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The Art of the Piano: John Stetch

Friday, September 23, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

John is on a Pan-Canadian tour that starts off in Ottawa, then Gallery 345, then Montreal, Edmonton, Victoria, Regina, Saskatoon.

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.


CANCELLED
Antoine Pierlot, cello and Jason Cutmore, piano 

Tuesday September 27, 2016 at  8 pm


Theremin & Piano music set to Lotte Reiniger's silent
full-length animation film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (1926)
+ Animating Sound with the Theremin (Workshop)

"The theremin isn't an instrument that lends itself to hero worship, but ever since we saw Pamelia pluck an astonishing walking bass line out of thin air in the documentary MOOG we've been genuflecting with reckless abandon. Novelty value aside, (her) gift on her wonky instrument is profound and generous. She's based in Vienna now, so you won't want to miss this relatively rare local date. " - TimeOut New York

Monday October 3, 2016

WORKSHOP 5pm-7pm, $15

ANIMATING with the THEREMIN to bring sound to life! From first-timers to the more experienced, the workshop is open to all ages. We'll explore the basics of how it works, as well as more advanced techniques like pizzicato, legato, and aerial fingerings as well as working with effects processing pedals. If you have your own theremin, please bring it along because no two instruments have the same range/parameters.

PERFORMANCE/SCREENING 8pm, $15 /$10 students *suggested donation

Live musical performance incorporating compositions by Ravel, Bartok, Moussorgsky, and more - plus original incidental music and soundscapes complimenting the stunning visuals of one of the first full-length feature animation films ever made, "the Adventures of Prince Achmed" by Lotte Reiniger, 1926 (circa 60 minutes)

Pamelia Stickney, theremin + processing
Marie-Theres Rauba, piano

"She was born with Magic Hands." - Jean Renoir

Inspired by Indonesian shadow puppet theatre, Lotte Reiniger invented a silhouette animation technique involving manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera, shot frame by frame. Her groundbreaking work in the art of animation was an inspiration not only to film-makers (such as Disney) but also to generations of artists.

Thank you to the Austrian Culture Forum Toronto & the Austrian Federal Chancellery dept. of Art & Culture for their support towards bringing Pamelia to Toronto (and the U.S.) to perform.

For more information, feel free to contact Pamelia: pameliapamelia@hotmail.com

To learn more about Lotte Reiniger, start with this link to a recent article in the Guardian.

 


Impressions of the Past and Present

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$20/$15 Seniors and Students, or on-line >

Program

Maurice Ravel
Introduction and Allegro for string quartet, flute, clarinet and harp

Colin Eatock
World Premiere: Fantasy for Clarinet and Harp

Various Celtic music for flute and harp

Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 in a-minor

Musicians

Burning Bridge String Quartet:
Rebekah Wolkstein violin
Drew Jurecka violin
Shannon Knights viola
Lydia Munchinsky, cello

Kenneth Hall, flute
Michael Westwood, clarinet
Sharlene Wallace, harp


The Ruby Trio

Friday October 7, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Programme

Joseph Haydn, Piano Trio in G major, Hob. XXV

i. Andante

ii. Poco adagio, cantabile

iii. Rondo a l’Ongarese: Presto

Shostakovich, Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67

i. Andante

ii. Allegro con brio

iii. Largo

iv. Allegretto

~Intermission~

Christos Hatzis, “Constantinople: Old Photographs”

Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Trio in D major, Opus 70, No. 1, “Ghost”

i. Allegro vivace e con brio

ii. Largo assai ed espressivo

iii. Presto

The Ruby Trio was founded in January of 2015 at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Just a few months after their formation, they were selected as the winners of the Glenn Gould School's Chamber Music Competition. Since then, they have given numerous performances in the Toronto area, including a Postlude Concert at Koerner Hall, and on the Mount Pleasant Chamber Music Series. In September of 2015, they were asked by the Glenn Gould Foundation to be featured performers for Glenn Gould’s Birthday Celebration at the CBC in Toronto.

Its members are accomplished, unique artists, with multi-faceted musical backgrounds. Terri Croft (violin) is a prize-winning multi-genre fiddler, and with her former trio, won the chamber music category at the National Music Festival (2011). Amahl Arulanandam (cello) is a founding member of an acoustic rock band, and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Eckhardt-Gramatte Strings Competition. Alex Seredenko (piano) performed as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in November of 2015, and is a recent winner of the Sylva Gelber Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

They hold graduate degrees from The Glenn Gould School, The Cleveland Institute of Music, and McGill University. The trio has received coaching and mentorship from Bryan Epperson, Desmond Hoebig, and Paul Kantor. Together, they are committed to bringing great music to new audiences, through their concertizing and community outreach.


HUBSCH MARTEL ZOUBEK

Friday, October 14, 2016 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students


Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Germany) - tuba, objects
Pierre-Yves Martel (Canada) - viola da gamba, harmonica
Philip Zoubek (Austria) - prepaed piano

Music that transports the listener to wondrous landscapes of secrecy and transparency. Highly virtuosic and with a rich vocabulary of extended techniques, these three musicians tell a captivating story. A quiet and pointillistic communication and a surprisingly new combination of instruments: viola da gamba, piano and tuba.

​Hübsch Martel Zoubek ​have been performing as a trio since 2012. Since releasing their first album June 16th on the Berlin-based label Schraum, they have performed concerts across Europe, two of which were recorded by the ORF (austrian national radio) and Radio-France. They will be releasing a second album this fall on Tour de bras Records and performing 18 concerts across Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany and Norway.

​Audio excerpts : www.pymartel.com/hubsch-martel-zoubek
​Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCKqlhe5d_w​


Magisterra Soloists

Saturday October 15, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

Please reserve tickets at info@gallery345.com

Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Mikela Witjes, violin; Francisco Galván, violin; Jordan Clayton, violin; Emily Walker, viola; Jeffrey Komar viola; David Evenchick, cello; Patrick Theriault, cello; Nic Carlucci, violin; Tyler Mäkinen, violin; Kelvin Mun, violin; Jillian Yang, violin

Program

MICHAEL MCLEAN (* 1959)
Preludio for four violins

EMILY DOOLITTLE (* 1972)
Sapling for violin and strings

GRAZYNA BACEWICZ (1909-1969)
Quartet for four violins

Intermission

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Octet E flat Op. 20
Allegro moderato con fuoco
Andante
Scherzo. Allegro
Presto

Biography

When acclaimed violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel began dreaming of a cultural exchange between Canadian and Brazilian musicians while touring South America’s largest country for the ninth time, she had no way of knowing how that dream would turn into a much greater reality. Months later, Vogel is now the founder and artistic director of an exciting new string ensemble, Magisterra Soloists, a self-proclaimed group of ‘cultural ambassadors’.

