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Music for Cello and Voice

Monday December 7, 2015 at 8 pm
General Admission $15 / $10
Students

An evening featuring original compositions by Hugo Harmens and Jeremy Bellavitti. Alex Samaras, vocals, Wendy Solomon, cello, special guest Tiffany Hanus.

Wendy Solomon, cello

Wendy has been a featured recitalist in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Winner of the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition, and 1992 Toronto Heliconian Young Artist of the Year, she has also won several Canada Council Grants.   Wendy has played with numerous orchestras and is also a busy studio musician, recording for film, commercials and for many solo artists in a wide variety of styles--including a feature on Natalie McMaster’s live Celtic Colours DVD. 

As well as being cellist and arranger with BOWFIRE, she has also acted as co-producer on several recordings. She is a founding member and composer/arranger for the cello quartet LUSH. (www.lushcellos.com)

Jeremy Bellaviti, composer

Jeremy is a Toronto based cellist, guitarist and composer. Born in Calgary in 1977, he grew up in Italy and later moved to Canada where he attended the Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in guitar. He continued to study privately with renowned musicians Rob Piltch (guitar) and Shauna Rolston (cello). Immersed in composition for over 15 years, he has also studied with University of Toronto Professor Chan Ka Nin. Jeremy's recent commission, Submerge for solo cello and choir was performed in June 2015 by Toronto's Jubilate Singers, featuring cellist Wendy Solomon.

Alex Samaras, voice

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America's leading singers in the jazz and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk, Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson, Zac Brown Band and a number of other notable performing artists. Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions. He performs in well known Canadian groups such as A Sondheim Jazz Project and Twin Within. Both groups have released records to critical acclaim and you can find more about them at their websites.

Alex teaches singing in the jazz departments at The University of Toronto and Humber College as well as Jazz Works music camp and National Music Camp. He is also the proud conductor of the PAL Chorale, a choir for seniors at the Performing Artists Lodge in Toronto.

Hugo Harmens

Hugo Harmens (1983) is a Norwegian composer who began his musical journey as a singer. As he progressed from performing written music to improvising and exploring the potential of the human voice, he gained an interest in composing music. His composition studies started in Kraków, Poland, where he spent a year studying with Maciej Jablonski and Wojciech Widlak. He went on to complete a Bachelor's degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) with teachers such as Robin de Raaff, Jan-Bas Bollen, Luc Brewaeys, and Paul van Brugge (jazz). Hugo Harmens tries to explore different paths as a composer, and improvisation continues to be an important part of his compositional process. He recently went on to do his Master's at McGill University, studying with Brian Cherney.

Tiffany Hanus

Tiffany Hanus is a Toronto-based musician. She studied RCM classical voice and piano with Jil Kelman (1997-2004) and attended Humber College on an academic scholarship, majoring in voice and graduating with a degree in Contemporary Music (2004-2008). While immersed in the Humber Jazz program she had the opportunity to study with Christine Duncan, Heather Bambrick and Trish Colter. Tiffany continues to study privately with renowned vocalist Shannon Gunn and composition teacher Roger Bergs. Tiffany teaches privately and performs regularly in the city including a monthly jazz gig at The Gate 403 and various Toronto venues with her original project, The Shraggs.


Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Saturday December 5, 2015 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students
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Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is an 18-piece big band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Chelsea McBride. The band is a collective of emerging & established Toronto musicians, including Brownman Ali and Colleen Allen. Described as “a fresh new voice on the Canadian jazz scene ” by saxophonist and composer Andy Ballantyne, the band has performed at major venues across the city, including sold-out shows at Rex Hotel and the mainstage at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. 

The Socialist Night School is a different sounding big band, drifting away from the typical swing charts in favour of a more contemporary sound. The Socialist Night School is influenced by artsy, everyday stuff like politics, nature, city living, but also by ECM-style jazz, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, and Darcy James Argue. Bandleader Chelsea McBride writes and arranges much of the music, but other band members get a chance to write and solo for the band – it is socialist after all. 

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School recently released their first self-titled EP. It can be listened to in full at the band’s Bandcamp page or purchased on iTunes.
www.facebook.com/socialistnightschool  www.crymmusic.com


The Art of the Piano: Teo Milea

Friday December 4, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

For 24 years, during which time he learned to read and play the music of his classical mentors, Teo Milea has searched within himself to raise improvisation to the rank of composition. His memories, stories, moments of agony and ecstasy were all comprised in his first piano album On white…and black keys, released in 2012.

The album revealed through seven songs as being a pianist and a composer belonging to two worlds: the world of classical music and the world of new music of the 21st century. His entire work is based on interpersonal relations, the moods and needs of modern society, passion and desire to conquer new soul territories not yet explored.

Since the release of his first album in 2012, he has performed his own compositions in his native country, Romania, but also in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, bringing dozens of colors to his audience through his music. The energy bursting out of his piano paints souls, fills emptiness, brings smiles.

Now, Teo Milea is paving the way for another premiere: his first piano recital in Toronto, with a brand new solo piano album, Open Minds.

“Through my music I met a new, honest world, smiling and with a radiating joy. I stepped into the world I had dreamed of and wished for, the world of open-minded people, the universe where fairy-tales are told through the voice of music. With Open Minds, my piano music enters a new dimension of sensitivity and perception; it is a call for tolerance, joy and friendship. My audience needs neither specialty studies, nor a musical lexicon to understand my compositions. My audience understands my message exactly and in real time, it doesn’t seek to decode subsequently what I tried to transmit in one hour of recital. My music is a targeted one, with instant effect. Music is a cure for the soul! (Teo Milea)

Teo Milea started to play the piano at 6 years old and graduated from the Music Faculty at the West University from Timisoara, Romania, in 2003. He worked as a répétiteur at the National College of the Arts at the Music Faculty and at the School of Arts in Timisoara.

Among those who helped him as a musician were masters Gabriel Amiras (Germany) and Arkady Sevidov (Russia).

At first it was classical music. He attended various national and international piano competitions for music lovers across the country and beyond, from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary or the United States. In 2010 he was invited by the Vienna State Opera to perform as part of the International Opera Festival in St. Margarethen, in “The Magic Flute” by W. Mozart. He also spent a good amount of time in Switzerland and Germany, where he performed in a duo-formula piano – panflute.

Official Website: teomilea.com
Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsRb5I5jT68
Live Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJgFYYk7-y8


COPLAND 2015: The Complete Works for Solo Piano

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
$25; $20 Seniors; $15 Students

Aaron Copland was a fine pianist: he premiered his own "Jazz" Piano Concerto in 1926.  As he continued to write for the instrument throughout his illustrious career, he increasingly turned to other pianists for the interpretation of his music.  On Wednesday, December 2nd, pianists Stephen Runge and Adam Sherkin present Copland's complete piano music in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the composer's death. This performance includes two intermissions and alternates large-scale and minor works in chronological order. Running time is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes, including both 20-minute intermissions.

Stephen Runge

Pianist Stephen Runge has been heard across Canada in recital, as chamber musician, and with orchestra and is demand across the country as teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Stephen came to national attention when he was awarded first prize in the piano category of the National Music Festival. Since then he has been the recipient of several important awards, including prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition, the C.F.M.T.A. National Piano Competition, the Roberto and Mary Wood Competition, the Shean Piano Competition, and the B.C. Young Artists' Piano Competition.

Dr. Runge enjoys performing lesser known repertoire and new works. In 2000, he gave the Canadian premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the University of Victoria Orchestra. Dr. Runge has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two and La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada. He has received special recognition for his frequent performances as chamber musician and art song collaborator, and is a founding member of the Beausejour Trio. He is currently undertaking a major recording project of the large works for solo piano by Robert Schumann. As a clinician, Dr. Runge has given workshops at provincial and national teaching conferences on topics such as effective practice methods, approaching piano technique holistically, and performance practices for Baroque and Classical music.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Stephen Runge studied with Janice Elliott-Denike before completing a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Piano Performance at the University of Victoria where he was a student of Dr. Robin Wood. Upon graduation from the University of Victoria, he was awarded the Victoria Medal and the Governor General’s Silver Medal as the top student in his class. He completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at l’Université de Montréal and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the direction of Marc Durand. He has also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Julian Martin of the Juilliard School, and has performed in master classes for artists such as Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, André Laplante, and John Perry. In the summer of 2005 he attended the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts as a Fellow where he performed in a variety of chamber and orchestral concerts. Stephen Runge completed his Doctorate of Music at l’Université de Montréal in April 2007. Dr. Runge taught at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before joining the Department of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2007, where he is currently Assistant Professor of Piano, Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Fellow, and the Director of Mount Allison Local Centre Examinations in Music.

www.stephenrunge.com

Adam Sherkin

Composer and pianist Adam Sherkin(MMus, BMus, AdvPerfDip, A.R.C.T.) is a dynamic and versatile musician who commands a multi-dimensional approach to performance and composition. A native of Toronto, Adam graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. His works have been premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Adam has appeared in performance at the Four Seasons Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, The St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, St Martin-in-the- Fields, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. Sherkin’s debut solo album, As At First, was released in November of 2012 on the Centrediscs label.

www.adamsherkin.com

www.coplandhouse.org


Westwood Concerts Presents: Beethoven Meets Fall and Beach

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
$30 regular / $15 students and seniors

Erika Nielsen, cello; Lisa Raposa Millar, piano; with Michael Westwood, clarinet

Please join us for another enjoyable evening of music in the beautiful and intimate Gallery 345 in Roncesvalles Village. Erika Nielsen and Lisa Raposa Millar, two very talented and passionate performers will entertain and enthrall with works for cello and piano from Spain, America, England and Germany by Manuel de Falla, Amy Beach, Frank Bridge, and Beethoven.

Erika Neilsen & Lisa Millar

Biographies

Erika Neilsen

Described as "a colorful cellist of many temperaments," Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a collaborative artist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator.  Her musicianship spans the classical tradition to contemporary and popular genres.  

In summer of 2015, Erika premiered a new Canadian music drama, The Bells of Baddeck at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and completed a tour of Canadian contemporary opera throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario, on bicycle, as a member of The Bicycle Opera Project.  She is a featured artist with Westwood Concerts, a chamber series at Gallery 345, who's 2015 season finale included Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

​ Erika worked as Principal Cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, where she headlined as concerto soloist, performed recitals, and was an instructor at the conservatory of music.  She performs with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario, and was a member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Association, and the Glenn Gould New Music Ensemble. 

Erika was also a selected fellow for the 2014 Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute.

Born in West Germany, Erika has performed at festivals such as the Banff Centre, Schloss Beuggen, Germany, Le Domaine Forget, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. She holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, as a student of David Hetherington, and is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston. She maintains a busy freelance career and private studio in Toronto, and also teaches at Havergal College.

Lisa Millar

New England native Lisa Raposa Millar is featured in a new audio recording of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art song with soprano Jenni Cook, scheduled for release in September. Currently freelancing in Toronto, Millar is a member of the piano accompanying staff at The Glenn Gould School and is listed in the Music Arts Management ArtsTie Directory of Teaching Artists.

Millar has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborator in Music on the Hill (RI), the Women in Music Festival (Eastman School of Music) and, with the Millar Piano Duo, on the Sunday Rendez-vous concert series at the Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre (QC). Musicians with whom she has performed include opera singer Diane Alexander, internationally-renowned tuba soloist James Gourlay, and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award. In 2010, she was honoured with The Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award (Category One Winner) at the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse.

After taking a short hiatus from performing, Michael Westwood is solidly back in Toronto’s music scene with his own chamber series, some high profile solo performances, a teaching degree, and is developing tour dates across Canada. He is much more than a clarinetist; he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries, and new music of the past few years. A tireless musician with a desire for constant renewal and inspiration, Michael founded a new chamber music series in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Westwood Concerts, to further share his unique programming and interest in a diverse range of music.

Michael Westwood

Michael WestwoodAfter taking a short hiatus from performing, Michael Westwood is solidly back in Toronto’s music scene with his own chamber series, some high profile solo performances, a teaching degree, and is developing tour dates across Canada. He is much more than a clarinetist; he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries, and new music of the past few years. A tireless musician with a desire for constant renewal and inspiration, Michael founded a new chamber music series in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Westwood Concerts, to further share his unique programming and interest in a diverse range of music.


Milena Mollova, piano, Mario Hossen, violin

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7 pm
General Admission: $25; Student/Seniors $15
Tickets available online at www.BulgarianArtsFestival.com; 416-587-3739, and at the door

www.milenamollova.net
www.mariohossen.com
www.BulgarianArtsFestival.com


R. MURRAY SCHAFER CD BENEFIT

Sunday November 8, 2015
Doors open @ 7:00

Reservations: 416.961.9594
Tickets are $100 ($150 for two)
Including admission, gourmet buffet and complimentary bar and a copy of the CD.

Celebrating the reissue of NMC’s historic recording of R. Murray Schafer’s theatrical work Loving/Toi on the Centrediscs label. 

I do hope you will join us for a very special event on Sunday November 8 at 7pm, courtesy of NMC president Edward Epstein and the members of our board of directors who will be providing the hospitality at Gallery 345. “Celebrating R. Murray Schafer” promises to be an evening of fun and surprises, with performances by excellent musicians, door prizes and raffles, displays of scores, books and memorabilia, and of course, fine food and drink. Mr. Schafer and his partner Eleanor James will be on hand for the festivities and there is bound to be some tall tale telling among the reminiscences.

The intent of the occasion is to raise funds for production costs of a Centrediscs re-issue of New Music Concerts’ historic recording of Schafer’s seminal bilingual music theatre piece Loving/Toi. Originally released as a Melbourne LP back in 1978 the studio recording was the culmination of a four city tour of performances in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. The singers were Mary Lou Fallis, Susan Gudgeon, Jean MacPhail and Kathy Terrell, with actors Trulie MacLeod and Gilles Savard and Robert Aitken conducting an ensemble of five strings, harp, keyboards, guitar/banjo, mandolin, accordion and no less than six percussionists. Long out of print we feel the re-issue is long overdue and we are seeking your help to fund it. Due for release early in the New Year, the Centrediscs CD will be distributed internationally by Naxos. Of course attendees will receive a copy when it is released.

