At the season-opening event at Gustin House, the Mathieu-Chua Duo paid musical homage to the many innovative women composers of various times and cultures. The afternoon program for violin and piano spanned more than three centuries of music, from a Sonataby Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729), to Romancesby Clara Schumann (1819-1896) and Amy Beach (1867-1944), to the 21stcentury work Éxtasisby Alice Ping Yee Ho (b. 1960). The artists–Dr. VéroniqueMathieu, University of Saskatchewan, with Toronto-based pianist Stephanie Chua–interspersed their performance with commentary on the lives and music of the composers.
the artists: violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua
Darcy Hildebrandt, with Jonathan Lee on his visit home from California
from left, Gregory Schulte, Bob Hickie, Doreen Hickie, and Lilian Lee
from left, Stephanie Chua and Kathleen Solose
from left, Victoria Neufeldt, Jean Williamson, Mildred Kerr and Jeanette Schuler, with Véronique Mathieu
Alda Behie examines scores and biographies of women composers
from left, Joan Halmo with Diane Davis and Kathleen Solose
Véronique and Deborah
youngest attendee, arriving for the reception
finale, in the Gustin House kitchen!
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