2017-2018 Season

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Raw Cello

Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

Joining Mike will be pianist Miles Black, bassist Steve Holy and drummer Dave Robbins. These long-time musical associates have worked together in a variety of groups dating back to their years together on the Montreal jazz scene in the 1980’s.

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Phil Dwyer and Brad Turner

Phil Dwyer and Brad Turner

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

We are in for a treat!

Phil Dwyer and Brad Turnerare among the world’s great jazz artists.  They are both fine pianists.  Phil is an amazing tenor saxophonists and Brad is an amazing trumpet player.

We will hear them trading off on both of their chosen instruments.

tickets

$20 at North Road Sports
$25 at the door

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Raw Cello

Raw Cello

Saturday, Jan 13, 2018

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

Tawny Capon, paintbrush
Corbin Keep, cello bow
their mutual medium, an unfinished, “raw” cello.

A marriage of visual, musical and improvisational arts.

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Patricia Tao

Patricia Tao

Sunday, Feb 4, 2018

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
House Concert

Pianist Patricia Tao with cellist Robert Cohen

Patricia Tao

Pianist Patricia Tao, founding member of the Guild Trio for ten years, leads an active career as performer, teacher, and concert organizer. As pianist of the prizewinning Guild Trio, she performed throughout the United States and Europe and was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Centre. As a soloist, Dr. Tao toured Europe and the United States as an Artistic Ambassador under the auspices of the USIA and for Columbia Artist’s Community Concerts series.

Dr. Tao’s live performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today, WNYC’s Around New York, WQXR’s The Listening Room, the public television series Premiere Performances out of St. Louis, Chicago’s WFMT and on CBC. She has commissioned and premiered numerous works, including William Bolcom’s Spring Trio, Sheila Silver’s To the Spirit Unconquered” which she recorded on the CRI label.  She has also recorded a solo CD on the Arktos label featuring works of Schubert, Liszt and Corigliano, and Chopin and Strauss cello and piano sonatas on the Centaur label.

An avid chamber musician, Patricia Tao performs frequently with fellow Trio Voce members, violinist Jasmine Lin and cellist Marina Hoover. They have recorded two CDs, one featuring the the music of Shostakovich and Weinberg, and their latest containing trios by Suk, Arensky, and Zemlinsky, which Fanfare describes as “committed music-making on a level rarely heard today.”

As concert organizer, Dr. Tao has served as Artistic Director for the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Music Festival for ten years and organizes the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts at the Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Tao received her undergraduate education at Harvard University, a master’s degree with distinction from Indiana University and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where her principal teachers were Leonard Shure, Gyorgy Sebok and Gilbert Kalish. She has given master classes at numerous schools in North America, Europe and China and has held performance residencies in East Hampton, NY, Stony Brook University, and the University of Virginia. She is Professor of Music at the University of Alberta, where she teaches piano and chamber music.

Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen made his concerto debut at the age of twelve at the Royal Festival Hall, London. During thirty-five years of his distinguished international career, Cohen has been hailed as one of the foremost cellists of our time. Cohen has been invited to perform concertos world-wide by conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Antal Dorati, Mariss Jansons, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson-Thomas, and Osmo Vanska. Notable collaborations in chamber music including Yehudi Menuhin, the Amadeus String Quartet (including their CD of Schubert Quintet on DGG), Menahem Pressler and Leonidas Kavakos.

His musical education was also exceptional–early studies with William Pleeth, followed by Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. Robert Cohen won the Suggia Prize, Young Concert Artists (New York), Piatigorsky and Unesco International competitions and the English Speaking Union Scholarship to Tanglewood (USA).

Cohen is an inspirational conductor and teacher and has given masterclasses at conservatoires throughout the world. His passionate views on the art of learning, performing and communicating music have been widely published. From 2000-2012 Cohen was Professor of Advanced Solo Studies at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and in 2010 became Professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The Royal Academy of Music Cohen Lectures were launched in 2014. Cohen’s High Performance Soloist Course at the Accademia Perosi, Italy starts in 2016.

Robert Cohen made his recording debut at age 19 with the Elgar Cello Concerto and London Philharmonic (EMI) which earned a silver disc. He has recorded extensively for BIS, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Sony and Decca.

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The Winter Of Our Discontent

The Winter Of Our Discontent

Friday, Mar 9, 2018

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

The Winter Of Our Discontent is an unconventional dramatic-recital that combines texts by William Shakespeare with the contemporary music of Hans Werner Henze and the historical music of John Dowland, Thomas Campion and Robert Johnson to conjure the spirits of Shakespeare’s most dramatic characters: Richard III, Juliet and Lady Macbeth.

This staged recital blurs the boundaries between the historical and the contemporary, the musical and the dramatic, the real and the imaginary.

