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Schubert’s “Die Schone Müllerin”
Louis De Nil, tenor & Helen Becque, piano
Sunday September 10 2017 at 3 pm
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Join Tenor Louis De Nil and Pianist Helen Becqué for this Sunday afternoon recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin” at Gallery 345. Schubert’s first true song cycle, this masterpiece is truly one of Schubert’s most beautiful works.
Tenor Louis De Nil is beginning his doctorate at the Royal College of Music, working with Prof. Natasha Loges in musicology. His research focuses on the influence of Christoph Willibald Gluck, Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, and Antonio Salieri on Franz Schubert’s early lieder, and the stylistic transformation of lieder that took place in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Aiming to combine research and performance, he is also an accomplished tenor and recently completed his Masters in Voice Performance at Western University studying with Torin Chiles. Louis first obtained a Bachelors of Musicology from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, studying with Prof. Winston Purdy. He was a member of Opera McGill, playing Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also played the roles of Luiz in The Gondoliers and Lord Tolloller in Iolanthe with the McGill Savoy Society. He has completed the Young Theatre of Art Song program (2013) at VISI and Opera Nuova (2014). At Opera Nuova he played The Manta in The Lives of Lesser Things, The Captain in Candide and Le Doyen in Cendrillon. During his time at Western, Louis performed with UWOpera, singing the roles of Gonzalve in of L’heure espagnole and Bardolfo in Verdi’s Falstaff. Louis’ true passion is research and performance of art song. He has performed two recitals with pianist Marianna Chibotar, including a performance of Winterreise in 2015, for which he was granted an Ontario graduate scholarship. He is currently looking forward to collaborating with pianist Helen Becqué for his 2017 Toronto recital of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin” at Gallery 345.
A native of Belgium, Helen Becqué received both her bachelor and masters degrees in Piano Performance from the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels under the tutelage of Boyan Vodenitcharov. Subsequent solo studies led her to the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Menahem Pressler. Equally passionate about vocal repertoire, Helen also completed a Masters degree at the University of Tennessee School of Music, working in the opera division as well as with instrumentalists. Helen continued her studies in vocal accompanying with Helmut Deutsch and Fritz Schwinghammer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, receiving a ‘Meisterklasse Liedbegeleitung’ diploma in 2010.
Currently Helen is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, teaching Lieder and Song Interpretation classes in the Voice Studies department. Additionally, she serves as a coach and collaborative pianist for vocal students at both the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.
hear the art: Grand Piano Songs sung by a Charismatic Voice
Thursday September 14, 2017 at 8 pm; doors open at 7:15
Free; you can make a donation to two charities
The music will be new grand piano songs, music that really takes you places. Music that could become the new soundtrack to your life.
It sounds like this:
Dob Feldman is not a professional musician, but you will find him here on Thursday the 14th of September. He will try to play the new soundtrack to your life. Meagan Luchko is singing his songs. Dob Feldman hired a musician named Micah Dubinsky to play the hand drums during this concert. Micah kind of looks like Dob. Micah is like Dob's calm, patient, alter ego.
You could invite the friend you haven't seen in a while or the person you know who needs to get out more.
Everyone is welcome, everyone belongs, and we really hope you decide to come.
Micah Dubinsky is a percussionist, guitar player, keyboard player, and good soul.
Meagan Luchko is a charismatic young singer who performs with the Toronto All Star Big Band and several other ensembles.
Dob Feldman is a lawyer.
All That Glitters
Watson, Durie, Lim: Flute Trio
Darren Creech, piano
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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There is something so hypnotic about all that shines and glitters. The refraction of light as it bounces off multi-faceted objects is both fascinating and seductive. This concert, presented in two very different halves, juxtaposes a short and shiny set of music for many flutes with a multidisciplinary solo piano set par Darren Creech.
Flutists Katherine Watson, Tristan Durie, and Terry Lim will be performing works by American Composer Steve Reich, Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, and Canadian flutist and composer Robert Aitken.
Pianist Darren Creech will then take the stage performing his show entitled Resilience, featuring works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Janacek, Scriabin, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Ginastera.
This unique dual concert experience is one not to be missed.
An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as “remarkably fresh and enticing” (Musical Toronto) and “full of ease, very convincing” (Yannick Nézet- Séguin). Engaging his audience through an emotional and immersive combination of queer theatre, captivating costumes, and glittery hair, he was the Keynote Performer at McGill University’s Music Graduate Symposium and was awarded the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose.
His multidisciplinary approach to the classical stage subverts expectations and takes his diverse audiences on an emotional journey. His unique solo performances have been described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective), as Darren designs the lighting, composes poetic interludes and styles his many wardrobe changes. As a collaborative artist and performer, he has worked with visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, as well as with FAWN Chamber Creative as pianist and co-creator of three new opéra-ballets.
Darren connects communities and organizations through his work. His McGill Keynote Performance was video broadcast live on CBC Music, and Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto sponsored his award-winning performance at the queer art festival Nuit Rose. His partnership with the world’s first queer orchestra, Toronto’s Counterpoint Community Orchestra was called a “perfect fit” (Canadian Mennonite) in their Toronto première performance of Victor Davies’ celebrated “Mennonite Piano Concerto.”
An advocate of contemporary music, Darren frequently collaborates with innovative composers, having also premièred works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Wally Gunn and Norbert Palej, and was a guest artist at the Toronto Creative Music Lab. He gave the world-première performance and recording of James O’Callaghan’s JUNO-nominated “Isomorphia,” and toured it across the country with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
In addition to his work as a performer, Darren is also in demand as a panelist and workshop presenter to all ages, regularly sharing his experience and perspectives of carving his own path in the classical music world.
Having grown up in Senegal, West Africa, Darren draws on his cross-cultural background to inform his unconventional approach to the stage. He holds a Master of Music in piano performance from Université de Montréal and an Honours Bachelor of Music from Wilfrid Laurier University. He currently lives in Toronto.
Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017). Most recently, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken, working with the composition studio to workshop and premier several new Canadian compositions along with TORQ percussion quartet and the Iris string ensemble.
In the past year, Katherine has been performing with the Toronto Winds and is the newest member of Charm of Finches, Toronto’s own professional flute quintet. She also regularly plays for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children's Chorus, and Fawn Opera. This winter, Katherine performed with Continuum Ensemble’s Continuum in the Classroom project with the Toronto District School Board, as well as performing as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum. She also presented a concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble and premiered her own composition for solo flute, Supermoon 2015, at Array Space.
In May 2016 Katherine participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.
She recently obtained her Masters in Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Timothy Hutchins (Montreal Symphony Orchestra). Over the last couple of years in Montreal, Katherine has performed with several new and exciting orchestras in the community, including Pronto Musica, L’Orchestre Symphonic de L’Agora, and L’Orchestre Point D’arrête, as well as appearing in many chamber recitals ranging from outdoor concerts, to Canadian music concerts at McGill University which have included performing along with legendary flutist Robert Aitken.
Tristan Durie is an accomplished flautist who is very active as a performer and freelancer in Toronto. Recently he has performed with groups including The Canadian Opera Company, Esprit Orchestra, SoundStreams and has cycled across Ontario with The Bicycle Opera Project to festivals including Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music and the Westben Festival.
Tristan has performed in masterclasses for many world-renowned flautists including, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, Mathieu Dufour, Lorna McGhee, Robert Aitken and Robert Langevin. He is the grateful recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowships, the 2010 James Craig Opera Orchestra Award as well as a CBC Radio Canada Galaxy Award.
He holds both a Bachelors & Masters of Music Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied flute with Leslie Newman & Douglas Stewart, and composition with Prof. Norbert Palej. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Flute Performance.
Described as “imaginative and magical”, Terry Lim is multifaceted flutist for musical risk taking and brilliant artistry. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with an international soloist, Lorna McGhee, at the University of British Columbia and completed his Master of Music degree at New York University with a renowned flutist, Bradley Garner. Terry was also a former faculty member at the UBC Summer Music Institute and New York University. Terry has performed in various music festivals and concert series across North America, including Ottawa International Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Centre, Redshift Society, Music on Main, New Music Edmonton and Pierre Monteux. He also has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, performing at the Chan Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegia Hall, DiMenna Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall.
As an energetic proponent for chamber and contemporary music, Terry has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for his music concerts of various styles and genres. He has worked closely with numerous composers and has given several world premieres. Terry is also a member of Toronto-based Ensembles, Thin Edge New Music Collective and Charm of Finches. Besides performing, he maintains a private flute studio, delivering weekly solo and chamber music lessons, adjudicates festivals across Canada and appears as guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels.
Jazz at the Gallery: The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet
Saturday September 16, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $10 Students (Cash only)
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One of the top jazz quintets in Canada is set to perform music by award-winning pianist and composer Steve Holt. The Steve Holt Jazz Quintet is made up of a “who’s who” of jazz in Canada.
Piano: Steve Holt - Steve was a child prodigy starting to play the piano at the age of 4. Born in Montreal, he began his professional career at the age of 17 - self-taught - playing the clubs in and around Montreal. At the age of 22 Steve began formal music studies; he entered McGill University and graduated with in 1981 as McGill's first-ever Bachelor of Music majoring in Jazz performance. It was also during this period that Steve travelled regularly to New York to study piano with world-renowned pianist Kenny Barron. In 1983 he released his debut album which was nominated for a JUNO. Since that time, Steve has built an international reputation having performed with, among others, Archie Shepp, Larry Coryell, Eddie Henderson, Pat Labarbera, James Moody, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, and Michel Urbaniak.
Trumpet: Kevin Turcotte - Kevin is recognized as one of Canada's major trumpet talents with an impressive list of recording and touring credentials. The more than 175 CD's he has played on range in style from folk legend Bruce Cockburn to opera star Measha Bruegergossman to Jazz great Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. He has garnered at least 20 Juno nominations bringing home the coveted prize 5 times. He is an integral part of Juno-nominated recordings Time Warp, Jayme Stone, Andrew Downing’s Great Uncles of the Revolution, the Barry Elmes Quintet featuring Ed Bickert, and Barry Romberg’s Random Access. Turcotte has worked with hundreds of international luminaries, among them Tito Puente, Dave Holland, Kenny Kirkwood, Pat LaBarbera, Bill Grove, and Kenny Wheeler.
Saxophone: Kirk MacDonald - For over thirty years Kirk has worked and recorded with many leading Canadian, U.S. and International jazz musicians including legendary artists like James Moody, Rosemary Clooney, Jack DeJohnette, Harold Mabern, and Sonny Greenwich. Kirk has been nominated for a JUNO four times, and won the JUNO in 1999 for Best Mainstream Jazz Album. Over 100 performances of his compositions appear on 24 CDs, both as leader on his own recordings as well as on recordings by other artists. Kirk’s most recent activities include the release of Family Suite (2008), an 11 part suite for jazz quartet on Romhog Records, and Songbook Vol. I (2009) – a collection of his compositions for jazz quartet, on ADDO Jazz Records, with Songbook Vol. II (2010). Kirk also leads the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra (KMJO), a 19-piece all-star ensemble dedicated to performing his original compositions and featuring arrangements by leading Canadian and U.S. Writers.
Bass: Kieran Overs – Kieran is one of the top bass players in Canada. He has toured internationally with Moe Koffman/Dizzy Gillespie, Jane Bunnett, Sophie Milman, Carol Welsman and Emilie-Claire Barlow, among others, and has worked in Toronto with some of the legends of jazz, such as Zoot Sims, Chet Baker, Bill Charlap, and Harold Mabern Jr. Kieran has been nominated three times as Best Bassist by National Jazz Awards of Canada.He was one of only 8 jazz artists selected to represent Canada on the 4CD/50-artist box set “Here and Now – A Celebration of Canadian Music “, produced by the Canada Council to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations (released world-wide in October 1995).
Drums: Terry Clarke - Terry Clarke is quite simply one of the world’s great drummers. In the 1970s Terry toured extensively in Japan and Europe with jazz guitar legend Jim Hall and piano great Oscar Peterson. He is an original member of Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, recording and touring with the world-acclaimed ensemble for 25 years. In 1985, seeking greater musical challenges, Terry moved to New York City to pursue an exclusively jazz-oriented career. During his tenure there, he worked and recorded with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Toots Theilemans, Red Mitchell, Marvin Stamm, and Jim Hall, to list just a few. Terry has appeared on over 300 albums throughout his career. He was named Drummer of the Year from Canadian National Jazz Awards for seven years in a row, 2002 through 2008. His debut album as a leader won the 2009 JUNO and featured appearances by Jim Hall, Joe Lovano, and Greg Osby.
An Arraymusic and Gallery 345 presentation:
The Bozzini Quartet with Philip Thomas, piano
Clemens Merkel, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Stephanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello
Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion.This has led to over a hundred and eighty commissioned pieces, as well as close to three hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartetconcert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.
The Bozzini Quartet produces and presents its annual concert series in Montréal. The group also tours extensively, bringing its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), to audiences across Canada, the US, South America and Europe. Notable festivals and venues include MärzMusik (Berlin), Ultima (Oslo), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), Tsuda Hall (Tokyo), Musiekgebouw (Amsterdam), Présences (France), November Music (Netherlands), (Pays-Bas), Kortrijk (Belgique), Roulette (NY), Porgy&Bess (Vienne) and Other Minds (San Francisco) . To ensure continual development in their art, the quartet’s musical laboratories, the Composer’s Kitchen, Performer's Kitchen and Bozzini Lab, work to mentor and support new generations of composers and performers. The Bozzini Quartet records under its own label, the Collection QB, and can be heard regularly on European and Canadian radio. Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, the Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), the Förderpreis Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007), the German Record Critics Prize for Arbor Vitae (2009) and the 2014 Friends of Canadian Music Award.
Philip Thomas (b.1972, North Devon) specialises in performing new and experimental music, including both notated and improvised music. He places much emphasis on each concert being a unique event, designing imaginative programmes that provoke and suggest connections.
He is particularly drawn to the experimental music of John Cage,Morton Feldman and Christian Wolff, and composers who broadly work within a post-Cageian aesthetic. In recent years he has been particularly associated with the music of Christian Wolff, giving the world premiere of his Sailing By in 2014 and Small Preludes in 2009, the UK premiere of Long Piano (Peace March 11), having co-edited and contributed to the first major study of Wolff's music, Changing the System: the Music of Christian Wolff, published by Ashgate Publications in 2010, and currently recording all of Wolff's solo piano music for sub rosa. He is an experienced performer of John Cage's music, having performed the Concert for piano and orchestra with both Apartment House and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as well as most of the solo piano and prepared piano music, including a unique 12-hour performance of Electronic Music for piano
He has commissioned new works from a number of British composers whose ideas, language and aesthetic have been informed in some ways by the aforementioned American composers, such as Stephen Chase, Laurence Crane, Richard Emsley, Christopher Fox, Bryn Harrison, John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Michael Parsons, and James Saunders.
In recent years Philip has pursued a passion for freely improvised music, after significant encounters with the music of AMM and Sheffield-based musicians Martin Archer, Mick Beck and John Jasnoch. He has worked with improvisers in a variety of contexts and recently devised a programme of composed music by musicians more normally known as improvisers as well as others who have been influenced by improvisation in some form. This led to a CD release, Comprovisation, which featured newly commissioned works by Mick Beck, Chris Burn and Simon H Fell. Other CD releases include music by Martin Arnold, Laurence Crane, Christopher Fox, Jürg Frey, Bryn Harrison, Tim Parkinson, Michael Pisaro, James Saunders, Christian Wolff, as well as with improvisers Chris Burn and Simon H Fell.
Philip is a regular pianist with leading experimental music group Apartment House, with whom he has performed in festivals across the UK and Europe. He has also performed with the Quatuor Bozzini, and in duos with Mark Knoop, Ian Pace and John Tilbury (piano duet and two pianos) and James Saunders (electronics).
In 1998 Philip was awarded a PhD from Sheffield University in the performance practice of contemporary piano music. Between 2000 and 2005, he was Head of the Sheffield Music School whilst pursuing an active performing and teaching career. He joined the staff team at the University of Huddersfield in 2005, and became Professor of Performance in 2015. Philip is one of the Directors of CeReNeM, the University's Centre for Research in New Music. He continues to live in Sheffield, where he premieres the majority of his programmes, with his wife Tiffany and children Naomi and Jack.
The Art of the Piano: Florian Hoefner
CD Launch: “Coldwater Stories"
Friday September 22, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/$10 (Cash only at the door)
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“Mr. Hoefner is an articulate German-born pianist. [...] His new album, “Luminosity,” shows him to be a composer-bandleader of insightful resolve.” - New York Times (USA)
“A harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory.” - Downbeat (USA)
Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer Florian Hoefner draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist ... reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.
With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album ... that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017. As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards.
A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.
Since 2014 Florian has also been active as a solo performer and has played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Kitano in New York City and the Jazz Bistro in Toronto. In 2016, he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall of unparalleled acoustics in Northern Germany and is inspired by the nature and landscape around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records. www.florian-hoefner.com
The Imperfect Art Song Recital
Lindsay Lalla, soprano & Tanya Paradowski, piano
Saturday September 23, 2017 at 6 pm; Doors open at 5:30pm
$25/15 (cash only); on line at imperfect2017.eventbrite.ca
Featuring the music of Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay Lalla is a coloratura soprano celebrating imperfection. Along with pianist Tanya Paradowski, the duo will perform works by Christopher Cerrone, Cecilia Livingston, Richard Strauss, and Igor Stravinsky. Lindsay and Tanya are excited to share songs by Cecilia Livingston, a Toronto composer known for her vocal and choral music. You can find more of Cecilia’s work at www.cecilialivingston.com.
Sharing the stage are Susanne Farrow (clarinet), and Brian Farrow (vibraphone), for Christopher Cerrone’s “I Will Learn to Love a Person”. This cycle uses the poetry of Tao Lin to explore the milennial experience.
Lindsay Lalla, soprano
As a coloratura soprano, Lindsay’s past roles include Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Constance (The Sorcerer), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), and Saphir (Patience). As a singing teacher, Lindsay has been focusing on building her studio for the last decade. She is excited to now return to performing through celebrating imperfection.
Lindsay teaches classical and musical theatre voice lessons. Holding a M.Mus in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy from Pennsylvania State University, and a Certificate of Vocology from the National Center for Voice and Speech, Lindsay specializes in the healthy singing voice. Working with the Voice Clinic at Mt. Sinai Hospital, she rehabilitates singers with voice disorders.
Tanya Paradowski, piano
Tanya has been studying piano for almost 20 years, and has spent the last six working as a collaborative pianist across the GTA for various choirs, theatre groups, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. More recently she has taken up teaching, as well as vocal coaching. She has been praised for her skills in sight-reading, her natural musicality, and her ability to effortlessly follow any performer.
Susanne Farrow, clarinet
Susanne earned a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Western Ontario as a clarinet major. Since that time she has expanded her musical horizons by delving into musical theatre (Katisha in The Mikado, Iolanthe in Iolanthe and Tessa in The Gondoliers to name a few) and teaching kindergarten to grade 8 music for the TDSB.
Brian Farrow, percussion
Brian received his classical training as a percussionist at York University, while earning a BA in Physical Education. Since then, he has been an active member of the Toronto music scene and has performed with countless community bands, orchestras and musical theatre troupes. Most of his recent work has been focused on musical direction, specifically Gilbert & Sullivan with the St. Anne's Music and Drama Society.
Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm
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Sibylle Marquardt, flute and alto flute
Peter Stoll, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Todd Yaniw, piano
Three virtuosi join together in the exciting group, Trio d'Argento. Sibylle, Peter and Todd bring a superb level of excellence to the performance of their virtuoso arrangements and original pieces, but combine this with a fun, relaxed and conversational atmosphere onstage.
The trio has firmly established itself in the Ontario chamber music scene in the past few years, playing to standing ovations and rave audience reviews for many series. In December 2014, the trio had its Music Toronto debut at the St. Lawrence Centre and has appeared in concerts for the Sarnia, Muskoka, Midland, Orangeville, Gallery 345 Toronto and Brantford Musical Club concert series, at McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University, the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto. They have also performed many times for Caledon Chamber Concerts and the Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society over the past few years.
