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.
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
J. Brahms Horn Trio
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.
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.
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.
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.
Viktor Ullmann (1898-1944) String Quartet No. 3
Presto (Scherzo and Trio)
Rondo-Finale with Coda (Allegro vivace e ritmico)
Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) Five Pieces for String Quartet
Czech folk music
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
Mykola Suk (piano) Atis Bankas (violin) Jonathan Tortolano (cello) play Mozart, Beethoven and Liszt. Suk has been described as “the greatest present-day Liszt pianist”.
The European Piano Teacher’s Journal wrote that Mykola Suk is “..surely the most towering and volcanic talent to have come out of Russia since Anton Rubinstein.”
Tickets from $40 + HST – The Market Room
"An astonishing blend of muscular power, poetry and utter control he will prove to be one of the more formidable talents to have appeared in this country in years”(American Record Guide).
This statement resonates with truth for the Ukrainian-American pianist, Mykola Suk, who gained international recognition as the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartok Competition in Budapest, Hungary. His international career has spanned four continents, performing in the most prestigious venues from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Carnegie Hall in New York. “...enormous digital control... such an impressive technique was so completely subsumed in the task of musical characterization. Suk never used the piano to show off; he made it the servant of Liszt’s expressive ideas”(Toronto Star).
Mr. Suk has appeared as soloist with numerous leading orchestras, from the Russian National Symphony under Mikhail Pletnev to the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn under Roman Kofman. He has collaborated artistically with the world’s outstanding conductors, among them Charles Bruck, Janos Ferencik, Arvid Jansons, Stefan Turchak, James De Preist and Carl St. Clair. Mr. Suk’s interviews, live performances, and CD recording have been broadcast throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia on prominent radio stations and broadcast systems.
Since his first public appearance at age eight, Mykola Suk has given recitals world-wide in the countries of the former Soviet Union, France, Germany, England, Finland, Hungary, Spain, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Slovakia, Mexico, United States, Canada, Korea, China, Portugal, Mongolia and Australia. The European Piano Teacher’s Journal wrote that Mykola Suk is “..surely the most towering and volcanic talent to have come out of Russia since Anton Rubinstein.” Suk’s passion for chamber music has brought him to many distinguished chamber music festivals and collaborations throughout the world, among them, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Kiev International Music Festival (Ukraine) and International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York.
Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, this masterpiece of the operatic repertoire blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements.
Featuring acclaimed British-Canadian baritone Alexander Dobson in the title role, supported by fantastic young Canadian talent.
“A vivacious, absolutely seductive Don Giovanni, with a voice of superb tone. A real career lies ahead of him.” —La Presse
“Baritone Alexander Dobson used a ringing, present sound and duplicitous charm to create the quintessential bad boy.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
“The title protagonist was embodied in physique, serpentine poses and baritone power by Alexander Dobson. He flashes his sword and prowls for women like Douglas Fairbanks reborn into lechery. He must be simultaneouly loathsome and attractive — a serial seducer working his way across Europe. Dobson not only has to sing amazingly crisp and strut with arrogance among his victims, he also has to relish the cynical laughter of the world’s most incorrigible cock of the walk.” —Urban Milwaukee
Tickets from $40 + HST – Niagara United Mennonite Church
An ardent singer since childhood, Alexander’s solo début was at twelve years old, as a treble soloist in the Canadian premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Requiem under conductor Elmer Iseler.
Alexander graduated from the University of Toronto Opera Division and the Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario with Honours. He is also an alumnus of the Music Theatre Program at the Banff Centre, Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and L’Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Alexander is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including those from the International Voice Competition of Paris (including the Edward Marshall Association Award for Outstanding Baritone), the Jeunesses Musicales National Competition, the Marilyn Horne Competition (Music Academy of the West), and the Jacqueline Desmarais Competition.
World-renowned Vietnamese-Canadian pianist Dang Thai Son, winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition, plays Schubert, Chopin, Paderewski and Liszt.
