW Press in the spring of 2013.

Jacob is a regular contributor to Toronto’s NOW Magazine. His articles, editorials and literary reviews have also appeared in The Indypendent (New York), Broken Pencil, and Prairie Fire. Jacob has taught creative writing at Brandon University (Manitoba) and Ryerson University’s Continuing School of Education. He is now offering a course onwriting creatively about grief at The Centrefor Social Innovation, Regent Park, starting 13 February 2013. http://www.jacobscheier.org


Casey Sokol is a pianist and an inveterate musical explorer. He has performed classical and contemporary chamber music and improvised music in a variety of styles, collaborating with such groups as the York Winds, Canadian Contemporary Music Collective (CCMC), and Sound Pressure. He has toured extensively as a soloist and ensemble player in Europe and North America. Venues have included the Pro Musica Nova Festival, Bremen; O Kanada Festival, Berlin; Avignon Festival; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival; Expo ’86 in Vancouver; and others in Europe, the USA, and Japan.

Casey has also directed and composed extensively for dance and theatre productions and has produced a number of large-scale musical presentations. His creative collaborations include the conception and production of Cagewake, a music-circus with 150 performers marking the passing of the composer John Cage, and an adaptation of the medieval mystery play, The Clown of God, with New York director Andre Serban. He produced and co-directed the North American premiere of The Great Learning, Cornelius Cardew’s epic setting of the text by Confucius. With Tokyo’s UNO Man Butoh Company, he composed and produced a multimedia performance of a multi-lingual Renga (a poetic collaboration based on a medieval Japanese tradition).

Casey’s performances, improvisations and arrangements have been recorded on twelve LPs and an equal number of CDs, and have been broadcast widely on Canadian, European, American and Japanese radio and television. He is a founding member of Toronto’s Music Gallery. He has been teaching piano, improvisation and musicianship in York University’s Music Department since 1971. In 2001 he received an OCUFA Award for Excellence in Teaching.


PIVOT CHAMBER SOLOISTS
Monday March 11, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Students

Winston Choi piano | Ming Huan Xu violin | Romie De Guise-Langlois clarinet | Soo Bae cello

Program

Brahms Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for clarinet, cello and piano
Stravinsky: l'Histoire du Soldat for clarinet, violin and piano
Brahms Trio in B major, Op. 8 for violin, cello and piano

Four vibrant, energetic musicians with a wealth of performing experience and a deep passion for chamber music. Each one a critically acclaimed solo performer in their own right; as a group they play with one voice. They offer the great works for piano, violin, clarinet and cello with a fresh, innovative approach. Selecting pieces for each concert that “pivot” around a particular theme or topic, the trio invites audiences into a musical narrative that combines entertaining commentary, compelling storytelling and exceptional performances.

http://www.pivotchambersoloists.com/

Audio Links

Bruch: No. 4 from 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 83

Excerpts from Poulenc’s l’Invitation au Chateau

Schumann’s Fantasiestucke for clarinet and piano, Op. 73: III – Rasch und mit Feuer


Through the Hourglass, Vlada Mars piano
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8 pm
$20, $15 Seniors and Art Workers, $10 Students

An intimate conversation with pianist and composer Vlada Mars about her inspiration and newly released CD. Visiting from Vancouver, this is Vlada's fourth performance at Gallery 345. Vlada is presenting her CD 'A Conversation' . Her music is inspired by the minimalist movement and composers Michael Nyman, Yann Tiersen, Philip Glass and Ludovico Einaudi. It is unique story about moments and time. Inspired by her own dreams and thoughts, Vlada takes you through an intimate portrait of her life. A passionate storyteller, Vlada's energy makes for a captivating musical experience.

www.vladamars.com

Programme

Part 1
An Inspiration
Shostako - (world premiere) Nicolas Gonzalez Thomas
Opening, Glassworks - Philip Glass
Monday - Ludovico Einaudi
Comptine d'un autre ete- Yann Tiersen
Heart Asks Pleasure First - Michael Nyman

Part 2
A Conversation - Vlada Mars
A Thought
Comptine pour Yann (Tiersen)
A Conversation
Solitude of Prime Numbers
Hourglass
Midnight
Going Places
Step by Step

Intermission

Part 3
A Reflection - Vlada Mars
Summer Swim
Sidro
Promise
Space and Time
Small Waltz
Now

Bio
Vlada Mars’ music education started when she was seven, in a school for musical talents in Belgrade, Serbia. She studied musicology at the University for Fine Arts under the guidance of renowned Serbian composers and musicologists. After moving to Vancouver, she was appointed as the music coordinator of Hollyburn Country Club in 1997, where she is actively teaching piano and theory, and coordinating other music programs, recitals and lectures. Her students are studying at Berklee School of Music in Boston, University of North Texas, Pomona University in California etc. Beside teaching, Vlada is actively playing. She is passionate about exploring piano scores for movies, a passion which resulted in her celebrated piano recitals “Music in the Movies” and “Playground Love”. In 2010, her passion took her to explore the minimalist music of Philip Glass and Yann Tiersen, which led to unique piano recitals: “Going Places” and "Colour of My Dreams" in 2011. Vlada is known for her fundraising concerts: benefit concerts for the SAGE safe house in North Vancouver, the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as solo recitals in Toronto and London, U.K. and in Belgrade, Serbia. On numerous occasions, her piano performance was a part of multimedia exhibitions for prominent artists in Vancouver. In 2011 Vlada started to compose her original piano music in minimalist style which resulted with project 'A Conversation' in Vancouver and Toronto and a release of a CD with her original music. Her inspiration comes from her dreams, books, movies and people. Her performances are a unique and intimate journey into her life.


The Art of the Piano: Ciro Longobardi
Saturday March 9, 2013 at 8 pm
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Student

Program

MARTINO TRAVERSA (1960) from 6 Annotazioni (2010)
I, II, III

IVAN FEDELE (1953) from Études Boréales (1990)
I Deciso
II Calmo e meditativo

IVAN FEDELE (1953) from Études Australes (2002-03)
IV Aptenodytes
II Platea di Weddell

MICHELE DALL’ONGARO (1957) Autodafé (1992)

YOTAM HABER from Three Piano Pieces (2007)
- Slip
- Etude 5

BRIAN CURRENT Piano Piece No. 3 “leaps of faith” (2009)

MICHAEL LACROIX Sound Sketch “the fitful tracing of a portal” (2011)

NICOLA SANI (1961) A Lina Bucci Fortuna (2006)

SALVATORE SCIARRINO (1947) Quattro Notturni (1998)

N. 1 Vivo volando
N. 2 Non troppo lento
N. 3 Non troppo lento
N. 4 Leggero vivo

Bio

For more than fifteen years the pianist Ciro Longobardi has dedicated himself to studying and disseminating modern and contemporary music with its specific languages. Filled with an insatiable curiosity for making music in all its forms, he pursues a career as a soloist and chamber music performer, as well as in multimedial projects, music theatre and improvisation.

