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6th Annual Elixir Mixer
Presented by Elixir Baroque Ensemble
Friday January 6, 2017 at 8 pm
Join us after the holiday season for an evening of joyful concertos, appetizers, and delicious drinks! Elixir is thrilled to present our Elixir Mixer for the 6th year in a row. We are thrilled to be working with guest soloists Patricia Ahern and Matt Antal. Brave the January weather, and come out to the beautiful Gallery 345!
Valerie Gordon and Michelle Odorico, violins
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord
Special thanks to our colleagues Chole Prendergast and Rezan Onen-Lapointe for joining us in this performance.
Concerto per la Viola da Gamba in A major, by J.G. Graun
Justin Haynes, viola da gamba
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 KV 107, by W.A. Mozart (after J.C. Bach)
Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord
Concerto for Viola, Strings and Continuo in Eb Major, by J. G. Graun
Matt Antal, viola
Sonata for two violins and basso continuo in E minor Op. 5, No. 2, P. Locatelli
Concerto for 3 Violins in D Major, after BWV 1064, by J.S. Bach (Charlotte Nediger / Tafelmusik 1996, revised 2006)
Patricia Ahern, Valerie Gordon, Michelle Odorico, violins
Elixir Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2010 by harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchill, viola da gamba player Justin Haynes, and violinists Elyssa Lefergey-Smith and Valerie Gordon. Elixir is excited to welcome violinist Michelle Odorico to the ensemble as of May 2016! Elixir gives new life to 17th and 18th century music by serving up intoxicating programs combining the lyrical with the virtuosic and the well-known with the newly discovered. Elixir’s innovative programming and bold performances have swiftly established the group as a major proponent of early music in the Greater Toronto area. Elixir has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, St. David’s Anglican Church (Musically Speaking Series), and at the University of Toronto as part of the Toronto Handel Festival. The group also has its own series where it is often joined by members of Tafelmusik. In April 2014, Elixir gave the world premier performance of “The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour,” composed specifically for Elixir by Frank Horvat.
Elixir seeks to share its knowledge of baroque performance practice through community outreach and education of all ages. In 2011, during a brief residency at the University of Fredonia (SUNY), the group performed and gave masterclasses for the students of the faculty of music. Elixir is also a regular guest of the Kingsway Conservatory of Music where the group teaches and performs alongside the Kingsway Chamber Strings, inspiring young minds with a curiosity for gut strings, pointy bows, and harpsichords.
Elixir Ensemble was recently named one of five a finalists in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition.
Cascades and Abysses: Stephen Clarke in Recital
Sunday January 8, 2017 at 8 pm
Arraymusic’s resident piano virtuoso, Stephen Clarke presents a concert of works by four radically singular composers, Giacinto Scelsi (1905–1988), Udo Kasemets (1919-2014), Horatiu Rădulescu (1942-2008) and Gerald Barry (1952). All four composers bring together extreme clarity with unsettling strangeness. All four bring together deeply affecting sensuality/viscerality with erudite, provocative connections to, and confrontations with, culture and history (not only involving other musics past and present, but also literature, science, philosophy...). And, all four are composers whom Stephen Clarke is internationally renowned for championing, both through live performances and recordings released on important new music labels such as Mode and Hat Art.
Watch video: Radulescu’s Piano Sonata 6 (2007)
Acoustic Guitar Project Toronto
The SIMPLICITY of a Song
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8 pm
$20 at the door (www.eventbrite.ca)
One guitar. One week. One song.
An evening of music celebrating the simplicity of a song with Toronto singer-songwriters, Rosanne Baker Thornley, Keith McKie, Blair Packham, Julian Taylor and Suzie Vinnick.
This is Toronto's first year as a participating city in The Acoustic Guitar Project, (TAGP), a global music initiative and concert series. How it works : TAGP appoints a Curator from cities they have invited to participate from around the world (there are currently 50 cities involved), providing the Curators with an acoustic guitar and a simple recorder. Each year, each Curator invites five local songwriters to participate in the project. These songwriters are given the guitar for one week and asked to write an original song and record it live with no editing; shoot a video describing their experience writing the song; sign the guitar; take a photo with the guitar and then pass the guitar onto the next songwriter in their city. The songs, photos and videos are uploaded to theacousticguitarproject.com where all TAGP participants can be found and heard. When all five musicians have completed their songs there is a concert where these songwriters perform their music, including the songs they have written for the project and share the stories behind them.
Voices from Past to Present
Cameron Crozman, cello and Philip Chiu, piano
Sunday February 5, 2017 at 3 pm
Frank Bridge - Meditation and Spring Song
Ralph Vaughan-Williams - 6 Studies in English Folk Songs
Britten - O Waly, Waly
Britten - Sonata in C
Britten - Le roi s'en va-t'en chasse
Koechlin - Chansons bretonnes
Poulenc (arr. Gendron) - Sérénade
Poulenc - Sonate
Cameron Crozman is quickly being hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists. Playing on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 “Shaw” Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, he has been recognized for his musical expressivity, versatility, and remarkable technique. He performs around the world in such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Philharmonie de Paris, and Canada’s National Arts Centre. Regularly invited to appear at festivals such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Festival de violoncelle de Beauvais, and Musica Nova Helsinki, Cameron plays alongside eminent musicians including James Ehnes, Martin Beaver, André Laplante, Denis Pascal, and Huw Watkins.
