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Kelly Zimba, flute
Stacie Dunlop, soprano
TSO Principal Flute Kelly Zimba collaborates with soprano Stacie Dunlop on an exciting program of living American and Canadian composers, including premieres by Toronto composer David Jaeger and the duo HaRebraIN (Anh Phung/Alan Mackie) along with works by Leslie Uyeda, Braxton Blake, Kate Soper and James O’Callaghan.
Leslie Uyeda: Stations of Angels (2007)
Braxton Blake: Three Songs on poems by Marianne Moore (1996)
James O'Callaghan: For or from (2015)
Kate Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010)
David Jaeger: Duo for flute and voice ** premiere (2018)
HaRebrain: TBA **premiere (2018)
Interval: A new work of mixed media by American visual artist Eric Frick with music of Toronto composer Jason Doell
Kelly Zimba joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2017. Previously a flute fellow at the New World Symphony, she has performed with the Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Palm Beach Symphony Orchestras, and was a two-time fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Zimba has performed around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Albert Hall, and the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile. She was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine in October 2017.
In addition to performing, Kelly has served on the faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, where she was an artist-in-residence in January 2018. She also taught instrumental music at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachusetts, in addition to teaching privately across the United States.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly completed her graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and received bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She is greatly indebted to all of her teachers, most especially Leone Buyse and Amy Porter.
With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid performer of contemporary opera, orchestral and chamber music. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Peter-Anthony Togni, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin, Tawnie Olson and Aaron Gervais. Recent performances include a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, Scott Good’s The Hands of Orlac, music of Mexican and Canadian composers in Poland in 2016 & 2017, Balancing on the Edge in November 2016 and a workshop of The Harvester/Erwartung project in January 2017. Future engagements include a new work by Abigail Richardson-Schulte with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Ms. Dunlop can be heard on the Centrediscs label in My Life in Widening Circles and Hymns of Heaven and Earth.
Ukrainian Art Song Project presents
Lysenko & Stepovyi - Duets and Trios in Art Song
Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 7 pm
$35; $20 Students (Cash only at the door)
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Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Kateryna Khartova, soprano
Ariane Meredith, mezzo-soprano
Olenka Slywynska, mezzo-soprano
Albert Krywolt, piano
Music by JS Bach, Dvorak, George Szell, Paul Schoenfield
Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
$35/$15 Students (cash at the door)
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PIANO Yu-Lien The
VIOLIN Annette-Barbara Vogel • Mikela Witjes, Jillian Yang
VIOLA Marylène Gingras-Roy
CELLO Robin Hasenpflug
J.S. BACH (1685-1750)
from: Two Part Inventions
arranged for violin and cello
GEORGE SZELL (1897-1970)
Quintet op. 2 (1911)
for piano, two violins, viola and cello
Scherzo. Leicht und duftig
Finale. Sehr lustig und ubermutig
ANTONÍN DVORAK (1841-1904)
Miniatures op. 75a
for two violins and viola
(originally “Four Romantic Pieces”
for violin and piano)
Cavatina. Moderato • Capriccio. Poco Allegro
Romance. Allegro • Elegie. Larghetto
PAUL SCHOENFIELD (b. 1947)
Café - Music
for violin, cello and piano
Rubato- Andante moderato
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 total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing gems of 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 3000 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.
While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour.
Annette-Barbara Vogel’s rich international performing career has featured her as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in over 35 countries across 6 continents.
Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for her “authoritative and highly sensitive performances,”and “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review, in citing her premiere recordings of the complete works for violin by Hans Gál, exclaimed that she was “about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for.”
Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship.She has shared concert stages with notable artists such as C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and collaborated musically with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.
Yu-Lien The is an assistant professor of keyboard studies at Western Michigan University. Her performances throughout Europe, Southeast-Asia and the U.S. have included appearances as a soloist with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, she has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (2006, 2012) and at Carnegie Hall, New York (2006) with the new music ensemble Opus21. Frequent collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Henning Schröder led to several world premieres of new commissions for saxophone and piano.
Born in the Netherlands, The received most of her musical training in Germany, where she obtained degrees in piano and recorder performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, a M.M. in piano performance from Western Michigan University, and a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. The has previously served on the faculties of WMU, Valparaiso University, and Bowling Green State University.
