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Jazz at the Gallery: Look Ahead 
Paul Novotny, bass, Robi Botos, piano

Friday November 1, 2019 at 8 pm  
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The Novotny/Botos recording Look Ahead was released internationally on Triplet Records in 2016. It has now brought these stalwart Canadian jazz musicians and their unique duo-sound to the world. Look Ahead is more than a title, it describes their musical approach, which involves a shared 6th sense of music and sound. This connection propels them toward new compositional and performative destinations. When music-making is this genuine, it can extend to other mediums because it story-tells. Recent acknowledgment of this Novotny/Botos trait comes from Canadian filmmaker Cleo Tellier, who licensed the Novotny/Botos version of Botos’s song Budapest for the closing theme of her movie Mishka. It has received over 40 million YouTube views since April 22, 2018. Also, the Novotny/Botos version of My Favorite Things is streaming on Spotify’s instrumental jazz playlist, joining iconic jazz luminaries Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea. Please join us at the intimate Gallery 345 concert space, on November 1st 2019, to hear experience Paul Novotny and Robi Botos, as they together Look Ahead.

Paul Novotny is a Canadian bassist who receives international recognition from his recordings which date back to 1990 with Joe Sealy, (Sealy/Novotny, Double Entendre). Paul has performed with Geoff Keezer, Kenny Wheeler, Junior Mance, Jo-Anne Brackeen, Lynne Arriale, Brian Browne, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson and David Clayton Thomas and many others. Novotny is also a veteran screen-composer who has composed and produced music for feature film, TV-episodic series, documentaries and advertising with credits for CBC The National, The Hour (George Stroumboulopolous) and CBC News Now. He has multiple awards including 2 Juno nominations and has produced Juno winning and Global Music Award winning recordings. He played bass on the platinum selling Cuphead (2018) video game soundtrack which has earned an enormous international following. In 2016 Paul released Look Ahead with Robi Botos on Triplet Records and their music is easily heard on all digital music services. Paul is currently the president of Triplet Records which he started with Joe Sealy in 1994. He has an MA in music composition and is currently in his second year of doctoral research at York University. Paul also teaches at Humber College in Toronto.

Robi Botos has performed with Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan and Al Jarreau and won numerous international music competitions. He has opened for Wayne Shorter and Danilo Perez and continues to perform and record in commemoration of Oscar Peterson. Robi regularly performs with Molly Johnson, and his own group recording titled Movin’ Forward won a Juno Award in 2016, featuring Jeff “Tain” Watts and Robert Hurst. Robi’s recent 2018 recording Old Soul is now a Juno winner as well. As a film composer, Robi penned the score for A People Uncounted, documenting the struggles and the rich artistry of the Romani people. Robi has also completed music for Stella Meghie’s feature films, Jean of The Jonses and The Weekend, which Novotny did with him. Robi’s song Budapest, (from Novotny/Botos-Look Ahead) was licensed as the closing theme for Cleo Tellier’s film, Mishka, which has now received over 40 million YouTube views. Robi Botos is a Canadian jazz treasure who is recognized worldwide.

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Paul Novotny and Robi Botos, My Favorite Things

Ron Davis’ SymphrRONica: Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Ron Davis (piano)
Kevin Barrett (guitar, Music Director)
Mike Downes (bass)
Steve Heathcoate (drums)
Aline Homzy (violin, String Section Leader)
Brielle Goheen (violin)
Laurence Schaufele (viola)
Beth Silver (cello)

On the heels of a critically acclaimed ("4 Stars!", "[The] reinvention of jazz for modern ears") three-week run at world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ron Davis and his genre-defying, boundary-pushing 8-piece group SymphRONica are wasting no time before launching a new season of concerts (their seventh), and a new recording (Ron's 13th).

SymphRONica isn't jazz with classical accompaniment or jazzed-up classical music. It's tuneful, inventive music with big grooves and melodies the leaves audiences moved, excited and humming. SymphRONica captures original compositions, newly reinvigorated jazz standards and world melodies with energy, pizzazz and groove that explore new musical realms across a journey of enjoyment. It’s rich, it’s substantial and above all it’s entertaining, presented with wit, wisdom and irreverence by the classically trained jazz adventurer, Ron Davis.

This open rehearsal is a chance to catch Ron and SymphRONica right before they perform a concert that will then become their next recording. It will be an informal performance, with stops and starts, a front row seat to the musical creative process in the beautiful and intimate setting of Gallery 345.

Some critical reactions to SymphRONica:

“Ron Davis’ SymphRONica is truly an ensemble like no other. Energetic, virtuosic, charming, worldly … excitingly unpredictable and fresh… virtuosity and drive …” - WholeNote

“Superb (SymphRONica)” - The Royal Philharmonic Society, UK

“Four Stars… wonderfully wayward eclecticism… sumptuously floating … deftly ranging keyboard work … a wonderful excursion … a pulsing, slamming drive … enjoyably intimate, salon vibe.” – The Scotsman

“Not like anything else out there. …Your mind will be blown … a sound which truly represents modern jazz music!” – OrcaSound

“No wonder he’s been called “one of the great minds in Jazz” by JazzFM and “an innovative force within the world of Jazz” by The National Post.” – TorontoMoon

Jazz at the Gallery
John MacMurchy, reeds
Dan Ionescu, guitar

Thursday November  7, 2019 at 8 pm
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John MacMurchy (saxophone and clarinet) and Dan Ionescu (8-string guitar) in a follow-up to their live-in-the-studio recording. The interplay between these musicians has been called “intuitive” and “sublime”. The performance will range between Brazilian rhythms, straight ahead jazz, and sublime ballads. MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.
"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life." - Sheldon Zandboer
"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas."

Born in Romania, Toronto-based Jazz guitarist and composer, Dan Ionescu debuted as a banjo player in a traditional Dixieland band. Four years later he won first prize at the national competition of the "Sibiu '82 Jazz Festival" and was immediately established on the Romanian jazz scene. Dan Ionescu was acclaimed by jazz critics as the top Romanian jazz guitarist for 12 consecutive years. During that period, he recorded frequently at the National Radio Studios and for Romanian Television. Since arriving in Toronto in 1996, Dan has been very active in the jazz community performing at a variety of venues and festivals with some of Toronto's top musicians. As a sideman, he recorded eight CD's with different Canadian jazz artists. In 2007, he completed a successful tour of Japan for the promotion of Ken G Shimitzu's "Last Winter" album. As of 2009, Dan has turned to the eight-string guitar (that he designed and build himself) almost exclusively.

