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Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2015


Winter recital:  Lee*-Mercer-Park Trio ~ Friday, February 13, 2015

Gustin House

Gustin House, in conjunction with Prairie Debut, presents a dynamic season-opening concert of trio works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven, interspersed with solo compositions and a new Canadian sonata for cello and piano. The musicians of the Trio unite their artistry into compelling ensemble performances while maintaining impressive individual careers.

Violinist Elissa Lee,* originally scheduled for the Prairie Debut concert tour, will be replaced by New York-based violinist Judy Kang. Ms. Kang, a native of Edmonton, has appeared with top orchestras and ensembles around the world, collaborating with such artists as Pierre Boulez and Leon Fleischer; she performs on the “Baumgartner” Stradivarius, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts. Rachel Mercer, cellist, was grand prize winner of the 2001 Amsterdam Vriedenkrans Competition and made her European debut in the Concertgebouw; she has performed across North America and abroad, and recently released a CD of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. Pianist Angela Park has received awards in major competitions and is one of the country’s leading young musicians, active as a soloist and collaborative partner throughout North America.

Spring recital:  Janina Fialkowska ~ Centenary Gala, Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gustin House

Gustin House is honoured and thrilled to present world-renowned pianist Janina Fialkowska to perform a gala solo recital! An artist of rare distinction, Ms. Fialkowska is acclaimed for her exquisite pianism, lyrical sound and profound musical integrity.

Canadian-born, and now residing in Europe, she has performed around the globe on prestigious stages and has appeared with the foremost orchestras. Commenting on a recital tour in Germany, the press wrote with typical high praise, “[Fialkowska] captures the entire dimension of the instrument . . . she plumbs the depths of each individual work with a distinguished and emotional balance far from the artificial levels of piano playing: the profound truths of music reveal themselves” (Augsburger Allgemeine). This recital marks the Centenary of Theodor Leschetizky (1830-1915) who was part of a stellar musical lineage reaching back to Beethoven and widely influencing many through the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios: Dr. Gustin studied with a Leschetizky graduate and passed that musical connection to all his students and their students in turn. Celebrating this musical heritage, Janina Fialkowska in recital--a performance not to be missed!

Summer recital:  Harrington/Loewen Duo ~ Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Gustin House

The season’s final recital features Allen Harrington, one of Canada’s finest saxophonists, with collaborative pianist Laura Loewen. The artists--whose return to the Gustin Series is warmly welcomed!--will perform traditional as well as contemporary works. 

Known and hailed for their musicality, tight ensemble and virtuosic performances, the Harrington/Loewen Duo has performed throughout North America, including a Debut Atlantic tour of the Maritime provinces; they have appeared in international festivals, three World Saxophone Congresses, and on concert stages in Europe, Asia, and South America. A native of Saskatoon, Mr. Harrington is in high demand as recitalist, adjudicator, chamber and orchestral musician; as soloist, he has performed with many ensembles and orchestras, including the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie (Belgium), l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Loewen, one of Canada’s most expressive collaborative pianists and  sought-after mentor and coach for singers and opera programs, performs extensively with instrumentalists and chamber groups. Both artists are on the Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

All Recitals:
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cres. E
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; pre-concert talk at 6:45 prior to each recital

Season Pass, three recitals in 2015:  $90 regular, $75 student
Single recitals, individually priced

Season Pass/individual tickets for all concerts:
McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano, and at the door

Further information, or purchase of Season Pass by mail: call Lynne (306) 653-8889