Tickets $52 at the door – St. Mark’s Church
Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist James Campbell and the Tiberius String Quartet play music ranging from spicy tangos to music from the American Songbook.
Argentina: Tangos (including Piazzolla Libertango)
Brazil: Bossa Nova and Choros; includes Black Orpheus and Wave and Tarde de Chuba.
France: Django Rheinhardt and Jacques Brel
USA: Music from the American Songbook including “Lullaby of Birdland” by George Shearing
Canada: Medley of Fiddle Tunes specially arranged by Graham Campbell
Classics: Fandango from the Boccherini Guitar Quintet
Transylvania: folk songs
Tiberius String Quartet: Kristina Koszorus ” Koszika” -singer-songwriter, James Campbell-clarinet, Graham Campbell-guitar, Bob Mills-bass, Jeannie Chung-piano.
James Campbell has been called “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist” by the Toronto Star. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 35 countries with more than 65 orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Montreal Symphony and the London Symphony. He has collaborated with Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland and toured with over 35 string quartets, including the Guarneri, Amadeus (when he replaced an ailing Benny Goodman on a tour of California) and Vermeer. The BBC and The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and his CD “Stolen Gems”(Marquis Records) won a Juno. He has been named Canada’s Artist of the Year and awarded the Queen’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medal, an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and the Order of Canada. James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound since 1985.
Described as a "gifted guitarist and composer" (Whole Note), Graham Campbell is a versatile musician wearing many hats. He performs in jazz clubs, composes concert music for chamber ensembles, and plays with Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Tropies. He earned his degree in Music at Humber College after studying with jazz great David Baker in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. He has performed at many festivals throughout North America with notable artists such as jazz pianist Gene DiNovi, genre-bending violinist Mark Fewer, and jazz vocalist and pianist Laila Biali. He has composed and arranged for big band, symphony orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. In 2013 he released the album As You Near Me, a collaboration with clarinetist and father James Campbell. He is an artistic producer with Spectrum Music, a group of Canadian composers who create and present a contemporary hybrid of jazz and classical music.
Tiberius String Quartet
Tibor Molnár, violin, József Molnár, viola, Károly Lokodi, violin, Elod Zágoni, violoncello
The Tiberius Quartet was founded in 1994 at the Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania under the guidance of Sandor Devich (of the Bartók Quartet). Since 2007 the Tiberius Quartet has been the State String Quartet of the Targu Mures Philharmonic Orchestra, playing thirty concerts each season. The Quartet has played throughout Europe (including at the Concertgebouw, Tonhalle and other major venues) and in Japan, focusing mostly on the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Schubert. Although all were born in the Transylvanian region of Romania where they are citizens, the musicians consider themselves ethnic Hungarians.
Pianist Jeanie Chung enjoys an active and varied performing career. She has given solo recitals, concerto performances and chamber music concerts throughout North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Recent and long term collaborations include projects with Barry Shiffman, Andres Diaz, Colin Carr, Rachel Mercer, Ian Swensen, Yehonatan Berick, Susan Hoeppner, Frank Morelli, Shalom Bard, YaoGuang Zhai, William Vermeulen, Michael Sachs, Alexander Dobson; Laurence Lemieux, Margie Gillis and Ted Robinson.
Following her studies at The Glenn Gould School and The Taylor Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, she attended the Juilliard School where she obtained Bachelor of Music, Masters of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Her principal teachers have been Boris Lysenko, Leon Fleisher, John Perry and Herbert Stessin.
Ms. Chung was the recipient of the Career Development Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto and numerous grants from the Canada Council and Chalmers Fund.
She is a faculty member of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Taylor Academy for Young Artists.
Tickets $52 (all inc.) at the door from 6:45 – St. Mark’s Church
Co-presented with TD Niagara Jazz Festival – Juno winners Phil Nimmons (clarinet) and David Braid (piano) dazzle audiences with their new-age jazz interpretations and improvisations.
Philip (Phil) Nimmons (clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, bandleader, educator) was born on June 3, 1923 in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He was raised in Vancouver and began playing clarinet in high school. He graduated in pre-Med from UBC in 1944, but soon turned his focus to Music. Through his post- secondary years at the University of British Columbia, he played in local dance bands and joined the jazz quintet of guitarist Ray Norris. He earned a scholarship to study at the Julliard School of Music in New York and later studied composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
One of the country’s most outstanding jazz artists, Phil Nimmons is widely acknowledged as having done more than almost any other musician to bring jazz into the mainstream of Canadian culture. He is unique in this country as a performer, composer, educator, clinician and artistic director of music programs. He is a multimedia composer of over 400 original contemporary classical and jazz compositions written for stage, television, radio, and film, in addition to hundreds of jazz orchestrations.
"Sophisticated and authentic" – New York Observer.
"Refreshingly uncategorizable" – Paris Transatlantic.
Hailed in the Canadian press as "one of his country’s true renaissance men when it comes to music" (The Ottawa Citizen), and "a jazz genius to call our own" (Maclean’s Magazine), composer and pianist, David Braid is an eight-time Juno nominee, and winner of three Juno Awards for his solo piano recording, ’Verge’, large ensemble recording, ’The David Braid Sextet Live.’, and small ensemble, "The North".
Braid concertizes his original music and improvisations in the UK, Scandinavia, Continental Europe, Russia, China, Australia, The United States, and Canada.
His arrangements and compositions were an integral part of the Chet Baker-inspired film, ’Born to Be Blue’ and his jazz score received praise for its "contemporary patina without sacrificing period authenticity" (The Times, UK). He also won ’Best Original Score’ and ’Best Original Song’ at the 2017 Screen Awards.
"Braid’s tone, touch, chord voicings and imagination make him one of the most interesting new pianists I’ve encountered in a long time." – Doug Ramsey, recipient of Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (USA)
Accompanied by a string quartet, Christopher Hall (clarinet) delights people of all ages with beautiful music while making them laugh! This irresistible group of musicians promises to fill your ears and heart with their joie de vivre and music making. Between the performance of each piece, Christopher Hall turns into a stand-up comic and makes fun of the musicians, the music and especially all of the rituals surrounding the performance of classical music we have grown to live with. And all this just to remind the public that classical music is for everyone and does not require a PhD to be appreciated. The program features works by Mozart, Brahms and Weber.