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Coffee House 345
Fundraiser for New Music Concerts
Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Tickets at the door $50 (2 for $75)
General Manager David Olds dons another hat and joins some musical friends to show another side of his multifaceted personality. Tickets are $50 (2 for $75) and include complimentary coffee, pastries, wine and cheese. Proceeds will benefit New Music Concerts, with a charitable receipt for the CRA allowable portion. Call 416 961 9594 for reservations or cash at the door
It Shoulda Been Me: A Cabaret
Thursday June 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm
$25/$20 Seniors, Students
Join Charlotte Knight as she celebrates the unconventional artistic journey from opera singer to musical theatre something-er-other… Featuring songs and stories inspired by the ups and downs of “the biz”, including several true tales of humiliating, humbling and rousing professional follies. And before you ask – YES, that is a hint. YES, there will be a more-than-predictable-even-for-Charlotte amount of Sondheim in the program. Along with songs from shows like The Light in the Piazza, Ordinary Days, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and artists ranging from Joe Inconis to Billy Joel. And last but not least, Charlotte is joined by the fabulous Jon Corkal at the piano! Expect an evening loaded with laughs, tears, fond memories, more tears and with any luck, an adequately happy ending.
Described as a “formidable coloratura soprano,” and “excellent comic actor,” Charlotte Knight is a versatile artist, equally at home in opera, operetta and musical theatre. This season, Charlotte toured with To Be Determined Theatre Co. in a musical adaptation of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and performed the role of Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with The Gallery Players of Niagara, and the various soprano roles in The Fairy Queen with Toronto Masque Theatre. Charlotte also made her company debut with the newly formed Lyric Niagara, performing selections from the Stephen Sondheim repertory in Tell Me the Truth About Love: A Cabaret and the roles of Carrie Pipperidge and Nellie Forbush in A Few of My Favourite Things: A Rodgers & Hammerstein Tribute. Next season, Charlotte will make her UK debut in Cabaret and Industry Showcases performances with Associated Studios in London. Recent stage roles include Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee with No Strings Theatre, Cecily in Benson & Davies’ Canadian operetta Earnest, The Importance of Being and Hanna in the Canadian premiere of Eduard Künneke’s Cousin from Nowhere (Der Vetter aus Dingsda) both with Toronto Operetta Theatre.
Jonathan Corkal is an actor, singer, music director, and multi-instrumentalist. Originally from Saskatoon, SK, he discovered his passion for theatre and music while taking East Asian Studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC. He is currently enrolled in the highly regarded Musical Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College and was a recent recipient of the Caldwell Foundation Award for Academic Achievement and Leadership, as well as the 2015 award for Highest Achievement in Musicianship. When he’s not performing on stage or behind an instrument, he can be found sitting at the piano trying to convert ideas into songs. Recent musical direction credits include Little Shop of Horrors, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (No Strings Theatre), BRIEFS: A Cabaret (Independent), Tick, tick…BOOM! (TNC Theatre), and Party Worth Crashing: Toronto (Bum Chic). Selected acting credits include Danny Boy: A New Musical (Theatre Paradoxe), To Be: In Concert (Kaleidoscope Theatre), Company (Players Theatre), West Side Story and Sweeney Todd (AUTS).
Fenlon & Fenlon
Rachel Fenlon, piano & vocals
Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8 pm
$25/$20 Seniors & Students
Liebesbotschaft: A preview to the European Tour.
Liebesbotschaft is an exciting new venture of soprano on the rise, Rachel Fenlon. Fenlon, a Berlinbased classical singer, and accomplished pianist, has decided to undertake the ambitious task of accompanying herself in the songs of Franz Schubert, in an hourlong cycle of songs which lend themselves wonderfully to this style. Fenlon takes us on a new and unique journey through these timeless songs of love, loss, and salvation. She has compiled the songs of “liebesbotschaft” in such a way to be a striking poetic and harmonic expedition; accompanying herself from the piano to add a spontaneous, relevant, and impromptu feeling to songs and poems which, in their original conception, were performed in living rooms, amongst friends.
Here we have a Canadian preview of a very exciting project, which will take Fenlon back to Berlin, to London, Paris, Oslo, and more. The project has already received a welcome and generous reception in Germany, and this is a rare opportunity to see such a unique venture in its early stages.
About the artist:
Berlinbased soprano, Rachel Fenlon, is an artist on the rise. Quickly establishing herself in the operatic repertoire of Mozart, Handel, and Rossini; in the vast lied repertoire, from French and German to contemporary English works, and in demand as an oratorio soloist, Rachel enjoys a diverse and uniquely varied solo career.
