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Five for Five
Wednesday, January 31, 2017 at 8 pm
$30/$25 (cash at the door); online at bemusednetwork.com
Michael Westwood, clarinet
Yosef Tamir, viola
Megumi Okamoto, piano
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Amy Laing, cello
The Art of the Piano: Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan
Thursday February 1, 2018 at 8 pm
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Andante with Variations in F Minor, Hob.XVII:6
Variations on the theme by Robert Schumann Op. 9
Desperate Measures (Paganini Variations)
MIKHAIL GLINKA & MILY BALAKIREV
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY & MIKHAIL PLETNEV
Concert Suite from the Ballet “The Sleeping Beauty”
2. Dance of Pages
5. Fairy of Silver
6. The Booted Tom-Cat and the White Cat
8. The Singing Canary
9. Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf
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: Mike Angell, tenor
Friday February 2, 2018 at 7 pm
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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).
Robert 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.
The Art of the Clarinet:
Dominic Desautels with Ben Smith, piano
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8 pm
$25 /$10 Student
Dominic Desautels has been the principal clarinetist at Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada since 2012. He has quickly earned acclaim and recognition since his debut as soloist at age 21 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the principal clarinet with the Canadian Opera Company.
Known for his singing approach to clarinet playing, Dominic is the winner of several competitions and awards in Canada, including Radio-Canada’s Auditions Jeunes Artistes, and the concerto competitions of the Université de Montréal and Orchestre de la Francophonie.
More recently he won the 3rd prize at the 33rd edition of the International Stepping Stone competition, the only clarinetist to have been awarded a prize in the prestigious Canadian competition since 1978. His awards even cross over to jazz, being the Stingray Rising Star Award winner at the 2015 Halifax Jazz Festival with his sextet called The New Bridge.
Dominic is in increasing demand as a chamber musician and soloist in Canada and internationally with regular appearances on public radio and television. He was a featured soloist with various orchestras, including the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Sinfonia Lanaudière, Symphony Nova Scotia and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Dominic has studied primarily with Jean-François Normand, Robert Riseling, and Joaquin Valdepeñas; after studies at the Conservatoire de Montréal and the Glenn Gould School, he earned a Bachelors degree from the Université de Montréal in 2007. Upon graduation, he was hired as the principal clarinetist of the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, a position he held until coming back to Canada in 2012. Dominic has served as acting principal clarinetist with ensembles such as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company.
Beyond his duties as principal clarinetist with Symphony Nova Scotia and being a member of its board of directors, he is a member of Rhapsody Quintet, a faculty member at Dalhousie University and guest artist/faculty at Scotia Festival of Music. He is the co-artistic director of the Montreal-based chamber ensemble The Parcival Project and can be heard online on YouTube with this ensemble.
Dominic Desautels has recently been named a Backun Artist and plays MoBa clarinets made with cocobolo wood, crafted in Canada.
Described as a “thoughtful and immensely exciting performer” with “scintillating technique” (Barrie Examiner), Chatham, Ontario native Ben Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the CMC Stepping Stone Competition. Solo appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Ontario Philharmonic, Orchestra London, the Clairion Symphony, and the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra. Festival appearances include Toronto Summer Music, Banff Summer Arts, the Guelph Spring Festival, the Long Leaf Opera Festival in Raleigh, NC, and Colours of Music in Barrie. Recent highlights include recitals in Chicago, Corpus Christi, and Carnegie’s Weill Hall with Canadian cellist Dongkyun An, with whom he will soon be releasing a recording.
Devoting considerable time to chamber music, Ben has been heard on CBC Radio 2 and Classical 96.3, and has partnered in recital with renowned artists such as Colin Carr, Martin Beaver, Jacques Israelievitch, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Bonnie Hampton, William VerMeulen, and Mark Fewer, and with ensembles including the Annex and Cecilia string quartets. For the past two seasons he has performed as part of the Israelievitch-Smith-Ahn (ISA) piano trio. Involved with music of our time as well, he is a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra in Toronto, and has worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, and Chandler Carter.
Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Taylor Young Artist Academy at the RCM. Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario, and has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers have been Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.
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.
