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The Path Home

Friday December 12, 2014 @ 8 pm
$25/$15 Students and Arts Workers

An Evening of Celebration with Lee Pui Ming (piano), Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum), Rob Clutton (bass), Mary Ganzon (movement), Randi Helmers (voice/visual art)

Five extraordinary artists journey through the labyrinth in sound, song and movement.

Lee Pui Ming

Lee Pui Ming – improvisor, pianist, composer, biodynamic craniosacral therapist – integrates all of her curiosities in sound, movement and the healing arts into her investigations. Her latest compositions include “Life”, a 60-minute commission from Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for string quartet; “she comes to shore”, a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. She partnered with Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum, voice and movement) in an uplifting collaboration in this year’s Guelph Jazz Festival. Pui Ming has 6 recordings to date, and is the recipient of the Freddie Stone Award (2000) and the K. M. Hunter Arts Award (2005).

Dong-Won Kim

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean traditional percussionist, vocalist and improviser, also a member of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer's drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).


Rob Clutton

Rob Clutton is a composer/performer dedicated to diverse long term creative projects. His solo bass work includes two CDs on the Rat-drifting label: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. He has released two CDs of original compositions for small ensemble: Tender Buttons and Holstein Dream Pageant. The debut recording of The Cluttertones is in progress. Clutton has been involved in collective projects such as Clutton/Michelli/West, Handslang, This Moment, a bass duo with Pete Johnston, and a banjo/voice duo with Randi Helmers. Other current and ongoing projects include: Ryan Driver Quintet, Drumheller, Nick Fraser Quartet, Steve Koven Trio, NOJO, Mark Segger Sextet, and Titanium Riot. Rob has also performed or recorded with artists such as Jandek, Jazzstory, Eugene Martynec, John Millard and Happy Day, David Mott Quintet. Rob is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto. (www.robclutton.com)

Randi Helmers, actor, singer, artist

A professional actor for 30 years, Randi recently played the role of "Mum" in the premiere of Alison Lawrence/McGuffin Theatre's play, The Thing Between Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre credits include: The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks), Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage), The Way of the World (Souplpepper), The Danish Play( Nightwood) and seasons with the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre and Caravan Farm Theatre, among others. She has recorded and toured Canada with the folk/cabaret band, John Millard and Happy Day, and is currently in a duo for voice and banjo with composer/bassist Rob Clutton. Randi has performed her original Norwegian folklore cabaret for the Ottawa Art Gallery, NCC's Winterlude Festival, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Randi's paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre,Toronto Art Expo, the Queen West Art Crawl, Wychwood Art Barns and various nifty neighborhood cafes of Toronto. Randi has enjoyed many moments of improvisational wonder at Gallery 345, and is thrilled to be here tonight with this remarkable ensemble.Â

mary ganzon

mary ganzon, movement artist, teacher, and craniosacral therapist finds it much easier to language through the vocabulary of sensations vs. the vocabulary of words. amidst the many studies of movement, performance, and the stillness of meditation, she dances accompanied by deep gratitude in meeting our nature.


Julia Pal CD Release Concert

Wednesday December 10, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students (cash only) General admission seating, email  RSVP to info@gallery345.com

Vocalist Julia Pal is releasing two CDs she has been working on...

Program:

The first set will be music from ‘FRAIL GESTURE’
8 poems by E.E. Cummings set to music written by Julia Pal and arranged  by Andrew Downing
Performed by Julia Pal – voice; Andrew Downing – cello; Anna Atkinson – violin; Peter Lutek – clarinet; Tristan Durie – flute; Michael Davidson - piano & vibraphone; Debashis Sinha - percussion

The second set will be selections from ‘IMPRINT’
A very personal selection of jazz and pop standards. Julia is joined by Craig Harley – piano and Jordan O’Connor – bass

CDs $15 each, 2 or more $10 each

Biography

Julia graduated from the University of Toronto, earned an A.R.C.T in Speech Arts & Drama from The Royal Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Before pursuing her interest in music, she worked as an independent theatre artist and workshop leader for many years. Her diverse background includes elocution, scene study, storytelling, singing, improvisational comedy, clown, mime technique, and creative movement. Inspired by her training at Second City, she co-wrote and performed in several original shows and musical revues in Toronto and at Fringe festivals and was a key player in a weekly live improv soap opera spoof called The Wedge of Night.

Julia’s interest in singing and jazz came to the forefront. She returned to school and graduated from the Humber College Jazz program and during her studies sang with the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. For over 15 years she has performed at corporate and private events as well as festivals, restaurants and clubs, including the Junction Arts Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, Ellicottville Jazz Festival, The Montreal Bistro and Mariposa Cruise Lines. She has enjoyed working with a variety of musicians including Andrew Downing, Tania Gill, Victor Bateman, Kevin Barrett, Mike Milligan, Stacie McGregor, Eric St. Laurent, Tim Posgate, Darius Nargolwalla, Ken Taylor and most recently Jordan O’Connor and Craig Harley.

In addition to her creative projects, Julia continues to teach drama, adjudicate for speech arts festivals across Canada and is a member of the RCM College of Examiners for Speech Arts & Drama.

More at www.juliapal.ca.


Carissa Klopoushak & Philip Chiu

Tuesday December 9, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

This concert features music from the duo’s upcoming recording: sonatas by Janacek, Debussy, and Healey Willan, and shorter works by Claude Vivier and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Program: Works for Violin and Piano by Claude Debussy, Leos Janacek, Healey Willan, Claude Viver, and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Carissa Klopoushak and Philip Chiu have performed extensively together over the last six years. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, beginning with a 17-city Canadian tour for the Eckhardt-Grammatté competition in 2009. Since that time, they have performed together at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, for the Regina Musical Club, and in many recitals and chamber music collaborations in and around Montreal. Most recently, the pair toured the maritime provinces for Debut Atlantic.

Carissa Klopoushak, violin

Carissa Klopoushak is quickly emerging as one of Canada’s most versatile and creative violinists. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow), generously on loan from the Canada Council.

Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music.  She has recently returned to Canada after three months of performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.  

Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa in September 2014.  She has performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China.  Carissa also performs with many chamber groups in the Montreal/Ottawa area, including Ensemble Mooncrest, Warhol Dervish, and Portmantô.

Carissa originates from the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that provides Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.

Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has recorded three albums, performed at the Toronto, Montreal, Dauphin, and Vegreville Ukrainian festivals as well as in Sydney, Australia. The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2015.

Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of duos with Philip Chiu in 2015.  When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...

www.carissaklopoushak.com

Philip Chiu, piano

More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.

“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse

“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)

An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).

Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist-/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor--accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.

Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio--Canada.


 

An Evening with Kirk MacDonald & Harold Mabern

Saturday, December 6 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20; $10 Students

Celebrated Canadian saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and legendary American pianist Harold Mabern will join forces to present an evening of duets. Kirk and Harold recently collaborated on Kirk’s most recent CD VistaObscuraon Addo Records. They will continue their musical explorations at Gallery 345 with a special duet performance.

A rare opportunity to hear two master musicians interact in an intimate setting.

This concert will feature original works by Mabern, MacDonald as well as selections from the Great American Songbook.

kirkmacdonald.com
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Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern (born March 20, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist. Mabern was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee – a city that’s a capital of 20th century American music. Like fellow Memphis jazz artists George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier, Mabern attended Manassas High School, and after an early attempt at playing the drums, he taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life.

Along with some other Memphis musicians, Mabern moved to Chicago in in 1954 where he soon found work backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordon. He also gained further influence from studying with pianist Ahmad Jamal and played in the hardbop group MJT + 3, before going on to New York City in 1959. “Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and the confidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refined my stuff and it’s still doing it.”

One of his earliest significant gigs was an 18-month stay with Art Farmer and Benny Golson’s Jazztet. After the Jazztet disbanded, Mabern worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd and did a brief stint with Miles Davis in 1963. He worked with J.J. Johnson (1963- 65), Lee Morgan(1965) and Hank Mobley- recording the album, Dippin’. Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Williams (1966-67) Mabern also played in a quartet with guitarist Wes Montgomery. Between 1968-70, Mabern led four albums for Prestige, the first being A Few Miles From Memphis with a lineup that featured two saxophonists, one of them fellow Memphis native George Coleman. As the 1970s began, Harold Mabern became a key member  of Lee Morgan’s working group and appeared on several live and studio recordings made by the trumpeter before his death in 1972.
In 1971, he played on Stanley Turrentine’s The Sugar Man and Don’t Mess With Mr. T. album in 1973. In 1972 he recorded with Stanley Cowell’s Piano Choir.

In more recent years, he has toured and recorded extensively with his former William Paterson University student, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together. A longtime faculty member at William Paterson University since 1981, Mabern is also a frequent instructor at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995).

Kirk MacDonald

With an established reputation as one of Canada's leading saxophonists, Kirk MacDonald cut his first record at the age of thirteen. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, and has worked with many leading musicians in a variety of musical genres.

He has performed on over 45 CDs as both leader and sideman, and has participated in numerous national broadcast recordings for CBC Radio. In addition to performing extensively throughout Canada, he has also performed in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Monaco, Australia, Korea, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. For over 25 years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including Claude Ranger, Dave Young, Sam Noto, Sonny Greenwich, Kenny Wheeler, Eddie Henderson, Harold Mabern, Walter Bishop Jr., Tom Harrell, Lorne Lofsky, Bob Mover, Pat LaBarbera, John Taylor, Ron McClure, Mike Stern, Jim McNeely, Bob Mintzer, Vince Mendoza, John Clayton, Chris Potter, Glenn Ferris, Maria Schneider, Dave Grusin, Danilo Perez, Adam Rogers, Dennis Mackrel, Nancy Walker, Barry Romberg, Andre White, Rob Smith, Brian Dickinson, Denny Christianson, Bernie Senensky, Phil Nimmons, James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Humber College Faculty Ensemble.

Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 24 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. Kirk's most recent activities include the release of FamilySuite(2008), an 11 part suite for jazz quartet on Romhog Records, and Songbook Vol. I (2009) – a collection of his compositions for jazz quartet, on ADDO Jazz Records, with Songbook Vol. II (2010). Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19- piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers. The KMJO released its debut recording Deep Shadowsin March 2011, and in May of 2012 released a re-working of FamilySuite forLargeEnsemble. In the fall of 2013 Kirk’s latest recording Symmetrywas released, featuring jazz great Tom Harrell.

Kirk has been active as an educator for 27 years at leading jazz studies programs such as at the University of Toronto and McGill University. Kirk is presently a full time professor at Humber College in Toronto, where he holds a cross appointment in the Music Degree Program and the Community Music School. Kirk also acts as the Artistic Director for the “Youth Jazz Canada” project and directs the “National Youth Jazz Combo”. This project also hosts a 2 week workshop in the summer for high school students ages 14 to 18 in Toronto.


Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Friday December 5, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students
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"Creating rich textures that are both thought provoking and emotionally stirring, Chelsea is writing at the highest level and is a future star in the world of Jazz."
- Christian Overton

"Chelsea McBride's highly personal and richly textured compositions announce the arrival of a fresh new
voice on the Canadian jazz scene."

- Andy Ballantyne

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto-based 18-piece big band that pushes the jazz
tradition forward. Directed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Chelsea McBride, the band performs
entirely original compositions and arrangements (both by Chelsea and members of the band) that are
heavily influenced by socialism (of course), ECM-style jazz, pop music, and the mystery and majesty of
nature.

Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer
who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble
compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with the
Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit, the former Yamaha All Star Band at Musicfest
Canada and Vancouver’s Dal Richards Orchestra.

The Socialist Night School debuted in February 2012 and has played to full houses at both the former
Trane Studio and the Rex Hotel, and just released a five-song album on May 17, 2014 at the Rex.

www.facebook.com/socialistnightschool
www.crymmusic.com


A Woman is a Secret (launch)
A Music Salon with Matthew Barber, Emmy Rouge and Special Guests

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 8:00pm
$15 in advance; $20 at the door
Tickets via brownpapertickets.com | Facebook Event

An intimate evening of music and sweet surprises with Juno-Nominated Matthew Barber, Emmy Rouge and surprise guests to celebrate the launch of "A Woman Is A Secret" project. Enjoy lovesick songs, beautiful wines, sumptuous small bite offerings, secret art installations and more

Includes:

Please consider bringing along an item of gently used fall or winter clothing to benefit Sistering.org's PARKDALE WOMEN'S SHELTER.

Stay tuned for our secret stellar lineup of incredible musicians!

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Join us at the stunning Gallery 345 space for a magical evening in celebration of the launch of Rip Jaw Productions and in anticipation of the premiere of John Patrick Shanley's A WOMAN IS A SECRET. Taking place March 19 - April 5th at The Theatre Centre on West Queen West, this new work by Pulitzer and Oscar winning John Patrick Shanley (writer of "Doubt" and "Moonstruck") is a series of short plays about love, woven together by classic love songs in a cabaret style. Starring Ingrid Rae Doucet, Anna Hardwick, Mary Francis Moore and Karen Knox and, directed by Steven McCarthy and featuring Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Matthew Barber in the role of the MC, A WOMAN IS A SECRET will be an intimate evening of theatre, music and visual art to arouse the mind and tear at the heart.

www.ripjawproductions.com | www.annahardwick.com | www.twitter.com/ladyhardwick


Miss Donnithorne's Maggot
Fundraiser for FAWN OPERA

Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 7:00pm 
SUGGESTED donation:$100; $25 under 30 & arts workers.
RSVP required; invite only. E-mail amanda@fawnopera.com for invitation

Stacie Dunlop and Lara Dodds-Eden perform Peter Maxwell Davies'  "Miss Donnithorne's Maggot" (1974). Pre-show cocktail hour & after party w/ DJ.


Duality: One Violist, Two Countries
Elizabeth Reid, viola

Thursday November 27 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)
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Violist Elizabeth Reid returns to perform in Toronto for the first time in 15 years and will play works from her two homes, her native country of Canada and her adopted country, the United States. She will play solo and amplified viola works of composers from both countries, including pieces by Canadians Chedo Barone, Derek Healey, David Jaeger and Tawnie Olson; and Vermonters Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jorge Martin, Erik Nielsen, and David Ross-Gunn.

Program:

*CANADIAN PREMIERE / **WORLD PREMIERE

Biography

“......her understanding of the music shone throughout.” ~Jim Lowe, Times Argus review (November 2010)

Violist Elizabeth Reid's exciting and uniquely personal musical style has become an integral part of the Northern New England classical concert scene. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid received bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance at the Western University in London, Ontario and an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her main teachers included Kosha Braun, Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She also attended masterclasses at Banff, Orford, and Bowdoin. Ms. Reid was fortunate to receive coaching from flautist and pianist Louis Moyse in Montpelier, Vermont during the last three years of his life. She has performed across North America including the Arts and Letters Club and the Music Gallery in Toronto, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, and the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society. Ms. Reid has also played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Opera Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.

In Vermont Ms. Reid is a familiar face on the concert stage, appearing on various music series as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed regularly at Dartmouth College, Paine Mountain Arts, Cathedral Arts, and Capital City Concerts. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Cerutti-Reid Duo with the pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, ARIOSO, the Passeri Trio, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet.

Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Her viola sound and engaging playing has inspired many composers to write works for her and her chamber groups. Recently she has premiered works of Erik Nielsen, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jacob Morton-Black, Kathy Wonson Eddy, and Lydia Lowery Busler, all of these works written specifically for her. She is proud of her involvement and performances with MUSIC-Comp, an Vermont-based organization that mentors young composers to write for professional musicians.

Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists and Capital City Concerts.


Reverb Brass: Passages

Monday, November 24 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Reverb Brass:
Luise Heyerhoff and Aaron Hodgson, trumpets
Micajah Sturgess, horn
Charles Benaroya, trombone
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba

Programme

Praised by New Music Toronto for their "top-notch playing and captivating stage presence," Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary works. Their mission is to engage audiences through creative programming, alternative venues and new technologies. Reverb Brass is committed to working closely with composers and have already commissioned several new works for brass quintet. The group was recently featured in recital at the first ever Sweetwater Music Brass Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario, and have already been asked to return next season. This season they will be performing recitals at Western University, the Guelph Connections Concerts and at the Bach Festival of Canada, as well as several recitals in Toronto. Based in southwestern Ontario, the group's members enjoy active careers as performers and pedagogues.

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Bob @ 60: New and recent compositions by Bob Stevenson

Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 PM
$20; Students, Seniors, Art Workers $15

A celebration of over forty years of contemporary music creation, this concert features performances by two ensembles led by Mr. Stevenson. The Bob Stevenson Quartet (with Jonnie Bakan, alto saxophone, Mike Milligan,contrabass and Jeff Halischuk, drums) and Big Idea (an eleven piece ensemble featuring some of Toronto’s best extemporizers and classical musicians) will perform new and recent work by Bob. These compositions combine jazz, free extemporization and composed music in fresh, innovative ways, creating music that speaks in the time.

Bob Stevenson

Bob has been an active force in the music community as a player, conductor, composer and educator since the early 70s. Bob’s background is wide ranging and diverse, encompassing many forms including jazz, classical, new music, klezmer and free playing. He has performed regularly with a wide variety of ensembles including Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band among many others. He also leads three groups. The Bob Standard, with guitarist Justin Haynes, bassist Victor Bateman and percussionist Blair Mackay takes a fresh and experimental approach to the American songbook. Big Idea is an eleven-piece ensemble consisting of some of Toronto’s best classical and jazz players performing Bob’s original compositions. The Bob Stevenson Quartet combines several of his compositional interests in a small group setting. He is also a member of Red Rhythm and has appeared on the recordings of many artists including Holly Cole, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Red Rhythm and Anthony Genge.

Mr. Stevenson has also performed on many film and television soundtracks. As a composer Bob has been commissioned by choreographers Bill James, Maxine Heppner and Holly Small; performers Arraymusic, The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Innovations En Concert, Stephen Clarke, the Modern Quartet and the Madawaska Quartet; and documentary film producers Laurent Productions and fission media. Mr. Stevenson’s compositions are performed frequently both in Canada and internationally. He served as Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Arraymusic from 2005– 2010 and was Artistic Director of the improvising new music big band Hemispheres from 1995-1998 as well as serving as its conductor from 1992. He served as guest lecturer in clarinet and composition at York University in Toronto and at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.


PARISIAN MUSIC from 1885 - 1970

Jacques Israelievitch, violin and Valentina Sadovski, piano
Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 8 pm

$20; students $10

Program

Jacques Israelievitch, 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.

Valentina Sadovksi, piano

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Valentina Sadovski is an active soloist and collaborative musician. She began her piano studies at the age of four and now she holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Belarusian Music College. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Fairways Concert Scholarship, and the Women's Art Association Luella McCleary Award. In addition, she has participated in local and national competitions, including the Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition, winning several top awards.

Ms Sadovski's principal teachers include James Parker and Marietta Orlov from the University of Toronto, and she has performed for many renowned artists including Kirill Gerstein, Nicholas Mann, Oleg Diev, John Perry, Pinchas Zukerman, and Michael Tree. Valentina has been invited to perform at various venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Theatre. She has most recently been invited by the Barrie Concert Association to appear as a soloist, and has collaborated and performed alongside Soundstreams and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ms Sadovski is currently based in Toronto and is in high demand as a teacher, collaborative musician, and soloist.