“For years now, I have been dreaming of a professional group that would bridge a gap in the musical landscape in Canada,” says Vogel. ”I wanted to form something that would provide a musical launching pad for talented graduates of Canadian universities and conservato- ries... Something flexible in size and instrumentation, championing an eclectic and exciting repertoire, old and new.”

As Canadian artistic ambassadors, Magisterra Soloists has already made a point of seeking out new works by Canadian composers in order to bring attention to the wonderful creative talent being cultivated on Canadian soil. Magisterra Soloists has commissioned as one of their headline works a piece for alto saxophone, violin, and strings from award-winning Canadian composer, Kevin Morse. The work had its Canadian premiere on May 8 in Guleph and will make its international premiere during their upcoming Brazilian tour. Another award-winning composer, Emily Doolittle, is currently writing a concerto for violin and strings that the group is scheduled to perform in the Fall season.

The ensembles current roster of musicians has 12 members from six different countries whose paths have all converged in this Lon- don-based group. “Currently, our musicians are all a product of Canadian post-secondary education. We have musicians from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Ottawa, and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto” says administrative coordinator Mikela Witjes. “We are very fortunate to have such cultural diversity within our ensemble. Magisterra Soloists also offers the opportunity for young emerging musicians to work side by side and collaborate with established professionals. This is a unique and inspiring experience and it offers an incredible platform for making great music.”

www.magisterra.com| info@magisterra.com


Maghan McPhee, soprano & Carl Philippe Gionet, piano

Sunday October 16 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

Program (subject to change)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Cinq mélodies de Venise
Mandoline
En sourdine
Green
À Clymène
C’est l’extase

Henri Duparc (1848-1933)

Au pays où se fait la guerre
Chanson triste
La vie antérieure
L’invitation au voyage

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Zueignung
Die Nacht
Allerseelen
Morgen
Cäcilie

Imant Raminsh (born in 1943)

Three Spanish Lyrics:
Caminante. Son tus huellas
Meciendo
Si os partieredes al alba

Canadian soprano Maghan McPhee’s voice has been described as “brilliant, with warm lyricism” (Times Argus). Her voice seems tailor-­made to the the brilliance and difficulty in the Mozartian opera roles , including Ilia in Idomeneo, Susanna and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Other roles are Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, and most recently, Berta in Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia where she made her mark and “immediately had the public holding their breath during her brief but remarkable solo”.(LeDroit)

Maghan was recently featured with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, singing Mozart concert arias with National Art Centre violinist, Donnie Deacon.In her 2014/15 season, she worked with Alexander Shelley and Colm Feore in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Arts Centre Orchestra). She returned to the National Arts Centre in December as the soprano soloist for their annual Messiah. Ms. McPhee then launched her debut recording ‘Portrait’, a combination of art songs with resonant poetry that paints a picture of Maghan’s musical self.

Highlights of past seasons include being featured with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra and making her Carnegie Hall debut in the world premiere of a work by American composer Ryan Carter. Operatic highlights include creating the role of Hope in the Tapestry New Opera/Edmonton Opera production of Shelter by Juliet Palmer. Ms. McPhee is also a founding member Carmen on Tap (Micaëla), a travelling production based on Bizet’s original score. Most recently, Carmen on Tap appeared at the Stratford Summer Music Festival, Toronto, and the Prince Edward County Music Festival. She is a dynamic and engaging recitalist and chamber musician having been engaged by various presenters including the Ottawa Chamberfest, Thirteen Strings and The Juilliard School in New York.

Ms. McPhee completed her second Masters Degree at Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York where she was awarded a full scholarship and a teaching position. One of only eight international singers in the inaugural class, she worked alongside various world-class coaches including Dawn Upshaw, Kayo Iwama, Jennifer Ringo Conlon, and Lorraine Nubar. She is a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Professional Musicians. This funding enabled her to continue her monthly trips to New York to work with acclaimed American soprano Benita Valente (Marlboro Music Festival), Jennifer Ringo Conlon (Los Angeles Opera; Bard College; Aspen Opera Theater Institute) and others from the Metropolitan Opera.

Competition credits include the Eckhardt Gramatte Competition, the Montreal International Voice Competition, the Louis Quilico Voice Competition, and the Académie International d'été de Nice (France) Competition. An honours graduate of the University of Toronto, Ms. McPhee earned a Master’s degree from the University of Ottawa. She currently teaches voice at Carleton University and in 2014 founded a yearly summer program with Associazione Cieili Vibranti for Voice and Piano Collaboration in Breno, Italy and will be teaching in the Alps from July 15-29 2016.

Whether as a soloist or accompanist, Carl Philippe Gionet is a much sought after collaborator, mainly in Europe and North America. The diffusion of classical music to all audiences is very important to him. Despite his numerous travels, he remains very involved in promoting music in his native New Brunswick. In 2013, he founded Musique sur mer en Acadie, an event dedicated to the education and promotion of classical music in francophone minority communities. Since 2014, he is teaching at the summer master class given by the Associazione Cieli Vibranti in Breno, Italy. Carl completed his doctorate in piano performance at Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. He has received specialized training in collaborative piano in Austria and England, and participated in numerous prestigious summer programs. Along with his commitments in the field of classical music, Carl has performed in Canada and Europe as an accompanist and composer with many artists of the Francophonie. MSR Classics will release his recording of Schubert’s four sonatas for piano and violin, with Icelandic violinist Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, in Spring 2016.
www.cpgionet.com


The Art of the Piano: Marco Grieco

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students

PROGRAM

Bach-Busoni
Choral Prelude in g minor, No. 7 BWV 659, "Nun Komm der HeidenHeiland” 

Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31.2, "The Tempest" 

Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31 

Franz Liszt

The Evocative Power of Classical and Romantic Composers

"...one of the most interesting performers that Italian music has generated in the last years...young and established talent in the survey of the Italian classical music"
- Tra la Terra e il Cielo

"Endowed by expressive, elegant and controlled nature, he has performed important pages of the piano repertoire with great mastery.”
- Messaggero Veneto

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Foggia (Italy), Marco Grieco obtained his diploma in piano at the "Umberto Giordano" Music Conservatory in Foggia with highest honors under the guidance of A. Drago.

