A LOOK AT LOVE
March 1, 2014 at 8pm
Paula Griffith, vocals and Nicole Byblow, piano
Enjoy an evening of Jazz and Soul music with the incredible talents of Paula and Nicole as they take you on a journey of reconnection with the truths about love, trust and hope.
Singer Paula Griffith, was the vocal coach to Y.T.V’s hit reality show “The Next Star” but she is best known for her ability to captivate an audience with her powerful voice and dynamic stage presence. She has been a featured vocalist at Roy Thompson Hall, Massy Hall, The Living Arts Centre, and the Sony Centre and has worked with Juno and Grammy winners Liberty Silver and Jill Scott. She has also performed for music legends Quincy Jones and Elton John.
Pianist Nicole Byblow, is a graduate of the Berklee affiliate Selkirk College Contemporary Music and Technology program in Nelson, British Columbia. She is a recipient of the prestigious Fred Sherratt Award presented by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Nicole accompanied Juno award winner Stephen Fearing, wrote and recorded with Juno award winner/CBC radio personality Buck 65/Rich Terfry, and performed at the 2011Juno Awards Industry Gala, as part of their 40th anniversary celebration.
Together they would like you to join them and take a look at love…
The Art of the Piano: Alejandro Vela
Rachmaninov Meets Radiohead
Friday June 13, 2014 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students
Rachmaninov meets Radiohead
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 3 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro - No. 2 in C major
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Moderato - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 39. Allegro agitato - No. 1 in C minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Allegro con fuoco - No. 6 in E flat Major
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Non alegro; Presto - No. 5 in E flat minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Moderato - No. 7 in G minor
Etude-tableau, Op. 33. Grave - No. 8 in C sharp minor
Like Spinning Plates
Thinking About You
Motion Picture Soundtrack
Everything in it's Right Place
(all piano transcriptions arranged by Christopher O'Riley)
"Vela plays with great sentiment, elegance, exceptional technique and a profound musicality." — Mundo Clásico
Praised for his power to carry an audience away through his ability to create an atmosphere of mystery and sensuous beauty, Alejandro Vela is a pianist of Northern Mexican origin now performing in concert halls around the world. Recent solo recitals have brought him to Helsinki, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Kiev, Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Tokyo and Mexico City.
Alejandro Vela has performed as soloist with most of the Mexican orchestras including the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, the Orquesta Sinfónica Carlos Chávez, the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, the Filarmónica del Estado de Querétaro, the Camerata de Coahuila and with many American ones, including the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony led by Christoph Eschenbach, as well as orchestras in Israel, Canada and the Dominican Republic. He has appeared at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, El Paso Pro-Musica concert series, Alice Tully Hall in New York, National Arts Center in Mexico and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Recently, Vela gave acclaimed performances at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Center, Denki Bunka Kaikan Concert Hall in Nagoya, Finland’s Sibelius Academy, Óbudai Társaskör in Budapest, Canadian Opera Company Piano Virtuoso Series in Toronto, Mexico City's En blanco y negro festival, Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Festival de México and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Other recent highlights include television appearances for NHK TV Japan, Canal 22 México and a live webcast for Canada's Classical 96.3FM.
Born and raised in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Alejandro Vela received his first piano lessons from his mother Hortensia VelaMante, and later from Robert Avalon. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Juilliard School under Yoheved Kaplinsky.
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