Recently selected as one of 6 cellists from around the world to take part in the third edition of Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Cameron received his Master’s in Cello with highest honours from the Conservatoire de Paris in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti. He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in contemporary repertoire and creation at the Conservatory, as well studies in chamber music in the class of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer. Prior to his studies in Paris, he was a student of Paul Pulford in Canada. He has participated in numerous international competitions, and is 2nd prize laureate of both the OSM Standard Life and Eckhardt-Gramatté competitions. He has played in masterclasses for legendary cellists, including Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, Lawrence Lesser, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gary Hoffman, and Colin Carr. Passionate about collaborating with contemporary composers, Cameron is particularly devoted to the promotion of Canadian music. He is very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sylva Gelber Foundation for their support in his various projects.
"A musical force to be reckoned with"
- The Scene Magazine
"Crozman's Bach was one of the best musical gifts of 2016"
- CBC Music
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.
Azuline Duo: Romanza - Music of Spain and South America
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 students
Azuline Duo features award-winning young musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar). This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note. Their newest program Romanza - Music of Spain and South America showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting. The program represents many different aspects of this repertoire. From Spain, we hear the ethereal sounds of Rodrigo's Aria Antigua, the passionate Spanish Dances of Enrique Granados, and virtuosic transcriptions of the gypsy-flamenco music of Manuel de Falla. As the music of Spain travelled to South America one encounters a different scene: the haunting rainforest soundscapes of Villa Lobos, punchy Afro-latin rhythms of Machado and Pujol, the pure energy of Merlin's Joropo and, of course, the sultry sounds of Buenos Aires in the tango music of Piazolla. This program is a favourite with all audiences, combining lyrical sensitivity and showstopping technique in a compelling and unusual presentation.
Mark Fewer, violin and Daniel Janke, composer/piano
CD launch: Celestial Blue
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $10 for students
Daniel Janke and Mark Fewer have worked together on numerous occasions over the past years. This includes work on the Continuum New Music debut CD where Daniel was the producer, and Mark was a performer. They also collaborated on numerous film scores including Touch [Jeremy Podeswa, 2001] and Subconscious Password [Chris Landreth, 2014]. Mark and Daniel also collaborated on the dance work Cinco Puntos Cardinales which was subsequently release on the Centrediscs label. [CMCCD 16911, 2011]
Their duet CD Celestial Blue https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/139228 is a culmination of this musical relationship, and features new music for violin and prepared piano.
Mark Fewer (violin) has been described as “genre-bending” (National Post), “intrepid” (Globe and Mail), “profound” (The Whole Note), and “freaky good” (The Gazette). His performance career has seen him tour worldwide. Mr. Fewer teaches at the string dept. of McGill University. Prior to this he was Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, where he performed regularly as a member of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
Daniel Janke (composer / piano and prepared piano ) has composed music for Standing Wave Ensemble; Penderecki String Quartet; Bozzini String Quartet; and Ensemble Moderne du Québec. An accomplished jazz pianist, he has recorded with numerous artists including Bruce Cockburn and Holly Cole, and his own group Winter Trio. Film scores include Subconscious Password (NFB, dir. Chris Landreth, Oscar short-list 2014).
Music for Violin and Cello
Thursday February 23, 2017 at 8 pm
$20 / $10 Students
An evening of new music for violin and cello composed by Jeremy Bellaviti featuring Sarah Fraser Raff, violin and Bryan Holt, cello.
SARAH FRASER RAFF
Sarah received her formative musical training in Japan. Studying under Koichiro Harada, who was a founding member and first violinist of the internationally acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet, she gained a Bachelorʼs degree in Music Performance from the prestigious Toho Gakuen Music School in Tokyo. She moved to Canada to continue her studies with the late Lorand Fenyves. She went on to attain a Master of Music in Performance from Toronto University and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory. Sarahʼs chamber music experience includes frequent concerts, workshops, recordings, and TV and radio broadcasts in North America, Europe, and Asia as a founding member of the Madawaska String Quartet and principal violinist of CONTACT contemporary music ensemble. As an active and versatile freelancer she has played with the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada, Tapestry New Opera, Arraymusic Ensemble, and Soundstreams Canada. Sarah is currently on the faculty of the Royal Conservatory, Toronto.
Known for his versatility, cellist Bryan Holt has performed throughout North America and abroad. Mr. Holt has appeared with Art of Time Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, Soundstreams,Thin Edge New Music Collective, Pocket Concerts, Tapestry Opera, and has played in cello sections of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and Esprit Orchestra. Bryan is co-founder of the multi-genre cello duo "VC2" and is a member of Matt Haimovitz's Grammy-nominated ensemble "Uccello." He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Toronto, researching distance learning strategies for the transmission of modern cello pedagogy. Bryan maintains a private teaching studio in downtown Toronto and gives workshops and coachings at several schools in the Greater Toronto Area. More information can be found at www.bryanholt.ca.
Jeremy is a Toronto based cellist, guitarist and composer. Born in Calgary in 1977 he grew up in Italy and later moved to Canada where he attended the Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in guitar. He continued to study privately with renowned musicians Rob Piltch (guitar), Shauna Rolston (cello). He has studied composition with University of Toronto Professor Chan Ka Nin. Jeremy’s recent projects include a work for solo cello and choir commissioned by Toronto Jubilate Singers (premiered June 2015), String quartet featuring the hardanger fiddle funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (Premiered November 2015), Short pieces for voice and solo instrument funded by the Norwegian Society of Composers (Premiered December 2015). Jeremy is the featured composer in The Music Gallery Presents: Emergents III (April 2016), music for solo violin composed for and played by Sarah Fraser Raff.