Jan
10
12:00 PM12:00

Jana Luksts, piano

Music: A tombeau ouvert, George Aperghis

 

Jana Luksts is a pianist fiercely dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music.

Always the contrarian, Jana continually seemed to have some part of her artistic-self refusing to fit inside the box. Purpose was found in being charged with bringing new works to life. She found no other process to be as wholly consuming.

While Jana is fixated upon many different schools of composition, she takes a special interest in the performance of New Complexity.  Specifically, how far can the performer stretch, bend and leap to execute exactly what is on the page? What tools can be used to make all things possible? The performer is always capable of more.

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Apr
11
12:00 PM12:00

Maeve Palmer, soprano

A Fellow of the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program, and the soprano Sidgwick Scholar with Orpheus Choir of Toronto, Maeve Palmer is the second prizewinner of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, and a recent graduate of the Masters of Music in Performance at the University of Toronto, where she studied under Mary Morrison, O.C.

You might find Maeve at the Royal Conservatory or in the yoga studio singing anything from Downland, in downward facing dog, to Stravinsky, while swinging from aerial silks.  She has been described in recent reviews as “scintillating”, “exciting”, and “superb”, but unfortunately none of those apply to her cooking skills.

Hear Maeve’s voice on Netflix in the Mars romance “The Space between us,” on TV in the gory post-apocalyptic show “Aftermath,” or catch her on stage in Toronto and around Canada as a soloist with Orpheus Choir of Toronto, the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition Tour, Chorus Niagara, Off-Centre Music Salon, and Toronto City Opera, among others.

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Oct
18
12:00 PM12:00

Teresa Suen-Campbell, harp

Programme:

Jasmine (Chinese folk song), arranged by Teresa Suen-Campbell

Sprinkles and Splashes (2015) by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee

Homage to Debussy, for flute and harp (2009) by Norma Beecroft                   

“Prelude” from Suite in E Major BWV1006a (1736-37), by J.S. Bach

Toward the Sea III, for alto flute and harp (1989) by Toru Takemitsu               

Sonata for Harp (1939) by Paul Hindemith 

 

with special guest Stephen Tam, flute

 

Originally a dedicated pianist, Teresa soon discovered her passion for the harp at age 15 and has never looked back ever since. She enjoys learning new music because it stretches her muscles and pushes her outside her comfort zone, something very similar to motherhood and living in Canada (a lovely country which she made home 5 years ago). 

An arranger herself, she also aspires to make classical and contemporary music more accessible to everyone.

Teresa finds a constant source of inspiration from her two boys, Mother Nature, as well as exercising and running her household in Oakville. She discovers her huge blessings and treasures in life through simple and small things.

Having worked with different composers from different continents, including her own husband, who is also a lawyer, Teresa will premiere a new harp concerto written for her by composer Chan Wing-wah on March 30, 2018. For more information please check out her website: www.teresasuen.com

 

Stephen Tam was supposed to be a trumpet player.  He had picked this brilliant instrument at his school band tryouts.  However, his father intervened, believing the trumpet would create way too much havoc at home.  He wanted young Stephen to learn a more mellow instrument like the flute.  For once, his father had made a correct decision.  That, and moving the entire family over to Toronto some 20 odd years ago.

Since picking up the flute (of all sizes), Stephen has never shied away from playing whatever music is thrown his way, be it very old music or very new music.  He always insists on playing them properly too, delighting dead and living composers alike.  Unfortunately, his unyielding demands for proper flute playing extend to every one of his students at the UofT and at Western, annoying them all to no end.

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