News from Gustin House Vol. 14, no. 2, November 2018
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Lyell Gustin Recital Series, 15th Anniversary
The Lyell Gustin Recital Series is pleased and proud to announce artists from across the nation for the gala all-Canadian series celebrating our fifteenth year of presenting musical events. Special for this Anniversary, we are delighted to offer you more extended details on the performers and each recital of the 2019 season.
Ensemble Made in Canada ~ Thursday, January 31
The nation’s premier piano quartet opens the series with its unique and innovative Mosaïque Project, an interdisciplinary
celebration consisting of three components: a newly-commissioned suite of piano quartet music by 14 Canadian composers, each inspired by a particular region of Canada; a nationwide concert tour during 2018-19, and a specially designed website to document the audience-generated artwork evoked by the musical works (www.mosaiqueproject.com). All are invited to become part of the project through informal drawing while listening to the music of Canadian composers. Among those whose compositions will be featured is Saskatoon-born William Rowson, currently Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
At the time of this writing, the Ensemble had just performed a Mosaïque Project recital in Toronto and another in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Ensemble Made In Canada members are violinist Elissa Lee, violist Sharon Wei, cellist Rachel Mercer and pianist Angela Park.
Rolston String Quartet ~ Wednesday, April 3
Canada’s Rolston String Quartet has enjoyed a meteoric rise to wide recognition in North America and abroad, garnering praise from critics, audience and the press: “it was an impressive, deeply serious interpretation . . . highly sensitive, delicately transparent. A musical sound treasure, blissful” (Südwest Presse, Ulm, Germany), and “an electrifying performance” (Strings Magazine). The Quartet’s awards in addition to First Prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, were prizes at Astral’s National Auditions, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2016, and–as first international recipient–the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America in 2018.
Rolston Quartet has appeared across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Israel. In December 2018, the ensemble plays in Carnegie Hall, performing works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Ligeti, repertoire they will perform in Saskatoon. Quartet members are Luri Lee (violin), Emily Kruspe (violin), Hezekiah Leung (viola) and Jonathan Lo (cello). Their recital in the Lyell Gustin Series is presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut.
David Jalbert, pianist ~ Wednesday, August 21
A virtuoso with warm, elegant style and broad range of repertoire, pianist David Jalbert has established himself among the elite of the new generation of classical musicians: “Jalbert’s piano playing is remarkable for its sweep, confidence, sensitivity, power and color, what more can we ask?” (Fanfare). He performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist all over the world. His solo recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich, and of American, Russian and French music have been internationally acclaimed in reviews from Gramophoneto France-Culture.
David Jalbert has been guest soloist with numerous major orchestras and is in great demand as a chamber pianist, collaborating with artists such as Jean-Philippe Collard, Nicola Benedetti, Joel Quarrington and Denise Djokic, and performing with his own piano trio, Triple Forte. A five-time winner at the Prix Opus, he has had four JUNO nominations, most recently in 2018. He is a graduate of Juilliard, Glenn Gould School of Music and Université de Montréal, and is Professor of Piano at University of Ottawa. His Lyell Gustin Series recital includes works by Bach, Schumann and Shostakovich.
All recitals: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Time: performance begins at 7:30 p.m. (open seating); pre-concert talk 6:45 p.m.
Admission: season pass for all three recitals of 2019,
$105 regular / $80 student; and single recitals $40 / $30; children 12 and Under, free if accompanied by an adult.
Tickets and season passes are available at McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano Centre, Saskatoon Academy of Music, Gustin/Trounce Committee, or at the door.
Here are some personal ways of engaging in the 2019 recital series: take in the concerts, bring a friend . . . for those living afar, contact us to purchase for someone a season pass to all three performances, or tickets to one recital. Experience live music! Give the joy of music!
Inter-arts Programs in Gustin House
The Studio of Lyell Gustin (1895-1988) was long a vital centre promoting the community of the fine arts where performers, scholars, and artists of various disciplines gathered to share insight and inspiration. Following the ideal of Dr. Gustin, today Gustin House presents regular Sunday events by musicians along with artists/speakers. For information, please request our
mailings/e-mailings or regularly check our website, www.gustinhouse.ca.
Past Events: Gustin House Programs, and Summer Recital of 2018
June 10: Tenor Michael Harris and pianist Gregory Schulte performed Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe,and worksby Delius, Schubert and Vaughan Williams. Master luthier Weldon Gray displayed and discussed his own handcrafted Medieval and Renaissance instruments including the hurdy-gurdy, lute, and Irish harp.
