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"And then I knew ’twas wind"
Katherine Watson flute
Kristan Toczko, harp
Giulia Pozzi, viola

Friday February 16, 2018 at 8 pm.
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Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017). Most recently, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken, working with the composition studio to workshop and premier several new Canadian compositions along with TORQ percussion quartet and the Iris string ensemble.

In the past year, Katherine has been performing with the Toronto Winds and is the newest member of Charm of Finches, Toronto’s own professional flute quintet. She also regularly plays for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children's Chorus, and Fawn Opera. This winter, Katherine performed with Continuum Ensemble’s Continuum in the Classroom project with the Toronto District School Board, as well as performing as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum. She also presented a concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble and premiered her own composition for solo flute, Supermoon 2015, at Array Space.

In May 2016 Katherine participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.

She recently obtained her Masters in Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Timothy Hutchins (Montreal Symphony Orchestra). Over the last couple of years in Montreal, Katherine has performed with several new and exciting orchestras in the community, including Pronto Musica, L’Orchestre Symphonic de L’Agora, and L’Orchestre Point D’arrête, as well as appearing in many chamber recitals ranging from outdoor concerts, to Canadian music concerts at McGill University which have included performing along with legendary flutist Robert Aitken.

As one of Canada’s premier young harpists, Kristan Toczko is recognized for her radiant tone, expressive music making and scintillating virtuosity. A first place winner of the prestigious OSM Standard Life Competition, Kristan was recently named a CBC Radio-Canada Young Artist, and featured as a soloist in a nation-wide broadcast.

Performing numerous concerti, Kristan has been featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, l'Orchestre Francophonie and Bathurst Chamber Music Festival. Kristan has also performed as part of the Ottawa ChamberFest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Indian River Festival and has been an invited guest artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts numerous summers. She has also performed as principal harpist with several orchestras nationally and internationally, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Thunder Bay Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Jalisco Philharmonia and Beijing Symphony.

Italian violist Giulia Pozzi is a keen contemporary and chamber music performer.

As former member of Milton String Quartet, she advanced to the final round of Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition; moreover, she participated twice to the Domaine Forget Chamber Music Summer masterclass.

Giulia also commissioned works to composers such as Chris Hossfeld, Jason Noble, and James O’ Callaghan for Ideas of North, a SOCAN grant winner project whose aim is to spread new music and scientific research about climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

She was awarded a two-years scholarship by the Italian association De Sono and the Swiss Foundation Fabio Schaub. She has also been the recipient of both the prestigious Max Stern Fellowship in Music and the McGill Graduate Excellence Award at McGill University.

Giulia has performed in Canada and Europe along with Agora Symphony Orchestra, Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Orchestra Nazionale della Rai, Trio Debussy, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, and Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino.

The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt
"Hurling a Lance into the Future” -
The Late Vision of Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Saturday February 17, 2018 at 3 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students


I. Religious Iconography
from Deux Légendes (c.1863): St. Francis d’Assise. La prédication aux oiseaux

II. Aspects of Love

  1. from Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie (1858) Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Sonnet by Petrarch)
  2. Widmung (Dedication -song by R. Schumann) (1848)
  3. from Études d’exécution transcendante (1851) Ricordanza (Remembrance)

III. Hungarian Resonances


Spiritual Visions

IV. Darker Visions of Eternity:

Valses oubliée #1 (Forgotten Waltz (c. 1881) Mephisto Waltz #4: Bagatelle sans tonalité (1883-85) Schlaflos! Frage und Antwort (1883)
from Années de Pèlerinage, Troisième Année (c. 1877)
A ux Cyprès de la Villa d'Este No 1: Thrénodie

V. Transcendental Vision

from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses (1847-52)
Bénédiction de Dieu dans la Solitude (Blessing of God in Solitude)

VI. Postlude

Elegie: Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth (1880)

Liszt’s last years were spent teaching and composing. He did nothing to make his compositions known and even discouraged his students from playing them. “Yet there still remain several things for me to say, irrespective as to whether they may be quickly understood or recognized. Sometime when I am no longer of this earth, the rest will find itself. I can calmly await the event while I go on working, and meanwhile composedly expiate my virtuoso reputation with the disapproval my compositions have excited.” And so it was. It was not until the enthusiastic endorsement of Bartók and Busoni that these late works were recognized for what they are – a most astounding anticipation of major new paths which music was to follow. In their radical simplicity, obsessive rhythms and strange harmonies, they take the listener to the very brink of tonality.

