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“Mortals, Myths, Lovers, Victims and the Survivors”: A Music Anthology
Vanessa Lanch, soprano
William Shookhoff, piano

Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 8 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)


Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949)
Zweite Braut Nacht (from Die ägyptische Helena)
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Ellens zweiter Gesang, D.838 Der Zwerg, D.771 Nachtstück, D.672
Klärchens Lied, D.210
Olivier Messiaen ( 1908 – 1992)
Trois Mélodies
ii. Le sourire
Henri Duparc (1848 – 1933)
Chanson Triste
Erik Korngold (1897 – 1957)
Drei Lieder, Opus 22
iii. Welt ist stille Eingeschlafen
Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963)
Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin
i. Le Garçon de Liège
ii. Au-Delà
iii. Aux Officiers de la Garde Blanche
Alban Berg (1885 – 1935)
Bibelszene (from Wozzeck) Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
The Trees They Grow So High
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
Poèmes pour Mi
iv. Épouvante
Gian Carlo Menotti (1911 – 2007)
To This We ́ve Come (from The Consul)
Jocelyn Morlock (1969 - ) Involuntary Love Songs
iii. Script 

Hailed as having a voice that is “far reaching, expressive and beautiful”, Vanessa Lanch is quickly becoming a name to look out for in young dramatic soprano repertory. Vanessa was born in Toronto, Canada and is of German heritage. She studied music and theatre at York University, where she worked with soprano Norma Burrowes and mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin. Vanessa went on to complete her master’s degree in vocal performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and in opera at the Vienna Conservatory in Austria where she graduated both programs with distinction. Vanessa was also a member of the Flanders Opera Studio in Belgium and the Bayreuth Festival Chorus in Germany.

Operatic roles to her credit include Mélisande in the Constant / Debussy / Brook's Impressions de Pelléas, Drusilla in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea. Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Giulietta (I Capuletti e i Montecchi), and the Governess (The Turn of the Screw). Vanessa has now expanded into roles of the young dramatic soprano repertoire, including Agathe (Der Freischütz) and Elsa (Lohengrin).

Ms. Lanch has also been recognized for her excellence in interpreting modern music. She was the third place winner in the prestigious Eckhardt-Gramatte Competition in Canada (2011) and the winner of the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recently, Vanessa was also a semi-finalist in the international Elizabeth Connell Competition for dramatic sopranos. As a scholarship recipient, she has been a member of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme (Aldeburgh, England, sponsored by the Canadian Aldeburgh Foundation), and the Centre for Opera Studies in Sulmona Italy.

William Shookhoff is a noted conductor, pianist and vocal coach throughout Canada and abroad. He has conducted Canadian orchestras from coast to coast, as well as in the Netherlands and China. He has served on the music faculties of the Universities of Toronto, Alberta, Wilfrid Laurier, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Johannesen Summer Institute of Music. He has been on the Music Staff of the Canadian, Netherlands, Edmonton, and Portland (Oregon) Opera Companies.

Equally at home in Music Theatre, Mr Shookhoff was the Associate Conductor of the inaugural Canadian production of Les Miserables, and of the Canadian Tour and Toronto productions of Phantom of the Opera. He has been a guest Music Director with Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Persephone Theatre (Saskatoon), and Citadel Theatre (Edmonton).

Frequently in demand as coach and conductor, Mr. Shookhoff makes frequent appearances in those capacities throughout Western Europe and China, as well as maintaining an active coaching studio in Toronto. He is a regular guest conductor with the Bluebridge Festival and with Opera Kitchener. He has also devoted his efforts to the development and presentation of the Massed Piano or Monster Concert, and has conducted such events at Carnegie Hall, New York; Massey Hall and Nathan Philips Square, Toronto; the White House, Washington, DC; and the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. Mr. Shookhoff is Artistic Director Emeritus at Tryptych Productions.

Made in Trio Ensemble

Friday April 20, 2018 at 8 pm
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C. Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune 

C.P.E. Bach Trio for flute, clarinet and piano D major Wq 94
 I. Allegretto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro di molto 

Nino Rota Trio for flute violin (clarinet) and piano 
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Allegro vivace con spirito 


F.K. Abigaña Four Dances
 I. Round Dance
II. Pavane
III. Shanty 
IV. Charleston

B. Mantovani L’ère de rien 

Sophie Dupuis  From One’s Bed  (1st performance, dedicated to Made in Trio) 

G. Connesson Techno Parade

Made in Trio Ensemble was created in 2013 during study at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, the Haute École de Musique de Genève and the Hochschule für Musik Luzern (Switzerland), with the professors François Benda, Michel Bellavance, Sarah Rumer, Heinrich Mätzener, Claudio Martinez Mehner and Anton Kernjak.

The repertoire is based on music from the XX and XXI century, with composers like Bruno Mantovani, Guillaume Connesson, and others. There is also repertoire from the classic period as C. P. Emmanuel Bach (originally for quartet with flute, pianoforte, viola and basso continuo), and romantic style, especially from French composers, like Maurice Emmanuel, Camille Saint-Saens, and others.

In 2015 they were awarded with a special prize at the "Orpheus Chamber Music Competition" in Switzerland and the 1st prize at the "Marianne und Curt Dienemann-Stiftung" Competition in Luzern, Switzerland. They were finalist in the prestigious "Concert Artists Guild Competition" in New York 2016 and at the 20th International Chamber Music Competition of Illzach in France.

They performed at the Swiss Chamber Music Festival 2015 in Adelboden, at the Swiss Foundation of Young Musicians, at the Mimiko (Mittwoch Mittag Konzerte), at the Altstadt Serenaden concert series in Basel. They are regular artists at the association "Amici della Musica" of Trapani and Alcamo, Italy. They were invited also at the KlangBasel Festival 2016, Zeiträume Festival 2017 both in Switzerland and at the “Festival da Primavera” 2017 in Viseu, Portugal. Above all, "Made in Trio" intend to extend the repertoire of this rare formation and aim to create a new sonority, capable of providing real moments of music.

