Friday May 24, 2013 at 8pm
$25; $20; $15 students
Mario Diaz de Leon: Moonblood
J.S. Bach: Contrapunctus XIX (arr. Patrick Higgins, 2013)
Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Dig, Absolutely
Victor Lowrie: new work
Alex Mincek: String Quartet N.3
Olivia De Prato and Joshua Mondey, violins, Victor Lowrie, viola, Mariel Robersts, cello
The Mivos Quartet, an "accomplished, admirably broad-minded young string quartet" (New York Times), is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet's inception in 2008, they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding cadre of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition. Commissioning and premiering new music for string quartet is essential to the quartet's mission; Mivos has performed works by emerging and established composers including Anna Clyne, Wolfgang Rihm, Alex Mincek, Samson Young, Luke DuBois, Philip Glass, Huang Ruo, Felipe Lara, Sam Pluta, Tristan Perich and Kirsten Broberg. They have appeared at venues including The Stone, Issue Project Room, Monkeytown, Roulette and the Brecht forum, and have appeared on concert series including Concerti Aperitivo (Udine, Italy), HellHOT! New Music Festival (Hong Kong), and Edgefest (Ann Arbor, MI). Mivos was one of five groups selected for the Young Ensembles Fellowship at the 2012 Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, and was invited to work with the Arditti Quartet and Helmut Lachenmann at the 2012 Aldeburgh Festival (UK).
In addition to their international performing activities, Mivos is active in education, and has conducted workshops at CUNY Graduate Center, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory (Singapore), and at the Hong Kong Arts Center.
Beyond expanding the string quartet repertoire, Mivos is committed to working with guest artists and exploring multi-media projects involving live video and electronics. Improvisation is also an integral part of their performances and has led to collaborations with artists such as Ned Rothenberg, Chris Speed and Nate Wooley. Mivos performance of Ned Rothenbergs Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, played with spontaneity and dexterity (The Strad Magazine), was recently released on John Zorns Tzadik label.
Our website is: www.mivosquartet.com
Youtube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/mivosquartet
The Arraymusic Young
Saturday May 25th 2013, 3pm
416 532 3019
As the Summer begins we celebrate with world premieres of works written by four emerging composers.
Array’s 2012|13 Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCW) will be held during the month of May in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with a final public concert presented at Gallery 345 in Toronto on Saturday, May 25, 2013.
The workshop is designed to give composers the opportunity to hear their work in progress, making
changes and amendments in consultation with the performers and the workshop director. The purpose
of the workshop is for the composer to have the opportunity to try things, to experiment and to freely
develop his or her work. There will be weekly seminars where the composers share their previous
works, mentors speak about their work, and where other aspects of composition can be discussed. Rick Sacks will give an intensive percussion workshop.
Sophie Dupuis is currently completing her master’s degree in composition at the University of Toronto and will be undertaking her doctorate at the same institution in September 2013. Dupuis recently took part in the Orford Creation Workshop with Ana Sokolovic . Her piece for wind ensemble was selected as one of the winners for the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble Composition Competition in 2012 and was premièred in March 2013. Recent performances also include a Montréal performance of À la dérive in December 2012 by the duo aTonalHits, and Qui lazarum resuscitasti was performed by cellist Joëlle Mauris at the University of Toronto New Music Festival 2013.
Sandro Manzon is a composer/pianist/improviser currently living in Southern Ontario. His aesthetic emphasizes ideas of re-contextualization. He has a particular interest in alternative methods of music notation and controlled improvisation. Sandro has studied composition with some notable composers such as Allison Cameron (CA), Peter Wiegold (UK), Peter Hatch (CA), James Harley (CA). He has attended composition workshops and lectures by Krzysztof Penderecki (PL) and Graham Flett (UK) in Canada and Pierluigi Billone in Venice, Italy. Sandro is currently the pianist/composer for Gerard Yun’s Dark Horse Ensemble. He is also the founding member and artistic director of the ensemble ‘Edges’ who performs music that uses unconventional methods of notation.
André Mestre is a Brazilian composer and currently a Master's student at the University of Alberta where he studies with Howard Bashaw, Scott Smallwood and Mark Hannesson. André's works have been performed in Brazil, Italy, United States and Canada where his work for acoustic ensemble “Zikr” has been awarded the 1st Prize at the 2013 CUMS/SMUC Competition. Meant to engage on the level of rationality while still committing to a core poetic impulse, his works often incorporate brain-wave technology and scenic components in a copious semiotic affluence.
Janet Sit is currently in the Master of Music program at the University of Victoria under the guidance of Christopher Butterfield, John Celona, and Dániel Biró. Her past teachers include Alexander Rappaport and Norbert Palej, along with critiques and feedback of Chen Yi and Samuel Adler in summer workshops. Janet is interested in exploring the boundaries between music and sound and how this can be translated through the use of instruments and other media in traditional and unconventional ways. Her future projects include combining her background in zoology, with a focus on marine mammal communications, into her compositional processes.
