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Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra
Wednesday February 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Admission $20; $10 Students
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Featuring music from their upcoming debut album, Windward Bound, and other original works, the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra is a fast-rising contributor to the growing scene of next-generation Canadian artists.
The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra (DKJO) is a Toronto-based contemporary big band committed to the creation, performance, and showcase of new works composed by the next generation of artists. The group is led by and comprises solely of musicians under 30 from the southern Ontario region. Formed in early 2017, the Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra has since developed a repertoire of over 20 original works from within the band and has performed in many of Toronto's iconic venues including Lula Lounge, Gallery 345 and Burdock. The Dennis Kwok Jazz Orchestra consists of 19 of the finest performers, composers, and arrangers dedicated to preserving the big band tradition while staying relevant to our generation.
Bushes and Bombshelters CD Release Concert
Ivana Popovic is a Serbian-Canadiancomposer, violinist and theatre performer based in Toronto. Her chamber music has been performed in Canada, USA and Europe and she has written music for several theatre productions as well. Bushes and Bombshelters is her debut album, featuring ten original compositions. She is the artistic director of Art Strollers, a concert series for parents and babies and is currently writing an opera for babies and toddlers. This last season Ivana appeared in the avant-garde troupe Theatre ARTaud’s productions of Grab ‘Em by the Pussy and Rage Against Inferno (Jerusalem).
For more info visit www.ivanapopovic.com
Bushes and Bombshelters
Encompassing a 5-year composition period, the pieces on Bushes and Bombshelters voice connections to two important countries in Ivana’s life: Canada and Serbia. They are intimate, deeply human stories about land and journeys, friendship, love, memory, crossroads. Although mostly instrumental, all of Ivana’s compositions are meant to tell a story; each is built around a specific event, image, or emotion. Built on the strong classical foundation and aesthetic, her compositional style is also influenced by the musical traditions she grew up with in Serbia: Gypsy and Eastern European Folk. Bombshelters in the title of this album is a reference to secret creative spaces in the artist’s life. By contrast, Bushes refers to Ivana’s love for Ontario’s open fields and forests and time spent in nature that has allowed for extended periods of artistic introspection. In its multicultural bent, this album speaks to Canadian immigrant communities from all areas of the world, responding to common themes such as longing for home or starting a new life.
This concert will feature the following musicians:
Ivana Popovic, violin/electric 5-string violin, voice
Perry Maher, piano
Max Senitt, percussion
Jesse Dietschi, double bass
Saman Shahi, piano
Don Laws, trombone
Halyna Dziuryn, violin
John Sellick, viola
Stuart Mutch, cello
Jamie Thomspon, flute
Patrick Boyle Quartet
Patrick Boyle - trumpet
Bernie Senensky - piano
Jim Vivian - double bass
Michael Billard - drums
Trumpeter Patrick Boyle launches his new album entitled "After Forgetting" to Toronto audiences on Fri Feb 15 at Gallery 345 at 8:00PM.
www.patrickboyle.ca | patrickboyle.bandcamp.com
Boyle is known for his outstanding prowess as a trumpet player. A provocative and prolific composer, his performances are filled with jazz enthusiasts and music lovers who are lured into the purity and creativity of his playing. After Forgetting, Patrick Boyle’s fourth solo album, showcases his uncanny sense of the moment and exquisite understanding of melody.
“After Forgetting is an exploration of sound and patience.” says musician Patrick Boyle. “Any magic on this record comes from how well each musician listens to the entire sonic landscape, allowing our distinct personalities to contribute to the moment. I am so thrilled with the high-end audiophile sound of this album and can’t wait to share it with music lovers.”
After Forgetting is a new vinyl and digital release with Bill Brennan (piano), Mike Downes (bass), and Mike Billard (drums) and produced by Glen Tilley. Previous solo albums include Rock Music with Curtis Andrews (2010); Still No Word (2008 ECMA Nominee); Hold Out (2005 ECMA Nominee). Artist Bruce Alcock designed the artwork, using a photo taken by Boyle of a shed in his father’s family home in Ireland. The album features original compositions alongside tunes by Bob Dylan, William Walton, and Michel Legrand.
Hailing from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland Boyle is a fearless sonic explorer. His frontiers are in performance (trumpet and guitar), improvisation, composition and education. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in performance from Memorial University. Dr. Patrick Boyle is currently an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Victoria. He appears on over fifty commercial releases and four acclaimed solo albums. In 2009, he performed at Carnegie Hall with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. Boyle has cultivated the rare ability to synthesize a range of influences – including jazz, rock, traditional, Balkan, and South Indian music – which all come together into a rhythmically compelling musical voice. A composer for theatre, film and the concert stage, Boyle scored the recent Artistic Fraud production of Colony of Unrequited Dreams at the National Arts Centre.
The Art of the Piano: Moritz Ernst
Fundraiser for New Music Concerts
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 7 pm
Tickets $100 / 2 for $150
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The acclaimed German virtuoso Moritz Ernst guides us through a vast array of recent keyboard music including composers Karlheinz Stockhausen, Arthur Lourié and Edison Denisov, and contemporary compositions written especially for him by Dieter Mack, Canadian Sandeep Bhagwati and others. Tickets $100 (2 for $150) include door prizes, gourmet delights and complimentary bar, with proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts. A charitable receipt will be issued for the CRA allowable portion.
