The Edmonton Chamber Music Society


2004/2005 Concert Season

Main Series

Saturday, October 2, 2004 — The Beethoven Experience (part 3)
Tuesday, November 9, 2004 — Les Violons du Roy
Saturday, November 27, 2004 — Kaprálova String Quartet
Friday, March 11, 2005 — Octagon

Early Music Series

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 — Les Violons du Roy
Saturday, January 22, 2005 — Axelrod String Quartet
Saturday, February 26, 2005 — VoiceScapes

Extra Concert

Wednesday, September 29, 2004 — Salzburg Chamber Soloists

The Beethoven Experience

Andrew Dawes, Violin
Jane Coop, Piano

Andrew Dawes, violin and Jane Coop, piano compete their popular and spectacular traversal of the complete Beethoven violin-piano sonatas.

Andrew Dawes is an internationally acclaimed recitalist, chamber musician and leader of the Orford String Quartet during its illustrious history (1965-1991). He is Professor of Music at UBC and chair of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has performed more than 2,000 concerts in over 25 countries.

With acclamations like "virtuoso technique, singing cantabile line, and rhythmic freedom and subtle piano effects," Jane Coop has established a reputation as one of Canada's finest pianists. She tours expensively throughout the world with major orchestras and as a recitalist.

Last year's release of the complete Beethoven Violin & Piano Sonatas for the Skylark label was selected as "Chamber Duo Recording of the Year" by Opus magazine and nominated for a Juno award.


Sonata No. 3 in E flat, Op. 12, No. 3
Sonata No. 6 in A, Op. 30, No. 1
Sonata No. 9 in A Op. 47 "Kreutzer"

Les Violons du Roy

The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy borrows its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by artistic director Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current understanding of performance practice in the 17th and early 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy use Baroque bows and bowing technique. The orchestra has been widely acclaimed for the exceptional energy, brilliance and vitality of its performances.

A pillar of the musical scene in Québec City, and well known throughout Canada for its concerts and its recordings for the French and English networks of the CBC, Les Violons du Roy has, since 1988, made over a hundred concert appearances in France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, England, Norway, Austria, Morocco, Ecuador, Mexico, United States and Canada. I ts performance of Handel’s Messiah, regularly presented in Québec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto always create a critical and public sensation. The group also performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in April 2000 in Québec City, Montreal and Toronto. After a first visit in August 1997, Les Violons du Roy played at Lincoln Center in New York in March 2001 as part of their North American tour with American countertenor David Daniels, and also in September 2001 presenting Mozart's Requiem and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass in the same setting. They returned to New York in August 2004 during the Mostly Mozart Festival. July 2004 saw their debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

From 1992 to 2003,Les Violons du Roy made twelve CD recordings with the DORIAN label. Seven of them (Simphonies des noëls, Stabat Mater, Music of Bach’s Sons, Vivaldi: Concerti for Strings, Handel: Apollo e Dafne, J.S. Bach Art of the Fugue and Mozart's Requiem) have been nominated for JUNO awards, and two (Handel: Apollo e Dafne and Mozart's Requiem) won the JUNO award for Best Classical Album, Choral or Vocal Performance. Their CD Celebration was released in Spring 2004.

Bernard Labadie was born in Québec City and completed most of his musical training there. He has become a remarkable ambassador for his native city through the work of two groups, the chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy (1984) and the chamber choir La Chapelle de Québec (1985), which he founded and now conducts in regular concert seasons in Québec City, Montréal and Ottawa, and on tour throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. In June 2003, he made the orchestra's most extensive European tour to date, with the US counter-tenor David Daniels, which included stops in Bergen, London, Paris and Salzburg. With Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, Bernard Labadie has recorded dozens of broadcasts for the Radio-Canada radio and television networks, as well as eleven CDs for the DORIAN label.

