Past concerts at Gallery 345.
Monday December 7th, 2009 at 8pm
Winona Zelenka, known for her gorgeous, singing tone, is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Strauss’ Don Quixote Suite, with Thomas Dausgaard conducting, 2006), and performs often with conductor John Barnum. Their past collaborations include Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D Minor with the Mississauga Symphony (2008) and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, with both the Scarborough Philharmonic (2007) and the Huronia Sinfonietta (2006). She has also performed Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major with the Canadian Sinfonietta (2007), conducted by Tak Ng Lai. At this same concert, Ms. Zelenka, a proponent of new music, performed the world premiere of “Invocation II’” for cello and orchestra, a work written for her by Canadian composer Michael Pepa.
In 2008, Ms. Zelenka performed as guest Principal Cellist for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. She has been Assistant Principal of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra since 2005, and served as Principal during the summers of 2007 and 2008. She is currently serving as Acting Principal of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and has held that position since the 2004/2005 season.
Winona is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, who regularly performs on the Les Amis, Syrinx, Amici, Art of Time and Offcentre series in Toronto. She collaborates regularly with many of Canada’s finest musicians including violinists Stephen Sitarski and Erika Raum; violist Steven Dann; bassist Joel Quarrington, pianist Andrew Burashko, and countless others. This summer ( 2009) she performed at the Ottawa Chamberfest with, among others, soprano Donna Brown and pianist/composer Heather Schmidt. The 2009/2010 season sees Winona performing with the Zuckerman ChamberPlayers at the Royal Conservatory’s new Koerner Hall and at the 92nd St. Y in New York.
Ms. Zelenka recently formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Bérard and violist Teng Li, with whom she will perform at the Four Seasons Amphitheatre in February of 2010. She will also be performing at the Amphitheatre with long-time duo partner Jacques Israelievitch in December 2009. In the 2009/2010 season, Ms. Zelenka is very pleased to work with Mr. Pepa again, who will compose a work for cello, violin and percussion for his Les Amis series in Toronto.
Since the summer of
2004, Ms. Zelenka began performing
in the Music Garden Series at Toronto’s
waterfront. Every year, she has performed
a different Bach cello suite. In 2006,
she performed Canadian composer Chris
Paul Harman’s “After the
Sixth Suite”, also a composition
written for her, which, as the title
suggests, she performed in tandem with
Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. For
her performance of the Suite No. 4
in September of 2009 she was joined
by dancer Claudia Moore who added beautiful
movements choreographed by Carol Anderson.
Winona was also the cello soloist of
such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008),
István Szabó’s “Being
Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under
The Sea” (2009).
Exciting new projects include the recently-released films in HD of the Suite for Solo Cello by Gaspar Cassado, filmed by Moving Head Productions and available on Youtube: to find all three videos, search “Winonacellist” on Youtube.. Winona will also be releasing the complete Bach Cello Suites in the spring of 2010; all projects are recorded by CBC recording engineer Ron Searles , whose credits include I Furiosi and the Eybler Quartet as well as film scores by Mychael Danna and Andrew Lockington. Fans can now visit www.winonazelenka.com for highlights and updates, as well as links to her videos.
Winona Zelenka began her career at age 22 as Associate Principal in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and won orchestra jobs with the National Ballet Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester. She obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, and studied with the legendary Janos Starker. Ontario born and raised, Ms. Zelenka’s other main teachers include William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff, and William Pleeth.
Winona plays on the “Starker
Guanerius”, which was made in
1707 by Giuseppe Guarneri, the father
of the legendary “Guanerius del
Gesù”. This instrument,
formerly owned by Janos Starker for
30 years, is on loan to the TSO for
Ms. Zelenka’s use thanks to the
generosity of Dr. Edward Pong.
Fuocoso Saxophone Quartet
Sunday December 6th at 8 PM
$15/$10 seniors and students
“Three Preludes for Saxophone Quartet” – composed by George Gershwin (arr. Wolfgang Schlei)
“Carpathian Dance” – Mike Romaniak’s transcription of a ballet performed by the Virsky Symphony Orchestra.