Linda Catlin Smith
Rick Sacks conductor
Stephen Clarke piano
Lydia Munchinsky cello
Adam Scime double bass
Array’s 2012|13 YCW received funding support from the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation and from private donors.
The four participating composers, chosen as part of Array's Call For Applications spend the month working intensively with four Array Ensemble musicians and a workshop leader to create the new works for concert presentation.
The Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
junctQín keyboard collective
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 8pm
$25 (Adult); $20 (Advance; email email@example.com);
$15 (Seniors/ Arts Worker); $12 (Student)
Firsts is a concert of three world premieres by local, emerging composers Alex Eddington, Monica Pearce (Honorable Mention, 2012 Canadian Music Centre's Emerging Composer Award), and Hiroki Tsurumoto; one Canadian premiere of the theatrical Der Eid des Hippokrates by Mauricio Kagel; and a junctQín premiere of Music for Amplified Toy Pianos by John Cage.
Music For Amplified Toy Pianos (1960) by John Cage (1912-1992)
Code Thumbnails 12 (2013)* by Hiroki Tsurumoto (b. 1976)
Der Eid des Hippokrates (1984)^ by Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008)
Grasslands, Badlands and Spirit Sands (2013)* by Alex Eddington (b. 1980)
it plays (because it plays)* by Monica Pearce (b. 1984)
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. Self-proclaimed “keyboard geeks,” the members of junctQín consider the group a vehicle to introduce audiences to contemporary keyboard repertoire. Through collaborations with living composers, innovative programming, interactive performances and outreach programs, junctQín’s goal is to present new music with one of the most accessible instruments – the piano.
In its inaugural year, junctQín was featured at the 2009 spOtlight Festival (produced by Ontario Arts Council, and co-sponsored by North American toy piano manufacturer Schoenhut). The group also gave a well-received recital at the Canadian Opera Company’s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, performed at the Cambridge Galleries as part of March Break outreach activities and gave the Canadian première of Invention in Three Parts, composed by American composer Douglas C. Wadle at Artsweek Peterborough. The latter work was selected to be performed by junctQín at Toronto’s 2010 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an all-night contemporary art festival.
junctQín has a keen interest in multi-arts presentations and fostering partnerships with Canadian artists of all genres. Past collaborations have included projects with the late Canadian artist Kenneth Doren in his digital opera Rule Britannia: A low opera in grand shite style (YYZ Gallery), with Toronto conceptual artist Derek Liddington for his Springsteen-inspired, piano-duel installation Coup de grâce (Clarke and Faria Gallery) and with the Toy Piano Composers Collective (Toronto). In the 2011-2012 season, junctQín was featured in the Colours of Music Festival (Barrie, ON), as part of Culture Days @ the Library (produced by the Toronto Public Library, Neighbourhood Arts Network and Culture Days), University of Toronto’s Hart House Sunday Concerts and Wilfrid Laurier University’s Music at Noon series. Highlights of 2012 include 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 week-long special feature broadcast on Rondo Classic FM (Helsinki, Finland, rebroadcasted in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Hungary).
junctQín wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils. For more information, visit: www.junctqin.com.
Tuesday May 28, 2013 at 8 PM
$10 students/arts worker
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano trio in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Anton Arensky: Piano trio in d minor, Op. 32
Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion; Muerte del Angell; Autumn from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aries
Taking their name from Ontario's official motto, "Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanet" which means "Loyal she began, loyal she remains," Tria Fidelis brings together long-time friends violinist Tori Lindsay, cellist Nadia Klein and pianist Lisa Tahara.
Tori Lindsay has consistently distinguished herself as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In the 2012-13 season she joined the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as Assistant Principal Second Violin. Since 2006 she has been Principal Second Violin in the Victoria Symphony; she has also been invited to act as guest Concertmaster with Symphony Nova Scotia. Tori has had recent engagements as a soloist in the United States and Canada, including an appearance with the Victoria Symphony's "Classics" series. Exhibiting a passion for chamber music, she has collaborated with such artists as the Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and the St. Lawrence String Quartet; she performed in 2008 to critical acclaim with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble in the United States and as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2005 Tori received a Master's degree in performance under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. Born in Grimsby, she began violin at the age of 9 and continued her studies at UofT with David Zafer and Mayumi Seiler.
Recently returning to Ontario, cellist Nadia Klein brings her passion for chamber music to several new musical ventures, including a partnership with saxophonist Chelsea Shanoff, performing as the duo Cellophone. Recently, Nadia was a member of the Herberger String Quartet, the graduate string quartet at Arizona State University, where she was also the teaching assistant for the university cello class. While in Arizona Nadia was also principal cellist of the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra.
Nadia twice received the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award while at the University of Toronto, and was recipient of the Honours Award in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As a founding member of the award-winning Gemini Quartet, Nadia studied regularly with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and performed with them in concert. Originally from Oakville, Nadia began studying cello at the age of six.
