Season Finale – Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich

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The 20th Music Niagara Season draws to an epic close with this Gala performance featuring the Canadian Chamber Academy Orchestra. Program includes: music from Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence, Souvenir d’un lieu cher and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet and orchestra.

Tickets from $50 + HST – Pre-concert reception 6:30 PM  + $15 – St. Mark’s Church

PROGRAM

Souvenir de Florence Tchaikovsky

First Movement – allegro con spirito

Douvenir d’un Lieu Cher op. 42  – Tchaikovsky

1. Méditation – Andante molto cantabile

2. Scherzo – Presto giocoso

3. Mélodie – Moderato con moto

Serenade for String Orchestra Op. 48 – Tchaikovsky

1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina. Andante non troppo—Allegro moderato

 

INTERMISSION

Two Pieces for String Octet Op. 11 – Shostakovich

Prelude and Scherzo

Concerto in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra, Op. 35, No. 1  – Shostakovich

Victoria Kogan piano

Rob Weymouth trumpet

Atis Bankas conductor

 

 

 

Soloists:

 

Great Romantics Series – Jonathan Crow & friends

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Jonathan Crow – violin, Philip Chiu – piano, Gabriel Radford – french horn.

Jonathan Crow, Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony returns to Music Niagara with a great selection of strings, piano and wind pieces highlighting the love triangle between Johannes Brahms and Clara and Robert Schumann.

Tickets from $40 +HST – The Market Room


PROGRAM

R. Schumann        Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano
C. Schumann        Three Romances for violin and piano
J. Brahms                Sonata no.3 in d minor for violin and piano

INTERMISSION

J. Brahms                Horn Trio


Jonathan Crow

violin

The 2018-2019 season marks Canadian violinist Jonathan Crow's eighth season as Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University in 1998, at which time he joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Second Violin. Between 2002 and 2006 Jonathan was the Concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; during this time he was the youngest concertmaster of any major North American orchestra. Jonathan continues to perform as guest concertmaster with orchestras around the world, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonia de Lanaudiere and Pernambuco Festival Orchestra (Brazil). Jonathan has also performed as a soloist with most major Canadian orchestras including the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the National Arts Centre and Calgary Philharmonic Orchestras, the Victoria, Nova Scotia and Kingston Symphonies, and Orchestra London, under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Andrew Davis, Peter Oundjian, Kent Nagano, Mario Bernardi and João Carlos Martins.

Philip Chiu

Piano

Beyond his technical mastery and musical abilities, pianist Philip Chiu has become one of Canada’s leading musicians through his infectious love of music and his passion for communication and collaboration. Lauded for the brilliance, colour and sensitivity of his playing, he is particularly noted for his ability to connect with audiences on and offstage, Philip is one of Canada's most sought-after chamber musicians. He has appeared in recitals with leading musicians of the world stage. Dedicated to elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Philip is the creator and director of the new Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. Philip was the inaugural recipient of the Prix Goyer (2015) one of Canada’s largest classical music prizes, in recognition of his artistic achievements and contribution to Canadian classical music.

Contact

Website: http://philipchiu.ca/

Gabriel Radford

horn

Gabriel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He is currently Third Horn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002.
Over the course of his career, Gabriel has played with many orchestras, including several guest appearances and Carnegie Hall performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. He has also played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra and  l’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec.  He frequently records for movies, TV shows and commercials such as Hockey Night in Canada, the Olympics, Murdoch Mysteries, and the feature film Burn Your Maps. In 2017, Gabriel joined the Boston Symphony in Boston, and on tour in Japan, and this year, he will perform at Tanglewood and join the BSO on a tour of the finest concert halls in Europe. Gabriel often plays the great chamber works written for Horn. Recently he has worked with artists such as André Laplante, Jonathan Crow, David Louie, Frank Morelli, Joaquin Valdepeñas, the Penderecki String Quartet, James Campbell and many others.  Gabriel is a devoted teacher.  He teaches a full studio of students at the University of Toronto and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory,  is a member of the faculty at the NYO Canada, and spent several years teaching at the Banff Centre.   Gabriel was honoured to adjudicate auditions for the first-ever YouTube Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work fundraising, mentoring, coaching and teaching at the NYO Canada.

Great Romantics Series – Trio Celeste 

Trio Celeste
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Trio Céleste perform Tchaikovsky and Dvorak.

Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Tickets from $35 + HST – St. Mark’s Church



Trio Céleste

piano trio

Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine and Directors of the acclaimed arts organization Chamber Music | OC where they have been featured in collaborations with violist Paul Coletti, Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, and principal players of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During the 2015/2016 season, the Trio commissioned new music from composers Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Christopher Dobrian, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei, and released their Debut Album on the Navona label which debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release” and #20 on Amazon’s “Chamber Music Albums”. The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence – the largest harvest moon in two decades – marked the beginning of their tenure together.

Contact

Website: http://www.trioceleste.com/

Young Virtuosos 2

Students of the Music Niagara Performance Academy.

Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of endearing vitality and exciting young talent.

Now in its fifth year, the Music Niagara Performance Academy offers a unique artist development program for exceptional young musicians. Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of their endearing vitality and exciting talent.

Your donations to this free concert will be used in support of the Music Niagara Performance Academy.

Young Virtuosos – 1

Students of the Music Niagara Performance Academy.

Now in its fifth year, the Music Niagara Performance Academy offers a unique artist development program for exceptional young musicians. Witness the future of classical music in this showcase of their endearing vitality and exciting talent.

Your donations to this free concert will be used in support of the Music Niagara Performance Academy.

Juliette Kang – violin

Juliette Kang
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Come enjoy a rare recital by Canadian violinist Juliette Kang, in a romantic program of English and French music from the early 1900s.

Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery.

She will be accompanied by Xak Bjerken

Tickets fom $35 + HST – St. Mark’s Church


PROGRAM

Frederick Delius
Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 (1923)
Con moto – lento – molto vivace

Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending (1914)

Claude Debussy
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)

  1. Allegro vivo
  2. Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
  3. Finale (Très animé)

INTERMISSION

Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonata for Solo Violin no. 5 (1923)

  1. L’Aurore
  2. Danse rustique

Maurice Ravel
Tzigane (1924)


Juliette Kang

violin

Juliette Kang, violinist (b at Edmonton, Alta 6 Sept 1975). Kang began her violin studies at age four. At nine she began studying with Dr. Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she earned her Bachelor's degree in 1991. In 1993 she earned her Master's degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Hyo Kang and Robert Mann. She came to international attention as winner of first prize in both the Yehudi Menuhin and Indianapolis International competitions and is also a Young Concert Artists winner. Ms. Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery. Her engagements to date include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Acquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras; American, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Montréal, Korean Broadcasting, Singapore, Russian National and Kyushu (Japan) symphonies; Hong Kong and Calgary philharmonics; and Chicago Sinfonietta. An especially accomplished recitalist, Kang has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and also at the Frick Collection in that city, Paris's Théâtre Châtelet, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, Toronto's "Onstage at the Glenn Gould" series, as well as in Seoul, Taipei, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Ms. Kang's recording debut, which included the premiere recording of Lutoslawski's Subito, was issued to rapturous acclaim in February 1995 and was followed by a CD of her March 1996 Carnegie Hall recital. Her recording of the Wienawski Second Violin Concerto and the Schumann Violin Concerto with Sergiu Comissiona and the Vancouver Symphony for CBC was released in 2000. Juliette Kang was principal second violin with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra during the 1999-2000 season and was a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2001 to 2003. She held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony (2005-2006) before becoming First Associate Concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Xak Bjerken

Xak Bjerken

piano

Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schoenberg Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Glinka Hall in St Petersburg, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and for many years performed throughout the US as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Bjerken has worked closely with composers Győrgy Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Stucky, and George Benjamin, and over the next two years, will be presenting premieres of piano concertos by Stephen Hartke, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Jesse Jones. He is Professor of Music at Cornell University where he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival with his wife, pianist Miri Yampolsky. Bjerken studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher.

Great Romantics Series – André Laplante 

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Canadian pianist André Laplante, at his world-class, romantic, virtuosic best, with members of the Gould String Quartet, playing Brahms.

Tickets from $45 + HST – St. Mark’s Church


PROGRAM

Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60 No. 3 Brahms

  • Allegro non troppo
  • Scherzo: Allegro
  • Andante
  • Finale: Allegro comodo

INTERMISSION

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5 Brahms

  • Allegro maestoso
  • Andante espressivo
  • Scherzo. Allegro energico avec trio
  • Intermezzo. Andante molto
  • Finale. Allegro moderato ma rubato


André Laplante

Piano

Pianist André Laplante, hailed as one of the great romantic virtuosos, has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia, and has released a series of ever more impressive CDs. He first garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and then capturing the Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 2005, he was honored to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada. That same year, he was selected for the first of numerous Prix Opus Awards for best performances of the year throughout Canada. Mr. Laplante has appeared as orchestral soloist with virtually all of Canada’s symphonies - Montréal, Toronto, Québec, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver – to name only a few; toured Europe with the Toronto Symphony under the baton of Andrew Davis; and appeared as concerto soloist with the Royal Philharmonic and the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during an extensive tour of North America. In the U.S. he has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, among others, and he has appeared widely at Canadian and international festivals.

Atis Bankas – violin
Anna Antropova -viola
Jonathan Tortolano – cello

Romantic Cello – Khoma-Vynnytsky Duo

Nathalie Khoma

Tickets from $40 at the door from 6:45 PM – The Market Room


Prestigious international competition winners Natalia Khoma (cello) and Volodymyr Vynnytsky (piano) dazzle audiences with their diverse and entertaining repertoire from Bach to Rachmaninoff.