He studied the piano with Carlo Alessandro Lapegna, going on to win a European Community scholarship to attend the APM School in Saluzzo, where he studied piano with Alexander Lonquich and chamber music with Franco Gulli, Maurice Bourgue and Franco Rossi. From 1994 to 1996 he attended masterclasses held by Bernhard Wambach at Darmstadt and Parma

His first successes came in 1994, when he was finalist and prize winner as best pianist at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Rotterdam, and won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the 37th Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt. Since then he has performed for many institutions, including Traiettorie Festival Parma (Teatro Farnese), Milano Musica Festival, Ravello International Festival, Ravenna Festival, Rai Nuova Musica Turin, Cantiere Internazionale d’arte Montepulciano, Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Nuova Consonanza and I Concerti del Quirinale Rome, Angelica International Festival Bologna, Venice Biennale, Saarländischer Rundfunk Saarbrücken, Ferienkurse Darmstadt, Festival Synthése Bourges, Festival Manca Nice, Logos Foundation Ghent, ZKM Karlsruhe, Gaudeamus Foundation Amsterdam (Muziekgebouw), Peter B.Lewis Theatre (Guggenheim Museum) New York, Salzburg Festival, as a soloist, chamber musician and member of Dissonanzen (Naples) and Algoritmo (Rome).

His recording activity deserves particular attention. A double portrait Sciarrino/Ravel released by Stradivarius has been enthusiastically reviewed by Fanfare, International Piano, Bayerischer Rundfunk online and by leading Italian magazines. His complete recording of Ivan Fedele’s piano works (CD/DVD Limenmusic) has got a Coup de Coeur de Radio France and the Special Prize of the critics as the best 2011 Italian classical/instrumental CD, awarded after a referendum among 100 journalists and music critics by Musica & Dischi magazine. In duo with the composer/electronic performer Agostino Di Scipio he realized a new version of Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano, a project presented at Venice Biennale 2012 with great audience and critical acclaim. The disc released by Stradivarius is CD of the month for Amadeus Magazine (October ’12).

A passionate advocate of the contemporary repertoire, Longobardi gave lecture-recitals and masterclasses for the Rotterdam, Ghent and Bruxelles (Koninklijk) Conservatories, for the University of Chicago, for the Manhattan School of Music New York and for Italian state conservatories.

He currently teaches at the Conservatorio G. Martucci in Salerno and at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, where he teaches piano in the framework of the Master of Advanced Studies in Contemporary Music Performance.


The Art of the Piano: Greg de Denus
Sunday March 3, 2013 at 3 pm
$20; $15 Seniors and Art Workers; $10



Program

Greg will be performing works by : Corea, de Denus, Ellington, and Monk

Bio

Canadian Jazz Pianist Greg de Denus is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Greg’s wide creative range, impressive technical ability, and uncompromisingly original improvisations have firmly established him as a creative force in the Jazz and Improvised music communities. Greg has performed at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, The Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival, The Jazz Winnipeg festival and is a regular at Toronto’s staple jazz club The Rex. He has played on dozens of award winning recordings as a sideman, most notably: Peter Lutek's ENGINE, David Buchbinder's Juno nominated Shurum Burum Jazz Circus, Barry Romberg's National Jazz Award Nominated Random Access 3, and composer/arranger Shelly Berger's, Look Up. Greg’s solo piano playing garnered him a Galaxie Rising Star nomination in 2005 and 2 nominations for the Emerging Artist of the Year award at both the 2005 Distillery Jazz Festival and 2004 National Jazz Awards. Greg's debut CD "Transmissions" was released to critical acclaim in 2003. He was awarded the Bobby Herriot award for composition in 2002.

Greg has completed his formal training in 2002, graduating with honours from the Humber College Jazz Department. Greg’s primary teachers were Don Thompson and Brian Dickinson. Upon graduation Greg continued his professional development, travelling to New York City to study with Fred Hersch and Jim McNeely. From 2003-2005 Greg immersed himself in the study of classical piano, studying privately in the studio of I-Ping-Wang. Greg received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts Jazz Workshop in 2007, under the direction of Dave Douglas.

In addition to his busy playing career, Greg maintains an active private teaching studio. He is on faculty at the Humber College Introduction to Jazz and Community music departments. Greg is also a regular contributor to Canadian Musician Magazine.

Current projects include a Trio with bandmates Dan Fortin (bass) and Nick Fraser (Drums). A duo with Berlin based Saxophonist Peter Van Huffel and regular solo piano performances.

Please visit www.gregdedenus.com for more information


MACKENZIE LONGPRE GROUP
Saturday March 2, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Mackenzie Longpre's large ensemble will be making its second ever live performance at Gallery 345. After a wildly successful CD release concert to a sold out house at The Music Gallery, Longpre's ensemble is back at it with a mix of original compositions from his debut album "summer house," a few unexpected covers, and a batch of fresh work. This talented group of young Toronto musicians performs with intensity, passion, technical proficiency, and dynamic excitement. The music balances heavily composed sections with open improvisations, and always maintains a sense of drama and a story-like narrative.

The group is comprised of:

Alex Tait/Alex Samaras: Voice
James Ervin: Trumpet
Anthony Rinaldi: Alto Sax
Gordon Hyland: Tenor Sax
Neil Whitford: Guitar
Matt Giffin: Piano
Mark Godfrey: Acoustic Bass
Andrew Roorda: Electric Bass
Mack Longpre: Drums

Bio

Mackenzie Longpre is an active drummer and composer in Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto's Jazz Program in 2010 and has studied jazz drums with Jim Blackley, Terry Clarke, and Bob McLaren, jazz piano with Frank Falco, and classical percussion with John Rudolph. Mackenzie performs and composes for many exciting groups throughout Toronto and abroad, including The Ninja Funk Orchestra, Beetleback Trio, The Shafton Thomas Group, A Series Of Tubes, Circles, The Elastocitizens, Monster, Chloe Charles, Sacred Balance, and Spandex Effect. On top of these projects, Mackenzie works as an in-demand sideman for jazz, rock/pop, and hip-hop groups. His album "summer house" is a work inspired by his love of large ensemble contemporary jazz, with flourishes of rock and groove based sounds.

More on Mackenzie at: mackenzielongpre.com.
Listen to "summer house" at: http://mackenzielongpre.bandcamp.com/


CANADIAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC WORKSHOP
WALLACE HALLADAY

Tuesday February 26 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 Students



The Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop (CCMW) presents virtuoso saxophonist Wallace Halladay with live electronics. The concert will feature five new premieres for saxophone and electronics by emerging composers from across Canada, as well as pieces by established composers Andrew Staniland and Jimmy LeBlanc.

CCMW is a niche organization run by composers for composers. The focus of activity are workshops that give emerging composers unfettered access to professional musicians. This allows the composers to see their pieces rehearsed, the struggles that arise during that process, and the players’ immediate feedback in terms of how to make improvements. Composers also get feedback from the experienced CCMW composer-advisors. This is a best case scenario for composers on the cusp of their careers. They get practical advice on how to improve their work from some of the top players in Canada, while at the same time receiving guidance from a compositional point of view. This holistic approach is unique in Canada and extremely important in improving the quality of composers’ output and fostering the talent of tomorrow.

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, Wallace has commissioned and premiered numerous works for saxophone. In addition to performances of concerti by Ibert, Schmitt, Glazounov, Denisov, Husa, Muldowney, Kancheli, Yoshimatsu, Scelsi and Donatoni, he has worked with composers Michael Colgrass, Mauricio Kagel and Scott Good on the Canadian premieres of their concerti, and with Philippe Leroux in 2011 on the North American premiere of his saxophone concerto in Montreal. Wallace also 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.” In March 2009, Wallace made his debut as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: the Globe and Mail called him “phenomenal” and “so riveting…that not much can compete against it.”

