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Camilo Davila, clarinet & Jean Desmarais, piano
Special guest soprano Mireille Asselin
May 1, 2014 at 8 pm
$25, $10 Students

In this exhilarating concert, clarinetist and composer Camilo Davila join forces with renowned pianist Jean Desmarais and rising superstar soprano Mireille Asselin for an evening of intimate music making.

Programme

Robert Schumann
Drei Romanzen, Opus 94
For Clarinet and Piano

Camilo Davila
Urban Piece

Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Opus 120 N.1

Franz Schubert
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, "Shepherd on the Rock" D965
for Soprano, Clarinet and Piano

Camilo Davila

Widely recognized for his original playing style and his uniquely enticing tone, clarinetist Camilo Davila is on his way to a major career as a performer and pedagogue.

He has appeared frequently with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company and is also the winner of both the coveted Sylva Gelber Award given to the best emerging canadian artist, as well as the "Young Soloist of the OFB National Competition of Colombia".

He has collaborated with notable artists such as Soovin Kim, Andres Diaz, Martin Hackleman, Benjamin Kamins, John Adams, Barry Shifmann and with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Peter Oundjian, Johannes Debus, Lior Shambadal and Jukka-Pekka Saraste.

Camilo is also a rare modern day representation of a performer-composer in classical music, and his pieces have received an enthusiastic reception from professionals in music, composers and from audiences across Canada, the US, and Colombia.

Previously self taught in music during his formative years, he went onto pursue all his official studies through merit-based scholarships and stipends awarded by Xaverian University in Colombia, Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, and Rice University in Houston. In addition to music, he is involved in the fields of visual art, philosophy, and physical exercise.

Mireille Asselin

A singer deemed “Superb” by the Los Angeles Times, and praised by Opera Canada for her “vivacious stage presence” and “soprano that charms and brightens a room”, Mireille Asselin is a young artist at the onset of an exciting career.

In Performance………
This season, Mireille joins the Metropolitan Opera’s roster, makes her debut recording with Centerdiscs and tours North America and France in productions of Charpentier’s Orphée and Lully’s Persée. In April 2011 Mireille made her Carnegie Hall debut singing Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Yale Symphony, and returned to Carnegie in January of 2012 to give a recital in the Song Continues series. With the Canadian Opera Company she has performed Adele in Die Fledermaus, Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, the title role in Handel’s Semele (Ensemble Studio performance), and Contessa Ceprano in Rigoletto.

In recent years she has also performed with Wolf Trap Opera Company (Nannetta, Verdi’s Falstaff), Glimmerglass Festival (Phénice & Lucinde, Lully’s Armide), Opera Atelier (Galatea, Acis and Galatea; Servilia, La clemenza di Tito), Boston Early Music Festival (Flore & Proserpine, Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers; La Musica & Euridice, Monteverdi’s Orfeo) and with Opera Hamilton (Adele, Die Fledermaus; Popera). Her professional operatic debut was on stage at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea, singing First Witch in Dido and Aeneas, when she was 22! Mireille’s other roles include Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), the title role in Stravinsky’s Le rossignol/Solovyei, Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor)...

Mireille has appeared in concert on stages across North America and in England. Her repertoire has included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Fauré’s Requiem, Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, numerous works by Handel such as Messiah, Saul, Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno and Theodora, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Exsultate Jubilate, as well as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Cantata 51, Poulenc’s Gloria and Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

Mireille obtained her Master of Music from Yale University’s prestigious Opera Program in 2010, and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. She completed a Bachelor of Music at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (2007).

Mireille has studied voice with Marlena Malas, Wendy Nielsen, Monica Whicher, Tim Noble, Doris Yarick-Cross and Donna Sherman. She has coached with Sir Thomas Allen, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, Michael McMahon, Liz Upchurch and Michael Heaston.

She has participated in numerous world premieres of new works and loves working with composers.

Jean Desmarais

Jean Desmarais, internationally acclaimed pianist and pedagogue, is sought after for a wide and eclectic range of repertoire. He has studied with Monique Collet-Samyn, Anisia Campos (Canada), Monique Deschaussées (Paris), Johanna Stieler (Berlin) and Dalton Baldwin (U.S.A.). He has performed in Europe, the U.S.A. and Mexico, as well as Canada.

He has been a guest soloist of numerous orchestras and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Yannick-Muriel Noah, Jessica Linnebach, Amanda Forsyth, Ben Heppner, Joel Quarrington, Kimball Sykes, Johannes Debus, David Currie, Jean-Philippe Tremblay and Pinchas Zukerman.

Jean is on the faculty since 2006 of the NAC’s Summer Music Institute and a regular guest coach for the Canadian Opera Company (War and Peace, Pelleas et Melisande, Zauberflöte, Rusalka, Carmen). He is presently part of music staff for Don Quichotte by Massenet featuring baritone Ferruccio Furnaletto.

Composer Simon Bertrand is presently writing a piano concerto for him that will be premiered this coming summer with Orchestre de la Francophonie conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay.

He has performed over a hundred world premieres of new compositions, mostly from Canadian composers.

His students have pursue their development in institutions such as Cleveland Music Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Montreal McGill and Paris Sorbonne Universities.

Mr Desmarais is the Artistic Director of Under The Pines Music Festival.


SpringScapes: Musical Intuitions, Conversations and Other Encouragements
Ali Garrison, singer and Nancy Bennet, piano
Friday May 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $25 / $20 Seniors& Students - Limited general seating

For concert information and seat reservations please e-mail info@gallery345.com


Compelled to play together again after an extraordinary, impromptu recording session at a wharf in Cutler, Maine last summer, Ali Garrison and Nancy Bennet bring their collaborative muses to Gallery 345 on Toronto’s thriving West side on Friday, May 2nd at 7:30pm.
“Nan Bennet is an extraordinary improvising pianist in her 70s (think an intuitive, feminine combination of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans), who I’ve known for many years musically and
otherwise”, says one of Toronto’s favorite daughters of song, Ali Garrison. “There is such an easy personal rapport which translates fluently to our improvising. We co-compose, conversing melodically and harmonically, listening carefully, trading ideas back and forth, weaving a rich tapestry of progressions in the moment, seeming to enter an altered state and after each piece, it’s as if we’re returning from far off other worlds that we have
visited, not separately, but together.”

