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The Ton Beau String Quartet
with Peter Stoll, clarinet
Sunday November 3, 2013 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and arts workers; $10 Students

Programme
Bring your family and friends to the wonderful Gallery 345 for a Sunday afternoon of music designed for any audience. This concert will feature "Sanctus", a fantastical, imaginative and colourful work for string quartet by Toronto's own Riho Maimets, alongside Brahms' magnificent Clarinet Quintet, with guest artist Peter Stoll. The quartet will explore and explain Sanctus in the first half, and then Peter will join us for the Brahms in the second half, making sense of the old in terms of the new. The Ton Beau welcome children and families of all ages.

Bio

The Ton Beau String Quartet was founded in 2010 by four friends studying at the University of Toronto. In their two years together, they have traveled throughout Canada and the USA, presenting concerts as well as educational and outreach programs. They have performed at the University of Toronto, the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto (where they are currently Quartet-in-Residence), the Harbourfront Music Garden, Gallery 345, the Maureen Forrester Recital Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University, Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society, Christ Church Deer Park, St. Barnabas Church, the Banff Centre, and the St. Luke’s Gift of Music Concert Series in Creemore. In addition to their busy performing schedule, the Ton Beau Quartet also participates in numerous educational outreach presentations, collaborating with the Toronto District School board, Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Merriam School of Music, and the Health Arts Society of Ontario. Always eager to engage in new collaborations, the TBSQ maintains a concert series at the University of Toronto Art Centre, and has performed with the folk band The Krüger Brothers.

Peter Stoll

Known for his virtuoso energy on stage as well as an easy and entertaining way of speaking with the audience, Peter Stoll was a prizewinner in the International Clarinet Society Competition, and also Solo Clarinetist with the World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales in Berlin and Vienna, which was broadcast on live television across Europe. Peter won First Prize in Chamber Music at the National Competitive Music Festival, for whose 50th Anniversary edition he was invited back as Woodwind Adjudicator, and as soloist in the Gala Celebration Concert in Winnipeg. A graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, where he studied with Avrahm Galper and Ronald Chandler, he received his Master's of Music degree in Performance from Indiana University as a student of James Campbell.

Peter has been guest soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, and was invited to Saratov, Russia for solo performances with the Saratov Philharmonic's "Volga Wind Ensemble" and to present masterclasses at the State Conservatory. He is a member of the Trio d’Argento (flute, clarinet and piano) which has been performing around Ontario for the past six seasons, and recently recorded a CD with members of the Canadian Brass. Featured on several CD releases, Peter has been heard frequently in solo performance on CBC-FM. Summer festival performances have included the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Ottawa Valley Festival, the Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and as a Mentor with the Boris Brott Music Festival's National Academy Orchestra, as well as the Ottawa and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals.

Peter teaches clarinet, chamber music and performance studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. He is also a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's National College of Examiners, and is much sought after as an adjudicator at music festivals across the country.

Recent highlights have included performances with the Gryphon Trio, pre-eminent Canadian percussionist Beverley Johnston, solo and chamber concerts for visits by world-renowned composers Kryzstof Penderecki, Chen Yi and Anders Hillborg, concerto appearances with the Toronto Philharmonia and the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, as well as serving as Artist-In-Residence for the Silverthorn Symphonic Winds. Peter's website is www.peterstoll.ca

Leslie Ting: Violin
Sarah Hagen: Piano
Saturday November 2 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
Sonata in E flat major, K 380 W A Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata No 1 Op 13 in A Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
Fantasy on a theme of Schubert (2008) Robert Rival
Sonata No 2 Op 121 in d minor Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Bio

LESLIE TING, Violin

A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Leslie is a laureate of the Concours de l’Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal, and performed S. Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with conductor Jean-François Rivest in 2010. She has also been invited to perform as soloist with Ensemble Arkea in Montreal (Four Seasons by Astor Piazzolla), and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra (Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra by Marjan Mozetich, and Sinfonia Concertante by W.A. Mozart with violist Christine Vlajk of the Penderecki String Quartet).

Leslie strives for a varied musical life which recently includes touring with the Bicycle Opera Project, recitals with Vancouver-based pianist, Sarah Hagen, and joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony as its newest member as Assistant Principal Second Violin.

An avid chamber musician, Leslie has performed in London, England as a member of the Adoch Trio with Hiro Takenouchi, piano and Dongkyun An, cello. Strad magazine praised the ensemble for creating "fire without smoke." She has since shared the stage with Paul Neubauer, Scott St John and Paul Watkins. Leslie can be heard this season at Pocket Concerts, Toronto's newest chamber music series.

Other performances have included on-stage theatrical productions in Montreal and Switzerland. Leslie also composed and performed original music for the short film Knife by Montreal-based filmmaker Nancy Baric which has screened in the US, Canada and Russia.

Leslie holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from Université de Montréal, and has worked with various artists at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Kayaleh Academy in Switzerland.

Leslie is also an alumna of the University of Waterloo where she obtained Bachelor of Honours Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. She was a practicing optometrist from 2005-2007 during which she traveled to Anna Regina, Guyana as a volunteer optometrist with Canadian Vision Care. She is currently developing a multi-media performance piece that explores the role of vision in empathy and communication with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

www.leslieting.com

Sarah Hagen, Piano

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has been heard in concert halls and on the airwaves to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Her interpretations have been described as "outstandingly inventive," performed with "infinite skill."

A visionary and an idealist, Sarah's performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and theatre. She is the Artistic Director for Pro'ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. She curates, hosts, and performs on numerous concert series in BC, sharing the stage with artists from around the world. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Nancy DiNovo, tenor Ken Lavigne, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, among many others, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky.

As First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Highlights of Miss Hagen’s 2012/2013 season included two performances at Carnegie Hall, first with Polish flautist Krzysztof Kaczka and later as a soloist, recitals with LA Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, and a concert tour in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with cellist Rebecca Wenham. 

Miss Hagen has been heard on Swedish Radio 2, CBC Radio 1 and 2, WDAV (North Carolina) WOSU (Ohio), KFUO (Missouri), CKUA (Edmonton), WKAR (Michigan), WITF (Pennsylvania), 98.1 KING FM (Seattle) and has appeared on Bravo Television. Her solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian, Christine Purvis, and Jean Duggan. Since her move in 2011 to an artist loft in one of Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, she has become deeply involved with intricate projects inspired by urban vitality.

Sarah's motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.

www.sarahhagen.com

“Her Bach and Haydn were outstandingly inventive – this is a young woman ready to take interpretive risks.” — University of Waterloo Gazette

“Exquisite phrasing and a refreshingly imaginative approach make her one to watch.” — Marcia Adair, TheOmniscientMussel.com


A New Heritage
Michele Bogdanowicz, mezzo-soprano
Ernesto Ramirez, tenor
Rachel Andrist, piano
Friday November 1, 2013 at 7:30pm
http://newheritage.brownpapertickets.com  or reserve by email (to pick up at the door) by emailing mail@Michele-Bogdanowicz.com.
$25

Michele Bogdanowicz

Ernesto Ramirez

Rachel Andrist

Programme
Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Michèle Bogdanowicz and Mexican Tenor Ernesto Ramírez present songs from their heritage, with pianist Rachel Andrist.

Rarely performed Polish songs of French composer Francis Poulenc

Polish songs of Chopin and French song transcriptions of Chopin's mazurkas by Pauline Viardot.

intermission

World Premiere of Polish songs by Canadian composer Norbert Palej

Mexican songs of María Grever

Duets of Pauline Viardot

Bio

Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Michèle Bogdanowicz is at home in the intimate setting of a song recital, on the concert stage and in the grand world of opera. A 2007 Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists, she was chosen to present the world premiere of a set of songs by acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie and as a member of the prestigious Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera, she had a resounding success as Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. A young Mozartean of note, Ms. Bogdanowicz also appeared in several recent productions of DON GIOVANNI as Zerlina (Opera Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Pacific Opera Victoria and Orchestra London) and sang Papagena in THE MAGIC FLUTE in Andrew Porter’s staging for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble. As a member of the COC’s Ensemble Studio, she appeared in mainstage productions of CARMEN as Mercédès, Ruders’ THE HANDMAID’S TALE as New Ofglen and ALBERT HERRING as Nancy.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the title role of LUISA FERNANDA for Toronto Operetta Theatre, Mercedes in CARMEN for Opera Hamilton, Cuniza in Verdi's Oberto for Toronto Opera in Concert, Despina in COSI FAN TUTTE for Pacific Opera Victoria, a programme of Berlioz and Mendelssohn with the Hamilton Philharmonic, a programme of Russian songs for the Off Centre Music Salon, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and for the Brott Festival and Handel’s MESSIAH for the Bach Elgar Choir.