In May 2003 Bernard Labadie left L’Opéra de Québec, where he had been the artistic and music director since July 1994, after conducting his last production, Verdi’s Rigoletto. During his tenure, he conducted over twenty operas by Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Humperdinck and Lehar. Since fall 2003, he takes up his duties at L’Opéra de Montréal, where he was appointed in April 2002. His official debut as artistic director took place in November 2003, when he conducted Thaïs by Massenet.

As a guest conductor, Bernard Labadie has directed all the major symphony orchestras in Canada. He also works extensively in the United States, where in 2002-2003 he has conducted the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami, and the Detroit and Minnesota symphony orchestras. In summer 2003, he made his debut at Glimmerglass Opera in Handel’s Orlando, and with the Los Angeles Philhamornic Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl. During the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons he will make debut appearances with the St. Louis, Utah, Oregon, Atlanta, Columbus and San Francisco orchestras, in addition to return engagements with the Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton orchestras and the New World Symphony.

Bernard Labadie is recognized as a specialist in the Baroque and Classical repertoire, and has conducted several Baroque orchestras including the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the New York Collegium and the Chicago Baroque. On 2003-2004 season, he appears for the first time with the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco.


H. Purcell — The Viruous Wife (incidental music)

A. Corelli — Concerto grosso Op. 6, No. 3 in C minor

G.P. Telemann — Concerto for viola in G Major

J.S. Bach — Brandenberg concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048

G.F. Handel — Concerto grosso Alexander's Feast in C major

A. Vivaldi — Concerto for two violins in G Minor, Op. 3, No. 2

F. Geminiani — Concerto grosso in D Minor La Follia, after Corelli

Kaprálova String Quartet with Jaromir Klepac, piano

A. Dvorák — Dumky Trio (part), Piano Quintet, String Quartet - American

V. Kaprálova — String Quartet (part)

This concert is co-sponsored by The Wirth Institute of Austrian and Central European Studies and the Czech and Slovak Society of Arts and Sciences of Alberta SVU.


Andrew Dawes, violin
Patricia Shih, violin
Rivka Golani, viola
Antonio Lysy, cello
Wilmer Fawcett, contrabass
James Campbell, clarinet
Kenneth MacDonald, French horn
George Zukerman, bassoon

Octagon 2005 features some of Canada’s most widely recorded instrumental soloists in a programme built around the rarely heard Octet, by Franz Schubert, and the newly commissioned Concerto for Eight by Canadian composer Malcolm Forsyth. Other works to be performed in this year’s Kilburn Memorial Concert are Johann Strauss’ Fledermaus overture, arranged for octet by Brett Dean, and the Serenata In Vana by Danish composer Carl August Nielsen.

The ensemble was first formed in 1999 and since then has undertaken five national tours, with concert appearances in such major venues as The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, Edmonton’s Convocation Hall, The Eckhardt-Gramaté Hall at the University of Winnipeg, and, at the invitation of the Governor General, Rideau Hall, to celebrate the 2003 premiere of Concerto for Eight.


Johann Strauss — Overture, "Die Fledermaus" (arranged for cctet by Brett Dean)

Carl August Nielsen — Serenata in Vana

Malcolm Forsythe — Concerto for Eight

Franz Schubert — Octet in F Major, Op. 166

About the Musicians

As might be expected of a group that includes three members of the Order of Canada, Octagon 2005 offers to its audiences an impressive concentration of talent and performing experience.

Andrew Dawes, O.C., is one of Canada’s most distinguished violinists, acclaimed around the world as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist. A founding member of the world-renowned Orford String Quartet, he also served as first violinist with the celebrated Tokyo String Quartet.

Patricia Shih’s career as a violinist began with a Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 15. A prize winning recitalist, she is now first violinist with UBC’s Quartet in Residence, the Borealis String Quartet, which was recently elevated to national fame as BC Finalist in the cross-country CBC Great Canadian Music Dream competition.

Rivka Golani, for whom more than 200 works, including 30 concertos, have been written, is recognized as one of the great violists and musicians of modern times.