For a sample of their collaborations, visit:
https://soundcloud.com/aligarrison/sets/nan-and-ali-duet

Nancy’s and Ali’s improvised duets are beautifully organic, almost inevitable and very audience-friendly. This playful evening will also feature guest conspirators, Mosa Neshamá McNeilly (interdisciplinary artist), Kwanza Msingwana (percussionist and story-teller) and two of Ali's most treasured singer-friends, Suba Sankaran and Mark Rainey as well as the audience!


W.A. MOZART: The Complete Violin Sonatas
Jacques Israelievitch, violin,
Christina Petrowska-Quilico, piano
Sunday May 4 2014
Four Concerts starting at: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
$20 for each concert; $50 for all four concerts;
Students pay $10 for each concert; $25 for all four

Please make reservations at info@gallery345.com (cash only at the door)

Programme

11 AM: Concert I

Sonata in C Major KV 6 (1764)
Allegro ; Andante ; Menuet I and II ; Allegro molto

Sonata in D Major KV 7 (1764)
Allegro molto ; Adagio ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in B flat Major KV 8 (1764)
Allegro ; Andante grazioso ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in G Major KV 9 (1764)
Allegro spiritoso ; Andante ; Menuet I and II

Sonata in E flat Major KV 26 (1766)
Allegro molto ; Adagio poco andante ; Rondo allegro

Sonata in G Major KV 27 (1766)
Andante poco adagio ; Allegro

Sonata in C Major KV 28 (1766)
Allegro maestoso ; Allegro grazioso

Sonata in D Major KV 29 (1766)
Allegro molto ; Menuetto e trio

Sonata in F major KV 29 (1766)
Adagio ; Rondo (Tempo di Menuetto)

Sonata in B flat Major KV 31 (1766)
Allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto (Moderato) con variazioni.

Twelve Variations in G major ( on French Song 'La Bergère Célimène" KV 359 (1781)

1 PM: Concert II

Sonata in G major KV 301 (1778)
Allegro con spirito ; Allegro

Sonata in E flat Major KV 302 (1778)
Allegro ; Rondo (Andante grazioso)

Sonata in C Major KV 303 (1778)
Adagio ; Molto allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in e minor KV 304 (1778)
Allegro ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in A Major KV 305 (1778)
Allegro di molto ; Tema con Variazioni (Andante grazioso)

Six Variations in G Major (on French Song "Hélas, j'ai perdu mon amant" (1781)

Sonata in D Major KV 306 (1778)
Allegro co spirito ; Andantino cantabile ; Allegretto ( Allegro, Allegro assai)

3 PM: Concert III

Sonata in C Major KV 296 (1778)
Allegro vivace ; Andante sostenuto ; Rondo allegro

Sonata in B flat Major KV 378 (1779)
Allegro moderato ; Andantino sostenuto e cantabile ; Allegro

Sonata in G Major KV 379 (1781)
Adagio ; Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni (Andantino cantabile)

Sonata in F Major KV 376 (1781)
Allegro ; Andante ; Rondo allegretto grazioso

Sonata in F major KV 377 (1781)
Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni ; Tempo di Menuetto

Sonata in E flat Major KV 380 (1781)
Allegro ; Andante con moto ; Rondo allegro

5 PM: Concert IV

Sonata in B flat Major KV 454 (1784)
Largo ; Allegro ; Andante ; Allegretto

Sonata in E flat Major KV 481 (1785)
Molto allegro ; Adagio ; Tema con Variazioni (Allegretto)

Sonata in F Major KV 547 (1788)
Andantino cantabile ; Allegro ; Tema con Variazioni

Sonata in A Major KV 526 (1787)
Molto Allegro ; Andante ; Presto

Bio

JACQUES ISRAELIEVITCH, violin

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio. Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada.

CHRISTINA PETROWSKA QUILICO, Virtuoso Pianist

Possessing passion and sensitivity, phenomenal technique and “dazzling virtuosity” (New York Times), pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico is a compelling force, whether she is playing a Liszt piano solo, a Mozart chamber work, the Grieg concerto, or the premiere of a new work by a living composer.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Petrowska Quilico trained in the grand Russian and European traditions at Juilliard, and went on to studies in Paris and Germany with Ligeti and Stockhausen. Her professional career has taken her across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Taiwan, the Middle East, France, Germany, Greece and Ukraine. She has appeared in recital in Carnegie, Alice Tully and Merkin Halls, and with most of Canada’s leading orchestras and the symphony orchestras of Greek Radio and Taipei. Some of these performances were with her husband, the late, famed Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico.

She has premiered some 150 new works. Of the more than 35 concertos she has performed with orchestra, 18 were contemporary, 10 of these premieres. She has recorded more than 35 CDs featuring classical and contemporary repertoire. During her career, she also received coaching from composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage prior to performing their works.

New Glass Houses represents her fouth CD collection devoted to the piano music of Ann Southam (1937-2010). As with this set, the previous three feature major cycles of Southam’s music for Centrediscs: Rivers (Canadian Composers Portraits: Ann Southam, CMCCD 10505), Pond Life (CMCCD 14109), and Glass Houses Revisited(CMCCD 16511). She is credited for revising and editing on her recording of Southam’s Glass Houses Revisited,which is Centrediscs best selling CD of all time, and received Southam’s enthusiastic blessing after performing them at the composer’s house just before Southam’s death. She has also included Southam pieces in four general compilation CDs.

In 2012, she performed selections from Southam’s Rivers cycle live for the Toronto Dance Theatre’s premiere of Christopher House’s work of the same title, and again in Oakville ON and St. John’s NL – a collaboration she is repeating in a 2014 Canadian Maritime tour to Halifax, Fredericton and Saint John.

Open to musical adventures and collaborations, she was one of nine virtuosi in Soundstreams’ eclectic Piano Ecstasy extravaganza at Toronto’s Koerner Hall in 2013. The Shostakovich Concertino for Two Pianos was “brilliantly performed by two of the great pianists of our time, the Gryphon Trio’s Jamie Parker and the wonderful Christina Petrowska Quilico,” wrote Robert Harris in the Globe and Mail.

In a duo with violinist Jacques Israelievitch, she performs a variety of repertoire ranging from the Mozart violin sonatas to present-day composers.

