▼ upcoming performances
Trio Corventano: The Art of the Flute
Dakota Martin, flute, Thomas Beard, cello, Philip Chiu, piano
Friday May 19, 2016 at 8 pm
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano Opus 63, Carl Maria von Weber
Trois Aquarelles, Par un clair matin, Soir d’automne Serenade Phillippe Gaubert
Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano H. 300, Bohuslav Martinu
From Wingham, Ontario, Thomas Beard has performed across Canada, parts of the USA and Europe in various capacities. Notable highlights include playing with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2009 and 2010), winner of the Stratford Concerto Competition (2011) and the McGill Chamber Music Competition (2014), and being a founding member of ensemble Verisimo.Thomas Beard is currently pursuing Masters studies at McGill University under the tutelage of Yegor Dyachkov.
Originally from Perth, Ontario, Dakota Martin recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Orchestral Flute Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, UK. As an orchestral musician, Dakota has performed with the National Arts Center Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, LʼOrchestre de la Francophonie, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada. During his time in London, Dakota also had the opportunity to perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of their Pathways internship program.
In addition to his orchestral pursuits, Dakota is an avid soloist and chamber player. A prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition National Finals, he also appeared as a soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra. Also passionate about period instrument performance, Dakota has studied baroque flute with Rachel Brown and taken part in Tafelmusikʼs Winter Institute.
More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.
“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse
“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)
An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).
The Art of the Piano: David Six
Between the Stations
Saturday May 20, 2017 at 8 pm
„Between the Stations“ is how the Austrian pianist David Six calls his new project. The solo artist presents compositions all written on the road.
The idea is simple: At every single recital, he presents one new piano piece that has been inspired by and written at the very same place: Music, written in hotel rooms or at train stations, on planes or simply on stage. Pieces that are named after their place of birth.
By the end of this year, David Six seeks to have drawn a kind of musical-geographical map. Places of this year's tour like Paris, Teheran, New Delhi, New York, Nairobi, Berlin, Vienna, London or Shanghai are part of David Six’ sonic form of cartography.
Inspired by traveling and longing for a new challenge, the idea of composing „Between The Stations“ was born. David Six also uses on-stage-composing-methods, often including spontaneous ideas of his audience. Piano grand master
Misha Alperin commented admiringly: "David’s sense for integration and organic unity of composition and improvisations is simply incredible!“
Experience accumulated during his studies of Classical Music, Jazz & Improvisation and Classical Indian Music come in handy in this project.
David Six was born in 1985 in Vöcklabruck, Austria. He studied Classical Piano as well as Jazz and Improvisation in Linz and Vienna. Further studies in 2010 in New York with Ellery Eskelyn, Aaron Parks and Fabian Almazan made very important contributions to his musical development. Since 2012 he studies classical Indian percussion with Manickam Yogeswaran in Berlin and Pandit Shailendra Mishra in Delhi, India.
His musical collaborators include classical soloists as well as outstanding jazz and pop musicians from all over the globe: Shara Worden, Woodkid, Daníel Fridrik Böðvarsson, Bill Frisell, Mira Lu Kovacs, Laura Winkler’s Wabi-Sabi Orchestra, Stargaze & André de Ridder, Morris Kliphuis, Terry Riley, Lisa Hannigan, Andrej Prozorov, David Six’ Matador, Ilya Alabuzhev, Matthias Ruppnig, Wanja Slavin, Nora Fischer, Dach, Alexi Murdoch, Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü), Aart Strootman, and many more...
An Opera Scenes concert in support of Forests Ontario
Thursday May 25, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $20 Seniors/Students
Nature has always been a source of inspiration for some of the greatest composers, and has had a profound influence on music. In recognition of what nature has given to music, on May 25th, we will give back to nature. "Pastorale", a concert of some opera's most famous and beloved scenes and arias, will be held at Gallery 345 in support of Forests Ontario. Holly Chaplin (soprano), Meagan Larios (mezzo-soprano), Patrick Jang (tenor), and Diego Català (baritone) will perform selections by Verdi, Thomas, Massenet, Strauss, Offenbach, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, and Tchaikovsky.