Trio D'Argento has collaborated with First Nations composer and performer Barbara Croall, and is planning to follow up our highly-successful debut recording with members of the Canadian Brass with a disc that will showcase our strong commitment to Canadian music. Plans are also in the works for future tours abroad that will feature some of our ‘greatest hits’ from past Ontario engagements, as well as exciting new repertoire.
To that end the trio was recently selected by audition to present showcases to concert presenters at separate contact events in British Columbia and Manitoba. We also continue to develop our educational approach to introducing newer compositions, multi- media experiences and audience- building programs. The trio will be performing for the first time in Quebec in the fall of 2017, at La Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal, as part of an Ontario-Quebec tour, and is busy planning a BC tour for the fall of 2018.
From the classics to jazz to exotic world music, these three brilliant musicians provide lively and entertaining concerts with spoken introductions to each piece. Sibylle and Peter play many different sizes of flutes, clarinets and even saxophone, creating a wide and ever- changing array of sound colours, combined with Todd's powerful pianism. For more information please email: TRIODARGENTO@YAHOO.CA
SIBYLLE MARQUARDT, Flute
A native of Germany, Sibylle Marquardt moved to Canada in 1997.
Her orchestral career began at the early age of 23, when she was regularly hired as 2nd flute/piccolo with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Munich under Sir Colin Davis, touring to Italy and Japan. She went on to join the orchestral program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and held a solo flute/solo piccolo position at the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Donald Runnicles. She was a substitute player with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Gärtnerplatz Theater Munich, Bern and Biel Symphony Orchestras. She has also played with the Windsor Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonia and the Oshawa Durham Symphony amongst others, as well as in the productions of the Phantom of the Opera and the Beauty and the Beast in Toronto.
Sibylle’s teachers include Hermann Klemeyer, Jean-Claude Gérard and she had lessons with Wolfgang Schulz, Trevor Wye, Geoffrey Gilbert, and Aurèle Nicolet. She has performed in Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Italy, former Czechoslovakia and France, as well as for Radio Canada, the BR Munich and TV and movie productions.
Sibylle started the Baroque flute 1994 when she was living in Switzerland, taking lessons with Oskar Peters at the School Cantorum Basiliensis, and later with Alison Melville in Toronto and Claire Guimond in Montréal. She is a member of the Camerata Basel.
Since 1998 she is on faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a member of the College of Examiners, as well she is the visiting artist at the Etobicoke School for the Arts.
Sibylle has recorded the CD “From The New Village” with guitarist Wilma van Berkel featuring 20th century music and the CD “Piano Centric” with Trio D’Argento and members of the Canadian Brass. www.silverflute.ca
PETER STOLL, Clarinet
Known for his virtuoso energy on stage, creative musical arrangements and an entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll performs regularly in Toronto with many orchestral and chamber groups, and has toured as soloist and with ensembles to the USA, across Europe and to Russia.
Recent seasons’ solo and chamber highlights have included a Music Toronto recital with his ensemble Trio d’Argento, the Toronto premiere of a new work by Alexina Louie with the Gryphon Trio, and performances for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg. In 2013 Peter was flown to Tokyo, Japan to take part in the international Yamaha “Junior Original Concert” at Bunkamura Hall, and October 2014 saw a three-city tour of mainland China and Hong Kong as part of an exchange of composers and performers organized by the University of Toronto. He recently participated in a recording of re- imagined chamber music with members of the Canadian Brass, due for release in early 2016.
Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music, performance studies and “The Business of Music” at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also the Winds Discipline Specialist for the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and was the chief compiler of the 2014 Clarinet Syllabus. Peter is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country, and his website is www.peterstoll.ca
Todd Yaniw, Piano
Canadian pianist Todd Yaniw is a young artist praised for his “atmospheric contrast of poetry and power ... a hair-raising performance”. Since his debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 13, Mr.Yaniw has performed frequently in Alberta and Ontario; at festivals and venues including the Banff Centre for Music, Edmonton’s Winspear Centre for Music, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Koerner Hall. Mr.Yaniw has performed with the symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor and Guelph. Mr.Yaniw toured the Canadian maritime provinces as a soloist in February 2013, under the auspices of Debut Atlantic. Todd has been interviewed and broadcast on several occasions on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], and Toronto’s Classical 96.3 FM. In December 2012, Todd recorded a one-hour program for the CBC as part of its NEXT series, a radio program at the Monte Carlo Opera House in Monaco, the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica, several concert halls in China and Italy, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St.James’s Piccadilly in London England and the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York. Yaniw’s debut CD “Todd Yaniw: Scriabin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Chopin” was released on the Chestnut Hall Music label in September 2006. Todd’s extensive prize list includes Winner of the Roy Thomson Hall First Prize at the 2005 Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee’s TD National Piano Competition; two-time national winner of the Canadian Music Competition, as well as silver medalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition. Mr. Yaniw has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and was a recipient of the 2010 and 2012 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Awards.
Todd Yaniw was born in Edmonton, Alberta and his teachers include Michael Massey, Dr. James Parker, Professor James Anagnoson (The Glenn Gould School), and Dr. Jon Kimura Parker (Rice University). Mr. Yaniw completed his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked with Dr. Anton Nel. www.toddyaniw.com
Silvia Temis, vocals
Benjamin Barrile, guitar
Derek Gray, percussion
Friday September 29, 2017 at 8pm
$25/$20 advance/$15 on Eventbrite
Flamencusion - A performance described as Intense, edgy and dreamy, Silvia Temis mexican singer will bring you a very personal touch of Flamenco inspired music fused with traditional tunes from across Latin America. Benjamin Barrile on the guitar and Derek Gray on percussion will accompany this night at the wonderful space Gallery 345 in Toronto.
Do not miss it!
*Also an invited flamenco dancer Virginia Castro will perform a traditional flamenco dance
Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythms.
Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start studying flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction at the renownedInstitution Cristina Heeren Foundation in Seville Triana. Silvia performed at the Festival Flamenco du Montreal in 2013 and 2014 with Triana Project and Carmen Romero Company. She was also a part of the Toronto International Flamenco Festival in 2013 with the flamenco cuadro Triana Project, of which she is a cofounder.
In 2014 Silvia was based in Calgary Alberta, where she is one of the organizer of the Calgary International Flamenco Festival and also taught flamenco dance and singing at Fiona Malena Academy and the Jewish Community Centre of Calgary. While in Calgary she performed with many local and international artists in the city. She was recently part of EXPO Latino Festival 2015 with Fiona Malena Ensemble as well as Salero Calo Flamenco group.
Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music.
She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.
Benjamin Barrile is an accomplished flamenco guitarist who also has extensive in jazz, classical and world music. In addition to leading his own group, Benjamin has performed and recorded for many artists including: The Café Olé - a multi-award winning group that incorporates a unique mix of flamenco and jazz. Benjamin is also a resident guitarist at Toronto based Carmen Romero's School of Flamenco Dance Arts and Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Benjamin has appeared on numerous television and radio broadcasts including CBC, CityTV, Jazz FM, and Telelatino. In 2000 Benjamin set off to Spain for the first of many times, a country that had long captivated his imagination, in search of flamenco and what would be the most significant journey of his life so far. He traveled to one of the major centres of flamenco in Spain today, Jerez de la Frontera, where he studied under many great maestros including Manuel Lozano "El Carbonero".
