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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).

January2018 < DEC 2017

Five for Five

Wednesday, January 31, 2017 at 8 pm
$30/$25 (cash at the door); online at

Michael Westwood, clarinet
Yosef Tamir, viola
Megumi Okamoto, piano
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Amy Laing, cello


FEBRUARY2018 < DEC 2017

The Art of the Piano: Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan

Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8 pm 
Tickets: $25/$10 (Student) (Cash only at the door) 
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Concert Suite from the Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”
1. Prologue
2. Dance of Pages
3. Vision
4. Andante
5. Fairy of Silver
6. The Booted Tom-Cat and the White Cat
7. Gavotte
8. The Singing Canary
9. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
10. Adagio
11. Finale

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan

Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.

Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. 

Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.

Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.

Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca. 

The Art of the Piano: Max Midroit
Special Guest: Michael Angell, tenor

Friday February 2, 2018 at 7 pm
Tickets: $20/$15 (st) (Cash only at the door)

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Pianist Max Midroit's active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and vocal accompanist has led him to perform at many of New York City's most important venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Museum of Modern Art. He has also appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall, as well as in Germany, the Netherlands, and his native France.

In collaboration with other artists, he participated in many world premieres, performed for dance for the NYU distinguished choreographers series, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, the American Repertory Ballet. His expertise as a studio musician lead him to work for many years with the NYU Scoring for Film and Multimedia program, performing live music for animation and silent films at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as well as at the National Gallery of Washington DC.

He has recorded for the CRI label as well as for independent film, documentaries, and pop music.

At home in many styles and mediums, his versatility as a musician has been hailed by critics; the Denver Post noted his "ravishing tone" in a "scintillating" performance of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the Colorado Symphony, described by NBC's Channel 4 as "on all accounts brilliant," and after his performance of rag-style music by Willie (the Lion) Smith, the New York Times commented that Mr. Midroit "played with ferocious speed and sweetness.”

He has collaborated with many international opera stars as well as Grammy, TONY, and Academy Award winners, and most recently had the immense privilege to spend a few months at the piano for Meryl Streep as she prepared for her Academy Award nominated performance as Florence Foster Jenkins.

Dr. Midroit holds degrees from the Juilliard School, Rice University, and obtained a PhD from New York University, focusing on the analysis of stratification and symmetry in Benjamin Britten's music. He has been on faculty at Queens College (City University of New York), New York University, and at the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts.

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
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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.


Marilyn Lerner - piano
Andrew Downing - bass
Patricia O’Callaghan - voice

Friday April 6, 2018 at 8 pm
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An evening combining classical songs and jazz improvisation, with music spanning over 250 years, featuring the songs of Rameau, Fauré, Poulenc, Debussy, Satie, Messaien, Barbara, Serge Gainsbourg, and Artur H, featuring three world-renowned Canadian artists.

Patricia O'Callaghan is something of a wandering minstrel, with six solo albums and many interesting collaborations along the way. A speaker of French, Spanish, and German, her early recordings focused on European cabaret, but one of Patricia's most unique talents is the ability to blend a variety of languages and musical genres seamlessly together in her concerts, and completely embody whatever style she is singing at any given moment. “This Toronto soprano can sing a 100-year-old German tune so lustily that you almost don't need a translation to know that someone's about to get his throat cut or get laid or both." (The National Post) "O'Callaghan sings her diverse material as if it was always meant to go side-by-side and by the end of the evening, it's easy to believe her." (Chart Attack)

Genre defying pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her 2 solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music. In 2016, Lerner/Filiano/Grassi- Live at Edgefest, was released on vinyl by NoBusiness Records, and in 2017 her trio, Ugly Beauties (Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums) released its second CD, Strange Attractors.

Andrew Downing is a Toronto based double bass player, cellist, composer and bandleader. He plays primarily in the creative jazz scene in Canada, but also performs classical chamber music, improvised music, folk and roots music, and world music. His projects include MELODEON, a 7-piece chamber ensemble that performs live music to silent films and ANAHTAR, a Turkish-Canadian project inspired by his yearly visits to İstanbul, Turkey and OTTERVILLE, a quiet jazz ensemble. He has composed music for The Vancouver Bach Choir, the Prince George Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra London, and he has arranged music for The Gryphon Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble and Patricia O’Callaghan. He has won two Juno awards for work with his group The Great Uncles of the Revolution and Zubot and Dawson and performs regularly with David Occhipinti, The Lina Allemano Four, Jayme Stone and Patricia O’Callaghan.

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