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Jan Jarczyk Memorial Concert

Sunday November 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

A celebration of the life and music of Jan Jarczyk.

Featuring Pat Labarbera, Kirk MacDonald, Steve Amirault, Mike Downes, Kieran Overs, Nancy Walker, Brian O’Kane, Gordon Foote, Jules Estrin, Bill Prouten, Brian Dickinson and more. Hosted by Denny Christianson

Thin Edge New Music presents: Cuatro Esquinas

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 @ 8 PM
At the Door: $20 regular, $15 senior/student/ arts worker
Online in Advance through Be-Mused: $18 regular, $13 senior/student/ arts worker

Cuatro Esquinas (Four Corners) is a collaborative concert project and cultural exchange featuring members of Thin Edge and visiting special guest artist, Argentinian pianist Laura Ventemiglia.


  • John Cage (1912-1992) – Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (1945) - prepared piano
  • Adam Scime (b. 1982)– Homage a Fausto Romitelli (2014) - piano, violin, percussion, saxophone
  • María Cecilia Villanueva (b. 1964)– Cuatro Esquinas (2006) - piano 4 hands
  • Mark Molnar – New Work (2014)* -piano 4 hands, violin, sax, percussion


  • Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)- Natural Durations - no. 10 (2005/2006) - solo piano
  • Linda Catlin-Smith (b. 1957) – Qui moi tremblais (1999) - violin, percussion, piano
  • Gerardo Gandini (1936-2013) - Viernes santo y lluvioso (2002) [tango] - solo piano
  • Marcelo F. Lazcano (b. 1977) – Vis Viva (2014)*- piano and violin
  • Marcos Franciosi (b. 1973) – New Work (2014)*- piano 4 hands, violin, saxophone, percussion

*world premiere

Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. Founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, TENMC has grown to include 13 of Canada’s brightest emerging performers and is dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and eclectic 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped.

Since its inception, TENMC has been responsible for commissioning and premiering numerous compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad including 12 more over the course of their 2014/2015 season. In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in two artistic residencies at the Banff Centre and performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Open Space Art Society in Victoria, Music Gallery’s Emergents Series and most recently as part of the NUMUS Emerging Artist Series in Waterloo. Keys, Wind and Strings, a touring concert project of TENMC, was featured as ensemble in residence at the soundSCAPE festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy in July 2013, and participated in a residency/concert project in July 2014 at Le Pantographe in Moutier, Switzerland.

Laura Ventemiglia (Argentina) is a pianist specializing in contemporary music. She began her musical studies at the age of eight and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires. From 2002 to 2007 she studied classical repertoire with Aldo Antognazzi and subsequently studied contemporary piano repertoire with Haydée Schwartz from 2007 to 2011. Her passion for contemporary music led her to perform as a soloist and with chamber groups at important concert halls in Argentina. She obtained a postgraduate diploma in XX Century Music at the Conservatory “Manuel de Falla” in Buenos Aires, she is currently working on her graduation thesis: “The piano music of Karlheinz Stockhausen”. In 2011 and 2012 she participated in the “Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice” in the New England Conservatory of Boston (USA), where she had lessons with Steffen Schleiermacher, Stephen Drury and Corey Hamm. In 2013 Laura attended the Stockhausen courses in Kürten (Germany), where she worked intensely on the piano repertoire of Karlheinz Stockhausen with Frank Gutschmidt. In the same year, she participated in the Composition and Performance Exchange Festival of Contemporary Music “Soundscape” at Maccagno, Italy. From 2009 to the present she has taught at the Argentine University of the Arts as an assistant to Professor Haydée Schvartz in Contemporary Music Interpretation.

Cuatro Esquinas is presented with generous support from the Ontario Arts Council.

The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth

from Pathetique to Hammerklavier - Ludwig! What have you done?

Friday November 7, 2014 at 8:00PM
$25/$10 students(cash only)


Ludwig von Beethoven

  • Opus 13: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor ("Pathétique") (1798)
  • Opus 49: Piano Sonata No. 19 in G minor (1805)
  • Opus 78: Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp major ("A Thérèse") (1809)
  • Opus 106:Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major ("Hammerklavier") (1819)


Gaining increasing popularity with French, German, Italian and English-speaking audiences for his entertaining and informative Concert-Lecture Series “What is so great about Classical Music?”, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies at the appropriate time. He has finished several performance diplomas including a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has taught piano since 2007. He has recently become a Faculty member at the Frankfurt Conservatory, and has also been a Professor at Laval University.