Emma Morrison, Solo Violin Recital

Sunday November 16, 2014 @ 2pm


The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov

Saturday November 15, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$25 (cash only); $10 Students
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Program

J.S Bach (1685-1750) - Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Rondeaux
  6. Capriccio

L. van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata No. 30 in E-major minor Opus 109

  1. Vivace, ma non troppo-Adagio espressivo-Tempo 1
  2. Prestissimo
  3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Emfindung (Molto cantabile ed espressivo)

Intermission

A.N Skrjabin (1872-1915)

Sonata-Fantasy No.2 G-sharp minor Opus 19 (1897)

  1. Andante
  2. Presto

Deux Morceaux Opus 57

  • Désir
  • Caresse dansée

Feuillet d'album Opus 58

Deux Morceaux Opus 59

  • Poème
  • Preludium

Niklas Sivelöv (1968-) - 8 Preludes from 24 Preludes for piano (2013)

Niklas Sivelöv, pianist.

London (Barbican Hall) : “a pianist of utmost sensational quality”

Geneve (Prokofiev 3): “Niklas Sivelov est un pianiste dont l’intelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son instrument...et avec un virtuosité pe ́tillante.”

Copenhagen (Tivoli ): “With an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of style”

Niklas Sivelöv is a unique artist. No matter if it concerns an intimate solo concert or a concerto with a large symphony orchestra, Niklas Sivelöv always keeps his audience spellbound, because when he enters the podium it is a matter of all or nothing.

”Art is created – life is lived – in the present, without thought of the day tomorrow”.

This is how Niklas Sivelöv expresses his artistic credo, which confirms that Sivelöv indeed is a romantic artist. Robert Schumann and Aleksander Skriabin are among his favourite composers, who seek boundaries and are barefaced honesty in music, they both are romantics at the mercy of God.

However Niklas Sivelöv does not limit himself to composers from one particular period. Bach, Beethoven and Schubert have since his childhood been significant musical companions. Intense work with especially Das Wohltemperierte Klavier has led to Niklas Sivelöv shedding a contemporary light into Bach’s musical universe. The foundation is here a style, where the rich sound of a modern piano – Steinway – enters into a fruitful combination of a musical expression dominated by rhythmical nerve and command of the musical form.

Among the 20th century classics Bartok’s and Prokofiev’s concertos occupy a special place, as well as Per Nørgård’s cosmic music for solo piano speak to Niklas Sivelöv. Hereto comes that Sivelöv is one of the few musicians on the classical music scene who masters the art of improvising – over familiar classical themes, Bellman’s popular melodies or quite free improvisations.

Finally Niklas Sivelöv is a composer. Since 1985 he has composed more than 40 works, of which many are for his own instrument the piano, including three concerti for piano and orchestra and 24 Preludes for piano (2010-13).

Niklas Sivelöv is a distinctly Nordic artist with an autonomic sentiment. He grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ already as 6-year old. His first own compositions soon followed and playing by ear. Not until he was 14 did Niklas Sivelöv receive traditional piano instruction and learned to read music. Studies with Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio among others followed, who as students of the pianistic pioneers Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel, have contributed to make Niklas Sivelöv a modern representative for magic piano art where spiritual immersion and artistic courage bind together in higher unity.

Today Niklas Sivelöv has a repertoire of approximately 50 piano concerti and he performs on more than 25 CD’s of which several have been awarded prizes. And he has collaborated with a large number of leading conductors and soloists, including Mario Venzago, E-P Salonen, J-P Saraste, Alan Gilbert, Leonid Gorokhov, Martin Fröst and Patrick Gallois.

Niklas Sivelöv lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.


Gerald Barry Returns

Friday November 14, 2014 @ 8pm
Preconcert Talk @ 7:15pm

$25.00/ $20 students/seniors/arts workers
Advance Tickets $22/$17
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On Feb 21, 1993, Sextet by Gerald Barry was premiered in Toronto. Artistic director Linda Catlin Smith commissioned the work through the Irish Arts Council (the first time a Canadian Ensemble commissioned a work through this international resource).

The piece was performed in a concert titled Gerald Barry Comes to Town. Now, 21 years later, a new Gerald Barry composition, commissioned by Daniel Cooper, will be premiered on an Array concert: Gerald Barry Returns.

The new work (for solo piano) is titled Humiliated and Insulted and will be premiered by Arraymusic pianist Stephen Clarke. Stephen will also perform Barry's solo Le Vieux Sourd. The ensemble will reprise Sextet (newly edited) andLow for bass clarinet and piano. Also on the program is Trio by Ernstalbrecht Steibler for piano, cello and crotales.

Join us in welcoming Gerald Barry back to Toronto. There will be a pre-concert talk and reception at Gallery 345.

Gerald Barry's studies with Stockhausen and Kagel proved to be a liberating experience and he soon came to public attention in 1979 with radical ensemble works "__________" and Ø.

Barry has enjoyed a long assocation with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, for whom he wrote Wiener Blut, Dead March, and Beethoven. God Save The Queen for choir and the London Sinfonietta was commissioned by London's South Bank Centre for the fiftieth birthday of the Royal Festival Hall in 2001.

Recent works include First Sorrow (string quartet) for Crash Ensemble, Beethoven (bass voice and ensemble) for BCMG, Le Vieux Sourd for piano commissioned by Betty Freeman, Feldman's Sixpenny Editions for the London Sinfonietta and St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schott and Sons, Mainz, for Bass voice and Choir, an account of the relationship between Beethoven and Schott in his last years. The Bavarian RSO gave the German premiere of The Conquest of Ireland in 1998.

His fifth opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican, London. Stagings are planned in 2013 and 2014 for the Opera Nationale de Lorraine - Nancy, The Royal Opera House Linbury, Opera Northern Ireland and the New York City Opera. Musica Viva, Munich, has commissioned a piano concerto for November 2013.

Barry's music has been recorded on the NMC, Largo, Black Box, Marco Polo, BVHaast and RTE labels. (biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)

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Mike Downes/Ted Quinlan
Bass/Guitar: Mastery

Saturday November 8, 2014 at 8 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Ted Quinlan and Mike Downes have been developing a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements of standards over the past 5 years. This is a chance to hear two of Canada’s top musicians perform in an intimate concert setting. 

Mike Downes

Juno-award winner Mike Downes 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 five recordings as a leader (Forces, Then The Winds of Change, Ripple Effect and In the Current). Ripple Effect won a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. He has composed and arranged music for a wide variety of settings, including orchestral, string and jazz settings. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto.

For more information: www.mikedownes.com

Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD " As If" received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. “Streetscape” was released in October of 2009 on Addo Records and features him in a trio setting. “Around the Bend”, also on Addo Records, was released in 2010 and is a duo collaboration between Ted and Canadian piano great Brian Dickinson. His other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno-winning CD “Ripple Effect”, Doug Riley's "Con Alma", Radioland Records' " Tribute to Wes Montgomery", Phil Dwyer's " Road Stories", Dave Restivo's " Prayer for Humankindness", Ted Warren's " First Time Caller" and Nancy Walker’s “New Heiroglyphics” and “ ‘Til Now Is Secret”. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto.


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth

BEETHOVEN: SONATA rEVOLUTION
from Pathetique to Hammerklavier - Ludwig! What have you done?

Friday November 7, 2014 at 8:00PM
$25/$10 students(cash only)
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Program

Ludwig von Beethoven

Bio

Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series “What is so great about Classical Music?”, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished several performance diplomas including a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has taught piano since 2007. He has recently become a Faculty member at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and has also been a Professor at Laval University.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc. Prizes in other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition, the Rome Chopin Competition, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and the Chopin Society International Competition in Germany etc.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr.Toth holds several degrees from the Hannover Hochschule where he studied with Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Gerritt Zitterbart. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of the brilliant Marietta Orlov(classmate of Dinu Lipatti), and holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Kaemmerling, Devoyon, Nakamura, Satz, Krpan, Vardi, Rohmann, Nicolet, Norris, Browning, Bilson, Zhou, Salzmann, etc. and was selected to attend the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Masterclass in Positano with John O’Conor.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Canada, Italy, China and Russia. He has performed in recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been invited for his first Tour of China in 2013.

After the successes of the “Goldberg-das Ballett” project, “Fluechtige Visionen” to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach “Preludes&Fugues” Project in Linz, all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Joerg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the “4Beethoven 4” project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra, and the “A Propos Bach” Project which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. Mr.Toth was a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, and more recently the Coppa Pianistico national and international Competitions in Italy 2012. In 2002 he made his debut as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America and has given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Bogota, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Asia.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada. He has also recorded Beethoven’s Op.2 Sonatas and a classical variations CD(Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven)on the fortepiano for the Klassik Label as well as a Violin & Piano collaboration with Christoph Seybold on the TUNAP label.


Thin Edge New Music presents: Cuatro Esquinas

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 @ 8 PM
At the Door: $20 regular, $15 senior/student/ arts worker
Online in Advance through Be-Mused: $18 regular, $13 senior/student/ arts worker

Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) is a collaborative concert project and cultural exchange featuring members of Thin Edge and visiting special guest artist, Argentinian pianist Laura Ventemiglia.

Program:

-Intermission-

*world premiere

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 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

Since its inception, TENMC has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad including 12 more over the course of their 2014/2015 season. In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in two artistic 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 Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Open Space Art Society in Victoria, Music Gallery’s Emergents Series and most recently as part of the NUMUS Emerging Artist Series in Waterloo. 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 in July 2013, and participated in a residency/concert project in July 2014 at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland.

Laura Ventemiglia (Argentina) is a pianist specializing in contemporary music. She began her musical studies at the age of eight and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires. From 2002 to 2007 she studied classical repertoire with Aldo Antognazzi and subsequently studied contemporary piano repertoire with Haydée Schwartz from 2007 to 2011. Her passion for contemporary music led her to perform as a soloist and with chamber groups at important concert halls in Argentina. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in XX Century Music at the Conservatory “Manuel de Falla” in Buenos Aires, she is currently working on her graduation thesis: “The piano music of Karlheinz Stockhausen”. In 2011 and 2012 she participated in the “Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice” in the New England Conservatory of Boston (USA), where she had lessons with Steffen Schleiermacher, Stephen Drury and Corey Hamm. In 2013 Laura attended the Stockhausen courses in Kürten (Germany), where she worked intensely on the piano repertoire of Karlheinz Stockhausen with Frank Gutschmidt. In the same year, she participated in the Composition and Performance Exchange Festival of Contemporary Music “Soundscape” at Maccagno, Italy. From 2009 to the present she has taught at the Argentine University of the Arts as an assistant to Professor Haydée Schvartz in Contemporary Music Interpretation.

Cuatro Esquinas is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.


Jan Jarczyk Memorial Concert

Sunday November 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
PAY WHAT YOU CAN

A celebration of the life and music of Jan Jarczyk.

Featuring Pat Labarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Steve Amirault, Mike Downes, Kieran Overs, Nancy Walker, Brian O’Kane, Gordon Foote, Jules Estrin, Bill Prouten, Brian Dickinson and more. Hosted by Denny Christianson


Hale & Hearty CD Release

Wednesday October 29th, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$10 or $15 with a CD (cash only)
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Eli Bender, Cello and Vocals
Rachel Capon, Cello and Vocals
Special Guests: The Barrel Boys

Born out of our first meeting three years ago in Florida, this album has been a work of creation and challenge over the past 11 months. We are inspired every day by the life-filled reality of the North American and European string folk that makes up the heart of this project.

To root ourselves in the tradition, while making our own way forward, we have used time-honored material, maybe a melody or a rumble-tumble bass line, and spun our music and our stories around them. Committing our voices and cellos to the folk community has been a fantastic ramble.

Rachel Capon

A native of Gabriola Island, BC, multi-genre cellist Rachel Capon is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up on the West Coast in a home alive with both jazz and classical music, Rachel spent much of her youth travelling to music programs across Canada, including the Banff Center and The Orford Arts Centre. At the University of Victoria, studying with cellists Pamela Highbaugh Aloni and Paula Kifner, Rachel played with both jazz and classical ensembles. In the fall of 2009, having relocated to Toronto, Rachel definitively pushed her musical territory beyond the classical realm, studying with avant-garde cellist Mike Block, celtic cellist Natalie Haas, and five-string fiddle-star Lauren Rioux.

Today Rachel works on a wide range of musical projects—she has performed live with hip-hop artist k-os on MTV, has toured as the solo cellist for Illusion Theatreʼs production of My Antonia, and travelled to the Edmonton Fringe Festival with the Alchemical Opera Project, a one-man opera based on Die Winterreise for which she wrote and performed the solo cello score. Rachel holds a teaching position at the Dixon Hall Music School, where she works with a class of cellists from inner-city Toronto. She is one half of cello duo Hale and Hearty.

Eli Bender

Cellist, educator, and composer, Eli Bender has recently relocated to Toronto, Canada. Having completed his studies in Music Education at Michigan State University where his growth as a cellist was overseen by Suren Bagratuni, his work in the realm of creative musicianship led him to study with cello masters such as Mike Block, Natalie Haas, and Rushad Eggleston. This balance of classical pedagogy and creative musicianship has offered him opportunities to teach and perform with a variety of ensembles including the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, the band Gifts or Creatures, interning with the Fiddlers Restrung of Saline, and acting as Music Director for the Illusion Theater of Minneapolis. His most active current project, Hale and Hearty, is a 'cello duo performing arrangements of traditional and contemporary musics.

www.haleandheartymusic.com | haleandheartymusic@gmail.com


Fundraiser for Euphonia

Tuesday, October 28 @ 8pm
Euphonia's 2014 Indiegogo Campaign Launch Party


The 1st Toronto Andriasov Music Festival:
Works by Iosif Andriasov and Arshak Andriasov

Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 3 pm
$20 Adult/$10 Student

Program

Bios

ARSHAK ANDRIASOV

Composer, pianist, founder and owner of IMMA Records and The Andriasov Store, Arshak Andriasov represents the new wave of classical composers. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition. "There is no point to write classical music without having beauty in it" is his motto.

Born and raised in New York City, A. Andriasov was blessed to be surrounded by classical music from an early age. His father, Iosif Andriasov, was a world-renowned composer of Armenian heritage, and his mother, Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova), is a musicologist of Russian heritage.

Playing the piano since the age of three, Arshak Andriasov was accepted to the Lucy Moses School of Music, studying with Boris Slutzky. During that period, Andriasov performed in numerous school recitals and was invited to appear outside the school in special concerts for seniors and service organizations. He has performed concerts at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, Lang Recital Hall, Paul Hall, and many other venues throughout the United States.

Arshak Andriasov started to compose at the age of fourteen, studying with Iosif Andriasov, Daniel Thompson (Lucy Moses School of Music), and Shafer Mahoney (Hunter College). Andriasov’s works have been performed in numerous countries throughout the world, including Austria, Russia, United States, and Japan. His chamber works are regularly premiered by the members of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Arshak is continuing the Moscow Conservatory Composers tradition, stemming from P.I. Tchaikovsky - S.I. Taneev - N.Y. Miaskovsky - E.K. Golubev - I. Andriasov.

EMILY SUN

A native of Taiwan, Emily comes from a musical family. In 2003, Emily received a Bachelors of Music in Performance with distinction and a Master of Music in Performance from McGill University. Her teachers included Yehonaton Berick, Mark Gothoni and Denise Lupien. Emily moved to Toronto in 2008 and is an active freelance musician.

She has played with the Cathedral Bluff Symphony orchestra and Georgian Bay Symphony as second principal. She also performed with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, Sinfonia Toronto, Orchestra Métropolitain and Orchestra Symphonique de Sherbrooke. She has also performed with Celtic Woman, Chantal Kreviatzuk, Diana Krall, Canadian Tenors and Sarah Brightman. Along with performing, teaching violin, and as an Alexander technique teacher, she also enjoys performing different Latin festivals with mariachi bands and is training to be a chef this year.

KATHERINE NAPIWOTZKI

Katherine Napiwotzki holds a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Toronto, studying with Lorna MacDonald. Born in Stratford, ON, Katherine gave her first concert performance singing Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock as part of the Stratford Chamber Music Society’s concert series. Recently, she performed Dvořák's Te Deum with the KW Symphony Youth Orchestra at Centre in the Square. As a soprano with a passion for oratorio, art song, and new music, she has worked with composers Ronald Beckett, John Beckwith, Norbert Palej, and Arshak Andriasov. In 2012, she performed the Norwegian music of Edvard Grieg in An Afternoon of Nordic Song at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre. Operatic performances include the role of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Suor Valentine in Les Dialogues des Carmélites.

SAMANTHA CHANG

Hailed by The WholeNote Magazine for her “lyricism, resourcefulness, and strong personal commitment to the flute", Canadian flutist Samantha Chang is a musical tour de force and rising young artist. Her mandate to perform, teach, and create opportunities for aspiring flutists is nothing short of astonishing for someone still in her twenties. Along with her performing schedule, Samantha holds many positions including the executive director of the Canadian Flute Association, convention director of the Canadian Flute Convention, and conductor of the OMCS Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has released two albums and completed tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Samantha Chang is a Fellow of the Trinity College London and the London College of Music. She received her Postgraduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is now a research assistant and MA student at the University of Toronto specializing in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history. She speaks English, French, Latin, Italian, German, Mandarin, understands Taiwanese, and “mumbles through Cantonese and Japanese”. Samantha Chang plays on a Muramatsu Platinum Clad Flute, DN Model Flute, and Alto Flute.

ELLEN MEYER

Ellen Meyer is one of Ontario's most in-demand pianists. Possessing a large and varied repertoire, she has performed across Canada, the U.S., Germany and Italy. Ellen has collaborated in recital with such artists as Ricardo Morales, principal Clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Julian Bliss. She is a founding member of the Riverdale Ensemble and has been heard on upwards of 15 CDs with various artists.

Ellen participated in the editing and premiere recording of the previously unpublished Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano by John Ireland. She has been broadcast on CBC radio and T.V., WNED, Bravo, Much Music, TVO and has recorded scores for feature film and television. She hopes one day to perform in Antarctica.


The Art of the Piano: Megumi Okamoto

Thursday October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)
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Program

Robert Schumann
Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen; Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten

*Intermission*

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
May, "White Night" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
June, "Barcarolle" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
November, "Troika" from The Seasons, Op. 37a
December,"Christmas" from The Seasons, Op. 37a

Sergei Rachmaninov
Prelude in C# Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, "The Bells of Moscow"
Prelude in G Major, Op. 32 No. 5

Nicholai Kapustin
Prelude No. 9 from 24 preludes in jazz style, Op. 53
Prelude No. 23 from 24 preludes in jazz style, Op. 53
Bagatelle No.5 from 10 Bagatelles, Op. 59
Bagatelle No. 10 from 10 Bagatelles, Op. 59

Biography

Megumi Okamoto started playing the piano in Japan at the age of three and studied at Toho School of Music. She moved to the U.S. at the age of twelve. She has won numerous awards, including first place in the Young Artist's Competition at Bozeman State University; first place in the Yamaha Music Competition, State Division; and Gold and Silver winner in Spokane Arts and Music Festival. She was a guest soloist performing with Glacier Symphony Orchestra and with the Billings Symphony Orchestra. She received a Bachelor of Music at Indiana University, Artist Diploma at Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Master's degree at University of Toronto in piano performance. Megumi also holds a Master's degree in music theory.