Proceeds will help to support Forest Ontario's tree planting initiatives. Charitable receipts available for donations.
Westwood Concerts presents
Wednesday May 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$20; $15 Student (Cash at the door)
Classic Jazz at Gallery 345
Carl Bray Trio - Featuring Geneviève Marentette - "Celebrating Oscar Peterson”
Carl Bray, piano; Mark Godfrey, bass; Will Fisher, drums; Geneviève Marentette, voice; Hosted by Céline Peterson
Saturday June 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 @the door (cash only), students $10
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Gift tickets available - for arts patrons that cannot attend will be given to fellow artists or arts workers.
A classic jazz piano trio performing music from the golden era of jazz. A mix of fresh original compositions that pay homage to the iconic trios of the 40's - 60's, and the best selections from the Great American songbook. Their sound is a high-energy, dynamic conversation between three great musicians. Featuring one of Canada’s finest jazz vocalists Geneviève “Gigi” Marentette singing selections from the Oscar Peterson catalogue, and hosted with anecdotes by Céline Peterson. carlbraytrio.com
Genevieve Marentette - “This fresh jazz singer puts as much originality into her covers of the newer repertoire as she does the standards from long ago. With the most minimal of backing, she makes all of this material exciting.” So says CBC Radio’s Mark Rheaume about “Gigi,” the latest recording by GENEVIEVE ‘GIGI’ MARENTETTE which features original compositions as well standards by the likes of Mal Waldron and Fred Coots, and a deliciously peppy take on “Put on a Happy Face” which has been heard on CBC, JAZZ.FM91 and around the world where her fan base extends.
Coming from a musical family, Genevieve’s first word was “song” and she has been a professional vocalist since the age of 5. As a teen she seasoned in clubs and casinos in Detroit and Windsor while studying voice at Walkerville-WCCA Performance Arts High School. She is a graduate of Humber College’s music program and spent 8 years singing in Asia and Europe. Now in Toronto she is a producer of concerts, philanthropic events, and the Kensington Market Jazz Festival.
“Geneviève Marentette is a dynamic performer who knows how to get the most out of her instrument and every performance from her is different and more brilliant than the last.” - Céline Peterson of Social Legacy
“She is, to me, the perfect balance of fragile beauty and a burning intensity that makes her and her music irresistible.” - Don Thompson (Juno winning multi-instrumentalist, Order of Canada)
Carl Bray - Oscar Peterson Award winner, Carl Bray was named one of Canada’s rising star pianists by CBC Radio. He has had the privilege of performing for the Governor General of Canada, and shared the stage with Don Thompson, Terrance Blanchard and Chris Potter. Bray recently returned to Toronto after graduating with honours from UCLA’s Film Composition program. His compositions reveal a strong appreciation of the classic eras of jazz and the exciting world of film music. Mr. Bray has recently been invited to speak and perform at The Walrus Talks Conversations about Canada as part of a panel alongside luminaries such as Margaret Atwood.
Mark Godfrey - Hailing from rural Southwestern Ontario and now based in Toronto, bassist Mark Godfrey has emerged as one of the new faces of Canadian jazz. Awarded the Grand Prix de Jazz from the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2014 along with his ensemble Pram Trio, his work as a co-leader, bassist, and composer has garnered international recognition. Mark has performed as a feature artist at jazz festivals across Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Rimouski.
Will Fisher - Nova Scotia born, Toronto-based drummer, Will Fisher has been named a “bright light on the cusp of a great career” by CBC Radio. He holds a Masters of Music from the University of Louisville, which he received on full scholarship as a member of the Jamey Aebersold International Masters Quartet. Mr. Fisher has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. As leader, his debut album Portage was nominated for ECMA Jazz Recording of the Year.
"Mr. Bray’s compositions are as soul quenching as the past and as wishful as the future. Performed with such captivating passion and interplay that I love to see and hear.”