August 21: Canadian soprano Leslie Ann Bradley, now based in New York, and collaborative pianist Rachel Andrist gave a recital concluding the 2018 Lyell Gustin Series. Entitled “Songs of Evening,” their beautifully-designed program spanned the ages with music from Mozart and Brahms to Rachmaninoff and Debussy.
October 28: In homage to the many innovative women composers of the ages, violinist Véronique Mathieu and pianist Stephanie Chua performed an extensive range of music from varied eras, including a Sonata by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Romances by Clara Schumann and Amy Beach, and Éxtasis (2012) by Alice Ping Yee Ho.
November 25: With their rich program of folk-inspired music, “Old Songs in a New World,” pianists Katherine Dowling and Clark Schaufele took listeners on a grand journey from Oslo to Andalusia to Bali. The colourful, evocative piano works for solo and ensemble included music by Brahms, Dvorák, Chopin, de Falla and Tveitt.
The award for highest ARCT Performance exam mark in Saskatchewan during the year 2017 went to violinist Joanne Peng of Regina, currently studying in Victoria. At the 2018 Saskatoon Music Festival, the winners of Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee scholarships were Yolanda Smith-Hanson, Xiaotong (Emily) Wong, Lily Farrell, and Lucille Regier in the 16-, 14-, 12-, and 10-and Under classes respectively. Solveig Deason won the Gustin/Trounce Heritage scholarship, first prize at the Lyell Gustin Memorial Piano Competition, May 2018.
Passing of Gustin Studio Graduates
Tom Day, Sicamous, BC, August 24, 2018; during his years as a piano teacher prominent in Saskatoon and district, influenced many through his studio and through church congregations where he served as organist.
Mona Jasken, St. Benedict, SK, Oct. 15, 2018; dedicated teacher of piano and theory in Bruno, Lake Lenore and St. Benedict, known for her devoted enjoyment of her pupils and avid participation in church music ministry.
Ilse Guenther, Saskatoon, Oct. 19, 2018: scholar and linguist/translator, piano teacher, accompanist, music lover and most enthusiastic supporter of musicians, still playing piano this year as she reached the age of 99.
Thank you . . . to these generous donors:
from Saskatoon, Doug and Lilian Thorpe, Joan Egger, Serge and Raymonde Martel, Gretchen Roesler, Ewen Coxworth, Joyce Latrace-Lundquist, Robert and Doreen Hickie, Theodore Makeechak, the Ursuline Sisters of Bruno, Reinhold and Christa Ortlepp, Audrey Siemens, Sheryl McKee, Verna Sagansky, Sr. Dolores Schneider, Gregory Schulte; Theresa Skwara and Colin Macdonald through the Saskatoon Community Foundation; and Marion and Jim Penna, a birthday tribute to Michael Pomedli; from Prince Albert, Sisters of the Presentation; from points out-of-province: Jim and Judy Wiens, and Kenneth Adams (Winnipeg), James and Patricia Leach (Ottawa), Louise Hughes (Oshawa), and Ann Burnard Crawford and George Alexander Crawford (Calgary);
. . . for special gifts directed toward performances: summer recital of 2018, Theresa Skwara and Colin Macdonald through Saskatoon Community Foundation; musical performances in the new concert season, the Estate of Dorothy and Mel Kurzen (Scottsdale, Arizona) as directed by their personal representatives, Christina and Eli Bornstein;
. . . for gifts received: piano scores, from Helen Larratt (Calgary); art frames for Gustin House, Lynne Graham;
bags to facilitate poster distribution, Long & McQuade;
. . . for services and support: help in presenting recitals and events, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gillian Lyons, Michael Swan, Delta Bessborough Hotel, Roger Jolly of Yamaha Piano Centre, Darcey Anton, Serendipity Flowers, Alyssa Thompson, Edna Thiessen, Ann Burton, Lynne Graham, Helen Henderson, Angela Gjurichanin and Brianna Penner; media assistance, Garry Gable, Daniel Beland, CBC, CTV and Saskatoon StarPhoenix; thank-you phone calls, Helen Henderson, Marlene Reinbold, Heather Schnare, Michael Pomedli, Edna Thiessen, and Karen Sterner; yard work, Lorraine Khatchatourians, Jim Graham, Garth Cantrill, and Steve Boechler; presenting scholarships, Cheryl Steponchev; professional services and consultation, Zane Hrynewich, Helen Henderson, Chris Daviduik (Toronto), Marlene Reinbold, and Blair Schmidt (Martensville); funding for recitals, Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture.
“Listening to the inward singing of a phrase is of far more value than playing it a dozen times.” ––Theodor Leschetizky
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, NL).
Contact us: (306) 373-1451; www.gustinhouse.ca
Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK S7T 1A4
—Joan Halmo, editor