Megumi has recently completed the doctorate program in piano performance at University of Toronto in the studio of Marietta Orlov. She has written a dissertation on the structural and performance issues in Nicholai Kapustin's Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40. She is also an active chamber musician and specializes in viola repertoire, working as a collaborative artist at University of Toronto, Royal Conservatory of Music and Morningside Music Bridge festival in Calgary.


Zodiac Trio

Monday October 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet
Vanessa Mollard, violin
Riko Higuma, piano

Program

The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents and is considered by many to be the premiere ensembles of its kind. Founded in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music in New York, before becoming the first American group and the only ensemble with a wind instrument to enter the esteemed Ysaÿe Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory - the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.

Amongst its many engagements since its formation, the Zodiac Trio has performed at such leading venues as Ottawa Chamberfest, Festival Radio France Montpellier, International Colmar Festival, the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai, National Performing Arts Center in Beijing, Izumi Hall in Japan, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Tishman Auditorium and Merkin Concert Hall in New York, UCLA Clark Library in CA; has been broadcast by France 3 Television, Beijing’s CCTV News, Canada’s CBC Radio and Television, NBC, New York’s WXQR (including an hour-long in-studio feature on the Young Artist Showcase), had performances broadcast live on WFMT, featured on WGBH’s “Live from Frasier” in Boston, and has recorded multiple times for Radio France in Paris. In the summer of 2013, the Zodiac Trio succesfully launched the Zodiac International Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which was attended by over thirty conservatory-level students and presented eight faculty and students concerts during the duration of two weeks.

The Zodiac Trio was originally formed under the guidance of renowned clarinetist David Krakauer and violinist Isodore Cohen of the Beaux Arts Trio. Shortly after its inception, the Trio was introduced to the New York audience by WQXR’s Bob Sherman, who aired multiple performances by the young ensemble on the “Young Artist Showcase.” Subsequently, the Zodiac Trio gave its official debut at the Kaufman Center, prompting Edith Eisler of the New York Concert Review to describe the young ensemble as “excellent…” praising its “remarkable ability” and“infectious enjoyment of the music.” The debut was followed by a string of concerts in Southern France where the Trio was further praised by the local media: “…unforgettable concerts by the Zodiac Trio! ...Truly exceptional and sublime talent... The prestigious level of the performances radiated the undeniable talent of the trio and foreshadowed their great success in the future.” – raved the Nice-Matin.

A strong advocate of new music, the Zodiac Trio has commissioned new works in order to expand the clarinet-violin-piano trio repertoire, and strives to serve as a platform of exposure for up-and-coming composers. Commissioned composers include Richard Danielpour, Ofer Ben-Amots, David Colson, Andrew List, Larry Bell, Andy Vores, Xavier Bouchaud, Marcus Paus and Sy Brandon. The Trio’s debut commercial recording included two works written for the ensemble. The Zodiac Trio is founder of the Boston New Music Project, that saw the ensemble in an annual week-long residency in Boston since 2010, that comprised Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory, Boston University and Tufts University. The BNMP served as an outlet for contemporary music featuring American composers by presenting performances and student-composer readings/clinics, to encourage exposure and growth of new music in the United States.

In 2013, the Zodiac Trio founded the international Zodiac Music Academy & Festival in the South of France, which takes place during the first two weeks of July. Under the artistic leadership of the ensemble’s clarinetist, Kliment Krylovskiy, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival attracts 40 highly-advanced students to spend two weeks of intense study with an international faculty, and perform both in solo and chamber music setting throughout the French Riviera region. Now in its third season, the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival has been named 5th most beautiful Festival in the world by CMUSE. More information is available at www.zodiacfestival.com.

In January 2015, the Zodiac Trio plans to release a new recording featuring works written for the ensemble by American composers Ned Rorem, John Mackey, Andrew List and Richard Danielpour. Zodiac Trio is managed exclusively by Latitude 45.

For further information: www.ZodiacTrio.com.


The ISA TRIO

Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Benjamin Smith, piano, Jihyun Ahn, cello
Sunday October 19, 2014 @ 7:30pm

$20/$10 Students

Programme

Jacques Israelievitch, 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

Jihyun Ahn, Cellist

Jihyun Ahn is a native of Seoul, South Korea where she was principal cellist with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of Seoul National University and holds a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned cellist Timothy Eddy. In 2008, while completing coursework for her PhD at Seoul National University, Jihyun moved to Canada with her family.

She won 1st prize in the World Daily News music competition, 3rd prize in the Jung-ang Daily News Music competition and 1st prize in the Mannes College Concerto competition. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mannes College Orchestra. She has also given many recitals and chamber music concerts in New York City and Seoul.

Currently, she is principal cellist with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. She also regularly gives concerts for a number of charities in the Toronto area.


Michael Brooker & MB10

Friday October 17, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

M<B10

Led by trombonist, composer and arranger Michael Brooker, a graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program, this ten-piece ensemble brings together some of the best young musicians of the Toronto music scene. Their mission is to present a program of jazz, funk, indie rock, and original music, with the three tenets of melody, improvisation and groove as their backbone. After playing to several packed houses at The Central, Chalker’s Pub, Gallery 345, Tranzac, and The Rex Hotel, MB10 completed it’s inaugural 2013-2014 season with the release of its’ first recording entitled Unbound, currently available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Store, and Bandcamp. Performances and public attention continue to build for MB10’s second season, culminating in the release of its’ first studio LP slated for June 2015.  

Belinda Corpuz - Voice 
Brad Eaton - Trumpet, Flugelhorn 
Taylor Cook - Alto and Soprano Saxophones 
Jeff LaRochelle - Tenor Saxophone 
Michael Brooker - Trombone, Voice, Compositions and Arrangements 
Alexei Orechin - Guitar
Jacob Damelin - Piano, Keyboards 
Jeff Deegan - Electric Bass 
Malcolm Connor - Acoustic Bass 
Mark Ballyk - Drums

Michael Brooker is a Toronto-based trombonist, composer, bandleader, arranger, and teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Having worked and performed with such musical luminaries as Allen Vizzutti, Alastair Kay, Gordon Wolfe, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane, Mike Murley, David Liebman, Jim Lewis, Donny McCaslin, and Kirk MacDonald, Michael is quickly proving himself as one of Canada’s emerging young artists.

In addition to performing in dozens of jazz, classical, pop, salsa, indie, and ska ensembles at such storied venues as Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, The Rogers Centre, The Rex Hotel, the Jane Mallett Theatre, The Old Mill Inn and Spa, Lula Lounge, the Horseshoe Tavern, the Opera House, Gate 403 and many more, Michael is beginning to make his mark as a composer and arranger as well.

Writing for dozens of different musical configurations in the jazz and classical idioms, including a ten-piece all-brass medley of the music of Michael Jackson for solo tuba, Michael values composition and arranging as much as his playing. Upon releasing two albums in Fall 2013, the first entitled Reflections, playing the music of saxophonist Mike Murley in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote with Murley as featured soloist, and the second entitled Rebirth, with the University of Toronto 12tet led by Terry Promane, which features one of his compositions, Michael quickly formed his own ten piece ensemble - Michael Brooker & MB10 - as a vehicle to exhibit his original works. Now in its second season, MB10 is excited to return to the Toronto music scene fresh from the release of Unbound, a four track EP of original music available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play Store, and Bandcamp.  


Trio D'Argento

Saturday October 4, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20/$10 Students (Cash only)

Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Anna Ronai, piano

Program

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

Over the past few years, the trio has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Orangeville, and Brantford Musical Club concert series, twice at McMaster University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto campuses. They have also performed three times for Caledon East Chamber Music, twice for the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society and are now preparing for their Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre.

From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and saxophones, creating a wide and ever-changing array of sound colours, combined with Anna's sparkling pianism. www.triodargento.ca

Anna Ronai - Piano

Canadian/Austrian pianist Anna Ronai has collaborated with such distinguished singers as Michelle Breedt, Bernarda Fink, Robert Holl, and instrumentalists Ulrike Anton and Brooks de Wetter-Smith. Anna has performed at major venues in Europe, North America and China, including the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York, Gläserner Saal, Musikverein, and Schubert Saal, Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Anna maintained vocal and instrumental coaching and accompanying positions at the Vienna and Innsbruck Conservatories, and the Institute for European Studies, also in Vienna. She has played for master-classes with esteemed artists including Brigitte Fassbaender, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Hampson and Linda Watson. Anna has appeared and placed in several major Lied Duo competitions such as the Robert Schumann Duo Competition, Zwickau, Germany, the East & West Artists International Auditions, New York, U.S.A and Schubert und die Moderne in Graz, Austria.

Anna is a graduate of the Music University of the Arts Vienna, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Piano Performance and the other in Collaborative Piano.

In 2009 Anna moved to Canada, and took the position of vocal coach and accompanist at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. She is an active performer at concerts and recitals across Ontario; recently Anna participated at the John Weinzweig Centenary Concert at the University of Toronto. She has also played several concerts with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, including a piece by First Nations composer Barbara Croall, Sound of the Drum.

Sibylle Marquardt, Flute

A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997. Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Opera Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gaertnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.

She is a member of the ERGO ensemble, specializing in modern music, as well as the Trio D'Argento and Duo Resonance with whom she performs regularly all over Ontario. In Germany she was a founding member of Trio Resonance, which was an established ensemble at numerous high-profile concert venues and festivals throughout Germany and Switzerland.

Sibylle's teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gerard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert and Aurele Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.

Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners. She is also the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Sibylle has recorded the CD "From The New Village" with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and in the fall of 2014 her new CD with Trio D'Argento and members of the Canadian Brass will be released. WWW.SILVERFLUTE.CA

Peter Stoll, Clarinet

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage and 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. He performs regularly in Toronto with different orchestras and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, woodwind performance studies and The Business of Music 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 solo and chamber highlights have included a duo recital with pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, accordion master Joseph Macerollo, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. Peter has played across southern Ontario with his group “Trio d'Argento”, and with the award-winning Cecilia String Quartet at the Barrie Colours of Music festival and the Toronto Music Garden.

Concerto appearances have been with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. In October 2013 he was flown to Tokyo to assist in the Yamaha Music Foundation's international “Junior Original Concert” of young student compositions and improvisations. WWW.PETERSTOLL.CA


Voci Angelica Trio
Common Ground: Songs of Home, Love, Loss and Prayer

Thursday October 2, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
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The phrase “common ground” is defined as “a foundation for mutual understanding.”  Using its own arrangements of global folk songs, Voci Angelica Trio aims to create a musical foundation for diverse cultures to come together.  The Trio’s program is filled with musical fusion: mixing sounds from different countries together.  Audiences will find themselves surrounded by the interwoven beauty of cello, voices, and percussion.

Biography:

Re-imagining the boundaries of traditional folk music, Voci Angelica Trio’s riveting arrangements of global songs from every continent leave audiences mesmerized.  Shimmering vocal harmonies intertwine with lush cello lines and vibrant percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends cultural divisions.

What started as a side project building on its members’ diverse ethnic backgrounds has become a musical mission.  More than just a performance group, Voci Angelica Trio is a humanitarian force promoting social justice and cultural understanding.  “We believe that one of the best ways to pursue peace is to sing one another’s songs,” says trio member Jodi Hitzhusen.  Meena Malik adds, “We see ourselves as musical ambassadors, using our performances to raise public awareness of diverse cultures and the issues they face.”

The name “Voci Angelica” is Latin for “voices of angels.”  Latin is a root language from which many others grew, just as the Trio believes that every culture is rooted in common desires.  Aristides Rivas concludes, “Music goes beyond language, religion, and politics.  It connects us to our humanity.” For more information, visit: www.vociangelicatrio.com



CD release: The Test - Christian Overton Quintet

Wednesday September 17th, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$10 or $20 with a CD (cash only)
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Christian Overton, Trombone
Shirantha Beddage, Woodwinds Todd Pentney, Piano
Justin Gray, Bass
Morgan Childs, Drums

Over a year in the making, this CD is the debut release for the Christian Overton Quintet, and exciting contemporary jazz group featuring some of the city's most innovative musicians. The group will be performing compositions from their much anticipated CD "The Test" which will be available for the first time!

Christian Overton, trombonist & composer

Christian OvertonOriginally from Sudbury Ontario, Christian Overton is now one of the most in demand trombonists and composers in Toronto in every scene from jazz and rock to salsa, R&B, theatre work and everything in between. He has a degree from Humber College where he studied with some of the nation’s top jazz musicians including Pat LaBarbera, John MacLeod, and Alistair Kay. Christian has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Toronto studying with Kelsley Grant, Gary Kulesha and Tim Ries.

Jazz collaborations include: Hermeto Pascoal, John Clayton, Peter Appleyard, Jane Bunnett, Bill Dobbins, The Art of Jazz Orchestra, The Don Thompson Big Band, John MacLeod's Rex Hotel Orchestra, The Art of Time Ensemble, NOJO and Gary Morgan’s Panamerican All Stars from New York as well as many other acts.

Non Jazz collaborations include: Glass Tiger, Jully Black, Sloan, Bedouin Soundclash, Do Make Say Think, Classic Albums Live, Alain Trudel, Alfredo De La Fe, Roberto Blades, Willie Torres, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and many others.

Currently composer for his own Composers Collective Big Band and Quintet, he has composed for several television projects as well as commissions for recent visits by Ranee Lee and Dave Douglas and for countless jazz and chamber groups.

Recently Christian has launched Clovertone Music Publishing, an innovative sheet music publishing company designed to get customized Canadian material in to the classroom and connect today’s professional musicians with the next generation.

" a crowd-silencing trombone solo from Christian Overton" NOW Magazine 2014

Christian is proud to be a Yamaha artist!

www.christianovertonmusic.com | www.clovertonemusic.com


Die Reise | The Journey: An Evening of Opera and Art Song

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
$30; $20 Seniors/Under 30.
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Charlotte Knight, soprano
Erika Reiman, piano
Michele Jacot, clarinet

Join Soprano Charlotte Knight for her last Canadian performance before embarking on a six-month European audition tour.

DIE REISE | The Journey was named in honour of Charlotte’s upcoming tour, and as a tribute to the journey that ultimately lead her towards the life an opera singer.

The repertoire will highlight significant moments in her journey: from the early years of voice lessons, RCM exams and children’s choir- through classes at a performing arts high school and the university music faculty- to “the real world” of auditions, rejections, masterclasses, young artist programs, professional engagements and establishing a place for herself in the awesome, daunting and wonderful world of opera.

Together, Charlotte, Erika and Michele will tell musical stories of hope, ambition, comedy, disappointment, passion and pure joy.

Featuring:

with opera arias and anecdotes from the quirky life and journey of an opera singer!

Charlotte Knight:

A “promising talent” (Opera Canada), soprano Charlotte Knight is establishing herself as an emerging artist on both opera and concert stages across Canada.

Recent engagements have included Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème with The Opera Project in Vancouver, Le Feu in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and as Marie in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment in an Opera Gala performance with Orchestra London.

Charlotte appears regularly with the St. Catharines Chamber Music Society and has recently performed Seven Romances on the Poems of Alexander Blok by Dmitri Shostakovich, To be sung upon the water by Dominick Argento, Four Blake Songs for Voice and Cello by the late Canadian composer Ronald Tremain, and the world premiere of Three Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire by Canadian composer Tyler Verluis.

The 2011/12 and 2010/11 seasons marked professional debuts with several Canadian ensembles, including Primavera Concerts at Lieschen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata, the Etobicoke Philharmonic as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Toronto’s Opera in Concert and the Classical Music Consort as Diana in Haydn’s La Fedeltá Premiata, and Toronto Masque Theatre as Aréthuze in Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers.

Other roles include Morganain Handel’s Alcina, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Serpetta in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Zeite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, and Phyllis in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.

Charlotte is an alumnus of the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy, Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Royal Conservatory of Music Summer Opera Workshop, Opera Atelier Summer Program, Conservatorium van Amsterdam Early Music Summer School, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and the University of Western Ontario where she completed her Bachelor of Music honours degree in voice.

Michele Jacot, clarinet

Michele Jacot is a musician with an active schedule of solo appearances, gigs, and concert production. Besides being in demand for her skills as a clarinetist, she is equally at home as a saxophonist and flutist, and is often featured as a soloist or ensemble performer on all of her instruments.

Michele is the creator, artistic director, producer, and featured performer in her unique show, Commingle. This eclectic and social evening of music and art raises funds for local charities, and showcases some of Toronto’s finest musicians and local visual artists, who generously donate their time and talent.

As a popular freelance musician, Ms. Jacot has amassed an impressive array of performing credits. In the classical world, she has performed in the woodwind sections of most of the major orchestras in Ontario, and in many opera productions.

Experienced in theatre pit orchestras including Toronto’s Mirvish Productions and The Shaw Festival, Michele’s credits include, Chicago: The Musical, The Producers, and Sunday in the Park with George, Ragtime, and The Sound of Music, to name of few of her favourites. No stranger to television, Michele is seen regularly on CBC Television in the children’s programme, Razzberry Jazzberry Jam.

Ms. Jacot is also a dedicated teacher and is in demand from the elementary to the post-secondary level. As well as running a productive private studio, she regularly gives workshops to school music students, and designs and leads clinics for band teachers across Canada.

Michele is the Artistic Director of the Wychwood Clarinet Choir, a founding member of the DMSQ saxophone quartet and is proud to be a Yamaha Canada Spotlight Artist.

Michele was born and raised in Toronto and received her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance at Northwestern University in Chicago. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Erika Reiman, piano

Dr. Erika Reiman studied piano at Mount Allison and McGill Universities and earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto.

She is the author of Schumann's Piano Cycles and the Novels of Jean Paul, published by the University of Rochester Press in 2004.

In addition to her piano teaching duties at Brock University, she is active as soloist, accompanist, and chamber musician throughout Southern Ontario. In 2008, she was the soloist in the premiere performance of David Fawcett's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

 

 

 


Bridge Between the Arts: A Move Towards Peace

Friday September 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
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Catherine Gardner, soprano
Jordana Deveau, dance
Dobrochna Zubek, cello
Adam Żukiewicz, piano

This concert, presented in part by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, features a multidisciplinary exploration of the struggle between peace and war in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The chosen works are inspired by literature and poetry and highlight a journey towards peace, both emotionally and on a global scale.

Featured composers include J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich, K. Szymanowski, R. Strauss and W. Lutoslawski. The four performers are united in their goal to combine their various means of expression in creative and unique ways while maintaining the highest level of freedom in both the technical and expressive elements of the performance.

