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DEC2018

Bow to String
Winona Zelenka, cello 
Jamie Parker, piano

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8 pm
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Program

J.S. Bach
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No.2.S. - Adagio/ Allegro/ Andante/ Allegro

David Jaeger
Constable’s Clouds

Arvo Pärt
Fratres

Intermission

John Taverner
Chant

György Ligeti
Sonata for Solo Cello - Dialogo/ Capriccio

Thomas Demenga
EFEU

Daniel Bjarnason
Bow To String - Sorrow conquers Happiness/ Blood to Bones/ Air to Breath

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.

Payadora  
Tango and Argentine Folk Music

Sunday December  2, 2018 at 7:30 pm
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Payadora 
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin  
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon 
Robert Horvath, piano 
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Elbio Fernandez, guest vocalist 

Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. 
Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. 

"Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group."
—  From CD review by Tiina Kiik for the Whole Note Magazine  February 2018.

“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!” 
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine

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. www.bryn-roberts.com

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.

Happenstance presents PAPER

Tuesday December 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Admission is FREE

PAPER is an audio-visual performance piece that lives in the space shared between music and the visual arts. Featuring new compositions and improvisations by Nahre Sol and Brad Cherwin, PAPER investigates the interplay between gestures that are heard and those that are seen.

The performance will last approximately 25 minutes.

“It rarely happens that a recital series strikes excellence in programming from the word go, but … clarinetist Brad Cherwin, [and pianist] Nahre Sol … are doing just that. Next time these people throw a recital, run don’t walk.” (Lydia Perovic, Definitely the Opera)

Happenstance is a Toronto-based concert series and ensemble, formed in 2016 and now beginning its third season. The series is the shared effort of Co-Artistic Directors Nahre Sol and Brad Cherwin. Together, they form the core band of Happenstance.

Featuring a rotating cast of guest artists, from organizations such as the Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestras and Contact Contemporary Music, they perform in and produce concerts that attach a visionary narrative to adventurous repertoire, creating a compelling atmosphere in which audiences can both approach and appreciate challenging artistic programming.

With a knack for combining cutting-edge contemporary repertoire with expressive works from the traditional canon, their concerts feature "an obscene amount of talent" (The WholeNote) and have been hailed as “bizarrely eclectic, ... very intriguing and rewarding” (John Gilks, operaramblings).

Nahre is the inaugural recipient of the New Music Fellowship and Brad is a Rebanks Fellow at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music. Happenstance presents its 2018-2019 season with the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council.

Collective Order: Vol 3 CD Release Show

Thursday, December 13, 2018 
Doors at 7:00 PM | Show at 7:30pm
$15 Tickets
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Program

Album Write-up

Volume Three marks another important step in the evolution of Collective Order. After releasing Volume Two, they had created a vision for the future of the project:

“Looking ahead, Collective Order plans to continue to become more inclusive and reflective of the musical and cultural diversity that Toronto has to offer.”

In Volume Three, the band has created a collection of compositions inspired by their cultural heritages and personal experiences. Toronto is comprised of incredibly diverse and culturally rich communities and in this collaborative project, the band aims to eliminate imaginary boundaries and establish new traditions.

In keeping with the collaborative nature of Collective Order, the opening title is a composition written to accompany a traditional land acknowledgement by Indigenous artist Melanie Montour.

Collective Order is a collaborative recording project featuring 21 jazz musicians based in Toronto. Since forming in 2015, the band has released one album of jazz standards and two albums consisting of all-original compositions. Now releasing their third album, the band has undoubtedly developed a distinct aesthetic centred around a shared creative process.

The idea of collaboration is fully explored in the music of Collective Order. Each piece is written by a different member of the band, who then curates the personnel for the recording of their piece. As a result, the sound of their albums  covers a wide array of arrangements and textures. 

Jazz FM host John Devonish has said of Collective Order, “In times when concepts of community are screaming out for serious revisiting along comes a uniquely sensitive album project.” 

