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Harry Vetro’s  NORTHERN RANGER CD Release & “LændskeIp” Art Show

Saturday October 20, 2018 
Doors open at 6:30pm, concert at 7 pm  
Tickets: $10 (Cash only at the door)
NORTHERN RANGER CD: $10 (show special)  

In 2017, as Canada celebrated 150 years of confederation, 23 year old Hamilton drummer Harry Vetro took to the road. He traveled coast to coast, visiting communities in Canada's six indigenous cultural areas (Arctic, Subarctic, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Plains, and Eastern Woodlands) in an effort to connect with musicians and artists from different cultural backgrounds, and to better understand the land's long cultural history.

Northern Ranger - Vetro's debut album - tells the story of his travels. A jazz musician by training, Harry melded his own style of improvised music with folk and classical influences to create a deeply personal statement, one that speaks to the country as a whole.

A recent graduate of the University of Toronto Jazz program, Vetro leads an active performing career. Past performances include the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival and Orillia Jazz Festival.

Harry Vetro (Drum set & Compositions)
Emily Denison (Trumpet)
Harrison Argatoff (Saxophone)
Noah Franche-Nolan (Piano)
Dan Pitt (Guitar)
Andrew Downing (Bass)

Half the proceeds from album sales will assist in starting an outreach initiative for youth with limited access to music education 
(Northern Ranger Outreach).

This event is made possible with the financial support from the FMUA (University of Toronto Faculty of Music Undergraduate Association).  

Un Sospiro – Italian Art Songs
Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano
Caroline Leonardelli, harp
Recording Release

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 2 pm 
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Renowned mezzo soprano and CBC Radio host Julie Nesrallah and JUNO Award nominated harpist Caroline Léonardelli have a new program of Italian Art Songs.  The recording has just been released and this is the premiere performance in Toronto.  The program features eight different composers with Verdi, Puccini, and Respighi writing their songs as a way to launch their career operatic and symphonic careers while Tosti and Leoncavallo forged a career of song composition.  The songs range from very well known to the obscure with subjects ranging from love, romance and joy to betrayal, scorn and death.  Art songs are written for piano.  These songs have been arranged for harp.  Caroline completed most of the arrangements herself and a number are in their premiere on the instrument. 

Caroline’s last solo harp recording Impressions de France has been selected by Apple music editors to be on their top playlist for the instrument and her previous recording El Dorado received a JUNO Award nomination for Classical Album of the Year Solo or Small Ensemble.

Julie and Caroline toured their previous programs Panache and Impressions de France at major festivals and series throughout Canada and are looking forward to performances of these Italian songs.

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Songs included in the Program

Giuseppe Verdi

Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata – Sei romanze
In Solitaria stanza – Sei romanze
Giacomo Puccini – E l’uccellino

Ruggero Leoncavallo
Canzone d’amore

Ottorino Respighi

Paolo Tosti
Donna vorrie morir
Lasciami! Lascia Ch’io Respiri

Claudio Monteverdi
Lasciatemi morire
Geminiano Giacomelli
Sposa son disprezzata

Atis Bankas, violin
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, piano
Beethoven Violin Sonatas

Sunday October 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm 
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Ludwig von Beethoven  (1770 – 1825)  

Atis Bankas

Violin Canadian-Lithuanian violinist extraordinaire, Mr. Bankas has performed as a soloist in Canada, Europe, the United States, Korea, Japan, the former Soviet Union, and with orchestras under the direction of Nejme Jarvi, Iona Brown, Andrew Davis, and JoAnn Falletta among many others. Chamber music collaborators include pianists A. Laplante, S. Goodyear, R. Silverman, R. McDonald, N. Kogan, among many others. Atis Bankas is dedicatee of numerous new works by composers such as G. Kulesha, H. Freedman, D. Varelas, M. Bronner, V. Bartulis, A. Navakas, G. Samsonas, D. Hyman, S. Burbi, A. Shenderovas, P. Tiefenbach, and many others.

On international scene 2017-18 season highlights include solo and chamber music performances in Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Lithuania. Atis Bankas s the first violinist of the Gould String Quartet, member of Potsdam Trio, and leader of Ensemble CamerAtis.

Atis Bankas is the Founder and Artistic Director of Music Niagara, a highly regarded annual international summer music festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

His solo and chamber music performances have been featured on CJRT, CFMX, CBC and NPR radio networks. He has recorded on Fidelis, Analekta, Radioservis and CBC labels. His performances have received high critical acclaim: “Atis Bankas's phenomenal technique allowed him to portray the original flavour of the traditional classical repertoire... he was able to present the beauty of the classical genre employing musical mastery and warmth of his sound...” KOREAN ART & CULTURE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

“We have one of the greatest living violinists with us every summer here in Niagara-on-the-Lake —Atis Bankas. He has it all, intonation, beautiful tone in all registers, phrasing, and great musicianship. Having such an exceptional talent here is something we should celebrate.” PETER HALL, WNED RADIO, BUFFALO, NY

 "A brilliant technique and profound musicianship are combined in the artistry of the Lithuanian born violinist, Atis Bankas" ESTONIAN DAILY

"The mellow tone he elicits from his instrument is responsible for the warmth of the ensemble. Its pitch approaches that of the viola but in capable hands of Mr. Bankas it soars the heights into sweetness. Quite remarkable!" NATIONAL POST

“...a driven melting sound of the violin in Sergei Prokofiev's sonata for violin and piano Nr. 2 in D major...” POTSDAMER NEUESTE NACHRICHTEN, GERMANY

Atis Bankas first came to national and international attention after winning the International Violin Competition in Tallin, Estonia. After graduating from the Lithuanian State Conservatory with a summa cum laude Masters degree in solo violin performance, chamber music, pedagogy, and orchestral performance, Mr. Bankas continued his post- graduate work in violin performance at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. where he studied in David Oistrakh's violin department. His principal teachers were Victor Radovich (in Vilnius, Lithuania) and Semyon Snitkovsky, (in Moscow, Russia), both students of David Oistrakh.

Mr. Bankas shares his musical talents by teaching a large violin studio at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. For his extraodinary dedication and achievement in the field of teaching music Atis Bankas was awarded the Barenreiter Prize, Carnegie Hall's American Protege and Enkor competition awards. He has adjudicated competitions and conducted master classes in Japan, Korea, Europe, the United States and Canada. Many of Mr. Bankas' students have been prizewinners of international and national competitions, such as the Paganini International Violin Competition, Stradivarius International Violin Competition, J. Heifetz International Violin Competition, Kocian Violin Competitiona, Stulberg International Competition, the Toronto Symphony and Montreal Symphony competitions.