Catherine Gardner, soprano

“Donna (Elvira) is sung & acted by *Catherine Gardner* and her contribution to the success of this rendering is immeasurable. She *IS* a Donna Elvira…a fearless woman of spirit and indomitability” (Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review, 2012)

Catherine Gardner’s recent performances include singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the University of Toronto Cello Ensemble, as well as a recital performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs with pianist Emily Hamper, (both at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto), a performance of Craig Bohmler’s Songs of Stone in its Canadian premiere with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Judith Yan, and performances of Handel’s Messiah (Victoria Playhouse Theatre in Petrolia) and Fauré’s Requiem (Stratford Chamber Ensemble). Future engagements include the Canadian premiere of The Rival, (a short opera for soprano, cello and violin by William Miller).

Catherine Gardner is very fond of recital, concert and chamber repertoire and has performed with numerous groups such as the Oslo String Quartet and Stratford-based trio “The Poet Sings,” with whom she performed at the Glenn Gould Studio. Her first place win at the Andrews University International Vocal Competition allowed her the opportunity to perform Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Andrews University Orchestra, under the baton of Claudio Gonzalez. Other solo concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Stratford Summer Music), Rutter’s Magnificat (Baltimore, Maryland), Handel’s Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem.

Catherine’s operatic performances include “The Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (with the University of Western Ontario and The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), “Gertrude” in Mark Richard’s Hamlet (Stratford Summer Music), as well as “Pamina” (Di Zauberflöte); “Teresa” (The Reunion by Daniel Crozier) and “Ophelia” (Ophelia Forever by Amy Kirsten) with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Opera Department. She has also sung in various opera galas including a fundraising performance for the Performing Arts Lodge with James Westman, Roger Honeywell and Phillip Addis.

Catherine is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto where she studies with soprano Wendy Nielsen.

Jordana Deveau, dancer

Jordana Deveau is a dynamic force in the Toronto dance community, active as a dancer, educator, rehearsal director and workshop facilitator. A principal performer with CCDT from 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of Rehearsal Director and then Associate Artistic Director, where she trained future generations of dance artists for seven years. Currently, Jordana is the Co-Artistic Director of JDdance, and a founding member of Event Horizon Dance directed by Miranda Abbott.

She is the co-author, with her mentor Donna Krasnow, MS, of "C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers". Jordana has performed in the U.S., Europe and across Canada, interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham.

Dobrochna Zubek, cello

Dobrochna Zubek, a native of Poland is a disciple of renowned cello pedagogue Cecylia Barczyk. Having obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Baltimore’s Towson University she went on to attain a performance diploma from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska.

Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), first place award of the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004) and winner of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007).

In an evolving, multi-faceted career Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School in England, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, the International Festival of Music and Dance in
Granada, Spain and in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, to mention a selected few.

Currently, Ms. Zubek is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Shauna Rolston. Awarded a graduate assistantship, Dobrochna is Ms. Rolston’s teaching assistant and this year’s recipient of the Yo-Yo Ma fellowship at the Faculty of Music.

Adam Żukiewicz, piano

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz is a pianist of great integrity. He has been praised for his “impressive technical proficiency and delicate refinement” (Indiana Daily Student) as well as “an ability to immerse himself full force into what is essentially a showpiece and make a listener believe he believes in it.” (Herald Times)

Maintaining an active international career Mr. Żukiewicz will be performing solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio in Germany and Poland throughout the 2013-2014 season. Other musical projects of Mr. Żukiewicz’s include a debut performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in October 2013, recitals in the Greater Toronto Area and appearances at international piano competitions throughout North America and Europe.

Mr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was broadcast online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In the summer of 2010 he participated with the Max Joseph Trio in the Peace Concerts Series organized by the Museum of the city of Jawor. In May 2013 Mr. Żukiewicz performed a debut concert with the Toronto Sinfonietta and in July 2013, Mr. Żukiewicz played a debut performance at the Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series. Recent competition successes of Mr. Żukiewicz include First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Canada, as well as First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC.

Mr. Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.


The Art of the Piano:  Coral Solomon
From Bach to Rachmaninoff

Friday June 27, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

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June 2014 Art of Piano

"Young Canadian pianist Coral Solomon demonstrated a remarkable maturity of interpretation, musicality and sensibility which proved a great talent and an intelligent and original approach ....Her unique sensibility [of interpretation]...is comparable to that of the great pianists Dinu Lipatti and Andreas Schiff." (Libertatea, Bucharest Romania)

"Her performance was marked by a distinct sensibility which led to an original view of each Opus..." (Radio Romania Musical).

Young Canadian pianist Coral Solomon was born in Israel and is currently a scholarship student at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in the studio of renowned, Italian pianist, Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Prior to her enrollment at CIM, Coral studied with Canadian pianist, Patricia Parr and Romanian pianist Dan Atanasiu. An alumni student of the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Coral has been awarded numerous grand prizes at various Canadian competitions. As a winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Coral was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in NYC in December 2012.
 
From the age of 15, Coral has performed as soloist, in Canada, with several orchestras such as the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra and with Toronto Sinfonietta. Coral has also performed many recitals including Glenn Gould Studio, Centre for the Arts (George Weston Hall), in Toronto, as well as in the USA - Indiana University (Auer Hall), in Kansas and Cleveland (Ohio).  
 
Since 2012 Coral has been  invited to perform in Romania as a soloist by many philharmonic orchestras: Timisoara, Arad, Brasov, Sibiu, Bacau, Targu Mures, Ploiesti, Ramnicu Valcea and Pitesti. Coral also played recitals in Sibiu, Oradea, Arad, Craiova, Bucharest and has recently been invited by the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra for a recital at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest.
 
In 2010 Coral was performed a solo recital at the invitation of the Open University in Israel, as part of their 2010 Concert Series.
 
She has performed and was interviewed on 96.3 CBC Classical Radio as well as OMNI 1 Romanian Television. She was also interviewed by several Romanian television channels and her performances were broadcasted on national and international transmissions.  


The Art of the Piano: Manuel Valera

Sunday June 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm
$20; $10 students

Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, , John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, Yosvany Terry among many others. Manuel is also the leader of the New Cuban Express. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category

His ensemble New Cuban Express features some of the most in demand players in the NYC scene today: Yosvany Terry on saxophone, Tom Guarna on guitar, John Benitez on bass, Ludwig Afonso on drums and Mauricio Herrera on percussion. This group explores and fuses the music of Cuba with jazz. All the members of the band are well versed in Latin and jazz vocabulary, allowing the group to have a sound that is authentic in both genres.

His critically acclaimed debut cd in 2004 Forma Nueva (MAVO) features John Patitucci, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake. Historia (Fresh Sounds New Talent, 2005), is a jazz quartet with Antonio Sanchez, Seamus Blake and Ben Street. His third release Melancolia (MAVO, 2006)—employs a string quartet incorporating world rhythms and classical concepts in the jazz idiom. Vientos (Anzic, 2007), representing a new working quartet, features bassist James Genus, drummer Ernesto Simpson, saxophonist Joel Frahm and a woodwind quartet. His fifth and trio recording Currents (MaxJazz 2009) features Ernesto Simpson and James Genus.

He has been awarded several grants for composition most notably the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works in 2006 and 2013 and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Manuel has travelled the world performing in over 30 countries at some of the biggest international venues and festivals.

“He leaves no doubt that he is destined to play a role in the future of jazz.” —Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

The sound is both old and spectacularly new in terms of his re-invention of the music of a tradition to which he is inextricably linked. And this increases Valera’s importance as a musician in the arena of Afro-Cuban music. –Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network, June 2012

New Cuban Express is one of the best new Latin Jazz releases we’ve heard this year (or in a while, frankly), and sets a bar that will be hard for others to jump over. –Bill Tilford, Timba.com, June 2012

With New Cuban Express, Valera stakes his claim for the establishment of a new sound in fusing rhythms of Latin with elements of modern/fusion. –Edward Bianco, EJazz News, June 2012

Social Media

facebook.com/manuelvalera

twitter.com/manuelvalera

Video clips

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk-Mi6p029I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Li_f3VuPU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7FnIuQ35vw


The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela
Rachmaninov Meets Radiohead

Friday June 13, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students


Program

Rachmaninov meets Radiohead

S. Rachmaninov:

Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 3 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro - No. 2 in C major
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Moderato - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Allegro agitato - No. 1 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro con fuoco - No. 6 in E flat Major
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Non alegro; Presto - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Moderato - No. 7 in G minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 8 in C sharp minor

INTERMISSION

Radiohead:

Like Spinning Plates
Let Down
Bulletproof
Thinking About You
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Everything in it's Right Place
You
(all piano transcriptions arranged by Christopher O'Riley)

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 around the world. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Helsinki, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo and Mexico City.

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 Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Denki Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall in Nagoya, Finland’s Sibelius Academy, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's En blanco y negro festival, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and a live webcast for Canada's Classical 96.3FM.

Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia VelaMante, and later from Robert Avalon. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky.


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only ONO, Musicworks’ 2014 fund-raising party, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Yoko Ono’s ground-breaking artist’s book Grapefruit and launches the brand new CD Gayle Young Plays Yoko Ono’s Secret Piece. The event takes place June 10 at Gallery 345 (345 Sorauren Ave., Toronto) and features one-time-only performances of Yoko Ono's provocative “event scores” from her influential Grapefruit put into action by Toronto’s most exciting dancers, musicians, and performance artists. Musicworks friends, supporters, and participating artists can mingle as they enjoy delicious food and drink, including the refreshing Grapefruit IPA—created specially for only ONO by Junction Craft Brewery.

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The 8:00p.m. reception features a short live performance of Yoko Ono’s Secret Piece by Gayle Young on Amaranth, a twenty-four-stringed instrument Young designed and built in 1980. Other performances include Ono’s Wood Piece, Sky Piece to Jesus Christ, Conversation Piece, Overtone Piece, Laundry Piece, Smell Piece and Beat Piece, and features guest artists Golboo Amani, Marc Couroux, Andrew Downing, Miles Forrester, Sarah Fraser Raff, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Jessica Karuhanga, Germaine Liu, Manolo Lugo, Alvis Parsley, and Juliana Pivato.

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BEN GROSSMAN & PIERRE-YVES MARTEL
Improvised music for hurdy-gurdy and viola da gamba

Sunday June 8 2014 at 7 pm
$20/$10 Students and Artists


Photo: Thierry Azam

Pierre-Yves Martel and Ben Grossman: two eclectic performers, two exotic instruments, a myriad of sounds and ways of making sound. Both performers draw on a variety of musical traditions – from medieval music to Swedish folk, from musique-actuelle to electroacoustic – and we invite you to experience their world.

Ben Grossman (Guelph)
hurdy-gurdy, electronics

Ben Grossman is a busy musician: improviser, studio musician, composer, noisemaker and audio provocateur. He works in many fields, having played on over 80 CDs, soundtracks for film and television, sound design for theatre, installations, work designed for radio transmission, and live performances spanning early medieval music to experimental electronica. Ben's tools of choice are electronics, percussion, and, especially, the hurdy gurdy (vielle à roue), a contemporary electro-acoustic string instrument with roots in the European middle ages. Through extended techniques, live-looping and processing, Ben seeks to use it as a physical interface into improvised sound creation, spontaneous composition and the exploration of acoustics, form and extended aesthetics.

Pierre-Yves Martel (Montreal)
viola da gamba, objects

Following a unique artistic path, Pierre-Yves Martel is constantly renewing his musical identity and practice. Though an instrumentalist, he identifies himself first and foremost as a sound artist whose work oscillates between research and experimentation. It is in this spirit that he has revisited the viola da gamba, utilizing this traditional instrument in new contexts and thus reengaging it with the contemporary world. Having created an authentic musical language through non-conventional techniques and instrumental preparations, he also works outside of instrumental music altogether, using a variety of objects rife with new sonic possibilities, from contact-mics and speakers to motors, wheels, surfaces and textures.


Ugly Beauties Trio
Saturday June 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.
tickets $20 /$10 students

Benjamin Boles NOW MAGAZINE
….the album is .. about the interplay between the musicians and their effortless improvising. They’re all creative players, and at moments they whip up such a storm of strange textures and tones that you forget you’re listening to just three acoustic instruments. Happily, those experimental tendencies are offset by strong compositions and melodies, so they never descend into the tuneless racket some associate with improvised music.

Marilyn Lerner-piano

Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically-charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches.
Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her musical career has been marked by a deep exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, and Steve Lacy.A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes Live in Madrid, (Cadence records) with New York based Ken Filiano-bass and Lou Grassi-drums, Ugly Beauties Trio with Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums. She also records, tours and performs with the Dutch based avant-garde Ig Henneman Sextet , with Axel Dörner, Wilbert de Joode, Lori Freedman and Ab Baars.

Matt Brubeck (cello) is a JUNO award-winning performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories (including Tom Waits, Yo-Yo Ma, PamelaZ, and many others.) In addition to his work with Ugly Beauties, Matt’s ongoing projects include the highly eclectic Stretch Orchestra, and cello/piano duo Brubeck Braid. In his solo work, Matt explores the reach of contemporary cello performance, placing various musical traditions in dialogue with each other to reveal a broad continuum of influences. Matt is on the music faculty at York University and Humber College, where he teaches strings, improvisation, composition, and leads various ensembles. Yes, he is the tallest son of Dave. For more information you may visit www.mattbrubeck.com.

Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. A Juno Award winner, his recorded works include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013). Nick has performed with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music and is a member of Drumheller, The Lina Allemano Four, Ugly Beauties and Peripheral Vision. He has collaborated with many international luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, David Binney, and Donny McCaslin.

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


Redraw the Map

Friday June 6, 2014 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 Seniors, Students and Arts Workers

Some poems and writings are just as relevant now as when they were written. Sometimes they are too close for comfort or just nail the absurdity of what we do or illuminate the brilliance of what is possible. Some sounds and words are from the wild, never meant to be caught. World renowned poets offer wisdom, humour and perspective through their words; improvised music and visuals allows a freedom of response to their ideas through sound and images.

This performance will be an exciting blend of live poetry, texts and improvised music and projected visuals redrawing maps of insightful, lyrical, satirical and sometimes comical writing.

Featuring composer Bill Gilliam (piano), Ambrose Pottie (percussion) and John Creson and Adam Rosen (voice and improvised visuals) performing poems and writings by Samuel Beckett, Wislawa Szymborska, Richard Brautigan, e.e. cummings, Russell Hoban, Hafiz, Ivor Cutler and other authors.

Bill Gilliam (piano)

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who improvises new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms into his unique style of playing.

“Bill Gilliam’s experience and his output since the mid-80s has spanned formal composition, jazz and jazz-oriented improvisation as well as electro-acoustic music and music-visual media. Gilliam has aimed to bring his composer’s sense of form and continuity to the improvisational process so that each of the pieces in the recording has its own distinct character. His harmonies blend 20th century classical and jazz sounds in a convincing, comfortable modal-chromatic style”
"Ensorcell" - The WholeNote CD review Sept 2012

Bill has written music for film, dance and theatre and new music chamber ensembles as well for his jazz projects. His recordings include “Ensorcell” for solo piano, “Signposts” – a CD created in collaboration with percussionist Charlie Ringas with improvised piano, percussion and spoken word as well as “Memory Vision” DVD of Bill’s electro-acoustic music with multi-media art created by different visual artists. In addition to performing solo piano Bill continues to compose and play with with Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra and collaborate with artists using spoken word and improvisation. www.bill-gilliam.com

Ambrose Pottie (percussion)

Ambrose Pottie is musician, audio artist and graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. 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,The Polka Dogs, Mary-Margaret O'Hara, Tom Walsh, Richard Sacks and Andrew Staniland. He is currently one of the curator's 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.

John Creson and Adam Rosen (voice and improvised visuals)

John Creson and Adam Rosen have worked together as actors, singers, performers, writers, choreographers, directors, teachers, sculptors, painters, animators, illustrators, designers, filmmakers, puppeteers, and improvisualizers. They have made several independent, experimental short films and videos(screened at the likes of Cinematheque Ontario, the Images Festival, the Toronto Animated Image Society, the AluCine Festival, Nuit Blanche Toronto, and the Cine Design Festival in Brazil) which explore their ongoing interest in the improvisational shooting of abstract real-time performance.

As experimental vocal artists, they have been longstanding members of Christine Duncan's Element Choir, an ongoing large ensemble project which creates entirely improvised performances using an elaborate conduction system. John and Adam have also continued to unleash their own brand of vocal madness in their frequent performances with the Toronto Improvisors' Orchestra, where they first performed with Bill Gilliam and Ambrose Pottie. They also have a number of their own as yet secret vocal-oriented projects in the works.
As improvisualizers (creators of improvised visuals that accompany and play off of improvised music) John and Adam are a regular feature of the at-least monthly series known as Audiopollination (www.audiopollination.ca), curated by bassist Mike Lynn and currently based out of Array Space. They continue to refine both their technique and their toolset for creating improvised visuals, and are constantly discovering new ways to put them into practice.


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Saturday May 31, 2014 at 7:30pm
$20; $10 Students

Variations on a Theme: Shoshana Telner presents an evening of three centuries of thrilling piano music.

Program

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs Opus 20 Bela Bartok

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Opus 24 Johannes Brahms

Rigoletto Paraphrase Franz Lisz

INTERMISSION

Etude de sonorite #2 Francois Morel

Partita Nr. 6 J.S. Bach

Caprice Espagnole Moritz Moszkowski

Bio

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. One of Hamilton’s “most fascinating people and inspired individuals” (Hamilton Magazine), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. Her playing is “full of fire and warmth” (The New York Times) with "beauty and a strong sense of purpose" (Brian Hay, Sarnia critic). She has been described as an “authentic musician, with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit), and as a “sophisticated and polished musician and pianist” (Julian Martin, the Juilliard School).

Shoshana made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard often on CBC radio. Shoshana is a member of the Florida based Shir Ami Ensemble, a group of international musicians that perform music by 20th century Jewish composers. They have performed concerts in Austria, Hungary, the United States and Canada. Shoshana is also a member of INNERchamber, an ensemble based in Stratford, ON. A highlight of Shoshana’s 2012/2013 concert season included performances of the complete Bach Keyboard Partitas.

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches in the music faculty at McMaster University and has previously taught in the music faculties at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shoshana has participated in numerous festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Focus! Festival and Piano Century at the Juilliard School. She has also been awarded several honors in national and international competitions including the Honens International Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, and the International Stepping Stone Competition.

Shoshana’s recordings include the complete Bach Keyboard Partitas recorded in 2012. In 2009 she recorded the solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack on the CanSona label. Her recording of the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with violinist Jeremy Bell will be available in the fall, 2014.


FIVE
junctQín keyboard collective

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8pm
$20 (Adult);
$15 (Seniors/Artist Worker/Student); New Music Passport Holders $5

junctQín keyboard collective turns 5 and will celebrate with classics from their repertoire vault! Included are works from Canada and around the world for piano six-hands, squeeze toys, toy pianos, Casio keyboard and three acoustic tables. Featuring works by Canadian composers Elisha Denburg, Aaron Gervais, and Chad Martin alongside Thierry De Mey (Belgium), Matthew Hindson (Australia), Tristan Perich (USA), and Tomi Räisänen (Finland).

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. The three discovered a mutual love of contemporary music for all kinds of keyboards, so when the trio united for a gig in the spring of 2009, junctQín was born.

