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Westwood Concerts Presents: Beethoven Meets Fall and Beach

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 7:30pm
$30 regular / $15 students and seniors

Erika Nielsen, cello; Lisa Raposa Millar, piano; with Michael Westwood, clarinet

Please join us for another enjoyable evening of music in the beautiful and intimate Gallery 345 in Roncesvalles Village. Erika Nielsen and Lisa Raposa Millar, two very talented and passionate performers will entertain and enthrall with works for cello and piano from Spain, America, England and Germany by Manuel de Falla, Amy Beach, Frank Bridge, and Beethoven.

Erika Neilsen & Lisa Millar


Erika Neilsen

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 contemporary and popular genres.  

In summer of 2015, Erika premiered a new Canadian music drama, The Bells of Baddeck at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and completed a tour of Canadian contemporary opera throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario, on bicycle, as a member of The Bicycle Opera Project.  She is a featured artist with Westwood Concerts, a chamber series at Gallery 345, who's 2015 season finale included Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.

​ Erika worked as Principal Cellist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, where she headlined as concerto soloist, performed recitals, and was an instructor at the conservatory of music.  She performs with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Ontario, and was a member of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Kingston Symphony Association, and the Glenn Gould New Music Ensemble. 

Erika was also a selected fellow for the 2014 Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute.

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 holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School, as a student of David Hetherington, and is a graduate of Queen’s University, Kingston. She maintains a busy freelance career and private studio in Toronto, and also teaches at Havergal College.

Lisa Millar

New England native Lisa Raposa Millar is featured in a new audio recording of 19th and 20th century Brazilian art song with soprano Jenni Cook, scheduled for release in September. Currently freelancing in Toronto, Millar is a member of the piano accompanying staff at The Glenn Gould School and is listed in the Music Arts Management ArtsTie Directory of Teaching Artists.

Millar has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborator in Music on the Hill (RI), the Women in Music Festival (Eastman School of Music) and, with the Millar Piano Duo, on the Sunday Rendez-vous concert series at the Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre (QC). Musicians with whom she has performed include opera singer Diane Alexander, internationally-renowned tuba soloist James Gourlay, and Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra violinist Hyungi Kim.

Lisa Raposa Millar earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was a recipient of the Excellence in Accompanying Award. In 2010, she was honoured with The Virginia Pleasants Accompanist Award (Category One Winner) at the 34th Annual Competition for Singers hosted by Civic Morning Musicals of Syracuse.

After taking a short hiatus from performing, Michael Westwood is solidly back in Toronto’s music scene with his own chamber series, some high profile solo performances, a teaching degree, and is developing tour dates across Canada. He is much more than a clarinetist; he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries, and new music of the past few years. A tireless musician with a desire for constant renewal and inspiration, Michael founded a new chamber music series in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Westwood Concerts, to further share his unique programming and interest in a diverse range of music.

Michael Westwood

Michael WestwoodAfter taking a short hiatus from performing, Michael Westwood is solidly back in Toronto’s music scene with his own chamber series, some high profile solo performances, a teaching degree, and is developing tour dates across Canada. He is much more than a clarinetist; he is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician who has collaborated with a great number of leading Canadian musicians over the past two decades. He frequently appears in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and as soloist with orchestra. His programming ideas combine a passion for the monumental standard repertoire, rarely heard music spanning the past two centuries, and new music of the past few years. A tireless musician with a desire for constant renewal and inspiration, Michael founded a new chamber music series in Toronto in the summer of 2013, Westwood Concerts, to further share his unique programming and interest in a diverse range of music.

COPLAND 2015: The Complete Works for Solo Piano

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm
$25; $20 Seniors; $15 Students

Aaron Copland was a fine pianist: he premiered his own "Jazz" Piano Concerto in 1926.  As he continued to write for the instrument throughout his illustrious career, he increasingly turned to other pianists for the interpretation of his music.  On Wednesday, December 2nd, pianists Stephen Runge and Adam Sherkin present Copland's complete piano music in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the composer's death. This performance includes two intermissions and alternates large-scale and minor works in chronological order. Running time is approximately 2 hours, 45 minutes, including both 20-minute intermissions.