Her activities on the concert stage include a recital at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa broadcast by CBC’s Radio Two, an appearance with the Ottawa Choral Society in “Notes from America”, an evening of American music and an all-Debussy programme for the Aldeburgh Connection. She was named a winner in the New Discovery Auditions adjudicated by Music Directors from the Montreal Symphony Chorus, Ottawa Choral Society, Choeur St. Laurent and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. The prize included a debut recital in Ottawa. She was also a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Ms. Bogdanowicz has appeared as a soloist with many groups and festivals both nationally and internationally; among them, the renowned EMI recording artists The St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Orford Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Aldeburgh Connection, the Brevard Music Center Festival, the Leith Summer Festival and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico.

Born and raised in Toronto, her heritage is French and Polish and she is fluent in both French and English. She has received grants recognizing her talent from the Chalmers Foundation of the Ontario Arts Council, the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation, the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company and the Merola Opera Program. Ms. Bogdanowicz holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music and a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto.

Mexican tenor Ernesto Ramírez is garnering rave reviews for his distinctive Italianate sound, his youthful exuberance, and for his expressive musicality.

He has performed to great acclaim for audiences in France, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, the United States and is finally making his long awaited debut in his homeland of Mexico at the iconic Teatro del Bicentenario, one of the best theatres in Latin America.

Recent and upcoming operatic engagements include Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA with Teatro del Bicentenario in Mexico and with the Rossini in Wildbad Belcanto Opera Festival in Germany, Nadir in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES with Opera Hamilton, Leicester in MARIA STUARDA with Pacific Opera Victoria, Nemorino in L'ELISIR D'AMORE with Opéra de Angers-Nantes, Festival Folies D'O Montpellier and with Sarasota Opera, the title role in Stiffelio, Raoul in Meyerbeer's LES HUGUENOTS (Canadian premiere), Rinaldo in ARMIDA, Decio in the rarely performed LA VESTALE by Mercadante and Arturo in I PURITANI with Toronto's Opera in Concert, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA with the Sarasota Opera, Javier in LUISA FERNANDA with Toronto Operetta Theatre, Il Conte d'Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Opera Hamilton, Roberto (cover) in ROBERTO DEVEREUX, Alfred (Cover) in DIE FLEDERMAUS and Ruiz in IL TROVATORE with The Canadian Opera Company.  In the United States he has performed Rinuccio (cover) in GIANNI SCHICCHI for Santa Barbara Opera and for UCLA Opera, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA with Opera in the Ozarks in Arkansas, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME and Il Conte d'Almaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, both at the Opera Institute of Boston University.  As a young artist at the Opera Institute of Boston University, Ramírez appeared as Lázaro Carriles in the world premiere of BEFORE NIGHT FALLS and he performed other contemporary roles such as Mr. Owen in POSTCARDS FROM MAROCCO and Jonathan Orfeo in HOSTAGE.

His activities on the concert stage as a featured soloist include the MESSIAH with the Brott Festival in Hamilton, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Grand Rapids Symphony, Dvorak's Requiem at Koerner Hall with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto, an Opera Gala with the Opéra de Quebec, an Opera Gala in Zurich with Francisco Araiza, a concert of operatic favorites with the Brott Festival, solo performances with the Israeli Opera Studio in Tel-Aviv, an Opera Gala at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, various concerts at the Degollado Theater in Guadalajara, Mexico, a concert with the New West Symphony Young Artists with Maestro Boris Brott, Boston Pops Opening Night with Maestro Keith Lockhart and with the Boston Lyric Opera in their concert series. He also received an invitation to sing at The 150th Anniversary of Puccini, a gala hosted by Simonetta Puccini.

He has won numerous awards, including: First Place Winner of the Kahn Award Foundation, the Giulio Gari Foundation, The Performing Arts Foundation, the Léni Fé Bland Foundation, the Profant Foundation, and the ORCH Foundation. He has received awards from The Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions in Los Angeles, the Society of Singers Foundation and the New West Symphony Young Artist Prize. The Jaume Aragall competition granted Ramírez with a Public Master Class Prize.

Ramirez earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet performance from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, and he graduated from Boston University's Opera Institute under the guidance of Soprano Sharon Daniels. His coaches, teachers, and mentors include Armen Guzelimian, Joan Dornemann, Rachel Andrist, Engelberto Aguilar, Harlan Snow, Oscar Samano, Bruno Pola, Jerry Hadley, Maria Spacagna, Piero Giuliacci, Francisco Araiza, Raúl Giménez, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Jaume Aragall and Ramón Vargas.

He holds dual Mexican and American citizenship and makes his home in Toronto, Canada.

Canadian pianist Rachel Andrist studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ann Epperson and Warren Jones. In 1997, she moved to Europe and joined the music staff of the Theatre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium. Since then she has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Salzburg Easter Festival, and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and has also been on the staff of the Glyndebourne Festival, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, English National Opera, and Scottish Opera.

Rachel has worked extensively with conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Antonio Pappano, Ivor Bolton, Rene Jacobs, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, and Kazushi Ono. Since 2008 she has been the head coach for the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, the head of Musical Projects at the Royal Danish Opera Academy, and a guest at the Chicago Opera Theater. In the fall of 2010, Rachel returned to Canada to join the music staff at the Canadian Opera Company.


Bright Angel: Contemporary Works for Clarinet, Piano and Voice
Midori Koga, piano; Kimberly Cole, clarinet; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
Sunday October 27, 2013 at 8 pm
$20;$15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

A CD launch event for the recently released Fleur de Son Classics disc

Featuring composers Joan Tower, Abbie Betinis, Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady and TORONTO-based Kieren MacMillan

Sequenza 21 Review:
http://www.sequenza21.com/cdreviews/2013/07/bright-angel/

Peter Hatch (b.1957) Music is a Beautiful disease (1999)-for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and violin

Programme
Nattsanger, by Abbie Betinis
Fantasy (…those harbor lights), by Joan Tower
The Country Wife, by Kieren MacMillan
Dance Out the Poison, by Evan Chambers
Bright Angel, by Roshanne Etezady

Bio

Fleur De Son’s recently released “Bright Angel: American Works For Clarinet And Piano” is an album that does right by new music in America. It champions important composers who currently enjoy a range of notoriety through amazingly performed works that are strong and indicative of contemporary styles without sacrificing their reverence for tradition. There are two offerings by current big-namers Joan Tower and Libby Larsen and two more by accomplished and ascending Roshanne Etezady and Abbie Betinis whose path to dominance in new music’s near future will only be eased by their triumphant representation on this CD.

Of course, at the heart of any recording’s success or failure is the tremendous quality of its performers, and “Bright Angel” features three of today’s most fabulously gifted interpreters of contemporary music. Clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano and pianist Midori Koga appear throughout the disc, and Soprano Lindsay Kesselman joins them for Ms. Betinis’ song cycle Nattsanger. Their performances are exquisite as is their ensemble chemistry, which is demonstrated in moments like the opening of Ms. Etezady’s Bright Angel, when Ms. Luevano draws her sound out of a high, quartal or quintal harmony in the piano, or in the last movement of Nattsanger, when Ms. Kesselman’s scream of madness emerges from a high, screeching clarinet line.

KIMBERLY COLE LUEVANO: Clarinet

With reviews such as “breathtaking…,” “virtuosic tone and technique,” and “exceptionally sensitive and introspective rendition,” Kimberly Cole Luevano continually establishes herself as a formidable soloist and chamber musician.  Cole Luevano joined the University of North Texas faculty in 2011 and served as a member of the clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp from 2003 to 2012.   She was recently appointed as Pedagogy Chairperson for the International Clarinet Association and has given acclaimed solo and chamber performances, adjudicated, and presented masterclasses throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and in South America. She performed at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest® on numerous occasions, and former students occupy performing and teaching positions throughout the United States and Canada.

Cole Luevano’s world premiere recordings of American works for clarinet and piano, “Bright Angel,” was released in April 2013 on the Fleur de Son label, available through Naxos. She is solo featured in several chamber music releases on both the Albany and Centaur labels.   A versatile and active freelance musician, Dr. Cole Luevano has performed as a member of the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, as principal clarinetist of the Ann Arbor, Lansing, Toledo, and Traverse Symphony Orchestras, with the Detroit and Windsor (Canada) Symphony Orchestras, and with Keith Brion’s New Sousa Band, among others. An advocate of contemporary music, Cole Luevano has performed as soloist in acclaimed performances of prominent works for clarinet and wind ensemble including Michael Daugherty’s “Brooklyn Bridge” and Scott McAllister’s “X” and “Black Dog.” She performed as part the world premiere of Scott McAllister’s “Epic Concerto” at the 2012 ClarinetFest® conference.  