Since its recent inception, junctQín has been presented in performances by the Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Centre, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Artsweek Peterborough, Gallery 345, and numerous others. Their engagement in many outreach events and activities include Cambridge Galleries, the spOtlight Festival of Ontario, Culture Days in Toronto, CONTACT New Music Marathon, and school workshops connected with music festivals. With a keen interest in multimedia and multi-arts presentations, junctQín has also collaborated with Canadian artist Kenneth Doren in his digital opera Rule Britannia: A low opera in grand shite style and with Toronto conceptual artist Derek Liddington for his Springsteen-inspired, piano-duel installation Coup de grâce. Recent highlights included 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 special feature broadcast on Rondo Classic FM (Helsinki, Finland), reaching audiences in Armenia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan.

The versatility of Elaine, Joseph, and Stephanie has resulted in their involvement in many performances that extend beyond traditional settings, as well as community outreach activities. They have each appeared as soloists and collaborative pianists throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in numerous concert series, venues and ensembles. Dedicated to working with living composers, these musicians have premiered dozens of Canadian and international compositions.

junctQín wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Canadian Music Centre. For more information, visit: www.junctqin.com


Min & Amy

Thursday May 29, 2014 at 8 pm
$20/$10

Program

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

Fauré, Gabriel
Elégie, Op. 24
Sicilienne, Op. 78

Mendelssohn, Felix
Song Without Words in D Major, Op. 109 – Andante

Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Seven Variations on "Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen", WO 46

Schumann, Robert
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

INTERMISSION

Brahms, Johannes
Sonata for Piano and Cello in E Minor, Op. 38
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi menuetto, Trio
III. Allegro

Bio

Winner of the Friends of Chamber Music Competition (2011), Min Kim started playing the cello in 2003 under the guidance of Sachiya Isomura from the Minnesota Orchestra. Min performed an outstanding debut in Minneapolis in 2007, which set the standards and goals that kept him motivated during his studies. He later moved to Austria to study with the world-renowned professor and former principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Herzer. In 2011, Min had the honor of performing with some of the most respected classical musicians in Vancouver for a fundraiser concert and helped raise $30,000 for the tsunami victims in Sendai, Japan. Known for his sound quality and advanced techniques, Min has performed throughout Canada, USA, England, Spain, South Korea, and Japan.

A sensitive and dynamic musician, Amy Zanrosso has worked within a wide range of musical genres – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, German cabaret and tango. After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria, Amy moved to Italy for two years in order to study privately and attend public master classes. She travelled again to Italy as the recipient of a summer scholarship awarded by the Italian Embassy to study with Michele Campanella at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In 2001, Amy completed all requirements for a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from McGill University. She has studied with Bruce Vogt, Dorothy Morton, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Maria Tipo, Michele Campanella and Marian Mika. After graduating, Amy developed a strong interest in tango music and was the pianist for The Sweatshop Tango Ensemble from 2003 to 2007. They released a CD in 2006, entitled de la Main à la Boca, and performed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Fest. She has been freelancing as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician in Montreal since 2001.


QUATOR BOZZINI

Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 8pm
$20

Clemens Merkel, violin,
Mira Benjamin, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola 
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

Programme

Salvatore Sciarrino, Sei Quartetti brevi (1967, 92)

Aldo Clementi - Otto Frammenti (1979-97)

Intermission

John Cage Four (1989)

Giacinto Scelsi Quartetto n. 3 (1963)

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

The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), Présences (France), and November Music (Netherlands). To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s annual musical laboratory, the Composer’s Kitchen, works to mentor and support new generations of composers. TheBozzini Quartet records under its own label, the collection qb, and can be heard regularly on European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, The Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007) and the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009).


THE TON BEAU STRING QUARTET

Sunday May 18, 2014 at 3 pm
$20; $10 students

Mendelssohn, String Quartet, op. 13

Schoenberg, Verklaerte Nacht, Featuring Caitlin Boyle, viola and Rachel Desoer, cello

A look at young lust and love from both ends of the romantic period. Mendelssohn's teenage passion runs through this fiery quartet, which captures the energy of the burgeoning romantic style. Schoenberg's iconic sextet, Verklaerte Nacht, is often described as the culminating masterpiece of the late romantic period. Inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, Verklaerte Nacht follows the story of a young couple as the woman reveals that she is pregnant with another man's child, and the man agrees to raise the child as his own.

The Ton Beau String Quartet was founded in 2010 by four friends studying at the University of Toronto. In their three years together, they have traveled throughout Canada and the USA, presenting concerts as well as educational and outreach programs. They have performed at 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, 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 are active teachers, and participate in numerous educational outreach presentations. Past outreach initiatives have included presentations at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Merriam School of Music, the Health Arts Society of Ontario, and a three-year series of concerts at the University of Toronto Art Centre. The quartet has also collaborated with musicians from many other musical traditions, including performances with the folk band The Krüger Brothers, and a collaboration with Spectrum Music, a group of classical and jazz composers. The Ton Beau are currently Quartet in Residence at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.


"An Intimate Evening with Wei-wei Lan"

Fundraiser for New Music Concerts
Saturday May 17, 2014 at 7:30pm

The evening features a programme of traditional, folkloric and contemporary music for solo pipa plus a special sneak preview of a Roger D. Moore commission for pipa and flute composed by Xiaoyong Chen for Wei-wei Lan and Robert Aitken.

Tickets: $100 ($150 for two) Fine food and complimentary beverages, silent auction. Proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion will be issued.

Doors Open at 7:30, Festivities Commence at 8:00 pm. RSVP 416.961.9594.

Lan Weiwei was born in Sichuan, China, 1980. She has pursued the career of a pipa-player for more than 20 years, and considered to be one of the best-pipa players in China. She has won a multitude of prizes since childhood. In recent years, Lan Weiwei has been invited to guest-perform in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. From the very start of her artistic career she has dedicated herself to introducing the traditional and folk music of China to the Western world.

In addition, she has intense passion in playing contemporary music of different form – solo pieces, ensemble music, and concertos with symphony orchestra etc. She has held recitals in Beijing, Freiburg, Taipei, etc. She has co-operated with various orchestras around China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Henan, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong as well as in Taipei, Estonia, Freiburg and Toronto. Through her performing art pipa music has become a bridge between ancient and modern times as well as between the East and the West. Lan Weiwei teaches at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

YouTube links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4j4B15Iq7ghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQfmvLm2jSU

Pipa is a plucked Chinese string instrument. The word pipa is made up of two Chinese syllables, pi and pa. These are the two most common ways of playing this instrument. Pi is to push the fingers of the right hand from right to left, thus more than one finger can be used at a time striking multiple notes, and pa is to pull the thumb of the right hand from left to right, in the opposite direction. The strings were originally played using a large plectrum in the Tang dynasty, then gradually replaced by the fingernails of the right hand. Since the revolutions in Chinese instrument making during the XX century, the softer twisted silk strings of earlier times have been exchanged for nylon-wound steel strings, which are far too strong for human fingernails, so false nails are now used, constructed of plastic or tortoise-shell, and affixed to the fingertips with the player’s choice of elastic tape.

Prototypes of the pipa already existed in China in the Qin dynasty. At that time, there were two types of pipa. One was straight-necked, with a round sound box constructed from lacquered Paulownia wood, and two faces mounted with leather. The other was believed to be inspired by the primitive forms of zheng, konghou, and zou. It also has a straight neck, a round sound box, and also four strings, along with twelve standards of notes. This model was later developed into the instrument known today as the ruan. The modern pipa is closer to the instrument which originated in Middle-East and was introduced into China beginning in the late Jin dynasty. By the Tang era, the pipa had become popular in the imperial court. It had a crooked neck, 4 or 5 silk strings, and 5 or 6 frets, and was played with a plectrum in a horizontal position.

As the ages went by, the crooked neck was replaced by a straight one, the number of frets increased to between 14 or 16, and to 17, 24, 29, or 30 in the 20th century. The 14- or 16-fret pipa had frets arranged in approximately equivalent to the western tone and semitone, starting at the nut, the intervals were 1–1/2–1/2–1/2–1–1/2–1/2–1/2–1–1–3/4–3/4–1–1–3/4–3/4. In the XX century the number of frets was increased to 24, based on the 12 tone equal temperament scale, with all the intervals being semitones. Since then the number of frets has been extended to 29 or 30.

The traditional 16-fret pipa is becoming less common. The plectrum was replaced by fingernails and the horizontal playing position was replaced by the vertical position. During this time, the 5-stringed pipa became lost. The pipa became a favourite in the Tang dynasty, during which time Persian and Kuqan performers and teachers were in demand in the capital, Chang’an. Many delicately carved pipas with beautiful inlaid patterns date from this period. Masses ofpipa-playing Buddhist semi-deities are depicted in the wall paintings of the Mogao caves near Dunhuang.

Several related instruments in Far-East and Southeast Asia are derived from the pipa; these include the Japanese biwa, the Vietnamese ?àn t? , and the Korean bipa.


The ISA TRIO

Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Benjamin Smith, piano, Jihyun Ahn, cello
Friday May 16 2014 at 8pm

$20/$10

Programme

L. van Beethoven: Trio in D Major Op. 70 # 1 (Ghost)
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo
Presto

D. Shostakovich Trio in e minor Op, 67
Andante
Allegro non troppo
Largo
Allegretto

Intermission

R. Schumann Trio in d minor Op. 63
Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
Mit Feuer

Jacques Israelievitch, 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

Jihyun Ahn, Cellist

Jihyun Ahn is a native of Seoul, South Korea where she was principal cellist with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of Seoul National University and holds a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned cellist Timothy Eddy. In 2008, while completing coursework for her PhD at Seoul National University, Jihyun moved to Canada with her family.

She won 1st prize in the World Daily News music competition, 3rd prize in the Jung-ang Daily News Music competition and 1st prize in the Mannes College Concerto competition. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mannes College Orchestra. She has also given many recitals and chamber music concerts in New York City and Seoul.

Currently, she is principal cellist with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. She also regularly gives concerts for a number of charities in the Toronto area.


Shelley O'Brien
Fundraising Concert for the Toronto Zen Center

Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 8 pm
$20

Bio

In 2009, after a few years as a piano bar entertainer on cruise liners, Shelley O’Brien traded her ship’s cabin for a Toronto apartment, and started posting videos on YouTube of her playing songs on her ukulele. This quickly led to invitations to play worldwide and launched a touring career many seasoned, successful songwriters would envy.

Since the release of her debut You, Me and the Birds (2009), O’Brien has taken her ethereal pop songs around the world, to festivals in Paris, Venice, Helsinki and Melbourne. Extensive touring has also put her name on the marquee in cities like Barcelona, Rome, Brisbane, Rotterdam, and Reykjavik.

By contrast, You, Me and the Birds went relatively unnoticed back home in Canada – with the exception of some festival engagements and a coast-to-coast VIA Rail Tour. Dubbed “an
enchanting album of quirky pop music” by The Globe and Mail, the record is now being re-released and distributed by Outside Music, and with the release of her follow-up Vivarium, Shelley O’Brien is destined to be discovered by Canadian audiences.

Recorded in Vancouver, Vivarium’s lush, atmospheric production is the result of an inspired collaboration between O’Brien and notable studio ace/film composer Matthew Rogers (Mark Berube, C.R. Avery). With exception of the cello tracks, the duo also play all the instruments on the album.

While the cover photo for Vivarium was shot in Iceland, the album plays almost as a declaration of love for the Canadian landscape: the most driving track on the record, Let These Lights In, is a self-confessed longing for the stars, inspired by a portage in Algonquin Park. And the iconic canoe makes a glorious cameo appearance in Swiftly, We Go, an infectious little road song bound to kick off many long weekends and holiday playlists.

Her lyrical imagery firmly rooted in nature, O’Brien moves through vast northern spaces with familiarity and awe. The haunting and cinematic From the Caribou was inspired by a NFB documentary about the Porcupine Caribou’s remarkable 2000 km annual journey. Elm, penned from the point of view of a tree, is a late-autumn lament. And Mountain Hymn – written on a day of longing to escape the city – is every mountain’s love song:

A mountain hymn for all my senses / I put my hands on you I hum

Been city dim and thin to paper / Skyward sender / Here I come

Spacious and questioning, O’Brien’s songs have an age-old, celestial quality. Album opener Perfect Day, with its Ennio Morricone-inspired lines, is a subtle yet powerful romp. The whispered intimacy on Set of Keys, shrouded in static, backwards ukulele and looped Casio keyboard, brings to mind the music of Sparklehorse whereas Turn to Spring is an upbeat, irresistible pop tune reminiscent of Feist or Emiliana Torrini.

But most importantly, the ukulele songstress has blazed her own musical trail; stripped to the bare songwriting essentials, armed with only a miniature instrument and haiku-like lyrics, Shelley O’Brien demonstrates how to accomplish great things with the smallest of gestures. Shelley O’Brien’s Vivarium is a reminder that, sometimes, you have to whisper to be heard.

"Her voice is touching, flying, beautiful and clear" - Radio Suomi, Finland

"A Beautiful Songbird. An absolute find!"-Radio Rijnmond, Holland

"Beautiful... a playful mix of dulcet ukulele and atmospheric vocals." -CBC Radio 2

"She delights us with her superb ballads" - Forte Fanfulla, Rome

"Shelley was doing the ukulele thing before it was cool. Or maybe she's one of the reasons it got cool in the first place." -Globe and Mail

"From the wellspring of her hope and awe, Shelley O'Brien has not only curated this country's beauty, but also her own." -Exclaim!

"Finely crafted ukulele goodness" - Times Colonist, Victoria

"An unexpected treasure...enchanting, mythical" - Penguin Eggs


Monique de Margerie, piano
Hibiki Kobayashi, violin

Sunday May 11, 2014 at 11 am
$20; $10 students; Children under 12 free

Program

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3, Opp. 78, 100 and 108

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

Allegro amabile
Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante
Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato

Monique de Margerie, pianist

Canadian pianist Monique 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 Gächigner Kantorei and 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.

From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and collaborative pianist. She then met violinist Hibiki Kobayashi, member of the string quartet Arthur Leblanc and both started to built a musical partnership as well as a friendship. 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 performances include collaborations with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, clarinettist Jean-François Normand, and other members of the string quartet Arthur Leblanc. Concerts tours include India, in 2009 with German saxophonist Claudia Schätzle, and Southeast Asia with bassoonist and husband Fraser Jackson. In 1996 and 1998 she performed in Japan as a soloist and as a duo partner with pianist Chandra Lowerly.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique de Margerie holds a Meisterklassendiplomfrom Munich’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where shegraduated with high distinction as a student of Gitti 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 and two years with Eke Mendez in Switzerland.

Currently, Mme de Margerie lives in Toronto where she pursues her chamber music career with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She 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 plays with the Young Voices Toronto Choir. Much sought-after as a teacher, she travelled across Canada in 2012 as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition.

HIBIKI KOBAYASHI, violinist

A protegé of Chaïm Taub (former Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic), Hibiki Kobayashi completed her studies at the Hochschule für Kunste in Berlin and then with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as le Philharmonie de Radio-France, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Symphony Nova-Scotia, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. As a popular soloist on the Japanese music scene, she has performed numerous times including performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic. Ms. Kobayashi gave the Canadian première of Darius Milhaud’s second Concerto for Violin.

In 2009, at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, she gave the world première of a concerto written for her, in honour of Joseph Haydn, by the composer in residence of Vienna’s Musikverein, Helmut Schmidinger. On this occasion, she was accompanied by the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra under the direction of its founder and director, Adam Fisher.

Ms. Kobayashi plays a signed Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1766) and has also been given the honour of performing on a Stradivarius violin (the « Muntz », 1736) loaned to her in recognition of her accomplishments by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Ms. Kobayashi joined the Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc in 1992 and has now performed over 500 concerts with the quartet. Her career as a renowned chamber musician has led to numerous invitations to perform abroad and many of her concerts have been broadcast throughout Canada on the CBC.

She is the youngest musician ever to have been awarded the prestigious Noguchi Prize by the prefecture of Yamanashi which gave her the award in 1997 in recognition of her great achievements in music.

After a long association with the University of Moncton, Ms. Kobayashi is currently an artist-in-residence and guest professor at Laval University in Quebec City.

She has recorded on the Fonovox, Amberola, and NAMI labels and recently released, for the first time by any Canadian string quartet, the complete works for quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich on the XXI-21 label.


NO GOING BACK
Saturday May 10, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Snrs & Arts workers; $10 Students

Stacie Dunlop, soprano
Andrea Neumann, violin
Peter Lutek, clarinet, bassoon, electronics

Programme:

Peter Lutek: Improvisation

Clarinet, bassoon, electronics; these are the tools. Exploring how sound interacts with the universe; this is the mandate. We will go exploring and return to find that things have changed, creating a kind of sound bath, an aural immersion. It is as if our other senses are drowned, and only our ears exist. Our brains are flooded with sounds that are like a foreign language, speaking meanings we can only interpret with emotions – grief sometimes and deep longing, as well as joy so exuberant it bursts the heart.

Short Interval

György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments
Stacie Dunlop: soprano
Andrea Neumann: violin

György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments op. 24 (1985-1987) is a work for soprano and violin duo. Set in four parts, the cycle aims to show Kurtág’s kinship with the existential alienation that author Franz Kafka expressed about his own life and the surreal world from which he struggled unsuccessfully to remain uninvolved. His acerbic yet often humorous, searing insights into his own life experiences form the core for Kurtág’s inspiration that spurred him to compose his masterpiece, all in fragmentary form. Such gleanings of Kafka’s transient thoughts incarnate briefly as mere glimmers of insight to the human condition, in careful aphoristic works of a few seconds to a few minutes long, yet are replete with psychological subtext pertaining to our own lives. 

Artists Bios:


Peter Lutek is a reed instrumentalist, specializing in improvisation. He was a member of the 40 fingers saxophone quartet and the Composers Workshop collective. Peter now leads ENGINE and performs solo. He also performs with Riverrun, Andrew Downing, David Mott, and David Occhipinti, and works as a sound engineer. Of Lutek, David Fujino (The Live Music Report) said, "Calm and precise, he executes, and sometimes tears the ground out from under our feet."

With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid freelance performer of contemporary music. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin, Tawnie Olson and British composers Sam Hayden and Paul Whitty. Her repertoire spans from song through chamber, orchestral and operatic mediums with performances across Canada and the UK. As a producer of new work, it is her passion to develop programs that push the boundaries of safety, challenging audiences, yet at the same time bringing them the highest quality experience that will touch them, leaving them with a captivating memory and a want for more. Labeling herself as a multidisciplinary artist, Stacie incorporates both theatre and visual arts in her productions, thus effecting audiences in an expansive array of experiences. Recent performances include Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet #2, Op. 10 and Down from Heaven by NYC based composer Ed Harsh with The Cecilia String Quartet, and a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with violinist Andrea Neumann. As a new member of Toronto’s Thin Edge New Music Collective, Stacie will be premiering works by composers Christopher Reiche and Hiroki Tsurumoto in June 2014. Looking forward to next season, Stacie will be performing in a premiere by Toronto composer Adam Scime for soprano and violin generously commissioned by Daniel Cooper. In a review of the CD My Life in Widening Circles, Stacie was said to be “a committed and accomplished singer who intuitively comprehends her vital place as a creative vehicle in expression of human depth.”