In recognition of his musical contributions he was inducted into the International Knightly Order of St. George and was honoured as an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan

Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.

As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.

Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.

Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.

Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.

Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca. 

The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas IV

Saturday October 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
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BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 4 op. 7 in E flat (Grand Sonata)
I. Allegro molto e con brio
II. Largo, con gran espressione
III. Allegro; "Trio"
IV. Rondo: Poco allegretto e grazioso

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 14 op. 27 in C minor (Moonligh
I. Adagio sostenuto
II. Allegretto
III. Presto agitato

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 26 op. 81a in E flat major (Les Adieux)
1. Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux - The Farewell): Adagio - Allegro
2. Abwesenheit (L'Absence - The Absence): Andante espressivo (In gehender Bewegung, doch mit viel Ausdruck - In walking motion, but with much expression)
3. Das Wiedersehen (Le Retour - The Return): Vivacissimamente (Im lebhaftesten Zeitmaße - The liveliest time measurements)

BEETHOVEN - Sonate No. 31 op. 110 in A flat Major
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro ma non troppo

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes & Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.

“There was the ocean and the sky
They were a painting in a book…”

Sunday October 28, 2018 at 3 pm
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A new, contemporary chamber-piece of poetry and artsong written and performed by Beth Anne Cole. Composed by Beth Anne Cole with Martin van de Ven
Beth Anne Cole, voice, Tania Gill, piano, Martin van de Ven, clarinet, Arie Verheul van de Ven, viola

Beth Anne Cole is a singer, actress, songwriter, painter and poet. She has worked extensively in the theatre (Shaw Festival, Stratford, National Arts Centre), on CBC radio and television (“Morningside”, “Mr. Dressup”) and on the concert stage in Canada and the U.S (Glenn Gould Theatre, Toronto; Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York; Boston Conservatory, Boston). She has written songs for “Sesame Street” and her own CDs “Gifts in the Old, Old Ground” and “Song under the Stair”. 

Her new performance piece, "The Book" is a compelling fusion of many kinds of music, song, and original poetry created by Beth Anne with Martin van de Ven and slated for recording and touring in  2019.  "She has the audience in the palm of her hand" - Toronto Star     
"Sublime" - Globe and Mail

Acclaimed composer and pianist Tania Gill is a key figure in the Toronto scenes of jazz and popular music. She has worked with diverse world-class artists including Deep Dark United, The Flying Bulgars, Brodie West, Andrew Downing’s Melodeon, Charles Spearin’s The Happiness Project, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Anthony Braxton. Tania has performed in major festivals and has toured internationally.
Her long-awaited 2010 debut recording, Bolger Station (Barnyard Records), with Lina Allemano/tpt, Clinton Ryder/bass and Jean Martin/drums was ‘disc of the week’ and short- listed for ‘disc of the year’ by The Globe and Mail, and was nominated for debut album of the year in The Village Voice jazz critics’ poll. The Tania Gill Quartet toured Canada in 2012.
Tania has a MMUS in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, a BMUS in Jazz Performance from McGill University, studied classical piano at the University of Victoria, and has attended the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught music privately for twenty years, formerly taught piano and ensembles in the Humber Community Music School and has been a clinician/adjudicator at festivals in Ontario and Manitoba

A mainstay of the Canadian Folk and Jazz scene for well over a decade, Martin van de Ven is a former member of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band and a frequent performer and instructor at festivals around the world. A unique stylist, Martin brings fire, elegance and humour to his performances with his current bands, Beyond the Pale and his duo project with guitarist Brian Katz, “Collected Stories”.

His original compositions carve new musical territory, rooted in traditional folk styles but informed by Jazz, Classical, and New Music.

He has published two instructional volumes of klezmer music transcriptions and has composed and performed music for many film, television, theatre, and dance productions. Martin is a graduate of Queens University (M.Mus).

With Jumblies, Martin has been Composer and Music Director for Twisted Metal and Mermaid’s TearsOy Di Velt Vet Vern Yinger and the workshop phase of Like An Old Tale; clarinetist for The Magic Fish and Like An Old Tale; and workshop facilitator on many projects for people of all ages and musical backgrounds and abilities. 

Arie Verheul-van de Ven has been playing music since the age of four when he reluctantly started violin lessons. Over the past few years, he has been working in various capacities around the Toronto youth arts scene as a composer, performer, and musical director. Most recently Arie completed a semester at McGill University studying viola with prof. Andre Roy. He is a graduate of  Wilfrid Laurier University in Composition and Improvisation. Arie joined Train of Thought, playing his viola from Nipissing to Sudbury and back in his home of Toronto. Arie is an Inspirit Foundation youth traveller.


The Art of the Piano: Gregory Millar

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm
7:15 pm Pre-concert talk
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to the memory of my mentor and friend, Peter Longworth

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Rondo in A Major, Wq. 58, No. 1 (1783)
(from 4th collection of Sonatas, Fantasias and Rondos "für Kenner und Liebhaber")

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 (1798)
 I. Allegro
II. Allegretto III. Presto

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Fantasien, Op. 116 (1892)
I. Capriccio in D Minor
II.  Intermezzo in A Minor
III. Capriccio in G Minor
IV. Intermezzo in E Major
V. Intermezzo in E Minor
VI. Intermezzo in E Major
VII. Capriccio in D Minor


Barbara Pentland (1912-2000)
Studies in Line I. II. III. IV. (1941)

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sarcasms, Op. 17 (1912-14)
I. Tempestoso
II. Allegro rubato
III. Allegro precipitato
IV. Smanioso
V. Precipitosissimo

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Barcarolle, Op. 60 (1846)

A local favorite who has made numerous appearances at Gallery 345 (Westwood Concerts chamber music series and Millar Piano Duo), pianist Gregory Millar returns to give a long-awaited solo recital. His program presents two 19th century masterpieces set into relief by a complementary pair of works from each of the 18th and 20th centuries.