Stephen Runge

Pianist Stephen Runge has been heard across Canada in recital, as chamber musician, and with orchestra and is demand across the country as teacher, adjudicator, and clinician. Stephen came to national attention when he was awarded first prize in the piano category of the National Music Festival. Since then he has been the recipient of several important awards, including prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition, the C.F.M.T.A. National Piano Competition, the Roberto and Mary Wood Competition, the Shean Piano Competition, and the B.C. Young Artists' Piano Competition.

Dr. Runge enjoys performing lesser known repertoire and new works. In 2000, he gave the Canadian premiere of Lowell Liebermann's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the University of Victoria Orchestra. Dr. Runge has been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio Two and La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada. He has received special recognition for his frequent performances as chamber musician and art song collaborator, and is a founding member of the Beausejour Trio. He is currently undertaking a major recording project of the large works for solo piano by Robert Schumann. As a clinician, Dr. Runge has given workshops at provincial and national teaching conferences on topics such as effective practice methods, approaching piano technique holistically, and performance practices for Baroque and Classical music.

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Stephen Runge studied with Janice Elliott-Denike before completing a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in Piano Performance at the University of Victoria where he was a student of Dr. Robin Wood. Upon graduation from the University of Victoria, he was awarded the Victoria Medal and the Governor General’s Silver Medal as the top student in his class. He completed a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at l’Université de Montréal and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto under the direction of Marc Durand. He has also studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts with Julian Martin of the Juilliard School, and has performed in master classes for artists such as Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, André Laplante, and John Perry. In the summer of 2005 he attended the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, Massachusetts as a Fellow where he performed in a variety of chamber and orchestral concerts. Stephen Runge completed his Doctorate of Music at l’Université de Montréal in April 2007. Dr. Runge taught at St. Olaf College in Minnesota before joining the Department of Music at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick in 2007, where he is currently Assistant Professor of Piano, Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Fellow, and the Director of Mount Allison Local Centre Examinations in Music.

Adam Sherkin

Composer and pianist Adam Sherkin(MMus, BMus, AdvPerfDip, A.R.C.T.) is a dynamic and versatile musician who commands a multi-dimensional approach to performance and composition. A native of Toronto, Adam graduated from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London. His works have been premiered at the Glenn Gould Studio, the Luminato Festival, the Spotlight Festival (Waterloo), the King’s Lynn Festival (Norfolk), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), The Warehouse and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Adam has appeared in performance at the Four Seasons Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts, The St Lawrence Centre for the Arts, St Martin-in-the- Fields, Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall. Sherkin’s debut solo album, As At First, was released in November of 2012 on the Centrediscs label.

The Art of the Piano: Teo Milea

Friday December 4, 2015 at 8 pm
$20/$10 Students

For 24 years, during which time he learned to read and play the music of his classical mentors, Teo Milea has searched within himself to raise improvisation to the rank of composition. His memories, stories, moments of agony and ecstasy were all comprised in his first piano album On white…and black keys, released in 2012.

The album revealed through seven songs as being a pianist and a composer belonging to two worlds: the world of classical music and the world of new music of the 21st century. His entire work is based on interpersonal relations, the moods and needs of modern society, passion and desire to conquer new soul territories not yet explored.

Since the release of his first album in 2012, he has performed his own compositions in his native country, Romania, but also in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain, bringing dozens of colors to his audience through his music. The energy bursting out of his piano paints souls, fills emptiness, brings smiles.

Now, Teo Milea is paving the way for another premiere: his first piano recital in Toronto, with a brand new solo piano album, Open Minds.