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she studied with Keith Lemmons, Dr. Cole Luevano studied in Paris, France with Guy Deplus and Alain Damiens as the recipient of a U. S. Government Fulbright Grant and Kade Fellowship.  A prizewinner in competitions such as the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, the Oklahoma City Young Artists Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, Cole also received performance fellowships to the Blossom Festival and the National Orchestral Institute.  She earned her MM and DMA degrees at Michigan State University where she studied with Elsa Ludewig Verdehr and her undergraduate degree at the University of North Texas where she studied with James Gillespie.  Prior to her appointment at the University of North Texas, she was Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Michigan University for fifteen years.

Cole Luevano is a Buffet Group artist who plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets.

LINDSAY KESSELMAN:  Soprano

 Lindsay Kesselman is a soprano quickly becoming known for her "exquisite" singing (Pittsburgh Tribune), her "captivating" performances (Sequenza21), and her exemplary musicianship.  She passionately advocates for contemporary music in America, actively commissioning and collaborating with a diverse array of composers.

Recently, she has worked with such composers as Philip Glass, David Lang, Steve Reich, Amy Kirsten, Stephen Hartke, Julia Wolfe, Abbie Betinis, and Hannah Lash and is currently recording her debut album of American contemporary music, entitled "If this world could stop," due for release in fall 2013 on the Bad Wolf Music label, a joint venture with composer Amy Kirsten. Bad Wolf Music is also home to an ensemble, HOWL, which will give its inaugural performance in February 2014.

In 2012-2014 she sings with the Philip Glass Ensemble on an international tour of Philip Glass' ground-breaking opera "Einstein on the Beach," which includes 12 cities and the Latin American premiere of the piece.  In 2013 this production won the prestigious Laurence Olivier award for Best New Opera Production. Kesselman is also the resident soprano with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and in that capacity has performed music by Joseph Schwantner, Louis Andriessen, Amy Kirsten, and Kieren MacMillan, and the premiere of Falling by Mathew Rosenblum.

Kesselman has been named the soprano with Prometheus Modern, a new music ensemble created to be in residence at Chicago's International Beethoven Project in September 2013. Other upcoming performances include Corigliano’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the Michigan State University Symphony Band, a recital for New Music at the Atlas in Washington D.C. with cellist Nicholas Photinos and pianist Yasuko Oura, and she will portray Béatrice in Louis Andriessen’s “La Commedia” in spring 2014 (Washington D.C.) as part of a festival honoring the composer’s 75th birthday.

Recent engagements include a staged production of Kieren MacMillan's "Drunken Moon" and Schoeberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" with conductor Kevin Noe, the premiere of “Violations: The Loading Dock Project” by Hannah Lash at Yale University, Haydn's "Nelson Mass" in metro Chicago, music of Amy Kirsten in recital at Roosevelt University with members of eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, a recital tour of Abbie Betinis' song cycle "Nattsanger" which culminated in a recording, "Bright Angel" recently released on the Fleur de Son Classics label. Kesselman also performed the music of Michael Ippolito in recital at the Greenwich House in New York City, Harbison’s “Mirabai Songs” with Baltimore’s SONAR, and Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival.

Other recent appearances include Orffs “Carmina Burana” and Vaughan Williams’ “Dona nobis pacem” with the Akron Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), a holiday concert with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra (Pennsylvania), Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” with members of the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Barber’s “Knoxville:  Summer of 1915” with the Cleveland Heights Chamber Orchestra, and several concerts with Houston’s Camerata Ventapane at the 2nd Annual Baroque Music Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. As a result of winning an Encore Grant from the American Composers’ Forum in 2008, Kesselman was presented in a recital of music by Abbie Betinis at The Schubert Club in St. Paul, MN, as well as at Rice and Kent State Universities. 

Kesselman holds degrees in voice performance from Rice University and Michigan State University. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her husband, conductor Christopher James Lees.

MIDORI KOGA:  Piano

With performances described as “passionate” (Ann Arbor News), “meltingly lovely” and “rippling clean” (Globe and Mail), pianist Midori Koga has been featured as soloist and chamber musician in Spain, England, Austria and Taiwan, as well as across Canada and the US in performances venues that include New York’s Merkin Hall and Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium. 

Chamber music collaborations include those with the internationally acclaimed percussion quartet NEXUS, SoundstreamsEnsemble, with members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, (TSO), Toronto Wind Quintet, and with pianist Lydia Wong in the piano duo 2X10.  In addition, she has performed with the Esprit Orchestra, and the TSO in their New Creations Festival.

Internationally released recordings can be heard on the Albany, Equilibrium, Fleur de Son, NAXOS, Blue Griffin and Centrediscs labels.  The disc recorded with mezzo-soprano Patricia Green entitled Ice Age and Beyond:  Works by Canadian Women Composers, funded by a grant through the Canadian Music Centre, with distribution throughout the US (Albany) and Canada (CMC Distribution Inc.), was awarded a Four Star review by the BBC Music Magazine.  Performances on the CD Bright Angel:  Contemporary Works for clarinet and piano, released in April 2013, have been described as “kraftvoll und glänzen durch hervorragende Motivarbeit” (vibrant, and shine through superb motivic work) by Naxos Deutschland.  Sequenza 21 writes, “their performances are exquisite as is their ensemble chemistry…”.

Koga’s commitment for teaching/learning and pedagogical research has been demonstrated in numerous publications for American Music Teacher Journal, and Keyboard Companion.  Two of these articles, Music Making and Wellness Project, which explored the positive effects of active music making on the health of older Americans (2001), and Artistic Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery (2006) were awarded NationalArticle of the Year by the Editorial Board of the Music Teachers’ National Association. 

Equally active as clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Koga has served as national touring adjudicator for the Canadian Music Competitions, and has presented pedagogical workshops worldwide.  Highlight presentations include those for the International Society for Music Education Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece and Bologna, Italy; Music Teachers’ National Association Conferences in Washington DC, Seattle WA, Toronto, ON; the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Atlanta, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago.

Midori Koga, currently serves as Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where she developed the first Canadian MM and DMA programs in Piano Pedagogy and Performance.


The Art of the Piano: Katarzyna Musial
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students

Programme

Olivier Messiaen
Prélude No. 1 - La Colombe (The Dove) 

Fryderyk Chopin
Waltz in A minor Op. Posth.  
Waltz in F minor Op. 70, No. 2
Nocturne in C-sharp minor Op. 27 No. 1

Joaquín Turina
Danses gitanes Op .55
 Zambra
 Danza de la Seduccion
 Danza ritual
 Generalife
 Sacro-monte

Alberto Ginastera
>Argentinian danzas Op.2
Danza del viejo boyero (Dance of the Old Herdsman)
Danza de la moza donosa (Dance of the Beautiful Maiden)
Danza del gaucho matrero (Dance of the Arrogant Cowboy)

Intermission

Witold Lutoslawski  
Bukoliki (Bucolics)

 Zygmunt Stojowski  
Vision de danse
Intermezzo-Mazurka

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki
Four Preludes Op.1

Frederic Mompou
Canciones y danzas No. 1
Canciones y danzas No. 6

Ernesto Lecuona
La Comparsa
Malagueñ 

Bio

Polish-Canadian pianist Katarzyna Musial has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Her playing has been described by the New York Concert Review as “a pure delight... wonderfully evocative... vividly detailed... interpretations that plumbed emotional depths with harmonic colouring…”. Ms. Musial has been characterized by the Beijing Press as a pianist who “has entranced her audience with her brilliant musical skills”. Conductor Richard Owen (New York Camerata) considers her as one of the finest pianists he has ever had the privilege of hearing.

 In addition to having won First Prize at the 2011 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (New York), Ms. Musial was also a prize winner at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music (Cracow), the Kay Meek Competition (Vancouver) as well as a recipient of the Alban Berg Prize for outstanding merit (Vienna) and the Philip Cohen Award for outstanding performance musicianship (Montreal).

Recent highlights include a début at Carnegie Hall, performances at the Vancouver Olympic Games, the Tempietto Festival Musicale della Nazioni (Rome) and the Music in the Mountains Festival (California), and most recently, a seven-city concert tour of China, as well as concerto performances with the New York Camerata, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre Symphonique de L'Isle and the Bielsko Chamber Orchestra with which she opened the International Bach Festival (Poland).

