News from Gustin House                                        
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Vol. 9, no. 2, November 2013

Closing Performance, 2013 Recital Series ~ “One Piano, Two Friends, Four Hands!”

Pianists Kathleen Lohrenz Gable and Che Anne Loewen gave a fine recital of rarely heard duets at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, August 20, delighting the large crowd present. The program included Barber’s “Souvenirs,” Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” and works by Schubert, Weber and Liszt. When at Wilfrid Laurier University, both artists were students of Garth Beckett, prominent graduate of the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios. The recital reflected the pleasure of music-making in ensemble, a significant feature of the Studios. Jaya Hoy, pianist and teacher, gave an engaging pre-concert chat.


Passing of Gustin Graduate, our Colleague

Walter Thiessen, founding member and first president of Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee, passed away unexpectedly on September 30, 2013. Walter played a central role in the work of the Committee from its inception in 1996; since then, he was active in caring for  and preserving the property at 512 Tenth Street, and in promoting and celebrating the musical-cultural legacy of Lyell Gustin. Most recently, he was responsible for the Committee’s scholarship file, and was serving as our  Past President. Along with his wife Edna, also a Lyell Gustin graduate and his teaching partner in their music studio, Walter was proudly and generously committed to the traditions of Gustin House. From welcoming Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor to the Gustin House Inauguration in 2005 and himself performing at the opening program, to contributing in support of major concerts, to taking tickets at recitals and washing reception dishes, he participated fully in all events and programs. A lifelong member of the Musical Art Club established by Dr. Gustin, Walter was its Director since 1980. He took on leadership roles in organizations connected with Gustin ideals: Saskatchewan Registered Music Teachers' Association, the Young Artist Series, and Music Festival. Following in the path of his mentor, Walter taught hundreds of students over the decades, inspiring them by his love of music and the arts. He was particularly dedicated to helping young musicians attain their goals. The many across the continent who knew Walter will miss his gentlemanly presence and sense of humour, his artistic insights, and his superb memory of the Gustin Studio history. For Walter’s life and gifts that touched so many near and far, we are deeply grateful.


Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2014 ~ celebrating our 10th Anniversary Season!

Glories of the Piano’s Golden Age, Friday, January 10
International pianist Nikolai Choubine performs piano solos composed or arranged in the Romantic era: the famous Bach-Busoni Chaconne, Tchaikovsky and Chopin works, and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

“Carnet de voyages” (Travel Book), Sunday, March 23
Acclaimed  duo––Guy Few, trumpet, corno da caccia, and piano, with Nadina Mackie Jackson, bassoon––returns to Saskatoon with favourites from their fascinating musical journeys. Presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut.

Trio Concertante, Tuesday, August 19
Violinist Nancy Dahn, cellist Simon Fryer, and pianist Timothy Steeves, praised across Canada and abroad for brilliant artistry and musicianship, perform great classics by Schubert, Beethoven and Dvorak.

Each recital in this 10th Anniversary Season involves a Gustin musical descendant, someone who studied with  a Lyell Gustin graduate. Guy Few Studied with Sheila Shinkewski, as did Rika Asai Choubine, who will give the pre-concert chat on January 10. Timothy Steeves was a piano student of Tom Day.

All recitals are held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cr. East. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 6:45 prior to each recital.

Admission: Season Pass for three recitals: $75 regular, $60 student; Individual recitals: $30 regular, $25 student. Available at McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano, from Committee members, or at the door. More information, or to buy a Season Pass by mail: call Lynne (306) 653-8889. Season passes and tickets make wonderful gifts, and your purchase supports performers and the Recital Series.


10th Anniversary Appreciation of Artists

Gustin House expresses profound gratitude to all recital artists of past seasons, musicians who have come to Saskatoon from across North America and from Europe, many having originated in this region, many part of the Gustin musical lineage as Studio graduates or musical descendants. To those also who performed and/or made presentations at Gustin House, our warmest appreciation. Artists all, you are at the heart of our activity: thank you wholeheartedly for sharing beauty and joy! Gustin House thanks the supporting arts agencies, local organizations, churches, businesses, donors, and volunteers who have graciously assisted in a decade of programming. 


Gustin House Events conclude 2013 Season

June 16, Gallery: Art of the Piano, Art Works for Community. Christine Vanderkooy, pianist, performed a rich program of late Romantic and Russian works by Brahms, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. Artist and author Terry Fenton explored the idea of art in the community and displayed a number of his paintings.  

October 6, Nature Soundscape: Music, and Words from the Prairie. Tenor Michael Harris and pianist Gregory Schulte performed music of Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and others, works evocative of the changing seasons, light and night. Author Candace Savage read selections from her writings and prairie poetry. The program was dedicated to Walter Thiessen.