Canadian pianist Lisa Tahara has appeared in solo and chamber concerts throughout North America and Europe. She is currently undertaking her Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. Lisa has won top prizes in competitions at both the provincial and national level, including the National Canadian Registered Music Teachers’ Association Competition, the Canadian Concerto Competition, and most recently, the 2012 Shean Piano Competition. Lisa made her orchestral debut with the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra at fifteen. Since then, she has performed with esteemed orchestras across Canada such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. This summer, Lisa will be performing with the Westben Festival Orchestra.
Since 2006, Lisa has participated in numerous summer music festivals in North America and Europe including the Mozarteum Sommerakadie, the Wiener Musikseminar, the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the St. Lawrence Chamber Music Seminar. This past summer, Lisa was a pianist for the collaborative piano internship at the Banff Centre.
Coenraad Bloemendal, cello, Sybil Shanahan, cello, with Mauro Bertoli, piano
Thursday June 6, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 seniors; $10 students
The concert we are going to play is somewhat unusual because it originated in making a recording at Gallery 345. For the last two years Sybil Shanahan and Coenraad Bloemendal have been making an album of duo cello music by the great French romantic composer August Franchomme. He was a close friend of Chopin. All of Chopin's works for cello and piano were dedicated to and some even written with August Franchomme.
Most of the music on this album will be heard for the first time on a recording. We want to thank Edward Epstein for his generosity in lending the Gallery to us for this project.
On the concert program we will play a selection of the beautiful Caprices and Etudes by Franchomme as well as the two most famous sonata's from the repertoire for cello and piano: Beethoven's Sonata in A Major op.69 and the Brahms Sonata in E minor op.38. We are very pleased to welcome the wonderful pianist Mauro Bertoli who will play the sonata's with us.
Coenraad Bloemendal, Cellist
Coenraad Bloemendal was born in Amsterdam and did his training at the Amsterdam
Conservatory with Carel van Leeuwen Boomkamp. He did his postgraduate work with the
legendary cellist Janos Starker at Indiana University in the US. After moving to Canada in
1971, Coenraad Bloemendal joined the Camerata Canada chamber ensemble and quickly
established himself as one of the country’s most outstanding cellists.
As a soloist he has played the Dvorak, Schumann, Haydn and Beethoven Triple concerti, and
in May 2006 he premiered a long forgotten romantic virtuoso concerto by David
Popper.With pianist Valerie Tryon, his duo partner of 25 years, Bloemendal has performed
most of the repertoire for cello and piano both in concert and for CBC radio. He has played
with Glenn Gould on CBC Television’s "Music in our Time" which led to participation in other
recording projects with the great pianist.
Coenraad Bloemendal has played with many chamber groups including Camerata Canada
the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, The Toronto Chamber Players and The Rembrandt Trio. He
has played at numerous festivals such as the Stratford Festival, the Guelph Spring Festival,
The Collingwood Festival the Orford and the Shaw Festivals. He also toured North and South
America, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Coenraad Bloemendal has recorded extensively on different labels such as Sony, Dorian,
Crystal, CBC and Marquis Classics. His latest album Reflections with Erica Goodman can be
heard frequently on Classical 96.3.
Sybil Shanahan, cello
Compelling young Canadian Sybil Shanahan has been described as “a rare cellist who so obviously loves both the instrument and the music. We have only to sit back and enjoy the experience of her playing.” (Stephan Rieckhoff, OSR) Much sought after as a chamber musician, Sybil has performed in festivals around the world, including much of Canada, Europe and South Africa. Equally at home with Bach’s Fugue to the tango of Argentina, Sybil is the newest member of Ensemble Vivant, “Canada's chamber music treasure.” (The Toronto Star) She will be featured in the group's next CD releases on the Opening Day label. Sybil will also shortly be releasing her debut CD of several previously unrecorded French Romantic cello duos with Coenraad Bloemendal. Strongly interested in the music of our time, she has collaborated with notable composers Betsy Jolas, Jonathon Harvey and David Philip Hefti, and, performed in Amsterdam's famous Gaudeamus Festival and the ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia.
Committed to the importance of fostering a continued love of classical music, Sybil is an avid teacher and maintains a cello class in Toronto. She is the principal cellist of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra, where she was featured soloist performing Tchaikovsky's “Rococo Variations” in 2012. She participated in the first ever staged opera in Nassau, Bahamas in 2011, and while there, performed at a special fundraising event for the El Sistema program for music education. In Canada, Sybil performs concerts, and gives lessons and masterclasses to at risk youth through both the Euterpe Foundation and Axis Music. She also enjoys both composing and arranging music for cello students and professional ensembles, and her work has been featured on several recordings for songwriters, bands and film scores.
Sybil holds a Master’s Degree from the concert class of cello soloist Patrick Demenga in Lausanne, Switzerland. She received her undergraduate degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where she also studied the Viola da Gamba parallel to her work with Gregor Horsch, principal cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. As a student, she was the principal cellist of the European Youth Chamber Orchestra in Austria, and joined the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra (Holland) as part of their prestigious orchestral internship programs. Sybil was a national finalist in Holland's Yamaha International Music Scholarship, and a prizewinner in the Rovere d'Oro chamber music competition in San Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy, with Duo AfriCan, a piano/cello duo formed in 2004 with pianist Mareli Stolp.