“Through my music I met a new, honest world, smiling and with a radiating joy. I stepped into the world I had dreamed of and wished for, the world of open-minded people, the universe where fairy-tales are told through the voice of music. With Open Minds, my piano music enters a new dimension of sensitivity and perception; it is a call for tolerance, joy and friendship. My audience needs neither specialty studies, nor a musical lexicon to understand my compositions. My audience understands my message exactly and in real time, it doesn’t seek to decode subsequently what I tried to transmit in one hour of recital. My music is a targeted one, with instant effect. Music is a cure for the soul! (Teo Milea)

Teo Milea started to play the piano at 6 years old and graduated from the Music Faculty at the West University from Timisoara, Romania, in 2003. He worked as a répétiteur at the National College of the Arts at the Music Faculty and at the School of Arts in Timisoara.

Among those who helped him as a musician were masters Gabriel Amiras (Germany) and Arkady Sevidov (Russia).

At first it was classical music. He attended various national and international piano competitions for music lovers across the country and beyond, from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary or the United States. In 2010 he was invited by the Vienna State Opera to perform as part of the International Opera Festival in St. Margarethen, in “The Magic Flute” by W. Mozart. He also spent a good amount of time in Switzerland and Germany, where he performed in a duo-formula piano – panflute.

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Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School Big Band

Saturday December 5, 2015 @ 8:00PM
$20/$10 Students

Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School is an 18-piece big band led by composer and multi-instrumentalist Chelsea McBride. The band is a collective of emerging & established Toronto musicians, including Brownman Ali and Colleen Allen. Described as “a fresh new voice on the Canadian jazz scene ” by saxophonist and composer Andy Ballantyne, the band has performed at major venues across the city, including sold-out shows at Rex Hotel and the mainstage at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. 

The Socialist Night School is a different sounding big band, drifting away from the typical swing charts in favour of a more contemporary sound. The Socialist Night School is influenced by artsy, everyday stuff like politics, nature, city living, but also by ECM-style jazz, Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer, and Darcy James Argue. Bandleader Chelsea McBride writes and arranges much of the music, but other band members get a chance to write and solo for the band – it is socialist after all. 

Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School recently released their first self-titled EP. It can be listened to in full at the band’s Bandcamp page or purchased on iTunes.

Music for Cello and Voice

Monday December 7, 2015 at 8 pm
General Admission $15 / $10

An evening featuring original compositions by Hugo Harmens and Jeremy Bellavitti. Alex Samaras, vocals, Wendy Solomon, cello, special guest Tiffany Hanus.

Wendy Solomon, cello

Wendy has been a featured recitalist in Canada, the United States and Europe.  Winner of the 1990 Atlanta Young Artist Competition, and 1992 Toronto Heliconian Young Artist of the Year, she has also won several Canada Council Grants.   Wendy has played with numerous orchestras and is also a busy studio musician, recording for film, commercials and for many solo artists in a wide variety of styles--including a feature on Natalie McMaster’s live Celtic Colours DVD. 

As well as being cellist and arranger with BOWFIRE, she has also acted as co-producer on several recordings. She is a founding member and composer/arranger for the cello quartet LUSH. (

Jeremy Bellaviti, composer

Jeremy is a Toronto based cellist, guitarist and composer. Born in Calgary in 1977, he grew up in Italy and later moved to Canada where he attended the Humber College Jazz Program, majoring in guitar. He continued to study privately with renowned musicians Rob Piltch (guitar) and Shauna Rolston (cello). Immersed in composition for over 15 years, he has also studied with University of Toronto Professor Chan Ka Nin. Jeremy's recent commission, Submerge for solo cello and choir was performed in June 2015 by Toronto's Jubilate Singers, featuring cellist Wendy Solomon.