November 10, J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue. Pianist Penny Johnson brought Gustin House a unique opportunity to hear one of the crowning monuments of Baroque music. Dr. Johnson’s complete performance of Bach’s Art of Fugue, including her own quadruple fugue ending for the unfinished final movement, enthralled listeners.


Gustin Conversations

Thank you to Gustin graduates for interviews at Gustin House on August 21, 2013: Marilyn Lohrenz of Prince Albert; Kathleen Appleton, Marilyn Whitehead, Jaya Hoy, and Sr. Loretta Konlup, all of Saskatoon; to Artistic Imagery for video filming, and to Sr. Maureen Maier, for generous ongoing transcription of interviews.


Heritage Highlights

On October 10, 2013, Peggy Sarjeant, our longtime Committee member, was inducted into the Saskatoon Women’s Hall of Fame for outstanding leadership in and advocacy for heritage. Congratulations to Peggy!
The handsome bronze plaques marking Gustin House as Municipal and Provincial Heritage Property have been placed on the front of the building­­––please come by and read the texts of designation. Thank you to Zach Hauser for mounting the plaques.


Thank you  
. . . to our wonderful donors: 

Walter and Signe Mossman, Leo and Trudy Janssens, Martha Pankratz, Sheryl and Hugh McKee, Jim and Pat Leach, Anonymous, and Anonymous, all of Saskatoon; Colin Macdonald and Theresa Skwara, through the Saskatoon Community Foundation; Ursuline Sisters of Bruno (Humboldt SK), Louise Hughes (Oshawa ON), Ken Adams (Winnipeg MB), and Thomas Yu (Calgary AB); in memory of Louise Schulte, Deborah and Randy Rodger, Michael Pomedli and Joan Halmo, Kathleen Bender, Gretchen Roesler, Rt. Rev. Thomas Morgan and Lillian Morgan, Reinhold and Christa Ortlepp, and Sheila Cameron-Hopkins, all of Saskatoon; Sharon Carter (Middle Lake SK), Helen Larratt (Calgary AB); in memory of Walter Thiessen, Ruth Horlick, Rong Zhou and Min Yu, Helen Derksen, Elizabeth Beckett, Gerald and Natalie Threlfall, Heidi Bartsch, Eunice Koehler, Robert and Annie ter Velde, Reinhold and Christa Ortlepp, Sui Kui and Tammy Ma, Gretchen Roesler, Kathleen Bender, Deborah and Randy Rodger, Michael Pomedli and Joan Halmo, Donna Thomson, all of Saskatoon; Saskatoon Music Festival Committee; Eleanor Bentley (Dalmeny SK), Herb and Helen Strutt (Kindersley SK), Claire Seibold (Rosetown SK), Norma Koop (Abbotsford BC), Jim and Judy Wiens, and Katherine Wiens (all of Winnipeg MB);
. . . for items received:
from Gregory Schulte, anniversary china plate given to his grandparents by Lyell Gustin; from Sr. Joan Miller (Brandon MB), Beethoven score and Sidney Harrison’s autographed volume on piano history, gifts to her from Dr. Gustin; from Edna Thiessen, Musical Art Club archives, and multi-volume anthology published in the early 1900s and given to Walter Thiessen by Dr. Gustin;
. . . for services and support:
professional services, Zane Hrynewich, Susan Bertolo, Marlene Reinbold, Blaire Schmidt (Martensville SK), and Chris Daviduik (Toronto ON); work at the property, Jim and Lynne Graham, Audrey Ens, Michael Pomedli and Steve Boechler; contributions/services for recitals, Hugh McKee, Randy Rodger, Lynda Finnimore, Lorene Nickel, Eric Bews, Marlene Reinbold, Eunice Koehler, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Leo Janssens, Ron Buhler, and Flowers by Fred; reception baking: Heather Schnare, Ken Ladd, Alyssa Thompson; hosting guest artist, Audrey and Dennis Ens; floral arrangement for Oct. 6, Lynne Graham; support for recitals, Department of Canadian Heritage, Saskatchewan Arts Board and  SaskCulture; for presence at events, our audiences all.


November is Philanthropy Month

Are you looking to make a lasting difference for music, for our artists and the arts, for the formation of young musicians? Contact us to discuss how you can turn your hope and intent into a plan that strengthens our common musical-cultural heritage now and ensures its future.

“Music study is an ideal preparation for life.”–– Lyell Gustin


Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.: Honourary President, Boyd McDonald (Kitchener ON); President, Karen Sterner; Past President, Gregory Schulte; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Lynne Graham, Jaya Hoy, Sheryl McKee, and Peggy Sarjeant

Contact us:  (306) 373-1451;
Mail:  47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK S7T 1A4

—Joan Halmo, editor


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