But if their anticipation of the future was their only distinction, I don’t think they would deserve so much attention. They would be curiosities, nothing more. With art and artists, it’s not who does things first that matters but who does them best.

What is important is the uniqueness of their vision. Liszt’s biographer Alan Walker writes of their expression of depression and despair. I think more truly they are an extension of his life- long spiritual strivings. A courageous and unrelenting gaze at the abyss. He finds much terror there but also much beauty.

Liszt’s greatest religious composition is his Benediction de Dieu: Blessing of God in Solitude. To me, this is one of his most moving masterpieces, but also one of the few religious works of the 19th century that is not suffused with a kind of stained-glass sentimentality. And what it describes is truly universal. We live our lives in full knowledge of our mortality. We know we must die and everything that we value will disappear, often painfully and in a protracted way. And the preciousness of what we value will not change this reality. We know somehow that people and things are precious, those we love, things that resonate throughout our lives. And we are reminded all the more of their ephemeral nature, when their preciousness comes home to us in particular moments in time. And this gap between the meaningfulness, the preciousness of life and its fleeting grain-of-sand nature – this gap cannot be closed by thought, by argument. This gap remains with us all our lives and it cannot be closed by what D. H. Lawrence refers to as: “the dead vanity of knowing better ...the blank - cold comfort of superiority, [the] silly - conceit of being immune.“

It is the privilege perhaps of great art, that it can hint at a way of closing – or at least lessening – the gap.

Canadian pianist Bruce Vogt was born in Southern Ontario but for the past 37 years has lived and worked in Victoria, BC and taught at the University of Victoria as Professor of Piano. As a soloist he has appeared regularly in concerts within Canada and he tours yearly in many countries throughout Europe and Asia. His repertoire encompasses music from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to having a special affinity for the music of Franz Liszt, he has both performed on period instruments and commissioned and premiered a number of new works. 

Lost Islands
The Cygnus Trio

Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8pm
$25; $10 Students

Lost Islands
a reflection on personal geography and memory presented by the Cygnus Trio

Sound, music, images, geography: all these concepts influence our memory. Think of a place from your childhood. What do you hear, what do you see? How can you describe this feeling of remembering the past? In a sense, the places we have made our homes and have now left are lost to us; we may be able to physically return, but our memories preserve it in a different way. Stories of islands which disappear after a first discovery or even after being inhabited for a time permeate Canadian folklore, from the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence to more isolated islands in the Great Lakes and beyond. The prevalence of these stories suggests a deep collective sorrow for remembered times and places which, once gone, are gone forever.

The Cygnus Trio, in collaboration with composers with deep geographical ties, offers a program of music and poetry reflecting on this loss and the relationship between memory and location. The program features works by four Canadian composers, folk tunes and poetry. Anita Perry and Selwyn Redivo offer musical meditations upon the landscape of the Okanagan Valley, past home of brothers Ben (flute) and Jonathan (guitar), and the trio will premiere Ontario native Arie Van de ven’s Algoma Miniatures. The musical components of the program are tied together with poetry by W. B. Yeats, Nancy Holmes, and Harold Rhenisch, tying a deep sense of place to the remembrance of the past.


The Cygnus Trio appeals to the emotions of each audience member in presenting an engaging, challenging, and interactive programming experience. Bringing “classical” music into the everyday is central to their choices, both conventional and unconventional.

Flautist Benjamin Stuchbery, guitarist Jonathan Stuchbery, and violinist Jasper Meiklejohn first came together in Penticton, BC in 2013 to create a group that explored a myriad of musical styles in intimate settings. This group became known as the Cygnus Trio. In 2015, the threesome re-formed in Montreal with Erica Jacobs-Perkins as the violinist. The inaugural recital of the resurrected trio took place at Resonance Café in Montreal in February 2015, which was followed shortly by a performance for revelers during the Nuit Blanche festivities at Christ Church Cathedral Montreal.