In recorded output, few artists can match Petrowska Quilico, particularly in contemporary music. Among her 30-some albums are five CDs comprising eight Canadian piano concertos; and solo and chamber works by contemporary Canadian and international composers, along with the likes of Chopin and Debussy; Tangos Brasileiros, for the 150th anniversary of composer Ernesto Nazareth in 2013; and her highly-praised Liszt bicentennial CD (“Quilico plays exquisitely...brilliance without ego” – Fanfare Magazine).

Her music is sometimes literally out of this world. Her recording of David Mott’s Canadian concerto Eclipse(written for her), debuted in outer space when astronaut Steve MacLean brought it on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis. MacLean also took her recording of Alexina Louie’s Star-Filled Night on his first mission on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1992.

Four of Petrowska Quilico’s CDs of Canadian music have earned JUNO Awards nominations, three of them for concerto CDs, and one for Glass Houses Revisited. Petrowska Quilico received the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award from the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers, and together with composer Constantine Caravassilis was named winner of the 2010 Harry Freedman Recording Award, from the CMC’s Harry Freedman Fund.

That award resulted in the well-received January 2013 launch of her Centrediscs two-CD set of Caravassilis’Visions: Rhapsodies & Fantasias. Also a gifted painter, Petrowska Quilico was inspired by the music to create some 100 canvases, which are now projected in synch with her live performances of the work.

Petrowska Quilico’s writing talent and art come together in her book Opera Illustrated: An Artistic Odyssey,featuring her drawings of operatic legends and set designs. She is also author of Mr. Rigoletto: In Conversation with Louis Quilico (both published by Captus Press and critically well-received).

Petrowska Quilico also founded The Christina and Louis Quilico Award, to discover and encourage young operatic talent. It is administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, and was most recently held under the auspices of the Canadian Opera Company.

In addition to her concert career, Christina Petrowska Quilico is a Full Professor of Piano and Musicology at York University, Toronto.


The Art of the Piano: Roman Timofeev
Wednesday May 7, 2014 at 8 pm
$20

Program

Frédéric CHOPIN Scherzo No 2 op.31 in b-flat minor

4 mazurkas op. 33

Robert SCHUMANN Sonata No 2 op. 22 in g minor

Intermission

Claude DÉBUSSY Pour le piano (suite)

1. Prélude

2. Sarabande

3. Toccata

Aléxandre SCRIABIN Sonata-Fantasy No 2 op. 19 in g-sharp minor

2 poèmes op. 32

2 poèmes op.71

2 danses op. 73

1. Guirlandes

2. Flammes sombres

Valse op.38

Bio

Russian pianist Roman Timofeev has been heard in music halls throughout Europe since 2004. He has already established a reputation as “a brilliant pianist” and his performances have been described as “vivid, emotional and extremely passionate”, “charged with Russian expressivity and a shade of French elegancy (Le petit bleu, Brittany press, France)”.

While studying at The Moscow State Conservatory, where he was in the class of outstanding world- recognized pianists Naum Starkman and Ruvim Ostrovsky, Roman was already awarded the Grand Prix in Vorzel International Competition of Pianists in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2010 he participated in the prestigious competition Concours musical de France, Saint-Maur-des-Faussés, Paris where he won the First Prize. In the following year, Roman polished up his masterly performance at Académie des Artistes Musiciens in Paris under the supervision of professor Lea-Yoanna Adam. Since 2011 Roman has been a permanent member of this Academy. Additionally, Roman served as a concertmaster and mentor at The Schnittke Moscow State Institute of Music for more than 10 years.

Roman has a varied musical life including activities on the concert stage as a featured soloist in various performances venues in Russia, France, Estonia and Rumania. Roman has already made his Canadian debut in London (Ontario) where he performed at the famous Aeolian Hall. Roman’s chamber music collaborations include those with the Symphony Orchestras of the cities of Ploiesti and Bacau (Rumania) where he worked extensively with conductors Illarion Lonescu-Galaty and Ovidiu Balan. Since 2007 Roman has been a member of an ensemble with a prominent cellist, honoured artist of the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow) Alla Marasanova-Stein, with whom he has performed more than 30 concerts. Some of the recent concerts have also included performances with opera singers of the Bolshoi Theatre Nina Terenteva and Elena Novak.

Roman’s repertory embraces a wide range of musical compositions by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev. Roman is a disciple of the Russian romantic school.


NO GOING BACK
Saturday May 10, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Snrs & Arts workers; $10 Students

Stacie Dunlop, soprano
Andrea Neumann, violin
Peter Lutek, clarinet, bassoon, electronics

Programme:

Peter Lutek: Improvisation

Clarinet, bassoon, electronics; these are the tools. Exploring how sound interacts with the universe; this is the mandate. We will go exploring and return to find that things have changed, creating a kind of sound bath, an aural immersion. It is as if our other senses are drowned, and only our ears exist. Our brains are flooded with sounds that are like a foreign language, speaking meanings we can only interpret with emotions – grief sometimes and deep longing, as well as joy so exuberant it bursts the heart.

Short Interval

György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments
Stacie Dunlop: soprano
Andrea Neumann: violin

György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments op. 24 (1985-1987) is a work for soprano and violin duo. Set in four parts, the cycle aims to show Kurtág’s kinship with the existential alienation that author Franz Kafka expressed about his own life and the surreal world from which he struggled unsuccessfully to remain uninvolved. His acerbic yet often humorous, searing insights into his own life experiences form the core for Kurtág’s inspiration that spurred him to compose his masterpiece, all in fragmentary form. Such gleanings of Kafka’s transient thoughts incarnate briefly as mere glimmers of insight to the human condition, in careful aphoristic works of a few seconds to a few minutes long, yet are replete with psychological subtext pertaining to our own lives. 

Artists Bios:


Peter Lutek is a reed instrumentalist, specializing in improvisation. He was a member of the 40 fingers saxophone quartet and the Composers Workshop collective. Peter now leads ENGINE and performs solo. He also performs with Riverrun, Andrew Downing, David Mott, and David Occhipinti, and works as a sound engineer. Of Lutek, David Fujino (The Live Music Report) said, "Calm and precise, he executes, and sometimes tears the ground out from under our feet."