Alex Samaras, voice

Alex Samaras is recognized as one of North America's leading singers in the jazz and new music idioms. He has performed with Meredith Monk, Brent Carver, Jackie Richardson, Zac Brown Band and a number of other notable performing artists. Alex leads his own vocal group GREX, exploring the extremes of the human voice in the context of ancient music and his own original compositions. He performs in well known Canadian groups such as A Sondheim Jazz Project and Twin Within. Both groups have released records to critical acclaim and you can find more about them at their websites.

Alex teaches singing in the jazz departments at The University of Toronto and Humber College as well as Jazz Works music camp and National Music Camp. He is also the proud conductor of the PAL Chorale, a choir for seniors at the Performing Artists Lodge in Toronto.

Hugo Harmens

Hugo Harmens (1983) is a Norwegian composer who began his musical journey as a singer. As he progressed from performing written music to improvising and exploring the potential of the human voice, he gained an interest in composing music. His composition studies started in Kraków, Poland, where he spent a year studying with Maciej Jablonski and Wojciech Widlak. He went on to complete a Bachelor's degree at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) with teachers such as Robin de Raaff, Jan-Bas Bollen, Luc Brewaeys, and Paul van Brugge (jazz). Hugo Harmens tries to explore different paths as a composer, and improvisation continues to be an important part of his compositional process. He recently went on to do his Master's at McGill University, studying with Brian Cherney.

Tiffany Hanus

Tiffany Hanus is a Toronto-based musician. She studied RCM classical voice and piano with Jil Kelman (1997-2004) and attended Humber College on an academic scholarship, majoring in voice and graduating with a degree in Contemporary Music (2004-2008). While immersed in the Humber Jazz program she had the opportunity to study with Christine Duncan, Heather Bambrick and Trish Colter. Tiffany continues to study privately with renowned vocalist Shannon Gunn and composition teacher Roger Bergs. Tiffany teaches privately and performs regularly in the city including a monthly jazz gig at The Gate 403 and various Toronto venues with her original project, The Shraggs.

Quintagious! presents: SUMMER IN JANUARY!

Sunday, January 10 2016 at 3 pm
$20; $10 Students

Escape the cold this winter as Quintagious! brings you along on a tropical vacation. Destinations include Cuba, Venezuela, New Orleans, the American South, Argentina, a kitchen party in Maritime Canada, and more. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!


French Hornist Iris Krizmanic is a consummate solo, chamber and orchestral player combining a healthy balance of wit, power and lyricism in her work. She recently won the Principal Horn position of the Windsor Symphony and also performs as Third Horn of the Niagara Symphony. She is also an active cellist and singer the latter of which is a talent she contributes frequently to the quintet.

An avid performer constantly seeking to expand the boundaries that define both classical and nonclassical music, Heather Macdonald is a Toronto-based oboist involved in a wide variety of projects. When not playing with Quintagious!, she can be found travelling to the far reaches of the North, where she plays principal oboe with the Sudbury Symphony and the North Bay Symphony. In between these endeavours, she is an active jazz and rock oboist and passionate yogini.

As a later addition to Quintagious!, bassonist Kevin Harris offers his virtuosic flexibility and soloistic bravado to the low-pitched end of the ensemble. He has devoted a great deal of his music studies to exploring wind chamber music and so brought with him a wealth of knowledge about wind quintet repertoire, and a very substantial collection of standard, and not-so-familiar pieces, which the group has delved into enthusiastically. A graduate of the Glenn Gould School, Kevin has also performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the Toronto Concert Orchestra and the Scarborough Philharmonic.

Flautist Lauren Yeomans is an active performer in the Toronto area providing bold and robust interpretations through a genteel instrument. She recently received her Master of Music from Rutgers University studying with Bart Feller, having previously studied at the Glenn Gould School with Kathleen Rudolph. Dedicated to life-long learning, Lauren in her off-time is typically found vigorously looking up new things and hypothesizing how it might apply to her next big music project.