Millar made his professional debut at age 18 with a solo recital in his hometown of Lachine, QC, after being awarded that city’s prestigious mérite culturel prize. He has since led a career as a versatile solo performer and chamber musician that has brought him to several Canadian provinces, the Northeastern United States, and Belgium. His playing has been described as “compelling... a tour de force... devastatingly beautiful.” (The Muskokan)

Millar is featured on two CDs of chamber music by Toronto composer Frank Horvat – Me to We and The Current Agenda – released in 2017. He gave the premiere of Colin Eatock’s Book of Saints as well first complete performance of Jean Coulthard’s 13 Preludes. As a concerto soloist, Millar has performed with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra and the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. He has partnered with many prominent artists and ensembles, including violinist Jasper Wood, soprano Melanie Conly, actress Theresa Tova, the Talisker Players and the Venuti String Quartet. Millar also has served as resident collaborative pianist for the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in New Hampshire and the Banff Centre’s summer masterclass program.

Millar holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music, a MusM from the University of Toronto, a BMus from McGill University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School. In addition to performing, Millar teaches private lessons in piano and theory, and currently is engaged as a Subject Matter Expert for an online harmony course in development at the Royal Conservatory of Music. 

Schubert: The Trout Quintet
Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 2

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Erika Nielsen, cello
Jelena Cingara, piano
Gwyneth Thomson, violin
Brenna McLane, viola
Graham Smith, bass

About the Musicians

Cellist Erika Nielsen enjoys a multifaceted career as a chamber musician, collaborative artist, orchestral player, and educator. Her artistry spans Classical and Baroque tradition, to all Contemporary and popular genres.

She has performed with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and Juno-winning artist Johnny Reid, and toured with The Musical Stage Company’s Onegin: The Musical at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. Recent international performances include Charlotte at the World Stage Design Festival in Taipei, Taiwan. This past summer, Erika joined the cello faculty of National Music Camp of Canada.
 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 performs on a JB Collin-Mézin cello from 1885. 

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 was 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. She has performed in concert venues such as: Libby Gardner, Dumke, Abravanel hall, and Kenley amphitheatre in Utah, as well as Arts and Letters Club, Walter Hall, and Ettore Mazzoleni Halls in Toronto. She has played in masterclasses for Nicholas Angelich (Virginia Classics), Rebecca Penneys (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Joel Hastings (Florida State University), and Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music) just to name a few. As a collaborative and chamber musician she has played recitals in Italy, Serbia, US and Canada, and for masterclasses for famous quartets such as: The Bennewitz, Faure, Doric as well as Philip Seltzer from the Emerson Quartet.  She is a recipient of numerous scholarships/assistanships, various times Dean's travel grants. Jelena has a DMA from U of Utah School of Music, where her main piano professor was Dr. Vedrana Subotic.

Brenna McLane is a freelance violist from Nova Scotia and one of the founding members of Euphonia Toronto. She is continuously making a name for herself as a versatile chamber, orchestral and studio musician, comfortably playing both new creations and masterworks.
Well versed in different genres, Brenna recently shared stage with Canadian folk music band, The Weather Station; folk music duo, The Marrieds; and collaborated with Ryan Driver in recording of his solo album, Careless Thoughts.

Brenna can also be heard on screen as she has had the opportunity to record the soundtrack to the new feature film Brotherhood (2019) and can be seen playing in an episode of the Hannibal series.

Over the years, Brenna has had the opportunity to play for some of the worlds most distinguished musicians including Steven Dann, David Zafer, Zubin Mehta, Kim Kashkashian and Rivka Golani.
Her audiences have included a wide range of people, from the Lieutentant Governor of Nova Scotia to pre-schoolers on Halifax’s waterfront and audiences from Vancouver, BC to London, England.    

Equally adept on the double bass and the electric bass, Graham Smith enjoys a busy freelance career, performing in diverse musical settings throughout Toronto and beyond.  Recent highlights include playing in the pit orchestra for the highly acclaimed new musical Life After (winner of six Dora awards), rocking out with tribute bands Red Zeppelin and Absolute Leppard, performing with the world music and dance company Ensemble Topaz, and opening for Serena Ryder at the Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre with singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker.

In 2016 Graham received his PhD from York University.  He was awarded a prestigious SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his dissertation research which focuses on the requiem mass.  Graham also holds an MA from York and a BMus from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards during his university studies including the Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award at York, and the Graham George Memorial Scholarship in Composition at Queen's.

As a composer, Graham's interest is split between contemporary classical and jazz, and he is also in demand as an arranger, transcriber, and copyist.  Composition highlights include a sixty-minute requiem mass for large orchestra and mixed SATB chorus, and a three-movement suite for 18-piece jazz ensemble, as well as several chamber and solo works.  In 2016 Graham was a featured composer for Art Song Lab in Vancouver, BC where his piece Shadow Street was premiered.  Written for tenor and piano, Shadow Street sets text by Vancouver writer Judith Penner.

Private instruction is an integral part of Graham's musical life.  He currently teaches double bass and theory at Branksome Hall's Music Conservatory, and maintains his own studio in central Toronto, offering instruction on the double bass and electric bass, and in all areas of music theory.  He has more than a decade of teaching experience and welcomes students of all levels and all ages.

Graham resides in Toronto's Christie Pits neighbourhood with his wife, cellist Erika Nielsen.  For more information please visit

Since her soloistic debut at age 11 as a featured artist with Symphony New Brunswick, Gwyneth Thomson has always known that music would be an integral part of her life. Gwyneth has enjoyed membership in several orchestras including the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, in 2013, she led the Long Island Youth Orchestra as Concert Master for their European tour in Ireland, Scotland, Iceland and France. While completing her masters at Memorial university on full scholarship, she won the use of the Heineke Fine Violin and Hill bow from 2013-2015 and won the 2013 Memorial University Concerto Competition. She was heavily involved with the MUN concert series, and worked closely with the Strong Harbour Strings Program, a non-profit music outreach program in St. John’s. Now in the process of completing her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, fully funded by the Palmason Graduate Violin Fellowship, Gwyneth is preparing for upcoming concerts, and working on her thesis concerning outreach through the medium of chamber music. Gwyneth is the violinist in the recently formed Tannin Trio, based in Toronto, and is a regular freelance musician working in the GTA. She also runs her own private music studio, teaching violin and piano in Oakville

The Art of the Piano: Teo Milea

Saturday, November 3 2018 at 7 pm
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“Teo Milea`s compositions have something special: they leave you the impression that they embody and take majestic forms, they become statues, structures, buildings…” (M. Obradov, Journalist)

Currently working on new solo piano music for his upcoming album “I am Human”, Teo Milea has been living in Toronto for the last three years. When asked about how Canada has been influencing his compositional style, the artist said: “I needed some time to connect to this new space, to everything that surrounds me here in Toronto, and I am sure my music reflects both the struggle of finding my new voice and the contentment ofdiscovering the new pattern in my musical style. While my first album “On white…and black keys” (2012) was more close to the world of classical music, I feel “Open Minds” (2015), my second album, paved the way to a more modern style; and the new works are definitely going towards the minimal genre. On November 3rd, besides well-known pieces like “1stSun”, “Agony and Ecstasy”, “Journey”, “Irreversible” and a few others, I am excited to be able to play some of the new compositions for my friends at Gallery 345 – one of my favorite venues here in Toronto.”