Tickets from $45 +HST – St. Mark’s Church
F. Schubert :
– Allegretto c minor D915
– 12 German Dances D790
F. Chopin :
– Barcarolle F sharp major op.60
– Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante op.22
I. Paderewski : Five solo pieces
– Melody G flat major op.16 no 2
– Legend A flat major op.16 no 1
– Nocturn B flat major op.16 no 4
– Menuet G major op.14 no 1
– Krakowiak B flat major op.5 no 3
F. Liszt :
– Reminiscences of Bellini’s “ Norma “
Đặng Thái Sơn
Dang Thai Son began piano studies with his mother in Hanoi. Discovered by the Russian pianist Isaac Katz, who was on visit in Vietnam in 1974, he pursued his advanced training at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia with Vladimir Natanson and Dmitry Bashkirov.
Since winning the Chopin Competition October 1980, his international career has taken him to over forty countries, into such world renowned halls as the Lincoln Center (New York), Barbican Center (London), Salle Pleyel (Paris), Herculessaal (Munich), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Opera House (Sydney), and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
He has played with numerous world-class orchestras such as The Philharmonia Orchestra , BBC Philharmonic , City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, St-Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal , Czech Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic Oslo Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Prague Symphony, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Hungarian State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National Symphony, as well as Virtuosi of Moscow, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vienna Chamber, Zurich Chamber, Royal Swedish Chamber Orchestras, and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Also, he has appeared under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy , Pinchas Zukerman, Mariss Jansons, Pavvo Jarvi, Ivan Fisher, Frans Brüggen, Vladimir Spivakov, Dimitri Kitaenko, Sakari Oramo and John Nelson among others.
In the field of chamber music, he has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, the Smetana String Quartet, Barry Tuckwell, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Pinchas Zukerman, Boris Belkin, Joseph Suk, Alexander Rudin, and he has played duo-piano with Andrei Gavrilov.
Supremely talented, deliciously smart, endlessly creative, refreshingly funny and always surprising, Quartetto Gelato return with their exhilarating blend of the classics, passion and humour with mulit-instrument, 100% Canadian mastery.
BONUS – OPENING ACT
Dmitriy and Anatolyi Varelas composition, Taste of Freedom for String Quartet and Accordion celebrating the 225th anniversary of the First Parliament of Upper Canada. Alexander Savastian, accordion from Quartetto Gelato and Gould String Quartet (Ensemble in Residence)
The Saint John String Quartet, one of Canada’s longest established string quartets and hailing from New Brunswick, one of the “original four” provinces, marks its 30th anniversary in its debut performance at Music Niagara. It will enchant audiences with music by Willan, Danielson, Clarke, Allen, and Hetu. With Richard Hornsby – clarinet and saxophone.
Concert introduction by James Wegg
BONUS – OPENING ACT
New for Canada 150! This show starts at 6:30 pm and will be an “opening act” for the 7:30 pm show.
A Trio of Premieres. This show will premiere three brand new works by Canadian composers:
Native American Suite for Piano Trio by Dimitriy Varelas will be performed by the Gould String Quartet (ensemble-in-residence) and pianist Benjamin Smith.
Jim Hiscott, a Manitoban composer with roots in Niagara, will be showcasing his new work for string quartet to celebrate the anniversary of the Confederation.
Mark Richards’ new piece for string quartet will also be premiered, in commemoration of the first Parliament of Upper Canada, 225 years ago.
This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.
A festival favourite for many years, Robert Silverman returns to perform music by Beethoven and Chopin.
Beethoven: Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2 Beethoven: Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” Chopin: Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Op. 20 Chopin: Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31 Chopin: Scherzo No. 3 in C sharp minor, Op. 39 Chopin: Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54
This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.
Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a program of music from the Founding Fathers (Britain and France) along with Canada’s own Healey Willan. Also includes music by Debussy, Elgar and Ravel.
With Jonathan Crow and Philip Chiu
This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.