News from Gustin House Vol. 15, no. 1, May 2019
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Two exciting performances coming soon in our 15thAnniversary of Musical Presentation!
Sunday, June 2, 2019 ~ Song at Gustin House
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 ~ Piano Recital
Pianist David Jalbert brings to its finale the 15thLyell Gustin Recital Series with music by Bach, Schumann, Haydn, and Shostakovich. Widely praised for his warm lyrical artistry along with phenomenal technique and fiery virtuosity, this artist is among the elite of the new generation of classical musicians; his “playing is remarkable for its sweep, confidence, sensitivity, power and colour” (Fanfare magazine). Mr. Jalbert performs as a soloist and recitalist in prestigious venues in many countries. Often appearing with major orchestras, he is also in demand as a chamber pianist for leading artists, and he performs with his own award-winning piano trio, Triple Forte. His CD recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues, and American, Russian and French music are acclaimed in reviews from Gramophone to France-Culture. A five-time winner of the Prix Opus, Mr. Jalbert has had four JUNO nominations. He is a graduate of Juilliard, Glenn Gould School of Music and Université de Montréal, and is Professor of Piano at the University of Ottawa.
Recital venue: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Date/time: Wed., August 21, performance at 7:30 p.m., pre-concert talk by the artist at 6:45 p.m.
Admission: $40; student $30; children 12 and under, free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at McNally Robinson, the Saskatoon Academy of Music, Gustin/Trounce Committee, or at the door.
Centenary of the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios: announcing the Recital Series 2020
Next season will mark 100 years since Lyell Gustin, after intense studies during 1916-20 with the brilliant Leschetizky disciple Jeannette Durno, launched his piano teaching career in Saskatoon. As Gustin graduates achieved prominence locally, across Canada and beyond, the Studios at 512-10th Street became known nationally and internationally for musical excellence. Celebrating a century of great music inspired by Dr. Gustin, the 2020 Lyell Gustin Recital Series presents these superb artists:
Wed., January 8, Trio Saint-Laurent
Montreal-based ensemble–clarinetist Jean-François Normand, violist Marina Thibeault, and pianist Philip Chiu–performing music that is poetic, colourful, and intimate, focussing on works of the Romantic era.
Wed., March 18, Janina Fialkowska, piano
World superstar pianist, recording artist, and one of the greatest Chopin interpreters ever! Her recital includes Mozart, French music, and an all-Chopin second half.
Wed., August 19, Cameron Crozman, cello
One of Canada’s most outstanding young cellists, and CBC/Radio-Canada “Classical Révélation Artist” for 2019-20, in recital with pianist Katherine Dowling.
A Visionary Gift
Gustin House is deeply grateful for a gift from the Estate of Dorothy and Mel Kurzen. Both fine pianists–Mr. Kurzen was also a piano teacher–and passionate advocates for music in society, the couple left a legacy to advance classical music performance and to further the musical formation of young people. A generous contribution from the Kurzen Estate supports Gustin House programs in 2019 and 2020. We warmly thank Christina and Eli Bornstein for their role in directing the funds to Gustin House.
Make a Difference for Music and Musicians
Saskatoon City Council has proclaimed May 2019 as “Leave a Legacy” Month as part of a national program inviting gifts through a will or other planning instrument to make a lasting difference to a cause important to you. Your legacy gift to Gustin House helps to ensure that classical music flourishes, concert artists and student musicians are supported, and the cultural tradition of Lyell Gustin is carried on and celebrated. Consider how you would like to be remembered; contact us about a legacy gift. And, regarding regular donation methods you have used in annual giving, now your gift may also be made online to Gustin House at CanadaHelps.org.
Accolades for Work in Heritage and Music
Congratulations to Karen Sterner on her nomination for the 2019 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts, Culture, and Heritage. A former student of Dr. Gustin, she was central to the 2005 restoration of Gustin House, has served in multiple capacities on our Committee, and is currently Past President. Gratitude, and best wishes!
Gustin/Trounce Scholarships Awarded
The scholarship for highest mark in ARCT Performance exams in Saskatchewan (2018) went to Regina students violinist Eleanor Hector and cellist Jonathan Craig Penner (tie). At the 2019 Saskatoon Music Festival, award recipients were Brynja Bayda, Adam Brookman, Shirin Soleimani, and Christina Cayabyab in the classes for ages 18-, 14-, 12-, and 10-and-Under, respectively.
Past Gustin Recitals in 2019 ~ our 15thSeries
January 31. Ensemble Made in Canada, premier piano quartet of our nation, brought us their Mosaïque Project, a celebration of our country in music and art. Fourteen Canadian composers had been commissioned to write works reflecting regions of Canada; played nationwide in concert, the music evoked listeners’ informal artwork (https://www.ensemblemadeincanada.com/mosaique-project/mosaique-maker/ shows art from all Canada!).