Hilights on the operatic stage include Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance) with Vancouver Opera; Nannetta (Falstaff) and Queen Guinevere (Camelot) with Pacific Opera Victoria; Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns) with the Vancouver Symphony, and Mimi (La Boheme) with Bard on the Beach Festival. As an oratorio soloist, Rachel's recent projects include Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle with Maestro Alberto
Zedda, Handel's Messiah with the Victoria and Vancouver Symphonies, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Brahms' Requiem with the Vancouver Bach Choir, Bach's Magnificat with KitchenerWaterloo Symphony, Bach's Cantata 51 with Early Music Victoria, and Eriks Esenvald's Passion and Ressurection with the Borealis String Quartet. The passionate recitalist Rachel is, she has performed countless recitals over the past few years, exploring repertoire from Schubert and Berg, to Messiaen and Britten, and has participated as a young artist at festivals such as the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Vancouver International Song Institute, and the Rossini Opera Festival, and will soon attend the Crear Programme for Singers with Sir Malcolm Martineau in Scotland.
Fenlon holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia, is an alumna of the Vancouver Opera Young Artists Program, and continues to study with her teacher, Neil Semer, in Berlin. True to her diverse artistic nature, she is also an accomplished pianist, composer, and writer. In Berlin she collaborates frequently with singers from the piano, and composes more and more often. She is currently working on a chamber opera to a libretto of her own, and an original song cycle. Fenlon premieres several of her new chamber music compositions in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia set to poetry of AwardWinning poet Sue Goyette this June, and subsequently, composing and writing will take Fenlon back to Europe this summer. Next season sees a mixture of opera roles, symphony concerts, chamber music, and composition commissions.
Stanislav Pronin, violin and Alex Seredenko, piano
Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 8 pm
Stanislav Pronin, violin
Stanislav Pronin was born in Moscow, Russia and began his violin studies upon his immigration to Israel at the age of 8. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, a student of Pyotr Stoliarskiy and former Professor at the Odessa Conservatoire. Stanislav continued his studies at Indiana University with Nelli Shkolnikova and Jaime Laredo, and later at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany, with Professor Zakhar Bron.
Mr. Pronin's professional career began following his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at many festivals including Verbier Festival and Interlaken Classics in Switzerland, Banff Festival and Stratford Festival inCanada, Kronberg Festival in Germany, etc. He performs regularly in USA, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia, and in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, Musikhuset Aarhus, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia, and so on. He has collaborated with numerous conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Mendez, Sigiswald Kuijken, Andrew Constantine and Joshua Weilerstein. As chamber musician, he has collaborated with Jan Lisiecki, Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Bion Tsang, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Julian Milkis, Anton Nel, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin's recordings, including his solo CD debut on Naxos/Sono Luminus labels, have been broadcasted on numerous radio and television channels including WDR Köln, RTS-1 Belgrade, CBC Canada, Radio Klassisk Denmark, Interlochen Public Radio, WFMT Chicago Classical, etc.
Stanislav is the recipient of multiple awards from the American String Teachers Association, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts and Classical Artists Development Foundation. He performs on a Nicola Bergonzi violin from 1785, and the ex-Ysaye, ex-Flesch Voirin bow, generously on loan from a private donor.
Alexander Seredenko, piano
Pianist Alexander Seredenko, also of Russian heritage, has developed a following for his electrifying and deeply expressive performances. He has been studying on full scholarship at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto, where his teacher is Music in the Morning favourite, James Anagnoson. He has earned top prizes in numerous competitions, and was the first Canadian to win the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition. He is scheduled to make his Toronto Symphony debut next season with the Rachmaninoff 2nd Concerto.
The Art of the Piano: David Virelles
Friday, July 15 at 8 pm
$25; $10 Students
Named “#1 Rising Star”in the Piano category in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll in 2015, Cuban born pianist/ composer David Virelles grew up in a musical home. He started studying music at seven, as well as being exposed to the rich Cuban musical traditions.
The Brooklyn – based Virelles, who once became the first recipient of the Oscar Peterson award, has performed or recorded with Ravi Coltrane, Henry Threadgill, Román Díaz, Tomasz Stanko, Wadada Leo Smith, Jane Bunnett and The Spirits Of Havana, Dewey Redman, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Andrew Cyrille, Hermeto Pascoal, José Luis Quintana “Changuito”, Stanley Cowell, Chucho Valdés, Paul Motian, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Tom Harrell, Milford Graves, Alberto Lescay, among others.
Virelles’ album Continuum (on the New York label Pi Recordings) made several “Best Of The Year” lists in 2012, being selected #1 in The New York Times. His latest album Mbòkó, released in 2014 on the Munich label ECM also ended up in virtually every “Best Of The Year” list, including The New York Times, NPR, ITunes, The Village Voice, DownBeat Magazine, among other sources.
“Virelles looks set to make big differences in contemporary music for years to come.”The Guardian
“A different side to the great legacy of pianists that come from Cuba… He is the new school.”Gilles Peterson
“…there is a young Cuban pianist named David Virelles, whom I consider a genius.”
“It’s got nerve and soul and memory.”
The New York Times
From Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012) A Celebration, Circa 1836
From Continuum (Pi Recordings, 2012) Spectral
From Mbókò (ECM, 2014) Stories Waiting To be Told
From Mbókò (ECM, 2014) Biankoméko
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