“Wilderness” – composed by Mike Romaniak
“Ragtime Suite” – Arthur Frackenpohl’s transcription of ragtime piano solos by Tom Turpin, Scott Hayden, and Scott Joplin.
Fuocoso Saxophone Quartet is a newly formed chamber ensemble that is based in Toronto, London, and Hamilton. The ensemble strives to maintain a healthy balance between standard repertoire and new music. They encourage composers of all shapes and sizes to write for this lovely genre. Fuocoso Saxophone Quartet is: Jen Blackwell (soprano/alto sax), Julian Lam (alto sax), Mike Romaniak (tenor sax), and Alex Espinosa (baritone sax).
Steve Koven, piano
Rob Clutton, bass
Saturday December 5th at 8pm
Steve Koven - Piano
Steve Koven was born in Toronto, Canada, and began playing piano at age seven. He has studied with various jazz artists including Benny Green, Geoff Keeser, and Bruce Barth.
Steve’s been a professional musician since earning a BFA in Contemporary Improvisation from York University in 1987. In addition to performing world-wide with his trio, he’s played solo throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean. When not on tour or in the studio, Steve composes music for film, television and conducts master classes and workshops which focus on the development of improvisational tools and musical self-expression.
Steve is currently on staff at York University where he teaches Contemporary Improvisation and Jazz Piano in the Faculty of Music. As an Educator, Koven has conducted master classes and workshops in China, Japan, Colombia, Barbados and Mexico.
Rob Clutton - Bass
Rob Clutton is a composer and double bassist who was born in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and has made his home in Toronto for the last twenty years. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto in 1991 and is currently pursuing a PHD in Music at York University.
Rob is active in the creative and improvised scenes in Toronto with solo project and group projects and as a member of a burgeoning improvising community. His solo project involves composing, performing, and recording for solo bass, including the CD Dubious Pleasures on the Rat-drifting label. Rob has performed numerous solo concerts, including the Guelph Jazz Festival in 2005.
Group projects include the Rob Clutton
Band, which has released two CDs of
original compositions and performed
numerous concerts including the Montreal
Jazz Festival. The bassist is a member
of Drumheller, N, The Steve Koven Trio,
N.O.J.O., Jazzstory, Quorum, The Ryan
Driver Quartet, the David Buchbinder
Ensemble, and the David Mott Quintet
and is a founding member of the Association
of Improvising Musicians Toronto, a
non-profit organization dedicated to
promoting local creative improvising
musicians, and to facilitating events
in Toronto that bring international
visiting artists together with local
Les Amis presents:
Lynn Kuo, violin,
Winona Zelenka, cello
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 8 pm Details >
Lynn Kuo, Winona Zelenka
Photo credit: Dvid Leyes Photo credit: Elaine Ling
Charlotte Mundy and the Earwax Ensemble
27th at 8pm
$15, $7 for students and seniors
PROSE COLLECTION AND SONGS BY CHRISTIAN
Christian Wolff (b.1934) is an American composer who has been associated with John Cage, Morton Feldman and Merce Cunningham. He wrote Prose Collection using only words, no music notation, requiring the musicians to decide how to interpret his instructions. His songs, on the other hand, are notated. They are expressive, often politically charged, and highly original.
The Earwax Ensemble is a group of talented, adventurous young musicians and improvisers on a mission to perform adventurous music, with little regard for genre
or convention. They are Bram Gielen (bass), Peter Hart (guitar), Charlotte Mundy (voice), Patrick Power (guitar), Mike Romaniak (saxophone), and Chris Willes
Art of the Piano:
Monday November 23rd at 8pm
Glenn Buhr premiered his semi-improvisational 2nd Piano Concerto with the Esprit Orchestra in 2006; a second performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on 2007. The work is dedicated to Casey Sokol. On this recital, he presents the world premiere of the solo piano version.
