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Bridge Between the Arts:
A Move Towards Peace

Friday September 5, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
$20; $10 Students (Cash only at the door)

Catherine Gardner, soprano
Jordana Deveau, dance
Dobrochna Zubek, cello
Adam Żukiewicz, piano

This concert, presented in part by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, features a multidisciplinary exploration of the struggle between peace and war in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. The chosen works are inspired by literature and poetry and highlight a journey towards peace, both emotionally and on a global scale.

Featured composers include J.S. Bach, D. Shostakovich, K. Szymanowski, R. Strauss and W. Lutoslawski. The four performers are united in their goal to combine their various means of expression in creative and unique ways while maintaining the highest level of freedom in both the technical and expressive elements of the performance.


Catherine Gardner, soprano

photo“Donna (Elvira) is sung & acted by *Catherine Gardner* and her contribution to the success of this rendering is immeasurable. She *IS* a Donna Elvira…a fearless woman of spirit and indomitability” (Danny Gaisin, Ontario Arts Review, 2012)

Catherine Gardner’s recent performances include singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras with the University of Toronto Cello Ensemble, as well as a recital performance of Strauss’ Four Last Songs with pianist Emily Hamper, (both at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto), a performance of Craig Bohmler’s Songs of Stone in its Canadian premiere with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Judith Yan, and performances of Handel’s Messiah (Victoria Playhouse Theatre in Petrolia) and Fauré’s Requiem (Stratford Chamber Ensemble). Future engagements include the Canadian premiere of The Rival, (a short opera for soprano, cello and violin by William Miller).

Catherine Gardner is very fond of recital, concert and chamber repertoire and has performed with numerous groups such as the Oslo String Quartet and Stratford-based trio “The Poet Sings,” with whom she performed at the Glenn Gould Studio. Her first place win at the Andrews University International Vocal Competition allowed her the opportunity to perform Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Andrews University Orchestra, under the baton of Claudio Gonzalez. Other solo concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Mass in C Minor (Stratford Summer Music), Rutter’s Magnificat (Baltimore, Maryland), Handel’s Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem.

Catherine’s operatic performances include “The Countess” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (with the University of Western Ontario and The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), “Gertrude” in Mark Richard’s Hamlet (Stratford Summer Music), as well as “Pamina” (Di Zauberflöte); “Teresa” (The Reunion by Daniel Crozier) and “Ophelia” (Ophelia Forever by Amy Kirsten) with the Peabody Conservatory of Music Opera Department. She has also sung in various opera galas including a fundraising performance for the Performing Arts Lodge with James Westman, Roger Honeywell and Phillip Addis.

Catherine is a currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto where she studies with soprano Wendy Nielsen.

Jordana Deveau, dancer

photoJordana Deveau is a dynamic force in the Toronto dance community, active as a dancer, educator, rehearsal director and workshop facilitator. A
principal performer with CCDT from 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of Rehearsal Director and then Associate Artistic Director,
where she trained future generations of dance artists for seven years.

Currently, Jordana is the Co-Artistic Director of JDdance, and a founding member of Event Horizon Dance directed by Miranda Abbott. She is the
co-author, with her mentor Donna Krasnow, MS, of "C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers". Jordana has performed in the U.S.,
Europe and across Canada, interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate
Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham.

Dobrochna Zubek, cello

photoDobrochna Zubek, a native of Poland is a disciple of renowned cello pedagogue Cecylia Barczyk. Having obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance from Baltimore’s Towson University she went on to attain a performance diploma from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France with Professor Barbara Marcinkowska.

Highlighting Ms. Zubek's numerous competition awards are: first place award of the Peggy Friedman Gordon Music Competition (2002), first place award of the Sidney Liebermann Music Competition (2004) and winner of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra Competition (2007).

In an evolving, multi-faceted career Ms. Zubek has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra cellist in Europe at England’s Dartington International Summer School in England, the Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain and in North America for the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, to mention a selected few.

Currently, Ms. Zubek is pursuing a doctoral degree in cello performance at the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Professor Shauna Rolston. Awarded a graduate assistantship, Dobrochna is Ms. Rolston’s teaching assistant and this year’s recipient of the Yo-Yo Ma fellowship at the Faculty of Music.

Adam Żukiewicz, piano

photoAdam Piotr Żukiewicz is a pianist of great integrity. He has been praised for his “impressive technical proficiency and delicate refinement” (Indiana Daily Student) as well as “an ability to immerse himself full force into what is essentially a showpiece and make a listener believe he believes in it.” (Herald Times)

Maintaining an active international career Mr. Żukiewicz will be performing solo recitals as well as chamber music concerts with his recently founded Max Joseph Trio in Germany and Poland throughout the 2013-2014 season. Other musical projects of Mr. Żukiewicz’s include a debut performance with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in October 2013, recitals in the Greater Toronto Area and appearances at international piano competitions throughout North America and Europe.

Mr. Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan and Brazil. His performance during the 2007 Millennium Stage Conservatory Project at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC was broadcast online. He has also appeared many times on TV in Poland. In the summer of 2010 he participated with the Max Joseph Trio in the Peace Concerts Series organized by the Museum of the city of Jawor. In May 2013 Mr. Żukiewicz performed a debut concert with the Toronto Sinfonietta and in July 2013, Mr. Żukiewicz played a debut performance at the Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series. Recent competition successes of Mr. Żukiewicz include First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Edmonton, Canada, as well as First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC.

Mr. Żukiewicz holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

More Performance Listings for 2014-2015 coming soon.


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