2019 Fall Cycle
October 1, 2019
Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor Opus 25
Andante con moto
Rondo alla Zingarese
Clare Pellerin, Violin
Nora Pellerin, Viola
Marlena Tureski, Cello
Elliott Braganza, Piano
Elliott Braganza, Piano
Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Elliott has performed across Canada and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. In addition to holding a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Ottawa, Elliott is the recipient of the Faculty of Music Gold Medal from Western University. Elliott also holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa, and since 2013 has worked as a barrister and solicitor at the law firm of McElderry & Morris in Guelph, Ontario. Elliott lives in Guelph along with his wonderful wife Nora.
Nora Pellerin, Violin
Nora Pellerin completed her undergraduate degree in violin performance at McGill University, followed by a Masters in performance at the University of Ottawa. Gaining experience on both the violin and the viola, she performed as concertmaster for the McGill University and the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestras. She recently moved to Guelph and is active as a freelancer throughout Ontario. Nora performs with many orchestras, including the Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Windsor and Kingston Symphonies. She has just been appointed principal second for the Georgian Bay Symphony.
Nora maintains a string teaching studio in Guelph and has taught extensively in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and at several music camps, including the Interprovincial Music Camp near Thunder Bay, the Thornhill Chamber Music Institute and at “Summer Music in Galway” in Galway, Ireland. In addition to classical music, Nora is an experienced fiddler, specializing in Métis fiddling.
Clare Pellerin, Violin
Clare Pellerin began playing violin at age 5. She has studied with Adele Armin and Laura Klurherz, and is currently a student of Mayumi Seiler. Clare studied composition and violin performance at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and at Colgate University in upstate New York, and recently earned a Master's in Composition and Performance at York University. She has played in the Niagara Symphony, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Toronto Concert Orchestra, the Ontario Symphony Orchestra, and the Georgian Bay Symphony, and has performed with the Eramosa Ensemble and the Emperor String Quartet, also opening as a soloist for Romeo Scaccia's Toronto debut at the Glenn Gould Studio in 2015.
October 8, 2019
Keenan Reimer-Watts, Solo Piano
“Rivers” by Ann Southam
Come and be part of an afternoon dedicated to water. Keenan Reimer-Watts will be performing Ann Southams Rivers, Set. 1, an 8 movement continuous work that dives deep into beautiful harmonies and shimmering moments. By one of Canada's most admired women composers, the movements of Rivers Set 1 reflects on water in it's slower-moving states, gently evoking a myriad of emotions and carrying the listener in a beautiful, open space. Prior to the performance, Keenan will reflect on why he has decided to dedicate his proceeds to the Laurel Creek Nature Center, a center dedicated to children's outdoor education, as well as reflect on other meaningful experiences he has had with water.
Hello! I am Keenan. I greatly enjoy my life as a composer and multi-instrumentalist.
I enjoy gardening as well, learning about foraging, and trees.
I also like messing around with sound.
Currently I've fallen in love with folk music from everywhere.
I'm also founder of the organization www.communitiesforconservation.org - an organization that makes it easy for us to support conservation work in Canada and internationally.
October 15, 2019
The Elmwood Trio
From Vienna to Budapest: string trio exemplars by Mozart and Dohnanyi
Divertimento in E flat major for string trio K. 563 (1788)
Andante (Theme and Variation)
Serenade in C major for string trio op. 10 (1902)
I. Marcia: Allegro
II. Romanza: Adagio non troppo
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
V. Rondo (Finale): Allegro vivace
The Elmwood Trio
Brought together by friendship and a deep love of chamber music, The Elmwood Trio unites three accomplished musicians who have worked in the Toronto music scene for more than twenty years. Sarah Fraser Raff is a founding member of the Madawaska Quartet and lead violinist for Contact Contemporary Music. Jeewon Kim is a violinist of the Shaw Festival Orchestra and its resident Blue Spruce Quartet. He is guest violinist for the Madawaska Quartet and was a founding member and violist of the former Galliano String Quartet. Mary-Katherine Finch is principal cellist of Mississauga Symphony, lead cellist for Contact, and a member of LUSH cello quartet. The Elmwood Trio made their recital debut in 2018 at the Guelph Connections Concert Series and Chamber Music Mississauga’s Out and About series. Since then, the trio have been expanding their repertoire and the audience throughout Ontario for this unique combination of instruments.