Sybil's formative years of training began in Toronto where she was a member of the Young Artists Performance Academy of the Glenn Gould School. Her debut concerto performance occurred at the age of nineteen when she performed the Lalo Concerto. This was quickly followed by participation in the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts chamber music program, and her winning of several awards, among which were the Elora Festival Young Performer's Competition, the Gooderham Music Scholarship and the Bill Weatherspoon “Most Outstanding Performance.”
Mauro Bertoli, piano
Mauro Bertoli, pianist, born in Brescia, Italy, and resident in Ottawa, Canada, has established himself on the international stage and has been praised by the press for his formidable technique and exceptional sensitivity. He has performed for important Festivals and in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America, Israel, Brazil and China.
Mauro’s recordings have been broadcast on CBC Radio, Rádio Câmara Brazil, Brasilia Super Rádio, Radio ClassicaBresciana, Radio Classica Milano, among others.
Besides focusing on his solo career, Mauro is an active chamber musician.
He won the “Giuseppe Sinopoli Award”, a prestigious Italian prize awarded personally by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic.
He is currently Associate Piano Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON.
TRIO LAURIER: STORYTELLING MUSIC
Friday June 7, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Worker; $10 Student
"Entracte" from Carmen by George Bizet (1838-1875) arr. by Ervin Monroe
Fantaisie on Theme from Der Freischutz by Paul Taffanel (1844-1908)
Chaos, Order and Dissolve by Christopher Thornborrow (b.1983)
Hypnosis by Ian Clarke (b.1964)
Fantaisie Brillante sur Carmen by Francois Borne, (1840-1920) arr. by Jim Walker
The Disgruntled Pied Piper by Peter Crouch (b.1986)
HIstoire de Babar by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) arr. by Diana Lam
Flower Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes (1836-1891) - arr. by Jeanne Baxtresser
Montreal-based flutist Jeffrey Stonehouse is a prize-winner from several
national competitions including the TD-Canada Trust Young Artist
Competition, Ken-Murray Concerto Competition and the Saskatchewan Music
Festival. Jeff is co-artistic director of Productions Berrisque, a
Montreal-based company dedicated to alternative chamber music performance.
Alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, l’Orchestre Réseau du
Conservatoire du Québec and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie, as a
freelancer Jeff has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Laval
Symphony Orchestra, Sherbrooke Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia de Lanaudière
and l’ECM+. Jeff received the Prix with high distinction from the
Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in flute and chamber music (2009) and
an MMus (McGill University, 2011). Jeff studied with Denis Bluteau,
Marie-Andrée Benny and Amy Hamilton. He has appeared as concerto soloist
with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, K-W Chamber Orchestra and
the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal String Orchestra. An active
chamber musician, Jeff performs with the harp trio Isosceles, the Burgundy
Winds and l’Ensemble Paramirabo.
A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program as a student
of Anya Alexeyev, Matty Walton recently completed his Master's degree
in Performance at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Andrew
Tunis. Highlights of his studies have included performing Prokofiev’s
First Piano Concerto with the WLU symphony orchestra, as well as
representing Ontario at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals national
finals in Moncton, New Brunswick, in 2007. Active as a collaborative
pianist, Matty is currently completing an MA in Musicology at the
University of Ottawa. His areas of interest include modern music,
transcriptions, Canadian music, and the works of Franz Liszt and Frederic
Diana Lam received her Bachelor of Music in Performance with Distinction
from Wilfrid Laurier University as well as a Master of Music in Performance
from the University of Ottawa. Diana further pursued her studies as an
artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre for the Arts. She has studied with
renown teachers such as Robert Cram, Joanna G'Froerer, Carolyn
Christie, Camille Churchfield, and Dr. Amy Hamilton. Diana has performed
internationally, and has been an archival recording artist for the Canadian
Music Centre. She can currently be heard on the disc "8 pieces for 8", a
compilation of Canadian flute octet repertoire that was released through
the centre in January 2008. She has performed as a soloist with the Wilfrid
Laurier University Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and
has also collaborated with numerous orchestras in Canada including the
National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Orchestra de la Francophonie
Canadienne, Symphony Hamilton, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Diana
was principal flute of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra from 2008-2011, and is
involved in multiple chamber music collaborations. Diana is the owner and
flute technician at Ottawa Flute Repair and is currently Flute Faculty at
Carleton University and The National Capital Suzuki School of Music.