Our event will feature some of Schafer’s rarely performed works – one will be receiving its first performance in more than 60 years! (perhaps ever, we can’t be sure) – as well as several favourites. Max Christie, David Hetherington and Gregory Oh are featured in Suite for clarinet, cello and piano (1954), Robert and Dianne Aitken will perform Flew Toots for Two Flutes (2004) written for Bob’s retirement concert at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, the disembodied head of soprano Brooke Dufton and accordionist extraordinaire Joseph Macerollo will present the magical La Testa d’Adriana from The Greatest Show (1977) and long-time member of Schafer’s Wolf Project Stuart Laughton will give a rare opportunity to hear the Departure Music from And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon (1996) normally only heard by the participants in an annual weeklong retreat in the wilds of the Haliburton Forest.

Tickets are $100 ($150 for two) and include admission, gourmet buffet and complimentary bar and a copy of the CD. As mentioned there will be raffles and items from Schafer’s catalog for sale, so bring you cheque book and help celebrate a good cause. A charitable receipt for income tax purposes will be issued for the allowable portion under CRA guidelines. Call 416.961.9594 for reservations. Tickets will also be available at the door. 


Jazz at Gallery 345: Workshop and Performance
Mike Downes, bass; Robi Botos, piano; Larnell Lewis, drums

Saturday November 7 2015 at 6 pm Workshop/7 pm Performance
$20 adults; $15 students

One of Canada’s finest trios will conduct a workshop in composition and rhythm for aspiring composers and players. They will follow this with a two set performance. Note the early start time.

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.

www.mikedownes.com

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

www.robibotos.com

Larnell Lewis is a Toronto born musician, composer, producer, educator and clinician. Often referred to as one of Canada’s most promising up and coming drummers, Lewis has been featured on the cover of Drums Etc, a national drumming magazine. Larnell has performed with various artists ranging from Fred Hammond, Lalah Hathaway, and Lisa Fischer, to Kellylee Evans, Molly Johnson, and Snarky Puppy. In addition to his work as a stage musician, Larnell is currently the acting Percussion Department Head at Humber College in the Faculty of Music. His sponsors are Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Hardware, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals.

www.larnelllewismusic.com


Musikk for Hardanger and Strings

Thursday November 5, 2015 at 8 pm
$25/$15 students

A night celebrating Norway's unique instrument, the hardanger fiddle.

Program

Rebekah Wolkstein, hardanger

Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene. 

In addition to the violin, Rebekah performs on the Norwegian nine string fiddle, the Hardanger fiddle. She studied traditional hardanger repertoire with famous hardanger performers, Leif Rygg, Sarah Nagall and Karin Loberg Code.

As a Classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with Russell Braun. 

Rebekah is a member of the Payadora Tango Ensemble. Payadora's performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro.

An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing in the styles of Folk, Klezmer, Pop, Latin, and Jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings.  She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith. Aside from her active performing career, Rebekah holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  As a dedicated educator, Rebekah teaches private lessons and ensembles out of her own studio and at Humber College.

Sarah Fraser Raff, violin

Sarah received her formative musical training in Japan. Studying under Koichiro Harada, who was a founding member and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet, she gained a Bachelorʼs degree in Music Performance from the prestigious Toho Gakuen Music School in Tokyo. She moved to Canada to continue her studies with the late Lorand Fenyves. She went on to attain a Master of Music in Performance from Toronto University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory.

Sarahʼs chamber music experience includes frequent concerts, workshops, recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts in North America, Europe, and Asia as a founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and principal violinist of CONTACT contemporary music ensemble.

As an active and versatile freelancer she has played with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry New Opera, Arraymusic Ensemble, and Soundstreams Canada. Sarah is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

Brandon Chui, viola

Canadian violist Brandon Chui joins the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra as assistant principal viola in September, 2015. A native Torontonian, he has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, appearing on such stages as Los Angeles' Disney Hall, New York's Avery Fischer Hall (Lincoln Center), Berlin's Konzerthaus, Lucerne's KKL, Zurich's Tonhalle, and the opera houses of Genova, Lyon and Versailles.  He has been heard on the CBC (Canada), DRS2 (Switzerland), NDR (Germany), RAI3 (Italy) and RSR (Switzerland) radio networks, working with many of today's most celebrated conductors, including Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck, Paavo Jarvi, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Gianandrea Noseda, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jaap van Zweden and many more.

Before joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Brandon played as an extra player in the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Orchestras and remains a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic, a position he has held since September 2007. He has served as principalviola at Italy's Centre for Operatic Studies, Switzerland's Verbier Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, guest principal viola at Orchestra London and is a regular mentor/principal at Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton.

Also active in the world of historical performance, Brandon is a regular on the concert stage with the Aradia Ensemble, Opera Atelier, Tafelmusik, Orchestre Atlantique in France, and can be seen frequently as principal viola of Kitchener-Waterloo's Note Bene Baroque Players.

Brandon lives in Toronto with his wife, photographer Melissa Sung, and always follows his other heart: the stomach.

Wendy Solomon, cello

Wendy has been a featured recitalist in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Winner of the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition, and 1992 Toronto Heliconian Young Artist of the Year, she has also won several Canada Council Grants.   Wendy has played with numerous orchestras and is also a busy studio musician, recording for film, commercials and for many solo artists in a wide variety of styles--including a feature on Natalie McMaster’s live Celtic Colours DVD. 

As well as being cellist and arranger with BOWFIRE, she has also acted as co-producer on several recordings. She is a founding member and composer/arranger for the cello quartet LUSH. (www.lushcellos.com)

Jeremy Bellaviti, composer

Jeremy is a Toronto based cellist, guitarist and composer. Born in Calgary in 1977, he grew up in Italy and later moved to Canada where he attended the Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in guitar. He continued to study privately with renowned musicians Rob Piltch (guitar) and Shauna Rolston (cello). Immersed in composition for over 15 years, he has also studied with University of Toronto Professor Chan Ka Nin. Jeremy's recent commission, Submerge for solo cello and choir was performed in June 2015 by Toronto's Jubilate Singers, featuring cellist Wendy Solomon.

Alex Samaras, voice

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America's leading singers in the jazz and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk, Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson, Zac Brown Band and a number of other notable performing artists. Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions. He performs in well known Canadian groups such as A Sondheim Jazz Project and Twin Within. Both groups have released records to critical acclaim and you can find more about them at their websites.

Alex teaches singing in the jazz departments at The University of Toronto and Humber College as well as Jazz Works music camp and National Music Camp. He is also the proud conductor of the PAL Chorale, a choir for seniors at the Performing Artists Lodge in Toronto.

GREX is Alex Samaras, Ghislain Aucoin, Robert Fowler, Ryan Brouwer, Sean Donald and Will Reid.


 

Fraser Jackson & Monique de Margerie and Friends

Monday November 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM
$20; $10 Students

TSO bassoonist and contrabassoonist Fraser Jackson teams up with pianist Monique de Margerie to present a program of chamber music for winds and piano, music that treads that fine line between art and entertainment. Does serious music have to be austere? Is beautiful music banal? Can a chamber concert leave you refreshed and recharged? What is art music anyway? The main work on the program is the magnificent Sextet for Piano and Winds by Francis Poulenc, a masterpiece for winds combining elements of French cabaret song, jazz, and art music in a lyrical and emotional tour de force. Joining Fraser and Monique are special guests Sibylle Marquardt (flute), Lief Mosbaugh (oboe), Dominic Desautels (clarinet), Christopher Gongos (horn), Sam Banks (bassoon) and Colin Ainsworth (tenor). Also featured will be works by HK Gruber, John Steinmetz, Claude Debussy, and Kenji Bunch.

Program:

* world première


Quintagious! presents: EVOLUTION!

Monday, October 26 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Through a thoughtfully-curated selection of diverse music, Quintagious! will explore the origins and development of the woodwind quintet. Starting with a fledgling quintet from 1802, the group will chart the genre’s progression through time with selections from Nielsen, Ligeti, and Paquito D’Rivera (among others!). As the instruments themselves grew more sophisticated so too did the music written for them.

French Hornist Iris Krizmanic is a consummate solo, chamber and orchestral player combining a healthy balance of wit, power and lyricism in her work. She recently won the Principal Horn position of the Windsor Symphony and also performs as Third Horn of the Niagara Symphony. She is also an active cellist and singer the latter of which is a talent she contributes frequently to the quintet.

An avid performer constantly seeking to expand the boundaries that define both classical and nonclassical music, Heather Macdonald is a Toronto-based oboist involved in a wide variety of projects. When not playing with Quintagious!, she can be found travelling to the far reaches of the North, where she plays principal oboe with the Sudbury Symphony and the North Bay Symphony. In between these endeavours, she is an active jazz and rock oboist and passionate yogini.

As a later addition to Quintagious!, Bassonist Kevin Harris offers his virtuosic flexibility and soloistic bravado to the low-pitched end of the ensemble. He has devoted a great deal of his music studies to exploring wind chamber music and so brought with him a wealth of knowledge about wind quintet repertoire, and a very substantial collection of standard, and not-so-familiar pieces, which the group has delved into enthusiastically. A graduate of the Glenn Gould School, Kevin has also performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Scarborough Philharmonic.

Flautist Lauren Yeomans is an active performer in the Toronto area providing bold and robust interpretations through a gentile instrument. She recently received her Master of Music from Rutgers University studying with Bart Feller, having previously studied at the Glenn Gould School with Kathleen Rudolph. Dedicated to life-long learning, Lauren in her off-time is typically found vigorously looking up new things and hypothesizing how it might apply to her next big music project.

Clarinetist Marc Blouin believes in a “dive-right-in” approach to music making (although he concedes that this mantra should never be taken literally). Over the past few years, he has played with orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, new music collectives, and even a twelve-piece folk rock outfit that wrote music about pirates. He’s very excited to be the newest member of Quintagious!


Payadora Tango Ensemble

Saturday, October 24 2015 at 8:00 pm
$20 / $15 Seniors & Students

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

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

Biographies

Rebekah Wolkstein, violin

Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene. As a Classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with Russell Braun.

An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing in the styles of Folk, Klezmer, Pop, Latin, and Jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings. She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith.

Aside from her active performing career, Rebekah holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a dedicated educator, Rebekah teaches private lessons and ensembles out of her own studio and at Humber College.

Branko Dzinovic, accordion

Branko was born in Sabac, Serbia, where he began accordion lessons at age seven. He graduated from Music Gymnasium in Kragujevac, and subsequently from the Faculty of Music. After earning his Master’s Degree in Linz (Austria) and teaching at the school of music for several years, he is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Joseph Macerollo.

Branko has participated in various artistic projects, such as “Phonart” supported by the European Union – not only active as a performer, Branko regularly collaborates with artists coming from different types of media. Up to now, he has composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films – “Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s pride”. As a soloist he performed in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, and other countries. Dzinovic has recorded for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and BBC. He is the winner of the 2013 DMA Recital Competition held at the University of Toronto.

www.brankodzinovic.com

Tom King, piano

Toronto-based pianist Tom King was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his post-secondary piano studies at the University of Alberta with pianist Stephane Lemelin. He then spent time in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Academy, and in Oslo concentrating his studies on Scandinavian music with some of Norway's finest pianists. Tom later returned to Canada and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa studying with Andrew Tunis. He holds a Masters of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Western Ontario where he studied with pianist John Hess. Tom has spent time in residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts studying with pianists Angela Cheng and Anton Kuerti among others and has been heard in recital on CBC radio. As well being in demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher, he has worked as an orchestral pianist for the Edmonton Symphony, has performed with acts such as the Pointer Sisters and Petula Clark, and is also an accomplished jazz pianist having performed throughout Canada including performances at the Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal International Jazz Festivals.

Joseph Phillips, double bass

Born and raised in Toronto close to the rolling green hills of Christie Pits, Joe Phillips started studying classical guitar at age 9, at the University Settlement House Music School. He attended Oakwood Collegiate, and after some time playing the clarinet, he discovered the double bass. Time spent playing in various blues bars, Irish pubs and booze cans and four years studying with renowned classical virtuoso Joel Quarrington have led to a busy and diverse career. When not playing principal bass in Orchestra London Canada, Joe can be found making music with artists as varied as The Art of Time Ensemble, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Group of 27 Chamber Orchestra, cabaret siren Patricia O’Callaghan, songwriters Jenny Whiteley, Sarah Slean, Ruth Moody, the Wailin’ Jennys, Corin Raymond and Rita Chiarelli, jazz bassist/cellist/composer Andrew Downing, banjoist Jayme Stone, Canadian fiddlers Pierre Schryer and Shane Cook and Irish flute and whistle virtuoso Nuala Kennedy. Joe has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Tafelmusik and the Festival of the Sound and is an annual participant in the Sweetwater Music weekend in Owen Sound, Ontario. He lives in London, Ontario with his partner and their two children.


Oktoberfest - An Evening of German Music

Friday October 23, 2015 at 7:30
$20

Christina Faye - piano
Adria McCulloch - soprano
Margaret Bardos - mezzo soprano
Samuel Banks - bassoon
Stephen Lecik - trombone

Adria McCullochCritically acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. She has performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Susan in Alan Bell's Turtle Wakes, Anaman in Opera Erotique, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role in Gluck's Armide and recorded Une Bergère in Lully's Armide for Naxos. Adria is a graduate of Calgary Opera's Emerging Artists and Opera Lafayette's Young Artist program in Washington DC, where she performed Naiad in Gluck's Armide at the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Centre. Adria is a member of Tom Schilling's Vocalway studio.

