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Chamber Players Series
Detailed Concert Listings

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Philip Myers, horn legend
Oct
30

Philip Myers, horn legend

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Philip Myers, horn; Suzanne Lemieux, oboe; Philippe Djokic, violin; Simon Docking, piano

For many years the principal horn of the New York Philharmonic, Philip Myers is without doubt one of the world’s finest horn players. He stunned audiences at the 2019 Scotia Festival of Music, and we are delighted he has agreed to this return concert including the Brahms Horn Trio, and Romantic chamber works for oboe, horn and piano.

Melodic Masters
Nov
6

Melodic Masters

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Co-presented with Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts

Elizabeth Oakes, viola; Leonardo Perez, violin; Paul Marleyn, cello; Shimon Walt, cello; Peter Allen, piano

A concert featuring the all-time masters of melody. A miniature gem, Schubert’s Trio in B-flat major is packed with lyricism and drama. Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor is a masterful example of a relatively new genre at the time. The program comes to a thrilling close with Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, written as a tribute to Tchaikovsky. 

Halifax Living Treasures
Nov
13

Halifax Living Treasures

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Philippe Djokic, violin; Mark Lee, violin; Elizabeth Upson Perez, viola; Ben Marmen, cello; Lynn Stodola, piano

Five local treasures perform two masterpieces in this concert – we are lucky in Halifax to have musicians of this calibre. The “Harp” quartet finds Beethoven on the border between classic and romantic, while Fauré’s G minor piano quartet combines intense emotion with impeccable French technique.

  • Fauré - Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 45

  • Beethoven - String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 (“Harp”)

From Florid to Forlorn…
Nov
20

From Florid to Forlorn…

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Co-presented with Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts

Betty Wayne Allison, soprano; Christina Raphaëlle Haldane, soprano; Jennifer King, piano

Join sopranos Betty Waynne Allison and Christina Raphaëlle Haldane for a fabulous evening of arias and songs, from florid classics by Handel and Rossini, to Strauss and Wagner’s forlorn favourites. Betty and Christina are thrilled to be joining forces both on and off stage, on the Voice faculty at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of the Performing Arts.

Program includes arias by Vivaldi, Handel and Rossini, and Lieder by Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Homage and Inspiration
Nov
27

Homage and Inspiration

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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The Iris Trio: Christine Carter, clarinet; Molly Carr, viola; Anna Petrova, piano

One of the last works Schumann wrote before his tragic mental breakdown, the “Fairy Tales” are moving and lyrical, but already show the immense strain he was under. Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s “Hommage” delves into the world of this piece behind the notes. Don’t miss the acclaimed Iris Trio, who have quickly made their mark with sold-out performances in New York, Germany and Australia.

  • Schumann - Fairy Tales, Op. 134

  • Kurtág - Hommage à R.Sch., Op. 15d (2003)

  • Bruch - Eight Pieces, Op. 83

  • Florian Hoefner - Bird Island Suite

Four Hands French
Dec
4

Four Hands French

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Jennifer King and Simon Docking, piano 4 hands

This will be fun – a chance to hear some of the most colourful music for piano 4-hands by some of the greatest French composers.

  • Debussy - Six Epigraphes Antiques

  • Poulenc - Sonata

  • Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole; Foxtrot

  • Bizet - Jeux d’Enfants

Thus it happened
Jan
8

Thus it happened

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Co-presented with Upstream Music Association’s Open Waters Festival

Barry Guy, double bass; Maya Homburger, baroque violin

A night of exploration. English bassist Barry Guy is a phenomenal multi-talented musician – improviser, composer, jazz player, teacher, and more. His wife, Maya Homburger, is a visionary baroque violinist who has performed with musicians such as Trevor Pinnock and Christopher Hogwood. We’ll discover a mix of all of the above in this special presentation, from Bach and Biber to free-improv freak-outs.

Pure Romanticism
Jan
22

Pure Romanticism

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Blue Engine String Quartet: Jennifer Jones, violin; Anne Simons, violin; Alexandra Bates, viola; Hilary Brown, cello

A visit from Blue Engine is always one of the pleasures of our Chamber Series. Tonight they bring us string quartets by two miraculous melodists of the Romantic era: Schubert’s poignant “Rosamunde”, and Dvorak’s “Slavonic” quartet, which many consider to be his finest.

  • Schubert - Quartet in A minor, D. 804 (“Rosamunde”)

  • Dvorak - Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51

India Yeshe Gailey: The Solo Cello in the 21st Century
Feb
19

India Yeshe Gailey: The Solo Cello in the 21st Century

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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India Yeshe Gailey is a young musician to watch. A student of Matt Haimovitz and a member of our 2019 Young Artist Ensemble in Residence, she writes: “Cello repertoire from the 21st century - ethereal songs that link ancient and modern, East and West, nature and humanity. Including music by Canadian, American, and European composers of both common genders, the divide between classical and non-classical is softened, the mood soulful and eclectic”.

  • Philip Glass - Orbit; The Secret Agent; The Paris Sky

  • Kaija Saariaho - Sept Papillons

  • Fjóla Evans - Augun

  • Giovanni Sollima - Alone

  • India Yeshe Gailey - New piece

  • Michael Harrison - Just Ancient Loops

Mostly American
Feb
26

Mostly American

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Co-presented with Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts

Brian James, oboe; Richard Simoneau, trumpet; Peter Allen, piano

Come celebrate the diversity of American music, with the eclectic blend of oboe, trumpet, and piano as performed by Brian James, Richard Simoneau, and Peter Allen as they explore the wide-ranging styles of composers such as Copland, Ives, Joplin and John Williams.