He'll also be performing a selection
from his full length ballet Beauty
and the Beast, which was commissioned
by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, along
with some of his improvisational Jazz/Blues/Hiphop
Etudes; and a few of his other creative
works for piano.
Dr. Glenn Buhr’s works have been performed by chamber ensembles, soloists, and orchestras all over the world. He became well known in Canada as co-founder with Bramwell Tovey of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. In March 1996, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra created the position of Artist Laureate for Dr. Buhr. He has also toured extensively as a jazz pianist with various ensembles, and his own ensemble has just released its second CD. Buhr has received composition awards, including first prize in the prestigious Italian Pro Loco Corciano Competition for Epigrams, a work for wind orchestra. In 1998, he was named University Research Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, the first time that honour had been given to a creative artist. He has also received a number of commissions from important performers and ensembles such as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed by such diverse ensembles as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. His full length ballet Beauty and The Beast premiered in England in 2003 with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The work continued on tour in 2004 for a total of 50 performances. Dr. Buhr’s music is often heard on the CBC and is available on CD on the Marquis Classics and CBC labels.
Madawaska String Quartet
IMAGES CD RELEASE CONCERT
Rob MacDonald, guitar
Madawaska String Quartet
Rebecca van der Post, Sarah Fraser Raff, violins
Anna Redekop, viola
Amber Ghent, cello
ChromaDuo, Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald, guitars
Full Circle (solo guitar) - Andrew Staniland
Into The Woods - Toru Takemitsu
Nocturne for viola, guitar, cello - Omar Daniel
Images for guitar and string quartet - Christopher William Pierce
...and ChromaDuo will perform as a preview for their upcoming Music Gallery concert
Tickets at door: $20 (adults) $10 (seniors/students)
Ensemble Made in Canada
Thursday October 29th at 8pm
Angela Park, piano Judy Kang, violin Sharon Wei, viola Rachel Mercer, cello
“What do you get when you take four young and extremely talented female Canadian musicians who: studied across the United States and Canada; have each won several prestigious awards; developed into stellar soloists in their own right; and joined together to form a piano quartet?
You get Made in Canada, this country's newest up-and-coming
chamber group, quickly making its mark on the Canadian music scene.” -
Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press, 2007
Music by Dvorak, Brahms, Coulthard
Recent winners of the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, Judy and Rachel will be playing on Strads from the 17th century.
Tickets at the door: adult $20/senior $15/student $10
Music of Riccardo Malipiero and David Lidov
Saturday, October 24th at 7:30
Sonatina (1964) David Lidov
Sinfonia, Arioso, Joropo, Ballade
Zachary Ebin, violin, David Lidov, piano.
Fantasy Ricardo Malipiero
Phases of Courtship II: Under the Spell of Decorum David Lidov
Lora Wilcox, viola, Jose R. Lopez, piano
- - - I N T E R M I S S I O N - - -
Three Songs of Duty (1984) David Lidov
“At midnight’s hour” (H. Thoreau)
“I approve every wild action” (R.W. Emerson)
“Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” (R. Frost)
Kristin Heaslip Muller, soprano, David Lidov, piano
Sonata (1965) Ricardo Malipiero
Jose R. Lopez, piano
T256 (Music and Game)
VIDEOSPREAD – Laurent Chambert
NUIT BLANCHE Toronto
Saturday October 3rd 2009 Details >
The Grace Trio
Journey with Classical Groove
September 12th 2009, 8pm Details >
Dan Tepfer, Piano
New Series: The Art of the Piano
September 14th, 8pm
Critics have called New York-based pianist/composer Dan Tepfer “brilliant” (NY Times), “impressive” (Boston Globe) and “certainly among those clearly willing to play with familiar formulas and take new approaches” (Jazzreview.com). While he has played with some of the great names in jazz, he strives to create music that is distinctly of our time. He tours internationally in support of several diverse projects, and his breadth and talent have won him international recognition and prizes, leading him to be named the 2007-2009 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz.