Eight Singers Drinking

Friday November 8, 2019 at 8 pm
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Featuring the...
Affable Aaron Durand, magnificent Michael Nyby, brilliant Beste Kalender, cool-as-cucumbers Catherine Daniel, refulgent Ryan Downey, radical River Guard, superb Sonya Harper Nyby, relentlessly radiant Rachel Krehm, and the powerfully perfect pianist, Trevor Chartrand.

Behold the beginning of a brand new bit of boozy business!

Come in from the cold and casually catch eight cool cats carousing over classy cocktails.

Each of our eight vocal artistes shall engage your eyes and ears, while your tastebuds are either shaken or stirred (to your preference, of course!)

Eight singers. Eight drinks. One good night.

Get thee to Gallery 345! November the 8th, at 8:00pm.

The Art of the Piano: Cathy Yang & Benyamin Nuss
FABLES: piano music from Stravinsky to Satie

Sunday November 10, 2018 at 3 pm 
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Last year, FABLES made its debut in Toronto at Gallery 345 with an unlikely mixture of sounds: classical piano music from the French Impressionists and piano covers of Japanese video game scores. On one stormy April evening, the music of Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Uematsu and Hamauzu were weaved together in a recital programme, painting the Gallery's walls and the listener's imagination with its narrative power.

They say that music begins, where words fail. But here, the music of these creative and innovative composers bring stories and words off the page to exist in a multi-dimensional reality, where they exist in a perpetual dance.

This year, the musical narrative continues with a new programme of exciting music. On November 10, Cathy Yang and Benyamin Nuss - based in Germany - will perform again at Gallery 345 music for piano solo and piano duet from Igor Stravinsky, Erik Satie, Nobuo Uematsu, Masayashi Soken and Benyamin Nuss.

Program the age of 7 Cathy Yang started her musical career with Prof. Zhaoyi Dan in China. Soon after she immigrated to Canada and continued her musical journey with Vladimir Niurenberg in Toronto. Her professional musical studies were completed with Prof. Ilja Scheps at the University of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) with a Masters degree in piano performance. While in Canada, she participated and received prizes in many regional piano festivals and also in the nation-wide Canadian Music Competition. In 2006, she won two first prizes at the solo and concerto competition at Ithaca College in New York, USA.
In May 2006, she was invited by the Vladimir Spivakov International Foundation as one of two representatives from Canada to participate in their music festival Moscow Meets Friends. Performing in the Central Music School in Moscow, Russia, she shared the stage with some of the most talented young musicians from around the world.

In 2010, Cathy won the third prize in her age category at the International Piano Competition Vila de Capdepera in Spain. While in Aachen, Germany she was invited multiple times by the Collegium Musicum orchestra of the RWTH Aachen to perform as the soloist in the piano concertos of Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. She also performed in Poland with various orchestras. As a member of Aix Alma Trio she toured several times in Germany.

athy lives in Toronto, Canada and is currently working on some innovative piano projects.

Benyamin Nuss was born in Bergisch-Gladbach (Germany) on June 20, 1989. At the age of six he began piano lessons. He was inspired and encouraged by his father, Ludwig Nuss - an internationally renowned jazz trombonist. Not only did Benyamin grow up with music from different genres, he really made classical music and jazz his passion. Inspired by “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from “Children’s Corner,” he began at the age of ten to study the composer Claude Debussy and soon after the works of Maurice Ravel.
How elegantly and emotionally he internalizes the music is demonstrated by his first prizes at the 2005 National Steinway Competition “Young Musicians” and the 2006 International Competition “Prix d’Amadeo de Piano”, as well as his grant from the Hochbegabtenstiftung (Foundation for the Gifted) ”Best of NRW”. Benyamin Nuss has been studying at the Cologne/Aachen conservatoire with Prof. Ilja Scheps since 2008. Besides his love for classical music and jazz, he always had a passion for video games and video game music. He was the featured soloist in the award-winning recording “Symphonic Fantasies” and his first CD - released by “Deutsche Grammophon” - is a tribute to the legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who scored the music for the most famous Role Play Game of all time, “Final Fantasy”. In 2010 Benyamin did a well-received tour through German playing in most of the major concert halls, like Berlin “Philharmonie”, Frankfurt “Alte Oper”, Hamburg “Laeiz Halle”, Stuttgart “Liederhalle” and many more. 

He appeared as a major soloist of the “Symphonic Fantasies” and “Distant World” concerts in Tokyo, Chicago, Cologne and Stockholm. His has performed on TV, like in “Stars von Morgen” with Rolando Villazon and in front of the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. In 2012, he recorded his second CD for “Deutsche Grammophon”: ”Exotica”. It was equally successful as the first and was followed by celebrated concerts in Tokyo and Singapore. Recently, he made recordings and played concerts for the German radio, performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano in F” with the “Deutsche Radio Philharmonie – Saarbrücken”, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G″ with the “WDR Rundfunk Orchester”.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a classical performer, Benyamin is a gifted composer. Two of his compositions can be heard in “Exotica”. Apart from classical concerts, he also performs his own compositions with his jazz quartet and in a trio together with his father Ludwig Nuss and the great bass player John Goldsby.

The Art of the Piano: Anastasia Rizikov

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Ms. Rizikov is an extraordinary virtuoso, with abundant technical prowess. But she is more than the sum of ten fingers – she is a consummate artist, born to play, to love the art and act of music-making... Renée Silberman, The Beat Magazine, January 21, 2014.


F. Chopin


J. Burge

A. Arensky

A. Scriabin

Rachmaninoff Preludes:

M. Balakirev

Twenty year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov has dazzled the international arena as a child prodigy since she was seven, competing with musicians over twice her age, and winning numerous International piano competitions, placing first in the following: Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, (Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, (Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (Italy, 2013); and the Rotary International Piano Competition (Spain, 2011), among many others. She won first place at American Protégé 2010 International Piano and Strings Competition and performed in New York City's Carnegie Hall. In 2012 Anastasia was awarded the prestigious 2013 "Debut Atlantic" concert tour, a 2,5 weeks long tour along the Canadian Atlantic coast that was held in September, 2013.

Since her orchestral debut in Kiev, Ukraine, at the age of seven, she had over 40 orchestral performances internationally and has worked with many great conductors and musicians, such as Peter Oundjian, Emmanuel Ax, and Bernhard Gueller. Ms. Rizikov also has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Vladimir Feltsman, Awadagin Pratt, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, Ferenc Rados, Anatoly Ryabov, Oxana Yablonskaya, and has worked with András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Olga Kern.

Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her to Asia, all over Europe and North America, where she has performed in many famous concert halls and venues, as well as in numerous prestigious music festivals nationally and internationally, including the Orford Music Festival and the Verbier Music Festival. She recorded her CD “”Piano Recital” Laureate Series with NAXOS records, released on December 2, 2016.