The Art of the Piano: Cristiana Pegoraro
Monday June 10, 2013 at 8pm
$25; $10 Students
C. Pegoraro Sailing Away
W. A. Mozart Variations on “Salve tu Domine” by G. Paisiello
G. Rossini Ouverture from “Il barbiere di Siviglia”
L. van Beethoven Sonata quasi una fantasia Op.27 N.2 “Moonlight”
C. Pegoraro Colors of Love
A. Piazzolla/C. Pegoraro Tanghi:
Milonga del angel
C. Pegoraro The Wind and the Sea
G. Rossini/F. Liszt La Carita’
G. Rossini/F Liszt La Danza – Tarantella napoletana
Program subject to change
At the age of 16, with the highest grades and honors, Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro graduated from the Conservatory of Terni, her birth city. She continued her studies with Jörg Demus in Vienna and Hans Leygraf at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Subsequently, she has continued to perfect her art with Nina Svetlanova at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
Her skills display great technical and interpretive abilities and she has won various international competitions. In 1989, she won the Best of the Year for Classical Music Award in Prague "for her natural talent, great personality, mastery of phrasing and expressive maturity." The New York Times defines her as "an artist of the highest caliber" following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
Cristiana has performed consistently since childhood as a soloist and with orchestras for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, the Guggenheim Museum (New York); the Sydney Opera House; Grosses Saal, Festspielhaus (Salzburg); Musikverein, Palais Metternich, Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna); Royal College of Music (London); Auditorium Parco della Musica - Santa Cecilia Hall, Sinopoli Hall, Petrassi Hall, Casa del Jazz (Rome); Serate Musicali (Milan); Centro Cultural de Belem (Lisbon); Theatro Municipal (São Paulo); Theatro Municipal (Rio de Janeiro), the Opera House (Manaus), Budapest Spring Festival, Umbria Jazz Winter, Sorrento Jazz Festival, S. Petersburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr – Germany, Shabyt Festival Astana – Kazakstan, 2005 Aichi World Expo – Japan and 2008 Saragoza World Expo - Spain).
Her tours in the Gulf Countries made her the first Italian female pianist to perform classical concerts in Bahrain, Yemen and Oman. She is also the first female Italian pianist to perform all 32 Sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven.
In 2005, she played for the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations and the Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.
In 2008, she was the only European representative at the Spring Festival at the United Nations in New York, and performed in the hall of the General Assembly. That same year, she debuted at the Musikverein in Vienna and at the 16th edition of Umbria Jazz with two sold out concerts. In 2009, she played in Moscow in the presence of the Italian Minister of Economic Development. In 2010, in Rome, she performed for the President of the Austrian Senate.
Her TV and radio broadcasts include RAI, Mediaset, Radio Vaticana, Discoteca di Stato, BBC (Scotland), ARD (Germany), RTP (Portugal), WQXR New York (USA), Nine Network (Australia) and CBC (Japan). She has been a guest on the Italian TV shows: “Porta a Porta” with Bruno Vespa (RAI 1), “Sottovoce” with Gigi Marzullo (RAI 1), “Vivere Meglio” with Fabrizio Trecca (Rete 4).
Her vast discography counts 22 CDs recorded for Decision Products, Nuova Era, Dynamic and Diva. It includes three albums with her original compositions (“A Musical Journey”, “Ithaka”, and “La mia Umbria”), numerous recordings of classical composers, new interpretations of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos, which Pegoraro arranged for solo piano, and performances of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Cristiana Pegoraro adds to her concert activity that of composer. Her compositions have been used for films and documentaries including the soundtrack to the video “For whom the sirens toll” produced by the UN Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict and presented at the UN on September 11, 2004 in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack.
Cristiana regularly presents master classes at universities and colleges in the United States - New York (The Juilliard School), Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, as well as in Italy, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman.
She is the author of a book of poems called “Ithaka” and a series of children’s books based on Italian operas.
She supports various international organizations such as UNICEF, Amnesty International, World Food Programme and Emergency in their humanitarian efforts.
In 2005 at her 10th concert at Lincoln Center, she received the “World Peace Award” from the Circolo Culturale Italiano of the UN for her effort in advancing peace in the world.
In 2007, along with other important artists including Maestro Claudio Abbado, she received the Sebetia Ter – President of Italy Award for her activity as a performer and composer.
In 2010, she was anointed as “2010 ILICA woman of the year” by the Italian Language Intercultural Alliance in New York.
In 2011, she was honored with the “Rotary Umbria” prize for her professionalism, social commitment and her constant promotion of Umbria throughout the world. She also received the “Messenger of the Territory” award from the Chamber of Commerce of Terni, and the “Melvin Jones Fellow” award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
She is an Ambassador of “The Right to Music” (a program under the tutelage of the Commission of Culture of Rome and the Commission for Youth Policies whose goal is to promote musical culture in all its aspects), and a testimonial of the Umbrian tourist campaign throughout the world.
Since 2011, she is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy (www.narniaartsacademy.com) and Narnia Festival (www.narniafestival.it).
On April 15, 2013, she received from the hands of the Mayor of Rome the prestigious “Premio Simpatia”, awarded to performing artists, authors, ambassadors and sports figures who exemplify a commitment to Italy, and conceived in recognition "of individuals who enrich and exalt the essential values of life through their work”. Past recipients include Directors Federico Fellini and Franco Zeffirelli, Actor Sofia Loren and Nobel Laureate Dario Fo.
Dave Restivo, piano and Reg Schwager, guitar
Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 8 pm
Dave Restivo is one of Canada's most respected and influential jazz artists. He is a 3-time winner of the National Jazz Awards' Pianist of the Year Award, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Who's Who. He is well known for his work with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and Tentet, the Mike Murley Quintet, and legendary songwriter Marc Jordan. He has also performed and recorded with Dave Holland, Jon Hendricks, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Pat LaBarbera, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, George Garzone, Howard Johnson, Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen, Kevin Mahogany, Randy Bachman (BTO/Guess Who), David Clayton Thomas, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Joe LaBarbera, Mark Whitfield, Marcus Belgrave, Joey Baron, Curtis Fuller, Stacy Rowles, Jane Bunnett, Jeff Healy, Phil Dwyer, Tim Hagans, Steve Kirby, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Acuna, Gene Bertoncini, Phillip Harper, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, P.J. Perry, Trudy Desmond, Joe Lovano, Judi Silvano, Dave Pietro, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Donny McCaslin, Metalwood, Charles McPherson, Dave Young, Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Memo Acevedo, Dave Valentin, Luis Conte, and many others. Dave has served on the music faculty at the Banff Centre for the Arts and St. Francis Xavier University, and currently teaches at Humber College and the University of Toronto. "...quite simply one of the most exceptional jazz pianists of his generation that Canada has produced..." -Roger Levesque,
Reg Schwager is a four-time winner of Canada's National Jazz Award for Guitarist of the Year. From 1994-2004, Schwager toured and recorded with master jazz pianist George Shearing, and he has also worked with Diana Krall, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell, Emilie-Claire Barlow and many others. He appears on over 100 commercially released recordings including, under his own name, “Arctic Passage", “Border Town", “Chromology" and "Duets". He appears as a co-leader with Don Thompson on the duo CDs “Live at Mezzetta" and “One Take, Volume Three."
Guitarist Reg Schwager has worked with some of the most famous performers in jazz, including Diana Krall, George Shearing and Peter Appleyard. In addition to being a distinguished sideman, though, he’s also genuinely adventurous. Schwager has just released two contrasting CDs that testify to the range and quality of his work.
His duet with pianist David Restivo, Arctic Passage (Rant 1346), presents two musicians gifted in the myriad permutations of melody and harmony, etching work of glittering lyricism. Most of the compositions are Schwager’s own, themes worthy of further exploration, but there are also distinctive accounts of Poor Butterfly and Alexander’s Ragtime Band, each enlivened by thoughtful chordal extensions that are bound to surprise. The dialogue is inevitably reminiscent of the perfect duos recorded by Bill Evans and Jim Hall in the 1960s.
The Art of the Piano:
Alejandro Vela plays Prokofiev and Granados
Friday June 14, 2013 at 8 PM
$25; $20 Seniors and Art Workers; $10 Students
S. Prokofiev: Three Pieces from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 75
S. Prokofiev: Eighth Sonata, Op. 84
E. Granados: El amor y la muerte
E. Granados: Los requiebros
E. Granados: Quéjas ó La maja y el ruiseñor
E. Granados: El Pelele
"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 worldwide. Recent solo recitals have brought him to the capital cities of Rome, Paris, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki, Kiev, Tokyo and Taipei.
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 Sibelius Academy in Finland, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include national broadcasts and radio appearances in over 20 countries.
Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia Vela Mante, and later from Robert Avalon. Upon the advice of Maestro Eschenbach, Alejandro studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School where he holds both a Bachelor and a Master’s degree. More information on Alejandro Vela at www.alejandrovela.com.
Prezi Piano Concert: Frank Horvat
Saturday June 15, 2013 at 8 pm
$15 Adults; $10 Arts Workers/Seniors; Free: Students 18 & under
For Tickets: www.frankhorvat.com
Storytelling through modern piano music & visual imagery. Aggressive yet introspective, Frank Horvat delivers an unyielding piano performance of his original compositions demonstrating an unpredictable meld of musical styles. These instrumental pieces without words tell deeply personal stories thru on-screen projections created with Prezi presentationsoftware. Don't miss this last night of prezi-piano music by Frank Horvat, John Adams & Ann Southam.
"Bordering on the improvisations of Keith Jarrett... this is a truly eclectic mix showcasing Horvat's wealth of technique and energy...I'm left shaking my head in wonder." - David Olds, WholeNote Magazine
"It's arpeggio-filled pop-classical-style music somewhat reminiscent of Philip Glass's solo piano work." - Adrian Chamberlaine, Victoria Times Colonist
Born in Ottawa, Canada in 1974, Frank Horvat is an award-winning and critically acclaimed composer and pianist. From performing in classical recitals to playing in rock bands, Frank maintains an active schedule of performances of his own compositions and the works of others in Canada and abroad. His portfolio of compositions consists of chamber, electronic, music theatre, film, and large ensemble works. His music has been featured on TV networks like the CBC & Bravo and a variety of radio stations internationally. Released in June ’07, his debut recording, “I’ll Be Good”, features thirteen original compositions for solo piano performed by Frank himself. This was followed by a 28-stop concert tour including performances at NuitBlanche (Toronto) and The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton). Frank's followup CD, "A Little Dark Music", released on Earth Hour 2010 is inspired by environmental themes. A portion of the sale of this CD is being donated to WWF. From March 2010 to April 2011, Frank presented "The Green Keys Tour", a 60+ city concert tour across Canada and the US that showcased eco-friendly behaviour. A graduate of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Frank is also very active within the field of music education. Residing in Toronto with his wife, Frank is passionate about social issues related to poverty and the environment.