Cygnus is dedicated to breathing new life into classical music through a diversity of musical choices and venues. Selections include everything from German baroque, to folk songs and dances, to new commissions, which can be heard in churches, cafes, metro stations, private homes, and women’s shelters. Another of their quests is to collaborate in the creation of new music. During their 2016 season, Cygnus gave the world premiere of Charles Zoll’s AMALGAM and in 2017 the trio participated in the Fresh Inc. Festival in Kenosha, WI. As part of this festival, the trio premiered works by participating composers Patrick Walker and Karalyn Schubring. Other composer collaborations include Arie Van de Ven’s Algoma Miniatures, which will be premiered in the trio’s 2017/18 season, and Anita Perry’s Okanagan Vignettes.

GYRE Ensemble

Friday February 23, 2018 at 8 pm
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Gyre Ensemble, a Swiss-based trio, consisting of Stefanie Mirwald (accordion), Alejandro Oliván Lopez (saxophone) and Christian Smith (percussion), was founded in 2016 during a joint study time at the University of Music in Basel.

Coming from different parts of the world - Germany, Spain, USA - they play free and try to collaborate with composers across borders to reach the most diverse audience with their music. Gyre Ensemble has performed new compositions by Bethany Younge, Sam Scranton, Santiago Díez-Fischer, Ruud Roelofsen, Nadir Vassena and Tobias Krebs.


The Art of the Piano: Danae Olano
Special Guests: Jane Bunnett (sax, flute)
Joanna Majoko (vocals)
Elizabeth Rodriguez (violin)

Saturday February 24, 2018 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student

“Cuban Piano from the XIX centuries to the future!!! Part 2”

Dánae Olano this time is doing a different kind of concert. It will be divided in two parts: the first one is a Solo Performance, playing original compositions along with valuable gems from the Cuban history of piano; a world Olano has been exploring.

The second part is a new project, “The Art of the Trio” Focusing on the various Cuban styles that have been influenced by Jazz. Magdelis Savigne on percussion and Roberto Riveron Mederos on bass are amazing Cuban musicians who have impacted the Canadian scene with their own projects and collaborating with others.

Dana will be joined by special guests Jane Bunnett(sax/flute), Joanna Majoko(singer), Elizabeth Rodriguez(violin) and others.

Dánae Olano García (pianist and composer), has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by Canadian saxophonist and composer Jane Bunnett.

Danae was born on May 6th, 1992 in Havana, Cuba. She began her early musical training in piano at elementary music school Alejandro García Caturla at the age of seven. In 2008 she continued her studies on piano at the Conservatory of Music Amadeo Roldán in Havana, Cuba. She graduated with Best Bachelor of Arts instrumentalist (piano) and ensemble practitioner in 2011. She then entered the Superior Institute of Arts faculty of music, finalising her studies in 2016 and graduated cum laude.

At the elementary level of music, she participated in four editions of the contest “Alejandro García Caturla”, where she won the Grand Prix, two first prizes and one second prize, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. She participated in five editions of the contest “Amadeo Roldán” winning the Grand Prix on three occasions, as well as acknowledgements for the performance of Cuban music. As a university student she participated at the International Contest Musicalia 2013 and National Contest UNEAC 2014 (Union of writers and artists of Cuba) where she was awarded second place in both contests. Performing with the band Maqueque, the group won the Juno Prize 2015 in the category of Best Jazz Album.

In 2012 she made inroads in music for the theatre, arranging and playing music for El Ingenio Theater Company.

She has performed as a soloist in important concert halls of Cuba playing music by Ernesto Lecuona in the García Lorca Theater; Amadeo Roldan Concert Hall; Caturla Concert Hall of the Amadeo Roldan Theater; in the San Felipe Neri Chapel; and Basílica Menor of San Francisco de Asís Convent. In March 2014 she made her debut with the symphonic orchestra of Havana Mozart Lyceum directed by Professor Jorge Rotter. In 2016, was invited to participate in the First Piano Festival held in Eastern University, Philadelphia, PA. With Jane Bunnett and Maqueque she has performed on important stages such as Koerner Hall, Blue Note, Birdland, Shenkman Arts Centre, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Markham Flato Theatre, Kennedy Centre and La Zorra y el Cuervo Club.