During this period, he won a scholarship sponsored by the Conservatory, through which he took part in a master class given by Alexander Lonquich in Rhodes Garganico and held during the "Gargano festival," in which he performed at the final concert. He was also selected by the Director of the Conservatory for the initiative "Conservatories meet up" in which the best students of Apulian Conservatories performed at other Conservatories of the same region. For some years, he continued his studies privately with Pasquale Iannone and attended many seminars and courses in piano technique and interpretation with the following Professors: M. Mollova, (Sofia, Bulgaria), F.J. Thiollier ("Scuola del Trio di Trieste") A. Lonquich (Garganico Rhodes), M. Matarrese (Bari and Lucera).

Since 2008, he has won awards in more than 35 national and international music and piano competitions including: Caramanico Terme "Paolo Barrasso" 2008 (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition), "Prix Ars Nova" 2008 in Teramo (1st absolute prize with 100/100 and winner of international competition) "V.Bellini" 2008 in Gragnano (1st absolute prize competition), Massafra International Music Competition "Valeria Martina" 2007 (1st prize), Pontedera - International Music Competition "Toscana Classica" 2008 (2nd prize).

Presented by Isituto Italiano di Cultura.


The Art of the Piano: Andrew Shapiro

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Students

"a warm blend of spare, classically influenced pieces with just enough pop sensibility to make them accessible...it shimmers in its minimalist strokes."
-Arkansas Democrat Gazette

“Very cool music...I love this piano etude that I’m listening to as I write this...I’m reminded of bits of [Steve] Reich, [Philip] Glass, Sigur Ros, Cocteau Twins and Radiohead, intertwined with an aching longing and lots of integrity.”
- Vernon Reid, Living Colour

Andrew Shapiro is a composer and songwriter who blends his two biggest musical influences: '80s New Wave pop and Philip Glass minimalism.

Shapiro's music is regularly played on radio worldwide and he has been featured in The New Yorker, ABC News, CNN, Gramophone, and Daily Candy. His cinematic piano track Mint Green has proved wildly popular with a Pandora play count of over 6.5 million.

His moody synth-pop debut album, Invisible Days, was chosen as one of the "Top 12" independently produced recordings of 2003 by Performing Songwriter magazine. Shapiro's three solo piano albums, Intimate Casual (2012), Numbers, Colors and People (2009) and Piano 3 (2016) were created with Philip Glass producer Michael Riesman.

Pink Jean Mint Green, a synthpop album featuring a collaboration with acclaimed author Neil Gaiman, is set for release on June 24, 2016.

He writes original music for notable film and theater projects, and his music appears in a wide variety of national and international film and television productions ranging from reality TV to a Clio Award-winning spot for cancer awareness.

Performance highlights include The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the Exit Festival (Serbia), TED, Bard College, Joe's Pub, Gracie Mansion, Bargemusic and the Wordless Music Series at Le Poisson Rouge, New York. He was also the subject of an extensive profile in the New York Times entitled "Quarter Pounder With Keys" for his weekly Sunday solo piano performances at McDonald's in downtown Manhattan.

Shapiro is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Raised in Larchmont, NY, he lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his wife and son.

www.andrewshapiro.com


Jazz at the Gallery
Richard Whiteman’s Slash and Burn Quintet

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 8 pm
$20; $10 Student

Jake Wilkinson, trumpet
Trevor Hogg, tenor saxophone
William Carn, trombone
Richard Whiteman, bass
Morgan Childs, drums


OPPOSITES ATTRACT

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 8 pm
Tickets $20 / $15 for students

Erika Nielsen - Baroque cello, works by Gabrielli, Dall’Abaco, and J.S. Bach

Arkana - improvised music for cello, piano, saxophone and percussion

Described as "a colorful cellist of many temperaments," Erika Nielsen has a multi-faceted career as a collaborative artist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. Her musicianship spans the classical tradition to Baroque, contemporary, and popular genres.

In the summer of 2015, Erika premiered a new Canadian music drama and completed a cycling tour of Canadian contemporary opera throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario as a member of The Bicycle Opera Project. She is a featured artist with Westwood Concerts at Gallery 345, and was recently a faculty member of the ArtsAhimsa Chamber Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Erika worked as Principal Cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra from 2011-13, and was a member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Association, and the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble. Erika was also a selected fellow for the 2014 Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute.

From 2008-11 Erika was a member of minimalist ensemble Muskox, and has performed for Soundstreams, Spectrum New Music Series, and The Thin Edge New Music Collective. As a session musician, Erika has had the privilege of performing with Grammy-winning artist Kanye West, and frequents with Canadian songwriter Jeffery Straker. She has recorded for many artists, such as The Trews and for the 2014 JUNO-nominated album by Splash 'n Boots.

​Born in West Germany, Erika has performed at festivals such as the Banff Centre, Schloss Beuggen, Germany, Le Domaine Forget, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

She currently performs with the 25 piece Toronto Motown band The Big Sound, Classic Albums Live, and ELO tribute Strange Magic, in an improvisation duo with jazz pianist Ali Berkok, and as a member of improvising collective Arkana.

She holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School where she was a student of David Hetherington and is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston. She maintains a busy private studio in Toronto and also teaches for Havergal College. She would like to thank Tafelmusik for the loan of their Baroque cello.

www.celloerika.com

ARKANA

Arkana is a unit of collaborative improvisers who walk the edge of composition and improvisation. Pianist Ali Berkok (Aurochs, Muskox) is joined by drummer Andrew Miller, saxophonist Karen Ng, and cellist Erika Nielsen. Together, these four mainstays of the Toronto music scene conjure melodies, stretch forms, and lay down grooves, resulting in a dynamic, surprising performance each and every time. Building upon releases Hyprovisation (2007) and Kaleidoscope (2010), this incarnation of Arkana will see their efforts documented on the All-Set! imprint in the spring of 2017.

Ali Berkok- Piano
Multi-grant winning pianist Ali Berkok is an improviser and composer based in Toronto. His electro-acoustic quartet Aurochs will release their second album “Another Helpful Medicine” on the All-Set! imprint in Autumn 2016. Berkok’s solo piano music, is a diverse array of re-imagined jazz standards, original compositions and purely improvised pieces, all of which seek to explore fully the inner workings of the piano.

Andrew Miller- Drums
Hailing from Banff, Alberta, Andrew Miller is an in-demand session musician, composer and teacher and plays regularly alongside some of Toronto's most established musicians including, Jim Lewis, Andrew Downing and Mike Murley.

Karen Ng- Saxophone
Toronto based saxophonist Karen Ng is an eclectic musician involved in many different projects all over the grid. She has appeared on stage with Do Make Say Think, Bry Webb, Del Bel, the Broken Social Scene, Charles Spearin’s Juno award winning Happiness Project and Feist.


