Gustin House News

Trio Concertante concludes 10th Anniversary Season

On Tuesday, August 19, Trio Concertante gave the final performance in the Lyell Gustin 10th Anniversary season. Saskatoon-born pianist Timothy Steeves and violinist Nancy Dahn, who have previously appeared as a Duo on the Series, were joined by ensemble partner Simon Fryer, Principal Cellist of the Regina Symphony. The Trio’s summer evening recital of great classics comprised Beethoven’s Trio Op. 1, No. 2; Dvorak’s “Dumky" Trio, and Schubert’s B-flat Trio. Mr. Steeves, who is Professor of Piano at Memorial University, St. John’s NL, gave an engaging pre-concert talk on the repertoire.

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Gustin House hosts Musical Art Club “Finale,” May 18, 2014

Gustin Studio graduates and Gustin musical descendants from four provinces gathered to mark the end of the Musical Art Club established by Lyell Gustin in 1924. The event celebrated Mr. Gustin’s vision in founding an organization to promote students’ musical knowledge and enrich their musical understanding by association with other instrumentalists and vocalists (goals stated in the Club bylaws). Over the decades, the Club and eventually its extended junior branches touched hundreds of people through music and the fine arts, and greatly influenced cultural life in Saskatoon and area.

At the May 18 program, Gustin graduate Walter Thiessen was also honoured: succeeding Mr. Gustin in the early 1980s as Director of the Musical Art Club, he led the Club with generosity for decades, and, before his passing in autumn 2013, had given careful thought to bringing the Club to its conclusion.

The “finale” of the Musical Art Club was held in the heritage setting of Gustin House where the Club had its beginnings 90 years earlier. An eight-hand piano ensemble--Lynn Ewing, Jaya Hoy, Karen Sterner, and Gregory Schulte--performed a movement of a symphony by Mendelssohn, and Boyd McDonald (Kitchener ON) performed solo works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Brahms. Joan Halmo gave a talk about the history of the Musical Art Club, tracing its remarkable development and its artistic impact on individuals and the community.

A reception followed the program, with festive refreshments provided by Garth and Marjorie Beckett (Toronto ON) and Hugh and Sheryl McKee. Former members of the Musical Art Club had written reminiscences that were on display for the event; programs and news articles from the Club’s storied past were also exhibited. In the photos below, nearly all those portrayed are Gustin graduates or Gustin musical descendants.

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Lyell Gustin (1895-1988), and Walter Thiessen (1928-2013), ​
successive Directors of the Musical Art Club

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Carolyn Arnason

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Boyd McDonald and Ken Adams

   
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Gregory Schulte and Mary Barrett-Lenz

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Heather Waldner, Shirley Lummerding, Joe Moldenhauer and Marlys Rivard

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Ilse Guenther and Clara Friesen

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Karen Sterner and Jaya Hoy

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Shirley Pridmore and Peter Pridmore

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Boyd McDonald, Ewen Coxworth and Hugh Mckee

 

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Lynn Ewing and Joan Halmo

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Ken Adams, Gregory Schulte and Walter Falk

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Kathleen Bender

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Mary Friesen

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Heather Waldner, Gregory Schulte and Lynda Finnimore

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Walter Falk

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Following the program at Gustin House, guests re-assembled at the beautiful heritage home of Karen Sterner and Steve Boechler for an informal dinner, visiting and more ensemble music.

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Sheryl McKee and Heather Waldner

 

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Jaya Hoy serving, and Ann Coxworth

 

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Joan Halmo and Ken Adams

 

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Ilse Guenther, Gregory Schulte and Walter Falk

 

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Lynne Graham

 

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Steve Boechler

 

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two pianos, eight hands!

 

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Gregory Schulte, Boyd McDonald, Karen Sterner and Jaya Hoy

 

 

Guy & Nadina give Spring Recital in 10th Anniversary Season

Gustin House, in collaboration with Prairie Debut, presented a recital by Guy Few performing on trumpet, corno, and piano, and bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson. Interspersed between works by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Piazzolla, Saint-Saëns, and others, the artists’ shared stories of their tours and travels. Both artists have a link to Saskatchewan: Guy is a native of Saskatoon and a Gustin musical descendant through his longtime piano teacher, Sheila Shinkewski; and family members of Nadina stlll live in the North Battleford area. The pre-concert talk was given by Jaya Hoy.

 

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GUY & NADINA! 
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Celebrating Cultural Heritage with Music and Art.  February 23, 2014

During Saskatchewan Heritage Week 2014, a celebration of music and art took place in the setting of Gustin House, a Provincial Heritage Property. The afternoon event highlighted the significance and the breadth of cultural heritage in our lives as individuals and as a society. Clarinetist Paul Hyunbai, cellist Scott McKnight and pianist Jaya Hoy performed Beethoven’s Trio, Op. 38. Artist Grant McConnell, known for acrylic on wood painting as well as sculptural and bronze works, spoke about historical subject matter in visual art.

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The artists: left to right, Jaya Hoy, Paul Hyunbai, Scott McKnight and Grant McConnell

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Heather Schnare and Paul Hyunbai

   
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Cole Knutson and Sarah Knutson, both of North Battleford

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Karen Sterner, Donald Roach and Levi Nicolat

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Anita Rocamora and June Jacobs, both of Meacham, with Grant McConnell

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Scott McKnight and Jim Wood

 
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Marcus Miller of North Battleford, with Jaya Hoy  

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Heidi Bartsch and Sara Spigott view a McConnell painting

   
 

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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