Katarzyna Musial has performed at venues including the Warsaw National Philharmonic, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Place des Arts (Montreal), Chan Centre (Vancouver), Isabel Bader Theatre (Toronto) and the Weill Recital Hall (New York).

She has been a featured artist on numerous radio broadcasts, including a live worldwide performance broadcast on WFMT (Chicago) and has made television appearances across Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States.

Ms. Musial holds a Master’s degree with high honours from the Academy of Music in Cracow under the direction of Stefan Wojtas, an Artist Diploma from the Vancouver Academy of Music under the guidance of Lee Kum-Sing and a Diploma in Advanced Music Performance Studies from Concordia University (Montreal) under the supervision of Anna Szpilberg and Philip Cohen, who remains her mentor and long-term performance consultant.


Thin Edge New Music Collective presents:
6 degrees of separation
Friday October 25, 2013 at 8 PM
Admission $20; $15 students/seniors/arts workers

Programme
The Thin Edge New Music Collective presents 6 degrees of separation, a musical collage of interrelated sonic experiences featuring works by John Zorn, Allison Cameron, Peter Hatch, Louis Andriessen and the world premiere of a new work by Toronto-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Brenders.

Peter Hatch (b.1957) Music is a Beautiful disease (1999)-for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and violin

Louis Andriessen (b. 1939) Disco (1982)-for violin and piano

Allison Cameron (b.1963) 4 Postcards (2006/7)-for clarinet, piano, cello and violin

-intermission-

Kyle Brenders (b. 1981) Stagger and Sway (2013)*-for clarinet, piano, percussion, cello and violin

John Zorn (b.1953) Music for Children(1999)-for percussion, piano and violin

*world premiere

Performers:

Xavier Brosard-Ménard-clarinet; Cheryl Duvall-Piano; Nathan Petitpas- Percussion;

Ilana Waniuk-Violin; Dobrochna Zubek-Cello

Bio

Kyle Brenders is a Toronto based multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. Brenders’ work attempts to fuse the various musical experiences that have shaped him as a creative artist. His interest in music that falls within generic and idiomatic cracks has allowed him to develop his own personal style. Brenders has studied with Ab Baars, Anthony Braxton, Lori Freedman, David Mott and Alvin Lucier.

He currently is active performing his music in solo, trio, quartet and large ensemble projects. Beyond his own groups, Brenders performs regularly with The Rent, a group that performs the music of Steve Lacy. Brenders frequently performs in composed and improvised contexts with Scott Thomson, Susanna Hood, Brandon Valdivia, Rob Clutton, Aaron Lumley, Steve Ward, Wes Neal and Mark Seeger. Outside of his regular collaborators, Brenders performed with Taylor Ho Bynum, Jean Derome, Gordon Allen, Malcolm Goldstein, Dan Snaith (Caribou), Evan Parker, Marshal Allen, Mary Halverson, Eddie Prevost, Guillermo Gregorio, Anthony Braxton, and Alvin Lucier.

Brenders is an active member of the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto (AIMToronto) and acts as the Artistic director of the AIMToronto Orchestra. This group in 2007 performed the music of Anthony Braxton during the Guelph Jazz festival, which has been released on spool records. Brenders can also be heard on his solo recording flow and intensities as well as in duo with Anthony Braxton on Barnyard records Toronto (Duets) 2007. The Kyle Brenders large ensemble recording, Ways, is currently available from Porter records. The Kyle Brenders Quartet first release, Offset, was released October 2012 from 18th note records.

Brenders is also active as the Artistic Associate with Soundstreams were he assists the Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney, curates the Salon 21 series at the Gardiner Museum and directs their new interactive website SoundMakers.ca. Brenders has recently started his own series of concerts, the In Between Series, that presents concerts that incorporates notated ‘new’ music, improvised music and music that synthesizes the two.

The Thin Edge New Music Collective believes that contemporary music is a powerful medium which has the ability to comment and reflect on modern society in a unique and poignant way. Founded in 2011 by co-artistic directors, pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk, TENMC has grown to include 8 additional performers and is passionately dedicated to supporting their peers through commissioning and performance, bringing innovative and challenging 20th and 21st century music to audiences both existing and as yet untapped. Since its inception, TENMC has been responsible for commissioning and premiering 14 new compositions by emerging composers from Canada and abroad with 10 more in the works for their upcoming 2013/2014 season.  In addition to presenting a Toronto based concert series, TENMC has participated in residencies at the Banff centre and performed on concert stages across Canada including the University of Calgary’s Happening Festival of New Music and Media, as well as been presented by the Ottawa New Music Creators, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society, and Open Space Art Society in Victoria. In July 2013 Keys, Wind and Strings a touring concert project of TENMC was featured as ensemble in residence at the soundSCAPE festival of new music in Maccagno, Italy.


Airs Chantés: A Recital of French and Spanish Art Song
Miriam Khalil, soprano with Julien LeBlanc, piano Thursday October 24, 2013 at 7:30
Tickets are $25 and are available at www.miriamkhalil.com and at the door

Programme

Shéhérazade
Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)
Asie

Ariettes oubliées
Claude Debussy
(1862-1918)
C'est l'extase: C'est l'extase langoureuse
Il pleure dans mon cœur: Il pleure dans mon cœur comme il pleut sur la ville
Chevaux de bois: Tournez, tournez, bons chevaux de bois
Green: Voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles

Improvisations
Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
III
IV
VII
IX
XIII

Airs Chantés
Francis Poulenc
(1899-1963)
Air Romantique
Air champétre
Air grave
Air vif.

Intermission / Entracte

Nuit d’Espagne
Jules Massenets
(1842-1912)
Vocalise
Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937)
Les filles de Cadix
Léo Delibes
(1836-1891)

Seis Canciones Castellanas
Jesus Guridi
(1886-1961)
Allá Arriba, En Aquella Montaña
¡Sereno!
Llámala con el pañuelo
No quiero tus avellanas
Cómo quieres que adivine
Mañanita de San Juan

Canciones clásicas españolas
Ferran Obradors (1897–1945)
Al amor
Del cabello màs sutil
Chiquitita la novia

Bio

About Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc

Miriam Khalil and Julien LeBlanc have been collaborating since their first meeting at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since graduating they have both enjoyed successful careers in Canada and abroad.

Praised by Opera Canada for her “gorgeous, romantic, arching sound that immediately commands the ear” and a “beautiful and distinctive voice”, she is a graduate of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. She has sung with companies across Canada and the UK, including Opera Edmonton; Pacific Opera Victoria; Opéra de Montréal; Opera Lyra; Opera in Concert; Opera Hamilton; Aldeburgh Connection,; Hamilton Philharmonic Symphony; Windsor Symphony; Nova Scotia Symphony; Victoria Symphony; Against the Grain Theatre; and the prestigious Glyndebourne Opera and Aldeburgh Festivals.

LeBlanc is a highly sought-after soloist, chamber player and accompanist. Currently living in Montreal, LeBlanc has performed for audiences from coast to coast. He is co-artistic director of l’Été Musical de l’Église de Barachois, a summer concert series. He has also recently appeared as a guest pianist and collaborative artist at several Canadian music festivals including the Indian River Festival; the Elora Festival,; Music and Beyond; the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival; Festivoix in Trois-Rivières; Toronto Summer Music Song Academy; Festival de musique de chambre de la Baie-des-Chaleurs; Festival de musique de Lachine; and Festival Acadien de Caraquet.

For more information please visit: www.miriamkhalil.com and www.julienleblanc.com.

Video of Khalil and Leblanc can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVNFRDzeOVw and of Khalil in concert at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz8pUwAzvfE. 


Trio Bowman, Zelenka, Bertoli
Monday October 21, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE at bzbtrio.brownpapertickets.com


MUSICA REFLECTA PRESENTS:
PETER IN THE GALLERY: CHILDREN’S TALES FOR WIND ENSEMBLE
Sunday October 20, 2013 at 2 PM
Tickets: Students under the age of 18 is $10; Adults $20

Programme
Kid and family friendly! This performance will run roughly 50 minutes without intermission.
Harry Freedman: Tikki Tikki Tembe
Chris Thornborrow: Mini Piano Concerto No. 1
Sergey Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (arranged for woodwind quintet)

Bio

Musica Reflecta is thrilled to bring its short and fun kids programme across town to Gallery 345! Featuring tales ranging from Russia to China, from quirky and contemporary to an old classical favourite, the afternoon will be sure to engage young and old alike with two narrated pieces for woodwind quintet. A special guest will be young pianist Laurelle Lassonde, performing the new and whimsical Mini Piano Concerto No. 1, written by Toronto’s own budding and buzzing composer, Chis Thornborrow.

