Music for Voice, Viola and Piano, January 4, 2008
Celebrating Trounce House in its 125th Anniversary Year, February 17, 2008
In a program entitled “Letters from the Temperance Colony and Music of the Era,” a gathering at Gustin House celebrated Saskatoon’s oldest building, which is part of the Gustin property at 512 Tenth Street.
Built in 1883, the Trounce House was bought by Harry and Bessie Trounce who lived there from 1884 to 1887. From the wonderfully detailed letters written by Mrs. Trounce to her family in England, Margo Rashley and Sue Barrett read excerpts about life in early Saskatoon. The musical program surrounding the reading of the letters comprised works by composers of the day--among them, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Paderewski and Willan, all of whom were born in the 1800s. The pianists were Mary Barrett-Lenz, Alexandra Diederichsen, Yvanna Li, Gregory Schulte and Karen Sterner.
This event marking Heritage Week fell near the 20th anniversary of the death of Lyell Gustin (February 7, 1988), and a special musical commemoration was given by Mary Barrett-Lenz, who had performed for Mr. Gustin in hospital during his last days. Gustin House thanks the performers and guest readers for the donation of time and services for this program in support of our heritage work.
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Saxophone and Piano in Recital, April 20, 2008
Provincial Heritage Property
On April 24, 2008, the Province of Saskatchewan formally declared the Dr. Lyell Gustin Residence, Saskatoon, a Provincial Heritage Property in recognition of the wide-reaching and enduring musical influence of Lyell Gustin. The following is the heritage significance statement as given in the Saskatchewan Register of Heritage Property.
"The property is associated with Dr. Lyell Gustin, a renowned music educator in Saskatchewan whose piano studios were located in his residence for 60 years. Dr. Gustin was instrumental in founding the Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers’ Association in the 1930s, and served as president of the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association, 1941-1946, and as Chair of the Music Committee of the Saskatchewan Arts Board from 1952 to 1964.
"The Gustin House has remained relatively intact from the period when it housed the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios. The contents of the Gustin House also contribute to the property’s heritage value.
"The Trounce House, built in 1883, is the oldest remaining building in Saskatoon, and one of the oldest surviving houses in Saskatchewan and contributes to the property’s overall significance."
The Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee warmly thanks all volunteers, donors and friends of Gustin House locally and across the continent for the outpouring of support that has facilitated our artistic endeavours and paved the way for this honour! For financial assistance in the restoration of Gustin House in 2005, we acknowledge with gratitude the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and the City of Saskatoon.
The Arts in a New Age, May 18, 2008
An afternoon gathering at Gustin House celebrated the arts of our time. Yann Martel, internationally-known author, spoke about creativity of artists and encouraged the habit of cultural receptivity in audiences. Soprano Sarah Vardy, with collaborative pianist Mark Turner, performed repertoire spanning the 20th-century, from late works of Rachmaninoff to Barber and Rodrigo.
This program, which also commemorated the birth anniversary of Lyell Gustin (b. May 31, 1895), was the first event held at Gustin House since its designation in April 2008 as Provincial Heritage Property.
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Trio Colore performs Chamber Music Masterpieces, August 18, 2008
On Monday evening, August 18, Gustin House presented a recital of chamber music at Grace-Westminster United Church, Saskatoon. An enthusiastic audience heard violinist Kerry DuWors, cellist Rachel Pomedli, and pianist Erica Tang perform masterworks of the piano trio repertoire, the “Archduke” Trio of Beethoven, and Piano Trio, Op. 8 by Brahms. The ensemble recently released its first CD, ”Trio Colore in Recital,” recorded live in the Lyell Gustin Recital Series in the summer of 2006.
Gustin House acknowledges with gratitude the assistance of the Saskatchewan Arts Board for this and all the recitals of 2008, and the generosity of many individuals whose services and contributions support our programs.
Music of the late 18th Century, Art of the late 19th Century, October 26, 2008
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Music for Piano, and Built Heritage, November 30, 2008
The year 2008 saw the designation of the “Dr. Lyell Gustin Residence” as a Provincial Heritage Property. On Sunday, November 30, an audience at Gustin House recalled this milestone when Peter MacKinnon, President of the University of Saskatchewan, spoke about the significance of heritage buildings as a witness and voice of those who have gone this way before us. Built heritage is to be cherished and protected, he said, for it enriches us, generation after generation!
Christine Vanderkooy, pianist on faculty at the University of Regina, gave a wonderful performance of Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A major, D. 959, and Boyd McDonald’s work, An Artist’s Neighbourhood. Dr. Vanderkooy is doubly a Gustin musical descendant, having studied at the Reginald Bedford Studios, Hamilton, and with Boyd McDonald at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo.
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