Moritz Ernst was born in1986 in Ostwestfalen, Germany and began playing the piano already at the age of five, taking lessons in Detmold. After graduating from high school at the early age of 16, he continued his piano studies in 2002 at the Detmolder Musikhochschule where he also studied musicology. During that time he was also awarded several prizes.
In 2003 he became a private student of the well known professor for piano, Peter Feuchtwanger. Shortly thereafter his concert activities were launched with regular performances in Europe and abroad.
Some years later Moritz Ernst continued his piano studies with Prof Jean-Jacques Dünki and harpsichord with Prof Jörg-Andreas Bötticher at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, thereafter his career also as harpsichordist began. During these years of study, he attended master classes and workshops held by Günter Reinhold, Paul Badura-Skoda, Ferderick Rzewski and the Auryn Quartet.
Moritz Ernst is presently concertising as pianist, harpsichordist and chamber musician performing a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary music. Concerts include appearences in Germany, at the Piano Festival Feuchtwangen, the Lake Constance Festival, the Beethoven Festival Bonn; in England, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Russia. (St. Petersburg Sound Ways Festival) He has also held master classes at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany and at The Royal Music Academy in Malmö, Sweden.
Music of the 20th and 21st century is especially dear to his heart. Ernst has premiered several works as well as collaborating closely with composers such as Eötvös, Pelzel, Winkler, Bhagwati, Wohlhauser, Olofsson, Maros and others, some of whom have dedicated works to him. In addition, he advocates the forgotten and less played composers; for example by performing Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Sonata op. 106, Feruccio Busonni‘s Fantasia contrappuntistica and the music of Samuel Scheidt, as well as music for the 16th- tone - piano. (Micro - tonality)
The international press has highly acclaimed Moritz Ernst for his superb recording of music by Sir Malcolm Arnold. “The Classical Music Magazine” granted him their highest rating. “Gramophone” praised his sparkling and stimulating rendition of this recording. In addition, he has performed for international radio stations such as DRS2 (Zurich), Radio Luxembourg, SR (Radio of the Saarland), DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Deutschlandfunk and BBC London.
Extensive plans for future recording projects include: the harpsichord works of Kent Olofsson, well as the complete Sonatas by Joseph Haydn and the entire piano works by Arthur Lourié. He already recorded the complete piano works of Viktor Ullmann and the sonatas by Norbert von Hannenheim in connection with Deutschlandradio and the CD label EDA Records on two CDs . In 2014 the Piano Concerto by Victor Ullmann was recorded together with the Dortmund Philharmonic under Gabriel Feltz.
In June 2013 Moritz Ernst gave his debut performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Bern (Switzerland) under the baton Mario Venzago with a performance of the 2nd Piano Concerto by Edward Staempfli.
In 2014, his highly acclaimed Asian debut took place.There he also held mastercalsses and lectures at the SEGi College of Malaysia, the University of Malaysia and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 2015 several other extensive tours, most notably to Teheran and Canada (Montréal, Toronto) took place.
In 2016 a 3-CD-Box with the complete piano works by Arthur Lourié will be published by Capriccio, as well as other recordings, including the Viktor Ullmann piano concerto (again Capriccio) and Vol.1 of the complete Haydn piano sonatas.
The Art of the Harpsichord: Corina Marti
Keyboard music from 16th century Poland
Tabulatura IOANNIS DE LYUBLYN 1540
authorship of the vocal model/intabulation unknown unless otherwise indicated
[Preambulum in g] (161r)
Surrexit Dominus valete luctus (70v)
[Passamezzo antico] / Proporcia Jeszcze Marczynye (188v/189r)
[Deus qui sedes super thronum] (after Johann Walter) (204r)
Zaklolam szÿa tharnem (215r)
[Preambulum] in e (19v)
Absolon [= Rex autem David] (after Antonio de Ribera) (253v)
Francigenum [= Le content est riche] (after Claudin de Sermisy) (28r)
Preambulum super d (19r)
Bona [corea?] (218v)
Vita in lingo moritur (after Ludwig Senfl) (171r)
Preambulum in d (N[icolaus] C[racoviensis]) (160v)
Schephczyk ÿdzÿe po ulÿczÿ schÿdelka noschacz (222r)
Preambulum super f (98v)
Preambulum in d (233r)
32. Plus mille regres [= Plus nulz regretz] (after Josquin des Prez) (254v)
Tribulatio [et angustia] (after Josquin des Prez?) (235v)
Preambulum in c (18v)
Sicut lilium inter spinas (after Antoine Brumel) (97v)
Corina Marti’s performances have been praised as ‘strikingly superior and expressive’ (Toccata) and ‘infallible’ (Diapason). After graduating in Baroque music performance on the recorder and harpsichord from the Lucerne Academy of Music, she focused on early flutes and Late Medieval / Early Renaissance repertoire, in which she gained a degree from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle (Switzerland) under the guidance of Pierre Hamon and Kathrin Bopp. In 1999 she won the first price of the Friedl-Wald competition (Switzerland), 2003 the first price of J.Kulsky in Poland.