Monique de Margerie, piano
Etsuko Kimura, violin
MONDAY June 17, 2013 at 7 pm
$20; $15; $10
Schubert sonata in A major Opus posth. 162
Beethoven sonata op.30 #3 in G major
Tempo di Minuetto
Fauré sonata op. 13 in A major
Allegro quasi presto
Etsuko Kimura is currently Assistant Concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. One of the exciting performers of her generation, she catapulted to the international stage as a prizewinner of the 24th Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition. Born and raised in Japan, she studied violin performance with Tomotada Soh at the Osaka College of Music, and later with Lorand Fenyves in Canada. Etsuko has been a featured soloist with orchestras internationally, and has lead a number of premier ensembles in the past including the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra in Japan, and Sinfonia Toronto. Her performances can be heard frequently on the radio. Etsuko currently teaches at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.
Monique de Margerie 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 accompanies the High Park Children’s Choir under its award-winning director, Zimfira Poloz. Much sought-after as a teacher, she travelled across Canada in 2012 as a judge for the Canadian Music Competition.
From 2003 to 2011, she was on the faculty of Laval University in Quebec City, as both teacher and accompanist. 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 recent performances include collaborations with marimbist Anne-Julie Caron, bassoonist Fraser Jackson, clarinettist Jean-François Normand, and members of the string quartet Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc; in 2009 she toured India with German saxophonist Claudia Schätzle. Mme de Margerie is also a member of the tango group Canciones del Sol.
Before returning to Canada in 2003, Mme 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 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, and has one solo recording on the Koch label.
Originally from Sherbrooke, Québec, Monique de Margerie holds a Meisterklassendiplom from Munich’s Staatliche Hochschule für Musik where she graduated with high distinction as a student of Giti 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.
JORY NASH IN CONCERT
Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 8 pm
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his newest CD Little Pilgrim. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash has also received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Best Producer for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award.
Jory is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot.
Jory plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. He tours regularly across Canada playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theatres. Jory Nash has a hat collection that numbers in the hundreds and he is also a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Solo Improvisations for Bass Clarinet
Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet
Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8PM
$15; $10 Seniors and Arts Workers; $5 Student
Two sets of improvised music.
This performance will be focusing predominantly on completely original solo material, but will also include work with electronics and some very special guests.
Kathryn Ladano is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinettists. She is a specialist of contemporary music and free improvisation and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and abroad. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canada’s most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. Her performance instructors have included Stan Climie, Tilly Kooyman and world renowned bass clarinetist and improviser, Lori Freedman. In 2004, Kathryn was a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant which allowed her to study with Lori Freedman in Montréal. Kathryn has participated in workshops and masterclass from world renowned musicians such as bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay and improviser and percussionist, Eddie Prevost. Kathryn has also studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer.
Kathryn regularly works with young composers and improvisers. She is currently the co- Director of ICE (Improvisation Concerts Ensemble) at Wilfrid Laurier University, the bass clarinet instructor at the University of Waterloo, the Artistic Director of the improvisational concert series, MIX, and the Associate Director of the East-West Music Series based at Conrad Grebel University College. As an enthusiast of improvisation in the classroom and bass clarinet repertoire, she has guest lectured in university classes and conducted workshops across Canada for both teachers and students.
In 2004 Kathryn founded Canada’s first bass clarinet duo, Bass Impact with fellow bass clarinettist, Tilly Kooyman. Bass Impact had the honour of representing Canada and performing a recital of Canadian compositions at the 2005 World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 2006 she co-founded the Kitchener- Waterloo Improvisers Collective (KWIC). KWIC’s mandate was to promote improvising musicians, and the improvised music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. KWIC created a concert series of improvised music and brought in several world renowned musicians to host workshops.
Currently, Kathryn performs as a soloist and in a number of ensembles that specialize in new music and free improvisation such as Digital Prowess, Edges, and Stealth; her duo with famed percussionist Richard Burrows. She was a 2008 KW Arts Awards nominee in the music category and a 2010 nominee for KW Oktoberfest Woman of the Year in the “arts and culture” category.
Kathryn’s debut CD “Open” was released in September, 2010 and was made possible by a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her music has been featured on CBC radio 2, CISM in Montréal, CJSW in Calgary, CKMS in Waterloo, and on TienCC in The Netherlands. In the fall of 2011, Kathryn completed a Fall Creative Residency at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts and she is currently pursuing her PhD at York University under the direction of Casey Sokol.