Wallace recorded the two saxophone Sequenzas of Luciano Berio and the Colgrass concerto for NAXOS Records. He has been presented by and performed with new music groups across the Canada and the USA and is the Artistic Director of Toronto New Music Projects, which has presented the music of Scelsi, Donatoni and Gubaidulina, and most recently bringing Philippe Leroux, and Vinko Globokar to Toronto. He can also be heard with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, and National Ballet Orchestras.

Wallace 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. Wallace also studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with internationally acclaimed virtuoso Arno Bornkamp with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He has previously taught at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Eastman School of Music, and is presently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Toronto.

Wallace was the 2009 winner of the Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. Awarded for outstanding musicianship, Wallace is the first woodwind player to receive the prize in its 25 year history, and he joins such luminary Canadian laureates as Jon Kimura Parker, Isabel Bayrakdarian, James Ehnes, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Wallace is a Conn-Selmer Artist and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones.


The Jackson-de Margerie Duo
Fraser Jackson, bassoon and Monique de Margerie, piano
special guest Yao Guang Zhai, clarinet

Sunday Febuary 24, 2013 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors & Arts Workers; $10 Students




Fraser Jackson and Monique de Margerie have been performing as a musical duo since 2009 when they met at the Cammac Music Centre in the Laurentian Hills of Québec. They have given recitals at such places as Walter Hall of the University of Toronto, l'Alliance Française de Toronto, the Cammac Music Centre, and the Church of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City. In March, they will celebrate a delayed honeymoon by giving recitals in Phnom Penh and Siam Reap, Cambodia. Some of the repertoire on today's concert will be featured on those recitals.

Program

Sonata in C major, Op.1, No.15 Georg Friedrich Händel*

Adagio – Allegro – Largo – Allegro

Suite from “Pulcinella” Igor Stravinsky*

Sinfonia

Serenata

Toccata

Gavotta con due variazioni

Finale

Tango in D (1890) Isaac Albeniz

Tango (1940) Igor Stravinsky*

From Sonata No.2, Op.100: Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante) Johannes Brahms*

Intermission

From Partita (2004): Bebop Cantando Bill Douglas

Two Impromptus (1993) Manfred Schoof

From Trilogy (1993) Gernot Wolfgang

Another Life / Looking East

Freylach Suite (2013) (world première) Martin Van de Ven

*arranged by Fraser Jackson

Bios

Monique de Margerie teaches privately and accompanies students and faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and at the University of Toronto. She also accompanies the High Park Children’s Choir under its award-winning director, Zimfira Poloz. Much sought-after as a teacher, she travelled across Canada in 2012 as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition.

From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and accompanist. In the fall of 2011, she was featured as a soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in four performances of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Other recent performances include collaborations with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, clarinettist Jean-François Normand, and members of the string quartet Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc; in 2009 she toured India with German saxophonist Claudia Schätzle. Mme de Margerie is also a member of the tango group Canciones del Sol.

Before returning to Canada in 2003, Mme de Margerie worked for almost 20 years in Europe, as a soloist, teacher and collaborative pianist based in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris. She was a frequent collaborator with violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco, she toured with Bach Akademie Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling, and taught for many years at the Koenig Conservatory in Paris. She has made many broadcasts with the national radios of Germany, Switzerland and Canada, and has one solo recording on the Koch label.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique de Margerie holds a Meisterklassendiplom from Munich’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where she graduated with high distinction as a student of Giti Pirner. She is also a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory where she was a student of Anisia Campos and her post-graduate studies include two years with Monique Deschaussées in Paris.

Fraser Jackson has been the contrabassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. In recent years, he has also performed with such groups as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has co-founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the BIS, ATMA, and MSR Classics labels are known the world over for their inventive programming, their virtuosity and their stylistic variety.

At home in a number of different styles, he is a regular member of Toronto’s premier new music ensemble, New Music Concerts, and is one of only a few players who perform on period contrabassoons, having performed and recorded with The Aradia Ensemble, the Montreal Baroque Band and Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

He teaches bassoon at the University of Toronto and at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and has taught with such organizations as Le Festival du Domaine Forget, Le Camp Musical des Laurentides, the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Interprovincial Music Camp (Ontario), Cammac, and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2002 he was the featured guest artist at the 5th International Contrabassoon Festival in Park City, Utah, and since then, Fraser has given masterclasses in Canada, Brazil, and in several Rust Belt cities in the USA.

Fraser also enjoys participating in outreach programs run by the TSO; as a member of the TSO Woodwind Trio, he plays for hundreds of schoolchildren every year. Originally from Ottawa, he holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California.

Yao Guang Zhai is currently Associate Principal Clarinet of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Before coming to Toronto, he was for two seasons the Principal Clarinet of the Shanghai Symphony in China.

A native of Tai Yuan, China, Yao Guang began his musical career at the age of three on the violin, switching to the clarinet seven years later. In 1999 he entered the China Central Conservatory, then arrived in the United States in 2003 and was accepted on full scholarship to the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild California, studying with Mr. Yehuda Gilad. Zhai graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009 where he studied with Donald Montanaro and Ricardo Morales. He has participated in such music festivals as the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) and the Aspen Music Festival where he studied for three summers with the TSO’s Joaquin Valdepenas.

He has won several competitions including the Hellam Competition, the Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, the Blount-Slawson Young Artists Competition, the Pacific Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Spotlight Award. As a soloist, he has played with the Shanghai Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra (CA), the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (AL), the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra (Aspen), and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MO). In 2009, he represented the Curtis Institute of Music in a tour of the US as both soloist and chamber clarinetist. In the fall of 2012, he was featured as a soloist with the TSO.


The Ton Beau String Quartet
Emily Rho, piano
Friday February 22, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission: $20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Program

Mendelssohn String Quartet, op. 13, in a-minor
Janacek String Quartet, "The Kreutzer Sonata"
Dvorak Piano Quintet, with Emily Rho

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.

Bio



Chosen as one of ten pianists to perform at 2012 Emil Gilels Foundation Festival in Freiburg, Germany, pianist Emily Rho enjoys her rising career as a both solo and collaborative artist. Since making her concerto debut at the age of ten in her native South Korea, Emily has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia. She is a prizewinner of numerous competitions and scholarships including Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition, Alltv Music Competition, The Royal Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Glenn Gould School’s Chamber Music Competition, among others.

An open-minded and much sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Rho collaborates with musicians of all ages and backgrounds. She served as a collaborative pianist at The Banff Center from 2011 – 2012, a position much coveted by pianists from all over the world. Emily has worked with renowned artists such as violinists Elizabeth Walllfisch, Ian Swensen, violists Steven Dann, Roberto Diaz, the Afiara Quartet, and members of the Nash Ensemble.

Emily started her first lessons at the age of three with her mother. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Ms. Rho holds Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, where she studied with John Perry and David Louie on Dean’s Scholarship. She currently studies with Marietta Orlov at University of Toronto.


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

Saturday February  16 at 8 PM
$20 adults; $15 seniors; $10 students

In the Current is an 11-piece ensemble intended to showcase original compositions for a unique configuration of some of Toronto’s finest instrumentalists. The ensemble was first formed to perform a suite written by Mike Downes as part of his master’s thesis in composition at York University. The music was inspired in particular by the collaborations of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Since then the group's repertoire has expanded into a shape of its own so that the ensemble is now a unique voice on the Toronto jazz scene. In the Current was chosen as one of three Toronto Downtown Jazz Special Projects for 2012. The group recently received a Canada Council of the Arts Production Grant to record in 2013. This is sure to be an unforgettable night of music.
 