Clarinetist Marc Blouin believes in a “dive-right-in” approach to music making (although he concedes that this mantra should never be taken literally). Over the past few years, he has played with orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, new music collectives, and even a twelve-piece folk rock outfit that wrote music about pirates. He’s very excited to be the newest member of Quintagious!


Monday January 11, 2015 at 8 pm
$15/$10 students 

Pamelia Stickney, theremin Marie-Theres Rauba, piano


For more information contact Alexander Rapoport


Thursday January 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM
$20/$15 Seniors & Arts Workers/$10 Students

Guy Yehuda, clarinet
Peter Longworth, piano
Rachel Mercer, cello

Soloist and professor at Michigan State University, Guy Yehuda returns to Ontario to offer us Brahms & Friends. “Among Friends” by Canadian Ka Nin Chan is embraced here by Brahms’ second Sonata for clarinet and piano, and his lush and stormy Clarinet Trio, Op. 114, both among the last works he ever wrote.



Guy Yehuda, clarinet

Guy Yehuda, clarinetIsraeli-American clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today. Hailed by composer John Corigliano as “One of the most awe-inspiring clarinetists today”, Mr. Yehuda has toured extensively worldwide, appearing as principal clarinet with the Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, as well as guest clarinetist with the Israel Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony. Mr. Yehuda has premiered works by Haim Permont, Gary Smart and Jim Stephenson and has appeared at festivals such as Spoleto (USA), Verbier, Lucerne (Switzerland), Vianden (Luxembourg), Ottawa ChamberFest, Parry Sound, Domain Forget (Canada), and the Israeli Chamber Music Festivals of Kfar Blum and Haifa. As a chamber musician he tours extensively with the award winning chamber music group: Trio di Colore and a new recording of the Brahms and Reger Clarinet Sonatas with pianist Ralph Votapek, will be released in 2015 under the Blue Griffin Records label.

Mr. Yehuda has given master classes throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Israel, and is a Selmer-Paris and D’Addario-Reeds international performing artist. As an artist instrumental adviser for both companies, with Selmer-Paris, he has developed the new Privilege II clarinet. For the past two years he has been working with D’Addario-Reeds on the development of the new Classic Reserve reeds. He has frequently been invited to judge national and international competitions, and served for many years as faculty resident at the acclaimed Orford summer festival in Quebec, Canada. Currently he is the Associate Professor and Artist Teacher of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music. Mr. Yehuda is also a published composer and winner of the prestigious America-Israel composition award.

Peter Longworth, piano

Peter Longworth, pianoPianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he's performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice. He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno. Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today's finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington. Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label, with a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer. Another Brahms recording of solo piano music on the same label was released in 2012. Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

Rachel Mercer, cello

Rachel Mercer, celloDescribed as a "pure chamber musician" (Globe and Mail) creating "moments of pure magic" (Toronto Star), Canadian cellist Rachel Mercer has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across five continents. Grand prize winner of the 2001 Vriendenkrans Competition in Amsterdam, Rachel is cellist of Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC), the Mercer-Park Duo (MP), the Seiler Trio, the Art of Time Ensemble, and is Artistic Director of the "5 at the First" Chamber Music Series in Hamilton. She has appeared as guest principal cello with the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, Group of 27 and Munich Chamber orchestras, and has given masterclasses across North America, South Africa and in Israel. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Western University in London ON. An advocate for new Canadian music, Rachel has commissioned and premiered works including a cello concerto by Kevin Lau, solo work by Andrew Downing and chamber music by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, William Rowson, John Burge and Omar Daniel. Rachel can be heard on the Naxos, Naxos Canadian Classics, Centrediscs, Dalia Classics and EnT-T record labels, and released a critically acclaimed album of the Bach Suites on Pipistrelle in March 2014, recorded on the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius Cello from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank. Winner in the 2015 Canada Council Instrument Bank competition, Rachel is grateful to have been awarded the 1730 Newland Joannes Franciscus Celoniatus cello for a 3 year loan.

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