As the 3rd ranked Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc. Prizes in other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition, the Rome Chopin Competition, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and the Chopin Society International Competition in Germany etc.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Mr.Toth holds several degrees from the Hannover Hochschule where he studied with Einar Steen-Nokleberg and Gerritt Zitterbart. He also graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of the brilliant Marietta Orlov(classmate of Dinu Lipatti), and holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Kaemmerling, Devoyon, Nakamura, Satz, Krpan, Vardi, Rohmann, Nicolet, Norris, Browning, Bilson, Zhou, Salzmann, etc. and was selected to attend the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Masterclass in Positano with John O’Conor.

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Canada, Italy, China and Russia. He has performed in recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and South America, and has been invited for his first Tour of China in 2013.

After the successes of the “Goldberg-das Ballett” project, “Fluechtige Visionen” to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach “Preludes&Fugues” Project in Linz, all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Joerg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the “4Beethoven 4” project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra, and the “A Propos Bach” Project which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009. Mr.Toth was a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, and more recently the Coppa Pianistico national and international Competitions in Italy 2012. In 2002 he made his debut as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America and has given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Bogota, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, France, Germany, Canada and Asia.

Mr. Toth has also recently begun his Complete Beethoven Cycle in Germany and Canada. He has also recorded Beethoven’s Op.2 Sonatas and a classical variations CD(Haydn,Mozart, Beethoven)on the fortepiano for the Klassik Label as well as a Violin & Piano collaboration with Christoph Seybold on the TUNAP label.

Mike Downes/Ted Quinlan
Bass/Guitar: Mastery

Saturday November 8, 2014 at 8 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Ted Quinlan and Mike Downes have been developing a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements of standards over the past 5 years. This is a chance to hear two of Canada’s top musicians perform in an intimate concert setting. 

Mike Downes

Juno-award winner Mike Downes has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian and international music scenes since the early 1980s. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, the United States and Canada. In addition to leading his own groups, Mike has performed with Canada's top jazz musicians and international artists such as Molly Johnson, Oliver Jones, Diana Krall, PJ Perry, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso, Pat LaBarbera, Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler and many others. His large discography includes five recordings as a leader (Forces, Then The Winds of Change, Ripple Effect and In the Current). Ripple Effect won a Juno for Traditional Jazz Album of the Year in 2014. He has composed and arranged music for a wide variety of settings, including orchestral, string and jazz settings. Mike is the Bass Department Head at Humber College in Toronto.

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Ted Quinlan

Ted Quinlan is regarded as one of the most versatile guitar players in Canada. His skills are highly in demand as a jazz player, session musician, writer and educator. As a busy sideman Ted has performed with Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Michael Brecker, Dave Holland, Maria Schneider and Dave Liebman. His debut CD " As If" received a Juno nomination for Contemporary Jazz. “Streetscape” was released in October of 2009 on Addo Records and features him in a trio setting. “Around the Bend”, also on Addo Records, was released in 2010 and is a duo collaboration between Ted and Canadian piano great Brian Dickinson. His other numerous recording credits include his performances on Mike Downes’ Juno-winning CD “Ripple Effect”, Doug Riley's "Con Alma", Radioland Records' " Tribute to Wes Montgomery", Phil Dwyer's " Road Stories", Dave Restivo's " Prayer for Humankindness", Ted Warren's " First Time Caller" and Nancy Walker’s “New Heiroglyphics” and “ ‘Til Now Is Secret”. Ted is the Head of the Guitar Department at Humber College's Music Program in Toronto.

Gerald Barry Returns

Friday November 14, 2014 @ 8pm
Preconcert Talk @ 7:15pm

$25.00/ $20 students/seniors/arts workers
Advance Tickets $22/$17
For Tickets please contact 416 532 3019 or visit

On Feb 21, 1993, Sextet by Gerald Barry was premiered in Toronto. Artistic director Linda Catlin Smith commissioned the work through the Irish Arts Council (the first time a Canadian Ensemble commissioned a work through this international resource).

The piece was performed in a concert titled Gerald Barry Comes to Town. Now, 21 years later, a new Gerald Barry composition, commissioned by Daniel Cooper, will be premiered on an Array concert: Gerald Barry Returns.