CD Release & Reception
Kira Braun, vocals
Peter Krochak, piano
Sunday November 18, 2018 at 4:00pm
$20 (cash only at the door)
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Join Kira & Peter as they perform pieces from their upcoming CD, “Damask Roses”, a collection of Art Song by Mozart, Dvořák, and Quilter. A journey from the musings of a young girl’s heart, to rousing Gypsy Songs sung in Czech, and of Elizabethan love letters read through the eyes of the recipient. Their 6th CD together proves to be one of growth and their deep commitment to making music together shines through.
Duos for Violin and Piano
Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Jean-Samuel Bez, violin
Sonatina in D Major, D. 384
- Allegro molto - Andante
- Allegro vivace
Impressions d’enfance pour violon et piano, op. 28
- L’oiseau en cage et le coucou au mur
- Lever de soleil
D’un matin de printemps
Romance for violin and piano, op. 28 Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
Sonate pour violon et piano
- Allegro vivo
- Intermède. Fantasque et léger - Finale. Très animé
Sonata for piano and violin no 1 in A minor, op. 105
- Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck - Allegretto
Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.
Over the years, Jean-Luc has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo MonoCompetition’s Stepping), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory’s orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.
A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His principal professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch and George Kern. He was also invited by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Académie Orford Musique and the Académie de Musique et de Danse du Domaine Forget to study with renowned pianists such as Boaz Sharon, Jacques Rouvier and Benedetto Lupo. Since September 2017, Jean-Luc has been in the ACP Program (Advanced Certificate in Performance) at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Marietta Orlov on a full-tuition scholarship.
Born in Pontarlier (France), Jean-Samuel Bez started playing the violin thanks to Krystina Mugica. Attracted early by chamber music, he soon became a regular on the local scenes and played in various festivals such as Les Nuits de Joux, Les Ariolicales, Automne musical en Val de Saône, etc. Sensitive to the importance of creating and spreading the contemporary repertoire, Jean-Samuel intensely works with composers. In 2015, he was also the laureate of the Young Bozar Project within the Alternative Violin Duet 2 Väinö. With this duet, he focuses on developing new alternatives to traditional concerts, mixing art forms and means of expression.
Jean-Samuel was unanimously awarded a First Prize at the Conservatory of Dijon and First Prizes of Excellence and Virtuosity at the Conservatory of Music of Rueil-Malmaison. Later, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium) in the studio of Veronique Bogaerts, where he received his degrees with high distinction and was granted the Pappaerts Prize in 2016, as a reward for an exceptional academic path. Currently, he is a postgraduate student at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) in the class of Michael Frischenschlager.
Jean-Samuel is the laureate of numerous prizes, scholarships and international competitions including the Jury Prize in the International Music Competition in Malte (2015), the Hanseez-Castilhon and Horlais Dapsens Prizes in Brussels (2016), the 1st Prize in the Svirel International Music Competition (Slovenia, 2017) and 1st Prize in the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music (Italy, 2017). He has also played several times as a soloist: with the Ensemble Orchestral of Dijon (France), the University Orchestra of Burgondy (France), the Philharmony of Budweis (Czech Republic) and the Sotiropoulos Camerata of Brussels (Belgium), interpreting among others the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovski and Wieniawski. As a chamber music player, he joined, in 2016, the Spilliaert Trio, whose vocation is to make discover the Belgium Musical Patrimony.
Jazz at the Gallery: Trinca Brasil
Trinca Brasil are the recent winners of the CCBC Jazz Fest (Canada Brasil Chamber of Commerce in São Paulo).
After decades of honing their craft, Pablo Fagundes (harmônica), Felix Júnior (7-sting nylon guitar) and Pedro Almeida (drums) came together to form Trinca Brasil, based on common musical tastes.
The three instrumentalists have successful solo careers in common, with CD releases, participation in Brazilian music workshops at North American universities and in Brazil, and at national and international festivals alongside renowned artists.