Christina FayePianist Christina Faye is an active member of the professional Toronto music scene. Originally from Thunder Bay Ontario, Christina had her first experience as a collaborative pianist at age nine. Since then, she has worked with a vast number of student and professional instrumentalists, singers, orchestras, chamber groups and theatre and opera productions as well as being an accomplished solo performer. While still in high school, Christina completed the ARCT level Performance Certificate from Conservatory Canada and studied piano pedagogy, theory, violin, viola and pipe organ. Christina received a Bachelor of Music with Distinction in Piano Performance from Brandon University in 2007 and a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music in 2009 both under scholarship and with grants from Manitoba and Canadian Arts Councils. Christina has held positions at several major summer music programs including Opera Nuova in Edmonton AB, and the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado and has been the music director and pianist for two productions by integrative theatre company, Out of the Box Productions. She has experience and interests in a wide range of musical styles and is especially interested in contemporary music.


KONUS QUARTET: four saxophones

Monday October 19, 2015 at 8 pm
$25/$10 students

KONUS QUARTET: four saxophones

Program:

Konus Quartett | four saxophones

Christian Kobi, saxophone
Fabio Oehrli, saxophone
Jonas Tschanz, saxophone
Stefan Rolli, saxophone

As a chamber music ensemble whose instrumentation changes frequently, the Konus Quartet engages its audience with highly expressive and idiosyncratic sounds. Contemporary original compositions are interpreted predominantly by the quartet, but these are also contrasted with pieces from past centuries and arrangements for saxophone instrumentation. The radical nature of its concert programmes has seen the quartet become established over the past 10+ years as an important voice for new contemporary and experimental music.

Composition commissions are awarded regularly to well-known artists by the quartet; to date such artists have included Barry Guy, Urs Peter Schneider, Tomas Korber, Phill Niblock, Makiko Nishikaze and Jürg Frey.

Three musical highlights serve to showcase the remarkable range of the Konus Quartet:

In 2006, "La bocca, i piedi, il suono", a composition by Salvatore Sciarrino for four soloists and a hundred saxophonists, was performed in the French Church in Bern (Release 2006, Cubus Records).

A collaboration with the filmmaker and composer Phill Niblock gave rise to the composition entitled "To Two Tea Roses" which was premiered in 2013 in Switzerland in the presence of the composer.

The piece "Music für ein Feld" (Music for a Field) was the result of a composition commission awarded to the Zurich-based musician Tomas Korber (Release 2014, Cubus Records).

www.konusquartett.ch

videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=970fmBhiKDs | www.youtube.com/watch?v=pczKnopXyLk

music: Jürg Frey, Mémoire, horizon (full version mp3)


The Art of the Piano: Johnandrew Slominski

Friday, October 16 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Tonight’s performance will feature Cesar Franck’s Prelude, Chorale and Fugue; and Etudes, Waltzes and Mazurkas of Frederic Chopin.

Program:

American pianist Johnandrew Slominski enjoys a distinguished reputation as a performer and pedagogue. His elegant and sophisticated playing has earned praise from composers and critics alike. Slominski seamlessly navigates the landscape of a varied and thriving career as a soloist, chamber musician, music theorist, author, pedagogue, and speaker. Highlights of his busy 2014-2015 season include performances of Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54, a concert tour of Florida, recordings for Oxford University Press, a forthcoming CD of solo piano music on the Centaur label, a forthcoming article in Music Theory Online (the publication of the Society for Music Theory), a debut performance with violinist Renee Jolles on the Eastman Virtuosi concert series, a featured performance and story on Rochester, New York's WXXI Public Radio, and more than a dozen teaching and speaking engagements.

A child prodigy, Slominski gave his first public performance at age 5, won his first piano competition at age 6, and entered college at age 15. By age 21, Slominski had earned three degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, including a Master of Music in Performance and Literature, a Master of Arts in Pedagogy of Music Theory, and a Bachelor of Music in Performance; his first professorship followed two years later. He was unanimously nominated for (and received) Eastman's coveted Performer's Certificate in recognition of outstanding concert artistry--the youngest individual to have received such an honor. Slominski holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, also from the Eastman School of Music. In 2009 he was awarded the Prize for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student, and 2010 Slominski received the Jerald C. Graue Musicology Fellowship in recognition for his research in the field of nineteenth-century performance practice. His innovative performance and pedagogical research has been supported by institutions including the Classics Abroad Society and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Slominski is the founder and co-director of "Classical Music on the Spot", an intensive summer institute now in its second season at the Eastman School of Music, dedicated to the study and practice of eighteenth-century style improvisation.

Slominski is a frequent solo performer, collaborative pianist, masterclass clinician, and lecturer. Praised in print for his virtuosity, innovative programming, and broad repertoire, he performs throughout the United States and abroad; he has been recently featured as a guest artist at the Chautauqua Institution for Fine and Performing Arts, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, the Sunderman Recital Series at Gettysburg College, Steinway Hall, the Sun Valley Artist Series, and the St. Petersburg College Piano Series, while international performances have included recitals at the Jan Deyl Conservatory in Prague, Czech Republic, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. As a competition laureate, Slominski was awarded first prize in the Chautauqua International Piano Competition and was the silver medalist in the International Keyboard Odyssiad Piano Competition. As an advocate for both historical performance practices and new music, Slominski has received glowing praise from critics and composers. British composer Ann Cherry commented following Slominski's 2012 world premiere of her Sonata for Flute and Piano with flutist Tabatha Easley that "This man has a rare ability - the musicality - to dig beneath the written notes to reveal the underlying meaning. I did not dare to imagine that such a great performance could ever happen."

His recordings have been broadcast domestically by National Public Radio and are published by Oxford University Press and Centaur Records (forthcoming). His principal studies at the Eastman School were with Rebecca Penneys; additional teachers have included Robert Levin, John Perry, Steven Laitz, Dorothy Fahlman, Malcolm Bilson, Joseph Silverstein, and Jean-Francois Antonioli.

Slominski has held teaching positions at the University of Rochester, the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also served as a joint faculty member at the Eastman School of Music in both piano and music theory. His students have been accepted to prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs at schools including the Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and the North Carolina School for the Arts. Slominski teaches during the summer months at the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival at the University of South Florida, and serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.


SCORDATURA: Celebrating Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello, Hannah Addario-Berry

Tuesday October 13, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 students/arts workers

One hundred years ago, Zoltán Kodály composed his Sonata for Solo Cello, one of the most significant works written for the instrument since the Bach Suites.

In celebration of this centenary, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry has created a program that showcases the 1915 Sonata with companion works created by the dynamic young composers Lisa Renée Coons, Brent Miller, Eric KM Clark, and Alisa Rose. The program will be presented in a solo concert tour around the United States and Canada. At the end of the tour, the program will be recorded in a new solo cello CD, titled Scordatura.

The Sonata

Zoltán Kodály is one of the most revered composers in the history of Hungary. Together with his friend and countryman Béla Bartok, he helped pioneer the field of ethnomusicology, traveling to remote villages and recording their songs as early as 1905. In addition, Kodály made significant contributions to the field of music education, to the extent of developing a unique approach known as the Kodály Method, still in use today. In 1915 he composed his Sonata for Solo Cello, Opus 8, and predicted that “In 25 years no cellist will be accepted who has not played it.” Indeed, by 1956 the Sonata had become an obligatory piece for the Casals Competition in Mexico City.

The work poses immense technical and musical challenges to the performer, using the extreme extent of the cello’s range and changing the tuning of the lower strings to deepen the tone. This deliberately altered tuning, or “scordatura”, enables rich harmonic possibilities. The piece is at times dramatic, melancholy, exuberant, and haunting. The cello often doubles as soloist and orchestra, bowing long melodic lines while simultaneously plucking rhythmical accompaniments. These technicalities are not an end unto themselves, simply the means for carrying the listener on a musical journey to the heart of historical Hungary.

The Composers

Four talented composers have created short solo cello pieces inspired by the 1915 Kodály Sonata. The new works are scored for the same altered tuning used by Kodály. Collectively, these pieces form a complete and eclectic solo recital, whose performances by cellist Hannah Addario-Berry promise richly expanded experiences for classical and new music audiences.

Lisa Coons is a composer/sound artistwith a special affinity to collaboration and experimentation. Presently an assistant professor of composition at Western Michigan Univeristy, Lisa Renee received her Phd in Composition for Princeton University,with additional studies at SUNY Stony Brook and UMKC. Recent collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the American Composers Orchestra, The California E.A.R. Unit, Iktus Percussion Ensemble, and Dither Quartet. She is a member of the composers collective called, simply, The Collected.

Los Angeles-based violinist and composer Eric KM Clark is a specialist in new and experimental music. He has recorded and performed an eclectic range of music around the world, while his compositions have been noted as “an exhilarating and occasionally confounding exercise in divergence (and) confluence...” (Signal to Noise). Eric's compositions have been featured at many venues and festivals, including Western Front, REDCAT and the Bang On A Can Marathon. He co-founded and co-directs the experimental music ensemble Southland Ensemble; and co-founded the wulf, a successful arts venue located in downtown Los Angeles.

Composer, violinist, and improviser Alisa Rose is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as American traditional music, Alisa is a member of the genre-bending Real Vocal String Quartet, funk/bluegrass band Supermule, and the silent film scoring Club Foot Orchestra. Alisa studies with San Francisco Conservatory of Music composer David Garner, and her compositions have been performed by Quartet San Francisco, 49 Special, and San Francisco City Church in addition to her current groups, as well as published by String Letter Publishing, and recently recorded by Sqwonk.

Brent Miller is a composer, performer, and arts administrator based in San Francisco, CA. He studied composition at the University of Arkansas and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Recent projects include works for Rova Saxophone Quartet, violinist Eric KM Clark (EAR Unit), Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, and Sqwonk. Brent has been the featured guest composer at the Cape Fear New Music Festival and a guest lecturer at Central Michigan University and Western Michigan University. He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of San Francisco's Center for New Music.


The Art of the Piano: Moritz Ernst

Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

Program:

Moritz Ernst was born in 1986 in Ostwestfalen, Germany and began playing the piano at the age of five, taking lessons in Detmold. After graduating from high school at the early age of 16, he continued his piano studies in 2002 at the Detmolder Musikhochschule where he also studied musicology. During that time he was also awarded several prizes.

In 2003 he became a private student of the well known professor for piano, Peter Feuchtwanger. Shortly thereafter his concert activities were launched with regular performances in Europe and abroad: (In Germany - Musikhalle Hamburg; Austria – Mozarteum Salzburg; England – Purcell Room London, Switzerland and Italy.) Some years later Moritz Ernst continued his piano studies with Prof Jean-Jacques Dünki and harpsichord with Prof Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, thereafter his career also as harpsichordist began. During these years of study, he attended master classes and workshops held by Günter Reinhold, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferderick Rzewski and the Auryn Quartet.

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

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

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

Extensive plans for future recording projects include: the harpsichord works of Kent Olofsson, the complete piano works of Viktor Ullmann, the sonatas by Norbert von Hannenheim in connection with Deutschlandradio (German Radio) and the CD label EDA Records on two CDs as well as works by Bernfried Pröve (on 7 CDs).

Moritz Ernst’s curiosity to discover new facets in music and music history has led him to cooperate with musicians such as singer Eva Csapo, the violinists Egidius Streiff and Hans Heinz Schneeberger and the clarinetist Urs Brügger. His knowledge as musicologist has led to a cooperation with the Schott Verlag.

(Translated by Carina Rascher, January 2014)


"Four Hands are Better Than Two": Westwood Concerts Presents The Millar Piano Duo

Wedneday, October 7, 2015 @ 7:30pm
$20 regular / $15 students and seniors

Program

Biographies

Michael Westwood
“It was easy to imagine the assembled audience members and musicians…rising from their seats and joining a procession heading to greet the divine.”

Michael WestwoodAfter taking a short hiatus from performing, Michael Westwood is solidly back in Toronto’s music scene with his own chamber series, some high profile solo performances, a teaching degree, and is developing tour dates across Canada. He is much more than a clarinetist; he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries, and new music of the past few years. A tireless musician with a desire for constant renewal and inspiration, Michael founded a new chamber music series in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Westwood Concerts, to further share his unique programming and interest in a diverse range of music.

Michael has, throughout his career, commissioned and performed many new works. Most recently, he commissioned two new pieces from Canadian composer Frank Horvat; If Not Us, Then Who, for clarinet, cello and piano was written and premiered in 2014 and Michael has since performed it a second time, and in 2015, Michael premiered Frank Horvat’s brilliant new Clarinet Concerto Couple Dies Holding Hands in Toronto with the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra. A new work for clarinet and piano is planned for 2015-2016. During the 2014-2015 season, Michael also performed Canadian composer Ian McDougal’s great clarinet concerto in Toronto for a very fortunate audience.

Michael’s abilities and programing are far from limited to the repertoire of the present day. He has developed in combination with pianist Gregory Millar a program of music from the era of swing music and big band consisting of newly commissioned and brilliant arrangements for clarinet and piano by Millar. The Westwood-Millar duo has performed this concert several times since its premiere in 2014 to great audience acclaim. Recently, Michael performed with the Westwood-Millar duo at the Pointe-Clair recital series a concert of all Brahms’ music – both clarinet sonatas and three new arrangements by Chistopher Kies of solo piano works for clarinet and piano.