The new work (for solo piano) is titled Humiliated and Insulted and will be premiered by Arraymusic pianist Stephen Clarke. Stephen will also perform Barry's solo Le Vieux Sourd. The ensemble will reprise Sextet (newly edited) andLow for bass clarinet and piano. Also on the program is Trio by Ernstalbrecht Steibler for piano, cello and crotales.

Join us in welcoming Gerald Barry back to Toronto. There will be a pre-concert talk and reception at Gallery 345.

Gerald Barry's studies with Stockhausen and Kagel proved to be a liberating experience and he soon came to public attention in 1979 with radical ensemble works "__________" and Ø.

Barry has enjoyed a long assocation with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, for whom he wrote Wiener Blut, Dead March, and Beethoven. God Save The Queen for choir and the London Sinfonietta was commissioned by London's South Bank Centre for the fiftieth birthday of the Royal Festival Hall in 2001.

Recent works include First Sorrow (string quartet) for Crash Ensemble, Beethoven (bass voice and ensemble) for BCMG, Le Vieux Sourd for piano commissioned by Betty Freeman, Feldman's Sixpenny Editions for the London Sinfonietta and St Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schott and Sons, Mainz, for Bass voice and Choir, an account of the relationship between Beethoven and Schott in his last years. The Bavarian RSO gave the German premiere of The Conquest of Ireland in 1998.

His fifth opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican, London. Stagings are planned in 2013 and 2014 for the Opera Nationale de Lorraine - Nancy, The Royal Opera House Linbury, Opera Northern Ireland and the New York City Opera. Musica Viva, Munich, has commissioned a piano concerto for November 2013.

Barry's music has been recorded on the NMC, Largo, Black Box, Marco Polo, BVHaast and RTE labels. (biography © Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland)


The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov

Saturday November 15, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$25 (cash only); $10 Students


J.S Bach (1685-1750) - Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV 826

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. Sarabande
  5. Rondeaux
  6. Capriccio

L. van Beethoven (1770-1827) - Sonata No. 30 in E-major minor Opus 109

  1. Vivace, ma non troppo-Adagio espressivo-Tempo 1
  2. Prestissimo
  3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Emfindung (Molto cantabile ed espressivo)


A.N Skrjabin (1872-1915)

Sonata-Fantasy No.2 G-sharp minor Opus 19 (1897)

  1. Andante
  2. Presto

Deux Morceaux Opus 57

Caresse dansée

Feuillet d'album Opus 58

Deux Morceaux Opus 59


Niklas Sivelöv (1968-) - 8 Preludes from 24 Preludes for piano (2013)

Bio - Niklas Sivelöv, pianist.

London (Barbican Hall) : “a pianist of utmost sensational quality”

Geneve (Prokofiev 3): “Niklas Sivelov est un pianiste dont l’intelligence sait explorer toutes les ressources de son avec un virtuosité pe ́tillante.”

Copenhagen (Tivoli ): “With an intense brilliance, a finely controlled touch, exquisitely formed detail and an impeccable sense of style”

Niklas Sivelöv is a unique artist. No matter if it concerns an intimate solo concert or a concerto with a large symphony orchestra, Niklas Sivelöv always keeps his audience spellbound, because when he enters the podium it is a matter of all or nothing.

”Art is created – life is lived – in the present, without thought of the day tomorrow”.

This is how Niklas Sivelöv expresses his artistic credo, which confirms that Sivelöv indeed is a romantic artist. Robert Schumann and Aleksander Skriabin are among his favourite composers, who seek boundaries and are barefaced honesty in music, they both are romantics at the mercy of God.

However Niklas Sivelöv does not limit himself to composers from one particular period. Bach, Beethoven and Schubert have since his childhood been significant musical companions. Intense work with especially Das Wohltemperierte Klavier has led to Niklas Sivelöv shedding a contemporary light into Bach’s musical universe. The foundation is here a style, where the rich sound of a modern piano – Steinway – enters into a fruitful combination of a musical expression dominated by rhythmical nerve and command of the musical form.

Among the 20th century classics Bartok’s and Prokofiev’s concertos occupy a special place, as well as Per Nørgård’s cosmic music for solo piano speak to Niklas Sivelöv. Hereto comes that Sivelöv is one of the few musicians on the classical music scene who masters the art of improvising – over familiar classical themes, Bellman’s popular melodies or quite free improvisations.