Corina Marti has extensively performed, recorded and taught Late Medieval and Early Renaissance repertoires throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA, South America and Japan. (Koninklijk Conservatorium den Haag, Conservatory Tel Aviv, Musikhochschule Bremen, Prague Conservatory, Early Music Village Japan and others.)
In 2003, she was invited to join the faculty of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis as a tutor for early flutes and keyboard instruments. Her performances on these instruments and research into their history and construction have contributed to their revival among performers.
She also enjoys later repertoires, appearing as soloist and together with chamber music formations and orchestras such as Jordi Savall’s Hesperion XXI and La Capella Reial de Cataluña, with Diego Fasolis, Kore, Helsinki Baroque, Capriccio Basel, Arte dei Suonatori performing Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary repertoire.
With ensemble La Morra, of which she is co-director, Corina Marti has recorded several enthusiastically received CDs of fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century music (including the complete works of Johannes Ciconia, awarded Diapason d’Or, and Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Her ongoing interest in the earliest instrumental music has resulted in a CD release devoted to German repertoire of the late fifteenth- / early sixteenth-century (Von edler Art, Ramée, 2008, together lutenist with Michal Gondko) and in her first solo CD: I dilettosi fiori, 14th century music for clavisimbalum and recorders. (5 Diapasons) Her discography of post-1500 music includes recordings devoted to Early Baroque instrumental music from Lombardy, music by the Italian-Jewish composer Salomone Rossi (1570-c1630), flute sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, flute concertos by Francesco Mancini, the suites by Charles Dieupart, Alessandro Scarlatti flute concertos 2015, and together with Vivabianacluna Biffi and Michal Gondko a CD dedicated to Francesco Landini, to be released in 2017. January 2016 her new CD: Quando cala la notte, Italian music of the early 16th century (Enea Sorini: Voice, Corina Marti: Early Renaissance harpsichord) was released by Carpe Diem. 2016 was as well the year the recording “The lion’s Ear” A tribute to Leo X (Ensemble La Morra) was awarded with a Diapason d’Or and the NOAH GREENBERG AWARD. And the newest CD: Petrus Wilhelmi De Grudencz (fifteenth-century music from Central Europe) -5 Diapasons.
The Rebel: “Breaking down Barriers”
A celebration of the wild, the different, and the outcast
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 pm
Tickets: $20/$15 Student
Reserve tickets at spectrummusic.ca
Musicata – Hamilton’s Voices, choir
Andrew Downing (upright bass), Aline Homzy (violin),Chris Pruden (piano)
Seven new works will premiere at this concert, each inspired by our theme.
Tiffany Hanus, Chelsea McBride, Mason Victoria, Jackson Welchner, Suzy Wilde, Jay Vazquez, Saman Shahi
We encourage you to unleash your inhibition and let your freak flags fly because in this concert, the rebel in all of us takes center stage. A juxtaposition of classical choir (Musicata-Hamilton’s Voices) and improvising jazz trio (Andrew Downing, Chris Pruden, Aline Homzy) provides the ultimate cross-genre platform to explore the individual’s desire to break free of the confines of convention.
In a world bent on social revolution, can music show the length we are willing to go to define our own identities? Spectrum composers rise up and make their own unique voices heard through original compositions.
The Art of the Piano: Bruce Vogt
“Brahms and the Question of Biography”
Two Nocturnes - Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
i. Opus 27#2 in Db Major (1835-36)
ii. Opus 62#1 in B Major (1846)
Op. 116, Seven Fantasias (1892) - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897).
i. Capriccio in D minor
ii. Intermezzo in A minor
iii. Capriccio in G minor
iv. Intermezzo in E major
v. Intermezzo in E minor
vi. Intermezzo in E major
vii. Capriccio in D minor
Intermezzo, opus 119#1 in b minor (1893) - Johannes Brahms
T the Question of Biography – and the Case of Brahms’ Schumann Variations
Variations on a Theme by Schumann, opus 9 (1854) - Johannes Brahms
Bruce Vogt appears regularly in concert across Canada, and also inspires audiences abroad, having performed in Japan, China, the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria.
Vogt grew up in Southern Ontario where he studied with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later, he studied in the U.S. and Europe with such celebrated musicians as Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts'Ong and Dario de Rosa.
Vogt's repertoire is diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has long championed the music of contemporary composers, and commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also a dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. Other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. In 2011 – the bicentenary of the composer’s birth – he recorded two subsequent Liszt CDs.
In addition to his career as a soloist and chamber musician, Vogt is Professor at the University of Victoria. Because he sees teaching and working with young pianists and teachers as an important commitment, he lectures widely, leads master classes and workshops and adjudicates for festivals.
In recent years he been invited more frequently in Canada and abroad to indulge another passion – presenting and improvising accompaniments to great films of the silent era.