Dan Tepfer is a New York-based jazz pianist and composer. Born in 1982 in Paris, France, in an American family, he earned a bachelor's degree in astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, before settling down in the United States. Today he divides his time between sideman work with some of the great jazz musicians of our time (Lee Konitz, Charles McPherson, Paul Motian, Ralph Towner to name a few), and a busy touring schedule with his own solo, duo and trio projects. One of his compositions was recently premiered at Carnegie Hall. He is the winner of both the first prize and audience prize of the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and is the current Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association.
10 Beethoven Sonatas in Eight Hours
VIOLINIST JACQUES ISRAELIEVITCH
& PIANIST KANAE MATSUMOTO
Sunday, June 21 Details >
“It’s like running a marathon,” exclaims violinist Jacques Israelievitch. “Actually, like running two!”
...and then my brain exploded.
Improvised music by The Toy Piano Composers as performed by Digital Prowess
Saturday, May 30, 8pm
The Goldberg Variations
by J.S. Bach, String Trio Transcription.
Sunday, May 31, 3pm
Tickets at the door - $20 / $15 seniors and students
Coenraad Bloemendal, Cello
Uri Mayer, Viola
Deborah Kirshner, Violin
Current classics concert
Array Ensemble performs music by Jean Derome, Jan-Bas Bolen + Walter Zimmerman Details >
Friday, April 24, 7pm
Jurg Wyttenbach lecture/recital
"Beethoven: The Avant-Garde Composer"
Monday, April 20, 2009 at 7pm
Featuring Jürg Wyttenbach’s lecture “Beethoven the Avant-Garde Composer” and his performance of Beethoven’s piano sonatas opp.90 and 109; Beethoven’s Sketches for op.109 and Wyttenbach’s own Trio to the “Prestissimo” and Six “new” Variations to the third movement of that sonata.
Dear Friends of New Music Concerts,
Fundraising is a year-round activity for most non-profit music ensembles. This year is more important than in the past because of the severe economic recession. We need your support more than ever. If you can attend the fundraiser on April 20th, please do so. It should be both entertaining and educational, especially if you love Beethoven. If you cannot attend, your donations are vitally important for keeping us in the game. Go to the New Music Concerts website to make a donation.
We hope to see a full house at the concert on Saturday night at the Glenn Gould Studio and on Monday night for the fundraiser at Gallery 345.
Thanks for you support. Bring a friend that hasn't been to a NMC event, help build our audience for this wonderful ensemble.
President, New Music Concerts
New Music Concernts Presents Jurg Wyttenbach
April 18, 2009 / www.newmusicconcerts.com
The playful and iconic Swiss composer Jürg Wyttenbach conducts the New Music Concerts Ensemble in a varied program including rarely heard folksong settings by Beethoven, a number of Wyttenbach's own theatrical works and his arrangement for large ensemble of Mussorgsky's Kinderstube (The Nursery). Soloists include sopranos Melinda Delorme and Xin Wang, Kate Promane (mezzo-soprano), Jürg Wyttenbach (piano), Robert Aitken (flute) and Max Christie (clarinet).
Illuminating introduction in the lobby at 7:15
Les Amis: Preview / Fundraising Concert
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8 pm Details >
Music of Jean Derome and Jan Bas Bollen
The Toy Piano Composers
Friday, February 13th at 8 pm Details >
"Cage the Bird"
The Toy Piano Composers present premieres of compositions for string quartet.
Shift Festival - Continuum Music
Wednesday, February 25th at 9 pm Details >
Performance by Dutch Pianist/Composer GUUS JANSSEN
Thunder Bay ensemble on tour in Toronto
A Tale of 2 Tenors
Sunday, January 11, 2009 at 3:00 PM Details >
New Series: LES AMIS
Tuesdays at Gallery 345
Duo Vita - Lyn Kuo, violin and John Oliver, guitar