In the current phase of their career, the trio proposes an improbable mix. The harmonica accompanies 7-string nylon guitar solos, the drums harmonize and glue the sound. Thus instruments converse amongst themselves and the music with the audience.
Trinca enables innovative interpretations, moving with technique and sophistication through the various genres of Brazilian music. Presenting an instrumental retake on Brazilian music traditions and their influences, the trio also shows a refined original repertoire, highlighting the talents of its composers.
Representing the new scene in Brazilian instrumental music, this promising success story was recently revealed by the CCBC Jazz Fest competition, organized by Fare Arte for CCBC, the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada in São Paulo, in which a team of high profile judges unanimously selected Trinca Brasil as the winners amongst over 120 music groups of high calibre.
Bow to String
Winona Zelenka, cello
Jamie Parker, piano
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No.2.S. - Adagio/ Allegro/ Andante/ Allegro
Sonata for Solo Cello - Dialogo/ Capriccio
Bow To String - Sorrow conquers Happiness/ Blood to Bones/ Air to Breath
Winona Zelenka, known for her gorgeous, singing tone, is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Strauss’ Don Quixote Suite, 2006), and many other Canadian ensembles; Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the Mississauga Symphony (2008), Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with both the Scarborough Philharmonic (2007) and the Huronia Sinfonietta (2006); Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major with the Canadian Sinfonietta (2007), Dvorak Concerto with the Toronto Philharmonic (2012) Elgar Concerto with the Etobicoke Philharmonic and the Toronto Philharmonic (2013), and Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Red Deer Symphony (2014). The season of 2016/17 will see Winona performing SaintSaëns Concerto with the Symphony on The Bay. Ms.Zelenka is also an enthusiastic proponent of new music, and has had several pieces written for her by Canadian composers, including Michael Pepa, Michael Oesterle and Chris Paul Harman.
In 2008, Ms. Zelenka performed as guest Principal Cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. She also served as Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra during the summers of 2007 and 2008, and was guest Principal Cellist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for the season of 2013/14. Winona, a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, was that orchestra’s Acting Principal Cellist for five seasons starting from 2004/2005, and is presently Assistant Principal Cellist.
Winona is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly Canada’s finest musicians; internationally, she has also performed several times with the Zuckerman ChamberPlayers, and regularly plays with the ARC Ensemble, with whom she has toured in Europe and will also record in the fall of 2016. Winona has performed as soloist at the Ottawa Chamberfest and at the Stratford Summer Music Festival and has most recently played principal cello for the Classical Tahoe and Napa Valley festivals.
Ms. Zelenka is a founding member of Trio Arkel, along with Marie Bérard, Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Teng Li, Principle Violist of the Toronto Symphony. Together since 2008, they started a series in 2013 called Trio Arkel Presents, where they perform chamber music both well-loved and excitingly new for the Toronto public at Trinity St.Paul’s Centre.
Winona's recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello was released on the Marquis Classics label in June of 2010. It has received international acclaim, and was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. The Globe and Mail writes '"Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka gives Bach's solo cello suites a stylish ease that we don't often hear on modern cello." Audiophile Review writes "Zelenka's tone is among the warmest and most invigoratingly burnished that I have ever heard in this music, bar none." and " she astonishes with her emotional vibrancy and control". This recording was made on the "Starker Guarnerius" cello, dated 1707.Winona’s second recording, made in 2012, is called “Connections” and is a collaboration with the wonderful pianist Connie Shih. Her CDs are recorded and produced with her husband Ron Searles, Senior Post-Production Audio Engineer at CBC and founder of Red Maple Sound .
Winona’s videos of the Cassado Suite for Solo Cello have garnered many thousands of views on Youtube, as have videos done for Moving Head Productions and CBC. She has also been the cello soloist of such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008), István Szabó’s “Being Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under The Sea” (2009).
Winona Zelenka began her career at age 22 as Associate Principal in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and won orchestral jobs with the National Ballet Orchestra of Toronto and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, and studied with the legendary Janos Starker. Ontario born and raised, Ms. Zelenka’s other main teachers include William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff, and William Pleeth.