Be My Love
A Late Valentine’s Day Concert
Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan, piano
Solomon Tencer, bass
Sara Papini, soprano
Anna Antropova, violin
This evening’s performance will feature the songs of Tosti, Falvo, Puccini, Valente, Debussy, Verdi, Bellini, Donizetti, von Flotov, Arditi, Mozart, Gounod, Bizet, Di Capua, Dvorak, Romberg, Loewe, Gastaldon, Cardillo, Arlen, Cohen, Leoncavallo, Liszt, Schumann.
Praised as “an admirably gifted performer’’ by Yuri Temirkanov, “a pianist of great talent, having extraordinary skills and boundless musicality” by Mikhail Pletnev and a “true artist” by Yefim Bronfman, Victoria is the winner of The Stravinsky Piano Competition at the age of 13, Andorra Piano Competition, E-Piano Competition in Minneapolis and I International Piano Competition In Korea among others.
As a soloist, Victoria has performed with major orchestras in concert halls such as the Big Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Concertgebouw, Koeln Philharmonic, Nuernberg Meistersinger Hall, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Salle Pleyel in Paris and concertized throughout Russia, USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Egypt, France, Azerbaijan and Korea under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev, Mark Gorenstein, Pavel Kogan, Arnold Katz, Nikolai Alekseev, Maxim Shostakovich, Vladimir Ziva, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Russell Smith, Charles Ansbacher and Laurent Petitgirard.
Two recent recordings featuring Beethoven Piano Concertos by Victoria Korchinskaya-Kogan were released under Art Classic Company label and received critical acclaim for its distinguished imagination and stylistic precision.
Born in Moscow, 1978, the granddaughter of the famous violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, Victoria started to play the piano at the age of 5. One year later she debuted at the Small Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Her mother Prof. Dr. Nina Kogan works at the Moscow Conservatory. Her uncle Pavel Kogan is a Russian violinist and conductor who currently leads the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.
Victoria received her M.M. and D.M.A. from the Moscow Conservatory where she studied with Lev Vlassenko, Sergei Dorensky and Pavel Nersessian. Her masterclasses include study with Andreas Stayer, Dmitry Bashkirov, Claude Frank, William Nabore and Jose Feghali.
Victoria has been on the faculty of Moscow Conservatory since 2007 and Seokyeong University in Seoul since 2014. Victoria is also a frequent guest of famous international music festivals such as The Corinthian Summer Music Festival in Austria, Summit Music Festival, Mannes Keyboard Festival in the USA, the Musiktage Koblenz in Germany, Nuit Classiques de Ramatuelle and Nuits du Piano d’Erbalunga in France.
Her past performances include concerts in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Baku, South Korea, Israel, USA, Japan and Argentina. After her 2017 arrival in Canada, Victoria performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Ontario Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Sabatino Vacca.
Solomon Tencer, bass opera singer was born in Riga Latvia. From an early age, Solomon developed a strong interest in singing and pursued his passion by taking voice lessons from renowned Russian coaches. In 1972, Solomon moved to New York where he received further vocal training with leading tenor, Harry Theyard, of the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera. In 1987, Solomon relocated to Toronto, Canada and continued his vocal studies under Canadian baritone Louis Quilico.
In 1993, Producer Solomon Tencer and his wife and business partner, Artistic Director Nadia Veselova Tencer established Stars of the 21st Century an annual International Ballet Gala that has taken the world-renowned stages of Paris, Cannes, New York, Toronto, Bucharest, Moscow and Panama City by storm since its debut in 1993. Featuring first class line-ups in both classical and cutting edge contemporary dance from around the globe, Stars of the 21st Century has become the most prestigious ballet gala and one of the most important cultural events in the world. In 1998, Solomon produced a World Opera Gala featuring winners of the 5th Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition.
International opera singer Sara Papini has graced stages around Canada, the United States, Italy, France, and Israel.
Most recently, Ms. Papini made her Russian debut with the Primorsky Krai Philharmonic Orchestra in the Primorsky Krai Regional Hall, under the baton of Anatoliy Smirnov.
Her operatic roles include Musetta La Boheme, Adina L'Elisir d'Amore, Norina Don Pasquale, Gilda Rigoletto, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Princess L'enfant et les sortilèges and Silvia in Zanetto by Mascagni. She made her New York city debut in the role of Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, a New York city premier, with Mannes College conducted by Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri.
She has performed under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler in New York, Montreal, Virgina and in Tel Aviv, Israel with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
Along side her operatic success, Ms. Papini has had the opportunity to branch into the crossover industry. She is a JUNO nominee for her operatic vocal contribution to the EP Track entitled "Black Tuxedo" by rapper Maestro Fresh Wes.
She has also performed along side Italian singer and artist Albano Carrisi in Toronto Canada, Pistrino Italy, and was invited to perform on the television show, I Raccomandati, in Rome Italy broadcasted on RAI UNO for over 50 million viewers.
Ms. Papini is a graduate of the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She has performed for numerous galas, fundraisers and private events in both New York City, Toronto and surrounding areas. She has also performed for such dignataries as former Prime Minister Stephen J. Harper, former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, Princess Marconi and her Royal Highness Prof. Li of Manchian Empire
Born in the Ukraine, Anna Antropova graduated with a Master’s degree in Viola Performance from the Glinka State Conservatory of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. As a professional violist, she held the position of Assistant Principal Violist of the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra and National Opera and Ballet Theatre in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). She toured with the orchestra in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, France, the U.S.A. and Canada.