Antonio Lysy is recognized universally as an international “superstar” of the cello, appearing with major orchestras and ensembles in many of the world’s great concert halls. He is also a notable chamber musician who, for 16 years, has directed the annual Incontri in Terra di Siena Chamber Music Festival in Tuscany, Italy.

Double bassist Wilmer Fawcett began his studies in music at the University of Alberta before scholarships took him to the Juilliard School of Music and to Indiana University’s famed Music School. A founding member of the popular ensemble Viveza, he was also for many seasons the Principal Bassist of the CBC Radio Orchestra and Associate Principal with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Widely recorded, internationally renowned clarinetist James Campbell, O.C., is among Canada’s most honoured and distinguished soloists. He also celebrates 20 years as artistic director of The Festival on the Sound, a summer chamber music festival held in Parry Sound, Ontario. His Stolen Gems album on Marquis Classics won a 1986 Juno Award.

French horn player Kenneth MacDonald, Principal Horn with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest artist with major Toronto-area ensembles, has toured across Canada with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Vancouver Symphony and with the National and International Tour of the Phantom of the Opera.

In four decades of active international touring, George Zukerman, O.C., O.B.C., has been credited with elevating the bassoon from the back ranks of the symphony orchestra to an honoured role as soloist. He is also as an impresario whose Overture Concerts, a venture he began in 1955, and their more recent offshoot Celebrity Concerts, have brought national and international artists to remote communities across Canada.

Axelrod String Quartet with Eric Hoeprich, clarinet

Axelrod String Quartet

Marc Destrube, Violin
Marilyn McDonald, Violin
Steven Dann, Viola
Kenneth Slowik, Violoncello

The Axelrod String Quartet is one of four resident ensembles at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Established in 1982 as the Smithson String Quartet, it assumed its present name in 1998 to honor Herbert Axelrod, who endowed the museum with a generous gift in support of its chamber music program and made permanent the loan of four priceless Stradivari stringed instruments. The Axelrod Quartet regularly plays these and other rare instruments from the museum’s collection in its performances at the Smithsonian.

The Axelrod Quartet unites four internationally acclaimed musicians with impressive careers as performers, teachers, and recording artists. First violinist Marc Destrube, Artistic Director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and co-concertmaster of the Amsterdam based Orchestra of the 18th Century, joined the Axelrod Quartet in 2002. An “electrifying” soloist, he has appeared with many renowned period ensembles, including the London Classical Players, the Taverner Consort, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Violinist Marilyn McDonald is a founding member of the Smithson String Quartet and the Castle Trio, another of the Smithsonian’s resident ensembles. A teacher of the baroque violin at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, she has been a visiting professor at several universities and conservatories and has toured widely as a chamber musician.

Violist Steven Dann, like fellow Canadian Marc Destrube, has pursued an international career as a soloist and chamber musician and has been the principal viola or guest artist with some of the finest orchestras in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He has been a member of the Axelrod Quartet and the Smithsonian Chamber Players since 1990 and has been featured on several recordings for the Smithsonian’s own series on the Sony Classical Vivarte label.

Cellist Kenneth Slowik, a noted conductor as well as performer, is the artistic director of the Chamber Music Program at the National Museum of American History, a position that reflects his long association with the Smithsonian as a founding member of all four of its ensembles. A member of the faculty at the University of Maryland, he combines teaching with a busy career as a soloist, a conductor of opera and oratorio, and a featured artist on over fifty recordings.

Principal clarinet with Frans Bruggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, Eric Hoeprich is also a scholar, teacher and frequent soloist with period instrument orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world. His personal collection of 18th and 19th century clarinets includes the Ottensteiner clarinet he will use for this performance.

This first Edmonton appearance of the Axelrod Quartet and Eric Hoeprich provides an exciting opportunity to hear accomplished musicianship enhanced by rare and exceptional period instruments.

F. Schubert — String Quartet in G minor, D 173

F. Medelssohn — String Quartet in D major, Op. 44, No. 1

J. Brahms — Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115


VoiceScapes defines itself as a music collective. Founded in 2000 by Christina Jahn, Paul Grindlay, Julie Harris and Jerald Fast, VoiceScapes draws upon the extensive and varied individual careers of its members to produce a remarkable breadth of programming. They have presented intimate recitals and, for three seasons, a Sing-Along Messiah with a 600 member audience choir. Their repertoire ranges from baroque opera and oratorio to traditional songs and Christmas carols. As part of their commitment to collaboration with other musicians, they appear frequently with solo instrumentalists, chamber ensembles, and other choral groups.

Artistic Director Christina Jahn has appeared across Canada with groups that include the Toronto Consort, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Toronto Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. She has toured in eastern Canada with Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music and in Japan with Opera Atelier. She has recorded for NAXOS, Skylark, Marquis, and CBC Records. In addition to performances of early music, she has recorded (and premiered) new works by Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Ramona Luengen and Bruce Nicol.

Soprano Julie Harris has been a soloist with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Toronto Chamber Choir, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and many other Canadian choral groups. She has performed baroque opera with Opera Atelier and the Toronto Consort. In 1999, she founded the Early Music Voices Concert Series in Calgary and remains its Artistic Director. She is also a member of Duo Seraphim with Toronto-based soprano Katherine Hill.

Countertenor John Brough is, in addition, an organist, conductor, and instructor at the University of Alberta, where he is enrolled in the Doctor of Music program. Choirmaster and Director of Music at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton, he is also assistant conductor of the Richard Eaton Singers and the interim conductor of the U of A Concert Choir.

Tenor Jerald Fast has appeared as a soloist with many Canadian choral groups and chamber orchestras, including Tafelmusik, the Aradia Ensemble, and the Elora Festival Singers. While resident in Holland, he was a member of the Netherlands Chamber Choir and performed there also with the Nieuwe Badkapel. Though he specializes in Lieder and oratorio, his performances have encompassed a broad range of works, from those of Gilbert and Sullivan to Arvo Pärt.

Tenor John Huck has sung for many years with Pro Coro Canada and with another Edmonton-based choral group, Ensemble de la Rue. He has performed also in opera and played the roles of Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. His professional life reflects his wide ranging musical interests. He works at the U of A’s Music Library and hosts the radio program Clocks and Clouds on CJSR.

Bass-baritone Paul Grindlay has performed in Europe, Japan, the USA and Canada, with such groups as the Vienna Chamber Opera, the American Bach Soloists, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and the Toronto Consort. He recently toured with Opera Atelier in Japan, performing the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni. With the Aradia Baroque Ensemble, he has recorded for NAXOS Records music of Buxtehude, Charpentier, and Purcell. He is currently the Director of the Calgary Boys Choir.

Gary Tong recently completed his Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at the University of Alberta. He was a semi-finalist in the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition in 2002 and won second prize in the RCCO National Organ Playing Competition in 2003. He is the assistant organist at Christ Church, Calgary, director and founder of the Calgary Chinese Chamber Choir, and serves as Music Director for two other church choirs in Calgary.

J.S. Bach — Jesus bleibet meine Freude

D. Buxtehude — Missa Brevis

various — Italian and German Madrigals

H. Schütz — 3 Cantatas: O Herr hilf, Wir glauben alle an einen Gott, Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn (Deutsches Magnificat)

Salzburg Chamber Soloists

In 1991 violinist Lavard Skou-Larsen and a handful of colleagues formed this unusual ensemble with the aim of playing chamber music with the freedom of soloists. From that first year they have toured extensively throughout Europe and the Americas. They are now regulars on the tour of prominent festivals.

F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy — Sinfonie in G-moll, Nr. 12

W.A. Mozart — Violinkonzert in D-Dur, KV 211

P.I. Tschaikovsky — Souvenir de Florence Op. 70