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Paul Novotny, bass, Robi Botos, piano

Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8 pm
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Hungarian born Romani/ Musician Robi Botos was raised in a musical family and is largely self-taught. Robi began his musical career when he was a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums and percussion. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano. Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998 and is now a permanent resident of the country he calls home with his wife and children.

Shortly after coming to Canada, Robi caught the ear of Canadian Jazz great Oscar Peterson and quickly became his protégé. To this day, Robi remains a disciple of Dr. Peterson’s mighty sense of swing and technical virtuosity. Along with this influence, Robi possesses a deep tradition in Romani, Hungarian and European Folk and Classical music. This fusion of North American Bebop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz along with the deep tradition of Folk music in Eastern Europe and Romantic Classical music, has formulated a sound and approach that is formidable and unsurpassed. Many of Jazz’s greatest musicians consider Robi to be one of the few young leaders on the piano worldwide. Musicians from Branford Marsalis to Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, and many more consider Robi to be one of the greats on the instrument.

Robi’s dynamic live performances have earned him international recognition – winning numerous competitions around the world including first prizes at the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition in 2004, third Prize at the Martial Solal Piano Competition in Paris in 2006, and first prize at the Great American Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida in 2008. Robi has been nominated for two Juno Awards and won as a part of Mike Downes’ Trio in 2014. At the National Jazz Awards in 2007 Robi was chosen as Keyboardist of the Year, and in 2007 Robi was awarded Best Jazz Artist from NOW Magazine. Robi’s debut album for A440 Entertainment/Universal Music Canada, ‘Place to Place’, was one of the most anticipated Canadian jazz albums of 2011. In 2012, Robi and his trio, with bassist Mike Downes and drummer Morgan Childs, won the coveted TD Grand Jazz Award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival. This award led to a main stage outdoor concert presentation in front of over 5,000 people, and a subsequent invitation to headline their own outdoor concert in 2013.
In June of 2012, Robi was invited by the Edmonton Jazz Festival to open for the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Canada Council helped support this important concert, which led to a friendship with both Wayne Shorter and his pianist Danilo Perez.

In 2013, Robi was involved in two film projects that were significant in his career. The first was the Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon film ‘Arbitrage’, which was nominated for a Golden Globe, and Robi performed the closing scene and end credit recording for the movie. Robi also wrote the score for the Producer Guild Awards nominated ‘A People Uncounted’ which documents the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people.

In early March of 2013, Robi was involved in a special commemorative concert to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Oscar Peterson album, ‘Night Train’. This concert occurred in Oscar’s hometown of Montreal and featured Robi leading the trio with former Oscar Peterson band mates, Order of Canada recipient Dave Young on bass and Alvin Queen on drums. This trio (with Order of Canada recipient Terry Clarke on drums) embarked on a second tour in November 2013, playing in Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Robi has accompanied many great jazz musicians and vocalists in the Canadian music scene for years. One of them is Juno winner, Order of Canada and former CBC Radio host, Molly Johnson. Robi has played in Molly’s bands for over seven years now and tours with her internationally, including recent tours of Japan and France.

A little over a year ago, Robi recorded his second album for A440 Entertainment, ‘Movin’ Forward’. This album features a dream-team rhythm section of Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums and Robert Hurst on bass, with the great Canadian (and New York-based) saxophonist Seamus Blake on tenor, soprano saxophones, and EWI. Jeff and Robert are Grammy-Award winning musicians who are regarded amongst the great bass-drum jazz rhythm sections in Jazz history, having recorded in the seminal quartets of both Branford and Wynton Marsalis in the 1980s and 1990s, leading the resurgence of the ‘young lion’ comeback of Jazz music. Movin’ Forward features a mix of originals, Roma-influenced songs as well as funky grooves, and straight-ahead swing compositions. The album is releasing in Canada on March 24th and will be supported by a short tour in late March with the album band of Seamus, Bob and Jeff. In the Summer of 2015, Robi will be travelling Canada on a three week tour, playing original music from his album release, mixed with songs from his debut album, and classic standards.

PAUL NOVOTNY (bassist, producer, composer) was born on July 25, 1958 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He has been a familiar figure on bandstands and concert stages throughout Toronto and at jazz festivals for a number of years as a member of The Brian Browne Trio and bassist for the Dave McMurdo Jazz Orchestra. As a sideman, he has worked with many other great jazz artists including Cedar Walton, Geoff Keezer, Jo Anne Brakeen, Junior Mance, Darrell Grant, Don Thompson, Joe Sealy, Tommy Banks, Moncef Genoud, Phil Nimmons, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, and Reg Schwager.

Novotny also currently performs as a member of the Daniel Barnes Quintet, and plays electric bass with The Blay Ambolley/Joe Sealy African Projekt, a feature in several recent Ontario jazz festivals with additional bookings throughout Canada well into the future. He is also a partner in a recently-formed blues band entitled Home Cookin’ with Jackie Richardson, Danny B, and Joe Sealy.

Novotny’s enduring musical partnership with pianist Joe Sealy started in 1981, becoming a business partnership when Sealy and Novotny established their own jazz record label in 1989. The Novotny/Sealy co-owned Triplet Records Inc. has released 14 CDs to date (2008), three of which have garnered JUNO nominations and one which won a JUNO Award in the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category.

As a composer and member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Novotny also creates music for television, commercials and film, Conversant in traditional and contemporary musical idioms composing accomplishments to date include CBC’s The National, The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos, Newsworld’s News Now, and Space for Living on the HGTV Network. His work on commercial recording tracks is heard on advertising spots for several leading products and companies. He has also written music for several documentaries and three feature films.