Rute Fernandes began her musical studies at age of eight in her hometown. Later on she gets in the Artistic and Professional School of Music Vale do Ave, Portugal (2004-2010, high school level) with Joaquina Mota and Elisa Trigo. She made her Bachelor degree at Haute École de Musique de Genève with Michel Bellavance (2010-2013) and she finalized her Master Specialized in Orchestra in 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik - Luzern with Sarah Rumer (flute) and Nicola Mazzanti (piccolo). All of that was supported by the scholarship of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

She played with the European Union Youth Orchestra (Summer School), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Schweizer-Jugend-Sinfonie Orchester, Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.

She won the 1st prize at the I, II and III National Competitions "Terras de la Salette” (Portugal), at the Concours National d’Exécution Musicale (Riddes, Switzerland), at the Internacional Flute Competition Jastrzébie-Zdrój 2012 (Poland), the David Russel Honorific Prize for Young Talents, 4th Edition (Vigo, Spain), and the Edwin-Fischer Preis Wettbewerb (Luzern, Switzerland), among many others.

She is the Co-Principal flute in the Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich.

Born in Montreal, Canada, David Dias da Silva was raised by a Portuguese family, before they moved back to Portugal, where he started his musical education. He studied at the Professional School of Music of Viana do Castelo and at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto, with Professors Iva Barbosa, Nuno Pinto and Antonio Saiote. David holds a Master of Music in Performance and a Soloist Diploma from the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel (Switzerland), under the tutelage of Francois Benda, in addition to an Artist Diploma from the Schulich School of Music, McGill University in Montreal, in the clarinet classes of Jean-François Normand and Alain Desgagné. He has also been a member of the “Schweizer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester” and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

A recent grand-prize winner of both the “Prix d’Europe” and Canadian Music Competition’s “Stepping Stone” competitions, he has earned many other distinctions, including 1st prizes at the “Kiefer Hablitzel” Competition, Bern (Switzerland), the "Fernando Raínho Valente" Competition, Aveiro (Portugal), International Young Artist Competition, Vancouver (Canada), “Terras de La Salette” Competition, Oliveira de Azeméis (Portugal), 2nd prize at the “Concours National d’Exécution Musicale,” Riddes (Switzerland), among others.

David is regularly invited to perform orchestrally with several orchestras, most notably the Hyogo Performing Center Orchestra (Japan), Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Zurich and Basler Festival Orchester (Switzerland). He is a member of the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra in Lisbon, and since 2015, he has held a contract position as principal clarinet with the Sinfonieorchester Basel.

Sinforosa Petralia started to play the piano at the age of five with her grandmother, Sinforosa Pastorino. She continued her studies with Prof. Giuseppe Visconti, Professor at the Conservatory “A.Scontrino” of Trapani (Italy). In 2006 she graduate "cum laude" at the Conservatory “V. Bellini” of Palermo (Italy) with Prof. Aurelia Spagnolo. From 2007 to 2011 she studied with Prof. Pietro De Maria in the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Florence, Italy). In 2014 she obtained the Master Performance at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, Switzerland, under the tutelage of Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner; during the same year she earned a bachelor’s degree in DAMS at the University of Florence, discussing a thesis focused on the figure of the “Wanderer” in Franz Schubert. In 2016 she obtained the Pedagogic Master in the same Basel School.

In 1998 she won the 2nd prize at “Tonino Pardo” Piano Competition; the year after she won the 1st prize at “Città di Balestrate” Piano Competition, Italy. In 2009 she won the 1st prize at “Nuovi Orizzonti” Piano Competition in Arezzo and the year after she won the 2nd prize at “G. Rospigliosi” Piano Competition in Lamporecchio, Italy. In 2014 she won the “Talent Factory” Competition, organized by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana Foundation, in Palermo, Italy.

As well as her chamber music experience with Made in Trio she is also the pianist of the Ensemble Container, based in Spain, and focused on contemporary music repertoire. At the moment she is the piano accompanist of the Bassoon class of Sergio Azzolini, in the Musik Akademie Basel.

Emily Steinwall’s YALA Ft. Sage Horsey
+Mingjia Chen Duo (opening act)

Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 8 pm
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Mingjia Chen and Andrew Chung Duo


Emily Steinwall’s YALA featuring Sage Horsey

An evening of original compositions from two of the city’s most exciting young voices, Emily Steinwall and Mingjia Chen. This is the debut of Steinwall’s newest project as a composer, YALA, a fiery new jazz quartet which weaves together influences as diverse as Alice Coltrane, Joni Mitchell and Esperanza Spalding. The group will be accompanied by the movements of Sage Horsey, a prodigious dancer from Burlington, Vermont.

Emily Steinwall : Voice , Saxophone, Compositions
Yunjin Claire Lee: Piano, Keyboards
Hayden Farrar: Bass
Eric West : Drums
Sage Horsey : Dance

Mingjia Chen Duo
Mingjia Chen: Voice, Piano, compositions
Andrew Chung: Violin, viola, voice

Emily Steinwall is a saxophone player, vocalist, flautist and bandleader based in Toronto, and is quickly establishing herself as a strong force in the jazz community. In 2017, Emily was named one of CBC's "35 best Canadian jazz artists under 35" at only 22 years old, and was the recipient of the prestigious Mary Alice Stewart Award (presented by JazzFM91.1). She has a deep respect and connection to the jazz tradition while still maintaining a fresh approach to improvising and composing.

Steinwall performs frequently in a diverse collection of groups as both a side-woman and leader.  Her newest project, YALA, is a sharp turn from her past work as a composer with a genre-bending sound that is heavily influenced by the music of John and Alice Coltrane, and features for the first time her abilities as a lyricist. She was deeply inspired by the unparalleled power of nature which she felt in the jungles Yala National Park (Sri Lanka), and intends to use this project as a vehicle to explore the forces of nature which she channels through her body.

You can learn more about Steinwall on her website :

Originally from Woodstock, New York, Sage Horsey began her training with Saugerties Ballet Center in 1998. In 2006, she competed nationally with the award winning Energy Dance Company and joined their faculty in 2011.She studied with the Alvin Ailey American Dance School from 2007-2010, Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Academy in 2011, and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet BFA in 2013. Between 2013-2014, she was a member of JUNTOS Collective and served as a choreographer for their international company as well as Assistant to the Director & Event Coordinator.