Finally Niklas Sivelöv is a composer. Since 1985 he has composed more than 40 works, of which many are for his own instrument the piano, including three concerti for piano and orchestra and 24 Preludes for piano (2010-13).

Niklas Sivelöv is a distinctly Nordic artist with an autonomic sentiment. He grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ already as 6-year old. His first own compositions soon followed and playing by ear. Not until he was 14 did Niklas Sivelöv receive traditional piano instruction and learned to read music. Studies with Gabriel Amiras and Maria Curcio among others followed, who as students of the pianistic pioneers Heinrich Neuhaus and Artur Schnabel, have contributed to make Niklas Sivelöv a modern representative for magic piano art where spiritual immersion and artistic courage bind together in higher unity.

Today Niklas Sivelöv has a repertoire of approximately 50 piano concerti and he performs on more than 25 CD’s of which several have been awarded prizes. And he has collaborated with a large number of leading conductors and soloists, including Mario Venzago, E-P Salonen, J-P Saraste, Alan Gilbert, Leonid Gorokhov, Martin Fröst and Patrick Gallois.

Niklas Sivelöv lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.


PARISIAN MUSIC from 1885 - 1970

Jacques Israelievitch, violin and Valentina Sadovski, piano
Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 8 pm

$20; students $10


  • Albert Roussel, Violin Sonata n. 2 op. 28
  • Darius Milhaud, Concertino de Printemps
  • Roger Boutry, Toccata
  • Erik Satie, Choses Vues à Droite et à Gauche (sans lunettes)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Sonata n. 1 op. 75.

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.

Valentina Sadovksi, piano

A native of Minsk, Belarus, Valentina Sadovski is an active soloist and collaborative musician. She began her piano studies at the age of four and now she holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, as well as an Artist Diploma from the Belarusian Music College. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship, the Fairways Concert Scholarship, and the Women's Art Association Luella McCleary Award. In addition, she has participated in local and national competitions, including the Kiwanis and Canadian Music Competition, winning several top awards.

Ms Sadovski's principal teachers include James Parker and Marietta Orlov from the University of Toronto, and she has performed for many renowned artists including Kirill Gerstein, Nicholas Mann, Oleg Diev, John Perry, Pinchas Zukerman, and Michael Tree. Valentina has been invited to perform at various venues such as the Arts and Letters Club, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, as well as the Canadian Opera Company's Richard Bradshaw Theatre. She has most recently been invited by the Barrie Concert Association to appear as a soloist, and has collaborated and performed alongside Soundstreams and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Ms Sadovski is currently based in Toronto and is in high demand as a teacher, collaborative musician, and soloist.

Bob @ 60: New and recent compositions by Bob Stevenson

Sunday, November 23, 2014 @ 3 PM
$20; Students, Seniors, Art Workers $15

A celebration of over forty years of contemporary music creation, this concert features performances by two ensembles lead by Mr. Stevenson. The Bob Stevenson Quartet (with Jonnie Bakan, alto saxophone, Mike Milligan, contrabass and Jeff Halischuk, drums) and Big Idea (an eleven piece ensemble featuring some of Toronto’s best improvisers and classical musicians) will perform new and recent work by Bob. These compositions combine, jazz, free improvisation and through composed music in fresh, innovative ways, creating composed, extemporized music that speaks in the time.

Bob Stevenson
Bob has been an active force in the music community as a player, conductor, composer and educator since the early 70s. Bob’s background is wide ranging and diverse, encompassing many forms including jazz, classical, new music, klezmer and free improvisation. He has performed regularly with a wide variety of ensembles including Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Tapestry New Opera Works and the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band among many others. He also leads three groups. The Bob Standard, with guitarist Justin Haynes and bassist Victor Bateman, takes a fresh and experimental approach to the American songbook. Big Idea is an eleven piece ensemble consisting of some of Toronto’s best classical and jazz players performing Bob’s original compositions. Safety In Numbers, with guitarist Chris Bezant and bassist Chris Kettlewell begins with the inspiration of Django Reinhardt to explore jazz music from the 20s to the present. He is also a member of Red Rhythm and has appeared on the recordings of many artists including Holly Cole, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, Red Rhythm and Anthony Genge. Mr. Stevenson has also performed on many film and television soundtracks. As a composer Bob has been commissioned by choreographers Bill James, Maxine Heppner and Holly Small; performers Arraymusic, The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Innovations En Concert, Stephen Clarke, the Modern Quartet and the Madawaska Quartet; and documentary film producers Laurent Productions and fission media. Mr. Stevenson’s compositions are performed frequently both in Canada and internationally. He served as Artistic Director of the contemporary chamber music ensemble Arraymusic from 2005 – 2010 and was Artistic Director of the improvising new music big band Hemispheres from 1995-1998 as well as serving as its conductor from 1992. He served as guest lecturer in clarinet and composition at York University in Toronto and at the University of Edinborough, Scotland.