Performers: Debi Wong (Voice), Otto Tolonen (Guitar), Arashi Noori (Lute)
Performance Running Time: In one act: 50 minutes, No Intermission
Website: http://deborahwong.wixsite.com/shakespeare
Promotional Video: http://youtu.be/YIDL6HcTUVA

Debi Wong, Voice

Debi Wong is a Canadian singer, actor and director. As a soloist, Debi has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Early Music Guild of Seattle, Early Music Vancouver, The Oregon Bach Festival, The New Haven Symphony, Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques, and Le Festival Lyrique International de Belle Ile En Mer. She also tours regularly with her lute and voice duo, White Sparrow. In its debut season, the duo was awarded first place in the Nordic Early Music Federation’s competition. With White Sparrow, Debi has given recitals at the BRQ Vantaa festival and BarokkiKuopio in Finland, The Stockholm Early Music Festival, The Copenhagen Renaissance Festival as well as the Gotham ARTEK concert series in New York City. Debi received her bachelor of music from the University of British Columbia and she hold a master of music from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a doctor of music at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

 

Mikko Ikäheimo, Lute

Guitarist and lutenist Mikko Ikäheimo studied at the Sibelius-Academy in Finland and Basel Musik Akademie in Switzerland. He was a laureate in several competitions and won the Stafford Guitar Competition 2003 in Great Britain. Now based in Helsinki, Ikäheimo works with composers in order to widen the repertoire of his instruments. He performes internationally playing both contemporary music for guitar and early music with period instruments.

 

Otto Tolonen, Guitar

Otto Tolonen, one of Finland’s most successful classical guitarists, has won prizes in almost two-dozen international competitions between 1995-2009. Among these are the first prizes of the Andrés Segovia Competition, Herradura, Spain and the Markneukirchen Instrumental Competition, Germany. Mr. Tolonen’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to the most recent contemporary works. Lately, his focus has been on works of the 20th and 21st century. His performances of, among others, the guitar works of Henze have won him international acclaim, making Tolonen a highly sought-after interpreter of the composer’s music. Previously, another passion – French music – had kept Tolonen occupied for many years. As a result, his first solo CD, tiento français, was published in April 2013 and immediately won him wide critical acclaim. Tolonen has given concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Japan, the United States and all over Europe.

 

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Ineke Vandoorn and Marc Van Vugt

Ineke Vandoorn and Marc Van Vugt

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

With fairy-like sounds, funky arrangements, modern music full of harrowing and twisting harmonies and sadly comforting songs, Ineke Vandoorn and her partner in music Marc van Vugt explore boundaries in an admirable and fascinating way: between improvisation and composition, in original songs with regular lyrics and in pure improvisations, by giving their characteristic interpretation of standards or by amalgamation of different musical expressions.

Ineke van Doorn

When jazz singer/lyricist Ineke van Doorn won the prestigous Edison Jazz Award for her album ‘Love is a Golden Glue’ the jury wrote:

“Ineke van Doorn distinguishes herself as a singer with her adventurous way of singing. First of all because of her exceptional, striking voice with an extreme range with which she can do anything. Her voicecontrol enables her to cross her limits. Every note is placed at the right spot. Apart from that the singer has a huge amount of guts. She lets herself go completely in panting notes, growling howls and colourful improvisations. She follows the trumpet sounds of Vloeimans effortlessly, but she can also duel with the guitarplaying of Van Vugt. She is direct, knows how to swing and seems to tell her own story in every piece.”

It’s hard to describe what singing means to me. I think that the word ‘freedom’ comes very close. The possibilities of what you can express through the human voice are just endless. In a way I feel that my singing has ‘a life of its own’. It shows a side of myself that I cannot express in another way. Through my singing and in the interaction with other musicians, I’ve thus discoverd many aspects of myself that I didn’t know about at all. This aspect of discovery and adventure is what I love.

 

a painter of sound

“Guitarist Marc van Vugt takes you along an eclectic blend of wide spread influences of jazz- and brazilian music and rock- and free improvised music.”

more info in his website

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New Orford String Quartet

New Orford String Quartet

Thursday, May 10, 2018

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoenix Auditorium

Jonathan Crow, violin
Andrew Wan, violin
Eric Nowlin, viola
Brian Manker, cello

Hailed for their “ravishingly beautiful tone” as well as their “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship” the members of the New Orford String Quartet are all principal players in the Montreal and Toronto Symphony Orchestras.

In 2009, these like-minded musicians came together with a plan to revolutionize the concept of string quartet playing in Canada, bringing together four stars of the classical music field for a limited touring schedule on a project-by-project basis. Rather than committing to a year-round schedule, the members of the quartet meet for residencies in various centres for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire.

The New Orford String Quartet is dedicated to promoting Canadian works, both new commissions and neglected repertoire from the previous century. Each New Orford String Quartet project has included performances of a major Canadian string quartet from the 20th century or a premiere of a newly composed work, and programs have included repertoire from a period that spans over 225 years, from Haydn and Beethoven to Sir Ernest MacMillan and Denis Gougeon.

In 2011 the New Orford String Quartet released its debut album of the final quartets of Schubert and Beethoven on Bridge Records to international acclaim. Hailed as one of the top CDs of 2011 by La Presse and CBC In Concert and nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, critics have described the recording as a “performance of true greatness and compelling intensity… stunning!” (Audio Video Club of Atlanta), “flawless… a match made in heaven!” (Classical Music Sentinel), “a performance of rare intensity.” (Audiophile Audition) and “nothing short of electrifying… listen and weep.” (The Toronto Star).

More info on their website.
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