Andrea Neumann is a Calgary based violinist who is sought after as a concert soloist, teacher, adjudicator, chamber and orchestral musician. She has toured with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and has appeared as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also as a violinist and violist with the Juno award winning Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. Andrea projects have included early music on period instruments, jazz, folk and pop idioms. While realizing her voice in such diverse musical genres, she remains deeply rooted in the classical string playing tradition. In addition to touring the No Going Back project in 2014, she will be recording a solo CD that explores music transcribed by many of the great violinists from the 20th Century. Andrea currently performs on a beautiful Dalphin violin, generously on loan to her from The Banff Centre.


The Art of the Piano: Roman Timofeev
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 8 pm
$20

Program

Frederic Chopin Scherzo No 2 op 31 in b-flat minor

Four Mazurkas op. 33

Robert Schumann Sonata No 2 op. 22 in g minor

Intermission

Claude Debussy Pour le piano (suite)

Prelude
Sarabande
Toccata

Alexandre Scriabin Sonata-Fantasy No. 2 op. 19 in g-sharp minor
Two poemes op. 32
Valse op. 38

Bio

Russian pianist Roman Timofeev has been heard in music halls throughout Europe since 2004. He has already established a reputation as “a brilliant pianist” and his performances have been described as “vivid, emotional and extremely passionate”, “charged with Russian expressivity and a shade of French elegancy (Le petit bleu, Brittany press, France)”.

While studying at The Moscow State Conservatory, where he was in the class of outstanding world- recognized pianists Naum Starkman and Ruvim Ostrovsky, Roman was already awarded the Grand Prix in Vorzel International Competition of Pianists in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2010 he participated in the prestigious competition Concours musical de France, Saint-Maur-des-Faussés, Paris where he won the First Prize. In the following year, Roman polished up his masterly performance at Académie des Artistes Musiciens in Paris under the supervision of professor Lea-Yoanna Adam. Since 2011 Roman has been a permanent member of this Academy. Additionally, Roman served as a concertmaster and mentor at The Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music for more than 10 years.

Roman has a varied musical life including activities on the concert stage as a featured soloist in various performances venues in Russia, France, Estonia and Rumania. Roman has already made his Canadian debut in London (Ontario) where he performed at the famous Aeolian Hall. Roman’s chamber music collaborations include those with the Symphony Orchestras of the cities of Ploiesti and Bacau (Rumania) where he worked extensively with conductors Illarion Lonescu-Galaty and Ovidiu Balan. Since 2007 Roman has been a member of an ensemble with a prominent cellist, honoured artist of the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) Alla Marasanova-Stein, with whom he has performed more than 30 concerts. Some of the recent concerts have also included performances with opera singers of the Bolshoi Theatre Nina Terenteva and Elena Novak.

Roman’s repertory embraces a wide range of musical compositions by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev. Roman is a disciple of the Russian romantic school.


W.A. MOZART: The Complete Violin Sonatas
Jacques Israelievitch, violin,
Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano

Sunday May 4 2014
Four Concerts starting at: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
$20 for each concert; $50 for all four concerts;
Students pay $10 for each concert; $25 for all four

Please make reservations at info@gallery345.com (cash only at the door)

Programme

11 AM: Concert I

Sonata in C Major KV 6 (1764)
Allegro ; Andante ; Menuet I and II ; Allegro molto

Sonata in D Major KV 7 (1764)
Allegro molto ; Adagio ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in B flat Major KV 8 (1764)
Allegro ; Andante grazioso ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in G Major KV 9 (1764)
Allegro spiritoso ; Andante ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in E flat Major KV 26 (1766)
Allegro molto ; Adagio poco andante ; Rondo allegro

Sonata in G Major KV 27 (1766)
Andante poco adagio ; Allegro

Sonata in C Major KV 28 (1766)
Allegro maestoso ; Allegro grazioso

Sonata in D Major KV 29 (1766)
Allegro molto ; Menuetto e trio

Sonata in F major KV 29 (1766)
Adagio ; Rondo (Tempo di Menuetto)

Sonata in B flat Major KV 31 (1766)
Allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto (Moderato) con variazioni.

Twelve Variations in G major ( on French Song 'La Bergère Célimène" KV 359 (1781)

1 PM: Concert II

Sonata in G major KV 301 (1778)
Allegro con spirito ; Allegro

Sonata in E flat Major KV 302 (1778)
Allegro ; Rondo (Andante grazioso)

Sonata in C Major KV 303 (1778)
Adagio ; Molto allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in e minor KV 304 (1778)
Allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in A Major KV 305 (1778)
Allegro di molto ; Tema con Variazioni (Andante grazioso)

Six Variations in G Major (on French Song "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" (1781)

Sonata in D Major KV 306 (1778)
Allegro co spirito ; Andantino cantabile ; Allegretto ( Allegro, Allegro assai)

3 PM: Concert III

Sonata in C Major KV 296 (1778)
Allegro vivace ; Andante sostenuto ; Rondo allegro

Sonata in B flat Major KV 378 (1779)
Allegro moderato ; Andantino sostenuto e cantabile ; Allegro

Sonata in G Major KV 379 (1781)
Adagio ; Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni (Andantino cantabile)

Sonata in F Major KV 376 (1781)
Allegro ; Andante ; Rondo allegretto grazioso

Sonata in F major KV 377 (1781)
Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in E flat Major KV 380 (1781)
Allegro ; Andante con moto ; Rondo allegro

5 PM: Concert IV

Sonata in B flat Major KV 454 (1784)
Largo ; Allegro ; Andante ; Allegretto

Sonata in E flat Major KV 481 (1785)
Molto allegro ; Adagio ; Tema con Variazioni (Allegretto)

Sonata in F Major KV 547 (1788)
Andantino cantabile ; Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni

Sonata in A Major KV 526 (1787)
Molto Allegro ; Andante ; Presto

Bio

JACQUES ISRAELIEVITCH, 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.

CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO, Virtuoso Pianist

Possessing passion and sensitivity, phenomenal technique and “dazzling virtuosity” (New York Times), pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is a compelling force, whether she is playing a Liszt piano solo, a Mozart chamber work, the Grieg concerto, or the premiere of a new work by a living composer.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Petrowska Quilico trained in the grand Russian and European traditions at Juilliard, and went on to studies in Paris and Germany with Ligeti and Stockhausen. Her professional career has taken her across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine. She has appeared in recital in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls, and with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and the symphony orchestras of Greek Radio and Taipei. Some of these performances were with her husband, the late, famed Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico.

She has premiered some 150 new works. Of the more than 35 concertos she has performed with orchestra, 18 were contemporary, 10 of these premieres. She has recorded more than 35 CDs featuring classical and contemporary repertoire. During her career, she also received coaching from composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage prior to performing their works.

New Glass Houses represents her fouth CD collection devoted to the piano music of Ann Southam (1937-2010). As with this set, the previous three feature major cycles of Southam’s music for Centrediscs: Rivers (Canadian Composers Portraits: Ann Southam, CMCCD 10505), Pond Life (CMCCD 14109), and Glass Houses Revisited(CMCCD 16511). She is credited for revising and editing on her recording of Southam’s Glass Houses Revisited,which is Centrediscs best selling CD of all time, and received Southam’s enthusiastic blessing after performing them at the composer’s house just before Southam’s death. She has also included Southam pieces in four general compilation CDs.

In 2012, she performed selections from Southam’s Rivers cycle live for the Toronto Dance Theatre’s premiere of Christopher House’s work of the same title, and again in Oakville ON and St. John’s NL – a collaboration she is repeating in a 2014 Canadian Maritime tour to Halifax, Fredericton and Saint John.

Open to musical adventures and collaborations, she was one of nine virtuosi in Soundstreams’ eclectic Piano Ecstasy extravaganza at Toronto’s Koerner Hall in 2013. The Shostakovich Concertino for Two Pianos was “brilliantly performed by two of the great pianists of our time, the Gryphon Trio’s Jamie Parker and the wonderful Christina Petrowska Quilico,” wrote Robert Harris in the Globe and Mail.

In a duo with violinist Jacques Israelievitch, she performs a variety of repertoire ranging from the Mozart violin sonatas to present-day composers.

In recorded output, few artists can match Petrowska Quilico, particularly in contemporary music. Among her 30-some albums are five CDs comprising eight Canadian piano concertos; and solo and chamber works by contemporary Canadian and international composers, along with the likes of Chopin and Debussy; Tangos Brasileiros, for the 150th anniversary of composer Ernesto Nazareth in 2013; and her highly-praised Liszt bicentennial CD (“Quilico plays exquisitely...brilliance without ego” – Fanfare Magazine).

Her music is sometimes literally out of this world. Her recording of David Mott’s Canadian concerto Eclipse(written for her), debuted in outer space when astronaut Steve MacLean brought it on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis. MacLean also took her recording of Alexina Louie’s Star-Filled Night on his first mission on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1992.

Four of Petrowska Quilico’s CDs of Canadian music have earned JUNO Awards nominations, three of them for concerto CDs, and one for Glass Houses Revisited. Petrowska Quilico received the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers, and together with composer Constantine Caravassilis was named winner of the 2010 Harry Freedman Recording Award, from the CMC’s Harry Freedman Fund.

That award resulted in the well-received January 2013 launch of her Centrediscs two-CD set of Caravassilis’Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias. Also a gifted painter, Petrowska Quilico was inspired by the music to create some 100 canvases, which are now projected in synch with her live performances of the work.

Petrowska Quilico’s writing talent and art come together in her book Opera Illustrated: An Artistic Odyssey,featuring her drawings of operatic legends and set designs. She is also author of Mr. Rigoletto: In Conversation with Louis Quilico (both published by Captus Press and critically well-received).

Petrowska Quilico also founded The Christina and Louis Quilico Award, to discover and encourage young operatic talent. It is administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, and was most recently held under the auspices of the Canadian Opera Company.

In addition to her concert career, Christina Petrowska Quilico is a Full Professor of Piano and Musicology at York University, Toronto.


SpringScapes: Musical Intuitions, Conversations and Other Encouragements
Ali Garrison, singer and Nancy Bennet, piano
Friday May 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25 / $20 Seniors& Students - Limited general seating

For concert information and seat reservations please e-mail info@gallery345.com


Compelled to play together again after an extraordinary, impromptu recording session at a wharf in Cutler, Maine last summer, Ali Garrison and Nancy Bennet bring their collaborative muses to Gallery 345 on Toronto’s thriving West side on Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm.
“Nan Bennet is an extraordinary improvising pianist in her 70s (think an intuitive, feminine combination of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans), who I’ve known for many years musically and
otherwise”, says one of Toronto’s favorite daughters of song, Ali Garrison. “There is such an easy personal rapport which translates fluently to our improvising. We co-compose, conversing melodically and harmonically, listening carefully, trading ideas back and forth, weaving a rich tapestry of progressions in the moment, seeming to enter an altered state and after each piece, it’s as if we’re returning from far off other worlds that we have
visited, not separately, but together.”

For a sample of their collaborations, visit:
https://soundcloud.com/aligarrison/sets/nan-and-ali-duet

Nancy’s and Ali’s improvised duets are beautifully organic, almost inevitable and very audience-friendly. This playful evening will also feature guest conspirators, Mosa Neshamá McNeilly (interdisciplinary artist), Kwanza Msingwana (percussionist and story-teller) and two of Ali's most treasured singer-friends, Suba Sankaran and Mark Rainey as well as the audience!


Camilo Davila, clarinet & Jean Desmarais, piano
Special guest soprano Mireille Asselin
May 1, 2014 at 8 pm
$25, $10 Students

In this exhilarating concert, clarinetist and composer Camilo Davila join forces with renowned pianist Jean Desmarais and rising superstar soprano Mireille Asselin for an evening of intimate music making.

Programme

Robert Schumann
Drei Romanzen, Opus 94
For Clarinet and Piano

Camilo Davila
Urban Piece

Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Opus 120 N.1

Franz Schubert
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, "Shepherd on the Rock" D965
for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano

Camilo Davila

Widely recognized for his original playing style and his uniquely enticing tone, clarinetist Camilo Davila is on his way to a major career as a performer and pedagogue.

He has appeared frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company and is also the winner of both the coveted Sylva Gelber Award given to the best emerging canadian artist, as well as the "Young Soloist of the OFB National Competition of Colombia".

He has collaborated with notable artists such as Soovin Kim, Andres Diaz, Martin Hackleman, Benjamin Kamins, John Adams, Barry Shifmann and with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Johannes Debus, Lior Shambadal and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Camilo is also a rare modern day representation of a performer-composer in classical music, and his pieces have received an enthusiastic reception from professionals in music, composers and from audiences across Canada, the US, and Colombia.

Previously self taught in music during his formative years, he went onto pursue all his official studies through merit-based scholarships and stipends awarded by Xaverian University in Colombia, Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, and Rice University in Houston. In addition to music, he is involved in the fields of visual art, philosophy, and physical exercise.

Mireille Asselin

A singer deemed “Superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and praised by Opera Canada for her “vivacious stage presence” and “soprano that charms and brightens a room”, Mireille Asselin is a young artist at the onset of an exciting career.

In Performance………
This season, Mireille joins the Metropolitan Opera’s roster, makes her debut recording with Centerdiscs and tours North America and France in productions of Charpentier’s Orphée and Lully’s Persée. In April 2011 Mireille made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Yale Symphony, and returned to Carnegie in January of 2012 to give a recital in the Song Continues series. With the Canadian Opera Company she has performed Adele in Die Fledermaus, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, the title role in Handel’s Semele (Ensemble Studio performance), and Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto.

In recent years she has also performed with Wolf Trap Opera Company (Nannetta, Verdi’s Falstaff), Glimmerglass Festival (Phénice & Lucinde, Lully’s Armide), Opera Atelier (Galatea, Acis and Galatea; Servilia, La clemenza di Tito), Boston Early Music Festival (Flore & Proserpine, Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers; La Musica & Euridice, Monteverdi’s Orfeo) and with Opera Hamilton (Adele, Die Fledermaus; Popera). Her professional operatic debut was on stage at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, singing First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, when she was 22! Mireille’s other roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the title role in Stravinsky’s Le rossignol/Solovyei, Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)...

Mireille has appeared in concert on stages across North America and in England. Her repertoire has included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Fauré’s Requiem, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, numerous works by Handel such as Messiah, Saul, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and Theodora, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Exsultate Jubilate, as well as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Cantata 51, Poulenc’s Gloria and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Mireille obtained her Master of Music from Yale University’s prestigious Opera Program in 2010, and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (2007).

Mireille has studied voice with Marlena Malas, Wendy Nielsen, Monica Whicher, Tim Noble, Doris Yarick-Cross and Donna Sherman. She has coached with Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Michael McMahon, Liz Upchurch and Michael Heaston.

She has participated in numerous world premieres of new works and loves working with composers.

Jean Desmarais

Jean Desmarais, internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue, is sought after for a wide and eclectic range of repertoire. He has studied with Monique Collet-Samyn, Anisia Campos (Canada), Monique Deschaussées (Paris), Johanna Stieler (Berlin) and Dalton Baldwin (U.S.A.). He has performed in Europe, the U.S.A. and Mexico, as well as Canada.

He has been a guest soloist of numerous orchestras and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Yannick-Muriel Noah, Jessica Linnebach, Amanda Forsyth, Ben Heppner, Joel Quarrington, Kimball Sykes, Johannes Debus, David Currie, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Pinchas Zukerman.

Jean is on the faculty since 2006 of the NAC’s Summer Music Institute and a regular guest coach for the Canadian Opera Company (War and Peace, Pelleas et Melisande, Zauberflöte, Rusalka, Carmen). He is presently part of music staff for Don Quichotte by Massenet featuring baritone Ferruccio Furnaletto.

Composer Simon Bertrand is presently writing a piano concerto for him that will be premiered this coming summer with Orchestre de la Francophonie conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

He has performed over a hundred world premieres of new compositions, mostly from Canadian composers.

His students have pursue their development in institutions such as Cleveland Music Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Montreal McGill and Paris Sorbonne Universities.

Mr Desmarais is the Artistic Director of Under The Pines Music Festival.



A LOOK AT LOVE
March 1, 2014 at 8pm
$20

Paula Griffith, vocals and Nicole Byblow, piano

Enjoy an evening of Jazz and Soul music with the incredible talents of Paula and Nicole as they take you on a journey of reconnection with the truths about love, trust and hope.

Singer Paula Griffith, was the vocal coach to Y.T.V’s hit reality show “The Next Star” but she is best known for her ability to captivate an audience with her powerful voice and dynamic stage presence. She has been a featured vocalist at Roy Thompson Hall, Massy Hall, The Living Arts Centre, and the Sony Centre and has worked with Juno and Grammy winners Liberty Silver and Jill Scott. She has also performed for music legends Quincy Jones and Elton John.

Pianist Nicole Byblow, is a graduate of the Berklee affiliate Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program in Nelson, British Columbia. She is a recipient of the prestigious Fred Sherratt Award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Nicole accompanied Juno award winner Stephen Fearing, wrote and recorded with Juno award winner/CBC radio personality Buck 65/Rich Terfry, and performed at the 2011Juno Awards Industry Gala, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.

Together they would like you to join them and take a look at love…


MB10 Jazz Collective
Friday February 28, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students


Led by trombonist, composer and arranger Michael Brooker, a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz Studies program, this ten-piece ensemble brings together some of the best young musicians of the Toronto jazz scene. Their mission is to present a program of jazz, funk, indie rock, and original music, with the three tenets of melody, improvisation and groove as their backbone.

Belinda Corpuz - Voice
Tara Kannangara - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Voice
Taylor Cook - Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Jeff LaRochelle - Tenor Saxophone
Michael Brooker - Trombone, Compositions and Arrangements
Alexei Orechin - Guitar
Chris Pruden - Piano, Keyboards
Jeff Deegan - Electric Bass
Malcolm Connor - Acoustic Bass
Mark Ballyk - Drums

Michael Brooker is a Toronto-based trombonist, composer, bandleader, arranger, and teacher with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. Having worked and performed with such musical luminaries as Allen Vizzutti, Alastair Kay, Gordon Wolfe, Chase Sanborn, Terry Promane, Mike Murley, David Liebman, Jim Lewis, Donny McCaslin, and Kirk MacDonald, Michael is quickly proving himself as one of Canada’s emerging young artists.

In addition to performing in dozens of jazz, classical, pop, salsa, indie, and ska ensembles at such storied venues as Roy Thomson Hall, Massey Hall, The Rogers Centre, The Rex Hotel, the Jane Mallett Theatre, The Old Mill Inn and Spa, Lula Lounge, the Horseshoe Tavern, the Opera House, Gate 403 and many more, Michael is beginning to make his mark as a composer and arranger as well.