Reverb Brass: Passages

Monday, November 24 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Reverb Brass:
Luise Heyerhoff and Aaron Hodgson, trumpets
Micajah Sturgess, horn
Charles Benaroya, trombone
Jonathan Rowsell, tuba


  • Alan Ferber Kopi Luwak
  • Patrick McGraw Forge (Canadian Premiere)
  • Olivier Messiaen Appel Interstellaire
  • Monder/Ferber Luteous Pangolin
  • Charles Small Conversation
  • Patrice Caratini Passages

Praised by New Music Toronto for their "top-notch playing and captivating stage presence," Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary works. Their mission is to engage audiences through creative programming, alternative venues and new technologies. Reverb Brass is committed to working closely with composers and have already commissioned several new works for brass quintet. The group was recently featured in recital at the first ever Sweetwater Music Brass Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario, and have already been asked to return next season. This season they will be performing recitals at Western University, the Guelph Connections Concerts and at the Bach Festival of Canada, as well as several recitals in Toronto. Based in southwestern Ontario, the group's members enjoy active careers as performers and pedagogues.

Duality: One Violist, Two Countries
Elizabeth Reid, viola

Thursday November 27 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20 (cash only)

Violist Elizabeth Reid returns to perform in Toronto for the first time in 15 years and will play works from her two homes, her native country of Canada and her adopted country, the United States. She will play solo and amplified viola works of composers from both countries, including pieces by Canadians Chedo Barone, Derek Healey, David Jaeger and Tawnie Olson; and Vermonters Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jorge Martin, Erik Nielsen, and David Ross-Gunn.


  • Tawnie Olson - Mirror Image
  • Erik Nielsen - Little Suite for Viola*
  • Dennis Báthory-Kitsz - In Search of the Seven Blue Stars*
  • Derek Healey - From the West**
  • Chedo Barone - Nula
  • Jorge Martin - NEW WORK**\
  • David Jaeger - Favour for viola and electronics
  • David Ross-Gunn - O Solo Violo for viola and CD**



“......her understanding of the music shone throughout.” ~Jim Lowe, Times Argus review (November 2010)

Violist Elizabeth Reid's exciting and uniquely personal musical style has become an integral part of the Northern New England classical concert scene. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid received bachelor and master’s degrees in viola performance at the Western University in London, Ontario and an artist diploma from the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her main teachers included Kosha Braun, Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. She also attended masterclasses at Banff, Orford, and Bowdoin. Ms. Reid was fortunate to receive coaching from flautist and pianist Louis Moyse in Montpelier, Vermont during the last three years of his life. She has performed across North America including the Arts and Letters Club and the Music Gallery in Toronto, Hertz Hall in Berkeley, California, and the Southern Illinois Chamber Music Society. Ms. Reid has also played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, the Banff Opera Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute.

In Vermont Ms. Reid is a familiar face on the concert stage, appearing on various music series as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed regularly at Dartmouth College, Paine Mountain Arts, Cathedral Arts, and Capital City Concerts. As a chamber musician, she is a member of the Cerutti-Reid Duo with the pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti, ARIOSO, the Passeri Trio, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet.

Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Her viola sound and engaging playing has inspired many composers to write works for her and her chamber groups. Recently she has premiered works of Erik Nielsen, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Jacob Morton-Black, Kathy Wonson Eddy, and Lydia Lowery Busler, all of these works written specifically for her. She is proud of her involvement and performances with MUSIC-Comp, an Vermont-based organization that mentors young composers to write for professional musicians.

Ms. Reid is currently principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra. She is also a member of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Green Mountain Opera Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists and Capital City Concerts.