Winner of Popular Vote and Top 4 finalist at the well-known 'Searchlight 2016'music contest on Radio CBC Canada, winner of '2015 Classical Album of the Year'category on Radio US and of The Akademia Music Awards 'Best Ambient/Instrumental Album'with his latest release 'Open Minds', applauded and acclaimed on international scenes for his piano compositions, pianist Teo Milea brings to the audience a creation that successfully combines the specific of two worlds: the classical and the new one, of the 21th century. 

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Felix Anima: Music Inspired by Hildegard of Bingen
Jeff Bird, harmonica, Shruti
Ben Grossman, hurdy gurdy
Witek Grabowiecki, piano

Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2 pm
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“800-year-old music played on harmonica” - That’s how multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird describes his latest work, felix anima, interpretations of the music of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). It isn’t easy to put into words the beautiful and haunting experience of listening to Bird’s latest album. Contemplative, uplifting, sacred, transcendent. Bird’s thoughtful approach to combining harmonica, a droning Shruti box, and a range of other instruments, offers contemporary audiences a whole new way of encountering the medieval abbess’ impressive musical works.
“…spectacular, sublime, moving and beautifully interpreted and produced. A true piece of art from an exceptional, mature artist, interpreting the music of a genius” - Russ Christianson , M.I.R., B Comm.

The melodies heard on felix anima comes from the celebrated Hildegard of Bingen, an abbess in 12th century Germany, still known today for her impressive theological, scientific, dramatic and musical works. A saint, a Doctor of the Church, a mystic, a feminist, and a visionary, Hildegard of Bingen has captured the imagination of audiences, artists, and musicians around the world.

In Bird’s words: “Like all exceptional music, it remains timeless.”

The artwork for the CD, also created by Bird, is a beautiful visual that combines the transcendental with the electric, producing a stunning mandala of sacred inspiration and hypnotic form that reflects and enhances the music itself. The CD has already received considerable praise from everyone encountering it and was featured on CBC’s classical streaming “First Play” series.

Hildegard von Bingen on harmonica? Absolutley! Jeff Bird’s new album, Felix Anima, is a stunner .”  CBC music  

Jeff Bird is a founding member of the seminal folk group Tamarack. With Cowboy Junkies he was part of the legendary The Trinity Session and continues to record and tour the world with them. He has realized 16 recordings of his own as a soloist and collaborator, and has scored music for film, television and dance. He is also an experimental filmmaker and performance artist whose work has been showcased at festivals around the world, from Dawson City, Yukon to Vladivostok, Russia. As a multi-instrumentalist Bird has appeared on over 100 recordings and has worked with such diverse artists as Jane Bunnett, Loreena McKennitt, Natalie Merchant, Scott Merritt, Townes Van Zandt.

Ben Grossman is a busy musician and sound artist: improviser, studio musician, composer, and noisemaker. He has played on over 100 CDs, soundtracks for film and television, sound design for theatre, installations, work designed for radio transmission, and live performances spanning early medieval music to experimental electronica. Ben's tools of choice are electronics, percussion, and, especially, the hurdy gurdy (vielle à roue), a contemporary electro-acoustic string instrument with roots in the European middle ages. Through extended techniques, live-looping and processing, Ben seeks to use it as a physical interface into improvised sound creation, spontaneous composition and the exploration of acoustics, form and extended aesthetics.

Witek Grabowiecki studied piano and accordion from a very early age in his native Poland.  Since immigrating to Canada in the late 1980’s he has been active on the Canadian jazz scene as well as many other diverse musical settings. He is the only piano player to appear on Jeff bird’s many recordings. His sensitive touch and musical prowess are a joy to behold.
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The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela 

Saturday November 10, 2016 at 8 PM
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"Vela plays with great emotion, sentiment, exceptional technique and elegance [Wandererfantasie Schubert]. The delicacy of Sposalizio [Liszt] is reflected with a sublime interpretation. Liszt’s Petrarch Sonnets and Après une lecture de Dante sounded with great virtuosity and a profound musicality." — Mundo Clásico, Berlin 

Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to prestigious venues in Finland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. 

Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada, Dominican Republic and the Czech Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Mexico’s National Arts Center and in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout Taiwan. 

Recently, Vela presented concerts at the Italian Cultural Institute in Tokyo, Nago City Hall in Okinawa, The Concert Hall in Nagoya, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Kaohsiung’s Cultural Center, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki, Sibelius Museum in Turku, Estonia’s Mederi Hall, George Enescu Hall at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Mihail Jora Concert Hall of Radio Romania, Óbudai Társaskor in Budapest, Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin, Kiev ́s House of Teachers, Instituto Italo- Latino Americano of Rome, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Sala de Festivales Antonio Paoli in San Juan, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México, En blanco y negro festival, Coahuila’s Julio Torri International Arts festival and Monterrey’s Alfonsino festival. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and live webcasts for Canada's Classical 96.3FM, Radio Praga, Radio Romania, Radio Sweden, Ucranian National Radio and Radio Vaticano. 

Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. He recently became a Canadian permanent resident. 