With a voice that has been described as a “powerful demonstration of musical artistry wed to superb technique”, soprano Stacie Dunlop is an avid freelance performer of contemporary music. Highly involved in the creation of new music, Stacie has commissioned works from Canadian composers R. Murray Schafer, Harry Freedman, Juhan Puhm, Clark Ross, Scott Godin, Tawnie Olson and British composers Sam Hayden and Paul Whitty. Her repertoire spans from song through chamber, orchestral and operatic mediums with performances across Canada and the UK. As a producer of new work, it is her passion to develop programs that push the boundaries of safety, challenging audiences, yet at the same time bringing them the highest quality experience that will touch them, leaving them with a captivating memory and a want for more. Labeling herself as a multidisciplinary artist, Stacie incorporates both theatre and visual arts in her productions, thus effecting audiences in an expansive array of experiences. Recent performances include Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet #2, Op. 10 and Down from Heaven by NYC based composer Ed Harsh with The Cecilia String Quartet, and a cross-Canada tour of Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with violinist Andrea Neumann. As a new member of Toronto’s Thin Edge New Music Collective, Stacie will be premiering works by composers Christopher Reiche and Hiroki Tsurumoto in June 2014. Looking forward to next season, Stacie will be performing in a premiere by Toronto composer Adam Scime for soprano and violin generously commissioned by Daniel Cooper. In a review of the CD My Life in Widening Circles, Stacie was said to be “a committed and accomplished singer who intuitively comprehends her vital place as a creative vehicle in expression of human depth.”

Andrea Neumann is a Calgary based violinist who is sought after as a concert soloist, teacher, adjudicator, chamber and orchestral musician. She has toured with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, was a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and has appeared as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and also as a violinist and violist with the Juno award winning Land’s End Chamber Ensemble. Andrea projects have included early music on period instruments, jazz, folk and pop idioms. While realizing her voice in such diverse musical genres, she remains deeply rooted in the classical string playing tradition. In addition to touring the No Going Back project in 2014, she will be recording a solo CD that explores music transcribed by many of the great violinists from the 20th Century. Andrea currently performs on a beautiful Dalphin violin, generously on loan to her from The Banff Centre.


Monique de Margerie, piano
Hibiki Kobayashi, violin
Sunday May 11, 2014 at 3 pm
$20; $10

Program

Johannes Brahms: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3, Opp. 78, 100 and 108

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

Allegro amabile
Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante
Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108

Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato

Monique de Margerie, pianist

Canadian pianist Monique de Margerie worked for almost 20 years in Europe, as a soloist, teacher and collaborative pianist based in Freiburg, Germany, and in Paris. She was a frequent collaborator with violinists Linus Roth and Nicholas Chumachenco, she toured with Gächigner Kantorei and Bach Akademie Stuttgart under Helmut Rilling, and taught for many years at the Koenig Conservatory in Paris. She has made many broadcasts with the national radios of Germany, Switzerland and Canada.

From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and collaborative pianist. She then met violinist Hibiki Kobayashi, member of the string quartet Arthur Leblanc and both started to built a musical partnership as well as a friendship. In the fall of 2011, she was featured as a soloist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec in four performances of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. Other performances include collaborations with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, clarinettist Jean-François Normand, and other members of the string quartet Arthur Leblanc. Concerts tours include India, in 2009 with German saxophonist Claudia Schätzle, and Southeast Asia with bassoonist and husband Fraser Jackson. In 1996 and 1998 she performed in Japan as a soloist and as a duo partner with pianist Chandra Lowerly.

Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique de Margerie holds a Meisterklassendiplomfrom Munich’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where shegraduated with high distinction as a student of Gitti Pirner. She is also a graduate of the Montreal Conservatory where she was a student of Anisia Campos and her post- graduate studies include two years with Monique Deschaussées in Paris and two years with Eke Mendez in Switzerland.

Currently, Mme de Margerie lives in Toronto where she pursues her chamber music career with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She teaches privately and accompanies students and faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and at the University of Toronto. She also plays with the Young Voices Toronto Choir. Much sought-after as a teacher, she travelled across Canada in 2012 as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition.

HIBIKI KOBAYASHI, violinist

A protegé of Chaïm Taub (former Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic), Hibiki Kobayashi completed her studies at the Hochschule für Kunste in Berlin and then with Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as le Philharmonie de Radio-France, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Symphony Nova-Scotia, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. As a popular soloist on the Japanese music scene, she has performed numerous times including performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic. Ms. Kobayashi gave the Canadian première of Darius Milhaud’s second Concerto for Violin.

In 2009, at the prestigious Suntory Hall in Tokyo, she gave the world première of a concerto written for her, in honour of Joseph Haydn, by the composer in residence of Vienna’s Musikverein, Helmut Schmidinger. On this occasion, she was accompanied by the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra under the direction of its founder and director, Adam Fisher.

Ms. Kobayashi plays a signed Guadagnini violin (Parma, 1766) and has also been given the honour of performing on a Stradivarius violin (the « Muntz », 1736) loaned to her in recognition of her accomplishments by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Ms. Kobayashi joined the Quatuor Arthur-LeBlanc in 1992 and has now performed over 500 concerts with the quartet. Her career as a renowned chamber musician has led to numerous invitations to perform abroad and many of her concerts have been broadcast throughout Canada on the CBC.

She is the youngest musician ever to have been awarded the prestigious Noguchi Prize by the prefecture of Yamanashi which gave her the award in 1997 in recognition of her great achievements in music.

After a long association with the University of Moncton, Ms. Kobayashi is currently an artist-in-residence and guest professor at Laval University in Quebec City.

She has recorded on the Fonovox, Amberola, and NAMI labels and recently released, for the first time by any Canadian string quartet, the complete works for quartet by Dmitri Shostakovich on the XXI-21 label.


Shelley O'Brien
Fundraising Concert for the Toronto Zen Center
Wednesday May 14, 2014 at 8 pm
$20

Bio

In 2009, after a few years as a piano bar entertainer on cruise liners, Shelley O’Brien traded her ship’s cabin for a Toronto apartment, and started posting videos on YouTube of her playing songs on her ukulele. This quickly led to invitations to play worldwide and launched a touring career many seasoned, successful songwriters would envy.

