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Pianist Nikolai Choubine opens 10th Anniversary Series

In a recital entitled “Glories of the Piano’s Golden Age,” Nikolai Choubine launched the 10th Anniversary Season of the Lyell Gustin Recital Series. Describing his repertoire as “jewels of Romantic piano literature,” the artist included a significant representation of music from his native Russia. It was a special pleasure for the audience to hear Mussorgsky’s entire “Pictures at an Exhibition” in the original piano version. The pre-concert chat was given by Rika Asai Choubine, a native of Saskatoon and a musical descendant of Lyell Gustin.


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Johann Sebastian Bach’s Art of Fugue. November 10, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, November 10, pianist Penny Johnson gave a complete performance of J. S. Bach’s Art of Fugue, including her own ending to the final, unfinished movement. The monumental work, a tour de force of fugal writing, is rarely heard in its entirety due to its daunting proportions. Dr. Johnson, who studied in New York at Eastman and Manhattan School of Music, focuses on the music of Bach. She currently teaches at the Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts. 

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Pianist Penny Johnson at the Gustin Steinway

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Jim Leach, Joan Halmo

   
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Lynne Graham and grandson Eric Bews

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Penny Johnson with Joan Fast

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Lina Hack selects from the tray of Karen Sterner, baker par

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Lisa Shen enjoying reception time

 
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Marcus Miller, visiting from North Battleford 

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left to right, Kathleen Solose, Jaya Hoy

   
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Audrey Ens

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left to right, Helen Few, Mary Friesen, Edna Thiessen; in the background, Jennifer Zhang


Nature Soundscape: Music, and Words from the Prairie. October 6, 2013

Celebrating autumn and themes of nature, changing light and night, tenor Michael Harris and pianist Gregory Schulte performed works of Mendelssohn, Schubert, Richard Strauss, and others.  Award-winning author Candace Savage read her own writings about the prairie as well as selections from some of her favourite Saskatchewan poets. The afternoon program at Gustin House was dedicated to the memory of our colleague, Gustin graduate Walter Thiessen, who passed away unexpectedly, September 30. Mr. Thiessen was specially remembered in a lied added to the program, Franz Schubert’s beautiful Aller Seelen ruhn in Frieden--“all souls, rest in peace.”

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The artists: left to right, Gregory Schulte, Candace Savage, Michael Harris

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Prairie flowers honour the late Walter Thiessen

   
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Left to right, Mary Friesen, Edna Thiessen and Joan Halmo

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Audience members with Michael Harris

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Left to right, Peggy Sarjeant, Keith Bell, Candace Savage, and Alyssa Thompson

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Jeanette Schuler looks on as Ewen Coxworth visits with Ann Burton

 
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Trudy Berscheid, Gregory Schulte 

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Anna Bekolay, John Senior

   
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Hugh McKee and Edna Thiessen congratulate Peggy Sarjeant, Gustin/Trounce Committee member, on her induction this month into the Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame

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In memory of Walter, in praise of music

 

Pianists Kathleen Lohrenz Gable and Che Anne Loewen, August 20, 2013

The final concert in the 2013 Lyell Gustin Recital Series featured prairie-born musicians
Che Anne Loewen and Kathleen Lohrenz Gable in an evening of wonderful piano duets by Schubert, Ravel, Barber, Weber and Liszt. Both artists had studied piano with prominent Gustin Studio graduate Garth Beckett at Wilfrid Laurier University, and both have since enjoyed extensive professional musical careers nationally and abroad. Held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, August 20, “One Piano, Two Friends, Four Hands!” drew an appreciative audience that included attendees from Prince Albert, Perdue, North Battleford, Rosetown and Regina, along with summer visitors from as far as Montreal and Chicago. Jaya Hoy gave the pre-concert talk.

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Gallery: Art of the Piano, Art Works for the Community. June 16, 2013
 

A Sunday gathering at Gustin House celebrated spring with Romantic and Russian music and with reflections on visual art. Pianist Christine Vanderkooy, who is on the music faculty of the University of Regina, performed works by Grieg, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. Terry Fenton, post-abstract landscape painter and writer on art and artists, spoke on art in the community and displayed several of his works. A group of musicians from Regina joined us for this joyful afternoon!

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The artists: Christine Vanderkooy, Terry Fenton

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Sumiko and Juhachi Asai with Ken Montgomery of Regina

   
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Sheila Fenton, Dennis Lanigan

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Heather Schnare with Karen Sterner

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Audience members study a Terry Fenton painting

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Regina guests, along with the visiting pianist, left to right: Penny Johnson, Christine Vanderkooy, Ken Montgomery, Dennis Weist, Lore Ruschiensky (holding “About Pictures,” by Terry Fenton), and Corinne Groff

 
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Terry Fenton, Jim Wood

 

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Spring flowers in the Gustin verandah, a gift from Karen’s garden!

   
   
   

Wolak-Donnelly Duo in recital, March 15, 2013

Clarinetist Kornel Wolak and pianist Chris Donnelly gave a virtuosic performance at the March 15 recital, richly rewarding an audience who braved winter snows to be present! The wide-ranging repertoire included music by Bach and Brahms, Mozart and Paganini, Gershwin and Peterson. The Wolak-Donnelly Duo, based in Toronto, appeared on the Lyell Gustin Recital Series as part of an extensive regional tour with Prairie Debut. The pre-concert talk was given by Alyssa Thompson.

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