October 22, 2019
Warren Nicholson, Classical Guitar
Works by Ardevol, Barrios, Pritsker and Villa Lobos
Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959) “Cinq Preludes”
#1 Andante Expressivo E minor
#2 Andantino, E major
#3 Andante Molto Adagio, A minor
#4 Lento moderato, lento. E minor
#5 Poco Animato, D Major
Jose Ardevol (1911-1981) Sonata Para Guitarra
Leo Brouwer (1939-) “Les Yeux Sorciers”
Gene Pritsker (1971) “Snehg”
Augustine Barrios Mangore (1885-1944) ‘Una Limosna por el amor de Dios”
Guitarist Warren Nicholson won the 1997 “Artists Internal Auditions” in NYC, leading to a Carnegie Recital Hall Debut in 1998. As an active soloist and chamber musician, he has been invited to play for the Riverside Church Sunday Chapel Series (NYC), The Mississauga Guitar Society, McMaster’s Visiting Artists Series, ”RBG’S Young People’s concerts,” and ‘Music Mondays’ (Toronto), St Luke’s Recitals (Ottawa), St Andrew’s noontime recitals, St Georges ”Summer concerts” Kingston and others. He has collaborated with: Absolute Ensemble, Oakville Symphony, Etobicoke Philharmonic, The Mississauga Children’s Choir and Toronto Children's Chorus and the Oakville Choral society. He has premiered works by composers; Gene Pritsker, Jeff Johnson and Arthur Kampela. In 2013, he released: “Latin American Guitar Favourites” for solo guitar, on CD and i-Tunes and in 2018- “Spanish Miniatures” the music of: Torroba, Sor, Tarrega, Albeniz, Calatayud and Pipo, available on: CD, i-Tunes /Spotify.
Mr Nicholson studied with Norbert Kraft and Mark Delpriora at Manhattan School of Music (MM, 94) and McMaster University (BM 91). He has taught music at Brooklyn College in New York.
October 29, 2019
Laurel Swindon, Flute and Stephanie Mara, Piano
Cecile Chaminade - Concertino
Mike Mower - Piccolo Sonata
Amanda Harberg - Court Dances
Valerie Coleman - Fanmi Imen
Rhonda Larson - Lughnasa
Flutist Laurel Swinden enjoys a multi-faceted career as a recitalist, orchestral musician, pedagogue and clinician.Recent recital presentations include performances at National Flute Association Conventions (USA), FESTIBA (USA), Festivales Internacionales Des Flautistas (Peru), China’s Sichuan Conservatory, Canadian Flute Conventions, and the Toronto Latin American Flute Festival. Her performances have been broadcast on NPR and her recordings can be heard on CBC’s streaming audio and Naxos.
As a freelance orchestral musician, Dr. Swinden has performed with orchestras in Ontario and the southern US, including Memphis, Mississippi and New World Symphonies. Laurel is the Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony, and Assistant Principal Flute/Piccolo of the Scarborough Philharmonic.
Dr. Swinden teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, the Laurier Conservatory and to flutists worldwide on the roster of Play-With-A-Pro. She has given masterclasses across Canada, in the United States, China and South America. Laurel earned a DMA as a Fellowship recipient at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Nora Schulman.
Stephanie Mara, Piano
Stephanie Mara, received an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with Garth Beckett. She is a collaborative pianist and coach for Wilfrid Laurier University, where she works with students majoring in brass, bassoon, clarinet and cello. Stephanie has assisted in master classes with Alain Trudel, Dennis Najoom, James Campbell and Norman Engel and has performed in recital and gala events with Canadian soloists James Campbell, Alistair Kay, Mark Fewer and Jasper Wood. She performs on a regular basis with Guy Few in Canada and the United States. Recording projects include collaborations with flutist Laurel Swinden (Celebrating Women!), a CD of music for flute and piano by women composers and with Guy Few (Vocalise), exploring the instrumental “voice’ of ecstasy through songs without words. Festival and series appearances include the Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Barrie Colours of Music, Quad City Arts and Sun River Festival. Stephanie’s broadcast credits encompass Bravo, CBC radio and NPR.
November 5, 2019
Cathy Anderson, Cello and Catherine Robertson, Piano
Richard Strauss Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Opus 6
Allegro con brio
Andante ma non troppo
Finale - Allegro vivo
Cathy Anderson, Cello
Cathy Anderson is the Associate Principal Cellist of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, of which she has been a member since 2007. She also plays musical theatre with Drayton Entertainment and as a sub for the Stratford Festival. She has been heard as a soloist and chamber musician on CBC Radio and National Public Radio in the United States, and holds music degrees from Wilfrid Laurier and Yale Universities. Cathy performs regularly in the Kitchener-Waterloo area both with the symphony and in collaboration with other local musicians, most recently at the 2019 Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival. She enjoys teaching the young musicians of the Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Orchestra programs, and maintains a teaching studio at the Renaissance School of the Arts.
Catherine Robertson, Piano
Catherine Robertson is active as a pianist, chamber musician, singer, conductor, coach and teacher. She is a frequent piano and choral adjudicator at music festivals across the country. Catherine received her B. Mus. Piano Performance (Queen’s University), Piano Licentiate LRAM
(Royal Academy of Music, London, U.K.) and her M. Mus. Piano Performance (WU) degrees. She was a collaborative pianist and coach at Wilfrid Laurier University, and has taught piano at Redeemer University College.
Catherine presently teaches piano at the University of Guelph and also teaches piano and piano literature courses at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. For four years she conducted the Grebel Chapel Choir, the University’s oldest performing ensemble.
Catherine serves as resident pianist with DaCapo Chamber Choir. This K-W choir is dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. Catherine has recorded piano and chamber music including works by Leonard Enns and Michael Purves-Smith. She enjoys the challenges of presenting new compositions.
A love of early music was shown over the fifteen years in which Catherine directed TACTUS Vocal Ensemble. This professional octet specialized in music of the European Renaissance. Catherine also sang as a consort member of Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, and for many years accompanied and sang with the Elora Singers.
Catherine frequently plays and also serves on the board of the Guelph Connections Concerts series. She supports GCC’s dedication to the promotion of musical excellence and accessibility in Guelph.
November 12, 2019
Laura Chambers, Flute and Sybil Shanahan, Cello
Villa-Lobos, “The Jet Whistle”,
Benjamin Britten, Selections from Solo Cello suite No.1
Aaron Copland, Solo Flute Sonata
Piazzolla, "Histoire du Tango"
Samuel Barber Sonata for Cello and Piano in C minor Opus 6
Appearing on the Naxos label and award-winning soundtracks, Laura Chambers is also a founding member of the ensemble Charm of Finches, Canada’s only professional flute quintet, performing standard repertoire and commissioning new works for flute ensemble.
Ms. Chambers has been featured as a concerto soloist, orchestral player, and chamber ensemble musician across North America. An active member of the GTA freelance scene, Laura has had the pleasure of performing with many groups including the Niagara Symphony, the National Ballet of Canada, the Talisker players, Aradia Ensemble, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Ontario Philharmonic. She is currently acting principal with the London Symphonia.
Laura has also had the privilege of working with such artists as members of Nexus and composer Steve Reich as well as participating in a recent epic performance of The Rite of Spring in the deserts of Nevada. Her playing can also be heard on the 2018 Juno nominated soundtrack Cuphead.
. Ms. Chambers holds an Honours Bachelor of Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where she studied under Professor James Walker. Previous teachers include Patrick Gallois, Susan Hoeppner, Camille Churchfield. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in music at York University.
Compelling young Canadian cellist Sybil Shanahan is regularly observed to love both the music she performs and the instrument she plays. An international prizewinner, she has had the distinction of being invited to perform in music festivals around the world and has been heard in Canada, Europe, the USA and South Africa to date. Primarily a chamber musician, Sybil has been a member of the genre diverse chamber group Ensemble Vivant since 2010, toured across Canada and the USA with the group, and is featured on 3 of its recent releases. In 2014 her debut album “Caprice” featuring French Romantic cello duets with Coenraad Bloemendal, was released on the ERDECO label.
Committed to the importance of fostering a continued love of classical music, Sybil is an avid teacher and maintains a cello class in Toronto. She also performs outreach concerts regularly atthrough community benefitting organizations whose mandates include providing high calibre live music and music education to students who would otherwise not normally get to experience it. As an entrepreneur, Sybil has run her own event music business, Beaux Strings, since 2011. She has completed over 100 musical arrangements and transcriptions of contemporary pop music for the sole use of this group to date. Her genre diverse work has also been featured on several recordings for songwriters, bands and film scores. Strongly interested in classical contemporary music, she has collaborated with notable composers Betsy Jolas, Jonathon Harvey and David Philip Hefti, and, performed in Amsterdam's famous Gaudeamus Festival and the ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia. Sybil has been on faculty at Lake Field Music Camp, one of Canada’s only music camps for adults since 2010.
Sybil completed her University education in Europe. She holds a Master’s Degree from the class of cello soloist Patrick Demenga in Switzerland and a Bachelor from the class of Gregor Horsch in Amsterdam. Website: www.sybilshanahan.com