Since the release of her debut You, Me and the Birds (2009), O’Brien has taken her ethereal pop songs around the world, to festivals in Paris, Venice, Helsinki and Melbourne. Extensive touring has also put her name on the marquee in cities like Barcelona, Rome, Brisbane, Rotterdam, and Reykjavik.

By contrast, You, Me and the Birds went relatively unnoticed back home in Canada – with the exception of some festival engagements and a coast-to-coast VIA Rail Tour. Dubbed “an
enchanting album of quirky pop music” by The Globe and Mail, the record is now being re-released and distributed by Outside Music, and with the release of her follow-up Vivarium, Shelley O’Brien is destined to be discovered by Canadian audiences.

Recorded in Vancouver, Vivarium’s lush, atmospheric production is the result of an inspired collaboration between O’Brien and notable studio ace/film composer Matthew Rogers (Mark Berube, C.R. Avery). With exception of the cello tracks, the duo also play all the instruments on the album.

While the cover photo for Vivarium was shot in Iceland, the album plays almost as a declaration of love for the Canadian landscape: the most driving track on the record, Let These Lights In, is a self-confessed longing for the stars, inspired by a portage in Algonquin Park. And the iconic canoe makes a glorious cameo appearance in Swiftly, We Go, an infectious little road song bound to kick off many long weekends and holiday playlists.

Her lyrical imagery firmly rooted in nature, O’Brien moves through vast northern spaces with familiarity and awe. The haunting and cinematic From the Caribou was inspired by a NFB documentary about the Porcupine Caribou’s remarkable 2000 km annual journey. Elm, penned from the point of view of a tree, is a late-autumn lament. And Mountain Hymn – written on a day of longing to escape the city – is every mountain’s love song:

A mountain hymn for all my senses / I put my hands on you I hum

Been city dim and thin to paper / Skyward sender / Here I come

Spacious and questioning, O’Brien’s songs have an age-old, celestial quality. Album opener Perfect Day, with its Ennio Morricone-inspired lines, is a subtle yet powerful romp. The whispered intimacy on Set of Keys, shrouded in static, backwards ukulele and looped Casio keyboard, brings to mind the music of Sparklehorse whereas Turn to Spring is an upbeat, irresistible pop tune reminiscent of Feist or Emiliana Torrini.

But most importantly, the ukulele songstress has blazed her own musical trail; stripped to the bare songwriting essentials, armed with only a miniature instrument and haiku-like lyrics, Shelley O’Brien demonstrates how to accomplish great things with the smallest of gestures. Shelley O’Brien’s Vivarium is a reminder that, sometimes, you have to whisper to be heard.

"Her voice is touching, flying, beautiful and clear" - Radio Suomi, Finland

"A Beautiful Songbird. An absolute find!"-Radio Rijnmond, Holland

"Beautiful... a playful mix of dulcet ukulele and atmospheric vocals." -CBC Radio 2

"She delights us with her superb ballads" - Forte Fanfulla, Rome

"Shelley was doing the ukulele thing before it was cool. Or maybe she's one of the reasons it got cool in the first place." -Globe and Mail

"From the wellspring of her hope and awe, Shelley O'Brien has not only curated this country's beauty, but also her own." -Exclaim!

"Finely crafted ukulele goodness" - Times Colonist, Victoria

"An unexpected treasure...enchanting, mythical" - Penguin Eggs


The ISA TRIO
Jacques Israelievitch, violin, Benjamin Smith, piano, Jihyun Ahn, cello
Friday May 16 2014 at 8pm
$20/$10

Programme

L. van Beethoven: Trio in D Major Op. 70 # 1 (Ghost)
Allegro vivace e con brio
Largo assai ed espressivo
Presto

D. Shostakovich Trio in e minor Op, 67
Andante
Allegro non troppo
Largo
Allegretto

Intermission

R. Schumann Trio in d minor Op. 63
Mit Energie und Leidenschaft
Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch
Langsam, mit inniger Empfindung
Mit Feuer

Jacques Israelievitch, violin

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio. Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada

Benjamin Smith, piano

A native of Chatham, Ontario, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States. He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the 2008 CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the 2003 Edward Johnson Piano Competition. Orchestral appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, the Clairion Symphony, and the New Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, he was a featured soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. The 2010/11 season saw him perform the Schoenberg Piano Concerto under maestro Rossen Milanov, as well as appear as guest artist on both the Toronto Summer Music and the Banff Summer Arts festivals. Highlights of 2012 included a recital collaboration with internationally-renowned cellist Colin Carr, and a performance of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4 with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra under Henry Janzen. Still upcoming for this year is a concert in December with cellist Dongkyun An at the PianoForte Salon in Chicago.

A proponent of new music and a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra, Ben also devotes much time to chamber music. He has been heard in this capacity on Classical 96.3 in Toronto, and has partnered with artists such as Bonnie Hampton, Mark Fewer, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Sonic Escape, the Talisker Players, the Annex String Quartet, and members of Amici and the Cecilia String Quartet. He has also worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, Bob Becker, and Chandler Carter.

Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Young Artist Academy at the RCM. Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario (2005-06), and he has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University. His principal teachers include Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl. Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.

“Intelligently rounded musicianship.” – The Irish Times

Jihyun Ahn, Cellist

Jihyun Ahn is a native of Seoul, South Korea where she was principal cellist with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra. She is a graduate of Seoul National University and holds a Master’s degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with renowned cellist Timothy Eddy. In 2008, while completing coursework for her PhD at Seoul National University, Jihyun moved to Canada with her family.

She won 1st prize in the World Daily News music competition, 3rd prize in the Jung-ang Daily News Music competition and 1st prize in the Mannes College Concerto competition. She has performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mannes College Orchestra. She has also given many recitals and chamber music concerts in New York City and Seoul.

Currently, she is principal cellist with the Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra. She also regularly gives concerts for a number of charities in the Toronto area.


"An Intimate Evening with Wei-wei Lan"
Fundraiser for New Music Concerts
Saturday May 17, 2014 at 7:30pm

The evening features a programme of traditional, folkloric and contemporary music for solo pipa plus a special sneak preview of a Roger D. Moore commission for pipa and flute composed by Xiaoyong Chen for Wei-wei Lan and Robert Aitken.

Tickets: $100 ($150 for two) Fine food and complimentary beverages, silent auction. Proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion will be issued.