In December, 2012, in honour of Glenn Gould's 80th Anniversary Year and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, The Glenn Gould Foundation has provided a C1X Yamaha baby grand piano to the "outstanding young pianist Anastasia Rizikov. Ms. Rizikov has the piano on an indefinite loan-basis to aid in her artistic and career development."

Ms Rizikov graduated the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with top honours obtaining a Concert Artist Diploma under Professor Marian Rybicki, while continuing studies with her life-long teacher in Toronto, Maia Spis.

Anastasia had given interviews to and performed at Canadian Jazz FM 91 and Classical 96.3 FM radio stations, CBC Television news and CBC Radio, Rogers TV, Global Montreal TV, Russian MIX TV (City TV), the Ukrainian TV programs Svitohliad and Kontakt, the Toronto Star newspaper, the Wholenote magazine, and the American WSKG-FM, WSKG-TV channels.

This fall, she will tour the Northwest Territories as part of the PianoSix organization, aiming to bring world-class pianists to thousands of Canadians in remote communities, to inspire future generations of musicians and fans.

Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, English, and mastering her French, Anastasia also enjoys culinary arts, Russian literature, and loves spending time with her 3-year old sister, Diana.

Let Me Explain: CD Release Performance
Christina Raphaëlle Haldane, soprano
Carl Philippe Gionet, piano
Stu Harrison, piano
Mike Downes, double bass

Friday November 15, 2019 at 8 pm
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Join soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane and special guests in a performance event to celebrate the release of her debut album ‘Let Me Explain.’ The album features an all Canadian musical line-up, with works by David Jaeger C. M., Carl Philippe GIonet, Samy Moussa & Oscar Peterson. Ticket entry includes refreshment.

Christina Raphaelle Haldane was fully committed as Cleopatra...and she sang fantastically well, from the exquisitely shaped melodic line of ‘Se Pieta’ to the dazzling coloratura of ‘Da tempeste.’ OPERA MAGAZINE ‘the best of the bunch, Christina Haldane, had sadly little airtime as Quiteria’s pal Lucinda’ THE TIMES, LONDON Christina Raphaëlle Haldane shone in every facet of her performance…OPERA CANADA (Rodelinda) Canadian British soprano Christina Raphaëlle Haldane enjoys an active career in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. She is a bilingual English and French speaker, and her Canadian heritage is Acadian, from Caraquet, NB.

She has sung principle roles for The Finnish National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Musica Viva Hong Kong, as well as for festivals Iford Arts, Longborough, Swansea City and Buxton, in the UK. Her roles include Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar, the title role in Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Nella in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’Amore, Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Lucinda in Mendelssohn’s Die Hochzeit des Camacho, both the Vixen and the Fox in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Rapunzel in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

An accomplished concert performer, she has performed with many renowned orchestras, and is also a dedicated interpreter of song and chamber repertoire. Recent highlights include covering the role of Silvia in Thomas Adès’ exciting new opera The Exterminating Angel, for both the Salzburg festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and also covering the role of Sifare in Graham Vick’s acclaimed production of Mozart’s Mitridate, for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Christina made her critically acclaimed Canadian operatic debut in Toronto in Nov 2017, performing the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda for Opera in Concert. Christina’s 2018 began with exciting plans for her debut album, ‘Let Me Explain’ a collection of Canadian art songs, which was recorded at the Glenn Gould studio that summer.

‘Let Me Explain’ will be released in October of 2019 with Redshift records. This project received generous funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, and she is grateful for their support. In September 2015, Christina commenced a DMA in voice performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Prof. Darryl Edwards. She is currently ABD and due to complete her doctoral studies in the summer of 2019. Christina is thrilled to be joining the Voice Faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts for the academic year 2019/ 20.

Duo526: Duo Fantasy
Futaba Niekawa, piano
Kerry DuWors, violin

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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"DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy." (Gramophone Magazine August 2019) CD "Duo Fantasy" Review

"Niekawa and DuWors create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world."
 (Sonograma Magazine)

Sonata Fantasia No. 2 (1914) | Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
I.              Allegro non troppo
II.            Largo
III.          Rondo - Allegro Finale

Elegy & Fantasie (1989, rev. 1991) | John Mackey (b. 1973)

~ Intermission ~

Violin Sonata No. 2 (1915, rev. 1920) | Arnold Bax (1883-1953)
I.              Fantasy: Slow and gloomy
II.            The Grey Dancer in the Twilight: Fast Valse
III.          Very broad and concentrated
IV.          Allegro feroce

Duo Fantasy (1973) | William Bolcom (b. 1938)

DUO526 “DuWors and Niekawa are a beautifully balanced duo, with exceptional intonation and a tangible empathy” (Gramophone Magazine). duo526 was founded in 2011 by violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY). Their mentors include Charles Castleman, Jean Barr, Henk Guittart, Roger Tapping, Lafayette String Quartet, Hardy Rittner, and Mark Steinberg. duo526 has performed across Canada, the U.S., Japan and has had artist residencies at the Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Brandon University and Indiana University. In 2016, duo526 launched their “Mozart in Public Spaces” project: video recordings for social media of the complete Mozart sonatas in conjunction with the “Play Me I’m Yours” street pianos installations all over the world. They have recently given performances at the 2019 "Experience Villa-Lobos" Festival at Virginia Commonwealth University, Oklahoma University, and the Regina Chamber Music Festival.

duo526 is dedicated to creative thought and the art of listening through the study and performance of a vast repertoire across an array of styles. Their joy of collaboration results from risk-taking, inspiration and spontaneous reactions. Their name was inspired by Mozart’s last Sonata for Violin and Piano K. 526, the first work presented to them for their equal virtuosic flair and refined musicianship. Travels to Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, New York City and Iceland have given duo526 insight and inspiration. duo526’s 2014 debut album, Ballade, exemplifies this spirit through sonatas by Janáček, Enescu and Grieg. Their latest album DUO FANTASY featuring works by VillaLobos, Bax and Bolcom was released May 2019.

"Niekawa and DuWors create an art that goes beyond mere interpretation. The personality of the two musicians expands out with a creative attitude towards the world" (Sonograma Magazine).

Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Taiwan, and Japan at notable venues including Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and Sumida-Triphony Concert Hall. Niekawa’s passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have led to artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Niekawa earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. She is dedicated to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice through guest teaching, masterclasses throughout North America and workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar. Since 2015, Niekawa has been on the faculty for Chamber and Collaborative Piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Praised for “soaring cantilena” (Gramophone Magazine) and “always finding the music behind the notes with fearless competence” (Winnipeg Free Press), Canadian violinist Kerry DuWors has performed across four continents. In demand as a versatile chamber musician, DuWors champions collaboration across an array of ensembles from her duo work to leading chamber orchestras. Highlights include performances with duo526, James Ehnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Measha Brueggergosman, collectif9, and The Knights in New York City. Described as a musical adventurer and a musician-athlete, she has been soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Saskatoon Symphony, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. DuWors has won prestigious awards including Grand Prize at the 26th Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, Felix Galimir Award for Chamber Music Excellence, University of Toronto Eaton Graduate Scholarship, and two Canada Council Career Development Grants. From She is a four-time laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Musical Instrument Bank. DuWors currently plays on a modern violin by Felix Krafft modeled after the 1735 “Plowden” Guarneri.