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The Art of the Cello: 
Noemi Raymond-Friset

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Noémie Raymond-Friset

One of the most promising Canadian cellists of her generation, Noemie is a passionate musician, praised for her sensitive and refined playing. In recognition of her artistry, she was just named by CBC Music as one of the « 30 hot Canadian Classical Musicians under 30 ». Previously, Ms. Raymond-Friset was awarded the First Prize at the “Grand Prize Virtuoso" of England and debuted at the famous Royal Albert Hall of London in December 2016. She was also one of the top prizewinners at the Edwin H. and Leigh W. Schadt String International Competition, the Stepping Stone Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition. At the Prix d’Europe 2014 and 2017, she was awarded the Beatrice Kennedy- Bourbeau Award (Best Interpretation of a Work) and Guy-Soucie Award (Best Interpretation of a Canadian Work). In addition, Ms. Raymond-Friset has recently been awarded a professional development scholarship by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Principal Cellist as well as artistic Co-Artistic Director of the Eastman Cello Ensemble, Noémie is very active in the music community. She took part in the most recent tours of the Heifetz International Music Institute and is an Artist in Residence this summer, as well as a chamber music coach for the PEG Program. Previously, Ms. Raymond- Friset was invited by the Musical Corporation of Viña del Mar to perform in La Calera (Chile) as part of an introductory program to classical music for young students. In Canada, her appearances include recitals at the Lanaudière International Music Festival, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Les Concerts de la Chapelle and the Orford International Music Festival. In June 2016, she recorded the Prokofiev Sonata for CBC (Radio-Canada) with pianist Lysandre Ménard and was heard soon after on ICI Musique and CBC Radio.

As a soloist, she was invited to perform with the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Agora Symphony Orchestra, the Montérégie Youth Orchestra and the Montreal Conservatory of Music Orchestra with whom she performed a cello arrangement of Sarasate's famous violin piece Zigeunerweisen. She was also invited to play the solo cello part in Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins and Cello with Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Center Orchestra, the maestro himself playing the first violin.

Ms. Raymond-Friset had the chance to work with many internationally renowned cellists like Lynn Harell, Philippe Müller, Ralph Kirshbaum, Garry Hoffman, Johannes Moser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Richard Aaron, Raphael Wallfish, Andreas Diaz, Paul Katz, Michel Strauss, Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser. In 2014, Noémie performed in a master class led by Yo-Yo Ma at Claude-Champagne Hall in front of an audience of more than 1000 people, a performance that was warmly acclaimed by the public and described as a "beautiful and sensitive performance" - The Scena Musicale.

Comfortable under the spotlight, Noémie acted as Ambassador of the New England Conservatory at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Festival in 2014 and has served as an Ambassador for the Orford International Academy between 2015 and 2017.

Ms. Raymond-Friset is also an accomplished and experienced educator. Currently Steve Doane’s Teaching Assistant at the Eastman School of Music, she is pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts and has previously earned a Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree from the New England Conservatory and the University of Montreal, respectively. During her studies at the New England Conservatory, she was awarded one of the coveted Community Performances and Partnerships Program Fellowship, for which she presented recitals throughout the city of Boston and its surrounding areas to promote classical music in the community.

As a laureate of the 2015 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank, Noémie plays on a Joannes Guillami cello dating from 1769. She also owns a beautiful Jean-Dominique Adam bow from 1835.

Hungarian-American pianist Peter Klimo has been studying piano since the age of nine. A Los Angeles native, he began his piano studies with Vicharini and Rosanna Marzaroli and continued with Dr. Tyler Tom. Peter earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Dr. Nelita True, his Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music studying with Peter Frankl, and an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University with Dr. Tamás Ungár.

On November 2014, Peter won 2nd prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. During the finals, he performed Liszt’s Concerto No.1 in E flat major with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of James Gaffigan. As a prizewinner of the Liszt Competition, he has embarked on an extensive concert tour, taking him all over the world. As early as the morning after the finals in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, he performed in a packed Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, broadcast live on NPO Radio 4.

Highlights in recent years include concerto performances in Seoul, South Korea with Hee-chuhn Choi and the KBS Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles, California with John Roscigno and the 52nd American Liszt Society Festival Orchestra; Columbus, Georgia with George del Gobbo and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; and in Budapest, Hungary with Ménesi Gergely and the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Also a passionate chamber musician, Peter has toured violinist Tessa Lark in 2017 in the US and Holland, and with the Belenus Quartet in Austria and Holland in 2016. Throughout 2013, he performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music with all members playing from memory, as well as at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. He most recently performed the work throughout Holland in 2016 with winners of the International Tromp Percussion Competition. As a lover of art song, he attended the Vancouver International Song Institute in June 2013, won the 2nd place pianist’s prize at the Jessie Kniesel Lieder Competition in 2012, and frequently performs song transcriptions in solo recitals. Peter also served as a faculty member for the 2013 inaugural year of the DBS Summer Music Festival in Hong Kong.

Peter is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with Alan Chow.

For or from
Kelly Zimba, flute
Stacie Dunlop, soprano

Tuesday November 13, 2018 at 8 pm 
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TSO Principal Flute Kelly Zimba collaborates with soprano Stacie Dunlop on an exciting program of living American and Canadian composers, including premieres by Toronto composer David Jaeger and the duo HaRebraIN (Anh Phung/Alan Mackie) along with works by Leslie Uyeda, Braxton Blake, Kate Soper and James O’Callaghan.


Leslie Uyeda: Stations of Angels (2007)
Braxton Blake: Three Songs on poems by Marianne Moore (1996)
James O'Callaghan: For or from (2015)
Kate Soper: Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010)
David Jaeger: Duo for flute and voice ** premiere (2018)
HaRebrain: TBA **premiere (2018)
Interval: A new work of mixed media by American visual artist Eric Frick with music of Toronto composer Jason Doell

Kelly Zimba joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flute in 2017. Previously a flute fellow at the New World Symphony, she has performed with the Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Palm Beach Symphony Orchestras, and was a two-time fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. As a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Ms. Zimba has performed around the world in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Royal Albert Hall, and the Teatro del Lago in Frutillar, Chile. She was featured on the cover of Flute Talk Magazine in October 2017.

In addition to performing, Kelly has served on the faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, Alaska, where she was an artist-in-residence in January 2018. She also taught instrumental music at Belvoir Terrace in Lenox, Massachusetts, in addition to teaching privately across the United States.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kelly completed her graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and received bachelor’s degrees in flute performance and music education from the University of Michigan. She is greatly indebted to all of her teachers, most especially Leone Buyse and Amy Porter.

With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid performer of contemporary opera, orchestral and chamber music. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Peter-Anthony Togni, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin, Tawnie Olson and Aaron Gervais. Recent performances include a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments, Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot, Scott Good’s The Hands of Orlac, music of Mexican and Canadian composers in Poland in 2016 & 2017, Balancing on the Edge in November 2016 and a workshop of The Harvester/Erwartung project in January 2017. Future engagements include a new work by Abigail Richardson-Schulte with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Ms. Dunlop can be heard on the Centrediscs label in My Life in Widening Circles and Hymns of Heaven and Earth.