In the Current features many of Toronto’s most outstanding musicians including:
 
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 and Mike Downes – bass/composer/leader.
 
Mike Downes (bass/composer/leader) has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian and international music scenes since the early 1980s. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with Canada's top jazz musicians and international artists such as Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, PJ Perry, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler and many others.
 
His large discography includes Juno-nominated and Juno-winning recordings. Many of these feature his compositions, including his three recordings as a leader (Forces, Then and The Winds of Change). Mike has composed and arranged music for a wide variety of settings, including orchestral, string and jazz orchestra arrangements for singer Molly Johnson. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto.
 
"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
 
Website url – www.mikedownes.com


TRADITION AND INNOVATION
Elena Denisova, violin and Alexei Kornienko, piano

Thursday February 14, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission: Adults $12, Students, Seniors, Arts Workers, Underemployed $10
Special Valentine's Day Offer: Couples of all descriptions $15


Music for Violin and piano by composers of the Austrian New Tradionalist School.

Works by Aris Carasthatis, Paul Hertel, maximilian Kreuz, Gisberth Naether, Alexander Rapoport, Gerhard Track and Alexander Zemlinsky
Sponsored by Hedgehog Concerts, Creatives Centrum Wien
All are invited to the post-concert reception featuring a Valentine's Day Confection Bakeoff.



Bios

Elena Denisova was born in Moscow and began music lessons at the age of four. She studied under two of David Oistrakh’s favourite students, Valery Klimov and Oleg Kagan, and in 1990 she began a remarkable career which has led to collaborations with numerous famous orchestras, such as the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Munich Symphoniker, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.

She has performed as a soloist at countless festivals, for example the Carinthischer Sommer, the Flanders Music Festival, the Hörgänge and Klangbogen festivals in Vienna, the Ljubljana Festival, the Russian Winter festival in Moscow, the Concerti di Primavera in Parma, Beethovenfest Boon and many others. Elena Denisova has been artistic director of the Woerthersee Classics Festival since 2002.

Elena Denisova regards herself an ardent "ambassador of tonal magic" and this credo underlies and informs all of her interpretations of both the Classical and the Modern. Various contemporary composers have dedicated works to her and she has immortalised these in numerous recordings.

She won particular acclaim for her recording of Max Reger’s Violin Concerto (ORF), performing Rudolf Kolisch’s chamber music version of the work, in which the extremely complex solo violin part is joined with a lucid, transparent accompaniment. Similarly her recording “Wien um 1900“ [“Vienna around 1900”] (Gramola) with works by Robert Fuchs and Alexander von Zemlinsky gained international praise and rave reviews, as did her chamber music version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, performed on four historical violins from the Baroque period. Another proof for Denisovas limitless musical visions are the new CDs "Engelsmusik" ( Edition Lade ), "Mikhail Kollontay: Agnus Dei" ( Classical Reccords ) and "Fukushima by Franz Hummel" ( ARTyx ).

The violinist collaborates with Machold “Rare Violins” and Thomastik-Infeld strings, she is a jury member of numerous international violin competitions and she also teaches at the Austro American Institute in Vienna. She supports young violinists and regularly performs at benefit concerts, for example in support of pulmonary hypertension sufferers.

Alexei Kornienko is an outstanding musician whose work is characterised both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and also a boldness in interpretation. This seeming contradiction in fact stands the Austrian conductor Kornienko in very good stead. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, with his extraordinarily wide Classical and Romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years.

Born in Moscow, he began music lessons at the age of fi ve, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (piano class Zak) and in Charkow (conducting class Jordania), and was prize-winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. Since his move to Austria in 1990 he has made his name as a respected competition juror as well as a teacher at the Kärtner Landeskonservatorium (Carinthian State Conservatory). He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the Bösendorfer Artistic Club.

Kornienko divides his career between the piano and the conductor’s podium. Together with his wife, the acclaimed violinist Elena Denisova, he is also active in the rediscovery of forgotten treasures of Classical-Romantic period chamber music: Musik um 1900, their CD "Vienna 1900" (Gramola Vienna) of works by Robert Fuchs, Pavel Singer and Alexander von Zemlinsky, brought them international success.

In Vienna Kornienko and Denisova are currently (2009) recording another world premiere: Joseph Haydn‘s violin sonatas, for Gramola Vienna. Another collaboration, their recording of the rarely performed chamber music version of Vivaldi‘s Four Seasons (DEKA), featured Elena Denisova on four different historical violins from Cremona and displayed Kornienko‘s profound skill as cembalist, meeting with critical acclaim in Europe and Japan.

Kornienko stands out as an extraordinarily dynamic interpreter of the works of Beethoven and Brahms, but also of the Modern, and his ability to master highly challenging works ensures his position as a much sought-after conductor for premieres of complex scores. He has worked with countless internationally renowned orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the George Ernescu Philharmonic Orchestra and as a permanent guest conductor of the Sofi a Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and public alike. In 2010 he will conduct the Moscow Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra on a large US tour. Since 2012 he is the chief conductor of the International Danube Philharmony (www.donauphilharmonie.at).

Kornienko has been artistic director of the Wörthersee Classics Festival since its foundation in 2000, and strives each year to create a programme of the highest quality.


Thin Edge New Music Collective:
Keys, Wind and Strings

Sunday February 10, 2013 at 3 PM
Admission $20



Keys, Wind and Strings is a collaborative Canadian concert tour featuring guest artists German accordionist Olivia Steimel, Montreal-based flautist/composer Solomiya Moroz and members of Toronto-based Thin Edge New Music Collective. TENMC founders pianist Cheryl Duvall, and violinist, Ilana Waniuk first met Olivia and Solomiya while attending an artistic winter residency at the Banff Centre in 2012. Unusual instrumentation aside, a mutual passion for contemporary chamber music led to the idea for a collaborative project. Keys, Wind and Strings was conceived with the purpose of fostering the creation and dissemination of two new works by emerging Canadian composers Solomiya Moroz and Anna Pidgorna written for this unique ensemble as well as showcasing 20th/21st century works for mixed pairings within the group.

The Thin Edge is honoured to have been accepted for an artistic residency at the Banff Centre with Olivia and Solomiya where they will spend 2 weeks in January preparing for this project. Keys, Wind and Strings, will kick-start with a performance at Calgary’s Happening Festival of Music and Media on January 21st. Followed by concerts in Vancouver, Victoria, Toronto and finally Montreal.