Jamie Parker began studying piano before he was five and won more than 200 first-place awards in music festivals, including first place in the 1981 National Competitive Festival of Music (CIBC National Music Festival). He first studied with his uncle, Edward J. Parker, and later with Kum-Sing Lee at the Vancouver Academy and at the University of British Columbia. In the summers 1978-87, Parker studied with Marek Jablonski at the Banff SFA and, beginning in 1985 with Adele Marcus at Juilliard. He won the 1984 S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and in 1987 won first place in the MSO Concours. The Canada Councilawarded Parker the 1988 Virginia P. Moore Prize. In May 1989, Parker shared first place in the CBC Young Performers' Competition with pianist José Allard, and as winner of Juilliard's Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto Competition, he made his debut at Alice Tully Hall as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra.
Jamie Parker made his orchestral debut in 1981 playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Calgary Philharmonic, and subsequently played with all of Canada's major orchestras, notably the TS, Edmonton, National Arts Centre, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. He toured extensively in Canada, including a 1984-5 tour as a result of winning the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and an eastern tour in 1988 as a participant in Debut Atlantic. In 1985 he also toured with another Eckhardt-Gramatté winner, violinist Joanne Opgenorth, as accompanist. In 1989 Parker was the first pianist to appear in the Canadian Embassy concert series in Washington, DC.
One of the most prominent pianists concentrating on a career in Canada, Jamie Parker performed frequently on CBC radio, and on television (for the Bravo! and Global networks, and for CBC's Adrienne Clarkson Presents). Pursuing engagements as recitalist and soloist in equal measure with chamber music opportunities, he partnered often with his perhaps better-known brother, Jon Kimura Parker, performing as the Parker Duo. Jamie Parker has been featured alone and with various partners at music festivals such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal, Festival of the Sound, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Other recital partners have included oboist Philippe Magnan and violinist Susanne Hou, and ensembles such as the Penderecki String Quartet and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. Most notably, he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Gryphon Trio in 1993 (of which he remained a member as of 2004), and of the chamber ensemble Music Toronto Chamber Society. As a member of the Britten Chamber Ensemble, he celebrated the 90th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth in 2003.
Parker taught at Wilfrid Laurier University 1997-2003, and at the University of Toronto from 2003, where he was associate professor and the Rupert Edwards Chair in piano. He has also taught at the Johannesen International School for the Arts, and has been active as an adjudicator and with master classes.
Parker has been described by Peter Mose as a 'big-style, old fashioned pianist' (Toronto Star, 9 Mar 1987). After a performance in Ottawa, critic Jacob Siskind wrote that Parker 'blazed through some of the toughest passages in the piano repertoire with a sense of control that was really quite astonishing' (Ottawa Citizen, 16 Mar 1987). His repertoire centres around Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky, but also includes Canadian composers such as Jacques Hétu, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Henry Kucharzyk, and Andrew MacDonald. He achieved particular praise for his performances of Stravinsky's Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, which are included on an RCI CD (1988, RCI-649) along with works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms. Parker may also be heard performing Harry Somers' Third Piano Concerto on the CD Harry Somers: Celebration (CBC SMCD 5199), and he made numerous popular recordings with the Gryphon Trio.
Tango and Argentine Folk Music
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jurecka, 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.
"Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group."
— From CD review by Tiina Kiik for the Whole Note Magazine February 2018.
“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
Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School
Annual Christmas Spectacular
Hot off their first cross-country tour, Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School celebrates the feeling of home and family with their annual winter-holiday spectacular. Featuring Toronto's hottest emerging artists alongside established pros, this diverse and intergenerational band - fearlessly led by 26-year-old orchestration trailblazer Chelsea McBride - takes you through purple skies and orange clouds and returns you to a roaring fireplace and marshmallow-filled hot chocolate and the feeling of being in the place you are supposed to be in the winter chill, whether that's celebrating the holidays or not.
Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto, Canada based 19 piece modern jazz orchestra led by fast-rising, 26 year old orchestration trail-blazer Chelsea McBride. Award-winning veterans like William Carn, Colleen Allen and Brownman Ali stand next to the city’s hottest 20-somethings in this contemporary modern big band. The Socialist Night School’s debut full-length album “The Twilight Fall” has been hailed by critics as “a dazzling set anyone with even an interest in big band should check out” (Chris Spector – Midwest Record), “a progressive jazz epic…a musical experience that delights in many ways” (Memphis Marty Delia – The Jazz Music Blog), and most recently received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Bandleader Chelsea McBride’s compositions are influenced by the lineage of Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, and the Socialist Night School is a storytelling vehicle for McBride’s evocative writing style.