In 2014, Sage relocated to Burlington, Vermont where her first full length work, Soft Animals, premiered. Earlier that year she received her 200 RYT Yoga Teaching Certification from Sienna Smith and Djuna Mascall and began teaching students nationally. By 2016, her piece A Little Bird Told Me, co-created with Mollie Morgan had been nominated for an ACDA (American College Dance Association) Award.During 2016-2017, Sage trained with Rubberband Dance Group and Sidra Bell Dance New York. In February of 2017, she received the Maker's Space Grant from Keshet Dance Company and was an artist in residence at their New Mexico facility.

Sage has collaborated with renowned artists, musicians, dancers, and digital designers. Between 2014-2017, she joined the faculty at Urban Dance Complex, Laughing River Yoga, and Evolution Yoga. She has reached thousands of students worldwide and continues to teach contemporary, ballet, and improv techniques. Sage is currently a member of Erika Miller Performance Lab and serves as Project Manager for the company.

Mingjia Chen (pronounced MING-jee-yah) is an improvising vocalist, composer, lyricist and teacher an active contributor to the ever-growing Toronto music scene. Recognized for her technical and stylistic versatility, she has performed with and composed for her own chamber ensemble Tortoise Orchestra as well as a variety of groups such as the science of what ?, SonuSkapos Jazz Orchestra, and Celeste. She will be presenting originals compositions with violinist, violist and vocalist Andrew Chung.

The Art of the Piano:
Robert Silverman plays Chopin

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8 pm
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"One could only marvel at a performance of such thorough conviction. Surely he is one of the country's finest pianists." (Toronto Star)


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Prelude in C# minor, Op. 45
Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
Ballade No.1, Op. 23


Polonaise Fantaisie Op. 61
3 Waltzes Op. 64
Ballade No. 4, Op. 52

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman's comprehensive discography is one of the largest of any Canadian pianist. His recent album of late Chopin works (on Isomike) was named the Best Recording of the Month by Stereophile Magazine in February of this year. His recording of Liszt's piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest, while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010, again on the Isomike label.

In 2013 Silverman was appointed to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded to about 150 Canadians annually. Earlier, Robert Silverman was the first winner of the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry.

Robert Silverman was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. A long-standing Steinway artist, he is frequently heard on the CBC and has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and Isomike.

Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where a generous selection of his recordings has been heard by well over 50,000 listeners. Many of his recordings are available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Audio High. Visit him online at

Joel Frahm, sax   Adrean Farrugia, piano

Friday April 27, 2018 at 7 PM
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TD Discovery Series Special Projects

Canadian pianist Adrean Farrugia and American saxophonist Joel Frahm celebrate the release of BLUED DHARMA, an album of duets recorded in New York City in August of 2017. The album features new and previously unrecorded works by Farrugia, as well as explorations of standard songs from the Great American Songbook.

Adrean Farrugia
Juno Award winning pianist Adrean Farrugia has been an active member of the Canadian jazz music scene since the late 1990’s. He has appeared on more than 40 recordings and performs locally with the Bob Brough Quartet, The Worst Pop Band Ever, Ernesto Cervini’s Turboprop, Marito Marques, Jane Bunnett, Sophia Perlman, Kevin Turcotte, Heather Bambrick and Molly Johnson. He also tours internationally with vocalist Matt Dusk, American trumpeter Brad Goode, and recently, with saxophone legend Ernie Watts. Adrean also leads his own bands Ricochet (whose debut album was nominated for a Juno Award for Best Contemporary Jazz recording in 2011) and the Adrean Farrugia Trio. Adrean is on the faculties of Mohawk College and York University.

Joel Frahm
Joel Frahm was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1970. He attended the Stephen Bull Fine Arts School, where he began playing the tenor saxophone. At the age of 15 he and his family moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, where he attended William H. Hall High School. He met pianist Brad Mehldau at school, and the two had weekly gigs locally. After leaving high school in 1988, Frahm attended Rutgers University for a year before transferring to The Manhattan School of Music, and following graduation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Performance he entered Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop. His debut recording as a leader was Sorry, No Decaf, for Palmetto Records, in 1998. A 2001 recording, Don't Explain, was a series of duets with Mehldau. A regular on the New York City club circuit, Joel Frahm has appeared alongside musicians such as Brad Mehldau, Bill Charlap and Matt Wilson and has recorded with Diane Schuur, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit and other top jazz artists. Fans know him for his big tenor sound - fluid, inventive and filled with passion. Downbeat Magazine's critics' poll has named him a rising star.


Magisterra Soloists
String Chamber Works

Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 8 pm
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Magisterra Soloists
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Mikela Witjes, violin
Jordan Clayton, violin
Matt Antal, viola
Ethan Filner, viola
Joel Tangjerd, cello

GIUSEPPE VERDI  (1813 –1901)
Quartet e minor (1873) for two violins, viola and cello

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino
  3. Prestissimo
  4. Scherzo Fuga. Allegro assai mosso


Quintet F major 
for two violins, two violas and cello

  1. Gemäßigt
  2. Scherzo: Schnell - Trio: Langsamer
  3. Adagio
  4. Finale: Lebhaft bewegt

Magisterra Soloists is a vibrant Canadian classical music ensemble dedicated to programming innovative and venturesome chamber works in juxtaposition with traditional classical staples. Their repertoire not only seeks to rediscover historically important works, but also to support the exciting new output of this generation’s living composers. The ensemble brings together established professional musicians and young emerging artists from across the globe – with the
inclusion of guest vocalists and instrumentalists – to create something fresh, engaging and gutsy. Magisterra is also proud to oer a mentorship program for outstanding young artists who are invited to perform as “Magisterra Fellows” in select concerts. In 2016, Magisterra launched its “Salon Series,” a series designed to provide music to more intimate audiences by way of in-home concerts and in 2017 launched its inaugural “Magisterra at the Museum” series. Additionally, the ensemble presents interactive concerts in schools throughout the province through its curriculum-based educational outreach program, “Magisterra in Schools.” In March 2018, Magisterra will hold its first “Young Performer’s Award” auditions, an initiative to encourage high quality musical training at an early age provided by private music teachers in London.

Founded in the fall of 2015 by internationally-acclaimed German violinist, Annette-Barbara Vogel, Magisterra Soloists is currently based in London, Ontario. Within its first year of concertizing, the ensemble has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen venues across Ontario, including Kingston’s Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The ensemble has also succeeded in crafting an educational outreach program designed to provide young children with an interactive experience of classical music and which has been presented to over a dozen
school groups. In May of 2016, Magisterra gave the Canadian premiere of the ensemble’s first commissioned arrangement, Sapling, by award-winning Canadian composer, Emily Doolittle. It subsequently premiered this work internationally in August during its inaugural international six-city tour to Brazil which included performances in São Paolo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Campinas, Florianopolis, and in Rio de Janeiro, where they enjoyed the support of the Canadian Embassy. While concertizing in Brazil, the ensemble had the privilege of playing for the students of the Baccarelli Institute in São Paolo, a not-for-profit organization that enjoys the endorsement and regular visits of musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Magisterra Soloists embarked on its first Ontario-Quebec tour in May 2017. Today’s concert kicks of Magisterra’s second Ontario-Quebec tour! The ensemble is proud to have been nominated the Jack Richardson award, with Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel nominated as a soloist in the community.

 Salon Tokyo a Toronto I
Art of the Piano: Satoko Inoue

Friday May 4, 2018 at 8 pm
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Takeo Hoshiya : Piano StudyVIII versionα (2011)
Yuka Shibuya : Clouds merging into the sea, Islands floating in the sky 2
Daryl Jamieson : new piece ~world premiere 
Toshiya Watanabe : On A Winter Day (2018)
Jo Kondo
     In Nomine (Berceuse a la Lesniewski) (2006)
     Ritornello (2005)
     Sight Rhythmics (1975) 
     Caccia Soave (2016) 
     Interlude (2017)

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

This concert is presented with the support of the Japan Foundation.

Salon Tokyo a Toronto II
Satoko Inoue, piano    
Clemens Merkel, violin

Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8 pm
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John Cage - Thirteen Harmonies - 1985
John Cage - Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard - 1950 
John Cage - Two6 - 1992 

Clemens Merkel’s unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language,  and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage,  and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal’s Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging  experimentalists to today’s most revered composers.

For over a decade, Merkel’s unusual sound has fused with that of the Quatuor Bozzini, considered one  f the world’s leading string quartets. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through  the Composer’s Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertake multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintain a profound impact  on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montréal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.

Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent’s leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montréal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Québec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. His presence is felt in academia as well, through articles written for the Revue Circuit, and through his teaching at Concordia University. He’s a passionate chef and lives in Montréal’s Portuguese neighborhood together with his wife Isabelle Bozzini and children Félix and Béatrice.

Pianist Satoko Inoue is renowned throughout Japan, Europe and in United States as a leading interpreter of contemporary solo piano music. She has premiered works by some of Japan's foremost composers including Jo Kondo, Yori-aki Matsudaira, Yoritsune Matsudaira, and Toshi Ichiyanagi. Especially she is well-known for playing Jo Kondo’s complete piano works. She is also known for performing works of other contemporary composers such as Toru Takemitsu, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Henry Cowell, Luciano Berio, Giacinto Scelsi, Luc Ferrari, Doina Rotaru, and others.

Since 1991 every year, Ms. Inoue has been presenting the solo piano series "Satoko Plays Japan" at major venues in that country. She has performed around two hundred contemporary pieces in this well-respected series. Before this she was the pianist with Musica Practica Ensemble Tokyo, a leading Japanese ensemble which introduced many important pieces of new music to Japan. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Tokyo Gakugei University. Besides performing in Japan, Satoko Inoue has invited by major European festivals including Darmstadt, the International Experimental Music Festival in Bourges, and had solo recitals, for example,  MERIDIAN, Zilele SNR-SIMC (ISCM) in Bucharest, Mersin International Music Festival, Festival" l'Art pour l'Aar" in Bern, Ciclo de Conciertos de Música Contemporánea in Buenos Aires. In addition, she had a lot of solo concerts in US, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, Romania, Egypt, and Argentina. She has recorded three solo CDs on HatHut Records (Switzerland)and has also the CDs on the German label Edition Hundertmark, Emec Discos(Spain), and ALM Records (Japan). She was awarded “Keizo Saji Prize” for 2010 by The Suntory Foundation for Arts with “Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman ~Works for Piano~”. Besides concertizing, Ms. Inoue is Professor at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.

This concert is presented with the support of the Japan Foundation.

The Art of Improvisation

Saturday May  12, 2018 at 8pm 
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Six innovative musicians immersed in Toronto's improvising community, dedicated to the art of improvisation will perform in different setups exploring musical boundaries and potentialities of spontaneous composition and combustion!

Bill Gilliam, piano
Rick Sacks, percussion
Bill McBirnie, flute
Eugene Martynec, laptop
Glen Hall, reeds 
Brian Abbot, guitar

Demeter from Rick Sacks on Vimeo.

An improvisation performance with Bill McBernie (flute) evoking stark beauty while the ensemble, Bill Gilliam (piano), Eugene Martynec (laptop) and Rick Sacks (percussion) portrays the power of Winter. (recorded at Array Space, Toronto, Jan 2018).