- Geneviève “Gigi” Marentette
Une soirée musicale:
A Benefit Concert for BLUME Haiti
Featuring members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and friends
Monday June 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
$25 on-line at blumehaiti.org or cash at the door
All proceeds from this concert benefit BLUME Haiti, supporting music education programs throughout Haiti.
Charles Koechlin (1867-1950)
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 71 (1919)
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Duo (1955) for Oboe and Bassoon
Emmanuel Chabrier 1841-1894)
L'Invitation au Voyage (1870) for Voice, Bassoon and Piano
Albert Roussel (1869-1937)
Duo (1925) for Double Bass and Bassoon
Sarah Jeffrey joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboe in the 2005-2006 season. A Toronto native, Sarah is an active recitalist, and chamber musician, making frequent guest appearances with the Amici Chamber Ensemble. She is a guest soloist with numerous orchestras. In May 2008, Ms Jeffrey performed Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with James Ehnes, as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra season.
Sarah is on the faculties of the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running and yoga, cooking, baking, traveling, and of course, reed-making. She is married to TSO horn player, Gabriel Radford, and they live in Toronto with their children Evelyn and Aidan.
The Washington Post has described soprano Adria McCulloch as “World-class”. Originally from rural Alberta, Adria holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland Opera Studio. She has performed the roles of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Gluck’s Armide, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Susan in Allan Bell’s Turtle Wakes, Pamina in The Magic Flute and Anaman in Opera Erotiquewith Out of the Box Productions. She is a graduate of Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists as well as Opera Lafayette’s Young Artist program in Washington DC. Adria recorded Une Bergère in Lully’s Armide for the Naxos label and performed the role of Naiad in Gluck’s score at Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center. Adria has performed with The Regina Philharmonic Chorus, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Concert Orchestra.
Adria is the Musical Director and performer for My Virtual Dream, a critically acclaimed international art and science installation, powered by The Virtual Brain technology. Adria resides in Saskatchewan...mostly, where she’s in demand as a master class clinician and music festival adjudicator, and teaches singing to everyone from medical students to superstars.
Pianist Christina Faye performs with a vast number of instrumentalists, singers, orchestras, chamber groups, theatre and opera productions, as well as being an active teacher and solo performer. Christina has held collaborative pianist positions at several major summer music programs, including Opera Nuova, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory in Colorado, Canadian Operatic Arts Academy and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Christina has collaborated with innovative production team Out of the Box Productions for 'Sound in Silence' and was music director for 'Opera Erotique.’
Currently she is the music director at Christ Church Scarborough Village, and accompanist for the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, in addition to her work as collaborative and solo pianist. Christina is a member of the dynamic and successful 'Yegada Piano Trio' with cellist Mateusz Swoboda and violinist Edwin Huizinga, and piano/vocal duo 'Seirínes' with acclaimed soprano Adria McCulloch.
When not performing, she teaches a small number of private students, volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society and experiments baking vegan desserts!
Bassoonist Samuel Banks joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2009. He has performed as a soloist or guest bassoonist with numerous ensembles in Canada and the US. Some of his most meaningful work has been performing outreach concerts for thousands of public elementary students in Chicago, Indianapolis and Toronto. He runs and occasionally cooks.
Principal bass player with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Beecher has performed with numerous orchestras and festivals including the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. Beecher is also a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He tours frequently with the Ensemble, performing in the major venues of North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Beecher has participated as a mentor along with other members of the Silk Road Ensemble in the Weill Institute Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie Hall. He appears on the most recent Silk Road Ensemble's album, Off the Map.
He currently serves on the faculties of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. Mr. Beecher recently composed and produced music for an internationally broadcast television show entitled Travels to the Edge with Art Wolfe. He plays on a double bass made by Giovanni Battista Rogeri made in Brescia, Italy in 1690.