Hide the Moon and Stars
Bryn Roberts, piano, Lage Lund, guitar
Album Release Concert
Bryn Roberts and Lage Lund have been playing together for over a decade since meeting in Brooklyn in 2004. The two have performed extensively in New York clubs, toured together in Canada and Japan, and released an album entitled “Nightsong” in 2016. Their latest recording “Hide the Moon and the Stars” will be released in October.
Bryn Roberts is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. According to Bill Charlap, “Roberts has poise, elegance, a beautiful touch and a natural melodic flow. His musical imagination always tells a story and his delivery is organic and unforced.” He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy’s. He has toured widely with his own groups including festival, radio and club appearances across the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain and Japan, and also works in the singer- songwriter world, playing with artists like Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin. www.bryn-roberts.com
Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
The Art of the Piano: Hilario Duran
Cuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70’s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.
Hilario Durán toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years.
Chucho Valdés has acknowledged Hilario Durán as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO-award winner “an unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order”.
After making his mark in Cuba, Durán continued to hone his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself, he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz.
Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Durán is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Durán immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named as One of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009; in addition, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians’ Association and also as 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria) for his work as entrepreneur as a director of his musical company, ES MI MUSICA PRODUCTIONS. He is also an educator at Toronto’s Humber College, acting as a piano teacher and ensemble director.
Hilario Durán has been based in Toronto for the past two decades, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. He has continued to collaborate with Cuban musicians, but he takes this to another level on Contumbao. Last November, Alma Records’ Peter Cardinali and award-winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey accompanied Durán to Havana, and the team set up shop in Cuba’s famed EGREM recording studio, the most storied such facility on the island. The cast of musical heavyweights assembled in Havana work their magic on 11 new Durán original compositions. Hilario’s mission is certainly fulfilled here, as Contumbao has an impressive dynamic range of different tempos, tones and moods.
Chamber Music Ensemble
Wednesday December 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Aysel Taghi-Zada (violin)
Laurence Schaufele (viola)
Beth Silver (cello)
Jesse Dietschi (double bass)
Mary Kenedi (piano).
Music by Martinu, Bottesini and Vaughan Williams.
CAMERATA CANADIANA is a newly formed chamber ensemble, consisting of some of Toronto’s most in-demand performers.
They are dedicated to performances of divergent repertoire that expands the canon of chamber music, including newly commissioned Canadian works.
In 2019, Camerata Canadiana will premiere a newly commissioned work by Canadian composer Jordan Pal.
Collective Order: Vol 3 CD Release Show
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Doors at 7:00 PM | Show at 7:30pm
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Volume Three marks another important step in the evolution of Collective Order. After releasing Volume Two, they had created a vision for the future of the project:
“Looking ahead, Collective Order plans to continue to become more inclusive and reflective of the musical and cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer.”
In Volume Three, the band has created a collection of compositions inspired by their cultural heritages and personal experiences. Toronto is comprised of incredibly diverse and culturally rich communities and in this collaborative project, the band aims to eliminate imaginary boundaries and establish new traditions.
In keeping with the collaborative nature of Collective Order, the opening title is a composition written to accompany a traditional land acknowledgement by Indigenous artist Melanie Montour.
Collective Order is a collaborative recording project featuring 21 jazz musicians based in Toronto. Since forming in 2015, the band has released one album of jazz standards and two albums consisting of all-original compositions. Now releasing their third album, the band has undoubtedly developed a distinct aesthetic centred around a shared creative process.
The idea of collaboration is fully explored in the music of Collective Order. Each piece is written by a different member of the band, who then curates the personnel for the recording of their piece. As a result, the sound of their albums covers a wide array of arrangements and textures.
Jazz FM host John Devonish has said of Collective Order, “In times when concepts of community are screaming out for serious revisiting along comes a uniquely sensitive album project.”