A Secret Music Salon with Emmy Rouge and Surprise Guests

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 8pm

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Friday December 5, 2014 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

"Creating rich textures that are both thought provoking and emotionally stirring, Chelsea is writing at the highest level and is a future star in the world of Jazz."
- Christian Overton

"Chelsea McBride's highly personal and richly textured compositions announce the arrival of a fresh new
voice on the Canadian jazz scene."

- Andy Ballantyne

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is a Toronto-based 18-piece big band that pushes the jazz
tradition forward. Directed by multi-instrumentalist/composer Chelsea McBride, the band performs
entirely original compositions and arrangements (both by Chelsea and members of the band) that are
heavily influenced by socialism (of course), ECM-style jazz, pop music, and the mystery and majesty of

Chelsea McBride is a Toronto-based, Vancouver-born and raised multi-instrumentalist and composer
who has been playing and composing since she could talk and reach the piano keys. Her large ensemble
compositions & arrangements have been featured at the regional and national level, including with the
Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Ottawa Youth Jazz Summit, the former Yamaha All Star Band at Musicfest
Canada and Vancouver’s Dal Richards Orchestra.

The Socialist Night School debuted in February 2012 and has played to full houses at both the former
Trane Studio and the Rex Hotel, and just released a five-song album on May 17, 2014 at the Rex.

Carissa Klopoushak & Philip Chiu

Tuesday December 9, 2014 @ 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

This concert features music from the duo’s upcoming recording: sonatas by Janacek, Debussy, and Healey Willan, and shorter works by Claude Vivier and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Program: Works for Violin and Piano by Claude Debussy, Leos Janacek, Healey Willan, Claude Viver, and T. Patrick Carrabré.

Carissa Klopoushak and Philip Chiu have performed extensively together over the last six years. Their musical partnership has taken them across the country, beginning with a 17-city Canadian tour for the Eckhardt-Grammatté competition in 2009. Since that time, they have performed together at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, for the Regina Musical Club, and in many recitals and chamber music collaborations in and around Montreal. Most recently, the pair toured the maritime provinces for Debut Atlantic.

Carissa Klopoushak, violin

Carissa Klopoushak is quickly emerging as one of Canada’s most versatile and creative violinists. A charismatic and engaging performer, Carissa's playing has been described as the complete package of sensitive musicianship and effortless technique. A laureate of the 2012 Canada Council of the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition, Carissa performs on the 1869 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin (with Vuillaume model bow), generously on loan from the Canada Council.

Carissa considers all of Canada to be her home. She has toured the country extensively, performing recitals for Debut Atlantic and as the winner of the 2009 Eckhardt-Grammatté National Music Competition with Canadian pianist Philip Chiu. Carissa has been featured at both the Ottawa Chamberfest, Montreal Chamber Music Festivals, and Toronto Summer Music.  She has recently returned to Canada after three months of performing with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, whom she joined for a series of tours and recordings, including a residency at The Banff Centre.  

Carissa proudly joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa in September 2014.  She has performed with the group for a number of years, including many of their national tours and their 2013 tour of China.  Carissa also performs with many chamber groups in the Montreal/Ottawa area, including Ensemble Mooncrest, Warhol Dervish, and Portmantô.

Carissa originates from the small prairie city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Still active in the prairie music scene today, Carissa is an Artistic Director of the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, an annual event that provides Saskatchewan audiences the opportunity to hear innovative, fresh concerts performed by young, engaging Canadian musicians who are currently pursuing professional careers across the country and around the globe.

Carissa is the lead singer and violinist in the Ukrainian band Тут і Там (pronounced Toot ee Tahm). Established in 2003, the band has recorded three albums, performed at the Toronto, Montreal, Dauphin, and Vegreville Ukrainian festivals as well as in Sydney, Australia. The band is currently working on a new album to be released in 2015.

Carissa has taught violin and chamber music at McGill University where she also recently completed a doctorate in violin performance, focusing on the little-known violin repertoire by Ukrainian composers. Her recent recordings include chamber works of the Second Viennese school with Gruppo Montebello and Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble Mooncrest. She will be releasing a recording of duos with Philip Chiu in 2015.  When not performing, rehearsing, or traveling, Carissa can be found expanding her love of coffee in some little café, somewhere...

Philip Chiu, piano

More than a summation of technical and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and off-stage.

