Saint John String Quartet

St. John String Quartet

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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.

An Afternoon with Robert Silverman

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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.

A Confederation Celebration

Philip Chiu & Jonathan Crow
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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.

Rossini: Eat, Hear and Be Merry

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Juno award winning, and world-renowned contrabassist Joel Quarrington brings an all-Rossini program to St. Mark’s. Rossini himself was a avid gastronomist who created many of his own recipes. Also featuring Carole Sirois, cello. Tickets to the show include an intermission reception featuring the Rossini cocktail.

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

Duo Concertante

Duo Concertante
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A delightful summer program to uplift the spirit, quiet the mind, and feed the soul. Duo Concertante takes you on a musical ride from the deep genius  of Bach to the highly charged and romantic masterpiece by Cesar Franck.  Some dazzling side trips to virtuosic bon bons and jazz-inspired fare are in between!  Also featuring music by Dallapiccola, Gillespie, Crawley, and Khachaturian. Timothy Steeves, piano and Nancy Dahn, violin

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

The Missing Pages

Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak, and Patricia
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On December 16, 1825 Theodor Molt became the sole Canadian musician to meet Ludwig van Beethoven, but what could have happened between the two men? After Molt’s florid greeting in one of Beethoven’s notebooks, the next four pages were violently ripped out and destroyed. Betrayal? Competition? Scandal? Or just old fashioned ego and pride? With music, drama, video, history and informed speculation The Missing Pages investigates. Featuring Tom Allen, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak, and Patricia O’Callaghan.

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

Get Ready to Tuba

Oystein Baadsvik
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Oystein Baadsvik, the number one tuba player in the world, makes his debut performance at Music Niagara. Oystein will entertain the whole family by showing us what the tuba can do. Oystein will be joined by pianist Benjamin Smith and the CamerAtis Ensemble in performances of the Ferry Tales Suite by Baadsvik/Skomsvoll, the Norwegian reel Fnugg Red, Mikhail Bronner’s Oy, Mame and the ever popular Hungarian Czardas by Monti.

You’ll never hear tuba the same way again!

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artist.

Gryphon Trio

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With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphon Trio is committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. With its highly refined, dynamic performances, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios.

Haydn: Piano Trio No. 45 in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29
Clarke: Piano Trio in E-flat Minor
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 6 in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.

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Opening Gala: A Musical Kaleidoscope

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Includes Reception

Reception 6:30 PM
Concert 7:30 PM

Music Niagara Performance Academy graduate violinist Emma Meinrenken, with the Canadian Chamber Academy Orchestra, perform the Allegro movement of Mendelssohn’s Concerto for violin, piano and strings. The World Premiere of Music Niagara’s Odawa First Nation Composer-in-Residence Barbara Croall’s newest work for violin, pipigwan (Anishinaabe cedar flute), bozoq (Syrian national instrument), vocals, and string Quartet. Syrian musician Esmaeel Sharafadin, bozoq, and Rahaf Alakbani, vocalist, newcomers to Canada, will join Atis Bankas, violin, Barbara Croall, pipigwan. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for Harp and Orchestra will be performed by internationally acclaimed Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi, with the Canadian Chamber Academy Orchestra in this one-of-a kind arrangement for Harp and Strings.

This concert will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists.