2008 SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL

with guest artists

SHAUNA ROLSTON, cello JACQUES DESPRÉS, piano
MARINA HOOVER, cello JASMINE LIN, violin
MARTIN RISELEY, violin LIVIA SOHN, violin
PATRICIA TAO, piano MARCUS THOMPSON, viola
JAN URKE, double bass SHARON WEI, viola

About the Artists

Programs for the evening performances explore three broad themes. From Other Lands, on Friday, June 20, highlights folk influences in such works as Manuel de Falla's Suite populaire espagnole, the moving Desde mi ventana, arranged for piano and violins, from Osvaldo Golijov's opera Ainadamar, and Tchaikovsky's captivating and lively string sextet, Souvenir de Florence.

Saturday's program, Summer Passion, offers the grand emotional sweep of music
Piano Trio in C major, Dvorák's Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 81, and Johan Halvorsen's much praised arrangement for violin and viola of Handel's Passacaglia in g minor.

Inspired by Nature is the theme of Sunday's concert, which includes Igor Stravinsky's Pastorale for violin and piano, Eugčne Ysa˙e's challenging Sonata no. 5 in G major, "L'Aurore", for solo violin, and the enduringly popular "Trout" Piano Quintet by Franz Schubert.

Sponsors: The Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Journal, CKUA, The Gramophone

From Other Lands

FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 8 PM
MCDougall United Church, 10025 - 101 St.

Program

Manuel de Falla Suite populaire espagnole
Shauna Rolston, cello
Patricia Tao, piano
Frederic Rzewski Piano Piece no. 4
Jacques Després, piano
Osvaldo Golijov Ainadamar: Desde mi ventana
Livia Sohn, violin
Jasmine Lin, violin
Patricia Tao, piano
Maurice Ravel Trio for piano, violin and cello
Jasmine Lin, violin
Marina Hoover, cello
Jacques Després, piano
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Sextet in d minor "Souvenir de Florence," op. 70
Jasmine Lin, violin
Livia Sohn, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Sharon Wei, viola
Marina Hoover, cello
Shauna Rolston, cello

A pre-concert lecture by Michael Massey will begin at 7:15 pm

Summer Passion

SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 8 PM
Convocation Hall
Arts Building, U of A Camous

Program

Georg Friedrich Handel Passacaglia in g minor for violin and viola (arr. Halvorsen)
Martin Riseley, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Ludwig van Beethoven String Trio in c minor, op. 9, no. 3
Livia Sohn, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Shauna Rolston, cello
Johannes Brahms Piano Trio no. 2 in C Major, op. 87
Jasmine Lin, violin
Marina Hoover, cello
Patricia Tao, piano
Antonín Dvorák Piano Quintet in A Major, op. 81
Martin Riseley, violin
Livia Sohn, violin
Sharon Wei, viola
Shauna Rolston, cello
Jacques Després, piano

A pre-concert lecture by David Cook will begin at 7:15 pm

Inspired by Nature

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 8 PM
Convocation Hall
Arts Building, U of A Camous

Program

Igor Stravinsky Pastorale for violin and piano
Martin Riseley, violin
Patricia Tao, piano
Eugčne Ysa˙e Sonata no. 5 in G Major for solo violin, "L'Aurore"
Martin Riseley, violin
Antonín Dvorák
Bohuslav Martinu
Silent Woods for cello and piano
Pastorales, nos. 1 and 4
Shauna Rolston, cello
Patricia Tao, piano
Franz Liszt
Claude Debussy
Claude Debussy
Les jeux d'eau ŕ la Villa d'Este
La cathédrale engloutie
Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Jacques Després, piano
Franz Schubert Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667 "Trout"
Livia Sohn, violin
Marcus Thompson, viola
Marina Hoover, cello
Jan Urke, double bass
Patricia Tao, piano

A pre-concert lecture by Dr. David Gramit will begin at 7:15 pm

Guest Artists

SHAUNA ROLSTON, cello

Celebrated Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston is recognized by the press, peers and fans alike to be one of the most compelling and distinctive musical voices of her generation. Praised for her blazing technique and her ability to captivate the imagination, she continues to delight and astonish with a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and world premieres.

She is a frequent collaborator with the composers of our time with whom she enjoys ongoing creative partnerships in the development of new works and new contexts for her instrument. Current and upcoming projects include multiple CD recordings, including one with The Art of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Stean (Maple Music); a film entitled "Synchronicity" (RedStar Films) for BRAVO, which explores the remarkable artistic partnership between Shauna and Heather Schmidt; "The Rolston Project," a full-length audio recording that will feature Shauna playing as soloist in twelve artful arrangements of Canadian indie rock bests from such great bands as The Arcade Fire and The Hidden Cameras; and a series of five double concertos: for cello and piano composed and performed with Heather Schmidt, for improvising cello and contemporary jazz piano composed by and performed with David Braid, for cello and flute composed by Karen Tanaka and performed with Patrick Gallois, "Carbon Concerto," for carbon cello with accordion composed by Douglas Schmidt and performed with Joe Marcerollo, and for cello and choir by the renowned Estonion composer, Arvo Pärt.

Shauna Rolston is also featured in the books "The Great Cellists" (Margaret Campbell) and "The Popular Guide to Women in Classical Music" (Anne Gray). She is currently Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Artist for the Music and Sound Programs at the Banff Centre.

JACQUES DESPRÉS, piano

Widely-acclaimed pianist Jacques Després has dazzled audiences for over two decades in his native Canada and the U.S. with his sensitive, yet powerful style and sympathetic interpretations of a broad range of composers. Since his debut with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in 1978, he has performed throughout North America as a soloist and recitalist. A member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Alberta since 2000, he is also a noted scholar and teacher. An authority on piano performance and repertoire, he has been a frequent guest lecturer at music festivals and academic institutions. His term as Music Director for Stony Brook's Summer Serenades helped draw a large and enthusiastic audience to that very successful lecture-concert series.

His recordings include a widely praised release, on Naxos, of the complete keyboard works by Joseph Martin Kraus, as well as Kraus' complete works for violin and piano with violinist Walter Schwede, a world premiere recording of The New Goldberg Variations, with cellist Tanya Prochazka, solo piano works of Jean-Paul Liardet on VDE/Gallo, and Ballades and The Children's World of Debussy and Bartók on the Arktos label.

MARINA HOOVER, cello

In her thirteen years as founding cellist with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Marina Hoover played in over 1,000 concerts around the world. She has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, London's Wigmore Hall, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and has appeared at numerous international music festivals, including the Consonances Festival in St. Nazaire, France, Finland's Turku Festival, and the festivals of Tanglewood, Norfolk, Rockport, Santa Fe, and Newport. She was with the St. Lawrence in the first seven years of its long tenure as Quartet-in-Residence at the Spoleto Festival USA. As a soloist, she has made appearances with orchestras in both North and South America, including the Toronto Symphony, the Edmonton Symphony, the Yale Chamber Orchestra, and the Belo Horizonte Symphony in Brazil.

Her recordings include the Grammy-nominated Yiddishbuk with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and a recent release on the Centaur label of works by Chopin, Liszt, and Strauss, performed with pianist Patricia Tao. She was for four years Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University, a Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the University of Toronto (2003-2004), a Distinguished Artist at the University of Alberta (October 2005), and Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre in 2006.

JASMINE LIN, violin

Jasmine Lin began violin studies at age four. Since then she has appeared as soloist with orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and in recital in Chicago, New York, Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, and Montevideo. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and took second prize in the International Naumburg Competition. The New York Times describes her as an "unusually individualistic player" with "electrifying assertiveness" and "virtuosic abandon."

As a chamber musician, Ms. Lin has been a participant of the Marlboro Music Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and has toured extensively in the United States as part of the Chicago String Quartet, in China as part of the Overseas Musicians, and in Taiwan as a member of Taiwan Connection Music Festival. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and DePaul University and was a faculty member of the Taos School of Music in New Mexico.

Ms. Lin is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, which won first prize in the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. The Formosa's critically acclaimed recording of works by Mozart, Debussy, Wolf and Schubert on the EMI Debut Series was released in January 2006. In addition to her activities with the Formosa Quartet, she is a member of Trio Verve with cellist Marina Hoover and pianist Patricia Tao, as well as a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, whose Composer Perspectives series won the ASCAP award for adventuresome programming. She is heard regularly on WFMT in Chicago and is on the faculty at Roosevelt University.

MARTIN RISELEY, violin

A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music in 1986. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree, he went to the Juilliard School in 1989 where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Piotr Milewski. He was coached in chamber music by Samuel Rhodes and Joel Smirnoff, of the Juilliard Quartet, and by Felix Galimir. He graduated from Juilliard in 1996 with his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.

Martin Riseley has been Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1994. A frequent soloist, he premiered, in North America, the violin concerto "The Bulls of Bashan" by Gavin Bryars and also premiered, in 2002, a concerto written for him by the ESO's Composer-in-Residence, Allan Gilliland. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Andrew Dawes, Jane Coop, Amanda Forsyth, Pinchas Zukerman, and Jon Kimura Parker, among others. He was a resident performer at the 2000 Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season, and was guest concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra during 2003.

LIVIA SOHN, violin

Violinist Livia Sohn performs widely on the international stage as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and festival guest and has made solo appearances with over 70 orchestras on five continents. Highlights from this season include performances with the Montreal-based chamber orchestra I Musici and conductor Yuli Turovsky at the Cartegena Festival in Columbia, South America, a return appearance at the Festival de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, an engagement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, and the release of "Opera Fantasies" (Naxos fall 2007), a CD of opera arrangements for violin and piano, including three world premiere transcriptions.

Ms. Sohn has been a guest soloist in North America with many symphony orchestras, including those of Pittsburgh, Cincinatti, Seattle, Milwaukee, Edmonton, Rochester, and Phoenix. She has performed with such eminent conductors as Yehudi Menuhin, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, James DePreist, Gerard Schwarz, Myung-Whun Chung, and William Eddins. Internationally, she has performed as soloist with the Budapest Philharmonic, the Cologne Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korea's Seoul and Pusan Philharmonics. A frequent guest artist at the Newport Music Festival, Ms. Sohn has also appeared at such festivals as the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, the Aspen Music Festival, the Caramoor International Music Festival, the Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Festival of Sound in Canada. Livia Sohn gave her first public performance at age eight. In 1989, at the age of 12, she won First Prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. She attended the Juilliard Pre-College Division from the age of seven, at which time she began her studies with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She continued under their tutelage at the Juilliard School, where she also studied chamber music with the legendary Felix Galimar. She has been on the faculty at the Music Department of Stanford University since 2005.

PATRICIA TAO, piano

Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as performer, teacher and concert organizer. Pianist of the Guild Trio for ten years, she performed internationally and extensively throughout North America, with concerts in major North American cities. A winner of the USIA competition, she was selected as an Artistic Ambassador, with concert tours in ten European countries. As a soloist, Dr. Tao also toured for Columbia Artists Community concerts and performed most recently in Hong Kong and China. Her live performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio's "Performance Today," WNYC's "Around New York," WQXR's "The Listening Room," the public television series "Premiere Performances" out of St. Louis, Chicago's WFMT, and "Our Music" on CBC.

An Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Alberta since 2002, Dr. Tao launched Hear's to your Health Concerts at the Walter MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre, a series of free concerts that features both local and international artists. Dr. Tao has recorded solo piano works of Schubert, Liszt and Corigliano on the Arktos label, Sheila Silver's To the Spirit Unconquered on CRI, one of many works she commissioned and premiered with the Guild Trio, and most recently, Strauss and Chopin sonatas for cello and piano on the Centaur label with cellist Marina Hoover.

MARCUS THOMPSON, viola

Marcus Thompson has appeared as viola soloist, recitalist and chamber music player in series throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East. He was featured as soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, and the Czech National Symphony. He has recorded the Bartók Viola Concerto and the Bloch Suite with the Slovenian Radio Symphony, and the Tibor Serly Concerto, Jongen Suite and Françaix Rhapsodie with the Czech National Symphony, both conducted by Paul Freeman.

Mr. Thompson has received critical acclaim for performances of the John Harbison Viola Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and for performances of the Penderecki Viola Concerto in Boston and London. His solo repertoire includes the recent - Ligeti, Overton, Schnittke - as well as the exotic, with works by Ariosti, Vivaldi and Hindemith performed on the viola d'amore. He has been a guest of the Audubon, Borromeo, Cleveland, Emerson, Jupiter, Muir, Orion, Shanghai, and Miami String Quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a frequent participant in chamber music festivals in Amsterdam, Anchorage, Dubrovnik, Montreal, Seattle, Sitka, Los Angeles, Okinawa, Portland, and Vail.

Mr. Thompson, who is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, earned a doctorate degree at the Juilliard School following studies with Walter Trampler. He is an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, Inc. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y.C., he currently lives in Boston where, as the Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music and a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, he founded and leads programs in chamber music and performance study at MIT and serves on the viola faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.

JAN URKE, double bass

Principal Double Bass of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Jan Urke has been a member of the orchestra since 1980. A graduate of the University of Toronto and a former student of Tom Monohan, Jan Urke continued his studies at the Banff Centre with Stuart Knussen. He has freelanced with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet Company, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Alberta and served for a number of summers at the Banff Centre as a resource artist.

SHARON WEI, viola

Violist Sharon Wei was a National and a Canadian Merit Scholar at the University of Western Ontario with the late Lorand Fenvyes. She completed her studies at the Curtis Institute with Roberto Diaz and Karen Tuttle and with Jesse Levine at Yale, graduating with the Viola Prize. Other honours include prizes at the London Music Competition, the Washington International Competition, and a CBC Rising Star award. In 2008, Ms. Wei was chosen by Chatelaine Magazine as one of their "80 women to watch." She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America. This season includes concerto appearances with the Stratford Civic Orchestra, New Haven Chamber Orchestra, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Past highlights include appearances at the International Viola congress, Ravinia, Norfolk, Verbier, Scotiafest, and Musique de Chambre ŕ Normandie. As a chamber musician, Ms. Wei has performed with artists such as James Levine, Lynn Harrell, Joseph Silverstein, Claude Frank, and the St. Lawrence Quartet. She is a founding member of the award-winning ensemble, "Made in Canada." She has taught in Yale University's undergraduate department, given master classes throughout Canada, and is currently on faculty at Stanford University.