Trio Arkel

Sunday February 25, 2018 at 8 pm
Special Screening at 6:30 
My War Years: Arnold Schoenberg schoenberg
$35/$25 Seniors & Arts Workers/ $10 Students
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Kaija Saariaho (Finland b.1952) – Cloud Trio (2009)
Krzysztof Penderecki (Poland b.1933) – String Trio (1990-91)
James Rolfe (Canada b.1961) – And Then Grace (2000)
Arnold Schoenberg (Austria/USA 1874-1951) – String Trio, Op.45 (1946)

Arnold Schoenberg - Self Portrait (1910)

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Trio Arkel is the collaboration of three women at the top of the classical music world in Canada, each a soloist and leader in her own right: Marie Berard is Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra; Teng Li is the Principal Violist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Winona Zelenka is the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Since 2008 they have joined forces to bring a wide variety of classical chamber music to the Toronto public, enlisting internationally renowned guest artists for a truly stimulating and eclectic musical experience.

Marie Bérard, violin, is best known as the Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. She is also a sought-after chamber musician, soloist recording artist and teacher. She is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto and member of the acclaimed ARC ensemble; she also holds the position of Associate Concertmaster of the Mainly Mozart festival orchestra in San Diego, California. Marie is highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary music; she has recorded concerti by Schnittke and Kucharzyk, and recently performed major works as soloist with Esprit Orchestra, such as “Offertorium” by Sofia Gubaidulina and “Dedication” by Valentin Silvestrov.

Teng Li is establishing herself as one of the world’s leading violists. She appears regularly as soloist throughout Canada, China, Europe and the USA. Ms. Li is also sought after as a chamber musician and collaborator, appearing in major international festivals. She has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition (Munich, Germany). Ms Li is the principal violist of the Toronto Symphony
Winona Zelenka, cello, is Associate Principal cellist of the Toronto Symphony; she has also served as Acting Principal Cellist of that orchestra for five seasons, and for the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She is a dedicated recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist; her set of Bach Suites released on Marquis Classics in 2009 was nominated for a Juno award, and her second CD, Connections- of French works for cello and piano with Connie Shih, was critically acclaimed. Her performances on video of Bach and Cassado have garnered thousands of views on Youtube.


The Art of the Piano: Viktor Lazarov
Rhythm and Colours of the Balkans

Saturday March 3, 2018 at 7 pm
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Viktor Lazarov is a young Canadian-Serbian pianist whose wide musical interests have lead him to perform a solo and chamber repertoire from the Baroque to the 21st century.

He is the recipient of several prizes including the Silver and Bronze medals at the Concours de Musique du Royaume (2017 & 2016), a graduate award from the OICRM (Observatoire interdisciplinaire de création et de recherche en musique) in 2017, and the prestigious SSHRC CGS Master’s award in 2014 for his research and performance of keyboard works by J.S. Bach.

Viktor has performed internationally in the New York City International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the University of Florida International Piano Festival and the Burgos Music Festival in Spain. His recordings have been broadcast in the USA and Serbia.

Continuously engaged in collaborations with contemporary composers, he has performed national and world premieres of solo and chamber works by Miodrag Lazarov Pashu, David Clay Mettens, and David Hier, among others.

In the 2017-2018 season, Viktor will present his most recent solo recital program, Sounds and Colours of the Balkans, in four different cities - Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Orford (Magog). He benefits from the advice and mentorship of Ana Sokolovic and Miodrag Lazarov Pashu in preparation for these recitals.

Viktor completed his B.Mus. studying with Prof. Marina Lomazov at the University of South Carolina. He pursued graduate studies at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, earning a M.Mus. and a Graduate Diploma in Performance with Prof. Ilya Poletaev. Presently, he is pursuing a Phd in Musicology at the University of Montreal, studying in the Laboratoire de recherche sur le geste musicien under the supervision of Dr. Caroline Traube.