The Art of the Piano: Robert Silverman plays Beethoven and Chopin
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $30 (Cash only at the door)
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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)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”)
I: Allegro con brio
IIa: Introduzione: Adagio molto
IIb: Rondo: Allegretto moderato
Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, Op. 20
Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31
Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
Robert Silverman, piano
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, Gerard Schwarz, Neeme Järvi, Sergiu Comissiona, Zdenek Macal, and the late Kiril Kondrashin, he has appeared with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and every major orchestra in Canada.
Robert Silverman's discography includes over 30 CDs and a dozen LPs. 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. An integral recording of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010. A more recent set of Beethoven sonatas, performed live, is available on-line, and an album of late Chopin works on the Isomike label is due for release this year.
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 CBC Records.
Silverman enjoys an enormous following on the internet, where the 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, and cd baby. Visit him online at robertsilverman.ca.
Saskatchewan Art Songs
Mike Angell, piano, Andrea Ludwig, soprano
with Patricio Gonzalez, mixed media, and other artists
Friday June 9, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Seniors/Students (Cash only)
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Song for the Earth at Night
(poetry of Walt Whitman)
Liebe und Verlust - a 7 song cycle of love and loss
3 songs of Tom Moore
The Passing (poetry of Emily Dickinson)
River of Life( words by Elizabeth Raum)
There's a Certain Slant of Light
There Came a Wind like a Bugle
My Life Closed Twice before it's Close
(poetry of Emily Dickinson)
Vier Rilke Lieder
(poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke)
Special Exhibition of original artwork by Patricio Gonzalez, depicting The Blind Man, The Dwarf, The Drinker, and The Idiot
Since 1989, Mike Angell has been a freelance educator, musician and researcher, in both Canada and Argentina. His performances have been broadcast numerous times, featuring a broad range of music, both popular and classical. A fluent speaker of French and Spanish, Mike has tried his luck at many other languages and hopes eventually to learn at least two more; cooking, medical research and italic handwriting are his main passions outside of music.
Originally from a farm in Northeast Saskatchewan, Mike did his undergraduate degree at the Université de Montréal in music performance and went on to do graduate and postgraduate work in Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Buenos Aires, in music performance, pedagogy and musicology. He has worked at the University of Regina, University of Alberta, Mount Royal University and the Conservatorio Thibaud-Piazzini (Buenos Aires).
From 2006-2009, Mr. Angell lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained under Maestro Sergio Tulián, the author of “El Maestro de Canto”. Although up to that point primarily self-taught, Tulian’s technique helped to transform his voice rapidly, helping Mike to find his true range, and to understand that vocal technique can and should be taught without constant reference to style and genre. As a vocal coach and accompanist, he had the privilege of working with the students of internationally acclaimed Maestro Horacio Amaurí; with the maestro himself – a dramatic baritone – he worked through major French Song repertoire, as well as Lieder by Richard Strauss, and scenes from opera. Mike’s partnership with the iconic baritone Gui Gallardo, on archive recordings of Wolf, Brahms and Grieg, has been perhaps the most rewarding musical experience of his career to-date. Through many hours of discussion, Mike was able to glean a life’s worth of pedagogical and musical insight from these three men.
Also during his time in Argentina, Mike Angell began studying the Aberastury bodywork technique, which is a practice he now incorporates into his performances and teaching. At the same time, he was attending doctoral seminars at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and doing independent research on music, cognition, economics and psychology. He was also fortunate to teach both English and French, expanding his pedagogical practice beyond music. Alongside these activities, Mike was artistic director and pianist for the Festival Internacional Grieg (2007), held at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, which helped to solidify his reputation abroad as both a musician and disciplined, creative thinker.
Since returning to Canada in the spring of 2009, he has worked with many classical singers on cycles of Spanish song, German Lieder and many excerpts from late Romantic and early 20th century opera. He continues to study voice with Frances Ginzer and Uwe Dambruch, under whose guidance he has explored the Heldentenor repertoire. Mike is currently preparing new repertoire for upcoming performances and recordings, in both the classical and world music genres, wearing several different hats: producer, pianist and singer. From 2012-2016, Mr. Angell had the pleasure of running a performing arts program in a high school in Fort McMurray, AB, commuting from his home base in Vancouver. In the summer of 2016 Mike Angell traded his beloved Davie Street and English Bay, for Greektown and The Danforth in Toronto, where now resides with his husband, visual artist Patricio Gonzalez, and their two orange cats.
"Andrea Ludwig's two performances, one right after the other, in Tantrika and Amente Nufe, were a tremendous tour de force of powerful vocalization, beautiful singing, and expressive acting." (Robert Harris, Globe and Mail)
"Ludwig, with her warm voice and unpretentious musicality, neither over dramatic or inexpressive, but intuitive and brimming with her complete mastery of meaning, born of a profound understanding of the text, overwhelmed us with astonishment." (Stephen Pedersen, Halifax Chronicle)
Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Juno-nominated and Dora award winning 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; at the prestigious Festival D’Aix en Provence in 2015, and at San Francisco Opera in 2016.
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 live concert recording has just been released this past January and is available for purchase at www.symphonynovascotia.ca/shop/
She has performed works of Canadian composers John Plant and Monica Pearce with The Talisker Players, 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.
Gravity Wing: a science fiction story
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 for students
An unusual blend of narrative storytelling, Canadiana folk, electronica, and classical music, Gravity Wing (clio-em.com/gravity-wing) is a novel and soundtrack by Clio Em. Her live performance of these compositions for voice, piano, guitar and electronics is complemented by Rezan Onen-Lapointe's folk violin artistry. Films by visual artist Hali Rey tumble the audience into an unsettled and otherworldly atmosphere.
Isabel is offered an artistic residency on the planet of New Canada, but beginning again on a new world proves difficult. Unexpectedly invited to a lavish society event by the taciturn Serge, she is swept off her feet under an unfamiliar sky. As Isabel and Serge dance in a sci-fi minuet around their feelings, they face the full force of the young planet's rigid social expectations.
Clio Em - composer, writer, performance
Clio Em builds musical and narrative worlds that blur the borders between folk, classical, electronica, and science fiction.
An alumna of McGill’s Schulich School of Music, the University “Musik und Kunst” in Vienna (formerly Konservatorium Wien) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, she has received numerous awards for her creative work, including four competitive composition grants from the Federal Chancellery of Austria. As a mezzo-soprano, she premiered a number of solo vocal works and sang in Vienna’s renowned Arnold Schönberg Choir.
Clio’s commissioned compositions have been heard on four continents, in such venues as the Vienna Musikverein, Austrian National Library, Rathaus Vienna, The Wulf in LA, Spectrum NYC, and Metro Arts Australia. Her works have been broadcast in Australia, on CBC radio, and the national radio stations of Austria and Germany. She founded and runs Fleurs rejetées (fleursrejetees.com), a contemporary musical take on the Salon des refusés.
Hali Rey - films and illustrations
Hali Rey is a visual artist and professional engineer. She earned master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland and University of Calgary, Canada. She also did postgraduate studies in biomechanics and human anatomy in the faculties of Engineering and Medicine at the University of Calgary, where she performed research involving mathematical modeling of the human body. This experience started her gradual transition to fine arts by engaging in life drawing sessions, which have since constituted the backbone of her art practice.
Hali Rey has created life drawings, paintings, conceptual pieces in two and three dimensions, poetic texts, and narrative painting series. She furthered her knowledge of fine arts by studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and The Visual Arts Centre in Montreal.
Hali Rey has participated in many juried exhibitions in North America and Europe. Her work is in collections on both continents.
She also creates as Halina Montrey.
Rezan Onen-Lapointe - violin
Violinist Rezan Onen-Lapointe plays regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos, including the JUNO-nominated “Vivaldi’s Sacred Music, vol. 4.” She holds a Masters degree in Baroque violin from McGill University where she studied with Hélène Plouffe, and completed further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands) with Ryo Terakado. She has performed with the Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, and more, and is looking forward to upcoming performances with the Nota Bene Baroque Players and Choral. Rezan is a passionate teacher, in demand at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble.