Friends Before Facebook
Lydia Munchinsky, cello
Leslie Ting, violin
Kathryn Tremills, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 pm
$25/$10 Snrs, Students, Art Workers/$5 Kids under 12 (cash at the door)
The trio is pleased to present this concert as a "relaxed performance" where movement as needed to during the performance is allowed. We're also excited to have Seth Taylor Coffee by Design (www.sethtaylor.ca) to provide refreshment during the concert.
Cellist Lydia Munchinsky completed her ARCT in performance for both piano and cello before coming to Toronto in 2000 to study cello with Simon Fryer and piano with Peter Longworth at The Glenn Gould School of Music. At the ages of 10 and 12 she performed at the International Suzuki Conventions in Australia and Korea, and spent 3 months as an exchange student in France when she was 16. When she was 19, Lydia traveled across Europe with her cello and spent 3 months in Switzerland at the International Christian Study and Philosophy Centre l'Abri. Since completing the Performance Diploma Program at the GGS, Lydia's eclectic performance experience has included playing for Stage West and Theatre Aquarius, Dr. Draw, the Array Ensemble, Sarah Slean, the Venuti String Quartet and chamber folk group Ozere. Lydia also toured extensively with Quartetto Gelato, usually with her baby daughter in tow, and is featured on their most recent recording. She has premiered solo cello and chamber music works by a number of Toronto and Austrian composers and gives recitals regularly, some of which have been recorded by CBC and CIUT radio. Lydia taught for two years with Sistema Toronto in Parkdale and currently teaches at the Toronto School for Strings. She now has two children, Arya (4) and William (2).
Leslie Ting is a Toronto-based violinist and multi-disciplinary artist. Her live performances, which have been described as creating ”fire without smoke” (Strad Magazine), strive for honesty and authenticity. A diverse performer, she held a principal position with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony while creating an immersive multi-disciplinary work, Speculation, lauded as “the most unique theatre experience I have ever encountered” (EyeGo). Formerly a practicing optometrist, Leslie brings to the stage her vast depth of knowledge of sight and our relationship to it. Her work as been supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. She has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, Music in the Barns, Pocket Concerts, and Bicycle Opera Project. To further explore her art practice, Leslie attended the Art of Stillness Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the centre’s first major multi-disciplinary residency. Photo credit: Bo Huang
Pianist Kathryn Tremills is a virtuoso and versatile musician who is in great demand as a performer, coach, teacher and adjudicator. She holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and is an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Toronto. In addition to performing on numerous concert series including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Off Centre Music Salon, Canadian Art Song Project, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Thursday Noon Concerts and Pro Musica Detroit, Kathryn has been on the musical staff at the Canadian Opera Company. She is a member of Women on the Verge with sopranos Elizabeth McDonald and Emily Martin with upcoming engagements in the US, Canada, France and England. Twice a Canada Council Grant recipient, she has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in North America. Kathryn holds an appointment to the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and in summers, is a faculty member of the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy (COSI) and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA). She recently released her latest chamber music album, Piano Centric.
Kathryn lives in Toronto with her husband, bass-baritone Giles Tomkins, and enjoys life with their three-year- old son, Benjamin.
The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt
"Hurling a Lance into the Future” -
The Late Vision of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Saturday February 17, 2018 at 3 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students
I. Religious Iconography
from Deux Légendes (c.1863): St. Francis d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux
II. Aspects of Love
III. Hungarian Resonances
IV. Darker Visions of Eternity:
Valses oubliée #1 (Forgotten Waltz (c. 1881) Mephisto Waltz #4: Bagatelle sans tonalité (1883-85) Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort (1883)
from Années de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année (c. 1877)
A ux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No 1: Thrénodie
V. Transcendental Vision
from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1847-52)
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude (Blessing of God in Solitude)
Elegie: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (1880)
Liszt’s last years were spent teaching and composing. He did nothing to make his compositions known and even discouraged his students from playing them. “Yet there still remain several things for me to say, irrespective as to whether they may be quickly understood or recognized. Sometime when I am no longer of this earth, the rest will find itself. I can calmly await the event while I go on working, and meanwhile composedly expiate my virtuoso reputation with the disapproval my compositions have excited.” And so it was. It was not until the enthusiastic endorsement of Bartók and Busoni that these late works were recognized for what they are – a most astounding anticipation of major new paths which music was to follow. In their radical simplicity, obsessive rhythms and strange harmonies, they take the listener to the very brink of tonality.