Austrian Sounds of Spring
Elena Denisova, violin
Alexi Kornienko, piano

Thursday March 8, 2018 at 8 pm
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Wolfgang A. Mozart – Sonata G major KV 379 for violin and piano
I.Adagio sostenuto
III. Andante con variazioni

Maximilian Kreuz (born 1953, in Vienna) -
Free Variations Wv.89 about "Let us ever walk with Jesus”
for violin and piano, commissioned for 2018

Friedegung Rainer (* 1964 Kapfenberg / Steiermark) – #Bach#Frau#Mann
inspired by the Ingeborg Bachmann’s poem „Fogland“
for violin and piano commissioned for 2018 by Elena Denisova, world premiere

Alexander Zemlinsky (1872-1942) - Serenade A major
for violin and piano from the posthumous work
II. Langsam, mit großem Ausdruck
III. Sehr schnell und leicht
IV. Mäßiges Walzer-Tempo
V. Schnell

Elena Denisova is an Austrian violinist and festival director of Russian descent. Her musical career started at age of four. She attended the music school at the Moscow Conservatory and followed as a soloist engagement at the Moscow State Philharmonic. She moved to Austria in the year 1990 where she worked at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the festival "Carinthian Summer". Together with the conductor and pianist Alexei Kornienko she founded the Gustav-Mahler-Ensemble, which among others performs at the annual "Woerthersee Classic Festival". Elena Denisova represents this festival as a director. Simultaneously to these commitments Denisova performs in many concerts, festivals and international tours as a soloist. Among others she performed at the "Flanders Festival", the Viennese festivals "Hoergaenge" and "Klangbogen", the "Ljubljana Festival", the "Russian Winter Festival" in Moscow, the Beethovenfest in Bonn, the "Austrian Musical Weeks" in Bulgaria as well as the "Concerti di Primavere" in Parma. The German composer Franz Hummel certified Denisova a great affluence of nuances, easiness and expressive power.

Eventually Denisova engaged in the promotion of young artists, for example at the Austro- American Institute in Vienna as well as a jury member at international competitions.

Her husband Alexei Kornienko is also an outstanding musician whose work is characterized both by an unconditional and joyful attention to text and a boldness in interpretation. His work as a pianist of the Russian school, with his extraordinary wide Classical and Romantic repertoire, is combined profoundly with his work as a conductor, which he has steadily expanded in recent years. He was born in Moscow an began music lessons at the age of five, studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and in Charkow. He was a prize- winner at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow. He is co-founder of the Gustav Mahler Ensemble and a member of the Bösendorfer Artistic Club.

Together with his wife Elena Denisova, he is active in the rediscovery of forgotten treasures of Classical-Romantic period chamber music.

Elena Denisova Website | Youtube
Alexei Kornienko | Spotify | Youtube

Jazz at the Gallery: Waltz Musette
Jessica Lalonde, vocals
John MacMurchy, reeds
Tom Szczesniak, accordion/piano
George Koller, bass
Dan Ionescu, guitar

Saturday March 10, 2018 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

Waltz Musette: Waltzes, Javas and Swing. Sounds of the Latin Quarter

Jessica Lalonde has spent her life exploring music in all it’s shades and facets. Raised on Country and Rock & Roll, she fell for jazz during her formative years. Lalonde began singing around her hometown of Midland in small jazz duos and trios, and as the singer for her local Big Band. Eventually the clarity and strength of her voice led her into serious vocal study and she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University. She excelled in her studies, winning a performance scholarship, several prestigious concerto competitions, and holding the title roles in the University’s opera productions.

After graduating she recorded a solo album of jazz and big ­band hits produced by jazz veteran Bill King. The album Spinning Daydreams, features some of Canada’s finest and most sought after musicians including Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, kd lang, Cassandra Wilson), Davide DiRenzo (Jacksoul, Sophie Milman, Tomi Swick), Duncan Hopkins (Diana Krall, Mark Murphy, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass) and Ann Lindsay (Blue Rodeo, Dionne Warwick, The Chieftans).

Following the production and touring of this project, Lalonde continued to explore and hone her instrument by delving into Bel canto singing under the guidance of Metropolitan soprano Aprile Millo, and in 2015 she had the privilege of performing in Italy alongside Ms. Millo for a series of concerts benefitting the Museo and Comittato Renata Tebaldi, the Amici delle case di Puccini, and Villa Verdi. While there, she was also honoured to work with legendary Conductor Maestro Richard Bonynge.

Jessica enjoys a diverse array of performing opportunities including recent collaborations with Juno award winner Chris Gestrin for a headlining performance of “From Heaven to The Centre of The Earth,” a multi­media performance art piece at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s FUSE Festival. She has also performed backing vocals on three Born Ruffians albums, and is featured on Will Currie and the Country French’s album,They Killed Us, Jaymze Bee’s soon to be released collaborative project, Muse and jazz giant, John MacMurchy’s latest Art of Breath recording project. Looking to expand into new markets Jessica signed with Folkstar Productions and re-released her Christmas single “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to overwhelming support. With these appreciations she is now headed back into the recording studio with the talented John MacMurchy to record her second album. Look for her new album to drop late 2018.