Program:

Anna Pidgorna (b.1985)
Bridal Train (for quartet) (2013)

Georg Katzer (b. 1935)
SaitenZungenspiel (for accordion and violin) (1992)

Juan de Dios Magdaleno (b. 1984)
Memento Mori (for violin and piano) (2008)

Hope Lee (b. 1953)
and the end is the beginning (for solo accordion) (2007-08)

Intermission

Uroš Rojko (b.1954)
Bagatellen (for accordion and piano) (1999)

Toshio Hosokawa (b.1955)
Lied (for flute and piano) (2007)

Solomiya Moroz (b. 1981)
Cloud Patterns (for accordion, flute, piano + violin) (2013)

Olivia Steimel - Accordion
Solomiya Moroz - Flute
Cheryl Duvall - Piano
Ilana Waniuk – Violin

THIN EDGE NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE
Founded in September of 2011 by pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, 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. TENMC recognizes that the broad range of musical idioms which new music encompasses functions as an important touchstone for contemporary life and as such is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissions and performance. Ultimately aspiring to bring innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com

Olivia Steimel is a German accordionist. Dedicated to contemporary music she collaborates with international composers such as Anna Pidgorna, Michael Quell, Hope Lee and Mario Mary performing their works in concerts (Canada, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy), festivals, radio broadcasts (CBC) and recordings (Michael Quell, Neos 2011). Since 2009 she has been a member of the Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra. She won several prizes including first prize in the “Musikalische Akademie Würzburg” Competition (2010) and another prize in the 2010 German Conservatory Competition. With guitarist Josef Mücksch she received first prize in the International Accordion Competition Castelfidardo (2011).In 2009 Steimel was awarded an ERASMUS study grant to study in Florence with Ivano Battiston. After completing her pedagogical diploma at the University of Music Würzburg under the tutelage of Prof. Stefan Hussong in 2012 she is currently studying Contemporary Music at the University of Music Basel with funding by “Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now” and the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”.

Musician and sound artist, Solomiya Moroz collaborates often with instrumental and electronic musicians, dancers and video artists. Her work has been presented as part of Takt Berlin Artists residency, Omi International Musicians residency (New York), and Banff Centre Creative residency. In addition she has performed at festivals in Canada, Austria, Germany, France and the United States. She has been awarded Leighton Artists’ Colony residency at the Banff Centre from CALQ for composition as well as a development grant to study with flutist Eva Furrer in Vienna, Austria in 2012. She is currently a co-director of a series for contemporary music Bruissements du Cercle, held at the Espace Cercle Carré in Montreal.

Anna Pidgorna (b. 1985) is a composer and media artist who combines her interests in sound, visual art and writing to create works that are dramatic and picturesque. She works in both the acoustic and electronic realms. In 2012, Ms. Pidgorna took part in a prestigious workshop with Kaija Saariaho and Anssi Karttunen at Carnegie Hall, and participated in the National Art Center’s Composers Program in Ottawa. Her work for solo accordion, Light-play through curtain holes, was selected for performance at the ISCM World New Music Days 2013. Thanks to a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ms. Pidgorna recently spent three months studying folksong in the Ukrainian countryside. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Allison University and is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Calgary under the guidance of David Eagle.

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.

Ilana Waniuk is a versatile violinist and contemporary chamber music addict with interests ranging from classical music and improvisation to visual arts. She has held an artistic residency at the Banff centre for the Arts, participated in the Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival at Mass MoCA 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 Master’s 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.

This tour was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts as well as the Shevchenko Foundation.


CYBERNETIC ORCHESTRA ALBUM RELEASE
with SHAWN MATIVETSKY and EXTRAMUROS

Saturday February 9, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors & Arts Workers; $10 Students


The Cybernetic Orchestra is releasing its second album (following their first album Esp.beat released in 2012) in early February 2013, with a double celebration in Hamilton (at the Factory Media Arts Centre) and Toronto (at Gallery 345). Like previous releases by the Orchestra the new album features live coding, advanced used of computer networking, and a complex interweaving of composition and improvisation. The new album brings a new emphasis on the visual: every track from the new album features original video creations by the members of the ensemble. The orchestra will be joined by Montreal tabla virtuoso Shawn Mativetsky (also featured on the album) and by Hamilton live coding trio extramuros.

Bios

The Cybernetic Orchestra is McMaster University’s laptop orchestra, open to the entire University community and now entering its fourth year of activity. The orchestra specializes in live coding - programming in front of the audience (often using the ChucK language) to realize intricate improvisations and compositions. Key non-human members of the Orchestra include a gigabit ethernet switch and custom synchronization and sharing software - allowing the members of the orchestra to share code, beats, ideas and signals “in the moment”. The orchestra has performed in Hamilton, Montréal and Toronto – at TEDx conferences, at new music festivals, and myriad other events, alongside a growing roster of artistic friends and collaborators. The orchestra’s debut album, Esp.beat can be heard at:
http://soundcloud.com/cyberneticOrchestra/sets/esp-beat

Versatile percussionist Shawn Mativetsky performs in a variety of musical genres with dynamism and skill. Equally at home in Indian classical music, world music, and contemporary/new music, Shawn also composes and performs for dance and theatre. Exponent of the Benares gharana, and disciple of the legendary Pandit Sharda Sahai, Shawn Mativetsky is a highly sought-after tabla performer and educator. He is active in the promotion of the tabla and North Indian classical music through lectures, workshops, and performances across Canada and internationally. Based in Montreal, Shawn teaches tabla and percussion at McGill University. His solo CD, Payton MacDonald: Works for Tabla, was released in 2007, and Cycles, his new CD of Canadian compositions for tabla was released in the fall of 2011.

extramuros: extramuros is a live coding trio out of Hamilton, Ontario. Formed by members of the Cybernetic Orchestra, the group maps multi-dimensional found data onto multichannel sound objects and beats. Ian Jarvis creates The Becoming of an Audiophile NAISA webcast, and produces various audio projects under the names Audio Being and frAncIs. David Ogborn is the president of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and directs the Cybernetic Orchestra at McMaster University. Hailing from Northern Ontario, Kearon Roy Taylor is a recent graduate of McMaster University's Studio Art programme, and co-founder of the Hamilton Audio/Visual Node for new media and installation art.

http://soundcloud.com/cyberneticorchestra
http://esp.mcmaster.ca


CANCELLED
The Art of the Piano: Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Friday February 8 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $10 Students

Program

Piano Figures (2004) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Benjamin (b. 1960) 
I. Spell
II. Knots
III. In the Mirror 
IV. Interruptions 
V. Song 
VI. Hammers 
VII. Alone 
VIII. Mosaic 
IX. Around the Corner 
X. Whirling

Pianoforte (1975) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Claude Vivier (1948 – 1983)

Drive-Thru Etudes, bk. 1 “Upland, CA” (2008 – 11). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dante De Silva (b. 1978) 
1. Five-Finger Discount (for "five-finger" positions and melody within swirls of notes) 
2. Button Masher (for clusters) 
3. Scratch Record (for sostenuto pedal)
4. Door-to-Door (for stride piano) 
5. Padua (for fluctuating intervals) 
6. Kalili Hamana (for thumbs and pinkies only)

–intermission–

Nemo Sleeps (2011) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Liberatore (b. 1984) 
1. an invitation to Slumberland 
2. stilts 
3. the pie-eaters
4. Nemo pleads to Father Time 
5. snow falls in the Valley of Silence (Nemo holds his breath) 
6. Lunatix, and the rising bed 
7. as fast as a bed can run 
8. Nemo steals a kiss from the Queen of the Glass People

Stand Still Here (2012). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jenny Beck (b. 1985)
I. II. III. IV. V.

