2011/2012 Concert Schedule


Saturday, October 1, 2011
8 PM
| McDougall United Church

JAMES EHNES  Violin
with ANDREW ARMSTRONG  Piano

Saturday, November 5, 2011
8 PM
| Convocation Hall

ENSEMBLE MASQUES

Wednesday, January 25, 2012*
8 PM
| Convocation Hall

ROSSETTI STRING QUARTET

Monday, February 13, 2012
8 PM
| Convocation Hall

THEATRE OF EARLY MUSIC

Saturday, March 10, 2012
8 PM
| Convocation Hall

EBÈNE QUARTET


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James Ehnes
James Ehnes

James Ehnes

Violin

Andrew Armstrong
with

Andrew Armstrong  Piano

Saturday, October 1, 2011
8 PM

McDOUGALL UNITED CHURCH External link
10086 MacDonald Drive
Edmonton, AB

Canadian-born James Ehnes External link has thrilled audiences worldwide since his orchestral debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Grammy, a Gramophone and six Juno awards, he continues to win superlatives for his artistry and impressive technique.

The concert program has links to two earlier violin virtuosos, Fritz Kreisler and Niccolò Paganini. Kreisler’s arrangement of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata and Paganini’s Caprices are much admired works of daunting technical challenge.   Balancing their fireworks are Beethoven’s light-hearted ‘Spring’ sonata and César Franck’s rapturous Sonata in A Major. 

The American pianist Andrew Armstrong External link performs frequently with James Ehnes. A prize-winning soloist, he has appeared with major orchestras in Europe and Asia and throughout North America.

Giuseppe Tartini
(1692 –1770)

Sonata in G Minor
Op. 1, No. 4
“The Devil’s Trill”

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)

Sonata No. 5 in F Major
Op. 24 “Spring”

Nicolò Paganini
(1782 –1840)

Caprices
Op. 1

César Franck
(1822-1890)

Sonata in A Major

 “James Ehnes and his new pianist, Andrew Armstrong, gave an exceptionally high quality recital…the young Manitoba violinist was greeted like a pop star by the full hall…he achieves a sonority of such beauty that words cannot describe it.” –La Presse


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Ensemble Masques
photo: Maxime Leduc

Ensemble Masques

From Biber to Bach

Saturday, November 5, 2011
8 PM

Sophie Gent & Tuomo Suni  Violins
Kathleen Kajioka  Viola
Mélisande Corriveau  Bass viol, cello
Benoît Vanden Bemden  Violone
Olivier Fortin  Harpsichord

CONVOCATION HALL  U of A Campus

Montreal-based Masques External link enjoys a growing reputation as an early music ensemble that brings together some of Canada’s most talented young musicians.  Inspired by the masques of Elizabethan times, the group collaborates frequently with other artists, Canadian and European, in projects reflecting the diversity of the performers’ musical backgrounds and interests.

For its concert in Edmonton, Masques presents From Biber to Bach, a program highlighting the music of the great 17th century violinist and composer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber. A musician in the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg, Biber composed for both the Church and the Court. His ensemble music bridged the sacred and the secular in its pairing of contrapuntal discipline with lively elements of dance.
Program notes PDF

Heinrich Ignaz Franz
von Biber
(1644–1704)

Sonata V in B flat major
(from Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676)

Johann Rosenmüller
(c. 16191684)

Sonata in F major

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
(ca 16201680)

Sonata VII a 5 in A major

J.S. Bach
(1865–1750)

Harpsichord concerto in D
BWV 1054

Georg Philipp Telemann
(16811767)

Burlesque Don Quixote

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
(ca 16201680)

Balletto a 4 “Fechtschule”
(the musical sword fight) in G
“[an] uncommonly accomplished ensemble ... Ensemble Masques is stylishly led from the harpsichord by Olivier Fortin.” –San Francisco Classical Voice

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Rossetti String Quartet

Rossetti String Quartet

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
8 PM

Henry Gronnier  Violin
Sara Parkins  Violin
Thomas Diener  Viola
Eric Gaenslen  Cello
with
Rina Dokshitsky
 Piano

CONVOCATION HALL  U of A Campus

The Rossetti String Quartet External link is renowned for its highly sophisticated, sensual sound and extensive range of colors. The Quartet’s compelling stage presence and fresh, innovative style has won its members a devoted following.

Founded in 1996, the Rossetti String Quartet is named after 19th century Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose artistic ideals about the use of color, poetry, and naturalism are embodied in the Quartet’s musicianship. Each member of the Quartet is an accomplished musical artist in their own right, and the aesthetic depth and insight each brings to the group helps create the intimate, provocative atmosphere that has become the Rossetti trademark.