Curiosity drives DuWors’ dedicated academic and musical study through creative projects, artist residencies (Banff Centre, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Indiana University), commissions, premières, masterclasses, and community outreach. Her mentors include Lorand Fenyves, Charles Castleman, Scott St. John, Jean Barr, and the Lafayette String Quartet. In 2018 she created the annual summer duo526 Sonata Seminar with pianist Futaba Niekawa. Committed to pedagogy and mentorship, Kerry has been Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Brandon University since 2003.

The Art of the Piano: Sarah Hagen 
"Wonder Women!"

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2 pm
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“Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them?” So pondered Clara Schumann, remembered as one of the finest pianists of all time. As part of her project, ”Wonder Women!", pianist Sarah Hagen delves into the compositions and stories of some of her favourite forgotten female composers. This recital will highlight works by 18th and 19th century composers, including a marvellous and rarely performed sonata by Marianne von Martinez. 

Awarded as Ontario Contact’s 2017 Artist of the Year as well as the British Columbia Touring Council’s 2015 Artist of the Year, and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, Sarah’s extensive touring has taken her across Canada, to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy, and twice to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 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. Her collaboration “Exultation” with Canadian Slam Poetry Champion Brendan McLeod explores Rachmaninoff’s  complete Opus 32 Preludes through poetry and storytelling and premiered to critical acclaim in February 2017. Sarah also tours a one-woman musical comedy show called “Perk up, pianist!” of which the Edmonton Journal wrote, “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” In addition, Sarah periodically writes wine reviews for her blog, “ARTIST WINES! - Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets.

Select Reviews: 

“...the level of passion that Hagen possesses - when it comes to experiencing, interpreting and ex- pressing 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. 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) 
“If all you wanted was a marvellously handled piece of difficult piano music, it would be hard to ask for more. Hagen did much more than just hit the notes in the right spots. [...] Hagen’s performance has made me reconsider my classical music likes and dislikes.” - Smithers Interior News 

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

Hagen played “with great sensitivity and heart.” Vernon Morning Star

“Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive” 
- University of Waterloo Gazette 

The Art of Improvisation: Celebrating Gallery 345

Friday November, 22, 2019 at 8pm
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Gallery 345 has been a source of inspiration for a very large number artists and audience members for many years. This Art of Improvisation show celebrates Edward Epstein's innovative programming at Gallery 345 and his commitment to supporting such a broad spectrum of performance.

The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio will begin the first set with more “structured” improvisations. The second set will be “unscripted” improvisations with Bill Gilliam (piano), Bill McBirnie (flute) and Eugene Martynec (electro-acoustics).

Set One
Bill Gilliam (piano)
Kayla Milmine (soprano sax)
Ambrose Pottie (drums)

Set Two
Bill Gilliam (piano) 
Bill McBirnie (flute) 
Eugene Martynec (electro acoustics) 

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises jazz and new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of acoustic and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film, dance and theatre and his compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill has performed with different ensembles at jazz and new music venues and festivals in Canada & USA. His recordings include “Entangled Pathways” with the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio, “Ensorcell” (solo piano), “Memory Vision” (DVD), “Signposts” with Charlie Ringas as well as “Spirit Matter” and “Urban Undercurrents” with the Bill Gilliam Ensemble. The Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio performed at the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the same year Bill conducted and performed with the London Improvisors Orchestra at Iklectic, London, England and also performed “unscripted” improvised music at Koerner Hall in Toronto with jazz flautist Bill McBirnie. In June 2019 the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio was featured at the Something Else! Festival in Hamilton. 

Recently Bill Gilliam, Glen Hall and Joe Sorbara released their new CD “Counterstasis – Refracted Voices” produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. 

Kayla Milmine is in love with the new and under-explored sonic possibilities that only the soprano saxophone can offer. Her unique approach has the edginess and brashness of Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell yet also a warmth and thoughtfulness reminiscent of Steve Lacy. Milmine recently released an album with Overleaf alongside Mira Martin-Gray and Heidi Chan and plays regularly in trio form with pianist Bill Gilliam and percussionist Ambrose Pottie. In February 2019 she recorded with celebrated bassist William Parker in a chamber-improv sextet in New York City, where she also travels to study with mentor Sam Newsome. She is co-artistic director of the Women From Space Festival. 

Ambrose Pottie is a Cramahe, Ontario based musician and graphic designer. He has recorded and/or performed with: Bob Becker, Blue Rodeo, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Neil Clark, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Christine Duncan, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie, Eugene Martynec, Plasterscene Replicas, Polka Dogs, Andrew Staniland, Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Gilliam / Milmine / Pottie trio and Bob Wiseman. 

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist. Bill is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. He was also designated a “Haynes Artist” by the venerable Wm. S. Haynes Co. All of Bill’s Extreme Flute releases are currently available at CDBaby and iTunes. You can find out more about Bill at his website: 

Eugene Martynec has been involved in music professionally for over 50 years as a guitarist, composer and record producer. The last 20 years he has been involved in building and performing with a software instrument that is suited primarily for improvisation and is a work in progress. He has performed with the London, Royal Amsterdam, Berlin and Wuppertal Improvising Orchestras as well as small improvising ensembles in Barcelona, London, Madrid, Copenhagen, Malmo, Amsterdam, Montreal, Rome, Toronto and Beijing. 

Martynec studied composition, electronic music and orchestration with Dr. Samuel Dolin at the Royal Conservatory in 1970-74 and was active as a studio guitarist and record producer. He received a Juno Award for producing Bruce Cockburn and Rough Trade and is also a recipient of several Canada and Toronto Arts Grants for composition and recording projects. Eugene is a founding member of The Toronto Improvisors Orchestra.

The Iris Trio: Homage and Inspiration
Christine Carter, Clarinet
Anna Petrova, piano
Molly Carr, viola

Don McKay, poet

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 2 pm
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“…a beauty of sound and striking expression that is rarely surpassed.”

" exquisite balance of could feel the special passion and inspiration of the musicians..."  


Robert Schuman - Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132 (1853)                 

György Kurtág - Hommage à R. Sch. 15d (2003)      

Max Bruch -  Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 83 (1909)

Florian Hoefner & poet Don Mckay - Bird Island Suite for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (2019) - World Première 

Praised for their “beauty of sound and striking expression” (Bremen Weser Kurier), the Iris Trio (clarinetist Christine Carter, violist Molly Carr, and pianist Anna Petrova) began working together during their years at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music. Their trio debut at the German Consulate in New York City was completely sold out and immediately followed by an invitation to the prestigious Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany. The trio subsequently gave the world premiere of Christof Weiß’s new work, Conversation Among Friends, at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Residence Palace, later appearing in Michael Wende & Andreea Varga’s documentary, “MozartLabor.” They have since appeared at venues across North America and Europe, including a tour of their most recent project, Homage and Inspiration, to six concert halls across Germany. 

Their debut album, recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen Germany, will be released in 2019, accompanied by tours in Canada, the US, and Europe. The three members of the trio are also active recitalists in their own rite and have performed around the world on many of the major concert stages from Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall to the Concertgebouw and Sydney Opera House. "Their ensemble playing is simply fabulous, perfectly balanced, admirable in its rhythmic security and virtuosity.” “…a musical and lively performance, solid in the technical nuances, and with an exquisite balance of sound.” “The Iris Trio convinced with a tremendously expressive, exciting and pointed performance - all the way to the gentle final beat of the drum.”

Don McKay’s books of poetry include Birding, or Desire (1983), Night Field (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), Strike/Slip (2006) and Paradoxides (2012). Camber, a selected poetry, appeared in 2004. Five of his books have been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and two of them—Night Field and Another Gravity—received that award. He has been nominated for the Griffin Award three times and received it for Strike/Slip in 2007. Between 1975 and 2018 he served as coeditor and co-publisher with Brick Books. After teaching English and Creative Writing at the Universities of Western Ontario and New Brunswick for twenty-seven years, he now writes and edits full time. From 1991 to 1997 he edited The Fiddlehead, and he has served as a workshop leader for institutions and writers’ groups. He was the Associate Director for poetry at the Banff Centre for the Arts for 14 years. His abiding interest in natural history and the environment has led to three books on the poetics of wilderness: Vis à Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005), and The Shell of the Tortoise (2011). His collected poems, Angular Unconformity, appeared in 2014. Don McKay currently makes his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2009 he was named to the Order of Canada.

The Art of the Piano: Nazareno Ferruggio

Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 8pm
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D. Scarlatti : Sonate k 438 k 531
F. Chopin : Notturno op.9 n.1
E. Satie : Gymnopedie n. 1
Gnossienne n. 1
E. Grieg : Im Balladeton
F. Mompou : Secreto , Pajaro Triste
M. Ponce : Intermezzo , Malgrad Tout
F: Liszt ; Rapsodia ungherese n. 3
A. Paert : Fuer Alina, Variationen zur Gesundung von Arinuschka
F. Chopin : Andante spianato e grande Polacca brillante op.22

Nazareno Ferruggio is considered one of most refined of Italian pianists. He is active in the promotion of classical music in today's culture. Having graduated with full marks, full honours and distinction from the Niccolo Piccini State Conservatorium of music in Bari in Pierluigi Camicia’s class and after having completed a postgraduate course at the Musikhochschule Mannheim (Germany) in Ragna Schirmer’s class, he finished his studies in the Musikhochschule Bern (Switzerland) with Rada Petkova. He also attended Masterclasses with prestigious teachers such as J. Achucarro, K. H. Kaemmerling, Jerome Lowenthal, J. Soriano and O.Yablonskaya.

His debut was as soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica of Bari performing Beethoven's Fantasy for choir and orchestra op. 80 conducted by Nicola Scardicchio. He has won eighteen First Prizes in national and international competitions. In 2005, he won the prestigious Piano International Competition Ibla Grand Prize[2] with best prize for Debussy's pieces.

In 2006, he had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and he performed concerts in Little Rock (Arkansas), US. In 2007, he received the Liszt Special Prize at the 8th Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo. In 2008, he won a prize and a Rotary Scholarship at the Pianale Academy in Fulda (Germany). In 2009, he won the first prize at the International piano Competition ”Premio Valentino.”

In 2007, he toured extensively in Indonesia where he also gave Masterclasses. He performed recitals in Jakarta and Surabaya. In 2008, he did his debut in the Wiener Saal in Salzburg. He is finalist at Gina Bachauer Piano Competition in Salt Lake City.

After having won awards at the “Ibla Grand Prize” and the “Grieg International Piano Competition” at Oslo, he began his career which has brought him invitations to perform in some of the world’s most important concert halls: Carnegie Hall, Lindemann Hall, Cheong Ju Arts Centre, Rosengarten, Wiener Saal, Palau de la Musica, Auditorium de Leon, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center(XV Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition), Teatru Manoel, Teatro Municipal (Lima), Conservatori Municipal de Musica de Barcelona, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Casa della Musica - Quito.

He has given concerts and recitals in New York, London, Singapore, Yangon, Budapest, Mexico City, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Oslo, Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, La Valletta, Milan, Lima, Barcelona, Innsbruck, Venice, Hong Kong, Rome, Cheong Ju, Hamamatsu, Little Rock, Cologne, Geneva, Amsterdam, Guatemala, Mannheim, Berne and Bari.

He has been invited to play at the following Music Festivals: Sommets du Classique, International Spring Festival, Cantiere internazionale di Musica Contemporanea, Festival della Musica Contemporanea in Lima, Ascoli Piceno Festival, Festival Liszt in Milan, Raices 2015 Mexico.

He has been a soloist with ICO Orchestra Provincia di Bari, ICO Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Michoacan, MAV Orchestra Budapest. He performed piano concertos under the baton of conductors Nicola Scardicchio, Brian Schembri, Karl Martin, Hakan Sensoy, Claudio Morbo, Gordon Campbell.

He is also a visiting professor at the University of Suwon in South of Korea and the Norwegian Academy of Music, Escuela Superior de musica in Mexico City, Academy of Ars in Novi Sad and Conservatorio superior de Castellon.

This is a co-presentation with the Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto.

Magisterra on Tour 2019: Nine

Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 2 pm
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Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Mikela Witjes, violin
Matt Antal, viola
Pablo Veglia-Mahave, cello
Joseph Phillips, bass

Arthur Lourie (1892-1966)     Sonata (1924) for Violin and Doublebass
Louise Farenc (1804-1875)     Quintet in E flat Major, op. 38 (1849)
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)  Quintet in G Major, op. 77 (1875)

Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario. Based out of London, ON, Magisterra Soloists has a current roster of over 35 international musicians hailing from over 13 countries, a repertoire of over 100 works, more than 70 concert performances and two dozen school outreach visits.

Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first-rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum” concert series, among others. Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully-crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s constant curiosity and total artistic commitment to sharing gems from the string chamber music literature with the community.

The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached already thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing up-close exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the ensemble will be offering programming in both English and French to roughly 2000 children in the 2018-2019 school year.

Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on-the-job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows,” has already provided artistic training to nearly a dozen deserving emerging artists. This rigorous musical training will serve them richly in their future careers as professional musicians.

Aaron Davis Circle of Friends

Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 8pm
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The Circle Of Friends 
Lori Cullen - vocals
Maryem Tollar -  vocals
Suba Shankarin - vocals and keyboards
Dylan Bell - vocals and bass
Gabriel Davis - vocals
John Johnson - woodwinds
Rob Piltch - guitar
Davide Direnzo - drums and percussion
Aaron Davis - piano and vocals

Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer, arranger and keyboardist who is perhaps best known as a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio, with whom he still works, and the world beat band Manteca.  He is music director for and collaborator with singer Measha Brueggergosman. Aaron is also a composer of over 100 film scores, and the winner of 3 Gemini Awards and 2 Juno Awards.
He has co-written songs with Mary Margaret O’Hara, Ron Sexsmith and Marc Jordan, and worked as arranger for a number of artists and organizations, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Finnish National Opera, the Art Of Time Ensemble, Ed Robertson, Steven Page, Madeleine Peyroux, Alison Krauss, Natalie MacMaster and the Canadian Brass.

Since 2011 Aaron has been working on interactive multi-media art installations with his wife, visual artist Candida Girling. They created “Marcovaldo’s Bench”, an installation which was part of Toronto’s “Nuit Blanche” festival.

The Art of the Piano: Ida Pelliccioli
Debussy and influences

Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Rameau - Suite in A minor 

Debussy - Hommage à Rameau 

Albeniz - La Vega 

Debussy - La Puerta del Vino; Soirée à Grenade; Masques

Ida Pelliccioli is an Italo-Croatian pianist who grew up in France. Her multicultural background often shows in her choice of repertoire, as well as her interest in contemporary music and her interest in collaborating with young composers. The programmes that she will present in her 2019-2020 season are built around these lines as well as the will to bring to the audience some less played and forgotten pieces. 

Tonight's program  aims to create echoes between the music of Debussy and the music of two composers that influenced him. On one hand, Rameau, which Debussy described as the pinnacle of the French tradition. On the other hand, Albeniz, as an example of how Debussy found an important source of inspiration in reimagining the music of foreign lands. Spanish idioms inspired some of his most animated music. Three of the pieces chosen are also linked by the same element of inspiration: "La Vega" was also named "Alhambra Suite", "La Puerta del Vino" refers to the gate of the same Palace in Granada, and finally "Soirée à Grenade" uses the Arabic scale and mimics guitar strumming to evoke images of this same land and heritage.

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Jazz at the Gallery: The Mike Downes Quartet
featuring Robi Botos, piano, Larnell Lewis, drums, Ted Quinlan, guitar, Mike Downes, bass

Saturday November 30 2019 at 8pm
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Four of the very best return to the intimate concert setting of Gallery 345 for an evening of great jazz performance. Not to be missed.

Robi Botos, piano
Mike Downes, bass
Larnell Lewis, percussion
Ted Quinlan, guitar

Robi Botos has been hailed as one of the most diverse multi-instrumentalists  of this generation. From the hard-bop style of Bill Evans and Herbie Hancock, to the swing of Oscar Peterson and the heartfelt melodic expression of Mulgrew Miller and Cedar Walton, Robi has managed to master the technique of his idols, all while showcasing his musical expressions in a voice that is purely his own. While Robi is known for being a strong player in the traditional jazz and funk fields, he always incorporates an element of the music he grew up listening to into his playing. Says organist, trumpeter and pianist Joey Defrancesco: “Robi is one of the most swingin’, soulful, funky, world class players I’ve ever heard, and he has a technique like you can’t believe. Definitely one of my very favorite players!!!”

Multiple JUNO award winner Mike Downes has been a prominent Canadian bassist, composer, arranger and educator since the early 1980s.  His musicality, emotional depth and melodic approach to the bass have thrilled audiences in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Israel, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with virtually all of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, PJ Perry, Lorne Lofsky, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Robi Botos and Pat LaBarbera. He has performed with international artists Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Dave Liebman and many others.

Larnell Lewis is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, composer, producer, and educator. A Toronto native, Larnell has quickly established himself as one of the most diverse and in-demand drummers currently on the music scene. Along with his long-standing position behind the drums in Snarky Puppy, Larnell has led many highly successful groups of his own and toured the globe with some of the most well known names in music, including Etienne Charles, Gregory Porter, Benny Golson, Lalah Hathaway, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Lisa Fisher, Kurt Elling, Gary Burton, and more.

Ted Quinlan (guitarist, writer, educator) is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2 pm
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Four Ballades for Piano - Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Twelve Etudes for Piano - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed 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 including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. 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 and innovative programming.

Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (CanSona), the Grieg violin/piano sonatas (Chestnut Hall Music), Mozart Sonatas and Sonatinas (The Mozart Effect), and the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (Centaur Records).

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, and currently teaches at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Shoshana enjoys performing music of living composers, and also advocates for music written by Jewish composers.

The Wild Swans: CD Release
Yolanda Bruno, violin
Isabelle David, piano

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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• Alexina Louie (1949) – Beyond Time (Premiere Recording)
• Kelly-Marie Murphy (1964) – The Swan Parapraxis (Commission and Premiere Recording)
• Roxanna Panufnik (1968) – Down the Rabbit Hole
• Elena Kats-Chernin (1957) – Bucharian Melody, and Eliza Aria from Wild Swans Suite
• Kala Ramnath (1967) – Aalap and Tarana
• Elena Langer (1974) – Snow
• Jennifer Higdon (1962) – Echo Dash
• Lera Auerbach (1973) – 24 Preludes for Violin and Piano, Op. 46 (selections)
• Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) – O Virtus Sapientie
• Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) – D’un matin de printemps and Cortège
• Pauline Viardot-Garcia (1821-1910) – Bohémienne

The music on this recording draws inspiration from all kinds of stories — novels, fairytales, Irish folklore, even spiritual texts. The album’s title — The Wild Swans — is taken from a fairytale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838. The wonderful Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin used the Andersen story as the basis for her ballet The Wild Swans. The “Eliza Aria” comes from that enchanting work. 

In Andersen’s story, the main protagonist Eliza must save her eleven brothers, who have been turned into wild swans by an evil stepmother. It is by chance that we realized there were eleven swans in the story, and there are eleven women composers on our album: serendipitous! We wanted to make our recording debut with music that is eclectic and filled with fantasy. The repertoire ranges over the centuries, from Hildegard Von Bingen’s hypnotic sounds from 1098, to the music of today: Kelly-Marie Murphy’s The Swan Parapraxis, a fabulous work composed especially for us, and Alexina Louie’s Beyond Time, a work of brilliance and virtuosity. 

This is great music from our musical history, and great music that is becoming our musical history! Moreover, we are sharing works that we love and hold close to our hearts. 

Yolanda and Isabelle first met at McGill University in 2008 and have been making music together ever since. The duo is particularly drawn to music from their own country of Canada, digging up works of lesser-known or forgotten composers as well as designing programs that promote gender parity. Together, they have premiered works written for them by Canadian composers Michel Szczesniak and Richard Covey, as well as the Canadian premiere of Broad and Free by Pulitzer winner Caroline Shaw. Their recitals have aired on CBC Radio 2 as well as ICI Musique.

Yolanda and Isabelle’s decade-long partnership owes much to their shared enthusiasm for musical discovery and their inquisitive natures drive their musical endeavours. The Wild Swans is their debut album, released in 2019.

Born into a family of musicians, Isabelle David is the youngest of a lineage of pianists dating back five generations. Deeply fascinated by Bach's music, it was at the age of eight that she decided to pursue a career in music, encouraged by her parents.

Described as a musician of great sensitivity with a lively and imaginative intelligence, Isabelle David has presented concerts in North America and Europe, notably at Helsingin Musiikitalo in Helsinki, Jordan Hall in Boston, Carnegie Hall in New York Zipper Hall in Los Angeles and Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall in Montréal.

Praised for her "poetic and flexible virtuosity" (Helsingin Sanomat), Isabelle has won several national competitions and scholarships, as well as the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award (USA, 2016). She is the recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship which supports her doctoral research at the University of Montreal under the direction of Jean Saulnier.

Isabelle David’s doctoral project involves editing and performing works by Quebec composer Auguste Descarries. Descarries taught and mentored Louise Lussier, a wonderful pianist who also happens to be Isabelle’s grandmother.  

Yolanda Bruno is a brilliant young Canadian violin virtuoso with an intense devotion to communicating with an audience. Her exhilarating approach to making music has branded her one of CBC’s 30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 and has brought her solo engagements with orchestras across North America and Europe.

Born in Ottawa, Yolanda began violin lessons with her mother at age five and quickly discovered the joys of performance. By the time she was ten, she knew she wanted a future in music. It happened one afternoon when she was looking after her brother - a toddler wailing away in his playpen. She grabbed her violin in the hopes that the music would distract him. She tossed off some folk tunes and he was soon laughing and dancing to the sounds of the music. It was a lightbulb moment - music could bring happiness to even the grumpiest listener!

Since then, she’s gone on to win the OSM Standard Life Competition, the inaugural Isabel Overton Bader Violin Competition and is the recipient of Canada Council’s Virginia Parker Award, a distinction shared with her fellow Canadian musicians Yannick Nézet-Séguin, James Ehnes and Marc-André Hamelin.

Yolanda joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2019 and also serves as concertmaster of the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She currently performs on an enchanting Domenico Montagnana violin made in Venice in 1737 on generous loan from Canimex Inc. in Drummondville, Quebec.

Song Under the Stair

Thursday December 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Beth Anne Cole sings Yiddish songs and music from her upcoming CD.  Featuring Martin van de Ven, clarinet, Tania Gill, piano, and a surprise guest.

Some songs in the program:
Song Under the Stair (Cole)
Rozhinkes mit Mandlen
Tumba tumba
Amol iz Geven a Mayse
Sailor (Cole)

Beth Anne Cole is a singer, actress, songwriter, painter and poet. She has worked extensively in the theatre (Shaw Festival, Stratford, National Arts Centre), on CBC radio and television (“Morningside”, “Mr. Dressup”) and on the concert stage in Canada and the U.S (Glenn Gould Theatre, Toronto; Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York; Boston Conservatory, Boston). She has written songs for “Sesame Street” and her own CDs “Gifts in the Old, Old Ground” and “Song under the Stair”. Her  performance piece, "The Book" is a compelling fusion of many kinds of music, song, and original poetry created by Beth Anne with Martin van de Ven and slated for recording and touring in  2019.  Her new performance piece and upcoming CD are called  "Perhaps the Gods of Love."  "She has the audience in the palm of her hand" - Toronto Star    "Sublime" - Globe and Mail

Tania Gill is a Toronto-based pianist and composer, whose work is centred mostly within jazz and improvised music, but also encompasses multiple genres, across Canada and beyond.  “All aboard for first-class and fanciful Toronto pianist!” (Globe and Mail). She leads the Tania Gill Quartet with Lina Allemano (trumpet), Nico Dann (drums) and Rob Clutton (bass). Her record Bolger Station was nominated for best debut album in the Village Voice Jazz Critics’ Poll, and was disc of the week in the The Globe and Mail. Tania is currently a member of The Brodie West Quintet, Rebecca’s Hennessy’s Makeshift Island, FOG Brass Band and The Woodshed Orchestra; and is a past member of The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, St. Dirt Elementary School and Deep Dark United among many other projects. She has performed with numerous world class musicians including Steve Reich, Anthony Braxton and Fides Krucker. Tania teaches at Humber College and her home studio. She studied classical piano at the University of Victoria, and has a BMUS in Jazz Performance (McGill) and MMUS in Jazz Performance (U of T).

A mainstay of the Canadian Folk and Jazz scene for well over a decade, Martin van de Ven is a former member of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and a frequent performer and instructor at festivals around the world. A unique stylist, Martin brings fire, elegance and humour to his performances with his current bands, Beyond the Pale and his duo project with guitarist Brian Katz, “Collected Stories”.

His original compositions carve new musical territory, rooted in traditional folk styles but informed by Jazz, Classical, and New Music. He has published two instructional volumes of klezmer music transcriptions and has composed and performed music for many film, television, theatre, and dance productions. Martin is a graduate of Queens University (M.Mus).

With Jumblies, Martin has been Composer and Music Director for Twisted Metal and Mermaid’s TearsOy Di Velt Vet Vern Yinger and the workshop phase of Like An Old Tale; clarinetist for The Magic Fish and Like An Old Tale; and workshop facilitator on many projects for people of all ages and musical backgrounds and abilities. 

Jazz at the Gallery: The Dave Young Quartet
"Aspects of Oscar" 
featuring Dave Young, bass, John Sherwood, piano, Terry Clarke, drums, Reg Schwager, guitar

Saturday December 7, 2019 at 8pm
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Bassist Dave Young will be joined by pianist John Sherwood, drummer Terry Clarke and guitarist Reg Schwager, to present a special night of jazz featuring compositions and arrangements by the great Oscar Peterson. 

“Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young is without a doubt one of Canada’s most valuable and beloved musical exports.Whether he’s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic. As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.”

Voices from Past to Present
Cameron Crozman and Friends

Sunday December 8, 2019 at 2 pm
$25/$10 student
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Cameron Crozman, cello
Alicia Choi, violin 
Victor Fournelle-Blain, viola 
Emily Rho, piano

Benjamin Britten — Suite for solo cello no. 1, op. 72
Franz Schubert — Arpeggione Sonata
— intermission —
Gabriel Fauré — Piano Quartet no. 1 in c minor, op. 15

Named “Canada’s next big cello star” by CBC Music and the 2019-20 Classical Revelation artist of Radio-Canada, Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman is making a name for himself both at home and internationally. Performing recitals and chamber music across Canada and the USA as well as over in Europe, engagements have taken him to such world-renowned venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Berliner Philharmonie, Paris Philharmonie, Philadelphia's Mann Centre, and Canada's National Arts Centre. He has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras across Canada including the Montreal, Winnipeg, Quebec, Hamilton, and Vancouver Island Symphonies under the direction of conductors including Gemma New, Fabien Gabel, and Edwin Outwater. As the recipient of the Canada Council Michael Measure’s prize, he was the featured soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and conductor Alain Trudel during their 2012 tour of Canada and the USA. Current season highlights include appearances with I Musici, the Niagara Symphony, a tour of the Canadian Prairies, and a performance at America’s National Museum of Music.
An avid collaborator and chamber musician, Cameron regularly shares the stage with world-renowed artists including James Ehnes, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Giltburg, Martin Beaver, Inon Barnatan, James Campbell, Hue Watkins, Gerard Caussé, and members of the Ébène, New Zealand, and Penderecki String Quartets. He regularly appears at festivals around the world such as the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki Musica Nova, Birmingham Frontiers Festival, and Musique et Vin festival at Clos Vougeot in Burgundy. His performances have been broadcast on CBC/Radio-Canada, Radio France, Radio Classique, and
Cameron’s debut album, Cavatine, recorded on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello, was released to critical acclaim in 2019 and described by the French publication Classica Magazine as displaying “technical perfection with a personal style that leaves us wanting to hear more.” His most recent solo recording of the Britten Cello Suites, debuted in Monaco in the presence of Princess Caroline of Hannover, is already garnering similar praise, receiving highest marks from Diapason Magazine, one of the world’s leading classical music publications.
Cameron was one of 6 cellists from around the world chosen to take part in Gautier Capuçon's 2016-17 Classe d'Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation. After studies with Paul Pulford in Canada, he spent six years aboard at the Paris Conservatoire. There he received his 2e Cycle Supérieur Conférant le Grade de Master (Master's level) in cello with highest honours in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti, while concurrently completing his master's level in Chamber music in the class of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer and an Artist Diploma in contemporary repertoire and creation. He has played in masterclass for world-leading cellists, including Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Lawrence Lesser, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman, Richard Aaron, and Colin Carr. Passionate about teaching the next generation, he has been invited to give masterclasses at the Académie Rainier III in Monaco, Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, and the Victoria Conservatory among others.
Deeply committed to innovation in classical music, Cameron constantly imagines new ways to share his art with the world. He enjoys performing in unusual locations, from breweries and wineries to public markets, and makes a point of visiting smaller communities in Canada. He is fascinated by historical performance practice and exploring lesser known works while also being engaged in contemporary music and collaborating with world renowned composers including Kaija Saariaho and Peteris Vasks. He has premiered a number of new works dedicated to him from solos to concertos and is active in commissioning new music from Canadian composers such as Alexina Louie or Kelly-Marie Murphy. He has worked with a number of contemporary music ensembles and institutions including the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the IRCAM, and the Ensemble Court-Circuit.
Cameron has been selected to participate in various international competitions, and is 2nd prize laureate of both the OSM Standard Life and the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competitions and was one of 12 cellists chosen to compete at Kronberg Academy's 2014 Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann. He is extremely grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Sylva Gelber Foundation, and CBC/Radio-Canada in his projects. He is currently plays the the Spanish cello “El Tiburon” attributed to Juan Guillami of Barcelona ca. 1769 generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank.
"A musical force to be reckoned with"
- The Scene Magazine
"Crozman's Bach was one of the best musical gifts of 2016"
- CBC Music

The Art of the Piano: Marilyn Lerner
Dreams and Reveries

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8 pm
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Recent press review (Weimar Germany, solo concert, July 23, 2019, Thueringer Allgemeine Newspaper):

The Sound-Magician on the Piano, between Classical, Klezmer and Jazz, Yiddish Summer Weimar: The Canadian Pianist, Marilyn Lerner fascinated the audience with her solo concert at Mon Ami - By Christiane Weber

Weimar: Already the very first bars electrified the audience. With Marilyn Lerner we have an exceptional pianist at the Boesendorfer grand on the stage of Mon Ami. The solo piano evening, “Romanian Fantasy,” named after her CD from 2016, started off the Yiddish Summer Weimar restrained and unpretentiously. She seemed to be listening to the piano itself, with cascading arpeggios. Developed, formed, thickened. She was in Weimar 18 years ago, Alan Bern, the artistic director of Yiddish Summer Weimar remembers as he greeted the audience of the well-attended large Mon Ami hall.

He thanked the funders of the Yiddish Summer Weimar, especially the City of Weimar, The State of Thueringen and the the Federal Cultural Funders, without whom this event would be unthinkable. Heartfelt thanks were also given to the volunteers and helpers of the Yiddish Summer Weimar.

It was thus a treat to be able to hear again the pianist, composer and arranger. She led the auditorium through a fascinating sound-journey. Freely formed improvisations on East European Jewish melodies were at once creative, full of ideas and inventive.

In spite of the size of the hall, thanks should be given to the refined lighting, which helped make the concert almost intimate.

The sound magician coaxed out of the piano such a multitiude of sounds and complex spectrum of expressions, that the 90-minute range was never taxed. It seemed almost as if, when the applause came after each piece, that it could be a disturbance to her intensive dedication to the music. Almost as if it diminished the magic of the sounds, the tone and the music.

The intensity transferred to the audience. They listened curiously and with enchantment. The cultural city’s 60th year of Master Classes at the Franz Liszt Academy is certainly not suffering a dearth of excellent pianists.

Lerner’s sounds developed a poetry that held till the last chord. The pianist, who is classicaly trained, wove together in her rhythmically clear sound-structures classical, jazz and klezmer and melted the borders between the styles. Listening again to her brought joy. The ending applause was correspondingly long and heartfelt.

More 2019 Performances coming soon. Email for booking info.
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