Residing in Toronto since 2002, Ms. Antropova currently performs with the Toronto Philharmonia, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra and Toronto Concert Orchestra. She has performed with such notable musicians as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Salvatore Accardo, Giya Kancheli, Lev Markiz, Nina Kogan, Victoria Kogan, Atis Bankas, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Vladimir Krainev.
Her solo performance highlights include Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola with the Ukraine Symphony, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 at the Music Niagara Festival and with the Koffler Chamber Orchestra at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto. She has performed at numerous recitals and solo concerts.
Ms. Antropova has over 15 years of international experience as a music educator for viola and violin. Her students have performed at and competed in music festivals and competitions throughout Toronto, Richmond Hill, Markham and Scarborough.
Member of Music Niagara Festival led by Maestro Atis Bankas.
Ms. Antropova is Artistic Director of Toronto-based Chamber Music Gallery, a music society featuring concerts in the city and touring throughout Canada.
Payadora Tango Ensemble
Tango and Argentine Folk Music
Payadora Tango Ensemble
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jurecka, bandoneon
Robert Horvath, piano
Joseph Phillips, double bass
Founded in 2013, Payadora Tango Ensemble has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire that draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions and arrangements by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond.
Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.
Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival at Heliconion Hall, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, The Toronto Botanical Gardens Concert Series, the Kingston Road Village Concert Series, the Knox United Church concert Series, the Group of 27 Concert Series at Heliconion Hall, and for the Canadian Opera Company's World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre.
"Each musician is a star soloist in their own right. Playing together has allowed them to develop and mature turning Payadora into a superstar group."
— From CD review by Tiina Kiik for the Whole Note Magazine February 2018.
“With influences from Argentina to Eastern Europe to the great Astor Piazzolla, Payadora plays the tango like it’s meant to be: sultry, steamy, but with grace and precision. You will be entertained!”
— Howard Druckman, Editor, Words + Music magazine
Musicians from Marlboro
Don’t miss the chance to hear the passionate and joyous music-making from the place the
New Yorker lauds as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.” As the Washington Post
proclaimed, “Musicians from Marlboro is a guarantee of musical excellence.”
After a successful East Coast tour in 2018, the Ravel Piano Trio
returns for performances across the U.S. and Canada.
A Haydn piano trio and Kodály’s charming Serenade round out the program alongside the world premiere of a duet by Ken
Ueno for Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian and Avery
Fisher Grant recipient Tessa Lark. Former Cherubini Quartet member Christoph Richter, Ying Quartet violinist Robin Scott,
and 2018 Montreal Competition winner Zoltán Fejérvári
complete this singular ensemble.
Robin Scott, violin; Tessa Lark, violin; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Christoph Richter, cello; Zoltán Fejérvári, piano
Haydn: Piano Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Kodály: Serenade, Op. 12
K. Ueno: Duo (Marlboro commission/premiere)
Ravel: Piano Trio in A Minor
Debut Album Release: Memories of Places Past
Louis Spohr: Six German Songs / Sechs deutsche Lieder Op.103
Frank Horvat: Memory of a Place Past - St. Joe’s, (2016)
Colin Eatock: Ashes of Soldiers (2010)
Trio Dell’Aria (Kripa Nageshwar, soprano; Michael Westwood, clarinet; and Ruta Vaivade, piano) will premiere pieces from their new album, Memories of Places Past at Gallery 345 on Thursday, March 7, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The album, which received FACTOR funding, features new works from two of Canada’s foremost composers (Colin Eatock and Frank Horvat) and German art songs by Louis Spohr (1784 - 1859). The album was produced by Drew Jurecka (Jill Barber, Ron Sexsmith, Bahamas).
Trio Dell’Aria formed naturally through the performers’ love of chamber music works and experimenting with different musical sounds and timbers. The pieces in Memoires of Places Past were chosen because of their incredible interlocking melodies that blend together as the musical stories unfold. The clarinet is ever-present, and its compelling timbre acts as a foundation, which the other soloists can weave their musical magic.
Elizabeth Reid, viola
Alison Cerutti, piano
Violist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti return to Toronto to perform Gallery 345 for the third time. The first half of this concert includes Canadian repertoire, including a new viola sonata composed in 2018 by David Jaeger, and the music of composer Rose Bolton.
The concert ends with the Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano, one of the most beloved masterpieces of the 20th century viola literature.
This piece is celebrating its centennial in 2019.
The tempo of the first movement of this incredible work is Impetuoso, hence this concert’s title!
Rose Bolton From the Very Edge of the Flat Earth (2007)
David Jaeger Sonata for Viola and Piano (2018)
Rebecca Clark Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919)
Violist Elizabeth Reid is in high demand as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus).
Elizabeth is the core violist of the innovative and dynamic Vermont new music group TURNmusic. She has a passionate interest in contemporary music, especially that of her native Canada and her adopted state of Vermont, USA. Elizabeth has been involved in numerous premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the United States. Notable highlights include works of Vermont composers, Erik Nielsen, Michael Close, Lydia Lowery Busler, Jacob Morton-Black, Jorge Martin, and Matthew LaRocca; and Canadian composers, Tawnie Olson and Derek Healey.