Masquerade: Revised-Revived-Rebooted
Music by JS Bach, Dvorak, George Szell, Paul Schoenfield

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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PIANO Yu-Lien The 
VIOLIN Annette-Barbara Vogel • Mikela Witjes, Jillian Yang
VIOLA Marylène Gingras-Roy
CELLO Robin Hasenpflug


J.S. BACH  (1685-1750)
from: Two Part Inventions
arranged for violin and cello  

GEORGE SZELL (1897-1970)
Quintet op. 2 (1911)
for piano, two violins, viola and cello
Scherzo. Leicht und duftig
Mäßig langsam
Finale. Sehr lustig und ubermutig


ANTONÍN DVORAK (1841-1904)
Miniatures op. 75a
for two violins and viola
(originally “Four Romantic Pieces”
for violin and piano)
Cavatina. Moderato • Capriccio. Poco Allegro
Romance. Allegro • Elegie. Larghetto

Café - Music
for violin, cello and piano
Rubato- Andante moderato

Magisterra Soloists has become the face of visionary chamber music in Southern Ontario: based out of London, ON, Magisterra Soloists has a current roster of over 35 international musicians hailing from over 13 countries, a repertoire of over 100 works, more than 70 concert performances and two dozen school outreach visits.

Founded in 2015 by internationally-acclaimed violinist, Artistic Director Annette-Barbara Vogel, the ensemble is proud to call upon some of the finest chamber musicians worldwide, bringing first rate festival-style chamber music concerts to the region through its “Magisterra at the Museum”concert series, among others. Magisterra Soloists plays a significant role in invigorating and enriching the local artistic experience. Its carefully-crafted programs engage timeless masterworks in tandem with countless intriguing new discoveries. Performances showcase the ensemble’s total commitment and unceasing curiosity in sharing gems of the string chamber music literature with the community. 

The ensemble’s interactive educational “Magisterra in Schools” program has reached already thousands of youth from kindergarten to high school. Magisterra Soloists is particularly passionate about bringing up-close exposure to the arts to underprivileged and rural school communities. Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council, the ensemble will be offering programming in both English and French to roughly 3000 children in the 2018-2019 school year.

Magisterra Soloists is committed to providing invaluable professional development to young talent. Its “on-the-job” mentorship program, “Magisterra Fellows, has already provided artistic training to nearly a dozen deserving emerging artists. This rigorous musical training will serve them richly in their future careers as professional musicians. 

While providing opportunities to young professionals, Magisterra Soloists is proud to serve the local community and to showcase our city’s best to the outside world. As champions of Canadian art and artists, the ensemble has already successfully completed three multi-city tours through both Canada and Brazil. Stay tuned for the full tour itinerary of the ensemble’s third annual Ontario-Quebec May 2019 Tour. 

Annette-Barbara Vogel’s rich international performing career has featured her as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in over 35 countries across 6 continents.  

Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for her “authoritative and highly sensitive performances,”and “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review, in citing her premiere recordings of the complete works for violin by Hans Gál, exclaimed that she was “about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for.” 

Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship.She has shared concert stages with notable artists such as C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and collaborated musically with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Yu-Lien The is an assistant professor of keyboard studies at Western Michigan University. Her performances throughout Europe, Southeast-Asia and the U.S. have included appearances as a soloist with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Kammerorchester Hannover and the Baroque Orchestra L'Arco. A prizewinner of the 12th International Piano Competition Viotti-Valsesia and the Deutsche Musikwettbewerb, she has performed at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (2006, 2012) and at Carnegie Hall, New York (2006) with the new music ensemble Opus21. Frequent collaborations with saxophonists Joe Lulloff and Henning Schröder led to several world premieres of new commissions for saxophone and piano.

Born in the Netherlands, The received most of her musical training in Germany, where she obtained degrees in piano and recorder performance from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. She received an Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, a M.M. in piano performance from Western Michigan University, and a D.M.A. in piano performance from Michigan State University. The has previously served on the faculties of WMU, Valparaiso University, and Bowling Green State University.    


Damask Roses
CD Release & Reception
Kira Braun, vocals
Peter Krochak, piano

Sunday November 18, 2018 at 4:00pm
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Join Kira & Peter as they perform pieces from their upcoming CD, “Damask Roses”, a collection of Art Song by Mozart, Dvořák, and Quilter. A journey from the musings of a young girl’s heart, to rousing Gypsy Songs sung in Czech, and of Elizabethan love letters read through the eyes of the recipient. Their 6th CD together proves to be one of growth and their deep commitment to making music together shines through.

Duos for Violin and Piano
Jean-Luc Therrien, piano,  Jean-Samuel Bez, violin

Thursday November 22, 2018 at 8pm
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F. Schubert
Sonatina in D Major, D. 384
- Allegro molto - Andante
- Allegro vivace

G. Enesco
Impressions d’enfance pour violon et piano, op. 28
- L’oiseau en cage et le coucou au mur
- Lever de soleil

L. Boulanger
D’un matin de printemps
Romance for violin and piano, op. 28 Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta


G. Fauré
 Sonate pour violon et piano
- Allegro vivo
- Intermède. Fantasque et léger - Finale. Très animé

F. Kreisler
Sonata for piano and violin no 1 in A minor, op. 105
- Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck - Allegretto
- Lebhaft

Originally from Repentigny, Quebec, Canadian pianist Jean-Luc Therrien has been actively performing in Canada and abroad. In 2016, he toured across Quebec and the Maritimes as part of the Jeunesses Musicales Canada’s Emerging Artists Concerts on tour, with a program which included his own transcription of Franz Liszt's symphonic poem Les Préludes. A few months later, he also made his orchestral debut in Asia with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the years, Jean-Luc has stood out in many competitions such as the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music Competition (Chamber Music Prize), the Mauro Paolo MonoCompetition’s Stepping), etc. Moreover, he won the Soloists Competition of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory four times and consequently performed several concerts with the conservatory’s orchestra as well as the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières. Jean-Luc was also awarded several prizes, including the Gilles-Gauthier Excellence Award, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Excellence Award and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic medal, as well as a grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, which allowed him to pursue postgraduate studies in Austria in 2016-17.