“...this opens the door ... to help inspire children to make a lifelong connection to the pleasures of making music.”
- John Terauds, Musical Toronto, on Musica Reflecta’s past kids concert “Peter and the Dinosaurs”

Musica Reflecta is a new chamber orchestra series featuring young up and coming musicians from the Toronto area. Based in Riverdale, the series features themed performances of arranged classical repertoire as well as new Canadian compositions as a contemporary answer to thesame theme. In the spring of 2013, Musica Reflecta introduced children’s concerts to its programme with great success, featuring a roster of child performers alongside Canadiancomposers in collaboration with a budding team of visual artists. One of the main goals of Musica Reflecta is to provide opportunities for developing professional musicians to collaborate with one another and become inspired to perform through engaging and creative programming. With an overwhelming amount of new talent emerging from universities and conservatories, there is little demand in performance opportunities. A vast majority of new works are only given one performance or never played atall due to lack of funds. Musica Reflecta’s goal is to inspire an entrepreneurial attitude through performance opportunity and to encourage the growth of emerging Canadian musicians and Canadian compositions.

Anastasia Tchernikova (artistic director, conductor) is has many musical interests with an emphasis on ensemble work in an operatic and orchestral setting. A recent graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music Education, she conducted West Side Story with St. Michael’s College, an original film score for wind ensemble by Bruno Degazio and Samuel Barber’s chamber opera A Hand of Bridge as part of the university’s New Music Festival. An avid chorister, Anastasia has been part of Russian Orthodox church choirs, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, University of Toronto MacMillan Singers as well as assistant conductor of Hart House Chorus and guest conductor of GREX vocal ensemble. Recently, she had the pleasure of working as music director and touring with the Bicycle Opera Project around southwestern Ontario, staging guerilla performances of contemporary Canadian opera scenes in interesting and unusual locations.  This inspired her to launch her own initiative of facilitating collaborations and performance opportunities through Musica Reflecta. A native of Minsk, Belarus with a Bavarian background, Anastasia looks forward to being part of many more exciting projects in Toronto’s quickly expanding community of talented young musicians.

Will Callaghan (co-director, French horn) (please see photo attached) is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music where he studied with Harcus Hennigar. He has played in a variety of ensembles around southern Ontario including the Heliconian Choir and Orchestra, Windago, Symphony on the Bay, and the Corktown Chamber Orchestra as well as taking part in master classes and conferences with the Rome Summer Musical Arts (RomeSMARTS) program in Italy. An alumnus of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Will’s primary passion is orchestral music, however he avidly enjoys chamber music, playing with such groups as Viper Windstorm, Die Zauberquintet, Priscilla Queentet of the Desert, and Quartet Bijoux. You can hear Will on the National Youth Orchestra’s 2011 CD featuring works such as Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony 15. 


The “Almost” Complete Sonatas of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Jacques Israelievitch, violin and viola; Benjamin Smith, piano
Saturday October 19,2013 at 2 pm and 5 pm
$20 for one concert; $35 for both concerts; students pay $20 for both concerts

Programme
2 pm concert

Sonatas for Viola and Piano


Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38 (1862-5)

(Transcribed from the cello sonata by Milton Katims) Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120 #1 (1894)
Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 120 #2 (1894)

5 pm concert

Sonatas for Violin and Piano


Sonata #1 in G Major, Op. 78 (1878-9)

Sonata #2 in A Major, Op. 100 (1886)

Intermission

Sonatensatz (Scherzo), Op. Posth. (1853)

Sonata #3 in D Minor, Op. 108 (1886-8)

Bio

Jacques Israelievitch, viola and violin

Internationally renowned violinist Jacques Israelievitch has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and conductor. After making his debut on French National Radio at the age of eleven, Mr. Israelievitch went on to graduate from the Paris Conservatory at sixteen and was subsequently prizewinner at the International Paganini Competition. His teachers include Henryk Szeryng, Janos Starker, William Primrose, and Josef Gingold.

Mr. Israelievitch served as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for a record-setting twenty years, and was formerly Assistant Concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for six years and Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for ten years. He teaches and performs each summer at the Chautauqua Institution and is a faculty member at the University of Toronto and York University. In growing demand as a conductor, he has been Music Director of the Koffler Chamber Orchestra since 2005.

As a soloist, Mr. Israelievitch has collaborated with Solti, Giulini, Slatkin, Davis, and Frühbeck de Burgos, appearing with many of the world’s major orchestras. As a distinguished chamber musician, he has performed with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, and Yo-Yo Ma. He is violinist for the New Arts Trio. Mr. Israelievitch’s discography features more than 100 albums including the Juno Award nominated Suite Hebraique and the first-ever complete recording of Kreutzer’s 42 Studies for Solo Violin. He has premiered and recorded several concertos such as R. Murray Schafer’s The Darkly Splendid Earth: The Lonely Traveler.

In 2004, the French government named Mr. Israelievitch Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished contribution to the performing arts in Canada

Benjamin Smith, piano 

A native of Chatham, Ontario, pianist Benjamin Smith has performed as soloist and chamber musician across both Canada and the United States.  He has been a laureate of numerous competitions, including the 2013 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, the 2008 CMC Stepping Stone Competition, and the 2003 Edward Johnson Piano Competition.  Orchestral appearances include the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Orchestra London, the Windsor Symphony, the Clairion Symphony, and the New Symphony Orchestra.  In 2007, he was a featured soloist in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The 2010/11 season saw him perform the Schoenberg Piano Concerto under maestro Rossen Milanov, as well as appear as guest artist on both the Toronto Summer Music and the Banff Summer Arts festivals.  Highlights of 2012 included a recital collaboration with internationally-renowned cellist Colin Carr, and a performance of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 4 with the University of Toronto Hart House Orchestra under Henry Janzen.  Still upcoming for this year is a concert in December with cellist Dongkyun An at the PianoForte Salon in Chicago.

A proponent of new music and a regular member of the Esprit Orchestra, Ben also devotes much time to chamber music.  He has been heard in this capacity on Classical 96.3 in Toronto, and has partnered with artists such as Bonnie Hampton, Mark Fewer, Wolfgang Redik (Vienna Piano Trio), Sonic Escape, the Talisker Players, the Annex String Quartet, and members of Amici and the Cecilia String Quartet.  He has also worked with prominent conductors Steven Schick, Joel Sachs, and Werner Herbers, as well as composers John Corigliano, Reinaldo Moya, Bob Becker, and Chandler Carter.

Dr. Smith currently serves as a coach and collaborator for the Glenn Gould School (GGS) and the Young Artist Academy at the RCM.  Previously, he taught on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario (2005-06), and he has also taught undergraduate piano for the Department of Music at Stony Brook University.  His principal teachers include Andrea Battista, James Anagnoson, Julian Martin, and Christina Dahl.  Along with a DMA from Stony Brook University, he holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the GGS, and a Masters from The Juilliard School.

Intelligently rounded musicianship.” – The Irish Times


The Art of the Piano: Beatriz Boizan
Friday October 18, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Students
ONLINE TICKETS AVAILABLE at www.BeatrizBoizan.com

Programme
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809): Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI:52
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (S.161/5)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886): Étude No. 3 in G-sharp minor "La campanella"
Ignacio Cervantes (1847-1905): Danzas Cubanas (selections)
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909): Corpus Christi en Sevilla (from Suite Iberia Book I)
Manuel de Falla (1876 -1946): Ritual Fire Dance
Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963): Malagueña (from Suite Andalucía)


The Toy Piano Composers Turns 5!
Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8 pm
$20; $15 Seniors; $10 students

Programme
Join us for a celebration of TPC's fifth anniversary with re-imaginings of their favourite TPC works from the past five years, featuring the TPC Ensemble and the junctQin keyboard collective.
Musicians:

junctQin keyboard collective: Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, Stephanie Chua

Toy Piano Composers Ensemble:

Katherine Watson, flute
Anthony Thompson, clarinet
Wesley Shen, piano/toy piano
Daniel Morphy, percussion
Sharon Lee, violin
Adam Scime, double bass

Sinister Music Box Elisha Denburg
One short piece for my short attention span Igor Correia
Crosscurrents Glenn James
it plays (because it plays) Monica Pearce
Half Broke on the Wheel Ruth Guechtal
The Monster from the Closet Daniel Brophy
A Geology Lesson Fiona Ryan
Modus Operandi Nancy Tam
Three Fantastical Things Christian Floisand
Walking Chris Thornborrow


NEW SONGS AND REVERENT REMIXES:
GLENN BUHR & THE BUTTON FACTORY BAND
Friday October 11, 2013 at 8 PM
$20; $15 Seniors and Arts Workers; $10 Student

Programme
New Songs and Reverent Remixes

Glenn Buhr's songs are blend of blues, rock, avant-garde and country. His remixes of blues, jazz, folk and rock classics manage to morph familiar music by the likes of Bob Dylan, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Page, Johnny Cash and Paul Simon into wonderful new musical structures.