But if their anticipation of the future was their only distinction, I don’t think they would deserve so much attention. They would be curiosities, nothing more. With art and artists, it’s not who does things first that matters but who does them best.
What is important is the uniqueness of their vision. Liszt’s biographer Alan Walker writes of their expression of depression and despair. I think more truly they are an extension of his life- long spiritual strivings. A courageous and unrelenting gaze at the abyss. He finds much terror there but also much beauty.
Liszt’s greatest religious composition is his Benediction de Dieu: Blessing of God in Solitude. To me, this is one of his most moving masterpieces, but also one of the few religious works of the 19th century that is not suffused with a kind of stained-glass sentimentality. And what it describes is truly universal. We live our lives in full knowledge of our mortality. We know we must die and everything that we value will disappear, often painfully and in a protracted way. And the preciousness of what we value will not change this reality. We know somehow that people and things are precious, those we love, things that resonate throughout our lives. And we are reminded all the more of their ephemeral nature, when their preciousness comes home to us in particular moments in time. And this gap between the meaningfulness, the preciousness of life and its fleeting grain-of-sand nature – this gap cannot be closed by thought, by argument. This gap remains with us all our lives and it cannot be closed by what D. H. Lawrence refers to as: “the dead vanity of knowing better ...the blank - cold comfort of superiority, [the] silly - conceit of being immune.“
It is the privilege perhaps of great art, that it can hint at a way of closing – or at least lessening – the gap.
Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt was born in Southern Ontario but for the past 37 years has lived and worked in Victoria, BC and taught at the University of Victoria as Professor of Piano. As a soloist he has appeared regularly in concerts within Canada and he tours yearly in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire encompasses music from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to having a special affinity for the music of Franz Liszt, he has both performed on period instruments and commissioned and premiered a number of new works.
The Cygnus Trio
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8pm
$25; $10 Students
a reflection on personal geography and memory presented by the Cygnus Trio
Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.
The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, Nancy Holmes, and Harold Rhenisch, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.
The Cygnus Trio appeals to the emotions of each audience member in presenting an engaging, challenging, and interactive programming experience. Bringing “classical” music into the everyday is central to their choices, both conventional and unconventional.
Flautist Benjamin Stuchbery, guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, and violinist Jasper Meiklejohn first came together in Penticton, BC in 2013 to create a group that explored a myriad of musical styles in intimate settings. This group became known as the Cygnus Trio. In 2015, the threesome re-formed in Montreal with Erica Jacobs-Perkins as the violinist. The inaugural recital of the resurrected trio took place at Resonance Café in Montreal in February 2015, which was followed shortly by a performance for revelers during the Nuit Blanche festivities at Christ Church Cathedral Montreal.
Cygnus is dedicated to breathing new life into classical music through a diversity of musical choices and venues. Selections include everything from German baroque, to folk songs and dances, to new commissions, which can be heard in churches, cafes, metro stations, private homes, and women’s shelters. Another of their quests is to collaborate in the creation of new music. During their 2016 season, Cygnus gave the world premiere of Charles Zoll’s AMALGAM and in 2017 the trio participated in the Fresh Inc. Festival in Kenosha, WI. As part of this festival, the trio premiered works by participating composers Patrick Walker and Karalyn Schubring. Other composer collaborations include Arie Van de Ven’s Algoma Miniatures, which will be premiered in the trio’s 2017/18 season, and Anita Perry’s Okanagan Vignettes.
Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm
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Gyre Ensemble, a Swiss-based trio, consisting of Stefanie Mirwald (accordion), Alejandro Oliván Lopez (saxophone) and Christian Smith (percussion), was founded in 2016 during a joint study time at the University of Music in Basel.
Coming from different parts of the world - Germany, Spain, USA - they play free and try to collaborate with composers across borders to reach the most diverse audience with their music. Gyre Ensemble has performed new compositions by Bethany Younge, Sam Scranton, Santiago Díez-Fischer, Ruud Roelofsen, Nadir Vassena and Tobias Krebs.
The Art of the Piano: Danae Olano
Special Guests: Jane Bunnett (sax, flute)
Joanna Majoko (vocals)
Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin)
Saturday February 24, 2018 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student
“Cuban Piano from the XIX centuries to the future!!! Part 2”
Dánae Olano this time is doing a different kind of concert. It will be divided in two parts: the first one is a Solo Performance, playing original compositions along with valuable gems from the Cuban history of piano; a world Olano has been exploring.