As well as being a highly sought-after clarinetist, in 2013, he founded his own concert series, Westwood Concerts; with two successful seasons now complete, and the third one upcoming, Westwood Concerts is an exciting venture which brings in musicians from all over Canada to collaborate on innovative and thrilling chamber music concerts. In 2016 Michael will collaborate with violinist Jasper Wood, with whom he has worked several times, on an all Stravinsky program which promises to be exhilarating. The finale of Westwood Concerts’ second season, featuring Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, was acclaimed in Musical Toronto as “a truly memorable concert …(leaving one) with a feeling of gratitude for the opportunity to understand the composer’s intention.” They commented that Michael “managed to combine the tension between the airborne creatures and the gravity of human limitation with his stately pacing and resonant tone.”

A product of the studio of the late great clarinet pedagogue and master Avrahm Galper, Michael Westwood has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian classical musicians over the past two decades including James Campbell, Gary Kulesha, Tom Rolston, the Prazak String Quartet, and Jasper Wood. An extremely passionate chamber musician, Westwood has performed at the Banff, Orford and Domaine Forget summer festivals as a soloist and chamber musician.

In addition to his illustrious music career, Westwood has explored other passions throughout the years including travel and sports. In 2007, he began a 6-year hiatus from performing during which he focused on personal fitness, which led him to East Africa and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Millar Piano Duo

Millar Piano Duo

Gregory Millar
Originally from Lachine, Quebec, pianist Gregory Millar  performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and orchestral player. He appears regularly on the Westwood Concerts series in Yorkville and as one half of the Millar Piano Duo. He is also active as a teacher, arranger, music engraver and translator.

Millar has a keen interest in the music of Canadian composers both present and past. Last June he presented a recital of the 13 Preludes for Piano by Jean Coulthard at the Conference of the Canadian University Music Society in Victoria, BC, and previously gave the premiere performances of Book of Saints by Toronto composer Colin Eatock.

Gregory was the first graduate of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Piano Master’s degree program, and has worked with prominent artists including violinist Mark Fewer (St. Lawrence Quartet), hornist Bernhard Scully (Canadian Brass), oboist Philippe Magnan (Quebec Symphony), and soprano Julia Bullock. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2010.

Lisa Millar
New England native Lisa Raposa Millar  is featured in a new audio recording of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art song with soprano Jenni Cook, scheduled for release in September. Currently freelancing in Toronto, Millar is a member of the piano accompanying staff at The Glenn Gould School and is listed in the Music Arts Management ArtsTie Directory of Teaching Artists.

Millar has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborator in Music on the Hill (RI), the Women in Music Festival (Eastman School of Music) and, with the Millar Piano Duo, on the Sunday Rendez-vous concert series at the Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre (QC). Musicians with whom she has performed include opera singer Diane Alexander, internationally-renowned tuba soloist James Gourlay, and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award. In 2010, she was honoured with The Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award (Category One Winner) at the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse.


The Art of the Piano: Chenyi Yu

Friday September 25, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

Program

Intermission

Bio

Chenyi Yu is a pianist and teacher based in Toronto by way of Taipei, Boston, and New York. She has given numerous performances in Boston, New York City and Taipei, including a critically acclaimed performance of the Goldberg Variations of JS Bach in Seully Hall at The Boston Conservatory. She has given a recital debut in Steinway Hall, New York City. She participated in a seminar given by Andras Schiff on the topic of the Goldberg Variations at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in 2001. Chenyi has performed in faculty concerts held by the Department of Music of Shih-Chien University at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and has collaborated with pianist Yi-Hsuan Lu in a two-piano concert in the Concert Hall of Tatung University in Taipei. Chenyi served as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Taipei, at Tatung University, and also at the National Taipei University of Technology, teaching piano performance, history of western music, and music appreciation.

In 2013, she became a resident of Toronto and continues to devote herself to teaching and performing. As a classical piano teacher, Chenyi focuses on cognitive development for children and youth; creativity; the correlation between music and related arts; and piano pedagogy and musicianship.

A graduate of the doctoral program at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City, Chenyi’s dissertation was “The Effect of Touch on Tone Production on a Grand Piano” which relates to performance practise and historical studies on piano playing. She also earned her Master and Bachelor of Music at The Boston Conservatory. She has studied with Irwin Gelber and Ada Kopetz-Korf who are both pupils of legendary Scottish-American master pianist James Friskin.

Chenyi is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association, USA), NAFME (National Assocation for Music Education, USA), is currently a member of the Piano faculty, Canada Music Academy since 2014, and is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA).

Away from the keybord, Chenyi’s interested are varied: European and Asian cuisine, museums, collecting fine china, independent films, period dramas, and fashion. She is a fan of French model, designer, and author Inès de la Fressange.


Ensemble C3 - A Night of Baroque Chamber Music

Thursday, September 10th at 7:30pm
General Admission: $20.00; Students/Seniors: $15.00

Tickets available at the door.

A relaxing night celebrating light baroque music by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi.

Program:
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 - J.S. Bach
Winter from the Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi
Amor, hai vinto - Cantata RV 863 - Antonio Vivaldi
*Featuring Countertenor Tim Wong

Tim Wong, Countertenor
Cheryll Chung, Continuo
Natalie Wong, Violin
Elena Spanu, Violin
Anne Prevost, Viola
Andrew Ascenzo, Cello


Songs for a Summer Afternoon: Michelle M. Simmons, mezzo soprano

Sunday, August 30th at 2:30pm
General Admission: $25.00; Students/Seniors: $15.00
Tickets available online or at the door.

A casual concert of classical, folk and cabaret favourites followerd by a complimentary reception. Come relax and put your feet up to the music of Grieg, Britten, Faure, Bolcom, Lehrer & more!

Program (highlights):

A native of Newfoundland, mezzo-soprano Michelle Simmons is a graduate of the Master of Music Vocal Performance program at the University of Toronto.  

Michelle has a long-standing commitment to performing and creating contemporary classical music. Recently she shared the stage at The Theatre Centre with Cynthia Hopkins as part of that artist’s multi-disciplinary piece on climate change, This Clement World. She spent the summer of 2013 bringing contemporary opera to communities in southern Ontario with the Bicycle Opera Project. While completing her graduate studies, Michelle commissioned Canadian composer David Passmore to create a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and baritone to the words of Newfoundland-born poet E.J Pratt.

Michelle currently makes her home in Toronto, Canada, where she is the alto soloist at Bloor Street United Church and helps administer music education programming at a non-for-profit community centre located in the downtown core.

Pianist and composer James Langevin  is a graduate of the Glenn Gould School of Music. He has been a pianist for the National Ballet School for over a decade. A frequent guest accompanist for the National Ballet of Canada, he was a rehearsal pianist for the eighth international Erik Bruhn competition held at the Four Seasons Center in 2012.

In 2014, Mr. Langevin signed an exclusive recording deal with music licensing giant Premium Beat to record works by Chopin, Mozart, Elgar and Shostakovich. Several electronic works have also been published with companies such as Organic Music Library, GrooveDen, and Mibe Music. In 2015 Mr. Langevin signed with record label Asnazzy Productions and released ‘Chilled Moods EP’. No stranger to plays, Mr. Langevin also contributed recorded music for the Fringe festival play "The Kreutzer Sonata" and premiered a thirteen minute operatic work, The Futures Market by Njo Kong Kie for piano and voice in 2007. In 2014, Mr. Langevin contributed two electronic compositions for Welcome to Nuit Blanche produced by Ryerson University Act 2 Studio.

Currently, James is engaged in creating new music for licensing and new work for Asnazzy Productions. He is also an avid DJ whose past includes stints at Toronto Zen Lounge, Li’ly Resto-Lounge and Bunda Lounge.

Michelle and James first met through University Settlement Music & Arts School, where James was a former student. They have just recently begun exploring the classical art song cannon together.


Trio McMaster

Saturday May 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm
$20 / $10 Students

Program

Sonia Vizante,violin

Sonia Vizante,violinSonia Vizante received her Bachelor degree at the age of 18 from the Liceul de Muzica “Dinu Lipatti” where she studied in a specialized music program for twelve years and where she also obtained her bacalaureat diploma. Four years later she graduated as national valedictorian from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Music Performance.

Once in Canada she received her Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University, Ontario.

In 1981 she became a member of the Canadian Opera Company. The same year she took the position of principal second with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra under Raffi Armenian and in the following year the same position with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra under Boris Brott.

For six seasons, Ms. Vizante held the position of Concertmaster for the Ensemble “Sir Ernest McMillan”. She shared for ten years the position of Concertmaster for the Boris Brott Festivals along with many distinguished Canadian violinists. She also held the Associate Concertmaster position with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years.

In 2005 Ms. Vizante recorded at the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto for the classical CD album entitled “Silver Lining” that features her as a soloist. The CD was also featured at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Sony Classical New York described it as “most attractive and appealing” and Sony ATV has picked up the option to represent this work for film.

In April 2006 Ms. Vizante was nominated for a Juno award for the “A Butterfly in Time” CD where her violin playing is featured.

In July 2009 she recorded on a new CD John Laing’s sonata for violin and piano, featuring at the piano the composer himself.

Besides being involved in numerous film recordings, Ms. Vizante's violin solo can be heard in movies such as "Loving Evangeline" (music composed by Ian Thomas) and the TLC's "Stigmata" (music by David Young).

Presently Ms. Vizante is performing with the National Ballet Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.

Rebecca Morton, cello

Rebecca Morton began her cello studies at the age of six in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. She went on to study as a scholarship student at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto with Vladimir Orloff and David Hetherington. She graduated with an ARCT from the Conservatory, and was awarded the Gold Medal for achieving the highest string mark in Canada. Rebecca continued her studies at the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Paul Katz and Steven Doane. The recipient of a six year scholarship, she graduated with highest distinction receiving Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees. Rebecca has won numerous scholarships and awards including semi-finalist in the 2003 Eckhardt-Gramatte String Competition. She has been heard in solo and chamber music recitals including performances with ChamberWorks!, Past Perfect, as part of the summer music series at the Toronto Music Garden and in recording with Final Fantasy. In September of 2015, Rebecca will join the cello section of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony. Rebecca enjoys teaching privately as well as at McMaster University.

Shoshana Telner, piano

Shoshana Telner, pianoCanadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras. In 1993 Shoshana received the Royal Conservatory gold medal (97%) for the ARCT piano performance exam. Shoshana then 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, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. Shoshana frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack, the complete Bach Keyboard Partitas, and the Grieg violin and piano sonatas.


Mezzo Soprano Ali Garrison Sings the Songs of her Contemporaries

Friday May 29, 2015 at 8 pm
Tickets: $30 / $20 Seniors & Students
For reservations please write info@gallery345.com

Mezzo Soprano Ali Garrison

Singing the songs of seven of her contemporaries (including herself as an improvising composer), Ms. Garrison will explore the rich complexity of voices and perspectives of some of the most brilliant composers in her musical village. “We must encourage each other to create songs in response to all the myriad inspirations in our current world as we each perceive it... Life, ideas, feelings, people, Nature. That is how the collective culture that represents our time and place is born and then nurtured", says the singer.

The composers that have written pieces for Ali and this concert, include Seattle Pacific University professor, composer, gospel/jazz vocalist, and worship leader, Stephen Michael Newby; Director of Music at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, pianist and composer, Maria Isabel Ciudad-Real; American conductor and composer, Kevin McMahon; Toronto guitarist, teacher and composer ,William Beauvais; and Ryan Billington, Canadian conductor, arranger, improvisera teacher seductor and Composer, and voice faculty at St. Francis Xavier. Finally, improvisational co-composers, Downeast Maine pianist, Nancy Bennet and Ali Garrison created a song cycle which will be performed as a written transcription of the original improvisation.

Adding to the evening’s new music feast are three noteworthy performers. Concert and collaborative pianist Joy Lee, brings her passionate genius via University of Toronto's Faculty of Music and The Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Guitarist, William Beauvais and pianist Ryan Billington, will each perform with Ali on their own compositions.

Biography

Known as a powerful singer who “embodies the soul projected through her voice” and “palpably lives the sound”, American-born, Toronto-raised mezzo-soprano Alexandra “Ali” Garrison, dares to sing many styles of great music from around our dear planet. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music Vocal Performance Program, she has performed a huge variety of operatic/theatrical roles with regional companies and is a frequent concert soloist with numerous ensembles and choirs in Canada and the U.S. She especially enjoys working in tandem with artists, improvisers and composers to foster new works and promote music for a more harmonious world. She has had many works composed specifically for her by numerous composers.

Ali is a proud founding alumnus and soloist with the renowned Nathaniel Dett Chorale, and as such, toured extensively, performing for such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, Muhammad Ali, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Jesse Norman, Kathleen Battle, Stephen Lewis and was privileged to be Canada’s “gift” to President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration festivities. It was for this trail-blazing ensemble that she co-wrote the education series, Canaan Lan’ and was on faculty for their Youth Training Program. She currently also mentors youth singers in the Regent Park area. Ms. Garrison has been teaching voice privately for eighteen years, leading and facilitating groups in, and writing about, the following areas: voice and body work for both ensemble singers and soloists; freeing our imaginations and our sound; the intersection of creativity, art and philosophy; free musical improvisation; advocacy for the arts and social justice.

She is a member of ACTRA, and a Gemini Nominee. Currently, Ms.Garrison leads the “Why the Sea is Salty Project”, an interdisciplinary collaboration of four female artists making works for a mythic extravaganza. For her 50th birthday earlier this year, Ali decided, after singing on everyone else’s recordings for years, that it was high time to produce her own first solo EP, entitled, Ali Garrison Sings Michel Legrand: The Summer Knows, with Danny McErlain, pianist. Visit iTunes to purchase and listen to her EP.

www.aligarrison.com


Ton Beau String Quartet with Peter Stoll, clarinet

Friday May 22, 2015 at 8 pm
$20 / $10 Students

Program
Maurice Ravel String Quartet in F
Johannes Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor
George Gerswhin Three Preludes for Clarinet and String Quartet (arr. Stoll)

Ton Beau Quartet

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

Alexa Wilks, originally from Almonte, Ontario, is an active violinist in the Toronto freelance community, performing with Mayumi Seiler’s Via Salzburg ensemble and the Esprit Orchestra. Regularly collaborating with Canadian composers, Alexa premiered Kevin Lau’s Violin Concerto with the Sneak Peak Orchestra and has worked with Arsenio Giron and Steven Chatman. Alexa’s performances in the University of Toronto’s Penderecki Festival have been heard on CBC’s “The Signal” with host Laurie Brown. Under the mentorship of Annalee Patipatanakoon, Alexa is studying to attain her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto. Alexa performs on a 1760 Louis Guersan violin.