Rina Dokshitsky
Acclaimed for “playing with ultimate naturalness and considerable charm,” Rina has performed solo recitals in such prestigious concerts halls as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Ruth Ackerd Hall in Florida. Her chamber music engagements have included appearances at such world-renowned festivals as the Spoleto Festivals – USA and Italy, Ravinia Festival, and the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Antonin Dvořák
(1841-1904)

Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 5

César Franck
(1822-1890))

Piano Quintet in F minor, M. 7

“The Rossetti’s tone had a sensual finish, and its phrasing practically palpitated with ardor and mystery.” –Washington Post

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Daniel Taylor | Artistic Director
Daniel Taylor | Artistic Director
photo: Marie Reine Mattera

Theatre of Early Music

Daniel Taylor  Artistic Director

With the
Consort of the
Theatre of Early Music

Monday, February 13, 2012
8 PM

 

CONVOCATION HALL  U of A Campus

Montreal’s Theatre of Early Music External link returns to Edmonton to perform, in concert, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. A tragic opera in three acts, Dido and Aeneas tells the tale of doomed love between the widowed Queen of Carthage and Aeneas, a prince of Troy. The concert will begin with a selection of works from Handel’s oratorios Samson, Theodora, and Judas Maccabeus and motets by Thomas Tallis and Henry Purcell.

Derived from the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid, with a libretto by Nahum Tate, the work was written around 1685 but performed only once in Purcell’s lifetime. In the late 18th century it was rediscovered and adapted for concert performance. It endures as a masterpiece, notable for the emotional authenticity and unaffected beauty of its music.
Dido and Aeneas Program Notes PDF

Total Eclipse
Aria from Samson
Benjamin Butterfield Tenor
The Pilgrim’s Home
Aria from Theodora
Agnes Zsigovics External link Soprano
As with Rosy Steps
Aria from Theodora
Meg Bragle Mezzo
Oh Lovely Peace
Duet from Judas Maccabeus
Grace Davidson  Soprano
Daniel Taylor Countertenor

O Nata Lux
Motet by Thomas Talli

Remember Not, O Lord
Motet by Henry Purcell

Hear My Prayer
Motet by Henry Purcell

 

Dido and Aeneas

  Dido Noemi Kiss  Soprano
  Aeneas Alexander Dobson   Baritone
  Belinda Grace Davidson   Soprano
  2nd Woman Agnes Zsigovics   Soprano
  Sorceress Daniel Taylor  Countertenor
  Sailor Benjamin Butterfield   Tenor
  First Witch Meara Conway  Soprano
  Second Witch Meg Bragle  Mezzo-soprano
  Spirit David Clegg   Countertenor

“A regular Baroque-performance standout is the sensitive artistry and burnished voice of Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor.”  –Toronto Star

“The Theatre’s orchestra played with consummate skill and understanding.”
–Ottawa Citizen


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Ebène Quartet

Ebène Quartet

Saturday, March 10, 2012
8 PM

Pierre Colombet  Violin
Gabriel Le Magadure  Violin
Mathieu Herzog  Viola
Raphaël Merlin  Cello

CONVOCATION HALL  U of A Campus

Named “Newcomer of the Year” in 2009 by BBC Music Magazine, the Ebène Quartet External link has very quickly joined the top ranks of string quartets. A debut tour of the U.S., participation in the recent Haydn cycle at London’s Wigmore Hall, appearances throughout Europe, and a multi-award winning CD have brought it considerable and enthusiastic notice within the span of only a few years.

The young French musicians share an interest in other genres of music — including jazz, pop, soul and rock — that has found expression in their most recent recording, Fiction. Its eclectic mix of standards, Beatles’ songs, and themes from film scores is the model for the second half of the Ebène’s concert program. Moving from the intensity of Mozart’s Quartet in D Minor to the gentle lyricism of the famous “Notturno” in Borodin’s second String Quartet and ending with exuberant improvisations and arrangements of popular songs, the group reveals “the other Ebène” and the impressive range of its talents.

W.A. Mozart
(1756-1791)

Quartet in D Minor
K. 421

Alexander Borodin
(1833 –1887)

Quartet No. 2 in D Major

Jazz and Pop Standards, reimagined by the Ebène Quartet

“Their performance …was a riot of nuance, sometimes raptly lyrical and sometimes swingingly rhythmic…the Ebène revealed that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They seem bound for greatness all the same.” –Alex Ross, The New Yorker


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