Paul Novotny is on the teaching faculty of Humber College where he instructs in Music Business, and recently re-designed the Music Business Course there.

As a bass-player and music producer, Paul Novotny’s co-owned jazz record label. Triplet Recordings. has released JUNO Award-winning and nominated CDs including Joe Sealy’s Africville Suite. Caro Welsman’s Lucky to be Me, and Sealy/Novotny’s Dual Vision and Blue Jade.


Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 pm
Tickets: $30/$20 arts workers & seniors/$10 students (Cash only at the door)
***Ticket price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS !!!***
Performance with reception to follow (light refreshments provided)

Join Toronto's TORQ Percussion Quartet as they celebrate the launch of their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of original commissions for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features works by Canadian and Ontario composers Christos Hatzis (MODULATIONS I), Peter Hatch (TimeSpace) and TorQ's own Daniel Morphy (Thrown From A Loop). The performance will include excerpts from all three works, with a talkback and reception to follow. Tickets available at the door (cash only), and the price includes a CD copy of MODULATIONS. Additional copies of the album will be available for purchase. Looking forward to celebrating with you!

Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “Outstanding - no, make that astonishing!”, Canada's premiere percussion ensemble TorQ Percussion Quartet continues to bring new vitality to percussion repertoire and performance in every situation and opportunity. Renowned for their engaging performances, members Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake, and Daniel Morphy are committed to making percussion music accessible to audiences that span generations and as The Toronto Star states "[TorQ] can stand proud among the growing throng of chamber percussion ensembles around the world."

Since coming together in 2004, some of their international highlights include the International Percussion Quartet Festival (Luxembourg), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis) and with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. At home, TorQ has made appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, PEI's Indian River Festival, MusicFest Canada (Vancouver), Toronto's Soundstreams, and Kitchener's Open Ears Contemporary Music Festival. Selected by the three major Canadian touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada, Prairie Debut and Debut Atlantic, TorQ has performed throughout every province. In 2012, they launched their first annual concert series in Toronto where they continue to collaborate with invited guest artists, composers, and dancers.

The 2017-2018 season sees TorQ releasing their fourth studio album, MODULATIONS, a collection of music for keyboard percussion instruments. Released on TorQ's BEDOINT record label, the album features original commissions from Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Peter Hatch and Daniel Morphy, and was produced by Ray Dillard. In addition to their annual Toronto concert series, TorQ will be performing across Canada with engagements with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Atlantic BandFest in Halifax, NS, and OpenEars Festival of Music & Sound in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. TorQ will be presenting collaborative concerts with Continuum Contemporary Music, Penderecki String Quartet and Nico Muhly, and have recently been announced as Artists-in-Residence at York University in Toronto, where they will present lectures, masterclasses and a performance of Dinuk Wijeratne's percussion quartet concerto Invisible Cities in collaboration with York University Wind Symphony.

Committed to commissioning new works for percussion quartet, TorQ has presented many Canadian and world premieres including a new percussion quartet concerto written by Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne called Invisible Cities which premiered in 2014. Their discography consists of four recordings on Bedoint Records. Their self-titled first CD was awarded 3.5/4 stars by The Toronto Star. Their third CD, Without A Map, was released in November 2014 in celebration of their milestone 10th anniversary season.

Advocates for music education, TorQ is actively involved in music education initiatives and performs approximately 70 school shows per year, and have served as faculty members of the Durham Integrated Arts Camp, run by the Durham District School Board. They are also frequent educational collaborators with Soundstreams Canada and present master classes and workshops for high schools and university students. Summer 2017 saw TorQ hosted their sixth annual TorQ Percussion Seminar, a week-long percussion event which took place in collaboration with the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

TorQ endorses Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Dream Cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion and Remo Percussion.

"...confidence, energy, and subtlety shone darkly in a powerful and theatrical performance of a work that stands outside of trends or time. They may be young men, but they have old souls." (

Matti Pulkki, accordion solo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 8 pm

Finnish accordionist Matti Pulkki brings his hour-long solo recital to Toronto. The concert program consists of contemporary solo pieces from around the world. The title of the concert is derived from a new large-scale composition by George Katehis commissioned by the American Accordionists’ Association. This performance at Gallery 345 will be the Canadian premiere of the piece. The rest of the program features music from composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Jesús Torres, Keiko Harada and Sampo Haapamäki.

George Katehis: Become/Desiccated (Canadian premiere)
Magnus Lingberg: Jeux d’anches
Keiko Harada: BONE+
Jesús Torres: Cadencias
Sampo Haapamäki: Power

Matti Pulkki (b. 1991) is a Helsinki based classical accordionist. Pulkki performs as a soloist and with different chamber groups. Recently he has been focusing on collaborating with composers on renewing the soundscape of the instrument through experimenting. Though Pulkki concentrates mainly on original music written for accordion, he also arranges, transcribes, and performs music from a wide range of styles and eras. Pulkki recently completed his Master's degree at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki as a student of professor Matti Rantanen. From 2014 to 2015, he studied at the University of Toronto with professor Joseph Macerollo.

Arraymusic and Gallery 345 present the music of
Wilhelm Killmayer and Sandeep Bhagwati

Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 8pm; pre-concert talk at 7pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only)

This concert was intended to mark the 90th birthday of German composer Wilhelm Killmayer. It was with great sadness that we heard the news that he had passed away on August 20, a day before his birthday. We will celebrate his w ork and its enduring legacy none-the-less!