Variations, op. 8 (1964) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jacques Hetu (1938 – 2010)

Bio

Born in Boston and raised near the coastal redwoods of northern California, pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough is beginning to make his mark as an artist of great versatility and musical fervor. He has developed a diverse career as recitalist, concerto soloist, vocal and instrumental chamber musician, and is also a frequent collaborator with both established and up-and-coming composers. Comfortable with a wide variety of repertoire, Mr. McCullough has received critical recognition for his artistic performances. In a performance of Chopin “his virtuosity was evident and understated, his playing projected a warmth... that conjured the humanity of Artur Rubinstein,” (Eli Newberger, The Boston Musical Intelligencer) and in a performance of contemporary music, his playing “found a perfect balance between the gently shimmering and the more brittle, extroverted strands... and left you eager to hear the rest.” (Allan Kozinn, NY Times)

As a concerto soloist Ryan has appeared with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sarasota Festival Orchestra, Colburn Conservatory Orchestra, Orange County Wind Symphony, and World Festival Orchestra, with such conductors as Gisele Ben-Dur, Christoph Eschenbach, Leonid Grin, Anthony Parnther, Larry Rachleff, Mischa Santora, and Joshua Weilerstein. Mr. McCullough has been a featured performer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird, and at such festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Nohant International Chopin Festival, and at the invitation of Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe the inaugural season of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. In the fall of 2011, Ryan was awarded the Tanglewood Music Center's Henri Kohn Memorial Award for musical achievement and was subsequently invited back in 2012 as one of the festival's New Fromm Players.

Interested in composing from a young age, Mr. McCullough continues to enjoy collaborating with living composers. He has worked closely with George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, Benjamin Scheuer, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Mi?osz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable. This recording was praised in the Polish music journal Ruch Muzyczny for displaying “exceptional skill and precision combined with intelligence and sense of design... [slowing] for parts of reflection and very evocative Polish reverie.” On January 28th, 2013, Mr. McCullough will be featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson's Secrets of Antikythera, a work written for the Magnetic Resonator Piano, an electro-acoustic instrument designed and built by the composer to augment the sounds of a standard concert grand piano.

Mr. McCullough has won prizes from the Milosz Magin Piano Competition, World Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and Bronislaw Kaper awards. He was also recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Award from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Ryan holds his B.A. from Humboldt State University and M.Mus. from the University of Southern California, as well an Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and one in progress from The Glenn Gould School. His primary teachers have been Dr. Deborah Clasquin, David Louie and John Perry, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Peter Serkin and Leon Fleisher.

Ryan is a prize-winning homebrewer and has a particular affinity for Belgian-style ales.


OFF THE PAGE: An evening of intimate improvisations by TORQ PERCUSSION
Thursday February 7, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Student

"TorQ was outstanding. No, make that astonishing." - The Ottawa Citizen

Marking the third instalment of TorQ Percussion Quartet's inaugural 2012-2013 Toronto concert series, OFF THE PAGE is all about the tradition of improvisation in its many forms. Featuring both structured and free improvisations presented across varied formats, this concert explores the myriad of textures and sounds that can result from spontaneous music making on everything from talking drums to kalimbas, cowbells to whirly tubes. This promises to be a rare, intimate and immersive evening of organic music making that can only be captured by those in attendance.

BIO

Winners of the 2009 Mississauga Arts Council award for Best Emerging Performing Arts Ensemble, TorQ Percussion Quartet was formed by four Canadian percussionists looking to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Daniel Morphy are committed to making new music accessible to audiences that span generations and geography and have already performed to critical acclaim across Canada and beyond. International highlights include performances at the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and an appearance in Germany with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir in collaboration with Soundstreams Canada. In their native country, the quartet has made appearances at Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Indian River Festival (Prince Edward Island), Stratford Summer Music Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival (Ontario) and has been selected by touring organisations such as Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic. They have also launched their own concert series in Toronto and will present four concerts over the 2012.13 season.

Committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including David Gillingham’s Concertino for Four Percussionists and Orchestra, Paul Frehner's Corpus, Christos Hatzis' Modulations, Steve Reich's Mallet Quartet (Western Canadian Premiere) and Brian Graiser's Promethean Concertino with Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra among others. Recently, they served as guest teachers with distinguished composer Christos Hatzis for the course titled Composing for Percussion at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. These collaborative classes led to many new works by students as well as by Hatzis himself including In the Fire of Conflict for percussion quartet and pre-recorded audio as well as Modulations, a new work for mallet quartet. Upcoming commissions include a concert-length multi-media and theatre work to be performed with the Hamilton Children’s Choir by award-winning composer Eric Robertson, as well as a work for percussion octet (co- commissioned with Fringe Percussion) by Michael Oesterle among others.

TorQ has released two recordings on the independent label Bedoint Records. Their self-titled debut recording, a mixture of commissions, arrangements, improvisations and compositions by group members, was awarded 3.5/4 stars by Toronto Star music columnist John Terauds. two + two, released in the Fall of 2011, featured the music of Jason Stanford, Nebojsa Zivkovic, Christos Hatzis and John Cage and has already received critical acclaim and been broadcast across the country.

In addition to promoting new music, TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 70 shcool shows per year. They are also frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada and present masterclasses and workshops for various organizations across the country. This past summer, TorQ gave a five day percussion seminar at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS in which participants were involved in regular masterclasses, clinics, coachings, rehearsals and performances. All four members of TorQ are faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, run by the Durham District School Board.


The Art of the Piano: Mei Yi Foo
Saturday February 2, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15; $10


Program
Musical Toys

Chris Paul Harman
After Schumann I (10')

Schumann, Helmut Lachenmann and Sofia Gubaidulina (22’)
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen 'Frightening'
LACHENMANN Kinderspiel 'Akiko'
LACHENMANN Kinderspiel 'Fake Chinese'
GUBAIDULINA Musical Toys 'The Woodpecker'
GUBAIDULINA Musical Toys 'Sleigh with Bells'
LACHENMANN Kinderspiel 'Hanschen Klein'
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen 'Important Event'
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen 'Traumerai'
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen 'At the Fireside'
SCHUMANN Kinderszenen 'Riding Horse'
LACHENMANN Kinderspiel 'Shadow Dance'
GUBAIDULINA Musical Toys 'The Drummer'

- Interval -

Schumann, George Benjamin, Gyorgy Ligeti and Unsuk Chin (26’)
CHIN Klavieretuden 'Scherzo'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Interruptions'
SCHUMANN Album for the Young 'Soldier's March'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Hammers'
LIGETI Musica Ricercata no.9 'Bartok in memoriam'
SCHUMANN Album for the Young 'Stranger'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Around the Corner'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Whirling'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Spell'
BENJAMIN Piano Figures 'Mosaic'
CHIN Klavieretuden 'Grains'
LIGETI Musica Ricercata no.2
CHIN Klavieretuden 'Toccata'

Chris Paul Harman
After Schumann II - world premiere (10'-12')

Bio

"Once again, Foo wows with her touch, clarity and naturalness.” International Piano Magazine

Hailed “a pianist to watch” by BBC Radio 3, “Rising Star” by International Piano, and the winner of the Maria Callas Grand Prix’08 in Athens, Mei Yi Foo has captivated audiences across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her performances at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Finlandia Hall, Auditorio de Falla Granada, Wigmore Hall, Verona Teatro Filarmonico, Megaron Athens and Salle Gaveau Paris continue to garner reviews that praise her ‘distinct character as a player’ (The Independent) with “unusual interior strength” together with her “personal, intelligent and unique interpretation” (La Opinion Granada).