“... a pianist-painter who turns every musical idea into a beautiful array of colors.”
- La Presse

“Pianist Philip Chiu played with striking precision and subtle poetry.”
- The Gazette (Montréal)

An exceedingly sociable pianist, Philip concertizes extensively as one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage, including James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch, Patrice Fontanarosa, Regis Pasquier, Matt Haimovitz, Radovan Vlatkovic, Stefan Dohr, Philippe Bernold, Alex Klein, and Eugene Isotov. He performs regularly with principal members of Canada’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including Toronto Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Jonathan Crow, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal concertmaster Andrew Wan, and Pascale Giguere of Les Violons du Roy. Along with pianist Janelle Fung, he forms one of Canada’s most exciting piano duos, the Fung-Chiu Duo. He has toured numerous times with premier touring organizations, Jeunesses Musicales Canada and Debut Atlantic, and will soon be touring again with Debut Atlantic (2013/2014), Jeunesses Musicales (2014/2015) and Prairie Debut (2014/15).

Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He is an acclaimed accompanist-/coach based at McGill University, has been an invited professor--accompanist for the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, and regularly accompanies at l'Universite de Montreal. He travels regularly across Canada and the U.S. to accompany for national and international competitions.

Philip is extremely grateful for the support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Jeunesses Musicales in his various pursuits. He can be heard/seen on Classical 96.3 FM, Australia’s ABC Radio, CBC Radio, and Radio--Canada.

The Path Home

Friday December 12, 2014 @ 8 pm
$25/$15 Students and Arts Workers

An Evening of Celebration with Lee Pui Ming (piano), Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum), Rob Clutton (bass), Mary Ganzon (movement), Randi Helmers (voice/visual art)

Five extraordinary artists journey through the labyrinth in sound, song and movement.

Lee Pui Ming

Lee Pui Ming – improvisor, pianist, composer, biodynamic craniosacral therapist – integrates all of her curiosities in sound, movement and the healing arts into her investigations. Her latest compositions include “Life”, a 60-minute commission from Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for string quartet; “she comes to shore”, a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. She partnered with Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum, voice and movement) in an uplifting collaboration in this year’s Guelph Jazz Festival. Pui Ming has 6 recordings to date, and is the recipient of the Freddie Stone Award (2000) and the K. M. Hunter Arts Award (2005).

Dong-Won Kim

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean traditional percussionist, vocalist and improviser, also a member of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer's drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).

Rob Clutton

Rob Clutton is a composer/performer dedicated to diverse long term creative projects. His solo bass work includes two CDs on the Rat-drifting label: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. He has released two CDs of original compositions for small ensemble: Tender Buttons and Holstein Dream Pageant. The debut recording of The Cluttertones is in progress. Clutton has been involved in collective projects such as Clutton/Michelli/West, Handslang, This Moment, a bass duo with Pete Johnston, and a banjo/voice duo with Randi Helmers. Other current and ongoing projects include: Ryan Driver Quintet, Drumheller, Nick Fraser Quartet, Steve Koven Trio, NOJO, Mark Segger Sextet, and Titanium Riot. Rob has also performed or recorded with artists such as Jandek, Jazzstory, Eugene Martynec, John Millard and Happy Day, David Mott Quintet. Rob is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto. (

Randi Helmers, actor, singer, artist

A professional actor for 30 years, Randi recently played the role of "Mum" in the premiere of Alison Lawrence/McGuffin Theatre's play, The Thing Between Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre credits include: The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks), Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage), The Way of the World (Souplpepper), The Danish Play( Nightwood) and seasons with the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre and Caravan Farm Theatre, among others. She has recorded and toured Canada with the folk/cabaret band, John Millard and Happy Day, and is currently in a duo for voice and banjo with composer/bassist Rob Clutton. Randi has performed her original Norwegian folklore cabaret for the Ottawa Art Gallery, NCC's Winterlude Festival, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Randi's paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre,Toronto Art Expo, the Queen West Art Crawl, Wychwood Art Barns and various nifty neighborhood cafes of Toronto. Randi has enjoyed many moments of improvisational wonder at Gallery 345, and is thrilled to be here tonight with this remarkable ensemble.Â

mary ganzon

mary ganzon, movement artist, teacher, and craniosacral therapist finds it much easier to language through the vocabulary of sensations vs. the vocabulary of words. amidst the many studies of movement, performance, and the stillness of meditation, she dances accompanied by deep gratitude in meeting our nature.

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