In this show, Buhr performs several of his songs and remixes, and also unveils a power trio version of his 2nd Piano Concerto, which is strongly influenced by Pink Floyd and Arvo Pärt, among others.

The Button Factory Band:

Glenn Buhr, piano/guitar/vocals
Victor Bateman, bass/guitar/vocals
Brandon Valdivia, drums/percussion
with guest: Mike Anderson, guitar/piano/laptop/vocals

Bio

Glenn Buhr, guitars/Glenn Buhr has a broad and various musical life.  He’s a singer/songwriter; a powerful performer his own songs, and he’s also developed a reputation as creator and performer of unique remixes of classic blues, rock and popular songs, giving them all his own peculiar compositional voice. 

Recently he’s worked with MadeleinePeyroux, Ron Sexsmith, Kiran Alhuwalia and Sarah Slean as arranger, producer and composer.  He won the Genie Award for best song from the film Seven Times Lucky in 2005, and he’s the winner two recent SOCAN awards for his music.

Buhr is also a composer of concert and stage music for symphony orchestra’s, ballet companies, string quartets and various chamber ensembles.  He became well known in Canada in the mid-80′s when the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras first championed his work, and in the mid-90′s as front man - with conductor Bramwell Tovey – of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival.

His music has been performed all over the world by such diverse ensembles as the London Sinfonia, the Tokyo Ballet Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra pianist Louis Lortie, soprano Tracy Dahl and many others.  His 3rd Symphony (a choral symphony) was premiered by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in February 2008 with pop singer Sarah Slean as soloist.

In 2003, his full length ballet Beauty and the Beast was premiered by the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Birmingham, England. The work has since toured the UK three times for a total of more than 100 performances. The ballet has also toured to Hong Kong (2005), Japan (2008) and to mainland China in 2009. He has also composed a number of scores for film and theatre and has collaborated on several other dance projects.  

Glenn Buhr’s work and his performances are featured regularly on the CBC.  His book Our Native Song - a collection of essays on music – was published in May 2013.

The Button Factory Band

Brandon Miguel Valdivia, drums/percussion

Brandon Miguel Valdivia is a percussionist, mbira-ist, flautist and composer. He studied composition and percussion performance at Wilfrid Laurier University and has studied West African percussion, Mbira Dzavadzimu, Javanese Gamelan and Latin American percussion.

He is involved in the experimental folk band “Picastro”, the improv/world music/psych duo “Not the Wind, Not the Flag” and punk/psych/folk band “Pachamama”, and his solo project "Mas Aya" . He has appeared on releases for local and international labels such as Barnyard Records, Medusa Editions, Bug Incision Records, Healing Power Records, Alien8, Polyvinyl, Spool and Constellation Records. He has also composed and performed music for theatre groups such as MT Space in Kitchener, IXOK’ Theatre Collective ,  Aluna Theatre, Clay and Paper Theatre in Toronto, and the Red Snow Collective.

Brandon has performed throughout Canada, United States, China, Europe and in Colombia and believes in art making as a force of healing, wisdom and education in this divided and consumerist society.

Victor Bateman, bass/guitar/vocals

Victor Bateman has spent the past 32 years playing music in, around, and outside of Toronto. During this time he’s had the good fortune to perform and record with many excellent musicians in a variety of  styles and situations. They include country music with The Good Brothers, Sylvia Tyson and Quartette, blues with  Amos Garrett and Chris Whiteley, improvisatory music with CCMC, Jean Derome, and Lori Freedman,  jazz with Reg Schwager and Laura Hubert,  folk music with Murray Maclauchlan, Ken Whiteley, Jackie Washington, and Eve Goldberg, pop music with Jill Barber and Big Sugar, klezmer music with the Flying Bulgars. as well as contemporary concert music and opera by Anthony Braxton, Wende Bartley and Nic Gotham. 


Mike Downes Trio:
Robi Botos (piano), Fabio Ragnelli (drums), Mike Downes (Bass) with special guest Ted Quinlan (guitar) Thursday October 10 at 9 PM
$20 adults; $10 students

Bio

CD release of new jazz recording “Ripple Effect”

Toronto bassist and composer Mike Downes will be celebrating the release of his latest recording “Ripple Effect” at Gallery 345 in Toronto on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Recorded in the Drive Shed by John “Beetle” Bailey and released on Addo Records, “Ripple Effect” features Robi Botos (piano), Ethan Ardelli (drums) and Mike Downes (bass).  Special guest Ted Quinlan (guitar) joins the trio on the title track.

This is contemporary jazz masterfully played by some of Canada’s most vibrant musicians on the scene today. The music is dynamic, ranging from intimate to explosive. Mike, Robi and Ted have developed a deep musical connection over time and their love of melodicism is clearly evident. Put in the mix the young and talented Fabio Ragnelli and this is sure to be a great night of music. The trio/quartet will be performing their mix of original music and unique interpretations of jazz standards. Several beautiful arrangements of eastern-European folk songs from the recording will be featured as well.

From the CD liner notes, Mike describes the title track Ripple Effect: “This is a pebble dropped in water – an idea that expands outward and onward throughout the composition. It’s an analogy for the much-needed forces of kindness, tolerance and love that begin with each of us and reverberate outward.”

Selected press quotes:

“Mike Downes is as strong a player as he is a composer.” Brian Brennan, Calgary Herald

"Mike’s time playing is delightfully inventive and his intonation is absolutely impeccable…his lines are clear, hip, and agile. His technique and intonation are extraordinary.”  Kim Richmond, Jazz Player

Top 10 CDs of 2005” (The Winds of Change) JazzFM91

Mike Downes is as gifted a composer as he is a bassist…The Winds of Change is an excellent showcase for Downes’ compositional and bass-playing talents.” Chris Kosky, International Society of Bassists

About the musicians:

Mike Downes has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest jazz artists. He has been active as a bassist, composer, arranger and educator in the Canadian music scene since the early 80s. He has performed worldwide with many of Canada's top jazz musicians, including Oliver Jones, Molly Johnson, PJ Perry, Don Thompson, Kirk MacDonald, Terry Clarke, Guido Basso and Pat LaBarbera. He has been in demand to perform with visiting jazz artists such as Chris Potter, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Liebman, Billy Hart, Phil Woods and many others. His large discography includes Juno-nominated and Juno-winning CDs. He has released four recordings as a leader - Forces, Then, The Winds of Change and now Ripple Effect.

Robi Botos is recognized as one of Canada’s finest jazz pianists. Born into a musical family in Hungary, Robi immigrated to Canada in 1998. He has been featured with many local and international greats including Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Michael & Randy  Brecker, Branford Marsalis, Tim Ries, Pat Labarbera, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Gadd, Molly Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Nikki Yanofsky, Peter Appleyard, Jackie Richardson, Toots Thielmans and many more. He has won numerous awards including the Galaxie Rising Star Award in 2010 and the TD Canada Trust Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2012.

Drummer Fabio Ragnelli has steadily emerged into one of the leading young jazz musicians in the vibrant Toronto jazz scene. He was trained in Humber College's prestigious jazz program as well as through private study with masters like Dave Douglas, Ari Hoenig and Dan Weiss in New York and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has performed with major visiting artists including Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling, and Mike Stern as well as being a member of many highly regarded Toronto-based projects.

Ted Quinlan is respected as one of Canada’s most multi-faceted jazz musicians, highly skilled as a solo jazz guitarist, session player, writer, and dedicated educator. He is a sought-after sideman, frequently appearing with the “who’s who” of Canadian jazz artists on concert stages, in clubs, and in jazz festivals from coast-to-coast. Throughout his abiding career, he has performed with some of the biggest international jazz stars including Freddie Baker, Chet Baker, Eddie Harris, Jimmy Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco. His recording credits are numerous, highlighted by performances on Doug Riley’s famous Con Alma CD “Con Alma” and as one of six major Canadian jazz guitarists featured on Radioland Records’ compilation CD A Tribute to Wes Montgomery.

For more information please visit www.mikedownes.com.



Tango and more
Sunday October 6, 2013 at 3 PM
$20


story-songs/song-paintings
a debut cd release and art exhibition by Soozi Schlanger
Saturday October 5, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Programme
Reception to follow

Special musical guests include: Colleen Allen/saxophone ; Emilyn Stam/piano and fiddle; Tony Quarrington/guitar; Denis Keldie/organ and accordion

Plus aerial perfoming artist Holly Treddenick

soozimusic is a new musical incarnation for Soozi Schlanger.

Bio

Best known as the lead singer/washboard and fiddle player for Toronto's famed Cajun band 'Swamperella', Schlanger has now branched out into diverse musical territory. Her narratives - personal, quirky, witty, and contemporary, are rooted in acute observations of a life lived. Her powerful vocals - simply poetic.

“…some of my most intense musical experiences, as an artistic director but also as an audience member, have been through Soozi Schlanger. Dominique Denis (Artistic Director) Alliance Français

For more info: www.soozischlanger.com


From Handel to Tango
Sunday September 29, 2013 at 3 PM
$20; $15 Srs and Students

Programme
Soprano: Iris Rodrigues
Trumpet: Paul Sanvidotti
Pianio: Edward Moroney
Cello: Kerri McGonigle
Guitar: Don MacDonald

"Si Suoni La Tromba" and "Con Voce Festiva" - A. Scarlatti
from the 7 Arias for Soprano & Trumpet
"Trumpet Concerto" 3rd movement only - Hummel
"Piangero" from Julius Caesar - Handel
Three songs by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)
Habanera
Hai Luli
"Concierto de Aranjuez" 2nd mvt only - Joaqin Rodrigo
"Amor los Pajaros perdidos" - Astor Piazzolla
"Libertango" - Astor Piazzolla


The Art of the Piano: Martin Söderberg
“A Musical Journey Through Spain”
Monday September 23 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
Sonata in D Major - ANTONIO SOLER
Sonata in F-sharp Major
Sonata in g minor

Cadiz - ISAAC ALBENIZ
Mallorca
Cordoba

Spanish Dance No. 5 - ENRIQUE GRANADOS

Allegro de Concierto

Song and Dance No. 5 - FEDERICO MOMPOU

Variations on "El Vito" - MANUEL INFANTE

Ritual Fire Dance - MANUEL DE FALLA

Bio

“A first class performer....a magnificent interpreter....his Chopin is as beautiful as it is authentic” said the Diario ABC of Madrid after Mr. Söderberg’s performance of the complete Chopin Etudes. Of Swedish Spanish descent, Mr. Söderberg has been performing since he was twelve years old, when he made his recital debut in Las Palmas, Spain. After being awarded the First Prize in the 1985 “Pilar Bayona” International Piano Competition in Zaragoza, Spain, he has concertized extensively in Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, England, Central America, The Caribbean, South America, China and the USA.

Martin Söderberg was a winner at the 1988 Artists International Auditions in New York and was presented in his New York Recital Debut at Carnegie’s Weill

Hall. The New York Times described Mr. Söderberg as a “strong technician who seems to enjoy tapping the energy that lies within the music....he made a stylish account of the Mozart sonata....voicing and textures were attractively transparent and he kept the line moving gracefully...showed considerable skill in bringing the parade of characterizations in Schumann’s Carnaval to life.” In a recent concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) the New York Times again described Söderberg’s performance of Spanish Music as “spectacular”, and the Village Voice hailed: “Extraordinary piano playing.” In 1998 he was awarded the “Alumni Award” by Artists International and was invited to perform a recital at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

Mr. Söderberg appears frequently as a guest soloist with orchestras all over the world. He has performed with conductors such as Zdenek Kosler and Olivier Dohnanyi (Slovak Philharmonic), Irwin Hoffmann (Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra), Enrique Ricci (Orchestra of Guanajuato, Mexico), German Caceres (Orchestra of El Salvador), Max Bragado, Brian Leeper and Hubert Borgel (Orchestra of Gran Canaria, Spain), Juan de Udaeta (Orchestra of Andalucia), Laurine Fox (Orchestra Celebrate in New York), David Gilbert (Manhattan School Philharmonia) Erick Friedmann (FAME Festival Orchestra) and many others.

Martin Söderberg is a graduate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a doctorate degree in 1990. He studied under Professor Ubaldo Diaz Acosta in New York City, whom he considers his Master teacher. With him, he learned the principles of the “Relaxation Technique”. He also studied with Solomon Mikowsky, Teresa Alonso, Tomas Andrade, and Juan Antunez.

Mr. Söderberg has recorded 3 CDs: “Piano Music from Spain", “Piano Music of Rafael Landestoy” and “The 24 Chopin Etudes” as part of his ongoing recording project “World Piano Collection”.


The Art of the Piano: Thomas Alexander
Sunday September 22, 2013 at 3 PM
$15

Programme
Scherzo no. 2 in B-flat minor - F.Chopin
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2 - F.Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody no. 12 - F.Liszt
Rhapsody in Blue - G. Gershwin

Praised for his charismatic piano presence, Thomas Alexander has distinguished himself with his versatility as a classical pianist and improvisational virtuoso.

Bio

Born in Amsterdam, Holland, January 23rd 1980, it was at the age of 11 that Thomas was first introduced to piano. His natural gift for playing and improvising was evidenced immediately. He studied at the prestigious Conservatorium van Amsterdam (Amsterdam School of the Arts) formerly Sweelinck Conservatorium under the guidance of some of the best music professors in the world including M. Marcel Baudet, Mila Baslawskaya. Thomas was selected for masterclasses by Karl Heinz Kammerling, Marie Francoise Bouquet and Lazar Berman.

Thomas won several prizes and competitions including the Princess Christina competition (http://www.vvvzandvoort.com/events/events-zandvoort/princess-christina-music-contest-16092012/) in his native Holland, and was featured on national TV.

Thomas has toured his native country The Netherlands, France, Belgium, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, U.S.A. (where he lived for 8 years), and Canada (now his home) where he mystifies and commands standing ovations at all venues he plays.


GREG BYERS: CD Release of “byerself” with VICTORIA YEH and VIOLET FUSION
Friday September 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm
$15; $10 Students

Bio

Since Greg began his journey with the cello at age 2, he has immersed himself in every aspect of his art, with each experience elevating and culminating to the next - from performance to composition, recording, education, and entrepreneurship. In Greg's debut EP Some Dark, Beautiful Morning, he explored the surprising richness of orchestrated jazz fusion. With his newest solo project, byerself, Greg expands his musical horizons, this time as both electric cellist and singer/songwriter. byerself embodies the dichotomy of music and of life - delving into the nuanced interplay between precision and improvisation, the natural and artificial, nature and technology -  all while pulling each listener into their own journey of truth, beauty, freedom. Join Greg at Gallery 345 on Friday September 20th for his only Canadian tour date, along with opening act, Victoria Yeh, Toronto's very own electric violinist.

www.GregByersMusic.com.

"...offers a beautiful fusion of music." -Palm Beach Daily News

"Arguably the highlight... finding their footing in a sunny bouquet of strumming guitars, flutes, cello, and other orchestral accouterments." -Miami New Times


The Art of the Piano: Kara Huber
Wednesday September 18 at 8 PM
$20

Programme
from No Longer Very Clear - Joan Tower (b. 1938)
"Holding a Daisy"
“Or like a…an Engine”

Etude in F Major, Op. 10 No. 8 - Frédéric Chopin (1810- 1849)
Etude No. 9 pour les notes répétées - Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Preludes Op. 32 - Sergei Rachmaninoff 1873-1943)

No. 10 in B Minor
No. 12 in G-sharp Minor
No. 13 in D-flat Major

Intermission

Années de Pèlerinage, Deuxième année: Italie, S.161 Franz Liszt (1811-1886)

Sposalizio
Il penseroso
Canzonetta del Salvator Rosa
Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
Après une lecture de Dante (Fantaisie quasi Sonate)

Bio

American pianist Kara Huber has been acclaimed for her “mature vision” by the Washington Post during a recent performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Classical Voice of North Carolina wrote that she plays “technically difficult solo passages with uncanny accuracy.”