Mei Yi worked alongside conductors such as Christian Arming, Matthias Bamert, Martyn Brabbins, Claus Peter Flor, János Fürst, Kirill Karabits and Christopher Warren-Green; with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and London Chamber Orchestra. Her avid rapport with musicians also brings her to direct orchestras such as the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Russian Virtuosi.

Appearances at music festivals worldwide play an important part in Mei Yi’s schedule, with invitations from Lorin Maazel’s Castletown Festival, Mänttä Festival in Finland, the Pharos Arts Foundation in Cyprus and the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh working with Mitsuko Uchida. As a new music advocate, she performed at the Schoenberg Centre in Vienna, Park Lane Group at the Southbank Centre, Pinakothek der Moderne Munich for the Staatoper’s Festpiel+ Series and most recently in Lucerne at the Roche Forum for Unsuk Chin, where she was invited immediately to debut at the Lucerne Festival 2014 and Ultraschall Festival for New Music 2013 in Berlin.

A native of Malaysia, Mei Yi was awarded the medal of Setiawan Tuanku Muhriz for her contribution towards art and music in her home country. She resides in London and enjoys playing chamber music with Dimitri Ashkenazy, Shlomy Dobrinsky, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, Cristina Ortiz, Antti Siirala, Ashley Wass, Yuri Zhislin, as well as working with prominent composers such as Dai Fujikura, Chris Paul Harman and Unsuk Chin. Following the success of her debut recording “Recital” which included works by Bach, Bowen, Ravel and Brahms, MeiYi’s new, second album “Musical Toys” extends her exploration of the 20th/21st century repertoire, featuring works by Gubaidulina, Unsuk Chin and Ligeti. It was recently featured in Norman Lebrecht’s CD of the Week and garnered 5* reviews from the BBC Music Magazine.

www.meiyifoo.com
www.facebook.com/meiyifoo.piano


TIME STANDS STILL
Saturday January 26, 2013 at 8pm
$20/$10 Art Workers and Students
Doors Open at 7 PM
For tickets and information contact:
edwin@edwinhuizinga.com


An evening of music and song by Golijov, Piazzolla, Shostakovich, Chausson, and Schumann
Presented by Classical Revolution and Vocallective

Bios

Indre Viskontas

Lithuanian-Canadian soprano Indre Viskontas is a versatile singer, equally at home in contemporary and classical opera and chamber music. Born and raised in Toronto, she began her musical training at the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Master of Music degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is currently on faculty. An active performer, she specializes in contemporary opera, having created several opera roles and continuously collaborating with living composers in New York and San Francisco. Her classical roles range from The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro to the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. She is cofounder and director of Opera on Tap: San Francisco, a chapter of the nation-wide organization whose mission is to create a place for opera in popular culture by producing high-quality performances in non-traditional venues, such as art galleries, bars and cafes. She also founded and directs Vocallective, a consortium of musicians dedicated to vocal chamber music.

In addition to her musical career, Dr. Viskontas is also an accomplished scientist, with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California-Los Angeles and a BSc from the University of Toronto. She has published more than 35 original articles and chapters on the neural basis of memory and creativity, in prestigious journals and edited volumes. Her work has also been featured in Oliver Sacks’ best-selling book Musicophilia and in Discover magazine. Bridging science and art, Viskontas made her television debut as co-host of the docuseries Miracle Detectives on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She lectures widely on topics ranging from music and the brain to the allure of mystery. She serves as editor of the journal Neurocase and is a host of the popular science and critical thinking podcast, Point of Inquiry. www.indreviskontas.com.

Ian Scarfe

Ian Scarfe, a native of southeast Texas, is currently a music associate at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He recently finished a Master's Degree in 2008 and an Artist's Certificate in 2010 with the conservatory's prestigious Chamber Music Program, and earned a Bachelor's of Music Degree from Willamette University in 2005. He has performed across the world, including trips to Austria, Italy and Portugal. His tours of the United States have taken him to Illinois, Texas, Oregon, Maryland, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. This past summer he was a guest at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, and the Festival Viana in Portugal. He is the founder and director of the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, which is dedicated to bringing classical music to the people of the remote mountains of Trinity County in Northern California. This festival has just celebrated its second annual summer season this July 2012.

Ian is a founding member of two Bay-Area chamber music groups, the Oak Street Trio and Nonsemble Six. The Oak Street Trio recently completed a tour in the northeast this December, with concerts in Pittsburgh and State College, Pennsylvania. Ian recently performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 as a soloist with San Francisco’s Symphony Parnassus. He has collaborated with such notable musicians as cellist Norman Fisher, violinists Roy Malan and Jorja Fleezanis, Italian soprano Felicia Bongiovanni, and members of the San Francisco Symphony, including principal hornist Robert Ward and principal bassoonist Stephen Paulson. His principal teachers are Paul Hersh from the SF Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Anita King from Willamette University. This past summer was quite busy for Ian, he completed a two-week tour in Switzerland with cellist Charles Akert, he was a guest performer and director of the Apprentice Program at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, he directed his own Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, and he performed at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival in Colorado.

Aniela Eddy

Swiss-American violinist Aniela Eddy graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a degree in violin performance where her principal teachers were Ian Swensen and Wei He. As a soloist, Aniela has performed and toured throughout Europe with the Basel Youth Orchestra and has participated in master classes and lessons with distinguished artists such as Andrew Jennings, Stephan Picard, Joseph Silverstein, Joel Smirnoff and Eduard Wulfson. She has coached in chamber music with the Pacifica String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet, Peter Salaff, and Mark Sokol.

Aniela has performed with several ensembles in New York City, including Ballet Next, Ensemble LPR, New York Opera Chamber Orchestra, and The Ossia Ensemble. As part of her commitment to education, Aniela toured India under the auspices of Skoda Motors, giving benefit concerts. In addition to founding a volunteer teaching program between the San Francisco Bay Academy and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Aniela has acted as Public Representative for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, responsible for liaison between guest artists, BSO members, and the general public. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Aniela is the recipient of the Avanti Award of the Joseph and Francis Brucia Foundation, which she received in 2009.

Charles Akert

Cellist Charles Akert has captivated audiences around the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Akert began his studies at age 5. At age 13, he joined the Fairbanks Symphony and the Arctic Chamber Orchestra as one of their youngest members. Akert completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Northern Colorado and received his Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as an Osher Scholarship winner.

Passionate about chamber music, Akert has been an active chamber musician for over 15 years and has performed in venues throughout North America and Europe. He was a founding member of the Douglas String Quartet and is one of the few musicians to win the Angie Southard award in both chamber music and as solo cellist. As a member of the Nexus Quartet, Akert has participated in chamber music residencies at both the Banff Centre and the Aspen Music Festival. In 2010, he won the Grand Prize at the National Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

Keith Hamm

A native of Rosebud, Alberta, violist, Keith Hamm is rapidly gaining recognition as a dynamic and exciting young presence in the Canadian music scene. Upon completion of his studies, Keith was named Principal Violist of The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He is an alumnus of The International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove; the Sarasota Music Festival; Morningside Music Bridge and the Chamber Music Program at Le Domaine Forget among others. He is a winner of the Stratford Symphony’s Emerging Artists Competition and The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition.

Mr. Hamm received his training The Glenn Gould School under the instruction of Steven Dann and at The Mount Royal Conservatory under of Nicholas Pulos. Other influences include Pinchas Zukerman, Roger Tapping, Ian Swenson, Mark Fewer and members of the London Haydn Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, and Zebra Trio.