Violinist Bijan Sepanji is a multi-faceted performer with a career just as diverse as his background. Originally from Tehran, Bijan has recently performed with the Indianapolis and Windsor Symphonies, Orchestra London, National Academy Orchestra as well as the Indiana University Summer Festival Orchestra. At Indiana University he has performed alongside Canadian clarinetist James Campbell. Bijan has worked under the tutelage of Mark Kaplan, Mark Fewer, Ian Swensen, Leon Fleisher, Mayumi Seller, Erika Raum and Miriam Fried. For a second year, he is teaching at Sistema Toronto's Parkdale location.

Alex McLeod, viola, has performed in Austria, Finland, and Germany as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. An active teacher, Alex maintains studios in Mississauga and Toronto. Having studied extensively in Germany, Alex earned an Artist’s Diploma and a Masters of Music from Hochschule fuer Musik in Karlsruhe. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto. His past teachers include Johannes Luethy, Teng Li and Katharine Rapoport. Alex is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Steve Dann.

A native of Strathmore, Alberta, cellist Sarah Steeves currently resides in Toronto performing with Sinfonia Toronto while completing her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto with Shauna Rolston. Sarah has performed in Brazil, China, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom with ensembles such as Sinfonia Toronto, the World Orchestra, and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Her principal teachers have been Brian Manker (McGill University), Tom Mirhady (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra), and Tanya Prochazka (University of Alberta). She teaches privately and at the Classical Music Conservatory.

The quartet's name is derived from Douglas Hofstadter's book Le Ton beau de Marot (1997) which focuses on the concept of translation, which has many parallels within the act of musical interpretation. The title is a pun on Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin.

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

Peter has been guest soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and was invited to Saratov, Russia for solo performances with the Saratov Philharmonic's "Volga Wind Ensemble" and to present masterclasses at the State Conservatory.

Featured on several CD releases, including once with the Canadian Brass and several for composer John Gladwell, Peter's first solo recording "Bits 'n Pieces" was broadcast on CJRT-FM and the English and French CBC, and he has been heard in solo performance on CBC-FM's "Arts National", "Music Around Us", "Music Alive", "DiscDrive" and "The Signal". Peter was featured in a showcase performance at the Ontario Arts Council's Contact conference, and now tours extensively throughout the province presenting solo and ensemble concerts. Summer festival performances have included the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ottawa Valley Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and as a Mentor at the Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, as well as the Ottawa and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals.

A frequent performer of new music, he twice travelled to Munich, Germany with the ERGO ensemble to take part in the AdeVant Garde festival. Other tours with ERGO have included New York City, Finland and Lithuania. As a core member of the Talisker Players, Peter has performed at the Vancouver, Ottawa and Elora summer festivals, and was recently featured on their first CD recording.

Orchestral performances are as Principal Clarinetist of the Toronto Philharmonia, as well as with many other local and regional orchestras including the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, as well as with Opera York and Kerry Stratton's Grand Salon Orchestra as Solo Clarinet and Saxophonist.

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

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


David Buchbinder Ensemble
PERFORMANCE CANCELLED

Saturday May 16, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

David Buchbinder, trumpet, fluegelhorn David Buchbinder, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Dave Restivo, piano
Michael Herring bass
Ernesto Cervini drums

"When trumpet's good, it's real good, and David Buchbinder is one fine trumpet player."
(NOW Magazine)

He's also an accomplished, award-winning composer, producer and cultural inventor who brings a spirit of intensity and inquiry to everything he does, as he and his gifted co-conspirators go for the jugular. David leads numerous music groups, composes for concert, theatre, film and television, presents large-scale performance projects, and has toured extensively in North America and Europe. He has been involved in the creation and presentation of world music and jazz since 1987 and has earned a reputation as one of its compositional and instrumental leading lights, through his eponymous Jazz ensemble (just nominated for a JUNO Award and two National Jazz Awards) the FLYING BULGAR KLEZMER BAND, (three JUNO Award nominations in five recordings), his creation of SHURUM BURUM Jazz Circus and of ASHKENAZ: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture.

David has composed the scores for six feature films, the animated short Stone of Folly (awarded the Cannes Film Festival Prix du Jury), and for theatre and modern dance. Recent and current compositional projects include the score for the Canadian feature Whole New Thing, a collaboration with playwright Jason Sherman, choreographer Allen Kaeja and Soulpepper Theatre Company, and a commission to compose a CD's worth of music for jazz guitarist John Abercrombie and trumpeter John McNeil. He has been invited to perform his music at Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music at Tonic, NYC. David has received numerous grants and resident fellowships for study, composition and performance. He was nominated for the 2002 Louis Applebaum Award for Excellence in Film and Television Composition, and is the recipient of the 2003 ASIFA Animation Society Award for Excellence in Soundtrack Composition.

His performance and creative activities have been profiled extensively in all media including National Public Radio, CBC Radio and TV, CTV (Canada AM), Radio Canada, Bravo, BBC, Suddeutsche Rundfunk, The Manchester Guardian, Svenska Dagblatt, Tageszeitung, Daily Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the Forward, the Village Voice, a cover feature in Lifestyles magazine, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, Eye Magazine, and many others.

website: www.davidbuchbinder.com


Frühling: Songs of Spring
Stephanie DeCiantis, soprano | Talisa Blackman, piano

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 at 2 pm
$15

Soprano Stephanie DeCiantis and pianist Talisa Blackman join Richard Strauss' epic Four Last Songs with music by Rachmaninoff and Barber to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Samuel Barber
Despite and Still, Op. 41
A Last Song
My Lizard
In the Wilderness
Solitary Hotel
Despite and Still

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Ne poi, krasavitsa, pri mne, Op. 4 No. 4
Arion, Op. 34 No. 5
Son, Op. 38 No. 5
Ya ne prorok, Op. 21 No. 11
Siren, Op. 21 No. 5
Eti letniye nochi, Op. 14 No. 5

~ Intermission ~

Richard Strauss
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Frühling
September
Beim Schlafengehen
Im Abendrot

Stephanie DeCiantis, sopranoSoprano Stephanie DeCiantis finished her Master’s degree at the University of Western Ontario; studying for a degree in Performance and Literature with mezzo-soprano Sophie Roland.  She is currently working with Wagnerian soprano Luana DeVol.

Most recently, she has performed the role of the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with the Toronto Opera Intiative and Cecilia in Essential Opera's production of Los Bohemios.  This past summer, she performed Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz with the Bel Canto Institute in Munich, Germany.
 
She has also performed Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohéme in Lucca, Italy; First Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte with AEDO Amsterdam; and Donna Elvira from Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Milan with the Accademia Europea Dell'Opera.  As well, she has played Suor Claire in Poulenc’s Dialogues des carmélites.

Earlier, Stephanie was a soloist with Orchestra London, singing from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. She has performed excerpts as Cio-cio san in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Rusalka in Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Amelia from Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. She has also worked closely with UWOpera; playing both the Baker’s Wife in their production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Gualtiero in their production of Vivaldi’s La Griselda.

Stephanie has also travelled to the United States to perform excerpts from American opera, portraying Alida in Ward’s Roman Fever and Ms. Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief. She has also performed excerpts as the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Adalgisa from Bellini’s Norma in Italy with La Musica Lirica.

Talisa Blackman

Talisa Blackman, pianistA native of Toronto, pianist Talisa Blackman has performed with many of the top orchestras from North America and Russia. She recently appeared as soloist with the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and will continue as their young-artist-in-residence for this season. She was featured as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge Colorado conducted by Carl Topilow, the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra in Owen Sound, conducted by John Barnum, and the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton. Talisa has been invited repeatedly to perform as a soloist and chamber musician on the Guelph Connections concert series, and will return for a performance this spring. She will also perform chamber music concerts as part of the Vetta Chamber Music series in Vancouver, and on Saltspring Island in the coming 2014/2015 season.

As an orchestral pianist, she has performed extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductors Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, John Adams, Hannu Lintu and Sir Andrew Davis. She has also performed with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

Talisa is also an active chamber musician, with performances across the Canada and the US. She has collaborated with noted vocalists and instrumentalists, most recently with acclaimed Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, as well as celebrated Canadian baritone Russell Braun in a recital for Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. Talisa has also performed with musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, as well as Toronto Symphony Orchestra on their concert series Five Small Concerts.

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


What is Now?

Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 8 PM
Admission $20, Seniors $15, Students and Arts Workers $10

Being in the present can be interesting if we pay attention.
Being in the now can be transcendent if we know what to do.
Exploration through performance could be the difference...

This show explores "What is Now?" through performances by Toronto poets - spoken word artists Brent Peers and Tanya Neumeyer rooted in the poetry slam community and performance poet Penn Kemp from London, Ontario, alongside improvised music created by Bill Gilliam (piano), Glen Hall (Kyma X, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet) and Ambrose Pottie (percussion).

Bill Gilliam (piano)

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 composing and performing solo piano Bill
continues to perform with Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra and Audiopollination and collaborate with artists using spoken word and improvisation. www.bill-gilliam.com

Tanya Neumeyer (poet)

Tanya is a queer poet and educator. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Poetry Project, Tanya performs poetry and offers workshops at festivals, conferences, events and schools across Canada. Tanya was a member of the bronze medal winning 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team.

Brent Peers (poet)

Brent Peers (poet)Brent Peers is a lifelong Torontonian who has been active in the GTA arts scene for the better part of that life. His love of poetry is challenged only by his passion for music. A staunch proponent of DIY culture, he hopes beyond hope to see creative minds flourish and proudly represent his hometown. He himself has represented the WE FLIP TABLES! spoken word collective at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Sasktaoon in 2012 and Montréal in 2013, as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver in 2014 and 2015.

Penn Kemp (poet)

London, ON performance poet, activist and playwright Penn Kemp (M.Ed.) is presently Creative Age London's Writer-in-Residence. Penn is thrilled to receive the new League of Canadian Poets 2015 Spoken Word Award. She is the League’s 40th Life Member. She also was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for service to arts and culture. Her most recent work is From Dream Sequins, Lyricalmyrical Press, Toronto, and Jack Layton Art in Action, which she edited for Quattro Books, Toronto.

Penn has been giving creativity workshops, teaching and performing her poetry since 1966. As inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of London (2010-12), she presented poetry at many civic functions. As Writer-in-Residence for Western University for 2009-10, her project was the DVD, Luminous Entrance: a Sound Opera for Climate Change Action, Pendas Productions. Penn has published twenty-five books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs produced as well as several award-winning videopoems. Since her first book was published by Coach House Press in 1972, she has been pushing textual and aural boundaries, often in participatory performance work. Many of her recent CDs are what Penn terms "Sound Operas": poetic narratives that weave sound, imagery and music in a counterpoint of many voices.

Glen Hall (Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet)

Glen Hall (Kyma X, cataRT, electroacoustic sounds, saxophone, flutes, and bass clarinet)Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and recently was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

Ambrose Pottie (percussion)

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.


"Vanishing Point" John MacMurchy - Music and Photography

Friday May 8, 2015 @ 8 pm
$20

This show will feature original music and photographic images that compliment each other in a selection of duos, trios and quartets. Joining John will be Dan Ionescu - guitar, Mark Kieswetter - piano, Ross MacIntyre - bass, and Alan Hetherington - percussion.

John has an abiding passion for photography which has always been a counterweight to his musical endeavours. He worked as a press photographer on a small town weekly during the nineteen seventies and it is during this time that he developed an interest in photographing people from the inside out. He seeks to show the person behind the face.

You may notice a stark contrast between his landscapes and cityscapes. Like many people raised in a small town, John is often at odds with the big city and the photographs tend to concentrate on the grittier side of urban life. In the country he finds relief in the open spaces and quiet and this is reflected in his rural images. Time is also a recurring theme as it is the artist’s mortal enemy.

Above all, however, John is an artist in love with beauty. The magnificence of the natural world, the sublime beauty of the dance, the promise of youth, the myriad expressions of the human experience, and music, which describes the indescribable, all hold a fascination for the artist.

John MacMurchy - Clarinet and Photography
Mark Kieswetter - piano

Ross MacIntyre - bass

Alan Hetherington - percussionFrom top left:
John MacMurchy, Mark Kieswetter - piano,
Ross MacIntyre - bass, Dan Ionescu - guitar,
and Alan Hetherington - percussion.


Odes to Impermanence: An Evening of Piano Improvisation

Thursday May 7 2015 @ 8 pm
$15/$10 Students

Pianists Marilyn Lerner, Avesta Nakei, Philip Fournier & Casey Sokol

Marilyn Lerner

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

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

Along with her innovative solo piano work, Lerner tours with The Queen Mab Trio (clarinettist Lori Freedman and Dutch violist Ig Henneman) across Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Their fall 2006 European tour included the prestigious Wels XX Music Unlimited Festival in Austria. Marilyn also performs with Sonny Greenwich,the Mad Satie Trio (Andrew Downing, David Occhipinti), Nick Frasier and Matt Brubeck, Lou Grassi and Ken Filiano, and in the Jewish scene with Adrienne Cooper, Frank London, Alicia Svigals, From Both Ends of the Earth, and David Wall. She has appeared with Steve Lacy, Tito Puente, Michael Vatcher andGerry Hemingway.