The Ensemble’s members, highly-regarded chamber and solo artists, designed this boldly innovative project.
April 3. Rolston String Quartet, fresh from the stages of New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, gave a recital of music by Haydn, Ligeti and Beethoven to an enthusiastic and delighted audience. As First Prize Winner in the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, the group has enjoyed a meteoric rise in international circles and tours widely in Canada, USA and Europe. Their profoundly artistic and memorable performance in the 15thAnniversary Lyell Gustin Series was presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut.
. . . to our wonderful donors across the continent:
from Saskatoon, Marlene and Denis Reinbold, John and Nancy Senior, Signe Mossman, Lynne Graham, Carol Gronsdal and Eugene Patrick, D2 Construction, Helen Derksen, John Botari, Peggy Sarjeant, Joy McFarlane-Burton, Nestor Shinkewski, Alda Behie, George James, Jim and Judith Wood, Martha Pankratz, Bill and Helen Kruger, Victoria Neufeldt, Steve Boechler and Karen Sterner, Donna Bramwell, John Cross, Doug and Lilian Thorpe, Teresa Harley, Mary Friesen, Jim and Marion Penna, Isabelle Mills, Sr. Dolores Schneider, Michael Williams, Taras and Anna Mycyk, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable and Garry Gable, Leo and Trudy Janssens, Sheryl McKee, Joe and Cathy Fry, Joanne and Del Fredlund, Jeremy Morgan and Eleanor Cardoza, Phyllis Baker;
from other locations in Saskatchewan, and Manitoba: Shirley Lummerding, and Joanne Skidmore (Regina), M. Junice Headley (North Battleford), Lorne Jackson (Moose Jaw), Ian Waddell and Peggy Holton (Corman Park), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Laura Ewson, and Wilda Gardner (Kindersley), Donalda Walter (Kuroki), Cathy Donahue (Perdue), Lawrence Jones (Brandon, MB); from Alberta: Constance Hunt, Sue McCullough, Ann Burnard Crawford and Sandy Crawford (all of Calgary), S. Shadick-Taylor, Harold and Diana Wiens, Hugh McPhail (all of Edmonton), and Walter Falk (Lethbridge); from British Columbia: Maidra Creswell, Deborah and Will Rodger (all of Victoria), Maidrid and Glen Jonat (Vernon), Carolyn Cameron (Rossland); from Central/Eastern Canada: Stephanie Herold and Stephen Pomedli (Toronto), Terence Kroetsch (Kitchener), Elsie Onysko (Waterloo), Louise Hughes (Oshawa), Jerome Sestak (Montreal) Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves (St. John’s, NL); from the USA, Carmen Mehta (Chicago); anonymous gifts: five, from Canada and the USA: gifts in memory of Ilse Guenther: Edith and Michael Kimbell (Pacifica, CA), S. Shadick-Taylor (Edmonton); Lynn Ewing, Jean Williamson, Mildred Kerr, Yu Lin Pas, Joan Halmo and Michael Pomedli;
. . . for special gifts directed toward performances: the Estate of Dorothy and Mel Kurzen;
. . . for gifts received: from Margo Rashley and Sue Barrett, their transcriptions of the Trounce Letters along with collected information on the Trounce Family and the history of early Saskatoon; Marie Jolly, an elegant wrought-iron music stand; Jack Nieman (Miami Beach, FL), articles on the Lyell Gustin Piano Studios.
. . . for services and support: help in presenting events, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Michael Swan and Gillian Lyons, Roger Jolly of M&R Music, Carol Shaw, Serendipity Flowers, Lynne Graham, Rheanne Rowson, Alyssa Thompson, Edna Thiessen, Darcey Anton, Alicia Klopoushak, Helen Henderson, Heather Schnare, Jennifer Zhang, Lorene Nickel; artist billets, Heather and Lloyd Rowson, Leta Altman; property work, Jim Graham, Darcey Anton; presenting scholarships, Cheryl Steponchev; professional services, Zane Hrynewich, Helen Henderson, Chris Daviduik (Toronto); grants, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture/Sask Lotteries.
Teaching music makes one a better musician.––Lyell Gustin
Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee: Honorary Co-Presidents, Garth and Marjorie Beckett (Toronto); President, Sheryl McKee; Past President, Karen Sterner; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Gregory Schulte, and Donald Roach; Advisory Group: Kathleen Lohrenz Gable (Saskatoon), Boyd McDonald (Kitchener), and Timothy Steeves (St. John’s).
Contact us: (306) 373-1451; www.gustinhouse.ca
Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK S7T 1A4
—Joan Halmo, editor