Bill McBirnie is a highly accomplished jazz and Latin flute specialist who was personally solicited by Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James’ official website. Bill was also chosen Flutist of the Year by the Jazz Report Awards, nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the National Jazz Awards and is the only triple crown winner in all three of the National Flute Association’s (USA) Jazz Flute (1) Soloist, (2) Masterclass and (3) Big Band competitions. Bill has produced several award-winning Extreme Flute projects including his recent organ trio project, FIND YOUR PLACE (featuring Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 and Anthony Michelli on drums). Bill also performs with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra. You can learn more about Bill at his website:

Rick Sacks has a Masters in Music from SUNY Stony Brook. While in NY he performed at venues including Carnegie Recital Hall, NY Shakespeare Theatre and Alice Tully and taught at Bennington College, Vermont. He performs worldwide (Vancouver and Beijing Olympics, Shanghai Expo, Mongolia, Europe, Africa, US and Canada). His symphony “Water Music” for the Victoria Symphony utilized remote controlled flying fish and a deep-sea diver costume. From 2011 to 2016 he was Artistic Director of Arraymusic. Rick likes to improvise on drum kit and percussion both electronic and acoustic and continues to freelance as a percussionist, sound designer and composer.

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who creates and improvises new music compositions blending contemporary harmony and jazz idioms with his unique style of piano and prepared piano playing. Bill is from London, England and after studying jazz and film composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston moved to Toronto where he studied composition. He has composed for film, dance and theatre and recorded his CDs and performed with artists such as Charlie Ringas, Ernie Tollar, Kevin Turcotte, Duncan Hopkins, Ben Riley, Lina Allemano, Dave Young, Howard Gaul, Lori Freedman. His compositions have been performed by Canadian new music ensembles with assistance from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Bill's recent music projects include the Gilliam, Milmine, Pottie trio's new CD Entangled Pathways and ongoing collaborations and performances with the Toronto Improvisors Orchestra, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara, Cheryl O, David Story, Kayla Milmine, Ambrose Pottie, Eugene Martynec, Rick Sacks, Bill McBirnie and other artists.

Brian Abbott is a guitarist/improvisor/composer who hails from New Jersey, the armpit of America. Escaping to Toronto a few years ago to escape the rabid human zoo the US had become, he settled into the Toronto creative music scene improvising with piles of great musicians, composing for many different instrumentations, and organizing shows, such as a 14 hour performance of Erik Satie’s “Vexations” just to name one. His duo with soprano saxophonist, Kayla Milmine, Faster, has a new album called “Nuclear Fishin’” coming out March 2018, featuring mostly through composed music with some improv. Anything else? Probably, but I forget. Writing a bio is a boring activity. I’m gonna go wander around the AGO now cause it’s free Wednesdays nights!

Glen Hall has an international reputation as a composer, improviser and multi-instrumentalist. Hall has been an agent provocateur on the Canadian creative music scene for decades. He was the first Canadian jazz musician to independently record and release a free jazz album (“The Book of the Heart” with Joanne Brackeen, Cecil McBee and Billy Hart). He is one the very few musicians besides Miles Davis to collaborate and record with legendary composer/arranger Gil Evans (“The Mother of the Book”). His “Hallucinations: Music and Words for William S. Burroughs” featured one of the founding fathers of free jazz, trombonist Roswell Rudd. Hall played the Guelph Jazz Festival with Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He’s studied jazz at Berklee College of Music and composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Mauricio Kagel in Germany, did artistic residencies in live electronics at STEIM in Amsterdam and Kyma Symbolic Sound at the Electronic Music Foundation in New York, and was a featured artist at the Siberian Jazz Games festival in Novosibirsk, Russia. Hall is also the founder and artistic director of the 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival.

Eugene Martynec is known for his versatility, composing and recording with pop groups, orchestras, and in visual and live theatre settings. He is trained in electronic music, composition, and orchestration from The Royal Conservatory of Music (1970–1975) and has been awarded Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council grants for music composition. His most recent interests are around improvised music, composing live electro- acoustic music, as well as with adding visual components to his improvisation performances. Martynec is well traveled and has lived and performed abroad, notably living in Beijing for two years where he performed in Yunnan Province with Yan Jun (a sound artist, critic, poet and organizer) and in Beijing at several music and art festivals. From 2007-2010 he was based in London, England where he performed with the London Improvisers Orchestra and with various other small ensembles throughout Europe. Upon returning to Toronto in 2010, he organized and formed the Toronto Improvisers Orchestra. Martynec remains a key player in the Toronto improvising community.

Four Short Song Cycles
Michael Nyby, baritone
Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone

Friday May 18, 2018 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25 (Cash only at the door) 
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Baritone Michael Nyby, lauded for his “stentorian masculinity” (Carmina Burana) and “natural and commanding stage presence” (Danilo, The Merry Widow), is establishing himself on both the concert and opera stages throughout North America.

An especially sought-after interpreter of new music, Baritone Michael Nyby has created the roles of William Dale in Silent Night, Brent Colgate in Georgia Bottoms, and Seth in Isis and Osiris. On the concert stage, his premieres include Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity, and Larysa Kuzmenko’s Golden Harvest. He is well-known for his strong performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, for which he has been praised for his “incredible control and command of his tender and rich baritone”. Michael has performed this work over a dozen times with ensembles such as the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. Other highlights from Michael’s past seasons include Messiah with the Winnipeg Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Victoria Symphony, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera, Bumerli in The Chocolate Soldier with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at the Washington National Cathedral

Michael holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of British Columbia. He is an alum of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer program where he covered Apollon in Alceste and sang Dulcamara in the outreach production of Elixir of Love. As a resident artist at Minnesota Opera, Michael sang the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème, and Cecil in Maria Stuarda while covering Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and Germont in La Traviata.

Canadian/British bass-baritone Giles Tomkins is widely praised for his vocal virtuosity and lyricism in an impressive range of repertoire. His rich, resonant voice brings “authority and power” to the concert and operatic stage.

Mr. Tomkins’ operatic roles include Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Pistola (Falstaff), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Leporello/Commendatore (Don Giovanni), and Sergeant of Police (Pirates of Penzance). He has been engaged by Vancouver Opera, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Pacific Opera Victoria and Edmonton Opera.

Noted for his convincing portrayal of the philosopher Colline in La Bohème, Giles has performed the role with Scottish Opera, as well as with Saskatoon Opera, Manitoba Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Of his role debut in Turandot with Edmonton Opera, Bill Rankin/Opera Canada wrote - "Giles Tomkins sang the role of Liu's master, the aged Timur, and he made the most of the small part with a lustrous tone and appropriately decrepit demeanour”. In 2017, Giles made his Canadian Opera Company debut as Sciarrone in Tosca.

