Canada's own Rolston String Quartet have been on a whirlwind schedule since their win at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Tours of Europe, Canada, and the United States have been ongoing for the young quartet, and they are not about to stop anytime soon! This month will see Rolston String Quartet tour British Columbia and Yukon as part of their Winner's Tour.
ROLSTON STRING QUARTET BC/YT TOUR DATES
October 17 - Kaslo Concert Society, Kaslo BC
October 18 - Chamber Music Kelowna (CMK), Kelowna BC
October 19 - Okanagan College Outreach presented by CMK, Kelowna BC
October 20 - White Rock Concerts, White Rock BC
October 21 - Mapleridge Music Society, Mapleridge BC
October 25 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 26 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 26 - CBC Rush Hour Concert copresented by MITM, Vancouver BC
October 27 - Music in the Morning (MITM), Vancouver BC
October 28 - Whitehorse Concerts, YT
October 30 - Outreach concert, presented by Whitehorse Concerts YT
This tour is supported, in part, by The Banff International String Quartet Competition at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
This past summer, AKAM pianist Philip Chiu premiered his much anticipated new program - Of Church & State - for Festival on the Bay, presented by Brookside Music in Midland ON. With stunning video by the Noncerto group of Montréal, Of Church & State pairs solo piano music and multimedia. Exploring the relationship between nationalistic and sacred music, this program is a reflection on these major influences in music. Philip will present this program throughout 2018 in Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia. It will also be available for the 2018/19 season.
Of Church & State is not the only project Philip Chiu has on his plate. He will have his solo debut performances in Regina SK and Toronto ON this November. His program for these two debuts will feature Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, selected preludes by Rachmaninov, "Wanderer" Fantasy and Legends by Liszt, and a work by Canadian composer John Burge.
PHILIP CHIU SOLO PIANO DEBUTS
November 19 - Cecilian Concerts, Regina SK
November 28 - Music Toronto, Toronto ON
AKAM again will be providing career advice as part of the prize for McGill University's Schulich School of Music's Golden Violin Competition. The Golden Violin Competition is an annual prize given to the most outstanding string player enrolled at McGill University's Schulich School of Music in Montréal.
Dedicated to fostering the next generation of classical musicians, AKAM is thrilled to be partnering with Schulich School of Music to add a career development component as part of the grand prize. Last year, Andrew provided a one-on-one session with competition winner, cellist Joshua Morris. AKAM is pleased to continue to offer this valuable session to this year's winner.
Best of luck to all the participants in this year's competition. The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 29, 2017 following the final round performances. The competition is free admission, and will be webcast.
We extend our gratitude to Annie Saumier, Director, Communications and Productions, Schulich School of Music.
AKAM trumpeter Guy Few is set to perform a daring program of works for trumpet and small orchestra with the Waterloo Chamber Players on October 21, 2017 at WK United Mennonite Church in Waterloo ON.
Called The Further Adventures, this concert features four fantastic works, beginning with an ensemble performance of Poulenc's Sinfonietta. Guy Few will join the ensemble to perform Canadian composing icon Jacques Hétu's Trumpet Concerto. To conclude the program, Guy will be joined by trumpeter Mike Hagedorn for Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets RV 537, and by Katrinalisa Liddell on English Horn for Copland's Quiet City.
December will be busy for Guy Few. On December 13 he will be joining the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto and Neruda's Trumpet Concerto. Later that month, Guy will travel to Saskatoon where he will be a part of the Fireside Singer's annual Christmas celebration on December 21 & 22.
On December 3, Guy will be joined by soprano Leslie Fagan and pianist Stephanie Mara, in Christmas Home, a special seasonal program featuring works for trumpet, voice, piano, and sing-a-longs at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Ontario. Christmas Home will also be available for the 2018/19 season.
On Saturday, October 14, AKAM pianist Michael Kim was part of a once in a lifetime performance opportunity. As Director of the University of Minnesota School of Music, Dr. Kim was invited to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue during the half-time show of the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher's football game against Michigan State.
"Excited to be performing Rhapsody in Blue with the University of Minnesota Marching Band under the direction of Professor Betsy McCann," stated Kim. "This is the largest ensemble I have ever performed with as soloist (325 strong), and the largest audience (42,000 plus). It is supposed to rain during the show - keys might get a little slippery, but Goldy said that the show must go on no matter what!"
