Port Milford Chamber Players
Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Port Milford Chamber Players

WITH THE FRERE BROTHERS

 

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Port Milford Chamber Players

with THE FRERE BROTHERS

FOLK CONNECTION
Dana Wilson: Dudatánc from Hungarian Folk Songs
Béla Bartók: Allegro Molto from Quartet No 4 in C Major
Nordic Folk tunes arranged by Danish String Quartet. Wood Works
Dvorak: Quintet e flat major op 97

MARIE BERARD

Berard (violin) is the Concert Master of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, and an acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, recording artist and teacher. Marie is also a highly regarded interpreter of new music and a regular performer at numerous chamber music festivals.

ROHAN GREGORY

Gregory (violin) is a founding member of QX, a Boston-based string quartet, and a member of the Boston Lyric Opera Company, the New England String Ensemble and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Rohan has cultivated a wide-ranging expertise in chamber music, new music and world music.

ANGELA RUDDEN

Rudden (viola) has been the Principal Violist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra for over a decade. Angela teaches viola at the Dixon Hall Music School, as well as at various summer music camps and festivals. She also maintains a private teaching studio in Toronto.

PAUL WIDNER

Widner (cello) is on the faculty of the Glenn Gould School and the University of Toronto and is the assistant principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company orchestra. He is the principal cellist with the Esprit Orchestra, founding member of the Continuum Ensemble and performs regularly with three other ensembles.

FRERE BROTHERS

Frere Brothers Lead singer and co-writer, Alec Lunn formed the original duo back in Calgary with his actual brother. Since then, there have been many Frere's coming and going, but Alec remains the common denominator. Mark Despault joined Alec in 1995 and they have been performing together since then. Fraser Hardman joined Mark and Alec in 2015. Movin' to County is their latest collection of humorous songs of life in a small town. They can be heard performing at venues throughout "The County" (That's Prince Edward County).

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Harlem String Quartet
Aug
4
7:30 PM19:30

Harlem String Quartet

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The Harlem String Quartet

FRANZ MEETS DIZZY

Anton Webern: Langsamersatz
Dizzy Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia
Richard Rodgers: My Funny Valentine
Guido Gavilan: Guaguanco
Franz Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor "Rosamunde"

New York-based HARLEM STRING QUARTET, currently serving a three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music, has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” Critic Julian Haylock, reviewing a NAXOS recording of string quartets by Walter Piston, called Harlem Quartet a “formidable ensemble whose members play highly demanding scores with infectious vitality, breezy confidence and (most importantly) affectionate warmth.” Since its public debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, the Quartet has thrilled audiences in 47 states as well as in the U.K., France, Belgium, Brazil, Panama, Canada, Venezuela, and South Africa.

Harlem Quartet’s mission is to advance diversity in classical music, engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire that includes works by minority composers. Passion for this work has made the Quartet a leading ensemble in both educational and community engagement performances. In this capacity, the Quartet has written several successful grants, including a Cultural Connections Artist-In-Residence grant from James Madison University and a 2016 Guarneri String Quartet grant from Chamber Music America; the latter allowed the quartet to participate in an extended performance and educational residency in Mobile, Alabama that included a close partnership with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra.

Harlem Quartet was founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities. In 2013 the Quartet completed its third and final year in the Professional String Quartet Training Program at New England Conservatory, under the tutelage of Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Miriam Fried, and Martha Katz. The Quartet is represented worldwide by Sciolino Artist Management.

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Quatuor Saguenay
Jul
28
7:30 PM19:30

Quatuor Saguenay

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Quatuor Saguenay

with pianist, Allison Gagnon

FORM, BALANCE, MOTION
Bach: Art of the fugue
Marcus Goddard: Allaqi
Ernest Macmillan: Two Sketches on French Canadian Airs
Miguel del Aguila: Presto II
César Franck: Quintet in f minor for piano and string quartet

The Quatour Saguenay (formerly The Alcan Quartet) — violinists Marie Bégin and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin, and cellist David Ellis — has developed a reputation for excellence throughout Canada and internationally since its formation over twenty years ago. The quartet’s originality, contagious enthusiasm, unique sonority, and remarkable cohesion have all contributed to its long term success. Critics agree that, both on stage and in the recording studio, the Quartour Saguenay possesses the qualities that characterize the best ensembles of its kind: a recognizable personality, a homogeneous sound, and an elegant style.

The ensemble’s list of accomplishments is impressive: close to 1000 concerts; over 100 live radio broadcasts (Radio Canada, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio in the USA, and Radio France); numerous television appearances; tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia; and a number of commissioned pieces and first performances.

The Quartet’s discography includes major works from the string quartet repertoire including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, Debussy, Borodin, and others. These recordings have received adulatory reviews in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Quartet won the “Prix Opus, recording of the year” for its CD of Schubert Quartets.

In addition to its performing career, the Quartet is regularly invited to give master classes at universities, conservatories, and summer chamber music institutes.