Recent oratorio performances include Elijah with Vancouver Bach Choir, Messiah with Elmer Iseler Singers, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Symphony New Brunswick, Dvorak’s Requiem with Chorus Niagara, St. John Passion with Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Symphony Nova Scotia, as well as Messiah with Regina Symphony and Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra.

On the contemporary music scene, Mr. Tomkins starred as Gandalf in Dean Burry’s The Hobbit with Canadian Childrens Opera Company and joined the cast of The Bells of Baddeck, Lorna MacDonald and Dean Burry’s music drama based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell.

Through Sight and Sound

Sunday May 20, 2018 at 2 pm  
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Ernest Chausson
Simple et Sans Hate

Gabriel Faure 
Les Berceaux, Op. 23, N. 1
Après un Rêve , Op.7 n°1  

Jean Sibelius
Piano Quintet in G minor JS 159


Canadian-American cellist Britton Riley joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Formerly Assistant Principal of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Riley enjoys a diverse musical career as a performer, teacher, and recording engineer. He has recorded for film and radio for Sony Pictures, CBC Radio 2, KUSC, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Live from Orchestra Hall series, and live performances have brought him to Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others.

Mr. Riley has received recognition throughout North America in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Awards (now YoungArts), the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and the Sphinx and Hellam Competitions. He has performed at music festivals throughout North America and Europe, including the Banff Summer Music Festival, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music by the Sea, Le Domaine Forget Chamber Music Festival, Weimarer Meisterkurse, St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, and the Sunflower Music Festival.

After receiving degrees in Cello Performance and Music Industry from the University of Southern California, Mr. Riley went on to earn Master of Music and Doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan. During this time, he performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and served as teaching assistant to Richard Aaron. Following his graduation, he was named a Rebanks Fellow at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In addition to maintaining a private teaching studio, he has coached young musicians at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mount Royal University, Calgary Youth Orchestras, and the Alberta Youth Orchestra Symposium at the Banff Centre. He has a strong interest in collaborating with artists of various disciplines, particularly dancers and photographers.

Among his many interests, Britton enjoys travelling, nature, golf, college football, cooking, hiking, and photography.

Much in demand as a violin soloist and ensemble performer, Arkady Yanivker’s first major solo appearance was at the age of thirteen with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.S.R. After his graduation, Arkady Yanivker was engaged in concerts both as a chamber musician and solo violinist throughout the concert hall of Russia, and became concertmaster of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, during which time he also became member of the Faculty of Music.

Arkady Yanivker came to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1978, where he became well-known on the music scene as a violin soloist and chamber player. His concert performances in Canada have been heard on CBC, CMFX, and CJRT radio broadcasts.

During his tenure as a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, he served as concertmaster of the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, and guest concertmaster for the Kitchener Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Huntsville Festival Orchestra, and the New Canadian Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at home and in Europe. His performances have received outstanding reviews: "...impressive exploration of versatile potential of the violin... brilliant technique, truly virtuosic performance..." (Durier Lubelski), and "...the many memorable moments were Yanivker’s dominant violin..." (The Toronto Star).

Arkady’s students have highly appraised performances in Canadian festivals and competitions.

Arkady Yanivker was chosen as music consultant by the distinguished documentary producer, Joseph Feigenberg, for the movie documentaries Diaries of Sergei Prokofiev and the award-winning film Glenn Gould in Russia.

His interests include travel, opera, and history.

Described as having “brilliant insight and extreme musicality” by the Toronto Star, Canadian pianist Elina Kelebeev is becoming known as a soloist and collaborative pianist. Elina has collaborated with established vocalists such as renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun and Ukrainian soprano Anna Shafajinskaya; she has also teamed up with rising stars such as soprano Teiya Kasahara and bass-baritone Philippe Sly.

Elina regularly performs with violinist Arkady Yanivker, and has performed at the Music Niagara festival with artists such as the Glenn Gould Quartet and flautist Camille Watts. Elina’s solo engagements include recitals and performances throughout Toronto and in New York City, Brussels, Sanremo, and Moscow. Her performances were broadcast on CBC Radio, the former Classical and Jazz Radio Toronto, as well as Moscow and Brussels Classical Radio Stations.

Elina Kelebeev received her Master’s Degree in Performance, Collaborative Piano, at McGill University. Previous studies were at the Moscow Central Music School, the Manhattan School of Music, and The Glenn Gould School. Elina serves as staff accompanist at the University Of Toronto (since 2010), and at the Royal Conservatory of Music (since 2005). She maintains a private studio where she teaches piano and coaches singers.

Acclaimed for viola playing described as "gorgeous" (gramophone and san francisco classical voice) and "beautifully expressive" (honolulu advertiser), Ethan Filner enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, and chamber music coach. As the violist of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet for 15 years until the group disbanded in 2016, Ethan toured extensively, performing concerts and guest teaching at institutions throughout North America and Europe; recorded nearly 20 albums including the complete string quartets of Beethoven; commissioned or premiered nearly three dozen works by some of the most compelling and important composers of our time like Jennifer Higdon, Kevin Puts, and George Tsontakis; collaborated with many of today’s great musicians like Barry Shiffman, Zuill Bailey, Gary Hoffman, and Jon Nakamatsu; and reached more than 150,000 students of all ages through the Quartet’s widely respected innovative outreach programs. In summer 2016 Ethan relocated to Kitchener with his wife and two children and soon found his calendar full with an ever-expanding variety of exciting orchestral and chamber music freelance work, including numerous appearances as an extra musician with the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Notable recent chamber music collaborators have included the Gryphon Trio, the Penderecki String Quartet, Marie Brerard, Aaron Schwebel, and various members of the TSO. Appointed Assistant Principal Viola of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in 2017, Ethan also maintains a small studio of students as a Sessional Teacher of Viola at the University of Toronto.