Killmayer’s insidiously surreal yet incisive music is underappreciated everywhere. However, it does have some fierce advocates around the world, including Arraymusic Artistic Director Martin Arnold. Another is Killmayer's former student, the remarkable Indian-German-Canadian composer, Sandeep Bhagwati. Since 2006 Bhagwati has held the Canada Research Chair in Inter-X Art Practice and Theory and directed the Matralab at Concordia University, Montréal. The Array Ensemble will perform two trios and a quartet by Killmayer as well as a new piano quartet by Bhagwati dedicated to Killmayer, written to mark his passing. Array Ensemble pianist Stephen Clarke will perform a half-hour selection of pieces from Bhagwati’s Music of Crossings.

Sheila Jaffé - violin
Stephen Sitarski - violin
Margaret Gay - cello
Stephen Clarke - piano


Stele IX (für Wilhelm Killmayer) (2017) Sandeep Bhagwati
(for 2 violins, cello and piano)

Trio (1984) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for 2 violins and cello)

Brahms-Bildnis (1976) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for violin, cello and piano)

Quartett (1975) Wilhelm Killmayer
(for 2 violins, cello and piano)

from Music of Crossings (2015) Sandeep Bhagwati
(for piano)

Sandeep Bhagwati is a multiple award-winning composer, poet, academic researcher, theatre director and media artist [Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (with Boguslaw Schaeffer), Musikhochschule München (with Wilhelm Killmayer) and IRCAM Paris]. He was born in 1963 in Bombay, India, and moved to Germany at the age of 6. His compositions and comprovisations (including 6 operas/music theatre works) are regularly performed worldwide, and he has received countless commissions from around the world. Many of his works are evening-length multi-arts projects - for which also he writes the text, directs, lights and conducts. He has curated and directed several new music festivals in Munich, Berlin and Karlsruhe, as well as participated in and directed long-term inter-traditional projects with Asian musicians and European ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Nieuw Ensemble, and Klangforum Wien. He is a prolific writer on music, mostly for German radio and magazines, but also for academic journals and books.

A Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Concordia University since 2006, he also was Professor at Karlsruhe Music University, Composer-in-Residence/Fellow/Guest Professor at IRCAM Paris, ZKM Karlsruhe, Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, IEM Graz, CalArts Los Angeles, Heidelberg University, University of Arts Berlin and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow. At Concordia, he currently directs matralab, a research/creation center for performing arts. His current work centers on comprovisation, trans-traditional aesthetics, gestural & sonic theatre and interactive, non-visual scores. From 2008 to 2011, he also was the director of Hexagram Concordia. Since 2013, he also is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Extrakte Berlin, and since 2015 of Ensemble Sangeet Prayog Pune (India). A large part of his music can be listened to at where one can also download some scores. His music is being published by Mode Records and Dreyer Gaido Music Productions.

A single note is very precious for me - like a crystal or a flower. (Wilhelm Killmayer)
Wilhelm Killmayer was born in Munich on August 21, 1927, and received regular piano lessons from the age of six. He studied conducting and composition at Hermann Wolfgang von Waltershausen’s Musikseminar in Munich (1945-1951). Alongside courses in musicology, Killmayer took private studies with Carl Orff (1951-1953) and subsequently his master class at the Musikhochschule Munich (1953/54). From 1955, Killmayer taught music theory and counterpoint at the Trappsches Konservatorium Munich and, between 1961 and 1964, was also a ballet conductor at the Bavarian State Opera. After two sojourns at the Villa Massimo Rome (1958 and 1965/66), Killmayer became a freelance composer and, in 1968, settled in Frankfurt am Main. In 1973, he moved back to Munich as professor of composition at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where he taught until 1992. Some of his better-known students are Moritz Eggert and Sandeep Bhagwati.

Already during the post-war decades, the young composer turned his back on the theoretical dogmas of serial music, and developed his own personal style, born primarily out of his extrapolation of 19th-century musical traditions. Orchestral works such as Nachtgedanken (1973), the three Sinfonien (“Fogli”, 1968; “Ricordanze”, 1968/69 and “Menschen-Los”, 1972/73 rev. 1988) and the three Kammermusiken (The woods so wilde, 1970; Schumann in Endenich, 1972 and Kindertage, 1973) contrasted conflicting fields of ostinati arising from short motives and rhythms with a radical reduction of compositional devices. For his opening fanfare for the 1972 Munich Olympics, he devised a static piece similar to Terry Riley's "In C", of which he had been unaware. These works have had a huge influence on several generations of young German composers, such as Wolfgang Rihm, Helmut Lachenmann, Manfred Trojahn and Jörg Widmann.
The individual note, its sound and its power are at the core of Wilhelm Killmayer’s aesthetics. Hence his rich body of works around the melodic voice. During the 1980s, he composed the three cycles of Hölderlin Lieder, a much-acclaimed work and a precursor of conceptual composition techniques that would become fashionable in the 2000s. He continued with many other monographic lieder cycles, such as the Eichendorff Lieder (1991), Trakl Lieder (1993 and 1996) and Huit Poésies de Mallarmé (1995).

In 1954, Killmayer was awarded Fromm Music Foundation Prize for his Missa Brevis. In 1957, he received the Kulturpreis from the City of Munich for Une leçon de français and in 1965 the Prix Italia. In 1989, he received the Paul Hindemith Prize under the auspices of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, in 1993 the Bayerische Maximiliansorden for Science and Art and in 2010 the chamber music prize presented by the Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation
After a long and debilitating illness, Wilhelm Killmayer died in Starnberg on August 20, 2017 one day before his 90th birthday.