Since graduating from Humber College's renowned contemporary music program, and, more recently, completing his Masters in Ethnomusicology at York University, Derek has travelled the world studying, performing and teaching - including time spent in Ghana, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Banff, Washington, and New York City. At home in Toronto, Derek works extensively as a bandleader, composer, and sideman playing drums/percussion with a variety of projects, including Gray Matter (2016 Julian Award runner-up contemporary-jazz quintet, co-led with his brother, bassist Justin Gray), the trans-Mediterranean group Ventanas (4X Canadian Folk Music Award nominees), and the Indo-Jazz ensemble Monsoon. Derek has performed with: Dave Holland, Ingrid Jensen, David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Pat Labarbera, Vincent Herring, David Buchbinder, Jorge Miguel, Esmeralda Enrique, amongst many others.
Additionally, Derek is an Orff and Kodaly certified music instructor. Currently, he is on faculty at the Humber College Community Music School, and facilitates hand drum circles and workshops across Canada. For more info, please visit: www.derekgray.ca.
Ronée Boyce, piano & Alicja Wysocka, soprano
Sunday October 1, 2017 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students
An enjoyable Autumn matinée concert filled with solo piano and favorite opera arias.
Award-winning inspirational pianist Ronée Boyce possesses a dedication to performance and education that is steadfast and unquestioned. She is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility and has been enthusiastically praised for her great depth of musical interpretation. In addition to performing more traditional solo piano and chamber music, she has demonstrated a keen interest in Russian works along with more innovative and lesser - known music repertoire, often introducing such works to her listening audiences in concert.
Recent solo engagements have included recitals and concert appearances across Western Canada, New York City, London, France, and the Caribbean, with special chamber music appearances at Carnegie Hall, Toronto Centre for Performing Arts, Théâtre de Bourg, Maison de l'Europe, Maison du Canada, with L'Heure Musicale in France, and an invitation to perform for the Ambassador of Chile.
Canadian-Polish Soprano Alicja Wysocka has been dubbed as Toronto’s Opera Sweetheart. Her love for music began at the age of seven in her native country Poland with the discovery of the pianoforte. Upon arriving to Canada, Alicja began her studies with Natalia Tyomkina, and was quickly recognized to be one of the most promising pianists in her generation. Being the finalist of many national piano competitions, she was awarded the Prestigious Turzanski Award.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, Alicja was accepted into U of Toronto’s Opera Program, where she studied with Mary Morrison. In the summer of 2002 she was chosen to attend the Oberlin Music Institute of Ohio in Italy, where she had the privilege to study with soprano, Elly Ameling.
As a singer, Alicja has an extensive performance background. Among others she has performed as a soloist with the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Symphonia Choir, as well as the Salon of Music and Poetry of Maria Nowotarska and the Polish Toronto Theatre of Michal Kuleczka. Since 2005, Alicja has been a soloist with Opera Belcanto. Roles performed include Violetta from Verdi’s La Traviata, Nedda from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Micaela from Bizet’s Carmen, and Susanna from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
At present, Alicja is studying under the tutelage of David Varjabed to further her vocal studies and master the belcanto technique.
CD launch “In the Weeds"
Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 8pm
$25 | $15 Students (Cash only)
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The undeniable chemistry between the members of Ventus Machina is apparent in their flexible and unique style of performance. Each from vastly different geographical and cultural backgrounds, the five musicians have truly found their common musical language.
Formed in 2011, Ventus Machina has become a major presence on the classical music scene in the Maritime region. Through their educational outreach performances and workshops the quintet reaches thousands of New Brunswick students each year, and has expanded their scope to include the exciting summer program, the “Wind Masters’ Workshop” which ran for a fourth year in July 2016. Ventus Machina is featured each season on Symphony New Brunswick’s popular ‘Virtuoso Series’ of chamber concerts, and are pleased to have performed with the Atlantic Ballet, Atlantic Sinfonia and with guest soloists Suzie Leblanc and Monette Gould, among others. Follow us on Facebook or at www.ventusmachina.com for current details.
The members of Ventus Machina are: Karin Aurell, flute - originally from Sweden and contributing a wealth of orchestral and chamber music experience; Christie Goodwin, oboe – born and raised in central Alberta, this Prairie girl has played with orchestras and chamber music groups across the country; James Kalyn, clarinet and saxophone - renowned woodwind doubler and full-time Professor at Mount Allison University; Ulises Aragon, horn – a soloist and all-round superstar transplanted from Venezuela’s famous Simon Bolivar Orchestra; Patrick Bolduc, bassoon bringing a little Quebecois ‘joie de vivre’ plus a wide range of performance experience, Patrick contributes his boundless energy and humour to the group.
Music From Four to Six
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 8 pm
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Masterpieces of chamber music for string quartet with piano and clarinet as performed by the brilliant Venuti String Quartet and joined by pianist Gregory Millar and clarinetist Michael Westwood.
Venuti String Quartet
Rebekah Wolkstein, violin
Drew Jureck, violin
Shannon Knights, viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello
The Art of the Piano: Niklas Sivelov
Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 8 pm
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Niklas Sivelov: Piano Music (Audio CD)
Peter Burwasser, Fanfare Magazine
"Niklas Sivelöv’s main career is as a concert pianist, but he has been composing music since his childhood in northern Sweden (he was born in 1968). His broad performing repertoire, from Bach to living composers, is reflected in his music for solo piano. This is not to say that Sivelöv does not write with original flair and energy, but it is probably most useful to consider this material as homage. The very choice of a set of 24 preludes is a strong nod towards Chopin and Bach, among others, and the ghosts of both of those giants appear in this music. The strongest flavor here is 20th-century Modernism, in the manner of Prokofiev or Hindemith, material that itself is often in a Neoclassical style. As a generalization, Sivelöv sounds like both a performer and composer who works in a joyous and even humorous way. This is heard in fast, loud music and a tendency to run up and down the keyboard. Some of the music is even a bit bangy, but in a fun way. One of the preludes is described in the composer’s notes as having no key signature, and he directs the pianist to use the forearms to create clusters of notes.
Sivelöv does offer a calmer mood in the two nocturnes and impromptus, which display a nice sense for lyricism. He returns to a kind of Lisztian bravura in the Toccatina Feroce and finds entrancing sonorities in the Jeux de Cordes, which is played standing up so that the pianist can strike the strings of the piano by hand with a mallet. It’s quite a tour de force, giving the listener the impression of more than one musician. It is a fittingly interesting and enjoyable way to conclude a delightful recital by this talented artist. "
J. Haydn Sonata no. 47 B-minor hob. XV1/32
L.van Beethoven Sonata no.32 opus 111 C-minor
W. Stenhammar Fantasy opus 11
I skogen (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
Fylgia (arr. Niklas Sivelov)
A. Piazzolla - 3 Tangos:
Milonga del Angel
B. Bartok - Sonata (1926)
Niklas Sivelöv’s artistic temperament, impeccable technique and spellbinding stage presence have made him a favourite with audiences in the Nordic countries and far beyond.
Niklas made his professional debut with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991, performing Bartók’s testing Second Piano Concerto at the Stockholm Concert Hall. He has since appeared as a concerto soloist the world over, working with orchestras including the Zurich Tonhalle and the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande. He works with all the major Scandinavian orchestras and has collaborated with conductors including Mario Venzago, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Leif Segerstam, Thomas Dausgaard, Paavo Berglund, Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo and Patrick Gallois. Schumann and Scriabin are central figures in Niklas’s musical life, but his repertoire stretches from Johann Sebastian Bach to Per Nørgård. He has worked intensively with the former composer’s Well Tempered Clavier and in 2010 performed the complete work across three concerts at Bargemusic in New York. Niklas has a repertoire of over 50 piano concertos including the most demanding works by Bartók and Prokofiev.
His extensive discography incudes the two piano concertos by Wilhelm Stenhammar as well as music by Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, Berwald, Schumann, Englund and Liszt for labels including BIS, Caprice, Simax, Phono Suecia and Dux. His recordings have garnered the highest honours: the Diapason d’Or, the Penguin Rosette, the Vox Populi Award and nominations at the Cannes Classical Awards and the Independent Music Awards.
Niklas has also recorded a disc of his own music for the British label Toccata. Since 1985 he has written more than 40 scores including three concertos for piano and orchestra and a set of 24 Preludes for piano; his works have been recorded by Martin Fröst, Øystein Baadsvik and others.
Niklas is also a notable exponent of the art of piano improvisation, and in 2008 released a disc of his own improvisations on melodies by the Swedish composer Carl Michael Bellman.
Niklas grew up in Skellefteå in northern Sweden where he began playing the organ aged 6. He moved to piano and studied at the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and with Gabriel Amiras, Maria Curcio, Esther Bodin- Karpe and Liisa Pohjola, continuing his studies in Helsinki, Bucharest, Trossingen and London. Niklas lives in Malmö and is professor at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen.
Canadian Women Composers Project
Clarisse Tonigussi, soprano
Narmina Efendiyeva, piano
Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 pm
$20/$10 (cash only)
The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project presents soprano Clarisse Tonigussi and pianist Narmina Efendiyeva in recital, featuring the works of Canadian women composers.
The CWC Project is dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women composers. In an hour-long recital, vocal repertoire that has been overlooked in the past can be heard, appreciated, and recognized. For the Canadian sesquicentennial, the recital is making its way around Canada, sharing the music of Canadian women songwriters as it goes.
The composers that have been chosen for the concert are Gena Branscombe, Jean Ethridge, Jean Coulthard, Carol Ann Weaver, Mary Gardiner, Ana Sokolovic, Jana Skarecky, Martha Hill Duncan, and Rebekah Cummings. The works are sung in historical order, beginning with music by Gena Branscombe and ending with a work based on Anne of Green Gables quotes composed in 2017 by Rebekah Cummings.
Not only does this project highlight Canadian women’s music, but it also showcases other Canadian female artists. The poetry has been written by Canadian female poets including Madeleine Guimont, P.K. Page, Judith Miller, Majorie Pickthall, Beatrice Redpath, and E. Pauline Johnson, a Canadian female designer, Carly Cumpson, has created the beautiful gown that is worn for each recital, and the musicians who are performing the recitals are also women. It is a celebration of women in Canada by having women perform great works by women!
Clarisse Tonigussi has always had a deep love of music. As a child she spent countless hours at the piano playing the songs that sprung into her head, and enjoyed everything that her voice and the beautiful sound of the piano had to offer. She furthered her love of music at the University of Toronto and received an Undergraduate degree in Voice Performance, graduating with Honours. She continued her studies at the University of Toronto and obtained a Masters degree in Voice Performance. Ms. Tonigussi has performed roles such as Emmy Perth in the opera Der Vampyr, Papagena, and the First Spirit in The Magic Flute with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Her chorus appearances include Romeo et Juliette with the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute, The Mikado and The Student Prince with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Opera York’s The Merry Widow. She was a soloist with the Barrie Lyrica Chamber Choir, is a performer with the Toronto group the Hedgerow Singers, and is the featured soloist with the touring company Opera Luminata.This year, Clarisse is delighted to share with audiences the music of Canadian women composers in concerts across the country with The Canadian Women Composers Project.
Born in Baku (Azerbaijan) as a fourth-generation musician, Narmina Efendiyeva always knew that she would join in the family tradition. She gave her first solo concert at the age of 6 and studied at the Bülbül Specialized musical school under the guidance of Adelya Vekilova where she frequently gave solo concerts and performed with orchestra.
In 2000, Narmina graduated with a Master's degree from U. Hadjibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory and from 2001-2010, worked as an accompanist at the Azerbaijan State Choir. In 2011, Narmina gave her first concert in Toronto at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music where she graduated with a second Master's degrees. Since then, Narmina has worked as music director and pianist for productions such as Bellinni's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," Mozart's "The Magic Flute," "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini, and "Ariadne auf Naxos" by Strauss with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, as well as Borodin's "Prince Igor" with Opera in Concert. She has also played "The Saucy Señorita," "The Mikado" by Sullivan & Gilbert, "Earnest, the Importance of Being" by Davies & Benson with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and Kurt Weill's "Street Scene" with Opera in Concert.
Recently, Narmina played Edward Grieg’s Piano concerto with the Toronto Ukrainian Orchestra and participated in Syrinx Concerts Toronto.
The CWC project was featured in the Spring/Summer publication of “The Association of Canadian Women Composers” Journal.
Sweet Sparrow in Concert
Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:30pm
Toronto based, husband and wife team, Beatrice and Adolfo, bring the love they share for each other into their music. Audiences feel it as soon as the first note is heard.
Sultry, rich vocals and elegant style in vocalist, Beatrice. Music and performing are her passion. You can say it is in her blood, being the daughter of the late, internationally known singing chef, Pasquale Carpino. Beatrice has a way of making her audiences feel at home and part of the family.
Adolfo De Santis
Smooth, warm and versatile playing in pianist, Adolfo. He did his musical studies in Italy soaking up the warmth and passion of the culture. His studies concentrated on the classical repertoire but life and love turned his musical direction to a broader spectrum of genres including jazz and broadway.
Program: Jazz and Broadway standards of great composers such as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Michel Legrand, Fats Waller, Arthur Hamilton and more.
Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2 pm
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Canticle I: "My beloved is mine and I am his”
Canticle II: "Abraham and Isaac”
Canticle III: "Still falls the rain"
Canticle IV: "The Journey of the Magi”
Canticle V: "The Death of Saint Narcissus”
American-Canadian Zach Finkelstein has quickly established himself as a leading tenor soloist in North America and abroad, from Seattle’s Benaroya Hall to New York’s Lincoln Center to London’s Sadler’s Wells to the National Arts Center in Beijing, China.
Recently hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as a “compelling tenor,” he made his New York City Opera debut in April 2013 as Mambre in Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, a production dubbed by Tommasini as one of the Top 10 classical events of 2013. In 2014-15, Zach sang the role of Damon "with sensitivity and grace" (Boston Classical Review) in Acis and Galatea, performances conducted by Nicholas McGegan leading Philharmonia Baroque in Berkeley, CA as well as with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, MA. In 2016, Zach made his haute-contre debut as Orphee in back-to-back productions of Gluck's Orphee et Eurydice with Brava! Opera Theatre (English) and Opera Grand Rapids (French).
Mr. Finkelstein is also an evangelist for new and contemporary classical works, an oeuvre he discovered as a two-time Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. Most recently in New York City, Zach premiered a new work Threshold for tenor and orchestra with the Argento Ensemble, a piece created specifically for Zach by Prix-de-Rome-winning composer Jesse Jones. The New York Times’ James Oestrich commended this “excellent” performance: “Zach Finkelstein negotiated Mr. Jones’s high tenor flights with aplomb”. Satie’s Socrate, a thirty-minute political monodrama for tenor and piano (“beautifully sung”, UK Daily Telegraph), has also become a signature piece for Mr. Finkelstein, toured regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group across the United States as well as London, UK and a recent debut in Shenzhen and Beijing, China. Zach also performed the American premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Songs from the same earth with pianist Mike Brofman at the Brooklyn Art Song Society, returned in 2017 season to perform a recital of Jake Heggie and Reynaldo Hahn and will perform again with BASS in 2018 touring Seattle and California.
In the media, Zach has performed opera excerpts on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera as well as Toronto's Classical 96.3 FM and Seattle’s KING FM. Both Musical Toronto and Opera Canada Magazine have profiled Mr. Finkelstein as a singer to watch.
Mr. Finkelstein is currently with Dean Artists Management and holds an Artist Diploma (Voice) from the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Glenn Gould School in Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from McGill University, in Montreal. As a young artist, Zach participated in the Tanglewood Music Festival, Banff Opera as Theatre, the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Peter Tiefenbach studied music in Canada, the United States and England, before settling in Toronto, where he is a busy pianist, accompanist, composer, vocal coach, teacher and broadcaster. He has collaborated with noted Canadian singers such as the late Maureen Forrester, Russell Braun and Donna Brown, and is now on faculty at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
A familiar presence on CBC Radio, Peter is the former host of the Radio Two program The Arts Tonight. He has orchestrated and conducted a concert for CBC radio and television and of music by Noel Coward and Ivor Novello with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. He has also collaborated with baritone Russell Braun and soprano Donna Brown. In addition, Peter made his acting debut as Gerhard Krachmann in the playSimpl at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
In 2005, Peter gave a recital in Calgary with soprano Valdine Anderson and mezzo-soprano Kimberley Barber (broadcast by the CBC), and served as music director for Calgary Opera's production of Kurt Weill'sSeven Deadly Sins. That year he performed with Miss Fallis and Kiosque for CBC Radio's OnStage, and toured through Iceland together.
Peter has participated in the Indian River Festival (Prince Edward Island), Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Vancouver, where he reprised the Coward-Novello program.
Among his commissions are works for violinist Mark Fewer and pianist Jean Marchand, the Elora Festival Singers, trumpeter Stuart Laughton, and the Toronto Children's Chorus. Other projects include a composition for the Saskatoon Children's Chorus (for the World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong) and for the Canadian Brass. His recordings include Jean Stilwell's Kabarett (CBC Records, 2003) and Les chemins de l'amour(CBC Records, 2000), Isabel Bayrakdarian's Azulão (CBC Records, 2003), and Stuart Laughton's Remembrance (Marquis Classics, 2003).
Jazz at the Gallery:
John Stetch with Vulneraville
Saturday November 21, 2017 at 8 pm
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6-time Juno Nominee John Stetch celebrates his NYC quartet's new CD release show this fall at Gallery 345. "The Vancouver Concert" is a live recording made this past spring, that captures Stetch's group chemistry at its best. A synthesis of classical sounds, cinematic excursions, worldbeat and toe-tapping jazz, filtered through Steinway Artist Stetch's imagination.
Steve Kortyka - saxophone
Philippe Lemm - drums
Ben Tiberio - bass
John Stetch - piano
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John Stetch was exposed to the sounds of jazz at an early age. His father always tuned in to the local jazz radio station in the car, had a large jazz record collection, and taught Stetch the basics of clarinet. Stetch was born with jazz in his blood, as 2 of his uncles were also performers and founding fathers of the Yardbird Suite, now one of the most successful jazz clubs in Canada. In his early teens, Stetch remembers reading his Dad’s Benny Goodman transcriptions and Jimmy Dorsey’s “Hot Licks”, then later switching to alto sax and playing along with Paul Desmond solos by ear and trying to make sense out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook. By his 2nd year of college, he dropped everything to go from casual ‘horn-player’s piano’ to full-time piano studies.
The Ukrainian community was a huge influence on Stetch as well, and he spent many years singing, playing and dancing to ethnic folk music. His first teenage show-biz experience was playing dozens of engagements with Dumka, a Ukrainian wedding band.
After earning a music degree in jazz piano studies at McGill University, Stetch began touring and recording across Canada and eventually accumulated 6 Juno Award nominations over 20 years. He won the Prix du Jazz at the Montreal International Festival and has been frequently recorded by the CBC.
After relocating to New York City in 1993 he became a decade-long sideman with Rufus Reid, and has performed around the world at some of the most prestigious jazz venues. He has recorded and/or performed with Jim Black, Seamus Blake, Anat Cohen, Javon Jackson, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Jorge Rossi, Charlie Haden, Reid Anderson, Chris Cheek, Victor Lewis, Hank Roberts, Ben Street, Reggie Workman, Billy Hart and others. He has recently been collaborating with classical and world musicians also, and his recent compositions reflect those flavors. Stetch has been commissioned to write for the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Borealis String Quartet, his own solo performances, and recently performed his Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano.
Stetch is one of a handful of jazz artists to have recorded a solo piano trilogy, and with this he received unanimous praise, including Down Beat calling the debut trilogy release, Ukrainiainsim, "one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years". Standards and Exponentially Monk, also part of this series, brought in equally glowing reviews, consistently attesting to Stetch’s originality and virtuosity. Now with 13 CDs under his own name, Utne Reader called his music "bold and vital jazz for the 21st century”. A Steinway Artist, Stetch has been featured on several NPR shows: "Piano Jazz", with Marian McPartland, "Jazz Set" with Branford Marsalis, "Weekend Edition" with Leanne Hansen.
Stetch’s 2009 CD – “TV Trio” consists entirely of TV themes from the 70’s and 80’s. Shortly after being released to radio, TV Trio quickly placed #13 on the U.S.A. JazzWeek chart, and remained in the top 20 for a month.
His most recent Juno-Nominated CD “Off With The Cuffs” is a solo piano recording of his own arrangements, re-compositions and improvisations on iconic gems of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Shostakovich. John Stetch is currently based in Harlem, New York City.
Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin
Uriel Tsachor, piano
Sunday November 26, 2017 at 2 pm
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Sonata B flat major K. 454 - W.A. MOZART (1756-1791)
Sonata E flat op. 120, 2 - Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897)
Sonata g minor op. 19 for cello and piano - Sergei RACHMANINOFF(1873-1943)
arr: for violin and piano (arr. Annette-Barbara Vogel)
In 2010, Gramophone Magazine lauded “Vogel’s perfect intonation” and Classical CD Review wrote: “Vogel is about the most ideal exponent a composer could hope for”. Considered one of the finest German violinists of her generation, she is renowned for “… authoritative and highly sensitive performances” (Music Web International),” and a “formidable technique, stunning musicality, and stage presence that transmits to orchestra and audience alike.” (Brahms Concerto, Wuppertaler Zeitung). Vogel's exceptional talent and musicianship is recognized by numerous prestigious solo prizes and scholarships: first prize in the Folkwang Competition (Essen), the Bund der Industrie Competition (Frankfurt), and the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb in Bonn. She also won a Gold Medal in the International Competition Caltanissetta in Italy, was a finalist in the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition in Munich, and a recipient of the Starling Scholarship. Vogel was one of the musicians chosen to perform in a Gala concert honoring Dorothy Delay's seventy-fifth birthday, where she played Brahms Concerto with Keith Lockhart. She has shared concert stages with notable artists C. Altenburger, L. Vogt, J. Levine, D. Sitkovetsky, S. Rivers, M. Kliegel, Vladimir Mendelssohn, E. Moser, P. Zazofsky and J. Lagerspetz. Vogel has performed at the international festivals Aspen, Gstaad, Graz, Seoul, Schleswig-Holstein, Kuhmo, Ravinia, and Nova Scotia, and musically collaborated with P. Amoyal, R. Gothoni, B. Greenhouse, A. Grumiaux, Lord Y. Menuhin, V. Pikaisen and the Tokyo String Quartet.
A Full Professor, Annette-Barbara Vogel joined Western University in 2004 where she is in high demand as a pedagogue. Prior to coming to Canada, Vogel held several university teaching positions: she was “Artist-in-Residence” at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, professor at Folkwang-Hochschule Essen, and subsequently professor at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she was founder and Artistic Director of ”MAGISTERRA! International Chamber Music Festival and Academy.” Vogel’s musical training has been multifaceted: in addition to her two soloist and artist diplomas “summa com laude” from Folkwang Hochschule Essen and Cincinnati College-Conservatory she also holds a degree in chamber music with distinction. Additional studies took her to Los Angeles (University of Southern California, violin pedagogy with Alice Schoenfeld), Basel /Switzerland (Chamber Music, Walter Levin, LaSalle Quartet) and Amsterdam (Sweelinck Konservatorium, Herman Krebbers). Two recently released CDs of Vogel’s over twelve commercial recordings, the much anticipated complete violin repertoire of Hans Gál, met with critical acclaim, citing her “committed performances… [and] winning presence [of] her tone and delivery” (The Strad). Her February 2011 CD release “Französische Komponistinnen,” which includes works by French women composers Farrenc, Boulanger, and Viardot received the British IRR Outstanding Recording Award. About her newest CD release with Daniel Sweaney "Through the Centuries” (June 2013) American Record Guide April 2014 writes: “This is an exceptional recital of violin-and- viola duos for three reasons: the very worth- while unusual repertoire, the superior playing, and Blue Griffin’s clear, detailed, immediate, airy, natural sonics.” Her recording of violin sonatas of European Women Composers Ethel Smyth, Elfrieda Andrée and Mel Bonis will be released in 2017.
Vogel has recorded for Avie Records, Bluegriffin Recordings, Cybele Records, Eroica Classical Records, and Harmonia Mundi Germany.
Annette-Barbara Vogel is founder and Artistic Director of MAGISTERRA SOLOISTS, an ensemble which was founded in 2015. For information on this not-for-profit group please visit: www.magisterra.com.
An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Uriel Tsachor is a Steinway artist. A dedicated pedagogue, he teaches a large and internationally diverse studio at the University of Iowa, School of Music.
"A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry," (SüddeutscheZeitung, Munich) Uriel Tsachor has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity.
Tsachor was invited by Maestro Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with prestigious European orchestras as well as with all the major orchestras in Israel. Tsachor has performed numerous times over twenty-five different concerti.
Since his Lincoln Center debut with the New York City Symphony, described by The New York Times as "glittering brilliance," Tsachor has been performing throughout the United States as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician. During the last seasons, Tsachor’s performances in the US and Europe included Beethoven’s HammerKlavier Sonata as well as major works by Schumann and Brahms. Tsachor has also toured Taiwan as recitalist and has performed in major halls such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Uriel Tsachor has recorded many programs for radio and television stations in the United States, Israel and several countries in Europe.
Winner of the Bösendorfer-Empire Concours and the Concorso Busoni, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Tsachor is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School where he earned his doctorate.
Tsachor’s discography (www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses twenty-two releases for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.
Swiss Radio International selected one of Tsachor’s Schumann recordings for its Exceptional Production award, sending it to over 800 radio stations worldwide. International Piano magazine in London included the disc in an article discussing the “milestones in the recorded history of the work” citing the importance of the recording along those of Rudolf Serkin, Arthur Schnabel, Artur Rubinstein and other significant pianists. The article described Tsachor as a “ Master Pianist.”
In another recent review of his playing the Diapason magazine in Paris described Tsachor as “a pianist of great sensitivity and perfect musicianship.”
Uriel Tsachor's chamber music discs include three cello and piano sonatas by Barber, Schnittke and Britten on the EMS label and violin and piano sonatas by Schumann, Reger and Strauss for the London based label OLYMPIA, and the complete violin-piano sonatas by Brahms released on the CALLIOPE label, all performed with violinist Andrew Hardy. The duo has also recorded for the Musique en Wallonie label a 4-CD set of the eight sonatas by various composers dedicated to Ysaÿe, the great Belgian violinist.
This season Tsachor is scheduled to perform in Brussels, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong and on major University campuses in the United States and Canada.
More 2017 Performances coming soon.
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