The Serenata Music 2014-2015 season presents a program of varied delights.
Saturday, October 18, 2014,
Jazz For All Ages: a tribute to the jazz legends.
With four outstanding Canadian jazz musicians:
Alain Trudel, Trombone, Orchestra London's director for three years and internationally recognized trombone virtuoso, now orchestra and opera conductor at Western University.
Gene DiNovi, Piano, the doyen of Canadian jazz pianists, broadcaster, composer, arranger, historian of popular music.
Neil Swainson, Bass, composer, teacher, has played with major bands and artists including George Shearing, and on five Juno award winning recordings.
Ted Warren, Drums. teacher, percussionist for many artist and bands such as the Boss Brass, recipient of The Jazz Report’s “Drummer of the Year” Award in 1996.
See the London Yodeller Oct.9
for an article by Renée.
Saturday, December 20, 2014,
Quartetto Gelato, Music with grace and humour
Peter DeSoto, violin, tenor, Peter has appeared in leading roles in numerous opera and theatre productions and was a member of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, and was voted Musician Of The Year in 1999 by the Toronto Musicians Association.
Alexander Sevastian, accordion, piano, bandoneon) has won four International Accordion Competitions.
Elizabeth McLellan, cello, was the recipient of the RBC Youth Achievement Award, a graduate of WesternUniversity she has played in and soloed with orchestras in North America, China, and Korea.
Colin Maier oboe, clarinet, english horn, violin, 5-string banjo, acoustic/electric bass, piano, saxophone, flute, guitar, mandolin, musical saw. He is also a dancer, actor, stuntman, singer, choreographer, acrobat and martial-artist. He has played with orchestras and acted on stage in many productions including the Vancouver Olympics.
With a performance repertoire that spans the globe including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs, the group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humor establishes an intimate rapport with audiences worldwide.
Saturday, January 10, 2015,
The London Connection.
Six Musical Artists well known to London audiences will play a variety of music suited to various instrumental combinations.
Ian Franklin, oboe, appointed principal oboe with the Victoria symphony at age 17, he then moved to the Regina Symphony and then Orchestra London. As a soloist he has played with many orchestras, as well as recitalist, and member of wind ensembles such as the Aeolian Winds with whom he has recorded. Franklin taught at the National Music Camp of Canada, the Nova Scotia Youth Symphony, and served as a mentor for the National Academy Orchestra. He is currently oboe instructor at Western University.
Mary Beth Brown, violin, has served as concertmaster under many prominent conductors including Alain Trudel of Orchestra London. She is currently concertmaster of the Juno-winning chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto. She has toured in Europe, Asia, North and South America, taught widely and helped organize the El Sistema program in London. Ms. Brown is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Montreal.
Sharon Wei, viola, is a graduate of Western University. She was on the faculty at Stanford University prior to joining the Western faculty . Ms. Wei also has performed as principal violist with many orchestras. As a recitalist she performs in Europe and North America and is a founding member of the Made in Canada Quartet.
Jeremy Hake, cello, A graduate of Stony Brook University, Jeremy has performed with several North American orchestras, participated in master classes and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festiva. Prior to joining Orchestra London, Jeremy was Assistant Principal Cello of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Josh Grunmann, piano, has performed on the Serenata stage for many years as an accompanist, soloist and chamber musician.As well as his performances on the Serenata Music series, he has played in New York on the Aaron Silberman Recital series at Baruch College, with Theodore Baerg, Monica Whicher, and clarinetist Charles Neidich, and at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto as soloist and with violinist Mary Elizabeth Brown.
Ron George, French horn. Principal horn with Orchestra London since 1979, member of the faculty at Western University, he has played with many orchestras such as the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, and others, and toured with the Calgary Philharmonic and Opera Atelier. His chamber music playing includes the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the Westben Arts Festival
Saturday, May 2, 2015,
Alon Goldstein, piano. in a program commemorating the beginning of World War I.
It is a pleasure to welcome back Alon Goldstein to the Serenata Music stage after a four year absence. He is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Israel, London, Radio France, and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras as well as the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies under such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Leon Fleisher, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi and others. Over the past several years he has also taught and played at the Steans Institute of the Ravinia Festival, New York’s International Keyboard Festival and "Tel Hai” international piano master classes held in Israel. He recently played and recorded the Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi. This collaboration scored a major success on a 17-concert Latin American tour. In addition to his solo performances he plays with the the Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio.