2017 Programs ~ In Praise of the Queen of Instruments
The piano–magnificently expressive, powerful, versatile, and loved by amateur and professional alike all over the world–has been called the Queen of Instruments. It has been described as "the single great factor in the development of musical art and the dissemination of musical knowledge."
For the final of four events during 2017 celebrating the star instrument of music history, Gustin House is delighted to present a Sunday program by Ontario pianist Christine Vanderkooy and speaker Eric Paetkau, Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. This event will be held at Yamaha Piano Centre, thanks to Marie and Roger Jolly.
In Praise of the Queen of Instruments ~
From Schubert and Schumann to Music in Canada Today
Sunday, November 26, at 3:00 p.m.
n.b. Yamaha Piano Centre, 1011 Broadway Avenue, Saskatoon
Admission: $25 regular / $15 student
(proceeds to artists and inter-arts programs at Gustin House)
Reservations required due to space limits ~ early reservation recommended.
Please inform of changes.
To reserve, call (306) 373-9103, or e-mail (see sidebar at left)
Dr. Vanderkooy will perform Romantic-era music by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946 are elegant and stirring works of the composer’s last period. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Schumann is a set of 13 short musical sketches of childhood, written for adults and intended to be played by adults. Dr. Vanderkooy will also give the world premiere of a new composition she commissioned from David L. McIntyre. The pianist has appeared as soloist across Canada as well as in the United States and Europe, and she recently released a CD of Schubert and Schumann works. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor after some time on the music faculty at the University of Regina.
Eric Paetkau, now in his third season as Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony, will speak at the event, exploring aspects of Canadian music today. Known for his intense musicality and artistic passion, he has a breadth of interest encompassing many compositional styles. His work with the innovative “group of 27” orchestra, which he founded in Toronto, resulted in two JUNO-nominated CDs. He has conducted several orchestras including Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Windsor Symphony; and he was Resident Conductor with Quebec City’s renowned Les Violons du Roy. As a violist, Mr. Paetkau was a member of the Nuremburg Symphony in Germany, and has performed with major orchestras in Canada