Payadora Tango Ensemble
Friday, June 16 2017 at 8 pm
$25 / $15 Students
Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.
Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre.
“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!” — Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Celebrated for her stunning virtuosity, nuance and broad musical versatility, Wisconsin-born violinist, Rebekah Wolkstein has established a strong presence on the Toronto music scene. As a Classical violinist, Rebekah has performed and toured extensively with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The National Ballet of Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, and in recitals with Russell Braun.
An active studio musician, Rebekah is also at home playing in the styles of Folk, Klezmer, Pop, Latin, and Jazz and can be heard on numerous recordings. She has also performed and collaborated on theatre productions including award-winning shows with playwright/actress, Tracey Erin Smith.
Aside from her active performing career, Rebekah holds a Doctorate in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in violin from the Cleveland Institute of Music. As a dedicated educator, Rebekah teaches private lessons and ensembles out of her own studio and at Humber College.
Branko Dzinovic, accordion
Branko was born in Sabac, Serbia, where he began accordion lessons at age seven. He graduated from Music Gymnasium in Kragujevac, and subsequently from the Faculty of Music. After earning his Master’s Degree in Linz (Austria) and teaching at the school of music for several years, he is currently pursuing his Doctoral Degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Joseph Macerollo.
Branko has participated in various artistic projects, such as “Phonart” supported by the European Union – not only active as a performer, Branko regularly collaborates with artists coming from different types of media. Up to now, he has composed the soundtracks for two award-winning short films – “Tata Morgana” and “Daddy’s pride”. As a soloist he performed in Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Italy, Netherlands, and other countries. Dzinovic has recorded for Radio Belgrade, Radio Austria 1, and BBC. He is the winner of the 2013 DMA Recital Competition held at the University of Toronto. www.brankodzinovic.com
Robert Horvath, piano
Robert Horvath is one of the most versatile pianists, gaining wide recognition in the province of Ontario. A popular soloist with the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, he has performed regularly with the CBSO since 2008 performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Bach’s single, double, triple, and quadruple keyboard concerti in one evening. In 2008, he performed Gerald Finzi’s Eclogue for Piano andStrings with the York Chamber Ensemble, and in 2003, was part of the Royal Ontario Museum’s grand re-opening.
Robert, who has been praised as “...a fine pianist with musical imagination and sensitivity” by McMaster Artist in Residence and internationally acclaimed pianist Valerie Tryon, will be featured soloist in a recital for The Caskey School of Music concert series with a program entitled “Chopin and Friends.” Speaking of his recording of Bach’s F minor Piano Concerto, renowned vocal coach Elaine Overholt said, “His nuances are exquisite. His incredible technique allows Robert so much range with the dynamics, and his heart leads you to the magic.” An important priority for Robert Horvath is music education. He founded the Horvath School of Music in 2002. He has been an assistant teacher for vocal coach Elaine Overholt at the Big Voice Studio in Toronto where he teaches classical piano, jazz (harmony), song writing and improvisation. Robert was a recipient of a Canada Council grant in 2008. He earned his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music and the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music in his native Hungary; his musical ancestry can be traced back to Franz Liszt.
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Born and raised in Toronto close to the rolling green hills of Christie Pits, Joe Phillips started studying classical guitar at age 9, at the University Settlement House Music School. He attended Oakwood Collegiate, and after some time playing the clarinet, he discovered the double bass. Time spent playing in various blues bars, Irish pubs and booze cans and four years studying with renowned classical virtuoso Joel Quarrington have led to a busy and diverse career. When not playing principal bass in Orchestra London Canada, Joe can be found making music with artists as varied as The Art of Time Ensemble, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, Group of 27 Chamber Orchestra, cabaret siren Patricia O’Callaghan, songwriters Jenny Whiteley, Sarah Slean, Ruth Moody, the Wailin’ Jennys, Corin Raymond and Rita Chiarelli, jazz bassist/cellist/composer Andrew Downing, banjoist Jayme Stone, Canadian fiddlers Pierre Schryer and Shane Cook and Irish flute and whistle virtuoso Nuala Kennedy. Joe has performed with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Tafelmusik and the Festival of the Sound and is an annual participant in the Sweetwater Music weekend in Owen Sound, Ontario. He lives in London, Ontario with his partner and their two children.
