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Canzona Chamber Players are pleased to present Quartet for the End of Time featuring Lynn Kuo, Violin, Emily Marlow, Clarinet , Rafael Hoekman, Cello and Angela Park, Piano Saturday, May 27, 7:30 PM, 27 Sherbourne St North, Toronto.
Tickets for the concert are priced at $30 and can be reserved via email at email@example.com, by calling or texting Jonathan at 416.822.0613
The Game of the Reflected Light, Genesis, The Meditation, and Games, for solo clarinet - Ghenadie Ciobanu (b.1957)
Quartet for the End of Time (1940-41) - Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
I. Liturgie de cristal (Crystal Liturgy)
II. Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps (Vocalise, For the Angel Who Announces the End of Time)
III. Abîme des oiseaux (Abyss of Birds)
IV. Intermède (Interlude)
V. Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (Praise to the Eternity of Jesus)
VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes (Dance of Fury, For the Seven Trumpets)
VII. Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps (Tangle of Rainbows, For the Angel Who Announces the End of Time)
VIII. Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus (Praise to the Immortality of Jesus)
Canadian violinist Lynn Kuo is Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada and is the Founder/C.E.O. of Violin with Dr. Lynn, serving as an online educator for violinists motivated to become stronger, more fearless performers. Having launched her Summer Violin Bootcamp in June 2020 during a pandemic, Lynn is quickly becoming a respected educator in the online space appearing on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.
Lynn performs as a concert violinist and guest concertmaster of Canadian orchestras, including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Opera Hamilton, Ontario Philharmonic, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Mandle Philharmonic, and various orchestras in the city of Toronto. In addition to performing regularly with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Lynn serves as an adjudicator, guest artist, and lecturer at festivals and universities and was Visiting Assistant Professor of Violin at Memorial University of Newfoundland for the Winter semester of 2020.
As a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Lynn has performed across Canada, the United States, Wales, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She has performed with the Tainan Symphony Orchestra, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), and as guest soloist with Hungary's gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band.
In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres in North America, Europe, and Asia of acoustic and electroacoustic solo and chamber works written by international composers. These works have been written for her and various ensembles, including the Les A.M.I.S. Ensemble, Duo Vita, and the Kuo-Humetska duo with Ukrainian-Canadian pianist Marianna Humetska.
Lynn's performances have been broadcast on Canadian, Serbian, and Hungarian radio and television and can be heard on the N.A.X.O.S. label (Works of Nino Rota) and on her self-produced CD with pianist Marianna Humetska: LOVE: Innocence, Passion, Obsession, available on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and Amazon.
Having completed studies with Lorand Fenyves, Mayumi Seiler, and Erika Raum and post-doctoral studies with Burton Kaplan and Nathan Cole, Lynn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, having dedicated her research to the subject of holistic health and injury prevention in orchestral string musicians. When not playing the violin, Lynn can be spotted on social media posting violin tutorials or perfecting her karate kicks or salsa dancing turn patterns. www.lynnkuo.com
Emily Marlow is frequently in Toronto at her post-playing clarinet with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, where she enjoys playing a wide variety of repertoire that often includes the E flat and Bass clarinets. Living in Chicago, she has performed with local chamber ensembles 5th House Ensemble, Quintet Attacca, C.U.B.E. and MusicNow Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Additional Toronto engagements during the 2018/19 season include performances with the Les Amis Ensemble and the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Free Concert Series.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Emily trained at Acadia University with Stan Fisher and then furthered her studies at Depaul University in Chicago with Larry Combs, also studying with John Bruce Yeh, David McGill and Dale Clevenger.
Emily has also performed with the Oregon Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony and the Canadian Opera Company.
Hailed as a "Rock Star of the Cello" and noted for his "spirited and fiery performances," Rafael Hoekman's varied career as a soloist, teacher, chamber musician and orchestral cellist has taken him on a journey across Canada.
Rafael grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland and began his musical training with his parents at the age of three. His principal teachers were Theo Weber in St. John's, Yuli Turovsky in Montreal, and he completed his Master's Degree with Shauna Rolston at the University of Toronto. With his appointment to the position of Principal Cello for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Rafael has come full circle - his father was born in Lethbridge, and his mother was born in Conrad, Montana, a short drive from the Canadian border.