Writing for dozens of different musical configurations in the jazz and classical idioms, including a ten-piece all-brass medley of the music of Michael Jackson for solo tuba, Michael values composition and arranging as much as his playing. Having recently released two new albums in Fall 2013, the first entitled Reflections, playing the music of saxophonist Mike Murley in the University of Toronto Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Foote with Murley as featured soloist, and the second entitled Rebirth, with the University of Toronto 12tet led by Terry Promane, which features one of his compositions, Michael shows that he has a promising future in the Toronto jazz scene.


Nancy Walker Quintet 
CD Release: 'Til Now is Secret

Thursday February 27, 2014 at 8 pm
$20;$15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Nancy Walker is a jazz pianist and composer extraordinaire, with a strong Canadian presence and extensive following of fans and true admirers. An expressive and compelling instrumentalist, Nancy is one of the country's most insightful composers of sophisticated contemporary jazz. 

“Nancy Walker extends an invitation to the listener to enter her very unique world of pianistic journeys. Hers is a joyous leaping loping stomping approach to the keyboard that harkens to the era of a strong left hand. There are many influences swirling in her music; there is also this strong sense of self, a definite presence of Nancy Walker as a musical entity.” – Len Bukowski, CODA Magazine

• Nancy Walker – piano
• Ted Quinlan – guitar
• Shirantha Beddage – saxophones and bass clarinet
• Kieran Overs – bass
• Ethan Ardelli – drums

This evening's concert celebrates the latest release from Toronto jazz pianist and composer Nancy Walker, 'Til Now Is Secret (Addo Records). Ranging from the lyrical to the abstract, Walker’s compositions reflect her view of the age we live in. At times intense, at times poignant, at times cerebral, Walker's music is always inspired. 

Nancy Walker  is the winner of the 2008 National Jazz Awards Keyboardist Of The Year Award and the 2003 Montréal International Jazz Festival’s prestigious Grand Prix de Jazz. Her CD Rainy Days and Mondays was nominated for aJUNO Award as Instrumental Album Of The Year in 2006. 

Nancy has a solid background as a pianist and keyboard player for a variety of international recording and concert acts, both in and outside the jazz idiom. She’s recorded and toured with folk artist Sylvia Tyson, children’s entertainer Raffi, pop icons The Parachute Club, balladeer Roger Whittaker, and well-loved composer (the late) Hagood Hardy, to name a few.

Over the years Nancy has built enduring jazz relationships. As the pianist in the John Geggie Trio, Nancy continues yearly to hold the piano chair in the house rhythm section for The Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s nightly jam sessions.  With bassist Geggie, Nancy has performed in concert with drum legend Billy Hart, contemporary drum heavyweight Matt Wilson and saxophone dynamo Donny McCaslin.  She has recorded and performed in concert with the cream of Canada’s jazz vocal crop, from Vancouver’s Karin Plato to Toronto’s Emilie-Claire Barlow, and has worked frequently alongside Toronto saxophonists Kirk MacDonald and Pat Labarbera.  Nancy can be heard on recently released recordings by John Geggie + Donny McCaslin (this Plunge Records release garnered rave reviews and made several “Best of 2010″ lists), Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, Fair/Galloway Quintet and Swedish guitarist Mikko Hildén.

Thanks to grants from The Canada Council For the Arts, Nancy has had the opportunity to study with renowned American pianist/composers Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, and Myra Melford.

Nancy has several discs as leader to her credit. Her debut as leader, Invitation, was released in 1997. and was voted one of the year’s best by Jazz Canadiana reviewers. Toronto Star critic Geoff Chapman named Luminosity (2000) one of the top jazz recordings of that year. Levitation, Nancy’s third recording (2003), was “a fine example of the modern jazz musician’s art” according to the Globe & Mail’s Mark Miller. When She Dreams, was released in 2004 on Canada’s premier jazz label, Justin Time Records, and shot to the number one position on Canadian campus radio jazz charts. In 2005, Nancy and her quartet (featuring saxophonist Kirk MacDonald, bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Barry Romberg) toured the Canadian jazz festivals. That same year Nancy was nominated in four categories at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. In 2006, Nancy’s recording Rainy Days and Mondays (Somerset/Universal) was nominated for the JUNO award in the “Instrumental Album Of The Year” category. She was also among the Keyboardist Of The Year nominees at the 2006 and 2007 National Jazz Awards. Her next recording Need Another was a trio date with Kieran Overs and drummer Ethan Ardelli, followed by 2011's New Hieroglyphics, with the addition of Ted Quinlan on guitar. 

“…the eclectic, esoteric and unfailingly accessible New Hieroglyphics finds the ever-intrepid Walker pushing through borders into dynamic new territory, even as she retains all the markers that have drawn people to her in the first place.” - John Kelman, Allaboutjazz

"Nancy Walker has played enough piano to know how to keep listeners interested however hard she pushes the boundaries of familiarity." - Geoff Chapman, The Whole Note Magazine

“A gifted pianist and composer, Nancy Walker is possessed of a lyricism that can suggest lapping water and bright skies, and a contrasting rhythmic drive. A former student of Fred Hersch, she builds on a tradition of romantic jazz piano that has deep roots in the harmonic innovations of Bill Evans.”  - Stuart Broomer, Toronto Life Magazine 

Visit Nancy’s website at www.nancywalkerjazz.com

'Til Now Is Secret was made possible with the assistance of The Ontario Arts Council. 

A TDJ Special Project


DON THOMPSON/PHIL DWYER DUO
Sunday February 23, 2014  at 8 PM
$20

Two of Canada's pre-eminent musicians celebrate 30 years of musical friendship with a new recording and a special performance at Toronto's Gallery 345.

Don Thompson is well known for his his work with jazz giants such as Jim Hall, George Shearing, John Handy, Paul Desmond, Boss Brass, Lenny Breau and many others. He is regarded as one of the world's pre-eminent multi instrumentalists (piano/bass/vibes) as well as being an outstanding composer, arranger and educator. In 2010 Don was invested as an Officer of the Order Of Canada.

Phil Dwyer is well known and respected as a pianist, saxophonist, arranger, composer, entrepreneur and educator. Phil was a 'first call' musician in Toronto from 1988-2004, is currently living on Vancouver Island and soon to embark upon the study of law at University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law.

Don and Phil met as teacher and student at the Banff Centre in 1982. Their duo performances are notable for their telepathy, melodic clarity, sophisticated harmonic approach and the obvious respect and joy that they share with each other. Between them they have appeared on over a dozen Juno Award winning recordings.

This is truly a meeting of two supremely gifted musical minds. After a 30 year relationship their first duo recording, Look For The Silver Lining, is now available on the Triplet Records label.

Bios
 
As a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pianist, and educator, Canadian musician Phil Dwyer is recognized as a master of his craft. Among over 100 recordings he has appeared on Juno Award winning releases with Guido Basso, Joe Sealy, Terry Clarke, Don Thompson, Molly Johnson, Hugh Fraser, and the Phil Dwyer/Dave Young Quartet. For 15 years Phil was a successful session player, and a regular performer Toronto’s top jazz clubs, where he appeared with jazz giants Kenny Wheeler, Red Rodney, Tom Harrell, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave, Alain Caron, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Joe Labarbera, Ingrid Jensen, Rodney Whitaker and many others. He was also an ‘in demand’ arranger, musical director, composer and performer for CBC Radio Music, appearing regularly on national broadcasts, and as m/d of a groundbreaking 3 hour live broadcast from post-Katrina New Orleans. In addition to regular touring in Canada he has been active internationally, in Europe, Asia, Mexico, and South America.

A resident of his native Vancouver Island since 2004 Phil remains busy as a performer and as a composer and arranger for concert and recording projects. This includes orchestral projects with Sarah Slean and the CBC Orchestra, big band work with Hard Rubber Orchestra, chamber music for the Gryphon Trio, and several projects with the Art Of Time Ensemble, of which he is a founding member. Phil was twice named “arranger of the year” at the National Jazz Awards. His most recent project, an ambitious 40 minute work called “Changing Seasons” was a piece written for violin virtuoso Mark Fewer, along with jazz orchestra and string orchestra. It received it’s successful premiere at McGill University in late 2010, and plans are currently underway for a studio recording.

Donald Thompson was born in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada on January 18th 1940. He lived in Vancouver from 1960 to 1965 working as a freelance musician primarily on bass. He appeared with groups led by some of Vancouver's finest musicians such as Dave Robbins, Chris Gage, and Fraser McPherson, as well as leading his own groups. He also appeared regularly on CBC Radio and Television as a featured artist and band leader. In 1965 he joined the now legendary John Handy Quintet and moved to San Francisco for a two year stay. During that time the Handy Quintet performed extensively throughout the United States and recorded two albums for the Columbia label. One of these, John Handy live at the Monterey Jazz Festival, became one of the most popular jazz albums of the 1960s. (Now available on CD). Whilst in San Francisco Don also worked with Frank Rosolino, Maynard Ferguson, Denny Zeitlin, and George Duke.

He returned to Canada in 1967 and has been a resident of Toronto since 1969. In that year he joined Rob McConnell's Boss Brass as a percussionist, switching to bass in 1971 and later to piano 1987 - 1993). He was also a member of Moe Koffman's group from 1970 to 1979 as pianist or bassist, contributing arrangements and compositions and working as co-producer with Koffman on two albums -Museum Pieces and Looking Up. He also worked extensively with guitarists Ed Bickert, Lenny Breau and Sonny Greenwich while keeping busy with his own various projects.

As a member of the house rhythm section at Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club he worked (and recorded *) with such Jazz Celebrities as Paul Desmond *, Jim Hall *, Milt Jackson *, Art Farmer, James Moody, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry, Harry Edison, Frank Rosolino *, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz and Abbey Lincoln, and appeared at other venues with Sarah Vaughan, Red Rodney, Joe Henderson, Dewey Redman, Red Mitchell, Sheila Jordan, and Kenny Wheeler.

He became a member of guitarist Jim Hall's trio in 1974 traveling to Europe and Japan as well as touring the United States and Canada. In 1982 he joined pianist George Shearing and stayed for a five year period during which he appeared at virtually every major jazz club and festival in the United States. Their travels also included tours of Great Britain and two trips to Brazil.

In 1996 he was artist in residence at the Royal Academy of Music, London, England, and performed in a concert of all - Canadian music with fellow Canadians Kenny Wheeler and Hugh Fraser. He teaches regularly at The Banff Centre along with other major international musicians.

Don is currently working as a freelance musician, teacher, member of the band JMOG and as leader of his own Quartet. He is equally at home on vibes, piano, bass and drums, and is a reliable and trusted sound engineer (has his own studio in his home).


The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen
Saturday February 22, 2014 at 8 pm
$20;$15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Programme

Papillons, Op. 2 – Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
 
Prelude (from Prelude and Fugue) – Jocelyn Morlock (b.1961)
Saturn: Study in White – Jeffrey Ryan  (b.1962)
The Moon Thinned to a Thread – Fredrik Yamashita (b. 1975)
L’isle joyeuse – Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
                                                                         
Intermission
 
Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 – Sergei Rachmaninov   (1873 - 1943)
        
         No. 1 in C major
         No. 2 in B-flat minor
         No. 3 in E major
         No. 4 in E minor
         No. 5 in G major
         No. 6 in F minor
         No. 7 in F major
         No. 8 in A minor
         No. 9 in A major
         No. 10 in B minor
         No. 11 in B major
         No. 12 in G-sharp minor
         No. 13 in D-flat major

Bio

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 Lavigne, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen 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 Hagen’s current season include and a Pro’ject Sound performance in Saint John featuring New Brunswick photographers, Brahms’ Horn Trio in Chicago with Oto Carrillo and Rachel Barton Pine, and a Haydn cycle in her Vancouver studio featuring all 62 sonatas.  

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 and Christine Purvis. Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.

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

www.sarahhagen.com

“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


Thin Edge New Music Collective presents:
Through Closed Doors

Friday February 21, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 students/seniors/arts workers


Through Closed Doors is both the namesake of our 3rd concert of the season and the title of a new work by Vancouver-based composer Anna Pidgorna for two violins and antique wooden door. Featuring a wide array of Canadian composers ranging from emerging to established, Through Closed Doors will also include the premiere of a new work by Anna Höstman and performances of compositions by Ana Sokolovic and Brian Harman.

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

The Thin Edge New Music Collective (TENMC) was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 8 additional performers and 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. 


Break, Blow, Burn
Aaron Hodgson, trumpet

Wednesday February 19 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students


The title of this concert, quoting John Donne, evokes what great art can do to us: it batters us, breaks and burns us, enthralls us, ravishes us and ultimately makes us new. The raw power of brass meets cello and percussion in this program of exciting new music.

Featuring Sonya Nanos, cello, Jill Ball, percussion and the Reverb Brass

Reverb Brass

Aaron Hodgson and Luise Heyerhoff, trumpet
Micajah Sturgess, horn
Charles Benaroya, trombone
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba

Reverb Brass is a virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to exciting performances of fascinating repertoire. Their repertoire includes cutting-edge contemporary works by composers such as Anders Hillborg and Elliott Carter alongside lesser-known works from all eras of musical composition. Their mission is to engage audiences through creative programming, alternative venues and new technologies. Based in southwestern Ontario, the group's members enjoy active careers as performers and pedagogues.
 
Programme

Huang Ruo Wind blows...
 
Brandon Ridenour Trumpet and Djembe (own commission, Canadian premiere)
 
Osvaldo Golijov Mariel for cello and marimba
 
Riho Esko Maimets New Commission for trumpet, cello and percussion (premiere)
 
intermission
 
Witold Lutoslawski Mini Overture
 
Anders Hillborg Brass Quintet
 
Elliott Carter A Fantasy on Purcell's Fantasia on One Note
 
Joakim Agnas Tango

Bio

Aaron Hodgson is one of Canada's most remarkable young trumpeters, praised for his “exquisite musicianship and assured composure” (International Trumpet Guild) and his “outstanding lyrical trumpet playing” (Hartford Courant). A prize-winner in the Ellsworth Smith and OSM Standard Life Competitions, Aaron has been broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2 and featured as a concerto soloist at Canada's National Arts Centre. His extensive orchestral experience includes performances led by Neeme Jarvi, Sir Neville Marriner and Helmuth Rilling.  He can be heard on Naxos and Analekta records as principal trumpet for recordings of Bach's Magnificat, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and the complete symphonies of Beethoven and Brahms.

Committed to expanding the trumpet's capabilities, Aaron is a founding member of the Reveille Trumpet Collective.  Reveille has presented engaging multimedia performances worldwide and commissioned many new works for trumpet.  Aaron holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Yale University, and he currently teaches at Western University.

A recipient of the Kananoff Foundation Scholarship and the Williams & Sons Cello Scholarship, Sonya Nanos is now residing in Ontario after completing two Banff residencies this past academic year.

Sonya has attended festivals including the Meadowmount School and Domaine Forget. She has performed as principal cellist of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Orchestre de la Francophonie and worked with conductors including Peter Oundjian, Zubin Mehta and Leon Fleisher. As a member of the Magellan Trio, she won the grand prize in the Glenn Gould School's chamber music competition.

Sonya Nanos has an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School and a Bachelor of Music from McGill University. Her teachers include John Kadz, David Hetherington and Matt Haimovitz.


TOKAI STRING QUARTET
Amanda Goodburn, violin, Csaba Koczo, violin, 
Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron, cello, Carolyn Blackwell, viola

Wednesday  February 12 at 8 pm
All Tickets $20

Programme

Carlo Gesualdo – Transcriptions

Leoš Janáek – String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer Sonata”

*interval*

Franz Schubert – String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the
Maiden”

Praised for their “emotional investment” and “decisive” interpretations (Toronto Star) and “intense” and “hot-blooded” performances (Globe and Mail), the Tokai Quartet is one of Canada’s leading string quartets. In September 2007, the quartet became prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the first Canadian group to do so since 1992. The vibrancy that this exciting young ensemble brings to their performances is gaining them enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and has earned the Tokai Quartet a growing demand for performances at concert series across the country.

The Tokai Quartet had its beginnings in 2002 at the University of Toronto where the Quartet benefited from the guidance of the late Lorand Fenyves. The members of the St. Lawrence Quartet have also been significant mentors to the Tokai Quartet, their Summer Music Seminars at Stanford University being a source of inspiration and instruction. The Tokai Quartet has also studied with the Emerson, Ying, Orion, and Leipzig Quartets, with Scott St. John and with Henk Guittart of the Schoenberg Quartet, Mayumi Seiler, Terence Helmer, Ian Swensen, and Roberto Diaz.

The commitment and generosity of their teachers is passed on by the Tokai Quartet in their own flourishing teaching career, which began at the University of Toronto when the Quartet was invited back to give masterclasses. The Tokai Quartet has been ensemble-in-residence at Queen’s University in Kingston, the Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, and Music at Port Milford, where intensive schedules saw them coaching numerous ensembles, giving masterclasses and performing. In 2010 they participated in the SLSQ Emerging String Quartet Program performing and teaching at the Stanford University as well as participating in outreach activities at numerous schools and other venues.

Audiences have seen the Tokai Quartet perform across Canada at various music festivals including The Toronto Summer Music Festival the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, The Concerts aux Îles du Bic Chamber Music Festival in Quebec. They also performed an extensive concert tour of Atlantic Canada in March 2007 awarded by Debut Atlantic.

The accomplishments of this gifted ensemble have earned the Tokai Quartet some impressive accolades. In 2003 they were recipients of the Felix Galimir Award and the following year the Tokai Quartet went on to receive the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation Award, which has facilitated their participation in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and at the Stanford Summer Music Festival. They were further distinguished by the award of a Debut concert presented by the Frederick Gaviller Music Foundation, which took place in April 2005.  The Quartet was a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council grant in support of their multimedia children’s production of the Snow Queen, with award winning actor Alon Nashman. This production was nominated for a Dora award, and has been presented in Banff and also in Toronto for three consecutive years.


The Ton Beau String Quartet
Sunday February 9, 2014 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 the String Quartet No. 2 of Laura Silberberg and Franz Joseph Haydn's Op 33 No 3.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.


Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble 
CD release - "In the Current"
Saturday February 8, 2014 at 8 PM
$30 Adult with CD;  $20 Students with CD; $20 Adult; $10 Student

“As gifted a composer as he is a bassist." - International Society of Bassists

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

“Emotionally direct, profoundly lyrical bass work." - The Whole Note

The Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble is an 11-piece jazz group featuring a unique configuration of many of Toronto’s most outstanding musicians. Led by one of Canada's foremost bassists and composers, the group showcases Mike's outstanding melodic and textural compositional approach that takes full advantage of the timbral possibilities of the ensemble. If Gil Evans, Gunther Schuller and others were creating "third stream" music that fused elements of Western art music with jazz in the 1950s, then Mike is taking us into 2014 with music that "emanates from all the experiences in my life and from the many tributaries that have converged into the collective stream of music." (from In the Current liner notes).
 
In the Current began as a suite written for a master's thesis at York University. Mike received a composition award from the Toronto Arts Council to composer further material for the group. Following that, it was chosen as one of three Toronto Downtown Jazz Special Projects for 2012. With the help of a Canada Council of the Arts Production Grant the group recorded In the Current in two short days in the ambient space of Gallery 345. To celebrate the release of In the Current on Addo Records the ensemble will be performing in the same beautiful space.