Lerner's original music has garnered the Montreal International Jazz Festival award for best composition. Her audio art collages have been broadcast internationally. A recent commission by CBC in honour of composer Dmitri Shostakovitch's 100th birthday entitled"Meditations on Mitya" was performed by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and in November 2006.
A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes the independently produced "Romanian Fantasy", a solo recording of improvisations on traditional Eastern European Jewish music recorded at the Glenn Gould Studio at CBC Toronto, "Thin Air" (WIG)the Queen Mab Trio's new release based on Hector Berloiz' Queen Mab Scherzo, "Luminance" (Ambiences Magnetiques), solo improvised piano music using different microphone techniques,"Special Angel" (C.B.C. records), duo with jazz guitar legend Sonny Greenwich, and, with singer David Wall, "Still Soft Voiced Heart"(Traditional Crossroads), original settings of contemporary Yiddish poetry.

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

Casey Sokol

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

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

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

Philip Fournier

Philip FournierPhilip Fournier is Organist & Music Director of the Toronto Oratory, Director of the Chant Schola & Oratory Children’s Choir. His area of expertise on the organ is J.S. Bach and the North German Baroque masters. He also specializes in Gregorian Chant, which he studied at Solesmes with Dom Saulnier. He plays continuo and solo harpsichord and organ with various local groups, and is active as a composer. Piano, however, is where it all started, and piano has remained important. Most of Fournier's projects involving piano can be heard at www.philipfournier.com. Several live recordings of choral events at the Oratory can be heard at archive.org/details/@philip_jc_fournier.

Avesta Nakei

Avesta was born in 1986 in Esfahan, Iran, a city of immense cultural heritage. He first studied violin under his uncle Ali Kayvani and later learned piano from his cousin Pejman Kayvani (a gifted pianist and composer, currently residing in Koln, Germany). He took  lessons on Setar and Iranian classical music from Ali Kayvani and later in Canada, from Ahmad Ashraf-abadi. He then studied piano and approaches to improvisation under Casey Sokol, Steve Koven, and Brian Katz. He also studied metrical rhythm of South India under Trichy Sankaran.


Across the Atlantic: A Finnish Canadian Accordion Experiment: Matti Pulkki and Friends

Monday May 4, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Matti Pulkki, accordionMatti Pulkki, accordion
Michael Bridge, accordion
Branko Džinović, accordion
Sara Constant, flute
John Nicholson, saxophone

Reflecting his recent experiences in Toronto, accordionist Matti Pulkki is presenting new prospects in the solo accordion repertoire composed in the North at both ends of the ocean. This concert is produced in collaboration with the prominent accordion studio of Joseph Macerollo and two emerging stars of classical and jazz woodwinds. The concert features two exciting premieres: a solo accordion piece by Montreal-based composer Gabriel Dufour-Laperrière and an accordion-saxophone duo by Sang Jun Lim from Toronto. The program will also have solo accordion works by Jukka Tiensuu, Tomi Räisänen, Petri Makkonen, Lothar Klein and Finnish folk songs newly arranged for flute and accordion by Matti Murto.

Matti Pulkki (b. 1991) became the newest member of professor Joseph Macerollo’s accordion studio at the University of Toronto after arriving in Canada in the fall of 2014. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and the highest grade in accordion performance from the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Later in 2015, he will continue to pursue his Master’s degree back in Helsinki with professor Matti Rantanen. Over the years Matti Pulkki has performed in many concerts internationally as a soloist and with different chamber ensembles. In his concert programs he’s known for creating dialogue and fusion with music from different backgrounds and styles. Matti Pulkki is interested in crossing the artificial boundaries between arts and artists and exploring the great blue ocean beyond his comfort zone.


Millar Piano Duo: “Pairing Up” – Music for piano duet

Sunday, May 3, 2015 @ 7:30pm
$20 regular / $15 students and seniors

Millar Piano Duo: “Pairing Up” – Music for piano duet

Bringing to their performances a masterful sense of ensemble and charming personal chemistry, the Millar Piano Duo make their much-anticipated Toronto recital debut with a diverse program of original works and transcriptions for piano four hands:

G. Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville (1816) (arr. R. Kleinmichel)

F. Schubert:  Allegro in A minor “Lebensstürme”, D.947 (1828)

G. Fauré: Sicilienne, Op. 78 (1898) (arr. G.Millar)

F. Poulenc:  Sonata for Piano Four Hands (1918, rev. 1939)
Prélude – Rustique – Final

(Intermission)

Christopher Kies: Ragtime Reflections (2007, rev. 2013)

S. Barber: Souvenirs, Op. 28 (1954)
Waltz – Schottische – Pas de Deux– Two-Step – Hesitation-Tango – Galop

Lisa Raposa Millar

New England native Lisa Raposa Millar is featured in a new audio recording of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art song with soprano Jenni Cook, anticipated for release in late 2015. Currently freelancing in Toronto, Millar is a member of the piano accompanying staff at The Glenn Gould School and is listed in the Music Arts Management ArtsTie Directory of Teaching Artists.
Millar has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborator in Music on the Hill (RI), the Women in Music Festival (Eastman School of Music) and, with the Millar Piano Duo, on the Sunday Rendez-vous concert series at the Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre (QC). Acclaimed musicians with whom she has performed include opera singer Diane Alexander, internationally-renowned tuba soloist James Gourlay, and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award. In 2010, she was honoured with The Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award (Category One Winner) at the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse.

Gregory Millar

Originally from Lachine, Quebec,pianist Gregory Millar performs widely as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist and orchestral player.  He regularly appears on the Westwood Concerts series in Yorkville and as one half of the Millar Piano Duo.  He is also active as a teacher, arranger, music engraver and translator.

Millar has a keen interest in the music of Canadian composers both present and past.  Last June he presented a recital of the 13 Preludes for Piano by Jean Coulthard at the Conference of the Canadian University Music Society in Victoria, BC, and previously gave the premiere performances of Book of Saints by Toronto composer Colin Eatock.

Gregory was the first graduate of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Piano Master’s degree program, and has worked with prominent artists including violinist Mark Fewer (St. Lawrence Quartet), hornist Bernhard Scully (Canadian Brass), oboist Philippe Magnan (Quebec Symphony), and soprano Julia Bullock.  He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 2010.


THE BRIAN DICKINSON TRIO: Brian Dickinson, piano, Jim Vivian, bass, Ethan Ardelli, drums

Friday May 1 at 8 pm
Tickets $20/$10 Students

Brian Dickinson

Brian Dickinson has been a fixture on the Canadian jazz scene for over thirty years. He has performed nationally and internationally with artists including Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Michael and Randy Brecker, Pat LaBarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Kenny Wheeler and John Abercrombie.

He is a multiple Juno award winner and was nominated in 2013 for his quartet release “Other Places” and in 2014 for his latest recording “Fishs Eddy”, a trio offering featuring the bass work of George Mraz.

This Gallery 345 event will feature Brian in a trio setting with Jim Vivian (bass) and Ethan Ardelli (drums).

Jim Vivian

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

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

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

Ethan Ardelli

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

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

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


Schubert’s Winterreise
Louis De Nil, tenor & Melanie Cancade, piano

Sunday April 26 at 2 pm
Pay what you can.

Louis De Nil and Melanie Cancade perform Franz Schubert’s Winterreise, one of the greatest song-cycles ever written. Comprised of twenty-four songs and taking over an hour to perform, Winterreise tells a story of a man dealing with a recent heartbreak by denouncing society and escaping into the wilderness. Louis and Melanie hope to capture your attention as they guide you through Schubert’s hauntingly beautiful music. All are welcome, the recital is pay-what-you-can!

 

Louis De Nil, tenor

With a love of performance, tenor Louis De Nil has just finished the first year of his Masters at the Don Wright Faculty of Music studying with Prof. Torin Chiles. Before coming to UWO, Louis obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, where he studied with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a Member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played Frank in a shortened version of Die Fledermaus with McGill Opera Scenes, and was a member of the Chorus for Opera McGill’s productions of La Bohème and I Capuleti e i Montecchi. While at McGill Louis was also an active participant in the McGill Savoy society, playing the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe. Louis participated in several exciting summer programs: The Miami Frost School of Music Summer in Salzburg (2012), VISI - in the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in Isaiah Bell’s children’s opera The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. In addition to singing, Louis has also danced ballet for 13 years and is at an RAD Advanced 1 level. During his year at Western, Louis was thrilled to perform the role of Gonzalve in UWO Opera production of L’heure espagnole as well as performing Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Marianna Chibotar. Louis is delighted to perform Winterreise once again at Gallery 345 on April 26th with pianist Melanie Cancade.

Melanie Cancade, piano

Melanie Cancade received her Masters of Music in Piano Accompaniment from McGill University, under the guidance of Michael McMahon. While in Montreal, she worked as vocal accompanist at McGill, coached and performed with Liederwolfe Opera Collective, and was musical director at Player's Theatre. She pursued her studies at the Music Academy of the West with Marilyn Horne, the Vancouver International Song Institute, The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, as well as in Austria at the Franz Schubert Institut. Melanie has performed with Pacific Opera Victoria’s touring productions of “La Cenerentola” and “Carmen”, as well as acting as rehearsal pianist for their Young Artist Program. Other performance credits include Mozart's ”Don Giovanni”, Berlioz's "Orphée et Eurydice", Jason Robert Brown's “The Last Five Years”, Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Song and Dance”, and Vaughn Williams’ “Riders to the Sea”. She has been heard in performance throughout Canada, the United States, Italy and Austria, as well as on CBC Radio and Bravo Television. Currently, Melanie serves as vocal accompanist at the University of Western Ontario.


The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen

Saturday April 25 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen

Program

Fantasy in D minor, K. 397 - W.A. Mozart
Papillons, Op. 2 - R. Schumann
Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31 F. Chopin

~Intermission~

C. Debussy:

Le vent dans la plaine
Reverie
Prelude, from Pour le Piano
Clair de lune
Jardins sous la pluie

Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20 F. Chopin

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves 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 and Alberta, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Martin Chalifour, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, 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, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold.

As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, she was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Highlights of Sarah’s current season include an autumn tour in the Maritimes, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto with the West Coast Symphony, and a musical adventure in Goose Bay, Labrador.

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. In December 2013 she released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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

…the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and expressing art - is something quite extraordinary. It does seem to be this deep level of artistic understanding, and ability to communicate on this level - either through words or through artistic expression - that truly sets her apart as a pianist and musical artist. …it was immediately apparent that this would be a piano concert beyond the norm. …Hagen is one of the most expressive piano players that I have ever seen perform. ” - The Guardian (Charlottetown)

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

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

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

"Hagen performed this complex arrangement [Chopin's Opus 28 Preludes] with infinite skill. Her concentration and focus was extraordinary; her movements strong, yet graceful." -Comox Valley Record


Thin Edge New Music Collective presents: April is the Cruelest Month

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 @ 8pm
Tickets - Advance: $18 regular, $13 student/senior/arts worker
Tickets - At the Door: $20 regular, $15 student/senior/arts worker

To purchase tickets online in advance please visit: bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/34

Thin Edge New Music Collective presents: April is the Cruelest Month

"April is the Cruelest Month” is a concert program exploring the concept of “cut poetry” in musical form. Our concert will feature Lukas Foss’s seminal work “13 ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (voice, piano, flute and percussion) , “Pourriez-vous être mon couteau?” by Laurie Radford (piano trio with live electronics), and world premieres by Canadian composers Tawnie Olson and Emilie LeBel.**

Program:

**Ontario Arts Council Commission
*World premiere

Performers:
Special Guest: Laurie Radford - live electronics
Thin Edge New Music Collective Performers:
Cheryl Duvall - piano
Nathan Petitpas - percussion
Stacie Dunlop - voice
Terry Lim - flute
Anthony Thompson - clarinet
Ilana Waniuk - violin
Dobrochna Zubek - cello

Laurie Radford composes music for diverse combinations of instruments, electroacoustic media, and performers in interaction with computer-controlled signal processing of sound and image. His music has been performed and broadcast throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia at events including Futura, Biennale Musique en scène, Miami New Music Festival, Musica Viva, Rien à voir, Festival Akousma, MusiMars, Musicacoustica, San Francisco Tape Music Festival, Festival Encuentros, Nornadas de Música Elektroakustika, Semaine Internationale de Cuenca, Discoveries, Mantis Festival, Cutting Edge, and SAN Expo.
He has received commissions and performances from ensembles and soloists including Le Nouvel Ensemble Modern, L'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Esprit Orchestra, Aventa Ensemble, Ensemble Résonance, Ensemble Caput, code d'accès, GroundSwell, Pro Coro Canada, New Music Concerts, Trio Fibonacci, Trio Phoenix, Ensemble Transmission, Earplay, Duo Kovalis, Totem contemporain, the Penderecki, Bozzini and Molinari String Quartets, and the Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Montréal Symphony Orchestras.

Radford’s music is available on empreintes DIGITALes, McGill Records, PeP Recordings, Clef Records, Eclectra Records, Centrediscs and Fidelio Audiophile Recordings. He has taught music technology, instrumental composition, and electroacoustic music and media arts at McGill University, Concordia University, Bishop’s University, University of Alberta, City University (London, UK), and is presently an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary.

Emilie Cecilia LeBel is a Canadian composer currently living in Toronto, where she works in the music community in various capacities: composing, teaching, curating, and organizing. She is the winner of the 2012 Toronto Emerging Composer Award (Canadian Music Centre), and the Elizabeth Massey Award (Canadian Federation of University Women). Emilie is currently the 2015 RBC Emerging Composer-in-Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In 2014, with support form the Ontario Arts Council (Chalmers Grant) and the Canada Council for the Arts, Emilie undertook private studies with Juliet Palmer, Christopher Butterfield, and Michael Finnissy. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate in composition at The University of Toronto. Her thesis, under the guidance of Gary Kulesha, was an orchestral work exploring the variances of light in the photographs of Josef Sudek. Her research, under the guidance of Robin Elliott, focused on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Canadian composers, examining the role of the CBC in the development of contemporary Canadian art music. She holds an Honours Diploma in audio engineering and music production, a Specialized Honours BFA in music, and an MA in composition.