Kathryn Ladano, MMus, PhD candidate - York University
ARLENE PACULAN: CD RELEASE PARTY
Featuring Kat Leonard & The MP3
Friday June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION. Seating is first come first served
Randolph Academy graduate, Arlene Paculan, has been performing across the GTA, Montreal, Ottawa, Anaheim CA, for over 3 years. Selected past performances include: TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2012), PRIDE Toronto (2012), opening for Juno Nominee Jazz Sensation, Jill Barber, for a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012). She will be performing at the Company House in Halifax, along with her opener, Kat Leonard, this coming July. Arlene has also been invited to play the Beaches International Jazz Street Festival this year. Creator of a new fast-growing event, "WonderFest", Arlene's goal is to spread empowerment through art with the festival. The next event will take place at the Celebration Square Amphitheatre in Mississauga on August 14th. You can also catch her on Rogers TV as co-host for the new hip series " insauga.com podcast".
What people are saying about her:
“Love the groove, love the singing. There’s an effortlessness [in your singing]. You have a natural song personality.” When speaking about the single, I’m Worth It: “I have to say I think the sentiment of ‘I’m Worth It’ is really a wonderful sentiment. I had never heard it quite like that before and I think that’s really important...such a beautiful, beautiful line, ‘I’m Worth It’ ”
-Dan Hill – internationally renowned Canadian Singer-Songwriter
“You have a beautiful voice, really, really nice singing voice.”- Grant Lawrence of cbcradio3.com
“Your music and voice are both haunting and passionate, I truly enjoyed listening. Keep up the great work!”
-Rob Rapiti from www.BLREntertainment.com
Kat Leonard – singing songwriting comedian
Kat Leonard has been performing in and around Toronto for the past 10 years. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory, she has written and performed standup and sketch comedy as well as improv. She has also written and produced numerous short films and music videos.
In 2006 Kat felt magic by melding her four passions together: live performance, video production, music and comedy. She began creating multimedia cabaret shows that follow a theme or storyline.
Kat & The Mp3’s debut CD, A Depper Kind Of Love, was released June 9, 2011. The accompanying live stage show premiered at The Toronto Fringe Festival 2011 and was remounted at the Love & Obsession Festival November 2011. A Depper Kind of Love, inspired by loving Johnny Depp, is a musical comedy extravaganza exploring the hilarity of heartbreak.
The Art of the Violin:
Stanislav Pronin – Violin for One
Saturday June 22, 2013 at 8 pm
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII
J.S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita for Violin solo no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Bryan Christian: Alone for Solo Violin (Canadian Premier)
Alfred Schnittke: A Paganini
Nicolo Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Pasiello’s “Nel cor piu non mi sento,” Op. 38
“[Stass] is an exceptional violinist with genuine musical sensitivity and an astonishingly formidable technique. His natural intelligence and innate musicality make his performances very compelling.”
-- Andre Watts
“[Stass] is a phenomenally gifted violinist with quite a remarkable technique – playing the violin is easy for him. What I admire most about him is his curiosity for all things musical, his ardent interest in contemporary music and his very personal way of making music.”
-- Jaime Laredo
Despite his young age, Stanislav Pronin has already established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. Born in Moscow, Mr. Pronin can trace his musical lineage to the great school of Odessa trained violinists. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, who was a professor of violin at the Odessa Conservatory and a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Pyotr Stoliarsky, teacher of David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. Among his grandfather’s close friends and colleagues were violinists David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan, pianist Emil Gilels and the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Mr. Pronin continued his studies with Nelli Shkolnikova and later Jaime Laredo, and received additional artistic tutelage from Boris Kuschnir, Pinchas Zukerman, Joel Smirnoff, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Pavel Vernikov and many others.
Ever since his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10, Mr. Pronin has been maintaining a busy performance schedule. His performances range from solos with orchestras to solo and chamber recitals worldwide. He has performed in many music festivals and concert venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Miller Theatre in New York City; Dekelboum Hall in Washington, D.C.; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada; the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada; and the Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia. He has frequently performed on television and radio in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel, including live broadcasts of the Interlochen Public Radio Station and the WFMT Chicago Classical Radio station.
He has performed under the baton of many eminent conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Herbert Blomstedt, Ronald Zollman, John Adams and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Pronin is also an avid chamber musician, and frequently engages in chamber music with internationally-renowned musicians such as Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Barry Shiffman, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Anton Nel, Julian Milkis, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin has been frequently acknowledged for his individualistic and imaginative approach to musical interpretation, as well as outstanding flexibility in terms of programming and a large repertoire ranging from early-Baroque through the 21st century.
Recently, Mr. Pronin has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Verbier Festival (including the Swiss Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Part.ti.ta for solo violin) in Switzerland, the Kronberg Festival in Germany and in solo recitals at the Stankovic Music Hall as well as several special guest appearances on national television in Belgrade, Serbia.
Upcoming engagements include the Beethoven Concerto with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City; Solo recitals at the Dennos Museum in Michigan and the Barge Music Series in NY; Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Chamber music performances with Jan Lisiecki and others at the Stratford Music Festival; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra with Uri Mayer at the baton; Mendelsohn Concerto op. 64 with Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra; and a Denmark tour with Joshua Weilerstein and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Pronin is the recipient of multiple awards from the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Voirin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.