Pianist Philip Chiu performs January 8, 2016

The Lyell Gustin Recital Season 2016 opened on January 8 with a performance by pianist Philip Chiu, one of Canada’s leading musicians of the new generation. An enthusiastic audience welcomed this youthful artist who was recently named inaugural winner of the Prix Goyer 2015-2016, a major award given for best emerging classical musician. The recital program spanned two centuries of music, from the highlight "Waldstein" Sonata of Beethoven to a work by Ginastera. Mr. Chiu, also much in demand as a collaborative artist, performs with and has recorded a range of repertoire with violinist Carissa Klopoushak, a native of Saskatoon and a Gustin Recital Series artist.
 
 
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Music for Oboe and Keyboard, and the Poetry of the Potter. February 28, 2016

In a program celebrating “Art without Borders,” three musicians and a clay artist shared their gifts and their insights with an appreciative audience at Gustin House. Erin Brophey, principal oboist of the Saskatoon Symphony, with collaborative pianist Gregory Schulte, performed repertoire from the Baroque to the 20th Century. Pianist Rodney Epp joined Mr. Schulte in a performance of Canadian folk-song duets arranged by Violet Archer (1913-2000). Archer, colleague and friend of Lyell Gustin, was specially recognized at this program for her seminal role in Canadian composition. Martin Tagseth of Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan, displayed and discussed a selection of his clay art works. He described techniques of his work as a potter, referring to his pottery pieces as conceptual and poetic expressions cast in traditional vessel forms. 

 

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Marie-Josée Lord in recital, April 17, 2016

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, soprano Marie-Josée Lord, with pianist Romain Pollet and violinist Flaviu Zanca, performed a colourful program of song, classical to Broadway. Entitled “Jambalaya,” the recital included favourite works by Verdi, Dvorák, Bizet, Gershwin, Bernstein and others. For this ensemble of Montreal-based musicians, their appearance on the Lyell Gustin Recital Series was the final performance of a Prairie Debut tour in western Canada. A richly enlightening pre-concert talk was given by Barbara Montalbetti.  
 
 
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Bach, Beethoven . . . and the Bard. Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pianist Godwin Friesen, rising star among young artists of our country, performed a program of music by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, as well as Sonata for Piano by Jean Coulthard. The latter work celebrated another outstanding Canadian woman composer of the 20th century (Violet Archer had been recognized in our February event at Gustin House earlier this year ). Mr. Friesen received a full scholarship to study at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, beginning in the fall of 2016. 

To mark the 400th anniversary year of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the “Bard of Avon,” Gustin House was pleased to present Mark von Eschen as guest speaker. Known widely for his vibrant leadership during 12 years as Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Mr. von Eschen gave a thought-provoking talk, “Reinventing Shakespeare for Your Audience.”

In a program celebrating “Art without Borders,” three musicians and a clay artist shared their gifts and their insights with an appreciative audience at Gustin House. Erin Brophey, principal oboist of the Saskatoon Symphony, with collaborative pianist Gregory Schulte, performed repertoire from the Baroque to the 20th Century. Pianist Rodney Epp joined Mr. Schulte in a performance of Canadian folk-song duets arranged by Violet Archer (1913-2000). Archer, colleague and friend of Lyell Gustin, was specially recognized at this program for her seminal role in Canadian composition. Martin Tagseth of Lake Lenore, Saskatchewan, displayed and discussed a selection of his clay art works. He described techniques of his work as a potter, referring to his pottery pieces as conceptual and poetic expressions cast in traditional vessel forms. 

 

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duo526 performs “Nocturne and Tarantella.” August 23, 2016

 
 
On August 23, duo 526--violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa--gave a beautifully designed and musically impressive recital entitled “Nocturne and Tarantella.” All the works on their program, from Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata to the compositions of Copland, Szymanowski, and Lili Boulanger, included some aspect of the two genres of music, and together they created an intriguing unit across two centuries of composition. The artists gave the pre-concert talk. Ms. Niekawa, Japanese-born and now working in the USA, and Ms. DuWors–originally from Saskatoon, where she studied with Gustin graduate Sheila Shinkewski–have performed together as duo526 since meeting in 2011 in the doctoral performance program at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.
 

 

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Choral Music, and the Story from the Archives. Sunday, September 11, 2016

The vocal ensemble Camerata Innominata–soprano Kathleen Brannen, alto Gary Day, tenor Michael Harris and bass Jonathan Moore-Wright–performed works from the Renaissance, an era considered the golden age of choral music. The a cappella group sang magnificent music by Orlando di Lasso, William Byrd, Tomas Luis de Vittoria and other masters, and a 20th century work by Healey Willan.

Guest speaker was Nadine Charabin of the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan. Her talk, “Archival Treasures and Gustin Heritage,” paid special tribute to Gustin/Trounce heritage hero Lloyd Rodwell (1927-1996). This year marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Mr. Rodwell, who had dedicated all his later years and his resources to preserving the Gustin legacy for posterity.

 

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György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments ~ November 6, 2016

The monumental work, Kafka Fragments, Op. 14, by György Kurtág was performed at Gustin House on November 6 by soprano Helen Pridmore, University of Regina, and violinist Nadia Francavilla of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The year 2016 marks the 90th birth anniversary of Kurtág, an important Hungarian composer who has attained increasing international prominence during the last several decades. The program offered a rare and rewarding opportunity to hear this virtuosic and musically intense composition in live performance.

Guest speaker was Michael Trussler, Professor of English at the University of Regina. Drawing upon his extensive study of the life and work of Franz Kafka, he provided a context for the words of the song cycle in a talk entitled “Franz Kafka and the Unrelenting Uncanny.”

 

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