Recently Elizabeth performed a solo viola show at ArtsRiot in Burlington, Vermont, including electronic works of American, Canadian, and Finnish composers. In November 2014 she performed a solo viola concert of contemporary American and Canadian works at Gallery 345 in Toronto to great success. She appeared as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in Vermont performing the Martinu Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra. In the summer of 2018 she appeared with Counterpoint Chorus as the soloist for Vaughan-Williams’ Flos Campi and in music of Janacek, Bloch, Tawnie Olson and Matthew LaRocca.
Elizabeth is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Music-COMP. In Canada, Ms. Reid has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra.
A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Elizabeth studied viola with Lorand Fenyves, Betty-Jean Hagen, and Ralph Aldrich at Western University; and with Rennie Regehr at the Glenn Gould Professional School at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Alison Bruce Cerutti has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Vermont, and as a flute accompanist in the U.S. and France. For eight years, she studied with Louis Moyse and accompanied his flute master classes in Vermont and France, and in 2012 performed with his former students in St. Amour, France. Cerutti has played with Counterpoint, TURNmusic for the 2015 production of A Fleeting Animal, Arioso, the Northern Third Piano Quartet, the Cerutti-Reid Duo, Veritas, and the Bruce Klavier Duo. She appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Philharmonic, and the Norwich University Band Company. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black, and she can be heard in the soundtrack of Bess O’Brien’s documentary “All of Me”. A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School. She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University.
The Art of the Piano: Vedrana Subotic
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 8 pm
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Ballade No. 3 in A - flat major Op.47 - Frederic Chopin
4 Mazurkas Op.17 - Frederic Chopin
7 Etudes - Stevan Mokranjac
Sonata in E- flat major Hob.XVI: 52 - Franz Josef Haydn
Sonata op. 26 - Ludwig von Beethoven
Over the course of her vibrant and multi-faceted musical career, pianist Vedrana Subotic has distinguished herself as an internationally acclaimed concert artist, pedagogue, chamber musician, concert producer, and administrator. Her 2018 schedule numbers 60 professional engagements in North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia. Subotic's concert repertoire features more than 500 works in the solo, chamber, and concerto genres, including the 32 piano sonatas, complete violin, cello, and French horn sonatas, and the complete piano trios (60 works all together) by Beethoven.
Subotic, a Steinway Artist since 2003, is an award-winning Associate Professor-Lecturer of Music at the University of Utah, and a Visiting Professor of Piano at the University of Chile. She serves as the newly appointed President of the World Piano Teachers Association USA, Executive Director of the USA Chapter Conference, and as the Music Director (2002-present) of INTERMEZZO, a highly esteemed concert series based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Subotic is also the founding member of the Intermezzo Piano Trio.
An active soloist and chamber musician, Subotic has been lauded by critics and audiences for her “fierce playing,” and “impressive chops” (Salt Lake Tribune), and her “nuanced and expressive playing, beautifully phrased lines, and a wonderfully light touch.” (Deseret News). The recent review in Artists of Utah described her performance of Schubert piano trio (E-flat) as “one of the most intuitively verdant and emotionally draining performance of any of Franz Schubert’s compositions that I have ever heard, live or on a recording…truly astonishing.”
Subotic’s musical career began precociously at age nine, when her performance of Debussy’s "Childrens' Corner" aired on national television in her native country, the former Yugoslavia, as part of the series on emerging musical prodigies. Her training at the National Music Conservatory "Josip Slavenski” was consequently intensified and accelerated. At age fifteen, she was admitted to the University of Belgrade Music Academy (FMU) as the youngest candidate ever accepted. After winning the first prize in Yugoslavia's National Piano Competition at age nineteen, she moved to the United States, to study with Ralph Votapek, the Gold Medalist of the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and later with Menahem Pressler, the founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio.
Subotic performs in at least thirty concerts a year in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, combining concerto appearances, solo recitals, chamber music collaborations, and orchestral performances. Recent concerts include performances of concertos by Brahms (No.2), Beethoven (No.4 and No.5), Chopin (No.1 and No.2), Prokofiev (No.3), and Berg (Chamber Concerto); concert tours in Russia, China, Chile, Israel, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, and Puerto Rico. Subotic has performed in such distinguished venues as Bolshoi Theater's Beethoven Hall in Moscow (Russia), Elena Obrazova Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), Martinu Hall in Prague (Czech Republic), Kolarac Hall in Belgrade (Serbia), Woolsey Hall and Morse Recital Hall in New Haven, CT (USA), Chicago Symphony Hall (USA), Steinway Hall and Paul Recital Hall in NYC (USA), Chautauqua Amphitheater in NY (USA), Abravanel Hall and the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City (USA), Targ Hall in Tel Aviv (Israel), Doge's Palace in Dubrovnik (Croatia), and the Purcell Room in London's Southbank Center for the Performing Arts (UK). Subotic has played chamber music with distinguished musicians such as Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Muir Quartet. As a soloist and orchestra member, Subotic has worked with conductors Pavel Kogan, Joseph Silverstein, Matthias Bamert, Hugh Wolff, Jan Merkel, Thierry Fischer, Keith Lockhart, and Jean-Claude Casadesus, among others.
