TOKAI STRING QUARTET
with Pianist, Angela Park, Soprano, Rebecca Kenneally & Actor, Joan McBride
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
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.
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.
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.
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.