ClimateKeys: Talking about Climate Change
Erika Crino, piano
Prof. Matthew Hoffmann, lecture

Saturday November 25, 2017 at 3 pm
All are welcome, Pay What You Can

Lecture and Discussion led by Prof. Matthew Hoffmann
Music by Berio, Ravel, Takemitsu, Lavallee performed by Erika Crino

Please join distinguished Professor Matthew Hoffmann and Pianist Erika Crino in an afternoon of music and discussion about climate change.

This event is part of ClimateKeys, an initiative launching with over thirty concerts in nine countries during October and November 2017 to raise engagement with CoP23, the 2017 UN climate talks taking place in November. ClimateKeys, founded by London-based composer pianist Lola Perrin, features concert pianists and climate change experts collaborating with the audience about positive response to climate change. To date, over a hundred concert musicians and expert speakers in twenty countries have joined ClimateKeys.

Finding Hope in the Global Response to Climate Change

Climate change can often feel overwhelming. We see hurricanes fueled by global warming devastating the Caribbean and floods inundating Bangladesh while ships ply the Northwest Passage and fires rage in Western Canada. The challenge is large, the response often seems slow at best, and time is short to begin making significant changes. Where do we look for hope? Fortunately people and communities and organizations all over theworld are responding to climate change and there is momentum locally and globally to generate the kind of transformations weneed to address climate change. It will not be easy,but from the global Paris Agreement to localefforts in Toronto, there are diverse initiativesseeking to reorient communities and usher in a just, low carbon future. There is hope in these activities, but it will take energy and action to come to fruition.

Matt Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He is the author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto and Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response. He also co-author of the book Transnational Climate Change Governance. His current collaborative research project explores the development of Political Pathways to Decarbonization.

Italian pianist Erika Crinò is very active as a chamber musician and a soloist both in Europe and North America.

Erika is regularly heard in important Toronto venues, among others, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, Heliconian Hall, and Gallery345. At the Glenn Gould Studio, Erika performed Bach's Triple Concerto with pianists Dr. Robert Silverman and Dr. Brett Kingsbury with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra directed by Jacques Israelievitch. In the same concert hall, Erika premiered Canadian composer Michael Pepa’s TREMA with the Canadian Sinfonietta, and his Yakami Variations, with the Croatian Cantus Ensemble conducted by Ivan Josip Skender.

Erika has appeared in solo recitals at prestigious venues such as La Chapelle du Bon Pasteur in Montreal, Walter Hall at the University of Toronto, the George Enescu Hall in Bucharest (Romania), the Lviv State Academy (Ukraine), Art Centre Guarnerius in Belgrade (Serbia), FUGA Budapest (Hungary), Zakopane (Poland), Mesnil Saint Martin (France), Sala Tripcovich in Trieste, Istituto Mario Negri in Milano, and Palazzo Sacchetti and Teatro Marcello in Rome (Italy). In 2015, she collaborated with the Penderecki String Quartet in several performances in Canada (Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Society) and Croatia (Zagreb Biennale). Her recent performance in Zagreb, at the invitation of the Canadian Embassy to celebrate the Twentieth Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Canada and Croatia, was attended by the Croatian President Ivo Josipović.

Erika also appeared as guest soloist in several performances of Bach’s D Minor Concerto with the Lviv Virtuosi (Lviv, Ukraine) conducted by Irina Vakulina and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra of Bulgaria, with conductor Raitcho Hristov, as well as in several performances of Michael Pepa"s Yakami Variations - a work written for her - with the chamber orchestra of Moldova in Chisinau, and Cantus Ensemble in Zagreb.

After obtaining the Diploma in Piano at the conservatory in her hometown of Trieste (Italy), and the Diploma in Chamber Music with the Trio di Trieste, Erika studied with M. Bruno Canino in Milan. Shortly after, she moved to Canada where she completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance with Dr. Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Erika is currently on the faculty at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music in Toronto and is chamber music instructor at the University of Toronto and member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory.

Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Uriel Tsachor, piano

Sunday November 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
$25/$10 (cash at the door)
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Sonata B flat major K. 454 - W.A. MOZART (1756-1791)

Sonata E flat op. 120, 2 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)


Sonata g minor op. 19 for cello and piano - Sergei RACHMANINOFF(1873-1943)
arr: for violin and piano (arr. Annette-Barbara Vogel)

Annette-Barbara Vogel

In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review wrote: “Vogel is about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for”. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for “… authoritative and highly sensitive performances” (Music Web International),” and a “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” (Brahms Concerto, Wuppertaler Zeitung). Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship. Vogel was one of the musicians chosen to perform in a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay's seventy-fifth birthday, where she played Brahms Concerto with Keith Lockhart. She has shared concert stages with notable artists C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and musically collaborated with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.

A Full Professor, Annette-Barbara Vogel joined Western University in 2004 where she is in high demand as a pedagogue. Prior to coming to Canada, Vogel held several university teaching positions: she was “Artist-in-Residence” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, professor at Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, and subsequently professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she was founder and Artistic Director of ”MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.” Vogel’s musical training has been multifaceted: in addition to her two soloist and artist diplomas “summa com laude” from Folkwang Hochschule Essen and Cincinnati College-Conservatory she also holds a degree in chamber music with distinction. Additional studies took her to Los Angeles (University of Southern California, violin pedagogy with Alice Schoenfeld), Basel /Switzerland (Chamber Music, Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet) and Amsterdam (Sweelinck Konservatorium, Herman Krebbers). Two recently released CDs of Vogel’s over twelve commercial recordings, the much anticipated complete violin repertoire of Hans Gál, met with critical acclaim, citing her “committed performances… [and] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” (The Strad). Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. About her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney "Through the Centuries” (June 2013) American Record Guide April 2014 writes: “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worth- while unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas of European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2017.

Vogel has recorded for Avie Records, Bluegriffin Recordings, Cybele Records, Eroica Classical Records, and Harmonia Mundi Germany.

Annette-Barbara Vogel is founder and Artistic Director of MAGISTERRA SOLOISTS, an ensemble which was founded in 2015. For information on this not-for-profit group please visit:

Uriel Tsachor

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway artist. A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches a large and internationally diverse studio at the University of Iowa, School of Music.

"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.

Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras as well as with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.

Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe included Beethoven’s HammerKlavier Sonata as well as major works by Schumann and Brahms. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.

Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours and the Concorso Busoni, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.

Tsachor’s discography ( encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor’s Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide. International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the “milestones in the recorded history of the work” citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”

In another recent review of his playing the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.”

Uriel Tsachor's chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label and violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. The duo has also recorded for the Musique en Wallonie label a 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist.

This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform in Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong and on major University campuses in the United States and Canada.

Homo Faber
Studio Dan Vienna

Monday November 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$25/$10 Students

Homo Faber: Music by Austrian composer, improviser, and trombonist Daniel Riegler. This piece was commissioned by the 21er Haus contemporary art gallery in Vienna.

Studio Dan was founded by Daniel Riegler in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien’s first festival. The ensemble started as big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan is the only Austrian large ensemble belonging neither to the jazz big band mainstream nor to the strictly interpretive contemporary chamber music culture. Instead, the ensemble organically combines composition and improvisation, exploring beyond the bounds of simplistic categories.

Studio Dan and Daniel Riegler curate and produce new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions such as the 21er Haus (contemporary art gallery in Vienna), Wien Modern (Vienna Modern Music Festival) or KinderKinder/Big Bang (Hamburg international children’s festival). Past guest soloists and collaborations with Studio Dan include Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha. The ensemble has been repeatedly supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Since 2015, the ensemble Studio Dan has been led by an artistic organising team comprising of Caitlin Smith, Sophia Goidinger-Koch, Margit Schoberleitner, Maiken Beer and Daniel Riegler.

Our program in 2017 includes the presentation of several programs in New York on an invitation from the Austrian Cultural Forum, as well as other concerts in the US and Canada. On this tour, we will present pieces from emerging Austrian composers drawn from the Studio Dan scene (Mirela Ivičević, Caitlin Smith, Clemens Wenger, Christian F. Schiller, Christoph Walder, Daniel Riegler). We will also feature new commissions by the Belarussian composer and DAAD-Stipendium recipient Oxana Omelchuk and AACM-icon and McArthur Genius Grant winner George Lewis. In the first half of 2017 the ensemble will be dedicated to the development and production of two different programs stemming from the artistic universe of Frank Zappa. Studio Dan will pay tribute not only to his legendary rock albums, but also to his visual works and little-known compositions for chamber ensemble.

From Moscow to Paris

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8 pm
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Michael Westwood, clarinet
Ruta Vaivade, piano
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano - Camille Saint-Saens
Trio Pathetique for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Mikhail Glinka


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Saturday December 2, 2017 at 2 pm 
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Johann Nepomuk Hummel - Sonata Nr. 2 in E flat Major Opus 13
Franz Liszt - Sonata in B minor S.178
Johann Nepomuk Hummel - 24 Etudes Opus 125

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. 
She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).

From Russia, with Love
Decus Duo with Olga Laktionova, cello

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 pm 
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A. Arensky, Piano Trio No.1 Op.32 in D minor
S. Rachmaninov, Trio Elegiaque No.1 in G minor
R. Shchedrin, Three Funny Pieces

Three Russian master composers, three approaches to memory and mourning, redeemed by hope.
This is Romanticism that grabs hold of your heartstrings and seduces you with the spectrum of human emotion. Arensky and Rachmaninov will take you on a rollercoaster ride through loss and tragedy – while Shchedrin reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. 

A co-founding member of Decus Duo, Lucia Barcari is a versatile violinist with a special affinity for collaborative projects in diverse genres and ensembles. She enjoys an active career as an orchestral leader, recording artist, chamber and folk musician, throughout Canada and Europe. Committed to educating a new generation of musicians and audiences, Ms. Barcari has worked with Sistema Toronto, a philanthropic organization created to enhance the social development of children through music education. An active orchestral musician for over twenty years, she has served as concertmaster for the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and Nuove Musiche in Belgium. Born in Chișinău, Moldova, Ms. Barcari was admitted to the Music School for Talented Children at the age of seven, and later won the Moldovan National Music Competition. She immigrated to Canada in 1996 and became a Canadian citizen in 2000.

A native of Odessa, Ukraine, cellist Olga Laktionova is currently a member of The National Ballet of Canada and Canadian Opera Company orchestras. She received her musical training at the Special Musical School of Professor Stolyarsky (Odessa, Ukraine) and Odessa State Conservatory (Ukraine) with Elena Befani and Valentina Balon-Rymashevskaya. Later, she received additional training at Staatliche hochschule Fur Musik Freiburg (Germany) with Christoph Henkel. She won second prize at the Eugen Coca International Competition (Kishinev, Moldova), Second Prize at the City Competition for Young Artists (Odessa, Ukraine), Special Diploma at International Competition Jeunesses Musicales (Bucharest, Romania). After immigrating to Canada in 2002, Olga participated in Brott Music Festival (Hamilton, 2002), and won 2nd prize at Canadian Music Competition (Calgary, 2003).