A graduate of the Trois-Rivières Music Conservatory, Jean-Luc received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His principal professors have included Denise Trudel, Cordelia Höfer-Teutsch and George Kern. He was also invited by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Académie Orford Musique and the Académie de Musique et de Danse du Domaine Forget to study with renowned pianists such as Boaz Sharon, Jacques Rouvier and Benedetto Lupo. Since September 2017, Jean-Luc has been in the ACP Program (Advanced Certificate in Performance) at the University of Toronto, where he studies with Marietta Orlov on a full-tuition scholarship.

Born in Pontarlier (France), Jean-Samuel Bez started playing the violin thanks to Krystina Mugica. Attracted early by chamber music, he soon became a regular on the local scenes and played in various festivals such as Les Nuits de Joux, Les Ariolicales, Automne musical en Val de Saône, etc. Sensitive to the importance of creating and spreading the contemporary repertoire, Jean-Samuel intensely works with composers. In 2015, he was also the laureate of the Young Bozar Project within the Alternative Violin Duet 2 Väinö. With this duet, he focuses on developing new alternatives to traditional concerts, mixing art forms and means of expression.

Jean-Samuel was unanimously awarded a First Prize at the Conservatory of Dijon and First Prizes of Excellence and Virtuosity at the Conservatory of Music of Rueil-Malmaison. Later, he entered the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music (Belgium) in the studio of Veronique Bogaerts, where he received his degrees with high distinction and was granted the Pappaerts Prize in 2016, as a reward for an exceptional academic path. Currently, he is a postgraduate student at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria) in the class of Michael Frischenschlager.

Jean-Samuel is the laureate of numerous prizes, scholarships and international competitions including the Jury Prize in the International Music Competition in Malte (2015), the Hanseez-Castilhon and Horlais Dapsens Prizes in Brussels (2016), the 1st Prize in the Svirel International Music Competition (Slovenia, 2017) and 1st Prize in the Luigi Zanuccoli International Music (Italy, 2017). He has also played several times as a soloist: with the Ensemble Orchestral of Dijon (France), the University Orchestra of Burgondy (France), the Philharmony of Budweis (Czech Republic) and the Sotiropoulos Camerata of Brussels (Belgium), interpreting among others the concertos of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovski and Wieniawski. As a chamber music player, he joined, in 2016, the Spilliaert Trio, whose vocation is to make discover the Belgium Musical Patrimony. 


Bow to String
Winona Zelenka, cello 
Jamie Parker, piano

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8 pm
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J.S. Bach
Avro Part
Gyorgy Ligeti
George Crumb
Daniel Bjarnason

Winona Zelenka, known for her gorgeous, singing tone, is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Strauss’ Don Quixote Suite, 2006), and many other Canadian ensembles; Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the Mississauga Symphony (2008), Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with both the Scarborough Philharmonic (2007) and the Huronia Sinfonietta (2006); Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major with the Canadian Sinfonietta (2007), Dvorak Concerto with the Toronto Philharmonic (2012) Elgar Concerto with the Etobicoke Philharmonic and the Toronto Philharmonic (2013), and Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Red Deer Symphony (2014). The season of 2016/17 will see Winona performing SaintSaëns Concerto with the Symphony on The Bay. Ms.Zelenka is also an enthusiastic proponent of new music, and has had several pieces written for her by Canadian composers, including Michael Pepa, Michael Oesterle and Chris Paul Harman.

In 2008, Ms. Zelenka performed as guest Principal Cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. She also served as Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra during the summers of 2007 and 2008, and was guest Principal Cellist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa for the season of 2013/14. Winona, a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, was that orchestra’s Acting Principal Cellist for five seasons starting from 2004/2005, and is presently Assistant Principal Cellist.

Winona is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly Canada’s finest musicians; internationally, she has also performed several times with the Zuckerman ChamberPlayers, and regularly plays with the ARC Ensemble, with whom she has toured in Europe and will also record in the fall of 2016. Winona has performed as soloist at the Ottawa Chamberfest and at the Stratford Summer Music Festival and has most recently played principal cello for the Classical Tahoe and Napa Valley festivals.

Ms. Zelenka is a founding member of Trio Arkel, along with Marie Bérard, Concertmaster of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Teng Li, Principle Violist of the Toronto Symphony. Together since 2008, they started a series in 2013 called Trio Arkel Presents, where they perform chamber music both well-loved and excitingly new for the Toronto public at Trinity St.Paul’s Centre.

Winona's recording of the complete Bach Suites for Solo Cello was released on the Marquis Classics label in June of 2010. It has received international acclaim, and was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. The Globe and Mail writes '"Canadian cellist Winona Zelenka gives Bach's solo cello suites a stylish ease that we don't often hear on modern cello." Audiophile Review writes "Zelenka's tone is among the warmest and most invigoratingly burnished that I have ever heard in this music, bar none." and " she astonishes with her emotional vibrancy and control". This recording was made on the "Starker Guarnerius" cello, dated 1707.Winona’s second recording, made in 2012, is called “Connections” and is a collaboration with the wonderful pianist Connie Shih. Her CDs are recorded and produced with her husband Ron Searles, Senior Post-Production Audio Engineer at CBC and founder of Red Maple Sound .

Winona’s videos of the Cassado Suite for Solo Cello have garnered many thousands of views on Youtube, as have videos done for Moving Head Productions and CBC. She has also been the cello soloist of such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008), István Szabó’s “Being Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under The Sea” (2009).

Winona Zelenka began her career at age 22 as Associate Principal in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and won orchestral jobs with the National Ballet Orchestra of Toronto and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, and studied with the legendary Janos Starker. Ontario born and raised, Ms. Zelenka’s other main teachers include William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff, and William Pleeth.

Jamie Parker began studying piano before he was five and won more than 200 first-place awards in music festivals, including first place in the 1981 National Competitive Festival of Music (CIBC National Music Festival). He first studied with his uncle, Edward J. Parker, and later with Kum-Sing Lee at the Vancouver Academy and at the University of British Columbia. In the summers 1978-87, Parker studied with Marek Jablonski at the Banff SFA and, beginning in 1985 with Adele Marcus at Juilliard. He won the 1984 S.C. Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and in 1987 won first place in the MSO Concours. The Canada Councilawarded Parker the 1988 Virginia P. Moore Prize. In May 1989, Parker shared first place in the CBC Young Performers' Competition with pianist José Allard, and as winner of Juilliard's Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto Competition, he made his debut at Alice Tully Hall as soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra.

