The Music Room Chamber Players Season 7
The Music Room Chamber Players - Season 7
As sounds of Philip Glass and Scotia Festival of Music 2018 fade away, with a “mad rush,” we have gathered 44 musicians to play 21 concerts for our 7th Music Room Chamber Players series, programmed primarily by Simon Docking. There is a refreshing mix of old friends and soon to be.
Nestled among the familiar are some jolting exceptions, such as Guy Livingston’s “Dada at the Movies,” and George Elliott Clarke’s “Achieving Disaster, Dreaming Resurrection.”
The series begins with a special concert by award-winning piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada, who are touring their Mosaïque project.
We hope you are able to join us!
Series subscription: $300 (includes all 21 concerts)
Individual tickets: $30
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Elissa Lee, violin;Sharon Wei, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello; Angela Park, piano
Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60
The Mosaïque project We open The Chamber Music Players series, season 7 with the award-winning piano quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada. Two of its members are well-known to audiences of Scotia Festival: Elissa Lee and Sharon Wei. In addition to Brahms’s stormy masterpiece, they will play music from their extraordinary new Mosaïque project, a newly-commissioned suite of piano quartets, by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a region of Canada. Works by David Braid, NWT; Barbara Croall, Gichigami-ziibi miinawaa Nayanno-nibiimaang Gichigamiin (St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes); Julie Doiron,NB; Andrew Downing, MB; Vivian Fung, AB; Nicolas Gilbert, QC; Kevin Lau, YT; Nicole Lizée, SK; Richard Mascall, ON; Samy Moussa, NU; William Rowson, NS; Darren Sigesmund, PEI; Sarah Slean, NL; Ana Sokolović, BC The Mosaïque project is made possible in partnership with Western University and Chamber Factory, and with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, FACTOR, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and private donors.
Leonardo Perez, violin; Philippe Djokic, violin; Elizabeth Upson Perez, viola; Ben Marmen, cello; Peter Allen, piano
Join us to welcome our newest Fountain School faculty member, violinist Leonardo Perez, as he takes us on a stringed musical journey from the genius of J.S. Bach’s Partita no.1 for solo violin to the raw intensity of Czech master Leoš Janáček’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, closing with the monumental Piano Quintet of Johannes Brahms. Come out and welcome Leo to our Halifax musical community!
Guy Livingston, piano
On July 8, 1923, the Parisian Dadaists organized their most famous event ever. It included a play by Tristan Tzara, films by Man Ray and Hans Richter, live music by George Antheil, Erik Satie, and Darius Milhaud. During the show, a riot broke out and the poet Paul Eluard was thrown off the stage. The gendarmes were summoned, and the soirée was memorialized as one of the great art scandals of all time. Pianist Guy Livingston brings us back to that evening, re-creating the music together with the films in a new interdisciplinary performance.
Leonardo Perez, violin; Shimon Walt, cello; Michael Donovan, baritone; Marcia Swanston, mezzo soprano; Peter Allen, piano
Fountain School music performance faculty join together to pay a musical tribute to one of the seminal composers of the 20th century who died 100 years ago this year: Claude Debussy. Share in an evening of Debussy’s well- loved music from across his compositional lifetime. Among the works to be performed are his Violin Sonata, Piano Trio and Fêtes Galantes I and II which are settings of Paul Verlaine’s evocative poetry.
Beth Silver, cello; Jenna Richards, piano
Vaughan-Williams - Songs of Travel Dvorak - Gypsy Songs Rachmaninoff - Oh, never sing to me again Poulenc - Sanglots Faure - Apres un rêve; Au bord de l’eau Debussy - Beau Soir Gershwin - selections from Porgy and Bess
Pascale Beaudin, soprano; Simon Docking, piano
Debussy - Ariettes Oubliées Hahn - selected songs Mahler - Rückert-Lieder Selected cabaret songs
Pascale Beaudin joins us at Scotia Festival 2019 to sing, amongst other things, the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. When you hear her in this beautiful program, you will see why we are so excited!
George Elliott Clarke’s Achieving Disaster, Dreaming Resurrection: The Halifax Disaster of Dec 6, 1917
George Elliott Clarke, spoken word; Tim Crofts, piano
On the eve of the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke reads his magisterial work on the disaster, its context and aftermath, with the atmospheric piano of master improviser, Tim Crofts.
Clarinetist Christine Carter, violinist Nancy Dahn, and pianist Timothy Steeves present a program of trio repertoire celebrating the release of their debut recording as an ensemble. Join them for Francis Poulenc’s rarely performed incidental music to the play, “Invitation to the Castle,” trios by Menotti and Khachaturian, and “Tango!” by Canadian composer, Patrick Cardy.
Experience the expressive versatility of the trombone from a Canadian perspective, with works by F. Jane Naylor, Monica Pearce, Barbara Pentland, Elizabeth Raum, and Barbara York, with world premiere performances of new works by Jocelyn Morlock and Nova Scotia composer Amy Brandon. Featuring Dale Sorensen (trombone), D’Arcy Gray (percussion), and Lynn Johnson (piano).
Janice Isabel Jackson, soprano and speaker; Barbara Pritchard, piano
Disordered songs is a concert of quirky, unexpected, eccentric songs by celebrated composers from across Canada. The songs themselves combine theatre, speaking, improvising, and singing and are based on texts by Korean poet Suji Kwock Kim, Canadian Steven Mayoff, Americans Robert Creeley and Walt Whitman, Thomas Muir, and Halifax’s own Sandy Moore.
Join us for a lively program of song repertoire performed by Fountain School voice faculty Michael Donovan (baritone) and Marcia Swanston (mezzo soprano) with our amazing collaborative pianists, Lynette Wahlstrom and Greg Myra. Ranging from Beethoven’s ode to love in An die ferne Geliebte and Ravel’s revolutionary Histoires Naturelles, to settings by Bertholt Brecht, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and finishing off with rollicking piano four- hand arrangements of vocal music such as Rossini’s Largo al factotum, this promises to be a highly enjoyable evening!
Sweet Flames: Passionate Madrigals from Italy, France and Spain Helios Vocal Ensemble, Andrew Pickett, director
The sixteenth and early seventeenth century were a time of ardent experimentation in setting passionate poetry to music. Helios Vocal Ensemble, specialists in one-to-a-part Renaissance polyphony, present a sumptuous exploration of this remarkable repertoire.