Henri Dutilleux - A Portrait from the Piano

Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students


“…the pianist Katherine Dowling gave crystalline performances, which balanced gestural expressiveness and careful attention to color.” - The New York Times

“…played with effortless incisiveness by Katherine Dowling.” - The Boston Globe

“The redoubtable Katherine Dowling once again returned to make short work of the technical challenges, and astonishingly once again played entirely from memory.” - The Boston Musical Intelligencer

“The evening’s finale, it produced the most electrifying performance, a tour de force by Katherine Dowling.” - The Berkshire Eagle

Program

Petit air pour dormir debout (1981)

Au gré des ondes (1946)

I. Prélude en berceuse
II. Claquettes
III. Improvisation
IV. Mouvement perpetuel
V. Hommage à Bach
VI. Étude

Trois préludes (1973-1988)

I. D’Ombre et de silence
II. Sur le même accord
III. Le jeu des contraires

pause

Résonances (1965)

Sonate pour piano (1950)

I. Allegro con moto
II. Lied
III. Choral et variations

Award-winning Canadian pianist Katherine Dowling has performed across North America and the United Kingdom. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative, and ensemble performer, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University.

Following two seasons as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, Dr. Dowling was awarded the Henri Kohn Memorial Prize and selected as pianist for the New Fromm Players (the contemporary ensemble-in-residence of the center). She joined Gruppo Montebello in 2011, an all-star chamber ensemble directed by Henk Guittart (Schoenberg Quartet); the group’s debut recordings appears on the Etcetera label, under the umbrella of New Arts International. Dr. Dowling is further familiar to audiences through her close association with The Banff Centre, where she has held numerous solo and collaborative residencies, as well as through her involvement with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

Recent engagements include a cross-Canada tour with violinist Joshua Peters under the auspices of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, her solo debut with the Britten-Pears Festival Orchestra under the baton of Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival, regular performances as a member of California-based ensemble Son à Trois, and appearances at the Ottawa, Regina, and Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festivals. She has enjoyed collaborating with esteemed artists including Marianne Pousseur, the Jupiter String Quartet, instrumentalists Shauna Rolston, Lara St. John, Joel Sachs, and Marc Destrubé, composers John Harbison, Anthony Cheung, Marco Stroppa and david lang, and visual artist Andrea Büttner.

She credits her teacher Gil Kalish, as well as Henri-Paul Sicsic and Janice Elliot-Denike, as the major influences in her musical life.

www.katherinedowling.com


Bryn Roberts, piano and Lage Lund, guitar
“Nightsong” Album Release Concert

Saturday October 29, 2016 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

Biographies

Pianist and composer Bryn Roberts is based in New York City, where he is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts.

Roberts has performed extensively as a sideman and a leader, appearing regularly in New York's prestigious jazz clubs including the Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Mezzrow, the 55 Bar and the Jazz Gallery. An acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has three albums out featuring his own music: his debut "Present Tense", "Ludlow" (featuring Seamus Blake, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber on the Fresh Sound/New Talent label), and his most recent release, “Fables” (featuring Seamus Blake, Orlando le Fleming and Johnathan Blake).

Bryn has toured widely with his own groups including international festival, radio, and club appearances across the US, Canada, the UK, and Spain. His most recent tour took him to Japan where he led a trio featuring Rodney Green and Joe Martin in a series of appearances, including a concert for the national broadcaster NHK.

In addition to his work as a leader, Roberts is also an original member of the Nonet led by Grammy nominee Alan Ferber, and has recorded with the group for a series of critically acclaimed releases: "Scenes From An Exit Row", "The Compass”, "Chamber Songs" and “Roots and Transitions”.

Bryn’s most recent project is a duo collaboration with the celebrated guitarist Lage Lund. Their first album together, “Nightsong”, is to be released this fall. Longtime colleagues, they and have been playing together in different situations in New York for over a decade, but have recently begun exploring the freedoms and possibilities of the more intimate duo format. Their varied repertoire draws from their wide range of influences, and includes their own original compositions, new takes on standards from the American songbook, and re-workings of Brazilian songs.

Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone - one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Armed with a mastery of the standard repertoire and a growing and impressive body of original compositions, Lund swings with great authority, displaying a staggering harmonic sophistication and a singularly fluid voice as a soloist. He also brings a “casually magnetic” presence to the stage, “channeling reticence into a whisper-quiet mystique” (New York Times).

Born and raised in Norway, Lund relocated to Boston after high school on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 2002 he moved to New York and soon became the first electric guitarist ever to enroll at the Juilliard School of Music. In the years since his Monk Competition victory, he has become a sought-after sideman with the David Sanchez Quartet, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Mingus Orchestra and many more. He has been fortunate enough to work with elder statesmen and peers alike: Ron Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Danilo Perez,Wynton Marsalis, FLY, Marcus Strickland, Will Vinson, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, and Carmen Lundy among others.

With four releases on the Criss Cross label including Unlikely Stories - a vibrant set of original tunes with a superb supporting cast. 2015 brings Idlewild - the third record featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Bill Stewart but the first in a trio setting. The results are stellar as Lund continues to refine his artistry, bringing tonal clarity and an unerring sense of proportion to music.

Also on released in 2015 is the OWL Trio – Arts and Letters EP, a follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut (selected as one of iTunes US “best of 2013”) as well as Maria Schneider Orchestras highly celebrated Thompson Fields – the title track being a feature for Lund.

Through stateside appearances and live engagements throughout Europe, Japan and around the world, Lund has ascended to the highest ranks as a performer and a creative force. He is among those setting the agenda for jazz improvisation in the 21st century.

“Of the younger cats, Lage Lund is THE one. He’s a wonderful player, scary actually!”
– Kurt Rosenwinkel


The Art of the Violin: Elissa Lee
with special guest Angela Park, piano

Sunday October 30, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

PROGRAM

Johann Sebastian Bach : Partita No. 2 for solo violin BWV 1004

Allemanda
Corrente
Sarabanda
Giga
Ciaconna

INTERMISSION

Edvard Grieg : Sonata No. 1 in F major op. 8

Allegro con brio
Allegretto quasi Andantino
Allegro molto Vivace

Maurice Ravel : Sonata for Violin and Piano

Allegretto
Blues - Moderato
Perpetuum mobile - Allegro

BIOGRAPHIES

Elissa Lee, violin

Winner of the 23rd Eckhardt-Gramatté Strings Competition, Elissa Lee has appeared as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, the Boris Brott Festival Orchestra, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l‘Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal and the Royal Conservatory of Music Orchestra.

Elissa Lee was born in Toronto, Canada where she studied with Victor Danchenko at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and, extensively, with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto where she received a masters degree in performance. As an undergraduate she was the recipient of the prestigious Eaton Scholarship. Elissa Lee then moved to Germany to study privately with Andreas Reiner in Munich and Thomas Brandis at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. There she won second prize in the Gyarfas Competition and her graduation recital was awarded with Excellence. These studies were made possible by two Chalmers Performing Arts Training Grants from the Ontario Arts Council and a Canada Council Grant.

Elissa Lee has held positions as second concertmaster in both the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the WDR Sinfonie Orchester. Elissa Lee is now enjoying a busy freelance career, frequently on tour performing in the greatest concerts halls and festivals in Europe. She has performed as Concertmaster with the Rundfunk Orchester München, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the KlangVerwaltung Orchestra in Munich, and Festival Strings Luzern, and in leading positions with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Luxembourg Philhamonic and the Canadian Opera Company. She has also been a guest of world renowned Chamber of Orchestra of Europe, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked under the baton of Claudio Abaddo, Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Daniel Harding.

Elissa Lee has had a busy chamber music life as first violinist of the Kamareli Quartet and the Bomari String Quartet. As a chamber musician she has performed with Louie Lortie, Augustin Dumay, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, Kevin Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lesser, and Shauna Rolston amongst others and has been a frequent participant of Open Chamber Music in Prussia Cove, England. With pianist Jeanie Chung she won second prize at the 2001 Caltanisetta International Chamber Music Competition and received Honorable Mention at the Vittorio Due Competition in Florence. Elissa Lee joined Ensemble Made in Canada in 2010, which performing concerts and tours throughout Canada.

Angela Park, piano

Canadian pianist Angela Park has been praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for playing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico). She has performed as both soloist and chamber musician across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico, appearing in such noted series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. Angela has recorded with oboist Linda Strommen, cellist Rachel Mercer, and Ensemble Made In Canada, and won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. An active teacher, Angela earned her DMA in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal, and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (2011-2014). She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Ensemble Made In Canada has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Western University in London, Ontario since 2014.

www.angelapark.com


The Art of the Piano:
Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8 pm
On-Line Advance Ticket: $16 (fees included), Door: $20

TwinMuse: An evening of Piano Four Hands and Cinema

Program

Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)

Petite Suite (1886)
I. En Bateau
II. Cortège
III. Menuet
IV. Ballet

Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971)

Sacre du printemps (1913)
Tableaux de la Russie païenne en deux parties

Plus, towards the end of Le Sacre :
3D animated film : CODA
Martine Époque et Denis Poulin (Directors)

Pause

Nicole Lizée (1973 - )

Excerpts from Hitchcock Études for piano, soundtrack and video (2010)
- Psycho-Saul Bass Étude
- Psycho- Stutter Étude
Hourshid Afrakhteh, piano

- The Birds, Schoolhouse Étude
Mehrshid Afrakhteh, piano

Matthew Davidson (1964 - )

After Brahms, Nine concert tangos for piano four hands (2000)
Dedicated to Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrahkteh

Ernesto Lecuona (1895 - 1963)

Malaguena (1928) (excerpt from Suite Andalucía)
Arrangement for piano 4 hands by Luis Sucra

Biography

Twin sisters born in Iran, Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh are solo pianists and duettists. Under the name of TwinMuse, they have played in France, Quebec, Toronto and Montreal. Combining sound, image, multimedia and dance, Hourshid and Mehrshid Afrakhteh play an eclectic piano duet repertoire. Their virtuoso touch demonstrates their unique complicity in works by Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Ernesto Lecuona as well as works by Canadian composers such as Nicole Lizée and Matthew Davidson. TwinMuse have also performed several concerts with dancers, charity concerts and participated in various multicultural events. They teach piano, theory and history of music in music schools and privately.

 

Recent Projects

Recording of an excerpt of the piano duet version of The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky for the NFB film CODA produced by the research Laboratory in technochorégraphie (LARTech), Dr. Denis Poulin and Martine Époque. CODA, officially selected at Toronto International Film Festival 2015 (TIFF2015) and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2015 (FNC2015). For this concert Hourshid and Merhshid are going to do a live performance of the music score in sync with the film.

Live performance of The Rite of Spring in tandem with “Dear Criminals” for Frédéric Tavernini’s multimedia dance project: “Thing are leaving quietly, in silence”

Live performance of « Music for piano 4 hands » by Morton Feldman with twin sisters dancers Gobeil

twinmuse.ca


New Voices in Israeli Jazz
Guy Mintus, piano, Sivan Arbel, vocals

Friday November 4, 2016 8PM
$20/$10 students (cash only)
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Israeli born-New York based pianist, composer and educator Guy Mintus was hailed as a “talented young musical emissary who expertly blends the folkloric sounds of his homeland with the improvising aesthetic of jazz.” Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen.

Guy is active in the Jazz, world music and contemporary scenes. His music brings together elements from stride piano to Turkish makams, Indian rhythms to Bach-styled counterpoint, Jewish melodies and American jazz standards all weaved together in his own signature style.

Guy has performed throughout Europe, North America and the Middle East leading his own projects as well as a sideman in venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kassel Staatstheater, the Apollo Theater, the ancient Amphi Theater of Pythagoreo, Red Sea Jazz Festival and more.

He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Grammy winning artists such as Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as master musicians from Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Spain, India, Cuba & Mali.

As a composer, Guy has won awards and commissions from ASCAP, BMI, Downbeat Magazine, the American Composers Orchestra, Imani Winds Ensemble and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation among others.

His recordings include a debut album with the "Offlines Project," a duo Guy co-leads with Israeli-Turkish percussionist/oudist Yinon Muallem as well as the live solo album “The Mediterranean Piano."

Most recently, he was honored to perform with the “Offlines Project” at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on International Jazz Day. guymintus.com

Sivan Arbel, a young Israeli singer, arranger and composer arrived at the New York City Jazz scene in November 2014 and has not looked back since. She has begun to make her mark in the NYC jazz scene, performing on stages across the city with her passion to spread music and love to the world.

In the summer 2016 Sivan had the privilege of touring across Canada, taking part in the jazz composers series in Montreal, participating at the Banff Music Workshop and playing across Ottawa and Calgary.

Before coming to New York, Sivan established herself as a rising talent in Israel and Dublin.

In June 2014, Sivan was honored to be the sole representative of Newpark at the 24th Annual International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) in South Africa which was established by Dave Leibman and founded by Walter Turkenburg. sivanarbel.com


The Art of the Piano: Marc Pierre Toth
a What’s So Great About Classical Music? presentation:
The Beethoven Monument

Saturday November 5, 2014 at 8:00PM
$25/$10 students (cash only)

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Program

Ludwig von Beethoven: the story the trials and tribulations of how the Monument to the Great One was erected in his home town on Bonn...

Gaining increasing popularity with audiences for his entertaining and informative CONCERT-‘LECTURE’ Series ‘What is so great about Classical Music?’, Marc Pierre Toth abandoned a Chemical Engineering Scholarship to undertake more serious musical studies. He finished a degree in the fortepiano and historical performance with M° Gerritt Zitterbart after graduating from the Soloist-Class with M° Einar Steen-Nokleberg at the world-reknowned ‘Hochschule für Musik und Theater’ in Hannover, where he has been an Instructor since 2007. He also has served as Visiting-Professor at Laval University, replacing the Department Head in 2010. Since 2012, he is on the Faculty at the Dr.Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, with a position formerly held by Clara Schumann.

A recipient of the prestigious International German Government Scholarship from the DAAD and multiple Grants from the Arts Council of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, he graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s Program at the University of Toronto as a student of Marietta Orlov, and also holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance Piano from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, the latter which he earned under Dr.Boris Lysenko. He has participated in Masterclasses in Banff, Kneisel Hall, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hamamatsu, etc. with musicians such as Dmitiri Bashkirov, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Gyorgy Sebok, Hans Leygraf, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, P. Devoyon, H. Nakamura, V.Krpan, A.Vardi, I.Rohmann, Aurele Nicolet, Lee Kum Sing, J. Browning, M. Bilson, G.Zhou, Pnina Salzmann, etc… and the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation Beethoven Masterclasses in Positano with John O’Conor.

As 3rd Laureate at the 52nd Busoni International Piano Competition in 2000, Mr.Toth was engaged for concerts in Lisinski Hall in Zagreb, Amici della Musica di Verona, Amici della Musica di Vicenza, Academia Musicale di Pescara, Festival di Maria Callas in Sirmione sul Garda, Virtuoses de Musica in Brazil, Fondacion Santillana in Bogota etc… Prizes have also been achieved in a dozen other competitions such as the 33rd V.Bellini International Competition, the Compositores d’Espana in Madrid, the International Prokofiev Piano Competition 2003, the Rome Chopin Competition, il Concorso Francesco Durante, Grand Prize of the Future Virtuosos Competition in Japan, the Valsesia-Musica International Competition, the Vietri Sul Mar International Competition, the Glenn Gould International in Italy, and Chopin Society Competition in Germany etc…

He has appeared as soloist with diverse orchestras in Canada and Europe including Orchestra London, the Paderborn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the state Opera in Hannover, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma e Lazio, Orchestra del Teatro Bellini, The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, ORCAM in Spain, Orchester des Stadttheaters Bremerhaven in Germany, the Philharmonia Symphony Orchestra of Zagreb, Filharmonia Ungarica and has recently been invited as soloist in Germany, Italy and Russia. He has performed in 26 countires in recitals throughout Canada and in the United States, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Roumania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Austria.

After the successes of the ‘Goldberg-das Ballett’ project, ‘Flüchtige Visionen’ to the music of S.Prokofiev, and “BEGEGNUNG: Claudel-Rodin-Chopin” in Bremerhaven, as well as the Bach ‘Preludes&Fugues’ Project in Linz 2006 , all with the Ballet Company of Viennese Choreographer Jörg Mannes, Mr. Toth was featured in the ‘4Beethoven4’ project with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in 2007-08, and the ‘à Propos Bach‘ Project in 2008 & 2009 which resulted in an invitation for the Bachfest in Weimar 2009.

Mr.Toth has been a Jury member of the 3rd International Jazz Piano Competition in Ostra, Italy, the Coppa Pianisti d’Osimo International and the International ENKOR competition. He has also served as guest professor and lecturer at the University of Bogota in Colombia during a concert tour of South America as well as given master-classes at Universities in Toronto, London, Quebec, Bogota Colombia, Italy and Sicily and will be giving upcoming master-classes in Italy, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Turkey and Asia. In 2016 he will make his debut at the Val Tidone Summer Masterclasses.

Mr. Toth has recently finished his Complete Beethoven Cycle in various cities in Germany and Canada and has recorded the Sonatas Op.2 on the Fortepiano for the Klassik Label. A Classical Variations CD of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven has also been recorded, and the Complete Sonatas are in the plan. He is currently the Artistic Director of the “Music for a Better World” Benefit Concert Series in Frankfurt which has benefited organizations such as Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and Diakonie Disaster Help, and when not practicing, teaching, working or performing, Mr.Toth also trains Shaolin QiGong and Shaolin Kung Fu, and has been a Yoga Instructor at the HMTHannover for 11 years.


The Art of the Flute
Leslie Newman, flute & Erica Goodman, harp

Sunday November 6, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$10 Students

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Leslie and Erica’s performances have taken them from Edmonton to Montreal, including a recital on Music Toronto’s renowned chamber music series at the Jane Mallett Theatre. Critics have praised their performances of Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra:

“Their cohesion and almost telepathic empathy melded into what was a utter delight…Enthralled and mesmerized are descriptions that come immediately to mind.”
– Ontario Arts Review

and with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra:

“Both very elegant and responding smoothly to each other as two musicians having long played together, they dominated the stage…overshadowing everything around them…”
– Claude Gingras, La Presse, Montreal)

Program

J.S. Bach
Sonata in g-minor, BWV 1020
Allegro | Adagio | Allegro

Camille Saint-Saëns
Fantaisie in A, op. 124

Franz Doppler/Antonio Zamara
Casilda Fantaisie

Intermission

Hendrik Andriessen
Intermezzo

Gilles Tremblay
Envol (for solo flute)

Heraclio Hernandez
El diablo suelto

Carlos Bonet
La partida

Gareth Farr
Taheke
allegro | andante | presto

Biographies

“To play as powerfully, as sensitively and as flawlessly as flutist Leslie Newman did…is to write the book on stamina and musical excellence. Bottom line: one of the highlights of the season.” This is how critics have described Leslie who, since her Toronto Symphony Orchestra debut at the age of eighteen, performing Carl Nielsen’s formidable Flute Concerto under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis, has developed a loyal audience with her lyricism, technical command and musical integrity.

Leslie Newman is the principal flute with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, a post she has held since 2008. As guest principal flute, she has played with the Hallé Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet Orchestra and Esprit. She has toured through Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Europe and the U.S. with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

As soloist, Leslie has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra. She has presented recitals across the UK, with numerous BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, including two live recital broadcasts from the world-famous Wigmore Hall, and throughout Canada, including Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic tours and numerous national and regional CBC broadcasts. Other notable recital engagements include at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and the National Museum in Bogotá, Colombia. Festival appearances include Banff, Belle-Ile (France), Bogotá, Salzburg, Sorrento, Sweetwater, the Stratford International Flute Festival (UK), Ottawa’s Chamberfest and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Leslie’s debut CD, Beyond the Iron Curtain, released by CALA/United, was described by Gramophone Magazine as an “…immensely worthwhile contribution to the catalogue.” Her second solo CD, Opera Fantaisie, was described as “…faultless, perhaps even definitive readings of repertoire from the ‘golden age of the flute” (Wholenote Magazine).

At the age of seventeen, Leslie won First Prize in the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Douglas Stewart, she was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study with the legendary Thomas Nyfenger at Yale University. While still a student at Yale, Leslie won Top Prize in the woodwind category of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Young Performers’ Competition. Upon completion of her Master’s degree at Yale University, where she was named Outstanding Performance Major, Leslie moved to New York where she continued her studies with Julius Baker at the renowned Juilliard School.

Leslie lives in Toronto and teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.

Erica Goodman is arguably the most prominent Canadian harpist of her generation, and easily among the top several from North America. Her technique is all-encompassing and her interpretive skills incisive and imaginative. To say her repertory is broad and eclectic would be an understatement: she performs works from all periods, from Baroque (Handel, Couperin, Lully, and many others) to contemporary (Elliott Carter, Crumb, Hovhaness); from little known composers (François Joseph Gossec, Louis-François Dauprat, Marjan Mozetich) to well-known composers not associated with the harp (Donizetti, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Satie), as well as women composers (Sophia Corri Dussek, Barbara Pentland, and Alexina Louie). And, of course, she has regularly appeared at the world's major concert venues as soloist, chamber player, and recitalist. Goodman has made over 30 recordings spread over several labels, including Naxos, BIS, CBC, Marquis, and Opening Day.

Erica Goodman was born in Toronto, Canada, on January 19, 1948. Her father was violinist Hyman Goodman. Young Erica began studying piano in 1958, and a year later, without abandoning piano, took up the harp. In her early years Goodman's harp teachers included Charles Kleinsteuber, Judy Loman, and Carol Baum. At the Curtis Institute (1967-1969) she studied harp with Marilyn Costello.

Goodman launched her professional career with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, serving as second harpist from 1962-1966, returning for a second stint in 1969-1973. During this last period she debuted as a soloist (1969) in the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1970 she teamed with fellow Toronto Symphony member, flutist Robert Aitken, to form the Aitken-Goodman Duo. The two toured the U.S. with the American chamber group Tashi in 1976. That same year Goodman gave the highly praised premiere of the Oskar Morawetz Harp Concerto in Guelph, Ontario. She would commission and perform many other important harp works, like 1979 Milton Barnes' Variations for harp solo.

Goodman was given the prestigious Mona Bates Award in 1978 for her exceptional artistry. In 1980 she and Aitken won the Grand Prix du Disque Canada for their BIS LP entitled Flute and Harp. Throughout the 1980s and beyond, Goodman freelanced and continued performing in the Aitken-Goodman Duo. She also played in other chamber groups, including the Trio Toronto, Galliard Ensemble, and Trio Lyra. Goodman remained busy in the new century. Her later recordings included the 2008 Naxos CD of Elliott Carter's Mosaic.


Memories of Places Past

Wednesday November 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
$20/$15 Seniors and Students, or on-line >

Mark Toth, Piano
Michael Westwood, Clarinet
Kripa Nageshwar, Soprano

Program

Frank Horvat
World Premiere – TBA – for soprano, clarinet, and piano

Colin Eatock
Ashes of Soldiers

Franz Schubert
Shepherd on the Rock

Louis Spohr
Six German Songs

Alexina Louie
Memories of an Ancient Garden

Richard Mascall
Three Japanese Lyrics
Musicians


The Art of the Piano:
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Student

“As a duo their playing blended superbly. Both of the musicians were totally synchronized – even in their gestures. It was definitely a performance to remember.”
- Panorama Magazine, 2015

Program

Antonín Dvořák: Legends for four hands, Op. 59
No. 4 - Molto Maestoso
No. 3 - Allegro Giusto
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Leoš Janáček: In the Mists:
I. Andante
II. Molto adagio
III. Andante
IV. Presto

Bedřich Smetana:
Concert Study in G sharp minor, Op. 17 "On the seashore"

Luboš Fišer:
Piano Sonata No. 8
Zuzana Simurdova

INTERMISSION

Franz Liszt
Il Pensieroso
Un sospiro
Hungarian Rhapsody No. 10
Liebestraume No. 3
La Campanella
Mikolaj Warszynski

Les Préludes
Symphonic Poem after Lamartine
Mikolaj Warszynski & Zuzana Simurdova

Biographies

Mikolaj Warszynski (D.Mus) has performed in recitals across North America, Europe and Asia, and enjoys a versatile career as a pianist, lecturer, and pedagogue. A Canadian pianist of Polish origin, his performances of Chopin and Szymanowski in particular have garnered critical acclaim on the world stage. Invitations to many prominent music festivals and societies have led to recent performances in South Korea at the Woobong Art Hall, in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts, in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival, and in Canada at the Place des Arts in Montreal. In Poland, Warszynski has performed in Warsaw at the Royal Łazienki Park under the Chopin monument, in Gdansk at the Baltic Philharmonic, and as soloist with the Kielce Philharmonic. Most recently, Warszynski has performed in a spring concert tour of China, and this summer returned to Poland to perform at the International Szymanowski Festival. The artist gives masterclasses at the Flaine Opus74 Academy in the French Alps, and has taught piano in Quebec at the University of Montreal and at the Cégep de Drummondville, as well as at the University of Daegu in South Korea. Dr. Warszynski also has performed lecture recitals on the music of Karol Szymanowski in Universities across Canada, and in the United States for the College of Music Society. Currently, Warszynski is the director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton.