Prizewinner at the 2011 Knigge Music Competition at the University of British Columbia, Katsiaryna Khatsko is a versatile and imaginative musician continuously building her career as a rising concert pianist and chamber musician. Born in Belarus, Mrs. Khatsko started playing piano at an early age, participating in numerous concerts and competitions and taking home top prizes, including the city-wide Minsk music competition “Debut” in 1999, First Place in the Mikhail Glinka Concerto Competition at the Belarusian College of Music and performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Minsk Music College Orchestra in 2005. She has studied with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Leon Fleisher, Anton Kuerti, and Robert McDonald, completing her Master of Music in piano performance at the University of Toronto in 2014. Ms. Khatsko is an active performer and presenter of the chamber repertoire and is currently the Music Director at Dixie Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario. 

Jazz at the Gallery:
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Ellington/Strayhorn: Nutcracker Suite

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8pm 
Admission $20; $10 Students

Gallery 345 presents a tribute to two classic large ensemble jazz albums featuring the compositions and arrangements of Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan and the Miles Davis Nonet from their 1956 album "The Birth of the Cool", and Tchaikovsky's beloved Nutcracker as re-imagined by the great Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn from the 1966 album of the same name.

This tribute will feature talented students and alumni from Humber College, University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School compiled together by bandleaders Dennis Kwok and Mason Victoria for a special evening of music.

Birth Of The Cool
Mason Victoria - Conductor 
Ben McCaroll-Butler - Alto Sax
Dennis Kwok - Bari Sax
Marie Goudy - Trumpet
Rachel Côté - French Horn
Aidan Sibley - Trombone
Nolan Downey - Tuba
Augustine Yates - Piano
Jon Wielebnowski - Bass
Jacob Wutzke - Drums

The Nutcracker

Ben McCaroll-Butler
Chelsea McBride
Jeff LaRochelle
Emily Steinwall
Dennis Kwok

Aidan Sibley
Andrew Noakes
Nick Marshall

Megan Jutting
Marie Goudy
Paul Callander
Mason Victoria

Augustine Yates
Jon Wielebnowski
Jacob Wutzke

Payadora Tango Ensemble
New Album Release: Volando

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 pm
$25 /$15 Student

Payadora Tango Ensemble
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin 
Branko Dzinovic, accordion/bandoneon
Robert Horvath, piano
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Elbio Fernandez, guest vocalist

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. 

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

A Mid Winter’s Eve
Carmen Lasceski-Custers, violin
Emily Rho, piano

Thursday December 14, 2017 at 8 pm 
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door) 

Join violinist, Carmen Lasceski-Custers and pianist, Emily Rho for an evening filled with music for violin and piano.

Sonatine in D major for violin and piano, D 384 -  Franz Schubert (1797-1828
I. Allegro molto         
II. Andante
III. Allegro Vivace

La Plus Que Lente, Valse pour piano -  Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Transcription pour violin & piano par Leon Roques

Sonata for piano and violin in G major, Op. 78 -  Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Vivace ma non troppo 
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato

Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 - Pablo Sarasate (1844-1908)
Gypsy Airs

Concert Sponsored in part by: Tutti Violini (

A diverse and engaging performer, Toronto-based violinist and teacher Carmen Lasceski- Custers has played in numerous settings with a repertoire that spans many genres. Originally from the rolling hills of Wisconsin, Carmen began her musical studies at age three after enrolling in violin lessons. Not long after, she joined her mother, musician Diane Michaels, onstage and the two went on to form the mother/daughter folk duo Side by Side. Together they spent almost twenty years touring Wisconsin performing a variety of programs for audiences of all ages.

Throughout her youth, Carmen’s study encompassed many areas of the arts, including violin, voice, theatre and dance. She began her postsecondary studies at the University of Wisconsin Platteville, where she completed coursework in theatre and also studied violin and voice.
Carmen went on to complete her bachelor's degree in violin performance at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and her masters degree in violin performance and literature at Western University.

Carmen is passionate about seeking out and creating her own unique performance opportunities and bringing them to fruition, and to that end, has organized and completed a seven-city violin/piano duo recital concert series, and a three-city duo violin church concert series in the States.

A skilled and dedicated instructor, Carmen is often in demand as a teacher. She is a certified Advanced Specialist with the Royal Conservatory of Music, has taught at music schools throughout the States and Canada, worked as a graduate teaching assistant, adjudicated for the American Guild of Music National Convention and Contest and Merriam School of Music Group Festival, worked as a summer festival clinician, given orchestral workshops in both primary and secondary school settings, presented university masterclasses, and had four of her pedagogical articles published. She currently maintains her own private teaching studio, Cavatina Violin Studio, in Mid-town Toronto. 

Pianist Emily Rho is an open-minded and much-sought-after musician based in Toronto, Canada. Forging a multi-faceted career of her own, she is not only a captivating pianist on stage, but also an arts administrator, and educator. Beyond her expressive playing at the piano, Emily is an effortless public speaker and often reaches out to the audience on a more personal level by introducing the works being performed with a story that is relatable to the modern audience.