The Quatour Saguenay is based in Chicoutimi, Québec where it receives the unconditional support of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The Quartet also receives support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

ALLISON GAGNON

Canadian pianist Allison Gagnon directs the Collaborative Piano Program at UNCSA, and appears in recitals throughout the US and Canada, and in Europe, with both instrumental and vocal colleagues. At UNCSA, she performs not only with faculty and students, but also with guest artists, among whom have been Frederica von Stade, Jens Lindemann,
and the Miró Quartet. Before joining the UNCSA faculty in 1998, Dr. Gagnon taught at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and was staff pianist at McGill University in Montreal. For nearly two decades she was a member of the piano staff at the renowned Meadowmount School of Music in New York.
A dedicated educator, Dr. Gagnon was a recent recipient of the UNCSA Excellence in Teaching Award. Graduates of the collaborative program she created at UNCSA have won positions in Texas, North Dakota, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, and have become active professionally in the US and abroad. Her definitive edition of the piano reduction for Ernest Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25 for Violin and Orchestra has been published (www.encoremupub.com) and new reductions of two of Mozart’s instrumental concertos (K. 219 and K. 313) are in process. She is preparing teaching materials in the field of collaborative piano pedagogy, and has begun to explore the role of music in the well-being of those with dementia, inspired by experience with her parents.
Dr. Gagnon completed her DMA with Anne Epperson at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her earlier teachers were Dale Bartlett (McGill), Michael Krist (Vienna Hochschule fur Musik), Pierre Jasmin, and Margaret McLellan (Queen’s) and her mother Marjorie Gagnon. From CIM she holds the Brooks Smith Award of its Collaborative Piano Department. Her
creative interests include ceramics and wildlife photography.

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Tokai String Quartet
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

Tokai String Quartet

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TOKAI STRING QUARTET

with Pianist, Angela Park, Soprano, Rebecca Kenneally & Actor, Joan McBride

PHENOMENAL WOMAN
Germaine Tailleferre: String Quartet
Caroline Shaw: By and By, voice and strings
Jennifer Higdon” Scenes from the Poets Dream, Piano Quintet
Excerpts from Fanny Letters to Felix: read by Joan McBride
Fanny Mendelssohn: Nacht Leight auf den fremden Wegen
Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E major

THE TOKAI

Praised for their "emotional investment" and "decisive" interpretations (Toronto Star) and "intense" and "hot-blooded" performances (Globe and Mail), the Tokai Quartet is one of Canada's leading string quartets. In September 2007, the quartet became prizewinners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the first Canadian group to do so since 1992. The vibrancy that this exciting young ensemble brings to their performances is gaining them enthusiastic audiences across Canada, and has earned the Tokai Quartet a growing demand for performances at concert series across the country.

http://www.tokaiquartet.com/

JOAN MCBRIDE

A professional actor, represented by Reisler Talent in Montreal, Joan was also an acting teacher & director at John Abbott College’s Department of Theatre for over 30 years. Most recently, Joan directed “The Tin Can People” by Edward Bond and “Under Milk Wood” by Dylan Thomas which performed at the Edinburgh Festival FRINGE in 2011 and 2013 respectively - both to critical acclaim. Joan also conceived and directed the Montreal Dinner Theatre production of “Anglo! –a Musical Cartoon” .This wildly successful production played to packed houses in Montreal for 2 ½ years. Joan moved to Ontario in 2014 but she continues to work in Montreal is back and forth regularly.
Since moving to Prince Edward County, Ontario, Joan has been an active member of the performing arts community there. Recent credits include Margaret Jones in The Festival Players production of “Unjustly” by Krista Dalby (2015);Renaissance Singers of PEC (Quartet) “Tenebrae Responseries“ by Tomas Luis de Victoria (2015); as a chorister in the PEC Ecumenical Choir under the direction of Michael Goodwin, Joan has performed such works as “Jesu Meine Freude” BWV 227 (2016); “Magnificat” by Pergolesi and “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten (2016).In September 2017, Joan will perform in “The Belle of Amherst” by William Luce at the Mt. Tabor Theatre in Prince Edward County. “The Belle of Amherst” is a solo performance based on the life and writings of the American poetess, Emily Dickinson.

ANGELA PARK

Pianist Angela Park has established herself as one of Canada’s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her “stunningly beautiful pianism” (Grace Welsh Prize, Chicago), “beautiful tone and sensitivity” (American Record Guide), and for performing “with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away” (Chapala, Mexico), Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber musician has led to acclaimed performances across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Mexico.
Angela has performed for such series as Montreal’s Pro Musica, Ottawa Chamberfest, Parry Sound’s Festival of the Sound, Winnipeg Virtuosi, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, CBC Onstage, Orchestra London Canada, Sinfonia Toronto, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. She is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Made In Canada, the Mercer-Park Duo with cellist Rachel Mercer, and the AYR Trio with violinist Yehonatan Berick and cellist Rachel Mercer.
Angela has won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. Angela earned her MMus at the University of Toronto, and her DMA in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal. Her main mentors and influential teachers include William Aide, James Anagnoson, Paul Stewart, and Jacob Lateiner.
From 2011-2014, Angela was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at SUNY New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Since 2014, Ensemble Made In Canada has been Ensemble in Residence at Western University in London, Ontario. Angela currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
www.angelapark.com

REBECCA KENNEALLY

Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Director of Choral Activities, at Endicott College. Previously, she was the Director of the Women's Chorus at The New England Conservatory of Music. Kenneally is proud of the growth of the Endicott Singers, from six members in 2005 to 40 in 2014, with two select choirs complementing the full ensemble. Collaborative programs with the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, the Millennium Gospel Choir, Symphony by the Sea and area colleges have established the group as a competitive, college-level ensemble. She also directs the Old North Church Youth Choirs, of Marblehead, MA; their Festival Youth Choir earned second place in the American Prize in 2011. She is a board member for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and has sent up to 11 youth annually to ACDA National and Eastern Honor Choirs. Kenneally sings regularly with chamber and orchestral concerts and at area churches. Kenneally holds degrees in voice and conducting from Northwestern University and The New England Conservatory of Music.

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