At the University of Utah, Dr. Subotic teaches piano students in the Bachelor, Masters, and Doctoral programs and oversees degree recitals, Masters Thesis, and Doctoral Dissertations. She has taught courses in undergraduate and graduate piano literature, piano pedagogy, accompanying, and chamber music. At the University of Chile, Dr. Subotic teaches students in the Conservatory, undergraduate and graduate piano program, and oversees degree recitals and Masters Thesis.
Since 2009, Dr. Subotic has been teaching a highly successful course in professional Career Development, for which she received the Faculty Recognition Award from the University of Utah. She has received fourteen grants from the University Teaching Committee, the Dee Council, and the Fine Arts and Fees committee since her faculty appointment in 2008. Dr. Subotic created the Guest Artist Piano Masterclasses Series for piano performance majors, in collaboration with the Utah Symphony and the Gina Bachauer Foundation. She is the Director of the Teacher Development Seminars (2015-present), a collaboration with the Preparatory Piano program, and chief producer of the live-streaming faculty concert series Live@Libby.
Dr. Subotic has distinguished herself as a teacher who mentors award-winning performers and scholars. Her University of Utah college students have won numerous competitions, performed as soloists and chamber musicians in Carnegie Hall, and have been accepted and awarded scholarships to prestigious international piano programs at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, the Royal College of Music in London, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Yale University, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the University of Michigan, Piano Texas International Academy and Festival (in collaboration with the Van Cliburn Competition), and the Interharmony International Music Festival. Her DMA students have produced dissertations on subjects ranging from cataloguing piano works by Manuel Ponce and works dedicated to exploration of extended piano techniques for pedagogical purposes, to the influence of religious and folk music of former Yugoslavia on the emergence of its pianistic style.
In 2014, Subotic began the unparalleled project of performing the complete solo sonatas, duo sonatas, and piano trios by Beethoven - 60 works total. She has since presented the Beethoven programs, lectures, and masterclasses in national and international venues, at the Sichuan Conservatory (China), Tel Aviv University (Israel), the Jerusalem Academy of Music (Israel), Unbound Chamber Music Festival (CA, USA), the InterHarmony International Music Festival (Italy), World Piano Conference (Serbia), the Mistral Concert Series in Santiago (Chile), University of Santiago (Chile), the Prague Academy of Music (Czech Republic), the Midsummer Piano Festival in Prague, (Czech Republic), the Turgenev Memorial Library in Moscow (Russia), and at Ohio State University (USA). Upcoming engagements in 2018 include concerts and masterclasses in the US, Canada, Russia, China, Italy, Brazil, Chile, and France.
Dr. Subotic received a Bachelor of Music degree from Belgrade University at age nineteen. As a full-scholarship student, she has earned a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Music from Indiana University. Her Doctoral dissertation explores the cultural and compositional connections between Claude Debussy’s and Toru Takemitsu's piano works. Her teachers were pianists Menahem Pressler, Ralph Votapek, Evelyne Brancart, Arbo Valdma, Leonard Hokanson, Peter Frankl, Gyorgy Sebok, and Byron Janis, and distinguished professors, cellist Janos Starker and violinist Josef Gingold.
The Hogtown Syncopators:
CD release of Rotman’s Hat Shop
Beloved Toronto band The Hogtown Syncopators celebrate 15 years of playing together with the release of a new album. The album features mostly originals written by guitarist Jay Danley, as well as some traditional jazz favourites, including hits such as "I wish I could shimmy like my sister Kate" performed by Drew Jurecka. The band is thrilled to be releasing the album titled "Rotman's Hat Shop' on March 22nd at Gallery 345.
The Hogtown Syncopators
Drew Jurecka - Violin, Clarinet, Vocals, Alto Sax, Bandoneon
Terra Hazelton - Vocals, Snare Drum
Jay Danley - Guitar, Vocals
Richard Whiteman - Piano
James Thomson - Bass
EMW Culture Club Presents:
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 8 pm
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This concert will feature Kristjan Randalu on solo piano featuring compositions from his ECM recording “Absence.”
Special guest Cellist: Winona Zelenka
Kristjan Randalu is one of the most compelling pianists of his generation, sought after as soloist, collaborator and composer, his music described by Jazz Times as an "unnameable exotic land".
Born in Estonia in 1978, Randalu moved with his family to Germany as a child where the piano became increasingly important to him. His teachers there included John Taylor in Cologne, followed by a time at the Royal Academy of Music in London (with Django Bates) and a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in New York.
His musical partners have included Dave Liebman, Ari Hoenig, Nguyên Lê, Ben Monder, Nils Petter Molvaer, Dhafer Youssef, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus, at festivals in London, Paris, Madrid and Istanbul, and toured in the United States and Canada, across Europe and in Turkey, Korea, Australia and Israel.
His awards include a Grammy nomination and Jazz Album of the Year at the Estonian Music Awards. In 2014 Randalu received the annual music award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
For more info visit www.randalu.com
“Kristjan is a dazzling piano player" - HERBIE HANCOCK
"At once timeless and casually spectacular, demanding and entertaining on the highest level."
"The bandleader is a pillar of stability. He clearly is capable of breathtaking displays of technique and showmanship, but employs challenging runs with a noble conservatism." Downbeat
WINONA ZELENKA, cello
Winona Zelenka is one of Canada’s finest cellists on the scene today. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Mississauga Symphony and the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra among many others. She is a dedicated recitalist and chamber musician, regularly performing in every Toronto music series of note as well as the Ottawa Chamberfest; she is also a proponent of new music, having performed several world premieres of works written for her by Canadian composers. In 2006 she formed Trio Arkel with violinist Marie Berard and violist Teng Li, and since 2013 they have been running the concert series Trio Arkel Presents, featuring both well-known and contemporary chamber music works.
In June of 2010 Winona released her first CD set of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello, a recording on Marquis Classics. It has received international acclaim, and in 2011 was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. Her second recording, released in 2012, is titled “Connections” and is of sonatas for cello and piano written by French composers, with the celebrated pianist Connie Shih. Her films with Moving Head Productions include interviews for BOLD TV and a complete performance of the Cassado Suite for solo cello, viewed by many thousands on Youtube.
Winona obtained her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma at the University of Indiana, where she studied with Janos Starker. Her other formative teachers were William Findlay, Vladimir Orloff and William Pleeth.
Winona has won orchestral positions in England, Canada and the United States. Her professional career has included two seasons of Acting Principal Cellist of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and five seasons as Acting Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, of which she has been a member since 2001. Winona has two talented grown children, James and Kathryn, and her husband Ron Searles is an acclaimed recording engineer.
Winona Zelenka will be guesting in the 2nd set.
Pictures at an Exhibition
Fundraiser for Orchestra Toronto
Saturday March 30, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Admission $50/for one. $90/for two
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Pianist Richard Herriott presents an auditory album of musical delights for the piano, in an evening recital to benefit Orchestra Toronto.
On the Programme:
Pictures at an Exhibition - Modest Mussorgsky and a pot-pourri of works by Bach, Ravel, Albeniz, and Rachmaninoff, as well as Herriott's own composition," A Flight of Doves.
Cash bar. Hors d'oeuvres provided by Leaside Supperworks. Raffle, with prizes from TIFF, the Stratford Festival, and other amazing donors.
The Art of the Piano: Jarred Dunn
Beethoven Sonata Op. 110
Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 nr. 1
Chopin Scherzo 3 Op. 39
Chopin Scherzo 4 Op. 54
Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy, Op. 61
Jarred Dunn has been described by critics as “evocative and mystical” (Donald Isler), "technically perfect" (Belarusian First Radio), and “a virtuoso with the most exquisite touch” (Annie-Laurie Gaylor, Freethought Today, Madison), and is featured on the 2018 CBC Top 30 Under 30: Hot Canadian Classical Musicians of 2018. He is the First Prize winner of the 2018 Lithuanian International Chopin Competition (Vilnius), where he also received the Special Concerto Award, in addition to prizes in Rome, Verona Zinetti, and Castellana Grotte competitions. He has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and been heard on WQXR New York, Freethought TV/Radio (Madison), and Belarus First Radio (Minsk). He has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Torun (Poland), Etobicoke (Toronto), Niagara, Rose (Brampton), Vilnius Chamber Symphony (Lithuania), Eurasian Chamber (Berlin), Budapest Chamber (Hungary), and State Radio and TelevisionMinsk (Belarus) Orchestras. His first recording, Chopin and Debussy, was recorded at the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison by Audio for the Arts (Madison).
Mr. Dunn has given lectures and master classes at Steinway Gallery, numerous RMTA locations across Ontario, F. Chopin University of Music in Poland, International and Ravenswood Schools in Sydney (Australia), and Vilnius Academy Pre- College. His articles have also been published in the CMEA Journal, for which he writes regularly. He has been sought for adjudicating in competitions. In 2013, he received the Teacher Recognition Award from the Ontario Federation of Teachers, and in 2012 at the University of Toronto he received the W.O. Forsyth Graduation Award, given to the most meritorious pianist graduating. He has received numerous scholarships and awards for his scholastic, musical, and scholarly achievements. He studied on scholarship at the University of Toronto, took professional studies at The Juilliard School with Profs. Jacob Lateiner and Yoheved Kaplinsky, and studied in New York with Dorothy Taubman. He completed graduate and post-graduate degrees in Poland, with Prof. Anna Górecka in Katowice (MM, Post-Grad. with Distinction) and Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń in Bydgoszcz (ArtDip). He participated in workshops with Maria João-Pires in Portugal.
This program is the one Jarred will be playing at his Warsaw debut in the Chopin Museum (where prizewinners play after the competitions in Chopin’s honour) this June in their “Young Talent” series
Jarred Dunn welcomes invitations and requests for performances as a concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician/collaborator. He also teaches actively as a master class clinician and lecturer. For booking, please use the Contact page to get in touch with him.