Alongside her performing career, Ms. Rho is the co-artistic director of Toronto’s Pocket Concerts, which presents high-quality chamber music concerts in intimate venues such as homes and work places all over Toronto. Focused on providing a holistic concert experience, each Pocket Concert offers a thoughtfully curated program performed by some of Canada’s finest classical artists, experienced up-close in a fun, casual environment.

Her love of performing and exceptional dedication to her craft have led to many accolades and opportunities to be heard in various concert venues in North America, Europe, and Asia. She has collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists such as violist Roberto Diaz, violinists Ian Swensen and Mark Fewer. In 2012, Ms. Rho was chosen to perform at the Emil Gilels Foundation Festival in Freiburg, Germany, and she was also invited as a collaborative pianist at The Banff Centre and the Toronto Summer Music Festival’s Chamber Music Institute. More recently, Emily has been invited as a guest pianist at music festivals in Québec, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and New York.

Ms. Rho has been invited as a guest speaker at various workshops through Artscape Launchpad, National Academy Orchestra, and University of Toronto. Through her presentations, Emily wishes to share her experiences and insights as an emerging artist entrepreneur.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Emily is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, and a Master of Music from University of Toronto. She maintains a private teaching studio in downtown Toronto and coaches chamber music at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Ms. Rho is also an amateur chorister in an all-professional- instrumentalists’ choir, Acquired Taste, which was founded through Pocket Concerts in 2017. 

Christmas Concert Beau Noel
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano
Caroline Leonardelli, harp
Matthew Larkin, piano

Sunday December 17, 2017 at 2 pm 
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)  

Noëls de Lourmarin - Henri Bosco & Illo Humphrey 
D'où viens-tu bergère, arr. Kelly-Marie Murphy 
Entre le boeuf et l'âne gris, arr. Kelly-Marie Murphy 
Le sommeil de L'Enfant Jésus - Henri Büsser 
Ave Maria - Charles Marie Widor 
Traditional Carols & More! 

A singer, actress and broadcaster, Julie Nesrallah is regularly engaged by leading opera companies, symphonies, festivals and chamber music ensembles across North America and around the world. Miss Nesrallah débuted at Carnegie Hall with harpist Caroline Léonardelli in March 2015. She is also the recipient Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her cultural contribution to Canada. On July 1, 2011 Miss Nesrallah sang God Save the Queen for His Royal Highness Prince William and Her Royal Highness Princess Kate. She has also performed An Evening for Peace in Montreal for Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Miss Nesrallah is the Executive Producer and star of Carmen on Tap, a company she created that performs the opera Carmen as dinner theatre. 

Caroline Léonardelli, concert harpist and recording artist is a renowned soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. Caroline’s solo recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination in the category of Classical Album of the Year solo or small ensemble. Her latest solo recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple Music editors as one of ten harp recordings worldwide for their feature on the instrument.

Caroline has been described as a “World Class Harpist” in Harp Column Magazine, and her live performances have been reviewed as “Brilliant” and “Outstanding”. Reviews of Caroline’s Impressions de France recording: “What she brings or adds to the music at hand, to any piece she plays, is close to magical” “She sees beyond the notes and recreates what the composer had in mind” Classical Music Sentinel. "It is her artistic sense of pacing and of shaping melodies within cascades of notes that help make these performances commanding." WholeNote Magazine. "This is a French album for me like no other", "warm touch, coupled with an articulate technique" "thoughtfully chosen and laid-out repertoire, filled with surprises and all masterfully presented" Harp Column Magazine. Caroline has released six recordings on her own label and has a worldwide digital distribution agreement with NAXOS.

Caroline’s recordings and live performances have been featured on CBC Radio, NPR Classical 24 network and Classical stations throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia. Caroline’s live radio performances include interviews and performances on PBS/NPR radio’s Backstage Pass series. In November 2015 and February 2016 Caroline was featured on CBC National Radio show In Concert performing at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto in solo performance and with the Afiara String Quartet.

One of Canada's most influential liturgical musicians, Matthew Larkin is well-known throughout the country and beyond as an organist, choral director, orchestral conductor, composer, and collaborator in a wide variety of musical styles and genres. Born in England, he came to Canada as a child, settling in Kingston, Ontario. He received his early musical training as a boy chorister at St. George's Cathedral, and was appointed organ scholar and assistant organist there while in high school. As a student at the University of Toronto, he was Organ Scholar of Trinity College, and returning briefly to England, he studied with Nicholas Danby of the Royal College of Music. After serving in a number of parishes in England and Toronto, Matthew moved to British Columbia and was appointed Organist and Choirmaster at St. John's Church, and after seven years there, he moved to Ottawa to become Director of Music at St. Matthew's Church. He later was appointed Associate Organist of St. James Cathedral, Toronto, and for fourteen years, he was proud to serve as Director of Music at Ottawa's Christ Church Cathedral. 

This term, he begins his work as Director of Music at St. Thomas's Church, Toronto, and concurrently, is the founding Artistic Director of Caelis Academy Ensemble, Ottawa. In addition to his church work, Matthew has held many notable appointments as Artistic Director, including with the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa (1997-2006), the Ottawa Choral Society (2005-2012), and the Larkin Singers (2008-2015).