  • Eric Ewazen - Sonata for Trumpet and Piano

  • John Williams - With Malice towards none (from the movie Lincoln)

  • Carl Nielsen - Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano

  • John Williams - The Days Between, for Oboe and Piano

  • Aaron Copland - Quiet City

  • Scott Joplin - Solo piano works

  • Charles Ives - Solo piano works

Conversations with the Double Bass
Mar
4

Conversations with the Double Bass

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Eileen Walsh, clarinet; David Parker, French horn; Colin Matthews, cello; Max Kasper, double bass

Double bass solo, double bass plus one – in many combinations. Who better to introduce us to some new and quirky repertoire than the beloved principal bass of Symphony Nova Scotia, Max Kasper?

  • Beethoven - Duo for Clarinet and Bassoon #1

  • Gould - Benny's Gig

  • Dragonetti - Waltz #3 for solo Double Bass

  • Mozart - Basset Horn duos

  • Twa - Tonomodo

  • Gabrielli - Ricercar #6 for solo cello

  • Pete Johnston - Canadian Love Song; An Exchange of Gifts

  • Wagner - Siegfired’s Funeral March

  • Mozart - Duo for Cello and Bassoon

The Virtuosity of Mark Lee
Mar
11

The Virtuosity of Mark Lee

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Mark Lee, violin; Danbee Ko, piano

Francis Poulenc wrote his intense and virtuosic violin sonata for the young French violinist Ginette Neveu. In this concert, Symphony Nova Scotia’s assistant concertmaster Mark Lee will perform it with the excellent Danbee Ko. They round out the program with Ravel’s luminous early A minor sonata and the sweeping and grand sonata by Ottorino Respighi.

  • Ravel - Sonata in A minor ('Posthumous')

  • Poulenc - Sonata for Piano and Violin

  • Respighi - Sonata for Piano and Violin in B minor

Beethoven Extravaganza
Mar
25

Beethoven Extravaganza

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Co-presented with Dalhousie University Fountain School of Performing Arts

Danbee Ko and Peter Allen, piano

Come celebrate the 250th year of Beethoven's birth with an all piano extravaganza, featuring Dal pianists Peter Allen and Danbee Ko. Maybe a couple of students from Peter's studio may even make an appearance in this special concert, celebrating the music of one of the all-time greatest composers for the piano.

Robert, Laura, and Friends
Apr
8

Robert, Laura, and Friends

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Robert Uchida, violin; Laura Veeze, violin; Susan Sayle, viola; Norman Adams, cello; Peter Allen, piano

We welcome back two special violinists: Robert Uchida, for seven years concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia, and his wife Laura Veeze. Robert will play with Peter Allen in the first half of tonight’s concert, then they join with old friends to perform Brahms’s mighty Piano Quintet.

  • Beethoven - Violin Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 12 No. 3

  • Tchaikovsky - Melodie, Op. 42 No. 3

  • Kreisler - Tambourin Chinois

  • Sarasate - Ziguenerweisen

  • Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34

Andrea Ludwig in Recital
Apr
15

Andrea Ludwig in Recital

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Andrea Ludwig, mezzo soprano; Simon Docking, piano

Mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig has been a favourite with Halifax audiences for several years. She returns from Ontario this time for a hand-picked bouquet of Lieder, mélodie, and song.

  • Berlioz - Nuits d’Été

  • Britten - A Charm of Lullabies

  • Clara Schumann - Lieder

  • Ravel - Histoires Naturelles


The Guitar World of Jeff Torbert
Oct
9

The Guitar World of Jeff Torbert

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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Jeff Torbert, guitar

Halifax guitarist Jeff Torbert can play in any style you care to name. For this recital he brings a variety of different instruments and a survey of what the guitar can do, from the classical world of Leo Brouwer to the minimalism of Steve Reich, via the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and others!

  • Lennon / McCartney - And I Love Her

  • Leo Brouwer - El Decamerón Negro (The Black Decameron)

  • Roland Dyens - Tango en Skaï

  • Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint

  • Pat Metheny - Map of the World

  • Stevie Wonder - If It’s Magic

  • Sonny Rollins - St. Thomas

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400 years of Piano Variations
Oct
2

400 years of Piano Variations

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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David Rogosin, piano

A much-loved figure in Atlantic Canada’s music scene, Mount Allison pianist David Rogosin combines a fine technique, a sharp intellect, and a delight in engagement with the audience. (He’s also an Aikido black belt, so no sudden moves). Tonight, David takes us on a tour of the variation form, from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.

Program includes works by Gibbons, Sweelinck, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Babbitt, and Morse.

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Martin Chalifour and Sarah Hagen
Sep
18

Martin Chalifour and Sarah Hagen

  • The Peggy Corkum Music Room
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The PEI-based pianist Sarah Hagen has explored the quirky side of classical music with her award-winning solo show, Perk Up, Pianist. Now she returns to the Music Room with one of her many regular collaborators, the elegant principal concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic, Martin Chalifour.

  • Mozart - Sonata in C Major K296

  • Poulenc - Sonata for Flute and Piano

  • Suk - Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op 17: no 3 and 4

  • Beethoven - Sonata in G Major Op 96

 
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