Emilie is an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Centre, and she is a member of the Blue Moss Ensemble with composers Anna Höstman and Mitch Renaud. Emilie is currently a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough and McMaster University, and she also teaches at the Regent Park School of Music.

www.emilielebel.ca

Described as "especially glorious... ethereal" by Whole Note, and "a highlight of the concert" by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, the music of Canadian composer Tawnie Olson has been performed by a wide range of ensembles and individual musicians, including the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Land's End Ensemble, Duo Fiolûtröniq, Parthenia, New Morse Code, the Wanmu Percussion Trio, the McGill, University of Calgary, and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles, bassoonists Nadina Mackie Jackson and Rachael Elliott, percussionists Shawn Mativetsky and Ian David Rosenbaum, harpsichordist Katelyn Clark, the Canadian Chamber Choir, the Toronto Chamber Choir, the Guelph Chamber Choir, the choir of Trinity Wall Street, the Norfolk Festival Choir, the Yale Camerata, and NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She has won awards from the SOCAN foundation and the Guelph Chamber Choir/Musica Viva, and is a two-time semifinalist in the Sorel Foundation competition. Her composition Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, was one of three works selected (out of 170 submissions) for publication in the National Collegiate Choral Organization's 2013 choral music series.

Recent projects include Something to Say, for tabla, spoken word, and fixed media, composed at the request of Shawn Mativetsky, Spring and Fall - to a young child, commissioned by Janet Galván and Ithaca College for the Ithaca College Choir, Spinning and Weaving, for two harps, commissioned by Duo Novus, and Scel lem duib, for chamber chorus and harp, commissioned by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music for the Yale Camerata. In 2010 a recording of her composition Chantez à l'Éternel was released on the Canadian Chamber Choir's CD, "In Good Company," in 2011 bassoonist Rachael Elliott released a recording of À mon seul désir on the album "Polka the Elk," in 2013 Plainsong was included on oboist Catherine Lee 's new album, "Social Sounds," and in 2014 Shawn Mativetsky issued Something to Say as a digital release.

Olson holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Toronto, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary.

www.tawnieolson.com

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. Described as “..a unique and exciting formation that fascinates its audiences with a synthesis of utmost precision and unrivaled vitality.”(Michael Quell, Composer -Fulda, Germany) and “One of Toronto hottest and bravest new music collectives” (Michael Vincent - Musical Toronto), TENMC was founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Since its inception, TENMC has grown to include 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is passionately 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.

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 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, University of Guelph, 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.

In late April with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec as well as with assistance from Arraymusic, TENMC and Montreal-based Ensemble Paramirabo will bring ‘Raging Against the Machine’ -a joint concert project featuring Steve Reich's Double Sextet, Louis Andriessen's Workers' Union, a new work by Brian Harman for all 12 musicians as well as compositions written for each respective ensemble by Anna Höstman (Toronto) and Patrick Giguère (Montreal)- to venues across Canada including performances presented by New Music Edmonton, New Works Calgary, University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University, Music on Main/Little Chamber Music Series that could in Vancouver, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria.

www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com

“April is the Cruelest Month” is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.


Stanislav Pronin, violin and Peter Longworth, piano

Thursday April 2, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

Program

“This is…an intriguing recital: Pronin puts Milstein’s famous tour de force through its paces and finds dark corners in the sumptuous beauties of Ysaÿe. Pronin even scores by playing both parts in the Prokofiev; the out-of-body experience arouses the music’s emotional content in an attractively unsettling way…Pronin attaches ‘extramusical imagery’ to the piece, and writes of ‘dancing snowflake patterns, shiny and brilliant yet quite delicate’. It’s a window on Prokofiev’s Russian soul, and Pronin’s own.” - The Gramophone, review of Violin For One (Naxos/Sono Luminus) (2011)

Stanislav Pronin, violin

Stanislav Pronin, violinStanislav Pronin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.

Mr. Pronin's professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival inCanada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin's recordings, including his solo CD debut on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc.

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

Peter Longworth, piano

Peter Longworth, piano"Peter Longworth is a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays." -Chicago Tribune

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

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

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

Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.

Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label with a 2013 release of solo Brahms piano music, and a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer.

Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.

www.peterlongworth.ca | facebook.com/peterlongworthpiano


The Art of the Piano: John Stetch
Off With the Cuffs

Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

John Stetch, Off With the Cuffs

Review of John Stetch, Off With the Cuffs (Addo Records, 2013) 

"This remarkable pianist, whose wealth of styles and ideas cannot easily be contained even in that increasingly expansive realm known as jazz, seems never to have heard a musical border he did not want to cross. A Canadian of Ukrainian extraction, Stetch has often worked in the folk music traditions of his own heritage, as in his vivid and virtuosic Ukrainianism (2002). On that disc, dark ruminations on catastrophe—“Famine” and the closing track, “Children of Chernobyl”—are interleaved with affirmations such as his “Carpathian Blues.” More than a decade on, Stetch continues to explore new terrain, this time out taking three beloved piano works of European art music for a spin: down the back alleys of the blues; bumping over the off-beat ruts of Eastern folk idioms; and careening into unexpected excursions attributable only to his creativity and the abundance of unnamed influences stored in his inner ear.  The trip is fueled not least by an iconoclastic humor, one required by the very project of grabbing some beers and going joy-riding with Mozart (Sonata in B-Flat, K. 33), J. S. Bach (Italian Concerto, BWV 971), and Chopin (Ballade in G minor, op. 23). To listen to Stetch pilot these luxury vehicles over the off-road of his imagination is wildly inspiring, usefully disconcerting, and just plain fun. The CD closes with Stetch’s idiosyncratic and illuminating readings of three preludes by Shostakovich followed by an original, Kapustin Rag. The dents of the journey through the classics are polished up at the close in the unlikeliest of Rag meters (7/8 and 11/8) in this piece named in honor of the Ukrainian-Russian composer Nikolai Kapustin. With Putin marching into the Crimea and glowering at the rest of the Ukraine it is good to know that in Stetch’s hands the borders will always remain open."

- DAVID YEARSLEY (from Counterpunch, March 2013). David Yearsley, author of “Bach’s Feet,” once played the world’s oldest piano and didn’t damage it … much.

Testimonials For Off With The Cuffs:

"Stetch has the musical gravitas to pull off what some could see as mere musical jokes; in his hands, though, these tunes have become more contemporary songs, to be taken no less seriously than the originals." - DownBeat Magazine, 4 stars

“John's vibrant, whimsical and piano-playing is totally engaging - "Off With The Cuffs" highlights his witty and clever sense of improvisation, and is great fun to listen to." - Lisa Kaplan, 3-time Grammy winning pianist of Eighth Blackbird

"Imaginative, rigorous, and truly personal takes on the classics!"- Joseph Lin, The Julliard String Quartet

“FANTASTIC! There is such clarity and so much humor in Stetch’s playing! I have always loved that about him.” - Rufus Reid, bassist, composer and bandleader

"John Stetch has a unique voice and travels freely between musical styles. He does all of this with overwhelming virtuosity". - Alex Fiterstein, classical clarinetist, 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient

Video Links

Re-Arrangement and Improvsations on Chopin's Heroic Polonaise

Re-Composition of J.S.Bach's Italian Concerto BWV 971

New Art video of original trio composition "Oscar's Blue-Green Algebra"



Danie Friesen, soprano
Monique de Margerie, piano

Sunday March 29, 2015 at 8 PM
$20; $10 Students and Arts Workers

Crossing poetry with music, Danie Friesen (soprano) and Monique De Margerie (piano) perform Robert Schumann’s Liederkreis Opus 39, twelve songs on texts by Joseph von Eichendorff, and Francis Poulenc’s Fiançailles Pour Rire, a song cycle based on the poetry of Louise de Vilmorin.

Program

Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856) Liederkreis Opus 39

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Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963) Fiançailles Pour Rire

Actor/Singer Danie Friesen’s experience on the performance stage ranges from Shakespeare to Mozart to Woody Allen. A graduate of the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts, Friesen works as an actor and producer for Art & Lies Productions, an independent theatre company she co-founded in 2010. Selected credits include: No Exit (Theatre Passe Muraille), In Adagio (Winnipeg Art Gallery), Killing Game (Annex Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (Buddies in Bad Times), Smile (Bathurst Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Young People’s Theatre), Strike! (Theatre in the Park), The Mikado and The Gondoliers (Pantages Playhouse). Friesen will appear in Cavalli’s La Calisto in Sulmona, Italy this summer as a part of COSI’s Opera Ensemble.

Merging her experience in theatre with her artistry as a soprano, Friesen endeavours to interpret art songs and arias through the eyes of an actor, presenting poetry and music through fully formed, poignant characters.

Monique de Margerie is an accompanist at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto, and at the Young Voices Toronto choir. She is frequently heard in recital as a chamber musician with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. From 2003 to 2012, she was on the faculty at Université Laval de Québec where she taught piano and accompanied both students and faculty. She also teaches at the Cammac Music Centre each summer, and is frequently invited to adjudicate and teach throughout Canada.

In March, 2013, Monique toured Cambodia with bassoonist Fraser Jackson, giving recitals and masterclasses throughout Phnom Penh. In 2012, she toured Canada as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition. In November 2011, she was featured as a soloist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec in four performances of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals and performed with the Molzan de Margerie Trio in Beauce, Québec. She has performed in recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre in Toronto and at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was also a featured artist at the 2010 Licht in Sicht music festival in Quebec City where she appeared with members of the Quatuor Artur Leblanc, clarinettist Jean-François Normand and bassoonist Fraser Jackson.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique graduated from the Montreal Conservatory where she was a student of Anisia Campos. After four years as a scholarship student at the Munich Hochschule für Musik, Monique obtained, with special distinction, her Master’s degree in Piano Performance in 1990. From then until 2003, she pursued her European career as pianist and teacher in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris, France, where her recital partners included violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco. She has given numerous concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada, Japan, Switzerland and India. She has several recordings with the national radios in Germany, Switzerland and Canada and a solo CD recording on the GEMA label.


SONUSKAPOS: Mason Victoria Jazzband

Saturday March 21, 2015 @ 8:30PM
$20/$10 Students
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SONUSKAPOS is an 18 piece big band led by trumpeter and current Humber student, Mason Victoria. Comprising of many jazz musicians currently attending school for music, SONUSKAPOS aims to give the opportunity for band members to write and play with peers in a large ensemble setting. Striving for unique collaboration, the big band plays many different styles of music from classical swing era to borderline experimental, all made or arranged by members of the band.

Mason Victoria is a 19 year old trumpeter and composer who is ambitiously hitting Toronto with his writing and trumpet playing. He is currently a second year student in Humber College, studying with the likes of the incredible Alistair Kay, Brian O’Kane, John Macleod, Dave Dunlop, Stephen Crowe and many other renowned jazz musicians in the city. He has also studied composition with Daniel Jamison, Chelsea McBride and Andrew Jones.

REEDS: Chris Dembski, Stefan Haynes, Ben McCaroll-Butler, Emily Steinwall, Jonathan Lau

TRUMPETS: Megan Jutting, Tom Upjohn, Ania Zarzycki, Kyle Windjack

BONES: Nebyu Yohannes, Margaret Nishimura, Matt Doughty, Nick Marshall

RHYTHM: Sean Clarey (g), Ewen Farncombe (p), Irene Harrett (b), Chris Wiens (d)


Hilario Durán Trio

Friday March 20, 2015 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

Hilario Durán is one of the world’s most innovative pianist/composers/ arrangers of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz. The outstanding musical interplay of this stellar Trio, featuring Roberto Occhipinti on bass and Mark Kelso on drums, thrills audiences of all kinds.

“This trio is one of my most expressive musical formations—classic Cuban and Latin jazz repertoire with essential rhythms from Afro-Cuban music like cha-cha-cha, Bembé, Mambo, Son Montuno and elements of modern jazz.”
- Hilario Durán

“One of the greatest Cuban pianists. No doubt about it. Either solo, on a duo, trio, quartet... or a big band (you get the idea), Hilario’s compositions and arrangements are outstanding.” See the article and video. —
- Danilo Navas, Feb 2, 2011.

“The album Motion creates different moods ranging from a soft and smooth piano, to hard driven drum solos; its Latin mood floats throughout the whole album. Motion feels more like this trio created a very strong set list for a concert where all the pieces intertwine, but have their own original flavors. Hilario Durán is an amazing pianist and composer and his decades of work in the music industry shine through the album's eight tracks.”
-
Michael Pascua, July 25, 2010

www.hilarioduran.com


Violin Duos: Sarah Nematallah, Min-Jeong Koh, special guest Leopoldo Erice, piano

Thursday March 19, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Min-Jeong Koh and Sarah Nematallah are both violinists in the Cecilia String Quartet. As members of this ensemble they have been awarded prizes at several international competitions, including first prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2010). They have toured internationally to great acclaim, giving performances at venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin Konzerthaus, Prague’s Rudolfinum, and London’s Wigmore Hall. The CSQ recorded three CDs for Analekta Records, and fourth CD is scheduled to be released this coming fall. More information can be found at www.ceciliastringquartet.com.