 


PROGRAM


J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Adagio (from the Toccata in C Major)
Transcribed by A. Siloti

F. Chopin (1810-1849)
Mazurka in a minor, Op. 17
Waltz in C sharp minor
Prelude in E minor, Op. 4
Waltz in E minor
Ballade in A flat Major No. 3, Op. 47

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
Sonata in D minor for cello and piano
Prologue
Serenade
Finale

Volodymyr Vynnytsky (b. 1955)
“Lost Tango” for cello and piano


INTERMISSION

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 for cello and piano

Lento – Allegro moderato (G minor)
Allegro scherzando (C minor)
Andante (E-flat major)
Allegro mosso (G major)



Natalia Khoma

cello

A native of Lviv, Ukraine, Ms. Khoma studied at Solomia Krushelnytska School for gifted children with Evhen Shpitzer, at the Moscow Conservatory with Natalia Shakhovskaya and in the United States, received an Artist Diploma from Boston University under the direction of Leslie Parnas. Natalia Khoma is an internationally renowned cellist. Since winning First Prize at the Lysenko Cello Competition, Khoma has won top prizes at the Budapest Pablo Casals International Competition, Markneukirchen Competition in Germany, and the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, as well as First Prize at the Belgrade International Cello Competition. Natalia Khoma has been hailed around the world as “technically dazzling”, “intense, brilliant, and with perfect structure”. She also has been praised for “the precision of her executions, Slavic Zen, full warm cello tone….and, what a drive!” Natalia made her first public appearance on TV at age ten and performed her first concerto with orchestra at age thirteen.   In addition to her performing activities, Natalia is an Associate Professor of Cello at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC and Director of the Charleston Music Fest .Natalia serves as organizer of the Children and Music Foundation, which provides musical training, instruments and financial aid to young, gifted Ukrainian students in need.  

Contact

Website: http://www.nataliakhoma.com/

Volodymyr Vynnytsky

piano

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Volodymyr Vynnytsky studied at the Lviv Music School for Gifted Children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. After earning his doctorate from the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Yevgeny Malinin, he taught at the Kyiv Conservatory and concertized extensively throughout Ukraine, the other republics of the former Soviet Union, Europe, the USA, Canada, Central and South America and South Africa. Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and appeared in solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., the Great (Bolshoi) Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Theatre Champs d’Elysees, Amphitheatre Richelieu de la Sorbonne, Salons de Boffrand de la Presidence du Senat in Paris, St. John’s Smith Square in London, Philharmonic Big Hall of Columns (Kyiv), Odessa Philharmonic Theatre in Ukraine, Tsai Performance Center (Boston), Teatro de Santa Isabel in Recife, Brazil, Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg and Baxter Theatre Centre Concert Hall in Cape Town, South Africa among many others. He is currently a Director of Chamber Music at the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC.  

 

Breaking the Silence – Clarion Quartet 

Tickets  $40 at the door

Weinberg , Ullmann, Schulhoff

The Clarion Quartet shines a light on the music of composers whom political oppression has kept from a deserved place in the chamber music repertoire. It is a clarion call, giving voice to works of genius. Featuring the music of Mieczyslaw Weinberg , Viktor Ullmann, and Erwin Schulhoff. The Clarion Quartet is dedicated to providing renewal, hope, and healing through its music and work.


PROGRAM

 

Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944)
String Quartet No. 3
Allegro Moderato
Presto (Scherzo and Trio)
Largo
Rondo-Finale with Coda (Allegro vivace e ritmico)
 

Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942)
Five Pieces for String Quartet
Viennese Waltz
Serenade
Czech folk music
Tango
Tarantella

INTERMISSION

Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996)
String Quartet No. 2, Op.3/145
Allegro
Andante
Allegretto
Presto



Clarion Quartet

string quartet

The Clarion Quartet binds artistic virtuosity with humanitarian purpose in presenting great works that are gradually entering the standard repertoire. The Clarion mission embraces three principles: offering performances for all audiences to hear and appreciate this music; providing educational presentations and master classes for emerging artists in conservatories; and advocating among professional musicians for suppressed works to be included in the canon of chamber music performed today. The members of the Clarion Quartet, colleagues in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  have joined together to share their passion for chamber music and their particular interest in exploring Entartete Musik, works that were termed “degenerate” by the Nazis and banned during the years leading up to the Holocaust through the immediate aftermath of the World War II. The highlight of the Quartet’s 2016 debut season was a unique performance during an international tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony. The Clarion Quartet traveled to the former Teresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp in the present day Czech Republic, and they performed a program on this site to honor those composers whose creativity was stifled, who suffered abuses ranging from exile to execution. The Quartet seeks to immortalize the victims and their art through empathetic performances of relevant mid-twentieth century masterpieces. With thanks to an Entrepreneur Grant from the Curtis Institute of Music and a grant from the Fine Foundation, the ensemble is turning its sights to the future with plans for many more performances and an ever-expanding repertoire. Through a yearning to bring justice to creative voices that have been silenced, the Clarion Quartet is dedicated to providing renewal, hope, and healing through its music and work