As a young soloist, Rafael first attracted attention by winning First Prize at the Orford International Competition. This award led to performances of the Boccherini Concerto with I Musici de Montreal and a subsequent CD on the Amberola Label. In quick succession, Rafael garnered awards from competitions including the Montreal Symphony Competition, the C.M.C. Stepping Stones Competition, the Debut Young Artist Competition and the Quebec Symphony's Canadian Concerto Competition. In addition to performing with I Musici de Montreal, Rafael has appeared as a soloist with the Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony, the Newfoundland Symphony, Sinfonia Toronto, the Sudbury Symphony, and the Etobicoke Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician and founding member of the Tokai String Quartet, Rafael won Fourth Prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition as well as the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award and the Sir Ernest MacMillan Grant for a young Canadian chamber ensemble. Rafael's chamber music performances have been featured on several national broadcasts for the C.B.C. He has been heard all across Canada on tours for Jeunesses Musicales and Debut Atlantic. He counts as his chamber music partners James Ehnes, Alexander Tselyakov, Anton Kuerti, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Prior to joining the Edmonton Symphony as Principal Cello in 2015, Rafael was a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and held assistant principal positions with both the Winnipeg and Windsor Symphony Orchestras. He has also held positions with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra (Principal Cello), Orchestra London Canada and Sinfonia Toronto (principal cello) and has played frequently with the Detroit and Toronto Symphony Orchestras. He is also currently the Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton.
Rafael is a passionate teacher and enjoys working with aspiring cellists as a faculty member at the University of Alberta and across the country at festivals, including the Kincardine Music Festival, Southern Ontario Chamber Music Institute, and Music at Port Milford.
Rafael lives in Edmonton with his wife, cellist Meran Currie-Roberts, and their two children, Sam and Anastasia.
Angela has won numerous awards and prizes in major competitions both at home and abroad, including the International Grace Welsh Prize for Piano in Chicago, World Piano Competition in Cincinnati, Canadian National Music Festival, Honens International Piano Competition, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.
She earned her MMus at the University of Toronto and her D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the Université de Montréal. From 2011-2014, Angela was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. She has given masterclasses and educational outreach sessions for universities and communities across Canada, as well as at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, Stanford, and Indiana University in the United States. Angela currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
PLEASE ENJOY ANNA SAGALOVA'S CONCERT, FROM THE FUNDRAISER ON JANUARY 17, 2023, PRODUCED BY PICKLE UNDERGROUND (ANNA PIDGORNA, AND CANZONA CHAMBER PLAYERS).
THANK YOU TO EVAN MITCHELL & JOHN S. GRAY, FOR FILMING AND RECORDING, AND TO THE ARTS & LETTERS CLUB, TORONTO, FOR HOSTING THE EVENT.
Canzona Chamber Players is an annual classical and jazz chamber music concert series in its 20th year featuring some of Canada's top musicians. The series has been hosted at various venues on Toronto Island and in downtown Toronto.
Founded by Jacob Stoller, Jonathan Krehm and Roger Sharp, we exist and thrive because of the enthusiastic support of the St.-Andrew-By-the-Lake Congregation and the Toronto Island community and our music patrons in the GTA.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to broadcast recitals on our YouTube page, which were recorded to the highest standard. The series has featured Winona Zelenka, Joseph Johnson and Jonathan Crow (TSO), Marie Bérard (COC), 2020 Juno recipient Angela Schwarzkopf, Yosuke Kawasaki and Jessica Linnebach (NACO) and many more.
We thank John S. Gray for audio recording these acoustic performances and Evan Mitchell for video recording, editing and broadcasting them. All performers were paid for their performance. In light of the war in Ukraine, we recently presented two fundraising events.
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For the past ten years, we have held an annual fundraising concert in memory of Elizabeth Krehm, and to date have raised over $242 000 for the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.
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Now in our 20th season, 2022-23, we are presenting live events again, beginning with John Kameel Farrah in November.
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Jonathan Krehm and Canzona Chamber Players