Described as a noble musician, Adam Diderrich brings passion, vigor and love to his playing as a concertmaster and violinist. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he started playing violin at age 5. His advanced studies took him to the University of Toronto for his B.M. with Atis Bankas, and later to Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida for his M.M. with Elmar Oliveira and Stephen Majeske. Most recently, he pursued a D.M.A. at University of Miami in Florida with Glenn Basham and Felicia Moye. He has enjoyed tenures with groups such as the New World Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and Seraphic Fire. In addition to his affinity for classical music, Adam loves improvising and studied jazz with Whit Sidener and Vince Maggio at the University of Miami during his tenure as a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow.


Spring Salon - 20th Century Ukrainian Art Songs

Thursday May 24, 2018 at 7 pm
$30; $20 Students (Cash only at the door) 
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Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Laura McAlpine, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Skitko, tenor
Robert Kortgaard, Piano


"From the Roots of Ukrainian Art Song to a Galician Experience" 


Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Juno-nominated mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig is an artist of tremendous depth, musicality and scope. Her charm, warmth and easy sense of humour are perfect for the stage and her vibrant musicality makes her a favourite to all her audiences. Her versatility and ability to interpret many styles are impeccable.

Hailed by Halifax Chronicle Herald critic Stephen Pedersen as having “tones of silver and gold,” Andrea has appeared with the Canadian Opera Company in numerous roles including Nireno in Handel’s Julius Ceasar, the Second Niece in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Flora in The Turn of the Screw, Moira in Paul Ruder’s The Handmaid’s Tale, and Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

Very much in demand for contemporary opera, Andrea has been involved in many of Tapestry New Opera’s projects including their LibLab and Opera Briefs, as well as the world premiere of Juliet Palmer’s Shelter at Edmonton Opera in 2012 and Toronto in June 2014. Andrea was Nada in the multi Dora-nominated Queen of Puddings’ production of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba (The Wedding) that had it’s world premiere in Toronto in June 2011. She reprised the role of Nada in France, Serbia and Ireland in 2012; at Edmonton Opera and Philadelphia Opera in 2013; and at the prestigious Festival D’Aix en Provence in 2015.

Ms. Ludwig’s commitment to concert performance remains a strong focus. She made her debut with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2011 in R. Murray Schafer’s “Adieu, Robert Schumann” and made a return in 2013 for a tribute concert to Peter Lieberson in which she sang his “Neruda Songs.” More recently, Andrea performed eight orchestrated Schubert lieder with Symphony Nova Scotia, including one newly-arranged by Canada’s own Brian Current. A recording of this concert is currently in production.
This past May, she performed a sumptuous program of Kurt Weil, John Plant and Toronto composer, Monica Pearce with The Talisker Players. Andrea has also performed Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” with Kindred Spirits Orchestra; Handel’s Messiah with Symphony New Brunswick and Toronto’s Against the Grain Theatre; Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with The Amadeus Choir of Toronto and the Regina Philharmonic Chorus; Mozart’s Requiem with the Thunder Bay Orchestra; and Beethoven’s 9th with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Andrea is proud to announce her recent Juno nomination for a recording of Canadian composer Peter Togni’s Responsio in collaboration with Jeff Reilly, Suzie LeBlanc, Charles Daniels and John Potter.

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England. Mr. Kortgaard has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan.

He is a favourite collaborator of many of Canada’s finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (has been nominated “Event of the Year” by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in- residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998 and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China and served as an adjudicator at many national music competitions. Mr. Kortgaard has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald, Adrianne Pieczonka and Erin Wall, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled “Invitation to the Dance”. He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records.

His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Mr. Kortgaard tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O’Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, mezzo soprano Julie Nesrallah, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and with piano duo partner Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of 20th century music.

Winnipeg born mezzo soprano, Laura McAlpine has been acclaimed for her “mellifluous singing and flashes of wit” (Opera Canada), an “impressive voice that jumps off the stage” (Classical 96.3 FM), an “expressive voice with fine artistic sensibility” (Whole Note Magazine), and praises like, “the stand out was Laura McAlpine’s Jenny; varying style and technique appropriately.” (Opera Ramblings).

Chamber and concert performances include, North American premiere of Krystof Maratka’s VABENI, at TSO’s New Creations Festival, with conductor Peter Oundjian, and world premiere of Christopher Mayo’s Under Dark Water, at the 21C Music Festival with Esprit Orchestra, and Alex Pauk. Laura sang with Victoria Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Alain Trudel, was the alto soloist in Messiah, with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, and Lydia Adams, and most recently the alto soloist for The Cellar Singers concerts of Handel’s Messiah, and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with conductor Mitchell Pady.

Chamber works include, Spirit Dreaming (Maurice Ravel’s Chanson madécasses, Peter Sculthorpe’s Island Dreaming , and Tanu by John Beckwith), with Talisker Players, and music of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, in remounts of Laura Jones/Talisker Players shows, Anything Goes and Puttin’ on the Ritz. Laura self-produced A Poet’s Love, a two-act staged recital, and recording of the Dichterliebe song cycles by Robert Schumann, and Ukrainian composer Mykola Lysenko, with pianist David Eliakis, available on iTunes.

In opera, Laura’s roles include Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutté, Madame Flora in The Medium, Charlotte in Werther, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Siebel in Faust. New opera roles include Sarinder in Factory Theatre’s production of Savitri and Sam, Aunt Luce Gertrude for Opera in Concert’s premiere chamber version of Charles Wilson’s Kamouraska, and created the role of Caterpillar/Butterfly for Opera NUOVA in the premiere performance of Isaiah Bell’s children’s opera, The Lives of Lesser Things.

Laura is also a member of the Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Canadian Opera Company Chorus. 

Andrew Skitko, tenor, earned his B.M. and M.M. at Westminster Choir College. Through Westminster, he performed with the world’s leading orchestras at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Andrew sings with the Opera Philadelphia Chorus, The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, The Philadelphia Voices, and The Same Stream choir. He participated in The Oxford University Choral Institute with The Williamson Voices and sang on Williamson’s Grammy-nominated album Annelies: The Anne Frank Oratorio. Andrew has also performed in Les Misérables with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He is the artistic director of Theoria Chamber Choir, which performs Slavic choral repertoire.