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Land’s End Ensemble
An Evening with Robert Aitken, flute

Sunday February 4, 2018 at 8 pm. Introduction at 7:15
$35/$25 Seniors & Arts Workers/ $10 Students
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Land’s End Ensemble
John Lowry, violin
Beth Root Sandvoss, cello
Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano
Robert Aitken, flute

Max Oppenheimer – Portrait of Anton Webern (1909)

Hope Lee (China/Canada b.1953) – New Work (2017)
Sean Clarke (Canada b.1983) – New Work (2017)
Matthew Ricketts (Canada b.1986) – Graffiti Songs (2010)
Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951) – Kammersymphonie Op. 9* (1906)
* 1922 chamber arrangement by Anton Webern (Austria 1883-1945)

“If you want to see a contemporary music ensemble perform provocative, brilliant and relevant work, with an eye for the narrative, then look no further than this bold ensemble that does it all” – Calgary Herald

Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician”, Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s is a highly regarded chamber-musician and collaborative artist. She has performed with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Andras Diaz, Ron Leonard, James Campbell, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Catherine Monoukian, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi.

John Lowry has been Associate Concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since 1987. He was Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony for the 2002-2003 season, and has served as Guest Concertmaster of orchestras in Halifax, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo, Red Deer, and the Adelaide Symphony of South Australia.

Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth’s early professional activities took her to Hong Kong, where she became a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Victoria String Quartet, performing throughout Asia.

Vincent Ho is widely recognized as one of the most exciting composers of his generation. His works have been hailed for their profound expressiveness and textural beauty, leaving audiences talking about them with great enthusiasm. His many awards have included Harvard University’s Fromm Music Commission, The Canada Council for the Arts’ “Robert Fleming Prize,” ASCAP’s “Morton Gould Young Composer Award,” four SOCAN Young Composers Awards, and CBC Radio’s Audience Choice Award (2009 Young Composers’ Competition).

Image result for robert aitken fluteRobert Morris Aitken, CM,  is a Canadian composer and flautist. He began his career as a teenager playing in a number of orchestras, notably becoming the youngest principal flautist in the history of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 1958 at the age of 19. In 1971, he abandoned ensemble performance to pursue a highly successful solo career. He has appeared as a soloist with major symphony orchestras throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has made more than 40 commercial recordings.

Born in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Aitken has played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is Artistic Director of New Music Concerts in Toronto. He has also done classical and contemporary music (along with eminent harpist Erica Goodman) on BIS Records. He studied flute wirh Nicolas Fiore, Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Andre Jaunet, Severino Gazzelloni, and Hubert Barwahser.

From 1988 to 2004, Aitken was a member of the music faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, Germany. He is also a former faculty member of the University of Toronto(1960–1975) and the Shawnigan Summer School of Arts (1972–1982) and was director of advanced studies in music at the Banff Centre from 1985 to 1989.

Preludes & Rhapsodies
Buzz Brass Quintet with special guests
Matt Herskowitz and Kara Huber, piano,
Antoine Malette-Chenier, harp

Saturday February 10, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)

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What’s the Buzz all about?
This ensemble offers an impressive range of musical styles, from the Renaissance to the present day. Its playlist includes classics from the brass-quintet repertoire and, to spice things up, exclusive compositions and arrangements.

What’s more, Buzz doesn’t limit itself to any musical genre. The group has travelled many musical roads and is constantly venturing down new pathways. Chamber music, jazz and folk music are all on the program in versions purely for brass or in combination with other instruments.
This appetite for variety is reflected in the range of Buzz’s presentation formats as well: classical concerts, some with projections, and even veritable theatrical staging reminiscent of musical comedies. Buzz also revels in its ability to create music for audiences of all ages, from the youngest to the not-so-young. The group’s performances hit all the right notes, leaving every ear—what else?— buzzing with pleasure.

In Preludes & Rhapsodies, the merry band of five musicians — Sylvain Lapointe and Frédéric Gagnon, trumpets; Pascal Lafrenière, horn; as well as Jason De Carufel and Sylvain Arseneau, trombones — join pianists Matt Herskowitz, Kara Huber and harpist Antoine Malette-Chenier to take on accessible classic works and thus offer a chamber-music concert that tackles a familiar repertoire in a brand-new light thanks to novel and daring arrangements. A many-hued show that packs a punch, with power gloved in finesse.

Trio Arkel

Sunday February 25, 2018 at 8 pm
Special Screening at 6:30 
My War Years: Arnold Schoenberg schoenberg
$35/$25 Seniors & Arts Workers/ $10 Students
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Kaija Saariaho (Finland b.1952) – Cloud Trio (2009)
Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland b.1933) – String Trio (1990-91)
James Rolfe (Canada b.1961) – And Then Grace (2000)
Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951) – String Trio, Op.45 (1946)

Arnold Schoenberg - Self Portrait (1910)

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Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.

Marie Bérard, violin, is best known as the Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist recording artist and teacher. She is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and member of the acclaimed ARC ensemble; she also holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California. Marie is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music; she has recorded concerti by Schnittke and Kucharzyk, and recently performed major works as soloist with Esprit Orchestra, such as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina and “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov.

Teng Li is establishing herself as one of the world’s leading violists. She appears regularly as soloist throughout Canada, China, Europe and the USA. Ms. Li is also sought after as a chamber musician and collaborator, appearing in major international festivals. She has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, Germany). Ms Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony
Winona Zelenka, cello, is Associate Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony; she has also served as Acting Principal Cellist of that orchestra for five seasons, and for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She is a dedicated recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist; her set of Bach Suites released on Marquis Classics in 2009 was nominated for a Juno award, and her second CD, Connections- of French works for cello and piano with Connie Shih, was critically acclaimed. Her performances on video of Bach and Cassado have garnered thousands of views on Youtube.

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