The second part is a new project, “The Art of the Trio” Focusing on the various Cuban styles that have been influenced by Jazz. Magdelis Savigne on percussion and Roberto Riveron Mederos on bass are amazing Cuban musicians who have impacted the Canadian scene with their own projects and collaborating with others.
Dana will be joined by special guests Jane Bunnett(sax/flute), Joanna Majoko(singer), Elizabeth Rodriguez(violin) and others.
Dánae Olano García (pianist and composer), has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by Canadian saxophonist and composer Jane Bunnett.
Danae was born on May 6th, 1992 in Havana, Cuba. She began her early musical training in piano at elementary music school Alejandro García Caturla at the age of seven. In 2008 she continued her studies on piano at the Conservatory of Music Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. She graduated with Best Bachelor of Arts instrumentalist (piano) and ensemble practitioner in 2011. She then entered the Superior Institute of Arts faculty of music, finalising her studies in 2016 and graduated cum laude.
At the elementary level of music, she participated in four editions of the contest “Alejandro García Caturla”, where she won the Grand Prix, two first prizes and one second prize, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. She participated in five editions of the contest “Amadeo Roldán” winning the Grand Prix on three occasions, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. As a university student she participated at the International Contest Musicalia 2013 and National Contest UNEAC 2014 (Union of writers and artists of Cuba) where she was awarded second place in both contests. Performing with the band Maqueque, the group won the Juno Prize 2015 in the category of Best Jazz Album.
In 2012 she made inroads in music for the theatre, arranging and playing music for El Ingenio Theater Company.
She has performed as a soloist in important concert halls of Cuba playing music by Ernesto Lecuona in the García Lorca Theater; Amadeo Roldan Concert Hall; Caturla Concert Hall of the Amadeo Roldan Theater; in the San Felipe Neri Chapel; and Basílica Menor of San Francisco de Asís Convent. In March 2014 she made her debut with the symphonic orchestra of Havana Mozart Lyceum directed by Professor Jorge Rotter. In 2016, was invited to participate in the First Piano Festival held in Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA. With Jane Bunnett and Maqueque she has performed on important stages such as Koerner Hall, Blue Note, Birdland, Shenkman Arts Centre, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Markham Flato Theatre, Kennedy Centre and La Zorra y el Cuervo Club.
Sunday February 25, 2018 at 8 pm
Special Screening at 6:30
My War Years: Arnold 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)
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. marieberard.ca
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 Orchestra.tengliviola.com
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. winonazelenka.com
The Art of the Piano: Viktor Lazarov
Rhythm and Colours of the Balkans
Saturday March 3, 2018 at 7 pm
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Viktor Lazarov is a young Canadian-Serbian pianist whose wide musical interests have lead him to perform a solo and chamber repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century.
He is the recipient of several prizes including the Silver and Bronze medals at the Concours de Musique du Royaume (2017 & 2016), a graduate award from the OICRM (Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique) in 2017, and the prestigious SSHRC CGS Master’s award in 2014 for his research and performance of keyboard works by J.S. Bach.
Viktor has performed internationally in the New York City International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Burgos Music Festival in Spain. His recordings have been broadcast in the USA and Serbia.
Continuously engaged in collaborations with contemporary composers, he has performed national and world premieres of solo and chamber works by Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, David Clay Mettens, and David Hier, among others.
In the 2017-2018 season, Viktor will present his most recent solo recital program, Sounds and Colours of the Balkans, in four different cities - Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Orford (Magog). He benefits from the advice and mentorship of Ana Sokolovic and Miodrag Lazarov Pashu in preparation for these recitals.
Viktor completed his B.Mus. studying with Prof. Marina Lomazov at the University of South Carolina. He pursued graduate studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, earning a M.Mus. and a Graduate Diploma in Performance with Prof. Ilya Poletaev. Presently, he is pursuing a Phd in Musicology at the University of Montreal, studying in the Laboratoire de recherche sur le geste musicien under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Traube.
LE TRACE DE SATYR
Marilyn Lerner - piano
Andrew Downing - bass
Patricia O’Callaghan - voice
Friday April 6, 2018 at 8 pm
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LA TRACE DE SATYR
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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