Doors Open at 7:30, Festivities Commence at 8:00 pm. RSVP 416.961.9594.

Lan Weiwei was born in Sichuan, China, 1980. She has pursued the career of a pipa-player for more than 20 years, and considered to be one of the best-pipa players in China. She has won a multitude of prizes since childhood. In recent years, Lan Weiwei has been invited to guest-perform in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, etc. From the very start of her artistic career she has dedicated herself to introducing the traditional and folk music of China to the Western world.

In addition, she has intense passion in playing contemporary music of different form – solo pieces, ensemble music, and concertos with symphony orchestra etc. She has held recitals in Beijing, Freiburg, Taipei, etc. She has co-operated with various orchestras around China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Henan, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong as well as in Taipei, Estonia, Freiburg and Toronto. Through her performing art pipa music has become a bridge between ancient and modern times as well as between the East and the West. Lan Weiwei teaches at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

YouTube links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4j4B15Iq7ghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQfmvLm2jSU

Pipa is a plucked Chinese string instrument. The word pipa is made up of two Chinese syllables, pi and pa. These are the two most common ways of playing this instrument. Pi is to push the fingers of the right hand from right to left, thus more than one finger can be used at a time striking multiple notes, and pa is to pull the thumb of the right hand from left to right, in the opposite direction. The strings were originally played using a large plectrum in the Tang dynasty, then gradually replaced by the fingernails of the right hand. Since the revolutions in Chinese instrument making during the XX century, the softer twisted silk strings of earlier times have been exchanged for nylon-wound steel strings, which are far too strong for human fingernails, so false nails are now used, constructed of plastic or tortoise-shell, and affixed to the fingertips with the player’s choice of elastic tape.

Prototypes of the pipa already existed in China in the Qin dynasty. At that time, there were two types of pipa. One was straight-necked, with a round sound box constructed from lacquered Paulownia wood, and two faces mounted with leather. The other was believed to be inspired by the primitive forms of zheng, konghou, and zou. It also has a straight neck, a round sound box, and also four strings, along with twelve standards of notes. This model was later developed into the instrument known today as the ruan. The modern pipa is closer to the instrument which originated in Middle-East and was introduced into China beginning in the late Jin dynasty. By the Tang era, the pipa had become popular in the imperial court. It had a crooked neck, 4 or 5 silk strings, and 5 or 6 frets, and was played with a plectrum in a horizontal position.

As the ages went by, the crooked neck was replaced by a straight one, the number of frets increased to between 14 or 16, and to 17, 24, 29, or 30 in the 20th century. The 14- or 16-fret pipa had frets arranged in approximately equivalent to the western tone and semitone, starting at the nut, the intervals were 1–1/2–1/2–1/2–1–1/2–1/2–1/2–1–1–3/4–3/4–1–1–3/4–3/4. In the XX century the number of frets was increased to 24, based on the 12 tone equal temperament scale, with all the intervals being semitones. Since then the number of frets has been extended to 29 or 30.

The traditional 16-fret pipa is becoming less common. The plectrum was replaced by fingernails and the horizontal playing position was replaced by the vertical position. During this time, the 5-stringed pipa became lost. The pipa became a favourite in the Tang dynasty, during which time Persian and Kuqan performers and teachers were in demand in the capital, Chang’an. Many delicately carved pipas with beautiful inlaid patterns date from this period. Masses ofpipa-playing Buddhist semi-deities are depicted in the wall paintings of the Mogao caves near Dunhuang.

Several related instruments in Far-East and Southeast Asia are derived from the pipa; these include the Japanese biwa, the Vietnamese ?àn t? , and the Korean bipa.


THE TON BEAU STRING QUARTET
Sunday May 18, 2014 at 3 pm
$20; $10 students

Mendelssohn, String Quartet, op. 13

Schoenberg, Verklaerte Nacht, Featuring Caitlin Boyle, viola and Rachel Desoer, cello

A look at young lust and love from both ends of the romantic period. Mendelssohn's teenage passion runs through this fiery quartet, which captures the energy of the burgeoning romantic style. Schoenberg's iconic sextet, Verklaerte Nacht, is often described as the culminating masterpiece of the late romantic period. Inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, Verklaerte Nacht follows the story of a young couple as the woman reveals that she is pregnant with another man's child, and the man agrees to raise the child as his own.

The Ton Beau String Quartet was founded in 2010 by four friends studying at the University of Toronto. In their three years together, they have traveled throughout Canada and the USA, presenting concerts as well as educational and outreach programs. They have performed at the Harbourfront Music Garden, Gallery 345, the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, the Banff Centre, and the St. Luke’s Gift of Music Concert Series in Creemore. In addition to their busy performing schedule, the Ton Beau Quartet are active teachers, and participate in numerous educational outreach presentations. Past outreach initiatives have included presentations at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Merriam School of Music, the Health Arts Society of Ontario, and a three-year series of concerts at the University of Toronto Art Centre. The quartet has also collaborated with musicians from many other musical traditions, including performances with the folk band The Krüger Brothers, and a collaboration with Spectrum Music, a group of classical and jazz composers. The Ton Beau are currently Quartet in Residence at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.


QUATOR BOZZINI
John Cage: Three String Quartets

Wednesday May 28, 2014 at 8pm
$20

Clemens Merkel, violin,
Mira Benjamin, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola 
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

Programme

John Cage, String Quartet in Four Parts (1949-50)

1. Quietly Flowing Along
2. Slowly Rocking
3. Nearly Stationary
4. Quodlibet

John Cage, Four (1989)

John Cage, Thirty Pieces for String Quartet (1983)

Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, contemporary, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion.This has led to over a hundred and thirty commissioned pieces, as well as close to two hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartetconcert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.

The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), Présences (France), and November Music (Netherlands). To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s annual musical laboratory, the Composer’s Kitchen, works to mentor and support new generations of composers. TheBozzini Quartet records under its own label, the collection qb, and can be heard regularly on European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, The Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007) and the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009).