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble presents
Sunday June 25, 2017 at 3 pm; Pre-concert lecture at 2:30pm
$25 (cash at the door); $20 online here; $10 children under 12
Pity the harpsichordist. Whether working diligently at playing from two staves, harmonizing all the chords from a ground-bass line, and improvising to keep all the parts in line, he's still banished to the back of the ensemble. And it's not like he can perform on his own, either. While there's plenty of great music written for solo harpsichord, most of it is either written to be published and placed in the desk or just played at home, not in public. Maybe some harpsichordists finally got sick of it and wrote some music that they could show off, because in the mid-Eighteenth Century, Bach, Rameau, JC Bach, and Armand-Louis Couperin all wrote chamber pieces where the harpsichordist finally takes charge and shows the audience what he can do. Rezonance will be letting harpsichordist Dave Podgorski out to play and display his skills on the keyboard as we present sonatas by these composers, including Rameau's dazzling Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts. You'll never think of the harpsichord the same way again!
Rezonance Baroque Ensemble:
Based in Toronto, Rezonance Baroque Ensemble brings together some of Canada’s most exciting emerging young singers and players of historical instruments. An ensemble with a focus on early music, our vision is to give great performances in a way that resonates with today’s audiences. Inspired by history and informed by the present, Rezonance leads audiences through the discovery of under-appreciated and unusual works, and new ways of hearing the classics. www.rezonanceensemble.com
David Podgorski obtained a Masters degree in harpsichord performance from McGill University, where he studied with Hank Knox, and pursued further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague with Jacques Ogg. David completed a demo recording in Italy of the solo harpsichord works of d'Anglebert. He continues to perform regularly, and has performed in solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts in Canada, the US, and Europe. He enjoys exploring historical improvisation techniques, performing intimate salon concert recitals, and recording. David is a founding member of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble, and he currently writes the Early Music column for Wholenote Magazine. www.soundcloud.com/david-podgorski
Violinist Rezan Onen-Lapointe plays regularly with Aradia Ensemble, with whom she has recorded two albums for Naxos, including the JUNO-nominated “Vivaldi’s Sacred Music, vol. 4.” She holds a Masters degree in Baroque violin from McGill University where she studied with Hélène Plouffe, and completed further studies at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague (Netherlands) with Ryo Terakado. She has performed with the Talisker Players, Musicians in Ordinary, Elixir Baroque Ensemble, Nota Bene Baroque Players (Waterloo), Ottawa Baroque Consort and more. Rezan is a passionate teacher, in demand at the Kingsway Conservatory of Music. She is a founding member and Artistic Director of Rezonance Baroque Ensemble.
Cellist Rebecca Morton inspires audiences with her honesty, ease, and love of music making. Currently living and free-lancing in Toronto, Rebecca has played with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, group of 27, Toronto Masque Theatre, Contact Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Stratford Festival Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony. Sought after as a principal player, she has been guest principal of Symphony on the Bay, Talisker Players and the Kingston Symphony. A gifted soloist and ensemble member, she was a member of the Kamareli String Quartet for many years and has been heard in many solo and chamber music recitals, including performances with ChamberWorks!, Nota Bene, Past Perfect, at the Toronto Music Garden and in recordings with Final Fantasy. Most recently, she has performed with members of the Canadian Opera Company at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Gallery 345, the McMaster Concert Series, and with the McMaster Trio. In September of 2015, Rebecca joined the cello section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She has won numerous scholarships and awards including semi-finalist in the 2003 Eckhardt-Gramatte String Competition.
More 2017 Performances coming soon.
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