Program

W. A. Mozart, Violin Sonata in E Minor K. 304/300c

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

Sarah Nematallah, violin and Leopoldo Erice, piano

-intermission-

Dmitri Shostakovich, “The Gadfly”: 3 Duets Op. 97d for two violins and piano

Moritz Moszkowski, Suite Op. 71 in G Minor for two violins and piano

Sarah Nematallah and Min-Jeong Koh, violins, with Leopoldo Erice, piano

Sarah Nematallah, violin

Applauded by the Globe and Mail for her "velvety sound" and the "fine-grained fluidity of her playing", Sarah Nematallah is a founding member of the Cecilia String Quartet. Apart from the CSQ, Ms. Nematallah has performed internationally as an orchestral and chamber musician for organizations such as the Verbier Festival and the Banff Summer Arts Festival, and has appeared as a soloist in Canada and Spain. During her studies in violin performance at the University of Toronto, Ms. Nematallah was the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the University of Toronto William and Phyllis Waters Graduating Award given to a graduating student deemed by the university to have the greatest potential for making an important contribution to the field of music.

Committed to education, Ms. Nematallah recently completed a Masters Degree in Music Education at the University of Toronto, where she researched topics related to music philosophy and cognition, especially connections between music and language. She has given presentations on topics related to music performance and education for organizations such as the Canadian Arts Presenting Organization (CAPACOA), Chamber Music America, and CIHR Café Scientifique. Ms. Nematallah plays on the 1851 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume on loan from an anonymous donor.

Min-Jeong Koh, violin

Praised for her “extreme versatility” (Berliner Zeitung) and “marvelous playing” (Calgary Herald), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as a concert violinist, violist, and as an educator. Prior to joining the Cecilia String Quartet, she was the second prize winner of the 2006 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, where she was also awarded the Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece, a winner at Canada Council’s 2009 Musical Instrument Bank Competition, and a soloist with the Banff Festival orchestra.

A passionate educator, Ms. Koh has extensive experience teaching violin, was a panel speaker at a Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association conference, and worked closely with Mimi Zweig in the String Pedagogy Workshop at Indiana University. Her dedication to performance and music education has led to an invitation to the national honour society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Ms. Koh has recently completed her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Toronto where she researched the proliferation of Canadian string quartets. Currently, she studies with Donald Weilerstein, which is made possible by Canada Council for the Arts. Through the generosity of a private benefactor, Ms. Koh performs exclusively on a ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin.

Leopoldo Erice, piano

Spanish pianist Leopoldo Erice enjoys a performing and teaching career which has brought him to Europe, the two Americas, Asia, and Africa. Among his performances the recitals with Canadian soprano Leslie Fagan, clarinetist James Campbell, and the Cecilia and Penderecki String Quartets, especially stand out. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah (UAE), and this year is Guest Lecturer in Piano at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada).

Ten years ago, Leopoldo founded the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Ribadeo (Spain), a weeklong series of educational performances and a workshop given by international artists. The goals of this summer festival are to bring music closer to the general public and to develop the artistic abilities of music students and young professionals.

Leopoldo has won several prestigious national and international prizes, including the “Ciudad de Albacete” and the “Acisclo Fernández”—which he won by a unanimous jury vote—and has made recordings for television and radio programs in Spain, Argentina, Syria, and in the USA.

Leopoldo studied music in his home country with José Ramón Martínez Reyero, Beata Monstavicius, and Joaquín Soriano (Real Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid), and in Holland with Rian de Waal (Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague). As a Fellow of the prestigious “la Caixa” Foundation Fellowship Program (Spain), he studied at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) under Leonard Hokanson, Menahem Pressler, and Emile Naoumoff. While at IU, he was awarded by a unanimous faculty vote the coveted Performer’s Certificate, in recognition of his outstanding performance. He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA). Leopoldo was born in Madrid in 1977.


The Art of the Piano: Brendan Fox
Charles Ives' Concord Sonata: An American Masterpiece

Thursday March 12, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

Pianist and composer Brendan Fox makes his Toronto debut with a lecture and recital of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata. In this monumental work, Ives crystallized the concepts of the Transcendentalist movement in nineteenth century America through musical portraits of Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts, and Thoreau. The result is a tour de force of piano virtuosity, filled with mind-altering harmonies, Beethoven quotations, and moments of staggering power. The lecture preceding the performance is meant to illuminate both the musical materials and the philosophy behind this piece.

The program will also feature John Corigliano’s Fantasia on an ostinato, which, like the Concord Sonata, meditates on a Beethovenian theme.

Program

Fantasia on an ostinato (1985) - John Corigliano (1938-)

Lecture

Sonata No. 2 "Concord, Mass., 1840-60" - Charles Ives (1874-1954)
I. Emerson
II. Hawthorne
III. The Alcotts
IV. Thoreau

Biography

Brendan Fox (b. 1989) is a composer and pianist currently living in Ithaca, NY. He received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Composition from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He has studied composition with Howard Whitaker, David M. Gordon, Shawn Okpebholo, Dana Wilson, Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Michael Gandolfi, and piano with Sung Hoon Mo. In the fall of 2011, Brendan’s piece Holy Ground won the Wheaton College Alumni Composition Competition. He has participated in reading sessions with the Formosa Quartet and the violin duo String Noise.

Brendan has also worked extensively in theatre, whether serving as musical director or composing original music, most notably for a 2014 production of Our Town in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.

Brendan is currently completing a Masters of Music Composition at Ithaca College, where he is a member of the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble.

www.brendanfoxmusic.com


Breaking Into Song: The Music of Scott Christian, Colleen & Akiva, and Kevin Wong.

Monday March 9, 2015 at 8 pm
$15 | RSVP Reservations: info@gallery345.com or 416-822-9781

Join us for an evening celebrating Canada's exciting new voices in contemporary musical theatre. Scott Christian, Colleen Dauncey, Akiva Romer-Segal and Kevin Wong are behind some of the biggest hits recently presented at the Fringe, SummerWorks and Next Stage festivals. Their songs have been enjoyed on recordings and in theatres, concert halls and cabarets worldwide. Discover compelling characters and stories brought to life by a whole new generation of musical theatre creators.

Performing their material is a stellar lineup of Toronto's young stars including:
Rielle Braid (Ride the Cyclone)
Nathan Carroll (Once)
Steffi DiDomenicantonio (Spring Awakening)
Jacob MacInnis (James and the Giant Peach)
Tringa Rexhepi (RENT)

SONGWRITERS

Scott Christian

Scott Christian is a Toronto-based Musical Director, Composer, Arranger and Pianist. His musical A Misfortune, based on the short story by Anton Chekhov, sold out its run at the 2014 Next Stage Theatre Festival. His first musical, Hero & Leander, was a hit at the 2011 Summerworks festival. Scott also composed the music for Through the Gates, a musical detailing the early life of which was performed in concert at the 2012 Summerworks Festival. He is currently working on the Jewish/Christmas/40’s musical Christmas Eve In Brooklyn. Selected Musical Director credits include Addams Family (Neptune Theatre, upcoming), Company (Theatre 20), Marry Me A Little (assistant MD, Tarragon Theatre), The Way Back To Thursday (orchestrator/MD, Theatre Passe Muraille), and Second City Toronto. Scott was the intern musical director at the Shaw Festival in 2012 and had the opportunity to conduct and play piano in their production of Ragtime. Check out www.scottchristiansmusic.com

Colleen & Akiva

Colleen Dauncey (Music) and Akiva Romer-Segal (Lyrics) are a Toronto-based songwriting team who have written the scores to The Subway Songs, Scenes from the Bathhouse (Talk is Free Theatre) and the Toronto Fringe Festival hit Bremen Rock City. Their songs have been performed internationally by cabaret performers, recording artists, and Broadway stars. They recently began developing a stage musical adaptation of the movie Prom Queen as part of the Canadian Musical Theatre Project at Sheridan College. They were selected as participants in the 2011 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project in Chicago, the Canadian Musical Theatre Writer Collective Acting Up Stage’s Noteworthy program for songwriters and librettists, and Theatre 20’s Composium initiative. They are two-time grant recipients from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Records (FACTOR) and several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, including being selected as the Writers-in-Residence at Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie, Ontario. Additional info and music can be found at www.colleenandakiva.com

Kevin Wong

Kevin Wong is a composer/singer-songwriter/violinist/occasional keyboardist based out of Toronto. After an upbringing rife with music and lasagna, Kevin went to school to become a dentist and then became a lawyer instead. He spent 3 years practicing law and moonlighting as a freelance musician and singer-songwriting performing his own songs before leaving law to write musical theatre full time in July, 2013.

Kevin’s first complete musical work, a song cycle entitled Recurring John, debuted as part of the 2014 SummerWorks festival on August 10, 2014 to positive reviews and audience response. In December, Kevin participated in the matching phase of Acting Up Stage Company’s 2015 NoteWorthy program. He is currently working on two pieces currently: music for a book musical titled Highrising with playwright/lyricist Matthew Milo Sergi and lyrics & music a to-be-announced musical.

Kevin is terrible at team sports. Just terrible.

PERFORMERS

Rielle Braid

Rielle Braid was one of the original cast members in Atomic Vaudeville's Ride the Cyclone, which toured across Canada in 2013. She can be seen in the upcoming Outside the March production Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play this spring. She is also the co-creater of 'Terrible Adults’, a company she formed with Kholby Wardell.

Nathan Carroll

Nathan has played on stages across Canada, from Vancouver to Charlottetown. His work includes Floyd Collins (Talk is Free); Salt-Water Moon (Common Roof); The Book of Esther, Bordertown Café (Blyth Festival); The Sound of Music (Citadel); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood); and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Tempest (St. Lawrence Shakespeare). Nathan is currently playing Andrej in the Original Canadian Cast of Once (Mirvish).

Steffi DiDomenicantonio

Steffi most recently played Sally Bowles in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's production of Cabaret. Her other theatre credits include Spring Awakening (1st US Broadway National Tour), the North American Premiere of Cinderella (a RATical retelling) (YPT), The Rocky Horror Show (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Next to Normal (Manitoba Theatre Centre and Tarragon), the Canadian Premiere of Dogfight (Tranzac), Idiot’s Delight (Soulpepper), Look, No Hans! (Drayton), The First Wives Club (pre-Broadway workshop), I Love You Because (Stage West) and the Canadian Premiere of Rooms: A Rock Romance (Winnipeg Studio Theatre). Her film and television credits include Canadian Idol Season 4 (Top 5), Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town, Saving Hope, Lost Girl, Nikita, Moitié Moitié (4 Seasons) and the feature film Stage Fright with Meatloaf. Steffi received a 2013 Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Musical for Cinderella: a RATical retelling and a 2013 Broadway World Toronto Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Next to Normal. She is also one half of the folk duo Good Together. Steffi is heading to Halifax next to play Wednesday in The Addams Family (Neptune). Follow her adventures on Twitter @SteffiD3!

Jacob MacInnis

Jacob MacInnis was recently seen as Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (Young People's Theatre). Other theatre credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Sudbury Theatre Centre), The Buddy Holly Story (Magnus Theatre), Chicago (Stage West Calgary), and Rent (Panasonic Theatre). He is a graduate of Sheridan College.

Tringa Rexhepi

Tringa is excited to be part of this presentation of new works by talented young Canadian writers! Tringa worked with Colleen and Akiva on the workshop production of Prom Queen: The Musical this past November originating the role of Emily. Past theatre credits include: Kate in Taming Of The Shrew, Cinderelly in Cinderelly The Musical (SBTS), British Invasion: America Strikes Back, Country Jubilee (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Jingle in Jingle and Jangle (Stage West Mississauga), Maureen (replacement) in RENT (Panasonic Theatre), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Nathaniel in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Theatre Sheridan), Cinderella in Into The Woods, Mayzie in Seussical The Musical (Saints Alive! Theatre). FILM/TV: Played (CTV), Soul (Vision TV). Other: Josh Groban: In The Round (Air Canada Centre), Natalie Weiss Toronto Debut, 2013 Heart & Vision Awards, David Foster’s Ovation Star Search regional finalist, NS Talent Search 1st place winner, Zahalan “Pop Star” Award (Sheridan Institute). TRAINING: Honours graduate from Sheridan Institute, and CAP21 in New York City.


The Art of the Piano: Martin Soderberg
Frederic Chopin: 24 Etudes

Tuesday March 3, 2015 at 8 pm
$20

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

Martin Soderberg was a winner at the 1988 Artists International Auditions in New York and was presented in his New York Recital Debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. The New York Times described Mr. Soderberg as a “strong technician who seems to enjoy tapping the energy that lies within the music….he made a stylish account of the Mozart sonata….voicing and textures were attractively transparent and he kept the line moving gracefully….showed considerable skill in bringing the parade of characterizations in Schumann’s Carnaval to life.” In a recent concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) the New York Times again described Soderberg’s performance of Spanish Music as “spectacular”, and the Village Voice hailed: “Extraordinary piano playing.” In 1998 he was awarded the “Alumni Award” by Artists International and was invited to perform a recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

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

Martin Soderberg is a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a doctorate degree in 1990. He studied under Professor Ubaldo Diaz Acosta in New York City, whom he considers his Master teacher. With him, he learned the principles of the “Relaxation Technique”. He also studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Teresa Alonso, Tomas Andrade, and Juan Antunez. Soderberg has recorded 3 CDs, “Piano Music from Spain”, “Piano Music of Rafael Landestoy” and “The 24 Chopin Etudes” as part of his ongoing recording project “World Piano Collection”.

Recently, Martin Soderberg made his debut in the Philippines, Singapore and in Canada with successful performances, master classes and lectures.

WEBSITE: www.martinsoderberg.com


Fundraiser for New Music Concerts: An Evening with Paul Griffiths

Sunday March 1, 2015 at 7 pm
$100/2 for $150 RSVP (food and drinks will be served)
Reservations: 416 961 9594

A unique fundraising event with the famed British critic and author. All proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts.

British music critic, novelist and librettist Paul Griffiths is noted for his writings on contemporary music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun’s Marco Polo and Elliott Carter’s What Next?. He will discuss his collaboration with Carter and other creative endeavours. Tickets $100 (2 for $150) include door prizes, gourmet delights and libations with proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt will be issued for the CRA allowable portion.


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