Min & Amy
Thursday May 29, 2014 at 8 pm
$20/$10

Program

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich
Pezzo Capriccioso, Op. 62

Fauré, Gabriel
Elégie, Op. 24
Sicilienne, Op. 78

Mendelssohn, Felix
Song Without Words in D Major, Op. 109 – Andante

Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Seven Variations on "Bei Männern, Welche Liebe Fühlen", WO 46

Schumann, Robert
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70

INTERMISSION

Brahms, Johannes
Sonata for Piano and Cello in E Minor, Op. 38
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi menuetto, Trio
III. Allegro

Bio

Winner of the Friends of Chamber Music Competition (2011), Min Kim started playing the cello in 2003 under the guidance of Sachiya Isomura from the Minnesota Orchestra. Min performed an outstanding debut in Minneapolis in 2007, which set the standards and goals that kept him motivated during his studies. He later moved to Austria to study with the world-renowned professor and former principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Herzer. In 2011, Min had the honor of performing with some of the most respected classical musicians in Vancouver for a fundraiser concert and helped raise $30,000 for the tsunami victims in Sendai, Japan. Known for his sound quality and advanced techniques, Min has performed throughout Canada, USA, England, Spain, South Korea, and Japan.

A sensitive and dynamic musician, Amy Zanrosso has worked within a wide range of musical genres – classical, contemporary, musical theatre, German cabaret and tango. After receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Victoria, Amy moved to Italy for two years in order to study privately and attend public master classes. She travelled again to Italy as the recipient of a summer scholarship awarded by the Italian Embassy to study with Michele Campanella at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena. In 2001, Amy completed all requirements for a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from McGill University. She has studied with Bruce Vogt, Dorothy Morton, Louis-Philippe Pelletier, Maria Tipo, Michele Campanella and Marian Mika. After graduating, Amy developed a strong interest in tango music and was the pianist for The Sweatshop Tango Ensemble from 2003 to 2007. They released a CD in 2006, entitled de la Main à la Boca, and performed at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Fest. She has been freelancing as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician in Montreal since 2001.


FIVE
junctQín keyboard collective

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8pm
$20 (Adult);
$15 (Seniors/Artist Worker/Student); New Music Passport Holders $5

junctQín keyboard collective turns 5 and will celebrate with classics from their repertoire vault! Included are works from Canada and around the world for piano six-hands, squeeze toys, toy pianos, Casio keyboard and three acoustic tables. Featuring works by Canadian composers Elisha Denburg, Aaron Gervais, and Chad Martin alongside Thierry De Mey (Belgium), Matthew Hindson (Australia), Tristan Perich (USA), and Tomi Räisänen (Finland).

Toronto-based junctQín (pronounced ‘junction’) consists of pianists Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, and Stephanie Chua. The name of the collective is taken from junctio – the Latin word meaning to join, and from Qín – the Chinese character for keyboard instrument. The three discovered a mutual love of contemporary music for all kinds of keyboards, so when the trio united for a gig in the spring of 2009, junctQín was born.

Since its recent inception, junctQín has been presented in performances by the Canadian Opera Company’s Four Seasons Centre, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Barrie’s Colours of Music Festival, Artsweek Peterborough, Gallery 345, and numerous others. Their engagement in many outreach events and activities include Cambridge Galleries, the spOtlight Festival of Ontario, Culture Days in Toronto, CONTACT New Music Marathon, and school workshops connected with music festivals. With a keen interest in multimedia and multi-arts presentations, junctQín has also collaborated with Canadian artist Kenneth Doren in his digital opera Rule Britannia: A low opera in grand shite style and with Toronto conceptual artist Derek Liddington for his Springsteen-inspired, piano-duel installation Coup de grâce. Recent highlights included a collaboration with Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl (University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna) co-presented by Toronto’s Music Gallery with additional sponsorship from the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (Switzerland), as well as an interview and special feature broadcast on Rondo Classic FM (Helsinki, Finland), reaching audiences in Armenia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan.

The versatility of Elaine, Joseph, and Stephanie has resulted in their involvement in many performances that extend beyond traditional settings, as well as community outreach activities. They have each appeared as soloists and collaborative pianists throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, in numerous concert series, venues and ensembles. Dedicated to working with living composers, these musicians have premiered dozens of Canadian and international compositions.

junctQín wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Canadian Music Centre. For more information, visit: www.junctqin.com


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner
Saturday May 31, 2014 at 7:30pm
$20; $10 Students

Variations on a Theme: Shoshana Telner presents an evening of three centuries of thrilling piano music.

Program

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs Opus 20 Bela Bartok

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Opus 24 Johannes Brahms

Rigoletto Paraphrase Franz Lisz

INTERMISSION

Etude de sonorite #2 Francois Morel

Partita Nr. 6 J.S. Bach

Caprice Espagnole Moritz Moszkowski

Bio

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. One of Hamilton’s “most fascinating people and inspired individuals” (Hamilton Magazine), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. Her playing is “full of fire and warmth” (The New York Times) with "beauty and a strong sense of purpose" (Brian Hay, Sarnia critic). She has been described as an “authentic musician, with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit), and as a “sophisticated and polished musician and pianist” (Julian Martin, the Juilliard School).

Shoshana made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Her solo and chamber music performances have been heard often on CBC radio. Shoshana is a member of the Florida based Shir Ami Ensemble, a group of international musicians that perform music by 20th century Jewish composers. They have performed concerts in Austria, Hungary, the United States and Canada. Shoshana is also a member of INNERchamber, an ensemble based in Stratford, ON. A highlight of Shoshana’s 2012/2013 concert season included performances of the complete Bach Keyboard Partitas.

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music. She currently teaches in the music faculty at McMaster University and has previously taught in the music faculties at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Shoshana has participated in numerous festivals including the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Brott Music Festival, and the Focus! Festival and Piano Century at the Juilliard School. She has also been awarded several honors in national and international competitions including the Honens International Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, and the International Stepping Stone Competition.

Shoshana’s recordings include the complete Bach Keyboard Partitas recorded in 2012. In 2009 she recorded the solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack on the CanSona label. Her recording of the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with violinist Jeremy Bell will be available in the fall, 2014.


Redraw the Map
Friday June 6, 2014 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 Seniors and Students

Some poems and writings are just as relevant now as when they were written. Sometimes they are too close for comfort or just nail the absurdity of what we do or illuminate the brilliance of what is possible. Some sounds and words are from the wild, never meant to be caught. World renowned poets bring wisdom, humour and perspective through their words; improvised music allows a freedom of response to ideas through sound.This performance of poetry, texts and improvised music will explore what is possible, redrawing maps of insightful, lyrical, satirical and sometimes comical writing.