A dedicated chamber musician, Keith has been invited to perform at the Ravinia Festival as guest violist with the Royal Conservatory’s ARC Ensemble; the SweetWater Music Festival in Owen Sound; and at the Music By The Sea festival in Bamfield, BC.



David Schotzko and Pemi Paull
Thursday January 24, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors & Arts Workers; $10 Students


Pemi Paull, viola
David Schotzko, percussion

Program:

Suzanne Farrin (b. 1975) - Uscirmi di braccia (2010)*

Rose Bolton (b. 1971) – NEW WORK (2012)**

Ted Hearne (b. 1982) – Forcefield (2004)*

Du Yun (b. 1977) – San1 (2003)*

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) – Naturale (1985)

*CANADIAN PREMIERE / **WORLD PREMIERE

Two of Canada’s leading contemporary music performers tackle a program of recent works for viola and percussion.

Bios



A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, violist 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 and has premiered works for viola by composers including Gerard Grisey, Michael Oesterle, Scott Godin, Andre Ristic, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, and Tim Brady. An avid recitalist, Pemi has been gaining a reputation as one of the few violists in the world to present full programs of unaccompanied repertoire for viola spanning three centuries.



A founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), percussionist David Schotzko has premiered over 300 works by composers from across the globe, having worked closely with the established composers of today (Steve Reich, Elliott Carter, Pauline Oliveros, Luca Francesconi, Louis Andriessen, Pascal Dusapin, Stefano Gervasoni, Ignacio Baca-lobera, Julio Estrada, Chaya Czernowin, Philippe Hurel, David Lang, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, John Luther Adams, Martin Bresnick, and Tan Dun), and tomorrow’s rising stars (Dai Fujikura, Du Yun, Johannes Boris Borowski, Ted Hearne, Huang Ruo, Edgar Guzman, Anna Clyne, Marcos Balter, Felipe Lara, and Oscar Bettison).

David received rave reviews in print and digital press as the solo percussionist in the US premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia at Miller Theatre, and has performed as a soloist in New York, Chicago, Morelia (Mexico), Oslo (Norway), Ottawa and Toronto. An active performer in New York’s contemporary music scene, David performed regularly with So Percussion, Alarm Will Sound, Either/Or, Argento Ensemble, and many others from before relocating to Toronto where he has played with the Canadian Opera Company, the Esprit Orchestra, Arraymusic, Toca Loca, Nexus, TorQ Percussion, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, New Music Concerts, Ensemble 1534, and at Ottawa Chamberfest.


THE ART OF THE PIANO: LARA DOWNES
"EXILES' CAFE"

Saturday January 19 2013 at 8 PM
$25; $15 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 students


"A delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship - NPR
 
Acclaimed American pianist Lara Downes, internationally recognized for her visionary thematic programming, recorded her next solo album - Exiles' Cafe - on the Steinway & Sons Records label in September, with commercial release scheduled for February 2013.
 
Exiles' Cafe is an exquisite collection of 19th and 20th century solo piano works written by composers in exile, reflecting the longing of exile around the world and across generations. Far from home but close to the heart, this music tells the story of the transformative journey of exile, from what is left behind to what is discovered ahead.

Programme

Bela Bartok: Three Folksongs from the Csik District

Paul Bowles: Preludes for Piano

Frederic Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. posth 68
Mohammed Fairouz: Piano Miniatures

Bohuslav Martinu: Contemplation
Erich Korngold: Sonata #2
Darius Milhaud: Romance
Sergei Prokofiev: Pastoral Sonatina
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Fragments

Igor Stravinsky: Tango
Michael Sahl: Tango from the Exiles' Cafe

Kurt Weill: Lost in the Stars

Bio
 
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 Downes has won acclaim as one of the most exciting and communicative young
pianists of today's generation. Since making early debuts at Queen Elizabeth Hall London and the Vienna Konzerthaus, this powerfully charismatic artist has appeared on many of the world’s most prestigious stages, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center. Recent appearances include Portland Piano International, San Francisco Performances, the University of Vermont Lane Series, the American Academy Rome, the El Paso Pro Musica Festival, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, and the University of Washington World Series.
 
Downes’ unique performance style, praised as “a voyage of discovery” (Sacramento Bee),
infuses repertoire both iconic and unfamiliar with passion, profound musicality, intellectual insight and humor. Her diverse performance works have received support from the NEA, the Barlow Endowment, and American Public Media. Downes’ six solo recordings have met with tremendous critical and popular acclaim. Her latest CD, 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg (Tritone) was released in Fall 2011. Lara Downes is a Steinway Artist.

http://laradownes.com/web/page.aspx?title=Exiles'+Café+


The Patrick Hewan Quartet with Ron Westray
Friday January 11, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors & Arts Workers; $10 Students

Patrick Hewan - Piano

Artie Roth - Bass

Joe Iannuzzi - Drums

Ron Westray - Trombone

Bio

Patrick Hewan

Patrick Hewan is a rising star in the Toronto Jazz scene who’s energetic virtuosic playing captivates and moves his audiences. He draws on the vast vocabulary of the legendary jazz pianists who came before him and adds his own spirit and passion to create a unique sound and style. Drawing heavily on influences such as: Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Hiromi Uehara, Oscar Peterson, and Phineas Newborn while studying under the tutelage of legendary pianists such as Mark Eisenman, Richard Whiteman, Robi Botos, and Hilario Duran it’s no secret where Patrick developed his unique, high-octane style that still clearly adheres to the art forms tradition.

Patrick began studying classical piano at the age of four and was later introduced to the saxophone where he developed a great love for jazz music. His education includes York University and Humber College and he is a recipient of the Berklee World Tour Scholarship for both sax and piano.

Performances include many venues in Toronto and throughout Southern Ontario with such artists as: Ron Westray, Pat Lebarbera, Ted Quinlan, Kelly Jefferson, Barry Romberg, Lorne Lofsky, Artie Roth, Ross MacIntyre, Pat Carey, Chicago’s Ernest Dawkins, and members of the Downchild Blues Band. He has played for such organizations as: Scotiabank, Via Rail, The Peel District School Board, York University, The CAW Auto Union, and has played at venues such as: The Rex, The Rose Theatre, and The King Edward Hotel and many more. Patrick recently played in the 2012 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and is working on his soon to be released album that should be hitting shelves in 2013.

www.patrickhewan.com

Ron Westray

Jazz musician and composer Ron Westray is best known for his work as lead trombonist with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis and his collaborations with Wycliffe Gordon. He launched his professional performance career in the early 1990s, recording and touring nationally with the Marcus Roberts Septet. He has appeared in concert with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Stevie Wonder, Benny Carter, Dewey Redman, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker and a host of other pre-eminent artists. A regular on the New York City club circuit, he has played premier jazz venues such as the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil’s, Iridium, Jazz Standard and Smalls, and is a standing member of the Mingus Band.

In addition to his concerts and recordings with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Professor Westray has recorded as a sideman on such major labels as Columbia, Sony Classical and RCA Novus. His latest CD as leader is Medical Cures Cures for the Chromatic Commands of the Inner City (Blue Canoe Records 2008). He co-leads with trumpet player Thomas Heflin on his most recent recording, Live in Austin (Blue Canoe Records 2011).


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