For more info visit CollectiveOrderJazz.com | FB event

FEB2019

The Art of the Harpsichord: Corina Marti
JESZCZE MARCINIE
Keyboard music from 16th century Poland

Thursday, February  21, 2019 at 8 pm
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Program
Preludes, fantasias, intabulations and dances from Johannes of Lublin, Johannes Fischer Morungensis and anonymous manuscripts.

Corina Marti’s performances have been praised as ‘strikingly superior and expressive’ (Toccata) and ‘infallible’ (Diapason). After graduating in Baroque music performance on the recorder and harpsichord from the Lucerne Academy of Music, she focused on early flutes and Late Medieval / Early Renaissance repertoire, in which she gained a degree from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle (Switzerland) under the guidance of Pierre Hamon and Kathrin Bopp. In 1999 she won the first price of the Friedl-Wald competition (Switzerland), 2003 the first price of J.Kulsky in Poland.

Corina Marti has extensively performed, recorded and taught Late Medieval and Early Renaissance repertoires throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA, South America and Japan. (Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag, Conservatory Tel Aviv, Musikhochschule Bremen, Prague Conservatory, Early Music Village Japan and others.)

In 2003, she was invited to join the faculty of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a tutor for early flutes and keyboard instruments. Her performances on these instruments and research into their history and construction have contributed to their revival among performers.

She also enjoys later repertoires, appearing as soloist and together with chamber music formations and orchestras such as Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI and La Capella Reial de Cataluña, with Diego Fasolis, Kore, Helsinki Baroque, Capriccio Basel, Arte dei Suonatori performing Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary repertoire.

With ensemble La Morra, of which she is co-director, Corina Marti has recorded several enthusiastically received CDs of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century music (including the complete works of Johannes Ciconia, awarded Diapason d’Or, and Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Her ongoing interest in the earliest instrumental music has resulted in a CD release devoted to German repertoire of the late fifteenth- / early sixteenth-century (Von edler Art, Ramée, 2008, together lutenist with Michal Gondko) and in her first solo CD: I dilettosi fiori, 14th century music for clavisimbalum and recorders. (5 Diapasons) Her discography of post-1500 music includes recordings devoted to Early Baroque instrumental music from Lombardy, music by the Italian-Jewish composer Salomone Rossi (1570-c1630), flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, flute concertos by Francesco Mancini, the suites by Charles Dieupart, Alessandro Scarlatti flute concertos 2015, and together with Vivabianacluna Biffi and Michal Gondko a CD dedicated to Francesco Landini, to be released in 2017. January 2016 her new CD: Quando cala la notte, Italian music of the early 16th century (Enea Sorini: Voice, Corina Marti: Early Renaissance harpsichord) was released by Carpe Diem. 2016 was as well the year the recording “The lion’s Ear” A tribute to Leo X (Ensemble La Morra) was awarded with a Diapason d’Or and the NOAH GREENBERG AWARD. And the newest CD: Petrus Wilhelmi De Grudencz (fifteenth-century music from Central Europe) -5 Diapasons.

MARCH2019

Musicians from Marlboro

Sunday March 3, 2019 at 2 pm
$25/$10 Students  (cash at the door) 

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Don’t miss the chance to hear the passionate and joyous music-making from the place the
New Yorker lauds as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.” As the Washington Post
proclaimed, “Musicians from Marlboro is a guarantee of musical excellence.”

After a successful East Coast tour in 2018, the Ravel Piano Trio returns for performances across the U.S. and Canada. A Haydn piano trio and Kodály’s charming Serenade round out the program alongside the world premiere of a duet by Ken Ueno for Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian and Avery Fisher Grant recipient Tessa Lark. Former Cherubini Quartet member Christoph Richter, Ying Quartet violinist Robin Scott, and 2018 Montreal Competition winner Zoltán Fejérvári
complete this singular ensemble.

Robin Scott, violin; Tessa Lark, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Christoph Richter, cello; Zoltán Fejérvári, piano

Program:
Haydn: Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Kodály: Serenade, Op. 12
K. Ueno: Duo (Marlboro commission/premiere)
Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor

 

More 2018 Performances coming soon. Email info@gallery345.com for booking info.
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