Featuring composer Bill Gilliam (piano), Ambrose Pottie (percussion) and guest vocal artists performing poems and writings by Wislawa Szymborska, Richard Brautigan, e.e. cummings, Russell Hoban, Hafiz, Ivor Cutler and other authors.

Bill Gilliam (piano)

Bill Gilliam is a Toronto based composer / pianist who improvises new music compositions blending influences of contemporary harmony and jazz idioms into his unique style of playing.

“Bill Gilliam’s experience and his output since the mid-80s has spanned formal composition, jazz and jazz-oriented improvisation as well as electro-acoustic music and music-visual media. Gilliamhas aimed to bring his composer’s sense of form and continuity to the improvisational process so that each of the pieces in the recording has its own distinct character. His harmonies blend 20th century classical and jazz sounds in a convincing, comfortable modal-chromatic style”
"Ensorcell" - The WholeNote CD review Sept 2012

Bill has written music for film, dance and theatre and new music chamber ensembles as well for his jazz projects. His recordings include “Ensorcell” for solo piano, “Signposts” – a CD created in collaboration with percussionist Charlie Ringas with improvised piano, percussion and spoken word as well as “Memory Vision” DVD of Bill’s electro-acoustic music with multi-media art created by different visual artists. In addition to performing solo piano Bill continues to compose and play with with Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra and collaborate with artists using spoken word and improvisation. www.bill-gilliam.com

Ambrose Pottie (percussion)

Ambrose Pottie is musician, audio artist and graphic designer from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ambrose has recorded and/or performed with Eugene Martynec, Bob Becker, Bill Bissett, Anne Bourne, Eugene Chadbourne, Crash Vegas, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Frith, Bill Grove, Guy Klucevsek, Evan Lurie,The Polka Dogs, Mary-Margaret O'Hara, Tom Walsh, Richard Sacks and Andrew Staniland. He is currently one of the curator's of the Toronto Improvisor's Orchestra. His field recording based work has been included in the 60X60 Contemporary Music project performances in Toronto, Montreal, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Mexico City, Denver, and New York City. He lives in Toronto.


Ugly Beauties Trio
Saturday June 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.
tickets $20 /$10 students

Benjamin Boles NOW MAGAZINE
….the album is .. about the interplay between the musicians and their effortless improvising. They’re all creative players, and at moments they whip up such a storm of strange textures and tones that you forget you’re listening to just three acoustic instruments. Happily, those experimental tendencies are offset by strong compositions and melodies, so they never descend into the tuneless racket some associate with improvised music.

Marilyn Lerner-piano

Repeatedly, Lerner’s interpretations are enhanced by the engaging way she slips between limpid coolness and rhythmically-charged vibrancy. Pianists with a less finely calibrated touch would plough through passages that Lerner precisely etches.
Bill Shoemaker, Point of Departure

Jazz pianist/improviser Marilyn Lerner performs to acclaim internationally, from her native Montreal to Havana, from Jerusalem to Amsterdam and the Ukraine. Her musical career has been marked by a deep exploration of traditional and free jazz, new music tinged improvisation, and Ashkenazic folk music. Lerner has appeared with Tito Puente, Gerry Hemingway, and Steve Lacy.A prolific recording artist, her most recent work includes Live in Madrid, (Cadence records) with New York based Ken Filiano-bass and Lou Grassi-drums, Ugly Beauties Trio with Matt Brubeck, cello and Nick Fraser, drums. She also records, tours and performs with the Dutch based avant-garde Ig Henneman Sextet , with Axel Dörner, Wilbert de Joode, Lori Freedman and Ab Baars.

Matt Brubeck (cello) is a JUNO award-winning performer/composer specializing in improvisation on the cello. Raised on jazz and classically trained at Yale, Matt is at ease in multiple genres and has taken his cello improvisation skills into diverse musical territories (including Tom Waits, Yo-Yo Ma, PamelaZ, and many others.) In addition to his work with Ugly Beauties, Matt’s ongoing projects include the highly eclectic Stretch Orchestra, and cello/piano duo Brubeck Braid. In his solo work, Matt explores the reach of contemporary cello performance, placing various musical traditions in dialogue with each other to reveal a broad continuum of influences. Matt is on the music faculty at York University and Humber College, where he teaches strings, improvisation, composition, and leads various ensembles. Yes, he is the tallest son of Dave. For more information you may visit www.mattbrubeck.com.

Nick Fraser (drums) has been an active and engaging presence in the Toronto new jazz and improvised music community since he moved there from Ottawa in 1996. A Juno Award winner, his recorded works include Owls in Daylight (1997), Nick Fraser and Justin Haynes are faking it (2004) and Towns and Villages (2013). Nick has performed with a veritable "who's who" of Canadian jazz and improvised music and is a member of Drumheller, The Lina Allemano Four, Ugly Beauties and Peripheral Vision. He has collaborated with many international luminaries, including Anthony Braxton, Tony Malaby, William Parker, Marilyn Crispell, David Binney, and Donny McCaslin.

"Fraser not so much plays the drums as hurls himself whole body and soul against skin and metal... truly talented." - Bill Stunt, CBC Radio.


The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela
Rachmaninov Meets Radiohead
Friday June 13, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students


Program

Rachmaninov meets Radiohead

S. Rachmaninov:

Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 3 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro - No. 2 in C major
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Moderato - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Allegro agitato - No. 1 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro con fuoco - No. 6 in E flat Major
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Non alegro; Presto - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Moderato - No. 7 in G minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 8 in C sharp minor

INTERMISSION

Radiohead:

Like Spinning Plates
Let Down
Bulletproof
Thinking About You
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Everything in it's Right Place
You
(all piano transcriptions arranged by Christopher O'Riley)

Bio

"Vela plays with great sentiment, elegance, exceptional technique and a profound musicality." — Mundo Clásico

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 around the world. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Helsinki, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo and Mexico City.

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 Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, 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 and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Recently, Vela gave acclaimed performances at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Denki Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall in Nagoya, Finland’s Sibelius Academy, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's En blanco y negro festival, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and a live webcast for Canada's Classical 96.3FM.

Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia VelaMante, and later from Robert Avalon. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky.

 

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