Ultimately the connecting thread between these various musical genres and adventures, has been an ability to express the core emotion of whatever composition she is singing, whether by Puccini, Gershwin or a local folk rock band. This expression is filtered through an open heart and depth of understanding; channelled through a voice that feels as though it may unleash at any moment, but chooses rather to remain grounded; an unaffected purity of tone conveying shadow and light.

John MacMurchy is a performer, composer and recording artist based in Toronto. A woodwind player, John concentrates on clarinet, tenor saxophone and baritone saxophone and is fluent in jazz and classical repertoire. He has released four full length records to critical acclaim and international airplay. John has worked with international artists as varied as Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Guido Basso, Henry Mancini, Cleo Laine, Linda Ronstadt, Carol Channing, Peter Appleyard, John Dankworth as well as being in demand as a sideman on the Toronto scene.

"It's an honest sound that John uses to converse with the listener. Nothing is hidden. It's all there on the table. Heart. Experience. Pleasure. Life." - Sheldon Zandboer

"John MacMurchy is a fleet, accomplished reedman with a knack for writing and arranging. John's got everything together and balanced out when it comes to: Tone, Technique extraordinaire, and seemingly unending ideas."

Tom Szczesniak first arrived in Toronto in 1973, following a stint with the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Since that time, he has performed as a musician on the scores of over 100 feature films, numerous television shows (such as “Earth: Final Conflict”, “Street Legal”, “The Road to Avonlea”, “Side Effects”, “SCTV”, “The Woflman Jack Show and “The Jim Henson Hour”) and over 1,000 commercials. As a player, he has also been much in demand by some of the finest international performing artists, such as Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Esthero (arrangements – Gold Album), Brian Adams, Little Richard, K.D. Lang, Lenny Breau, Joe Williams, Marc Jordan, Marvin Hamlisch, Dan Hill, The Rankin Family, Dionne Warwick, Bruce Guthrow, Smokey Robinson, Bobby McFerrin, Diahann Carole and Susan Aglukark, as well as jazz greats “The Boss Brass”, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, The Cape Breton Symphony, Nimmons and 9, Bruce Cassidy’s Hotfoot Band, The Canadian Pops Orchestra as well as performances for former U.S. Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson.

As a composer and arranger, Tom has used his writing skills to enhance a wide variety of cinematic, televised, commercial and theatrical productions, and has been an integral part of several highly-regarded music production houses, including Acrobat Music, Pursuit Communications and Trudel Productions. Music is an essential element of any “visual” art form, and Tom’s compositions have enhanced and illuminated over 100 feature films, as well as animated and “live action” productions such as “Ruby Gloom”, “Franklin the Turtle” (syndicated series and four full-length features), “Gerald McBoing Boing”, “Fraggle Rock”, “Sesame Street”, “Beetlejuice” (the ABC/Fox animated series), “The Care Bears”, “The Adventures of Tin-Tin”, “An American Tale”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and the animated CBS series, “Ace Ventura”. In 1993, Tom formed a company (along with the formidable musical multi-threat, Ray Parker), “ParkerSzczmith Music Inc”, and since that time, has been composing, conducting, playing and arranging under the auspices of this successful and award-winning company.

Tom has been honoured to be a multiple recipient of the Socan Award for “Film and Television Music” (1994/95/97/98/99 and 2000-2006), the Emmy Award for “Beetlejuice” 1991. In 1986, The International Film Festival of New York presented him with an award for his work on Ontario Lottery Commercials (“Together”).

Bassist, Composer and Producer George Koller has accumulated hundreds of wildly diverse performing and recording credits in his expansive musical career. A prolific composer and producer, yet recognized primarily as a bass player, George plays a variety of instruments, notably Indian stringed Instruments. He has performed professionally and extensively within most genres, best known for his work in jazz, free jazz, folk, world and world fusion. For over three decades, he has performed and/or producer over 600 cds, and his playing of Indian stringed instruments has been featured in several films. In the last decade, he has produced music for Yoga and Indian Classical music artists. George was presented with the 2007 national jazz award for "bassist of the year”.