Mike Downes Parallel Streams Ensemble:


 
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
 
Mike Downes 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 five recordings as a leader (Forces, Then The Winds of Change, Ripple Effect and In the Current). Mike has composed and arranged music for a wide variety of settings, including orchestral, string and jazz settings. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto.
 
For more information: www.mikedownes.com   

                                            


The Art of the Piano: David Virelles
Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Recently named one of four young pianists on the rise by the New York Times, Cuban born pianist and composer David Virelles grew up in a musical home. He started studying classical music at the age of seven, as well as being exposed to the large array of Cuban musical expressions. 
 
In 2001, he left for Canada as a protégé of Canadian musician Jane Bunnett, with whom he toured and recorded several albums. David graduated from the music program at Humber College, where he became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson prize, presented by Peterson personally. He has studied with pianist Barry Harris and with the influential composer Henry Threadgill, which has had a profound impact in Virelles’ artistry.
 
Over the years he has performed and/or recorded with: Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Stanley Cowell, Mark Turner, Paul Motian, Jon Hendricks, Wadada Leo Smith, Milford Graves, Sam Rivers, David Binney, among others. His debut album, Motion, was released in 2007 after winning the Grand Prix de Jazz Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival that year.
 
David Virelles’ group is named Continuum (featuring bassist Ben Street, legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille, percussionist Román Díaz and painter Alberto Lescay) which released an album in 2012 on the Pi Recordings label to wide critical acclaim worlwide. 

"The young Cuban-American pianist, already an MVP sideman to iconoclastic leaders like Henry Threadgill and Steve Coleman, offered an ambitious, assured debut album, saturated with poise, proficiency and duende.”  – #3 - Time Out New York albums of the year
 
“This is my jazz artist of the year. He’s another amazing Cuban pianist and mixes old rumba mystique with free jazz.” – Gilles Peterson Jazz artist of the year
 
“This young Cuban pianist’s new album, “Continuum” (Pi Recordings), moves backward, forward and sideways through history. Intuitive and original, it’s equally of the American experimental jazz tradition, Afro-Cuban religious culture and modern non-jazz composition. It’s got nerve and soul and memory.” – Ben Ratliff, New York Times, no.1 Album of 2012


DUO PIFA: SYBIL SHANAHAN, cello & CAITLIN BROMS-JACOBS, oboes with special guest, PHILIP CHIU, piano
Thursday February 6, 2014 at 8 PM
$20;  $10 Students

Programme
Stolen Moments: Music arranged for the oboe family of instruments and cello.
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasilieras No. 6  arranged for Oboe and Cello
Mozart, Sonata K. 292 transcribed for Bass Oboe and Cello
Bartok, Hungarian Peasant Suite arranged for Oboe d'Amore and Cello
Passacaglia Handel-Halvorsen                                   
Piazzolla, Ave Maria
Hatzis, Byzantium (Oboe and Electronics)                                                 
Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango – Tango Café 1930            
Poulenc, Trio FP 43

Bios

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 most recent addition to Ensemble Vivant, “Canada's chamber music treasure.” (Toronto Star) She will also shortly be releasing her debut CD of several previously unrecorded French Romantic cello duos with Coenraad Bloemendal. 

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.  Similarly in Canada, Sybil performs concerts, and gives masterclasses through Euterpe, an organization whose mandate is to provide highest calibre live music to students who would otherwise not normally get to experience it.  She also enjoys both composing and arranging music for cello students and professional ensembles, and her genre diverse work has been featured on several recordings for songwriters, bands and film scores. Strongly interested in classical contemporary music, 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. 

Sybil holds a Master’s Degree from the class of cello soloist Patrick Demenga in Lausanne, Switzerland.  She received her undergraduate degree in performance 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.”

Described as “a delightfully musical player, with elegant tone and delivery” (Winnipeg Free Press), Caitlin Broms-Jacobs is now in her fifth season as principal oboist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.  Caitlin enjoys a wide-ranging career of chamber music, recital, orchestral, and solo performances, and performs frequently across Canada.  Recent highlights include a concerto performance with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and recording with renowned bass-baritone Victor Engbrecht. Caitlin has served as guest principal oboist of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and was formerly principal oboist of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.  She has played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra and the New World Symphony.  Caitlin has been featured in Winnipeg’s Groundswell new music series and can be heard broadcast on CBC radio 2.

Caitlin has participated in several music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s Young Artist Program, masterclasses at the Banff Centre and at Domaine Forget, and is an alumni of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.  Caitlin has, as principal oboist, performed with numerous conductors including Simon Streatfeild, Nello Santi, Yakov Kreizberg, Jun Markl, and Valery Gergiev.

A native of Toronto, Caitlin studied with Keith Atkinson at the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Young Artists Performance Academy.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Richard Killmer. She furthered her musical education with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal oboist Eugene Izotov.  Caitlin is the Artistic Director of the Liberty Village New Artist Series, which presents concerts featuring young Canadian musicians. 


More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.

“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.” - La Presse

““Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
The Gazette (Montréal)

An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He recently recorded a disc of Schubert duos (XXI) with Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, and has toured with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, with whom he appears regularly.  Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he also forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).

2013/2014 highlights include chamber music with James Ehnes as part of his residency at l’OSM, a Debut Atlantic tour with Carissa Klopoushak, as well as a ten-city tour of British Columbia with the Fung-Chiu Duo. He is also excited to be inaugurating the first season for his piano trio, The Pullman Trio, touring a solo program which commemorates composers affected by war, as well as recording a second album for the Fung-Chiu Duo.

Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist­/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor­-accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.

Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits.  He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio­-Canada.


NYX STRING QUARTET
Sunday February 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.
tickets $20 /$15 seniors /$10 students

Luri Lee, Violin
Terri Croft, Violin
Hezekiah Leung, Viola
Jonathan Lo, Cello

Programme
The Nyx String Quartet presents a diverse concert of the three B’s, Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok! The concert will feature Beethoven’s Opus 18, no. 3, an early, curious work of Beethoven’s in which he explores the resources of the string quartet. Alongside Beethoven will be Brahms’s heartfelt A minor String Quartet, Op. 51, no. 2, as well as Bartok’s Fourth String Quartet. It will be a wonderful afternoon of contrasts, and is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy! Please join us, we would love to see you there!

Bio
Recently formed in Toronto by recent graduates of the Juilliard School, Cleveland Institute of Music and Glenn Gould School, Nyx Quartet has attended the Banff Chamber Residency and will attend the 9th Annual Yehudi Menuhin Festival and Seminar in the spring. They have received coaching from Mark Steinberg, Donald Weilerstein, Alastair Tait, Bonnie Hampton, Geoff Nuttall, Mark Kaplan, Barry Shiffman and Steven Dann. Its members have won prizes such as the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award, Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Prize and Eastman Chamber Music Honors Prize, and have performed chamber music alongside Barry Shiffman, Steven Dann, Andres Diaz, Jamie Parker, Maria Lamdros, Michael Kannen, Jean- Michel Fonteneau and Robert Levin among others. 

The quartet’s name comes from the Greek goddess of night who was also a figure of remarkable beauty and power.


Ugly Beauties Trio: Least Squares Fit 
Saturday February 1, 2014 at 8 p.m.
tickets $20 /$15 seniors /$10 students

Benjamin Boles NOW MAGAZINE
….the album is .. about the interplay between the musicians and their effortless improvising. They’re all creative players, and at moments they whip up such a storm of strange textures and tones that you forget you’re listening to just three acoustic instruments. Happily, those experimental tendencies are offset by strong compositions and melodies, so they never descend into the tuneless racket some associate with improvised music.

Marilyn Lerner-piano

Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically-charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches.
Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her musical career has been marked by a deep exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music.  Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, and Steve Lacy.A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes Live in Madrid, (Cadence records) with New York based Ken Filiano-bass and Lou Grassi-drums, Ugly Beauties Trio with Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums.  She also records, tours and performs with the Dutch based avant-garde Ig Henneman Sextet , with Axel Dörner, Wilbert de Joode, Lori Freedman and Ab Baars.
 
Matt Brubeck(cello) is a JUNO award-winning performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories (including Tom Waits, Yo-Yo Ma, PamelaZ, and many others.) In addition to his work with Ugly Beauties, Matt’s ongoing projects include the highly eclectic Stretch Orchestra, and cello/piano duo Brubeck Braid. In his solo work, Matt explores the reach of contemporary cello performance, placing various musical traditions in dialogue with each other to reveal a broad continuum of influences. Matt is on the music faculty at York University and Humber College, where he teaches strings, improvisation, composition, and leads various ensembles. Yes, he is the tallest son of Dave. For more information you may visit www.mattbrubeck.com.
  
Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. A Juno Award winner, his recorded works include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013). Nick has performed with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music and is a member of Drumheller, The Lina Allemano Four, Ugly Beauties and Peripheral Vision. He has collaborated with many international luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, David Binney, and Donny McCaslin.           

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


CONTRASTS
Emily Rho, piano, Aaron Schwebel, violin and James Shields, clarinet, Rory McLeod, viola
Friday January 31 2014 at 7:30 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Programme

W. A. Mozart Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E Flat (K 498)
David McIntyre Butterflies and Bobcats for solo piano
–Intermission –
Bela Bartok Contrasts for violin, clarinet, and piano
 
Bios
 
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. She is a winner of numerous awards, including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2011, and both the first and second prize at The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition in 2010, 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 Centre from 2011 – 2012, a position much coveted by pianists from all over the world. She has performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Roberto Diaz, Elizabeth Walllfisch, Ian Swensen, Mark Fewer, Laura Samuel, and Steven Dann.
 
Emily started her lessons at the age of three with her mother. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Emily holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, where she studied with John Perry and David Louie and received the Dean’s Scholarship. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music in piano performance at University of Toronto under the guidance of Marietta Orlov.
 
When away from the piano, Emily loves to read and practice Bikram yoga.


 
James Shields, an active chamber and orchestral musician, is currently the principal clarinetist of both the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Ontario and the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School (B.M. 2006, Clarinet Performance), where he studied with Ricardo Morales, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic.  He has appeared as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, and the Chatter Chamber Ensemble, and has performed as principal clarinet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, the Astoria Music Festival (Astoria, OR), and Santa Fe Pro Musica.  James is co-artistic director of Chatter, a New Mexico based chamber music organization that presents up to 65 concerts annually.  In the summer of 2010 he received a masters degree in Composition from the University of New Mexico, and has had his works performed at the Juilliard School and by the Chatter chamber ensemble.
 

Recently named Assistant Principal Second Violin of the National Ballet Orchestra, Aaron Schwebel enjoys an active and varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He plays regularly as an extra with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
 
Aaron had his first solo concerto performance with Toronto Symphony Orchestra at 17, and has since performed with the Sinfonia Lanaudiere and the McGill Symphony Orchestra. Upon graduation from McGill, Aaron became the fourth winner of the Schulich School of Music’s coveted Golden Violin Award.
 
As a member of McGill’s Roddick String Quartet, Aaron represented Canada at the 2009 London International String Quartet Competition and was featured on CBC’s Next! Series. Aaron also played with the Kuttner Quartet, the student string quartet in residence at Indiana University. In this capacity, he had the opportunity to perform chamber music with Atar Arad and Joshua Bell throughout the 2011-12 season.
 
Devoted to music outreach, Aaron is a co-founder of Chamber Music Without Borders (co-director 2008-2010), a student-run outreach initiative that presents concerts and musical events in the Montreal community. Founded in 2008, CMWB presents over 40 free concerts per year in the Montreal area and continues to function as a self-sustainable volunteer organization under the leadership of McGill students.
 
Mr. Schwebel holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he studied with Jonathan Crow. He completed his graduate studies with Mauricio Fuks at Indiana University.
 
Aaron Schwebel, Violin
Assistant Principal Second Violin, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra.
Former member, Roddick String Quartet and Kuttner String Quartet.
Winner, Golden Violin Award (McGill University’ Schulich School of Music).
Solo performances with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, McGill Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Lanaudiere.
Co-Director, Chamber Music Without Borders (Montreal)

Violist Rory McLeod recently made his debut with The Smithsonian Chamber
Players in Washington, D.C, playing works by Dvorak and Bruckner on a 1663
viola made by Nicolo Amati. He was assistant principal violist of Symphony
Nova Scotia from 2010-12, during which time he was selected as one of
Halifax’s _Top 20 20-Somethings _by The Chronicle Herald. Now based in
Toronto, Mr. McLeod regularly plays as an extra with The Canadian Opera
Company Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, The
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Group of 27. He has performed chamber
music at The SweetWater Festival, The Toronto Summer Music Festival, The
Mendelssohn on Mull Festival, and Le Domaine Forget. Rory is the founder
and Artistic Director of Pocket Concerts, a Toronto-based organization that
presents high-quality chamber music concerts in people’s living rooms.

For more information, please visit www.pocketconcerts.ca.


Frederic Lacroix, piano & Christian Vachon, violin 
Thursday  January 30, 2014 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Programme

On this current tour of Ontario, Lacroix and Vachon will be playing sonatas composed by J.S. Bach, Guillaume Lekeu, Leos Janacek and Johannes Brahms.

Frédéric Lacroix and Christian Vachon have collaborated in a wide variety of chamber music ensembles, performing in Canada, the United States and Taiwan in a vast repertoire ranging from the baroque period to contemporary works, both on modern instruments and period instruments. Highlights for the 2013-2014 season include a tour of Ontario and a recording of the Franck and Lekeu sonatas for Centaur Records. They have also been appointed Artistic Directors of the OPUS Concerts, in Ottawa. 

Frédéric Lacroix, piano

Frédéric Lacroix has performed in concert in Canada, the United States and Taiwan, and has appeared as a soloist with the symphony orchestras of Ottawa, Albany and Cape Cod, the Cornell University Chamber Orchestra, the Fusions Ensemble and the Syracuse New Music Society. He has been recorded many times by the SRC and the CBC as well as the NPR (United States). He has had the privilege of collaborating with several composers and musicians for the World Premieres of numerous works by Canadian and American composers. One of Frédéric’s song cycles for voice and piano, Nova Scotia Tartan (2004), is featured on an album devoted to Canadian lyrical works. He is highly in demand as an artist and collaborator, professor and composer and he currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Marc Durand, Cynthia Floyd and Andrew Tunis, he has recently completed his requirements for a Doctorate in Music at Cornell University, where he studies performance on period instruments with Malcolm Bilson. For his work on period performance, Frédéric was awarded the “Performing Scholar” of the Westfield Centre in 2008-2009.


Christian Vachon, violin

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Christian began violin studies at the age of nine in North Bay (Ontario, Canada) with Nurhan Arman. He then studied with Mauricio Fuks at the McGill University Conservatory of Music and later completed a Bachelor’s degree in music with Calvin Sieb at the University of Ottawa. A winner of the University of Ottawa Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, he was also awarded the University’s Silver Medal in recognition of his high academic standing upon graduation. He then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts with Martin Beaver at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. During his doctoral studies, he was the Graduate Assistant of the Chamber Music Department. He studied chamber music with Martin Beaver, Manuel Barrueco, Robert MacDonald, Marian Hahn, and members of the Peabody Trio. He wrote his thesis on the Sonatas for Solo Violin by Eugène Ysaÿe. Upon graduating, he was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society in the United States and also awarded two fellowships to assist in the inaugural year of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore. Later, Christian taught violin and chamber music at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, and he continues to give masterclasses and guest chamber music coachings. He has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra leader throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, Austria, Spain, Taiwan and Singapore, and has been featured in broadcasts by the CBC and SRC. Since 2009, he is also a member of the tango nuevo quintet Norteño, an ensemble specializing in the music of Astor Piazzolla featuring its original instrumentation. Highlights among Christian’s recent performances include concerts at the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Orford International Music Festival, the Opening of Bourgie Hall in Montréal, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, the Concerts Ponticello and the NUMUS Concerts.


The Art of the Piano: Rustem Hayroudinoff
Thursday January 23, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Programme
* JS Bach: French Overture
* Chopin: Waltz op. 42 in A-flat major
* Chopin: Mazurkas op. 17 No. 4 & op. 63 No. 3
* Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 op. 39
* Rachmaninoff: Etude-Tableau op. 39 No. 5 in E-flat minor
* Preludes op. 23 Nos 4 in D major, 5 in G minor, 6 in E-flat major, 7 in C minor
* Balakirev: Oriental Fantasy "Islamey"


Bio

Described by Lazar Berman as “a serious artist and master, whose emergence in today’s
atmosphere of pseudo-artistic and shallow music-making is especially valuable and
welcome”, Rustem Hayroudinoff has performed to great critical acclaim in Japan, USA,
Canada, his native Russia and Europe. In the UK he has appeared in major concert
venues including Leeds Town Hall, the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall and
Wigmore Hall. More recently, he has performed Beethoven’s Emperor with the Czech
Philharmonic under the baton of Marin Alsop, went on a tour of the UK with the Czech
National Symphony Orchestra performing the Rachmaninoff 3rd Concerto and gave recitals
at the American Shakespeare Centre and St John’s Smith Square. Following the success
of his collaboration with the Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their
chamber music series in London and Munich, he was immediately re-engaged to appear
as a soloist with the LPO in the autumn of 2013.
 
There is a unique quality to Hayroudinoff’s performances. He is a very charismatic
communicator, who demystifies the world of classical music by engaging his audience in
light and informative rhetoric about the pieces he performs. As a result, his audience are
deeply affected and often comment about the huge difference his oration has made to their
listening. His direct approach and informal style of delivery, reminiscent of both Leonard
Bernstein and Frank Sinatra, is perfect for younger audiences.
 
Hayroudinoff has recorded for NAMI Records (Japan), Decca and Chandos. His
recordings of Shostakovich’s Theatre Music and the Dvorak Piano Concerto with the BBC
Philharmonic were greeted with universal acclaim, garnering praise such as “dazzling
and… electrically compelling” (Gramophone) and “utterly magical” (Classic FM) and were
selected amongst the Best CDs of the Year by BBC Music and the Gramophone
magazines respectively. His CD of the Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes was selected by
Classic FM Magazine as part of the ‘four discs essential Rachmaninoff collection’,
alongside the recordings of Arthur Rubinstein and Andre Previn, and the recording of the
Complete Etudes-Tableaux by Rachmaninoff was hailed as “benchmark recording”,
became the Instrumental Choice of the Month with the BBC Music Magazine and was
nominated for the Best Instrumental CD of the Year Award. It was also selected as the
finest version of these pieces on BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library.
 
Amongst the orchestras Hayroudinoff has performed with are the Osaka Century
Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, BBC
Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and London Philharmonic. After his debut with the
latter in Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto The Independent wrote: “The piano soloist
was a sensationally gifted pianist from Russia Rustem Hayroudinoff. What a performance
this was, demonstrating the emotional range of this wonderful work, full of mercurial
brilliance, impassioned melody and breathtaking virtuosity.”
 
His performances have been broadcast on most major classical radio stations around the
world. He has appeared in the documentary “The Unknown Shostakovich” alongside
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev and Maxim Shostakovich.
 
Rustem Hayroudinoff studied with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory and with
Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is now one of the youngest
Professors of piano.


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