Jamie Parker made his orchestral debut in 1981 playing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Calgary Philharmonic, and subsequently played with all of Canada's major orchestras, notably the TS, Edmonton, National Arts Centre, and Vancouver symphony orchestras. He toured extensively in Canada, including a 1984-5 tour as a result of winning the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition and an eastern tour in 1988 as a participant in Debut Atlantic. In 1985 he also toured with another Eckhardt-Gramatté winner, violinist Joanne Opgenorth, as accompanist. In 1989 Parker was the first pianist to appear in the Canadian Embassy concert series in Washington, DC.
One of the most prominent pianists concentrating on a career in Canada, Jamie Parker performed frequently on CBC radio, and on television (for the Bravo! and Global networks, and for CBC's Adrienne Clarkson Presents). Pursuing engagements as recitalist and soloist in equal measure with chamber music opportunities, he partnered often with his perhaps better-known brother, Jon Kimura Parker, performing as the Parker Duo. Jamie Parker has been featured alone and with various partners at music festivals such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival de musique de chambre de Montréal, Festival of the Sound, and the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Other recital partners have included oboist Philippe Magnan and violinist Susanne Hou, and ensembles such as the Penderecki String Quartet and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. Most notably, he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Gryphon Trio in 1993 (of which he remained a member as of 2004), and of the chamber ensemble Music Toronto Chamber Society. As a member of the Britten Chamber Ensemble, he celebrated the 90th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth in 2003.

Parker taught at Wilfrid Laurier University 1997-2003, and at the University of Toronto from 2003, where he was associate professor and the Rupert Edwards Chair in piano. He has also taught at the Johannesen International School for the Arts, and has been active as an adjudicator and with master classes.

Parker has been described by Peter Mose as a 'big-style, old fashioned pianist' (Toronto Star, 9 Mar 1987). After a performance in Ottawa, critic Jacob Siskind wrote that Parker 'blazed through some of the toughest passages in the piano repertoire with a sense of control that was really quite astonishing' (Ottawa Citizen, 16 Mar 1987). His repertoire centres around Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Tchaikovsky, but also includes Canadian composers such as Jacques Hétu, Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha, Henry Kucharzyk, and Andrew MacDonald. He achieved particular praise for his performances of Stravinsky's   Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka, which are included on an RCI CD (1988, RCI-649) along with works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms. Parker may also be heard performing Harry Somers' Third Piano Concerto on the CD Harry Somers: Celebration (CBC SMCD 5199), and he made numerous popular recordings with the Gryphon Trio.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School
Annual Christmas Spectacular

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Hot off their first cross-country tour, Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School celebrates the feeling of home and family with their annual winter-holiday spectacular. Featuring Toronto's hottest emerging artists alongside established pros, this diverse and intergenerational band - fearlessly led by 26-year-old orchestration trailblazer Chelsea McBride - takes you through purple skies and orange clouds and returns you to a roaring fireplace and marshmallow-filled hot chocolate and the feeling of being in the place you are supposed to be in the winter chill, whether that's celebrating the holidays or not.

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto, Canada based 19 piece modern jazz orchestra led by fast-rising, 26 year old orchestration trail-blazer Chelsea McBride. Award-winning veterans like William Carn, Colleen Allen and Brownman Ali stand next to the city’s hottest 20-somethings in this contemporary modern big band. The Socialist Night School’s debut full-length album “The Twilight Fall” has been hailed by critics as “a dazzling set anyone with even an interest in big band should check out” (Chris Spector – Midwest Record), “a progressive jazz epic…a musical experience that delights in many ways” (Memphis Marty Delia – The Jazz Music Blog), and most recently received 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. Bandleader Chelsea McBride’s compositions are influenced by the lineage of Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, and the Socialist Night School is a storytelling vehicle for McBride’s evocative writing style.

Hide the Moon and Stars
Bryn Roberts, piano, Lage Lund, guitar
Album Release Concert

Friday December 7, 2018 at 8 pm
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Bryn Roberts and Lage Lund have been playing together for over a decade since meeting in Brooklyn in 2004. The two have performed extensively in New York clubs, toured together in Canada and Japan, and released an album entitled “Nightsong” in 2016. Their latest recording “Hide the Moon and the Stars” will be released in October.

Bryn Roberts is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. According to Bill Charlap, “Roberts has poise, elegance, a beautiful touch and a natural melodic flow. His musical imagination always tells a story and his delivery is organic and unforced.” He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy’s. He has toured widely with his own groups including festival, radio and club appearances across the USA, Canada, the UK, Spain and Japan, and also works in the singer- songwriter world, playing with artists like Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin.

Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

The Art of the Piano: Hilario Duran

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 8 pm
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Cuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70’s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna.

Hilario Durán toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years.

Chucho Valdés has acknowledged Hilario Durán as one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling the Grammy-nominated and multi JUNO-award winner “an unparalleled pianist, composer and arranger of the first order”.

After making his mark in Cuba, Durán continued to hone his skills as a pianist, composer, arranger and musical director of remarkable virtuosity. Since arriving in Canada, Hilario has made a name for himself, he is a multi-Canadian Juno Award winner and nominee; an American Grammy nominee; a multi-Canadian National Jazz Award winner & nominee; and the proud recipient of the 2007 Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, from Latin Jazz USA, for his outstanding contributions to Afro-Cuban Jazz and Latin Jazz.

Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Hilario Durán is a fixture on the Toronto music scene. Durán immigrated in 1998 to Canada and was named as One of the 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians in 2009; in addition, Hilario has been named Best Artist of the Year 2013 by the Toronto Musicians’ Association and also as 2014 Best Vision Award Winner (Premio a la Trayectoria) for his work as entrepreneur as a director of his musical company, ES MI MUSICA PRODUCTIONS. He is also an educator at Toronto’s Humber College, acting as a piano teacher and ensemble director.

Hilario Durán has been based in Toronto for the past two decades, but his musical heart and soul have remained closely connected to the land of his birth. He has continued to collaborate with Cuban musicians, but he takes this to another level on Contumbao.  Last November, Alma Records’ Peter Cardinali and award-winning engineer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey accompanied Durán to Havana, and the team set up shop in Cuba’s famed EGREM recording studio, the most storied such facility on the island. The cast of musical heavyweights assembled in Havana work their magic on 11 new Durán original compositions. Hilario’s mission is certainly fulfilled here, as Contumbao has an impressive dynamic range of different tempos, tones and moods.

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