Ms. Huber has made numerous solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, in the Eastern Illinois University Guest Artist Series and the Rising Stars Piano Series in Southampton, NY. Kara attended the Eastern Music Festival (EMF) where she performed the Gershwin Concerto in F with the EMF Orchestra. Ms. Huber has received numerous prizes and awards for her performances, including the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, The Stetcher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York Piano Competition, Piano Arts Solo and Concerto Competition, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, Oberlin International Piano Competition, Missouri Western Young Artist Piano Competition, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Kara has attended summer festivals such as Tanglewood, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Eastern Music Festival, Mannes International Keyboard Institute and Festival, and Indiana University Piano Academy. She recently finished a creative music residency at the Banff Centre.

Ms. Huber is an advocate of new music and played an active role in CCM’s Modern Music Ensemble. She works closely with living composers and has collaborated with Percussion Group Cincinnati. Also a collaborative and chamber pianist, Kara accompanies many vocalists, instrumentalists, and ballet classes. Having a passion for opera and musical theater, Ms. Huber enjoys performing in pit orchestras as a keyboardist and conductor. She has studied conducting with Mark Gibson and Annunziata Tomaro.

Ms. Huber has worked with conductors Charles Dutoit and Gerard Schwarz. She has performed in master classes for internationally renowned artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Peter Serkin, Valentina Lisitsa, Ian Hobson, Markus Groh, Steven Mayer, Irina Morozova, Jeffery Swann, Robert McDonald, Jerome Rose, and Graham Johnson. Past teachers have included Michael Coonrod, Yoshi Nagai, Paul Schenly, and Jerome Lowenthal.

First picking up melodies by ear at an early age, Ms. Huber began private lessons at the age of five. At sixteen, she was admitted to the Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) in Michigan. She spent two years at IAA and made her orchestral debut with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra.

Kara has received degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Frank Weinstock and Awadagin Pratt. Studying now with John Perry and David Louie, she is currently earning an Artist Diploma degree at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


The Art of the Violin:
Stanislav Pronin – Violin for One
Saturday June 22, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Programme
Luciano Berio: Sequenza VIII

J.S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita for Violin solo no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Bryan Christian: Alone for Solo Violin (Canadian Premier)

Alfred Schnittke: A Paganini

Nicolo Paganini: Introduction and Variations on Pasiello’s “Nel cor piu non mi sento,” Op. 38

Bio

“[Stass] is an exceptional violinist with genuine musical sensitivity and an astonishingly formidable technique. His natural intelligence and innate musicality make his performances very compelling.” -- Andre Watts

“[Stass] is a phenomenally gifted violinist with quite a remarkable technique – playing the violin is easy for him. What I admire most about him is his curiosity for all things musical, his ardent interest in contemporary music and his very personal way of making music.”

-- Jaime Laredo

Despite his young age, Stanislav Pronin has already established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. Born in Moscow, Mr. Pronin can trace his musical lineage to the great school of Odessa trained violinists. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, who was a professor of violin at the Odessa Conservatory and a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Pyotr Stoliarsky, teacher of David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. Among his grandfather’s close friends and colleagues were violinists David Oistrakh and Leonid Kogan, pianist Emil Gilels and the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich. Mr. Pronin continued his studies with Nelli Shkolnikova and later Jaime Laredo, and received additional artistic tutelage from Boris Kuschnir, Pinchas Zukerman, Joel Smirnoff, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Pavel Vernikov and many others.

Ever since his solo debut in Israel at the age of 10, Mr. Pronin has been maintaining a busy performance schedule. His performances range from solos with orchestras to solo and chamber recitals worldwide. He has performed in many music festivals and concert venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Miller Theatre in New York City; Dekelboum Hall in Washington, D.C.; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada; the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada; and the Perlman Theatre in Philadelphia. He has frequently performed on television and radio in the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel, including live broadcasts of the Interlochen Public Radio Station and the WFMT Chicago Classical Radio station.

He has performed under the baton of many eminent conductors such as Sigiswald Kuijken, Herbert Blomstedt, Ronald Zollman, John Adams and Leonard Slatkin. Mr. Pronin is also an avid chamber musician, and frequently engages in chamber music with internationally-renowned musicians such as Jaime Laredo, James Campbell, Mark Kaplan, Barry Shiffman, Orion String Quartet, Victor Danchenko, Anton Nel, Julian Milkis, Emille Naoumoff and Lera Auerbach. Mr. Pronin has been frequently acknowledged for his individualistic and imaginative approach to musical interpretation, as well as outstanding flexibility in terms of programming and a large repertoire ranging from early-Baroque through the 21st century.

Recently, Mr. Pronin has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Verbier Festival (including the Swiss Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Part.ti.ta for solo violin) in Switzerland, the Kronberg Festival in Germany and in solo recitals at the Stankovic Music Hall as well as several special guest appearances on national television in Belgrade, Serbia.

Upcoming engagements include the Beethoven Concerto with the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City; Solo recitals at the Dennos Museum in Michigan and the Barge Music Series in NY; Tchaikovsky Concerto with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra; Chamber music performances with Jan Lisiecki and others at the Stratford Music Festival; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 with the Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra with Uri Mayer at the baton; Mendelsohn Concerto op. 64 with Andrew Constantine and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra; and a Denmark tour with Joshua Weilerstein and the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Pronin 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.

www.stanislavpronin.com


ARLENE PACULAN: CD RELEASE PARTY
Featuring Kat Leonard & The MP3
Friday June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION. Seating is first come first served

Bio

Randolph Academy graduate, Arlene Paculan, has been performing across the GTA, Montreal, Ottawa, Anaheim CA, for over 3 years. Selected past performances include: TD Toronto Jazz Festival (2012), PRIDE Toronto (2012), opening for Juno Nominee Jazz Sensation, Jill Barber, for a celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (2012). She will be performing at the Company House in Halifax, along with her opener, Kat Leonard, this coming July. Arlene has also been invited to play the Beaches International Jazz Street Festival this year. Creator of a new fast-growing event, "WonderFest", Arlene's goal is to spread empowerment through art with the festival. The next event will take place at the Celebration Square Amphitheatre in Mississauga on August 14th. You can also catch her on Rogers TV as co-host for the new hip series "insauga.com podcast".
www.arlenepaculan.com

What people are saying about her:

“Love the groove, love the singing. There’s an effortlessness [in your singing]. You have a natural song personality.” When speaking about the single, I’m Worth It: “I have to say I think the sentiment of ‘I’m Worth It’ is really a wonderful sentiment. I had never heard it quite like that before and I think that’s really important...such a beautiful, beautiful line, ‘I’m Worth It’ ”

-Dan Hill – internationally renowned Canadian Singer-Songwriter

“You have a beautiful voice, really, really nice singing voice.”- Grant Lawrence of cbcradio3.com

“Your music and voice are both haunting and passionate, I truly enjoyed listening. Keep up the great work!”
-Rob Rapiti from www.BLREntertainment.com

Kat Leonard – singing songwriting comedian

Kat Leonard has been performing in and around Toronto for the past 10 years. A graduate of The Second City Conservatory, she has written and performed standup and sketch comedy as well as improv. She has also written and produced numerous short films and music videos.

In 2006 Kat felt magic by melding her four passions together: live performance, video production, music and comedy. She began creating multimedia cabaret shows that follow a theme or storyline.

Kat & The Mp3’s debut CD, A Depper Kind Of Love, was released June 9, 2011. The accompanying live stage show premiered at The Toronto Fringe Festival 2011 and was remounted at the Love & Obsession Festival November 2011. A Depper Kind of Love, inspired by loving Johnny Depp, is a musical comedy extravaganza exploring the hilarity of heartbreak.

www.katleonard.com 


JORY NASH IN CONCERT
Wednesday June 19, 2013 at 8 pm
$20

Bio

http://www.jorynash.com/ticketsforjune19thconcertintoronto.cfm

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his newest CD Little Pilgrim. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year. Jory Nash has also received a Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination for Best Producer for New Blue Day. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award.

Jory is a past Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and is the co-founder of an annual large scale, multi-artist concert celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot.

Jory plays acoustic guitar, piano and banjo and his warm, unique voice urges you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies. Jory Nash is regularly heard on numerous CBC Radio programs, SiriusXM, BBC, Galaxie, and college/NPR stations across North America. He tours regularly across Canada playing folk festivals, house concerts, folk clubs and soft seat theatres. Jory Nash has a hat collection that numbers in the hundreds and he is also a long-suffering fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Solo Improvisations for Bass Clarinet
Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet

Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8PM
$15; $10 Seniors and Arts Workers; $5 Student

Program
Two sets of improvised music.
This performance will be focusing predominantly on completely original solo material, but will also include work with electronics and some very special guests.

Bio

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