Born in Romania, Toronto-based Jazz guitarist and composer, Dan Ionescu debuted as a banjo player in a traditional Dixieland band. Four years later he won first prize at the national competition of the "Sibiu '82 Jazz Festival" and was immediately established on the Romanian jazz scene. Dan Ionescu was acclaimed by jazz critics as the top Romanian jazz guitarist for 12 consecutive years. During that period, he recorded frequently at the National Radio Studios and for Romanian Television. Since arriving in Toronto in 1996, Dan has been very active in the jazz community performing at a variety of venues and festivals with some of Toronto's top musicians. As a sideman, he recorded eight CD's with different Canadian jazz artists. In 2007, he completed a successful tour of Japan for the promotion of Ken G Shimitzu's "Last Winter" album. As of 2009, Dan has turned to the eight-string guitar (that he designed and build himself) almost exclusively.

Brahms for Three! 
Jelena Cingara, piano 
Emily Hiemstra, viola, 
Erika Nielsen, cello

Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
$25/$10  Students


Dr. Jelena Cingara is an experienced pedagogue and performer with over twenty years experience in USA and Canada. She has taught piano minors at The University level at The University of Utah School of Music, and served as the main accompanist for the String Division for The University of Utah Preparatory Division.

Jelena is currently a piano instructor at York University. She is also a winner of festivals, competitions, and teaching assistantships in both USA and Canada, such as: Kiwanis Peel and Davenport, as well as a third prize winner in both the piano concerto and small ensemble competition at The University of Toledo, Ohio.

As a performer, Jelena has recently performed solo recitals for: The Davis Arts Council, Mundi Project, and has completed a chamber music recital at The World Piano Teacher’s Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, amongst many others. She has also attended music festivals across Europe such as: Interharmony, and Prague Piano Institute, and will attend La Balie Summer workshop in France. Recently her and Zoltan Csikos have won second place at the American Protege Competition, and will make their debut in Carnegie Hall in May, 2018. Her CD: Marko Tajcevic Seven Balkan Dances and Josip Slavenski Piano Sonata Op.4 can be found on amazon, spotify, and itunes. Jelena has a DMA in piano performance from The University of Utah, where she studied with Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Emily Hiemstra (nee Walker) holds a Bachelor of Music in viola performance with Christine Vlajk and composition with Peter Hatch from Wilfrid Laurier University and an artist diploma in viola performance with Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School in the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.

She has participated in festivals around the world including the German-Scandinavian Youth Orchestra in Berlin, Germany and the Canada India Youth Orchestra Project in Bangalore, India. She is also an alumna of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (2012, 2013) on violin and viola respectively. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with orchestras such as the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra (Hamilton) and the London Symphonia.

In 2017 Ms Hiemstra performed the Stamitz Viola Concerto with the Charis Collective ensemble in Toronto, ON. She has also played in masterclasses for such world renowned violists Kim Kashkashian and Atar Arad and has performed in venues such as the Canadian Music Centre and Koerner Hall.

As a composer, Ms Hiemstra has had her works heard on Chorale Concert (CBC Radio), and performed by ensembles such as the Maureen Forrester Singers, Laurier Concert Choir, Laurier Wind Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Schola Magdalena, the Renaissance Singers, the Canadian Chamber Choir, Amabile Youth Singers(London), Halifax Camerata Singers, Podium 2014(Halifax), Corriolis Brass and the NYOC’s brass quintet. She is a featured Canadian composer on the Canadian Chamber Choir’s JUNO nominated album A Canadian Mass: Sacred Reflections of Canada. Works can be found through Cypress Choral Music Publishing.

Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and was recently on tour with The Musical Stage Company’s Onegin: The Musical on tour at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, 2017.

Erika was principal cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and on faculty of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in 2016. She has performed frequently with Westwood Concerts chamber series, and New Music series’ such as Soundstreams, Spectrum Music, The Thin Edge New Music Collective, and Bicycle Opera Project.

Erika holds an Artist Diploma in cello performance from the Glenn Gould School, where she studied with David Hetherington, and a B.Mus (hon.) from Queen’s University, with Wolf Tormann. Erika recently joined the 2018 cello faculty at National Music Camp, and performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885.



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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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

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