Anagnoson & Kinton, piano duo
Bax & Chung, piano duo
Philip Chiu, piano
Lucille Chung, piano
Jane Coop, piano
Michael Kim, piano
James Parker, piano
Martin Beaver, violin
Erika Raum, violin
Guy Few, trumpet
Crow-Chiu Duo, violin & piano duo
Gryphon Trio, piano trio
Rolston String Quartet
TorQ Percussion Quartet
Luis Mario Ochoa, Cuban Ensemble
Christmas Home, Guy Few with Stephanie Mara & Leslie Fagan
Few & Fewer, with violinist Mark Fewer & pianist Stephanie Mara
The New Gen*, AKAM curated program pairing two of Canada's new generation classical musicians with a veteran artist
Per Poc, Europe's leading life-size puppet theatre company
Soundstreams, New directions in music
*AKAM produced concert, new for the 2018.19 Season
Jane Coop's new program, Piano Giants: Beethoven & Rachmaninov, is set to tour Canada beginning in Victoria BC on September 17. Jane will continue to present this demanding program from coast to coast in Canada with dates in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and PEI. In addition to her Canadian dates, Jane will bring Piano Giants to New York in October, and to London, England in November. Program highlights include selections from Rachmaninov's Preludes, Op. 23 and his Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33; Beethoven's Bagatelles, Op. 33, and his famous "Moonlight" Sonata No. 14, Op. 27.
JANE COOP PRESENTS PIANO GIANTS
September 17 - Victoria BC
September 23 - Galiano Concert Society, Galiano Island BC
September 24 - Concerts Denman, Denman Island BC
October 1 – Vancouver Playhouse, Vancouver BC
October 11 - ArtSpring, Salt Spring Island BC
October 15 - Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington ON
October 16 - Arts & Letters Club, Toronto ON
October 22 - Kosciuszko Foundation, New York NY
October 29 - Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, Montréal QC
November 12 - Cecilia Concerts, Halifax NS
November 17 - UPEI Music Department Concert Series, Charlottetown PE
November 19 - Performing Arts Series, Acadia University, Wolfville NS
November 23 - Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, England
Pianists Lucille Chung & her husband Alessio Bax have a busy fall lined up. Last week they were featured in a special webcast concert at the WQXR Studio for Facebook live. The New York concert, hosted by Terrance McKnight, featured selections for piano four-hands by Mozart, Brahms, and Stravinsky.
Their season continues in Hong Kong, where they will both be a part of Premiere Performances' 10th Anniversary Gala Concert on September 24. A full evening of chamber works performed by international guests artists returning to the series, Lucille will be featured in Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44. Bax & Chung will perform Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos and their own arrangement of Libertango and Milonga del Angel by Piazzolla. Bax & Chung join forces with pianists Sa Chen and Evelyn Chang concluding the concert with Wilberg's Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen for two pianos eight-hands.
Returning from Hong Kong, Lucille will join Alessio for the Opening Night performance of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on October 17. This concert, Mozart in 1787, features the Sonata for piano four-hands in C Major, K.521. Alessio will also perform Mozart's Sonata for violin and piano in A Major, K. 526 with violinist Paul Huang.
BAX & CHUNG FALL PERFORMANCES
September 13 - WQXR Facebook Live performance, New York NY
September 24 - 10th Anniversary Gala Concert, Hong Kong
October 17 - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centre, New York NY
The new generation of Canadian classical musicians is increasingly talented, performing at an outstanding technical and musical level, even while completing post-secondary education. Committed to the nurturing and development of emerging artists, AKAM's newest project, The New Gen, will provide a springboard for these talented young musicians who are on the cusp their professional career.
Curated and produced by AKAM, The New Gen project will pair two of Canada's up and coming classical musicians with a veteran artist in a concert of solo and chamber works. This classical variety program that will be toured, will highlight the amazing virtuosity and artistry of these young musicians. Understanding that there's limited marquee profile of emerging artists, pairing an established mentor artist will add to the marketability of the program. The emerging artists will perform for up to two seasons at which point they will have gained more notability, making their ability to strike out on their own musical career, stronger.
With the veteran artist, in discussion with the emerging artists, AKAM would curate a program that would have thematic interest and showcasing strength. AKAM does not see this as providing a turn-key career, but that of a fostering capacity, allowing the selected young artists direct industry and knowledge resources, as well as an incubator for artistic ideas. The emerging artists would be recent national or international competition winners, top graduates from music schools, or on the level of Canada Council's Instrument Bank recipients.
Soundstreams is one of Canada's leading contemporary music companies, and the largest global presenter of new Canadian music. Founder and Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney and Executive Director Ben Dietschi are committed to showcasing the work of living and international composers with a focus on innovative thematic programming. Each outstanding production is complemented with creative workshops and school engagement activities.
Soundstreams' reputation is deeply rooted in the Toronto musical arena and continues to be that of programmatic excellence. AKAM is proud to partner with Soundstreams in coordinating the organization's touring activities. After 35 years of exceptional programming, let's spread the word!
Canada's beloved Gryphon Trio is celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary this season. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Honours include two Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year, multiple Juno nominations, and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council.
This fall, the trio kicks off their 25th anniversary season with performances in Germany, United States, and Ontario. A busy season ahead, the Gryphons are excited to bring their interactive educational program Listen Up! to Saskatoon. They are also releasing a new album with Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra this season. Early 2018, will see Gryphon Trio on a month-long tour throughout Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Washington.