Warszynski performed the Chopin F minor concerto across Canada with the Mazurka String Quintet on the occasion of the Chopin bicentennial, performing the concerto most recently with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. He is a founding member of the Warszynski Trio, dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Canadian composers, whose album Devil’s Dance was released on Clef Records. As part of the Warszynski Piano Duo, together with his wife, pianist Zuzana Simurdova, Mikolaj Warszynski has performed on tour across Europe, Canada and China. The Duo gave the Canadian premiere of Disintegration by Claude Vivier, for the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec.

The artist’s latest record, Mikolaj Warszynski Piano Solo, was recently released on the French Label Anima Record, featuring works by Haydn, Liszt, Szymanowski, and Chopin, and has received excellent reviews from Fanfare magazine (New York) and Saisons de Culture (Paris).

"A major talent... Warszynski is such a marvelous mixture of modesty and charisma."
- Piotr Grella-Mozejko, PhD., CJSR Radio, Edmonton, 2009

Zuzana Simurdova (MgA.) is a Czech-Canadian pianist who has given solo and chamber concerts in Europe, USA, Canada, China and South Korea. Zuzana began her international career as a Laureate of the UNESCO - Aschberg Bursarie Awards in Paris followed by the 1st Prize at the International Music Competition Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust in London and the Janacek 1st Prize at the International Piano Mastercourses Competition Prague-Vienna-Budapest. Among her recent highlights is her Carnegie Hall Debut as a Winner of the Chopin Award at the IBLA Grand Prize International World Competition and her debut performance in South Korea at the Hyoeum Art Hall. As a soloist, Zuzana performed with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc, Orchestre Symphonic de L’Isle Montreal, Leeds Union Symphony Orchestra, Janacek Chamber Orchestra, and most recently with the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra in performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. Mrs. Simurdova has taught piano at the Brno Conservatory in Seoul at the Catholic University of Daegu in South Korea, and at the Opava Conservatory in the Czech Republic. Currently, she is co-director of the Chopin Piano Studio in Edmonton, together with her husband and duo partner, pianist Mikolaj Warszynski.

Zuzana Simurdova has been invited to perform at various summer festivals: in France – Touquet Paris Plage; Poland – The Oscar Kolberg Philharmonic Music Days; England – ACT Festival in London, Lotherton Festival in Leeds; and most recently in Poland for the Chopin Society and in Czech Republic at the Janacek Hukvaldy Festival. Mrs. Simurdova recorded her first CD “Préludes à un pays vrai”, with works by the contemporary Québécois composer, Jean Chatillon, for which she was awarded the Orpheus Prize from the DELIAN Composers Association in USA and became a Laureate of Vivacité Montréal. Her 2nd CD called “Chopin Album” was released in March 2012, in Montreal under the Canadian label PGMaudio. Mrs. Simurdova’s 3rd CD will be a World Premiere Recording of the complete piano sonatas of Czech contemporary composer Luboš Fišer. She has been a featured artist on radio broadcast in Czech and Canada and has had TV appearances on France 2, Czech’s CT 2 and OMNI TV Toronto.

“Zuzana’s musical sensitivity, eloquence and natural artistry set her apart from her peers.”
- Christopher Jackson, FRSC, Conductor of Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal


The Art of the Piano: Shoshana Telner

Sunday November 20, 2016 at 3:00 pm
$20 / $10 Students

Program

Etudes Opus 125 (excerpts) - Johann Hummel (1778-1837)

Rhapsody in Blue (piano solo) - George Gershwin (1898-1937)

Etude de jazz #3: Chanson - Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)

Schindler’s List theme - John Williams (b. 1942)

Romanian Folk Dances - Bela Bartok (1881-1945)

Venezia e Napoli - Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Gondoliera
Canzone
Tarantella

Canadian pianist Shoshana Telner has performed across Canada and abroad. Described as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Shoshana has a passion for engaging audiences with exciting performances. She made her solo orchestral début with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist with several orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra.

Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree on full scholarship from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School in New York, and a Doctorate in performance from McGill University. She has taught piano and coached ensembles at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, Wilfrid Laurier University, and currently teaches piano at McMaster University. She frequently gives masterclasses, adjudicates competitions, and examines for the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Shoshana has performed at numerous summer festivals including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival, the Kincardine Summer Music Festival and the Brott Music Festival. She has been awarded honors at the CMC International Stepping Stone Competition, the Esther Honens International Piano Competition and the Canadian Concerto Competition. Shoshana’s recordings include solo works of Canadian composer Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).


IMAGINATION AND INTROSPECTION
Elizabeth Reid, viola
Alison Cerutti, piano

Friday November 25, 2016 8PM
$20/$10 students (cash only)

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Canadian-American violist Elizabeth Reid returns to Gallery 345 after her solo concert in 2014. Joining her will be Vermont pianist Alison Bruce Cerutti; they will perform a concert of viola and piano music, all composed with vivid imagination and introspection. Music includes works by Toronto composers Rose Bolton and David Jaeger and Vermont composer Dennis Báthory-Kitsz. The concert ends with the Shostakovich Viola Sonata, a modern classic and a perfect ending for a late November evening.

PROGRAM

David Jaeger - White Moon Legend (2015)*

Dennis Báthory -Kitsz- Scalar Rainbows (2007)*

Rose Bolton - The Memory of Waves (2014)

David Jaeger - Sonata, Tristan and Isolde (1990)

Dmitri Shostakovich - Sonata for Viola and Piano (1975)

*Canadian Premiere

BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth Reid, violist, is in high demand as a musician in Vermont. Her playing has been described as having a “deep and expressive sound” and a “natural musicality.” (Times Argus). Ms. Reid has a strong interest in contemporary music and has been involved in various premieres of solo and chamber works in Canada and the US. Recently she 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. Ms. Reid studied improvisation with David Moss and chamber music with Trio Accanto at the Time of Music Festival in Viitasaari, Finland this past July. She will appear as soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony in Vermont this March, performing Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for viola and orchestra.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Ms. Reid studied viola with Lorand Fenyves, Ralph Aldrich, and Rennie Regehr. Ms. Reid has played principal viola in the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Banff Opera Orchestra. In Vermont, Ms. Reid is principal violist of the Middlebury Opera Orchestra, as well as playing regularly with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, TURNMusic, Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Handel Society of Dartmouth, ARIOSO, and the Northern Third Piano Quartet. www.violistinvermont.com

Alison Bruce Cerutti, pianist, 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; and appeared as a soloist with the Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Philharmonic. She has premiered works by Vermont composers Michael Close, Lydia Busler, Erik Nielsen, David Gunn, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Jacob Morton-Black.  A Vermont native, she studied with Sylvia Parker and earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Hartt School.  She maintains an active piano studio and is an adjunct professor at Norwich University in Vermont.


 


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