A la Vie, al Amour

Friday June 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm  
Admission by Donation

Angela Maria Sanchez & Melanie Taverna, sopranos 
Alvaro Vasquez-Robles, tenor  
Jennifer Tung, piano

An evening celebrating life and love through French and Spanish sounds.


French-Canadian soprano Melanie Taverna is a versatile artist residing in Toronto, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music (The GGS) where she studied with soprano Monica Whicher. Last season, Melanie was seen performing the roles of Sister Genovieffa (cover) and Seconda Sorella Cercatrice in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival under the baton of Maestro Thomas Bagwell from The Metropolitan Opera, as well as directed by Grammy Award winning mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell. Other performance credits include: Il Destino in Cavalli’s La Calisto for Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute for Summer Opera Lyric Theatre and Grasshopper in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with The GGS. Melanie also appeared in the choruses of The GGS’s productions of Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène and Mozart’s Don Giovanni.

Ms Taverna can be seen performing in a variety of private events and fundraiser concerts. More recently, she featured in the title role of France Levasseur-Ouimet’s grand suite Elles s’appelaient Marie, with the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and the Chorale De La Salle in Ottawa, Ontario. This season, Melanie looks forward to performing in numerous collaborative recitals throughout the city and continuing her studies with teacher Jennifer Tung.

Toronto-based soprano Angela Maria Sanchez has been an active performer in the Toronto classical music community since 2005. At age 15 she performed the role of Third spirit in the Canadian Opera Company’s ensemble production under the baton of Richard Bradshaw of Mozart’s Magic flute and soloist in the opening inaugural concert of the Four Season’s Centre of the Performing Arts. She recently made her opera debut of the role of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Mistress of Novices in Suor Angelica in Hawaii Performing Arts Festival.

Miss Sanchez was a featured soloist in the 2014/15 season at the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra performances of G.F Handel Messiah and Viva Italia. Later returning the following 2015/16 season performing Love at the Opera all under the baton of maestro Denis Mastromonaco.

Recent accomplishments include, placing first overall in post-graduate women category in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition as well as Provincial finalist and scholarship recipient at the Toronto Kiwanis festival.

Miss Sanchez has a Bachelor of Music from The Glenn Gould School of Royal Conservatory of Music and is currently under the tutelage of Ms Jennifer Tung.

Alvaro Vazquez-Robles, tenor
Mexican tenor Alvaro Vazquez-Robles graduated from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, obtaining a Voice Performance Diploma. He sang Schubert’s Mass in G-Major with Barrie’s Lyrica Choir, performed the role of Bill in Samuel Barber’s A hand of bridge with Soup Can Theatre and was a tenor soloist in concerts with St John’s Anglican Church.

Alvaro performed the role of Ajax II from the opera La Belle Hélène for the school’s annual spring opera, conducted by Uri Mayer in Koerner Hall. He was cast as The Miller, the title role in El gato con botas by Xavier Montsalvage for The Glenn Gould School Fall Opera, conducted by Peter Tiefenbach.

Most recently, he made his debut with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra and Opera York singing the role of El Remendado in Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Denis Mastromonaco. Alvaro is currently under the tutelage of Jennifer Tung. 

Artis Duo

Sunday June 10, 2018 at 2 pm
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César Franck - 'Sonata for violin and piano' in A major
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia
IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Maurice Ravel - 'Alborada del Gracioso', from Miroirs 
(Anna Shalaykevych - piano )


Béla Bartók - 'Six Romanian folk dances':
I. Dance with Sticks
II. Waistband Dance
III. Stamping Dance
IV. Hornpipe Dance
V. Romanian Polka
VI. Quick Dance

Myroslav Skoryk - 'Spanish Dance'

Oleksandra Fedyshyn - ‘Elegy

Astor Piazzolla - 'Le Grand Tango'

Oleksandra Fedyshyn is a violinist and composer. She holds Master's degree in Violin Performance and additional Composition Education from Lviv National Music Academy M. Lysenko (Lviv Conservatory, Ukraine). Oleksandra performed as a member of symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles with concert tours in Europe, including performances with Al Di Meola (Leopolis Orchestra) and with Sir James Galway (INSO Lviv Orchestra) . She also performs as a member of different music projects, bands, orchestras and as a solo performer. 

As a composer, Oleksandra was awarded as a laureate of The First International Pianists and Composers Competition "Farbotony" and Young Composers International Competition "Gradus ad Parnassum". Her compositions were performed at Lviv Internaional Contemporary Music Festival "Contrasts", The eights International Youth Music Forum (Kyiv, Ukraine), Youth Music Festival "Music of Millennium", participation in master classes for composers (the 21st IMCM Summer Course for Young Composers, Warsaw, Poland), etc. Her scores could be seen at the library of The Gaudeamus Foundation (the Netherlands). Besides that , Oleksandra composing music for movies and has experience in songwriting (“The Boat” album). Along with active performing career Oleksandra works as a music teacher.

Born in a family of acclaimed Ukrainian singers, Anna Shalaykevych grew up surrounded by music. She fell in love with classical music after she was introduced to piano at the age of six. Anna gave her first performance with Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine, an experience which solidified the importance of piano in her life.
After graduating from Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv ( Ukraine) with a Master Degree in Piano Performance, Anna continued her studies at Anton Rubinstein Academy in Dusseldorf, Germany where she obtained her Artist Diploma in Piano Performance.
She leads rich concert activity both in Canada  and abroad , appearing in solo and chamber performances and cooperating with a number of ensembles and musicians, including world-famous quartet "group MoCarta” in Wawer Music Festival (Warsaw, 2011), and one of the world's leading dramatic mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska in Piano Forum (Bieszczady without Borders) in Sank, Poland. Anna is a prize-winner of many International Competitions and has been selected for Special Award from The Frederic Chopin Society to perform  a Recital in Sanniki (Poland). As collaborative pianist she provided piano accompaniment for vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs in a wide variety of genres and multiple settings such as concerts, recitals, competitions, auditions and worship services. Anna’s passion to music does not stop at performing. Most recently Anna enjoyed sharing her knowledge with young students by working as a piano pedagogue.

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