News from Gustin House Vol. 14, no. 1, May 2018
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Sunday, June 10, 2018 ~ Gustin House Event
Tenor Michael Harris and pianist Gregory Schulte will perform the exquisite song cycle, Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love) by Robert Schumann, in a springtime program, June 10, at 3:00 p.m., at Gustin House, 512-10th Street. The artists, who share a deep passion for voice-piano repertoire and appear together often, will also perform songs by Delius, Schubert and Vaughan Williams. The featured speaker will be master luthier Weldon Gray who will display and discuss a selection of the Medieval and Renaissance instruments that he handcrafts: the lute, organistrum and hurdy-gurdy, and Irish harps. His fine instruments are highly regarded for the outstanding workmanship they exhibit. Due to limited seating, reservations are required for all House events: please contact 306-373-9103, or e-mail us.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 ~ Summer Recital
Soprano Leslie Ann Bradley and collaborative pianist Rachel Andrist perform in the 2018 Lyell Gustin Series with song to inspire, delight and enchant! Their program spans the ages, from a Mozart work to an opera aria by Dvořák, from Brahms’ lieder to a Debussy song cycle and a piece composed for Ms. Bradley in 2017. Of the New York-based Canadian singer, Toronto Star writes: “she brings the stage to life whenever she sets foot into the spotlight.” Pianist Rachel Andrist, Saskatchewan-born and raised, has been engaged mainly in Europe for some two decades; highly praised for her musicianship, she is much in demand as an ensemble artist.
Recital venue: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Date/time: Tuesday, August 21, performance 7:30 p.m.;
pre-concert talk on the recital repertoire, 6:45 p.m.
Admission: $35; student $30; child 12 and under, free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at McNally Robinson, Yamaha Piano Centre, Saskatoon Academy of Music, Gustin/Trounce Committee, or at the door.
News flash for 2019 ~ 15thAnniversary Season
The Lyell Gustin Recital Series proudly presents artists from across the nation for a gala all-Canadian season celebrating our 15thAnniversary of recital presentation! Watch for details later on the website; tickets and season passes will be available in August.
Thurs., January 31, Ensemble Made in Canada
- piano quartet based in Toronto, performs new music as part of a tour reaching all ten provinces and three territories;
Wed., April 3, Rolston String Quartet
- winner of Banff International String Quartet Competition, will appear in a concert presented in conjunction with Prairie Debut;
Wed., August 21, David Jalbert, pianist
- artist acclaimed by critics and audiences, and who was named by CBC as one of Canada’s 15 best pianists of the last decades.
Magnificent music, solo and ensemble artists, live performance––together, these were Lyell Gustin’s ideal. Music devotees often know large-scale works such as symphonies and operas, but most composers in fact created the majority of their music for more modest performing forces. Among the smaller compositions are many of the most evocative, most beloved gems of the repertoire where a composer’s inner thoughts and intense personal concerns emerge . . . interpreted by our artists, the music speaks intimately with the composer’s voice. The experience of live music is irreplaceable; a single concert has been known to shape a lifetime. Join in savouring treasures of solo and ensemble repertoire!
Recent Inter-arts Event at Gustin House
Piano music from across the centuries and reflections by a writer were featured at a House program, February 18. Gregory Schulte gave a moving performance of works by Bach and Haydn and a suite of pieces by Alexina Louie, programmatic soundscapes recalling other times and other places. Celebrated author Guy Vanderhaeghe spoke on “Childhood Memory: the Writer’s Storehouse” and read passages from his novels, several of which have won prestigious awards in Canada and abroad.
Recent Recitals in the Lyell Gustin Series
International pianist Catherine Vickers returned to her home province to perform January 12, 2018, opening the Centenary of Claude Debussy (1862-1918). The recital centerpiece was Debussy’s rarely-heard and very challenging late masterpiece, Twelve Études; works by Rameau, Satie and Chopin completed the beautifully-designed program. Ms. Vickers, who holds the post of Professor at University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, gave the pre-concert talk.
The Chooi Brothers, violinists, along with pianist Philip Chiu, gave a splendid recital of solo, duo and trio music on March 15. Nikki and Timothy Chooi, Victoria-born musicians now residing in New York and Philadelphia, are gifted and multiple prize-winners who perform extensively, while Mr. Chiu is one of our nation’s leading musicians of the new generation. The artists jointly gave a pre-concert talk. A co-presentation with Prairie Debut, the recital included music of Debussy, Ysaÿe, Shostakovich, Moszkowski and Chan Ka Nin.
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. Congratulations to all!
Gratitude for Work at Gustin House
The residence known today as Gustin House is nearing its 100th birthday. Built in 1920 by Ammi Gustin, Dr. Gustin’s father, and enlarged in 1928, it was for many decades a gracious and elegant setting for teaching and performance, as well as a gathering place for musicians, artists, and guests from near and far. Restored in 2005, the House recently needed attention, and received expert care from Karen Sterner and Lynne Graham. Among the excellent results were new carpet and a new light fixture in the small dining room, both selected with heritage sensitivity. Warmest appreciation to Karen and Lynne for extraordinary service of restoral and refurbishment!
. . . to our wonderful donors across the continent:
from Saskatoon: John Botari, John and Nancy Senior, Sheryl McKee, Ted Makeechak, Gregory Schulte, Clara and Jake Friesen, Serge and Raymonde Martel, George James, Helen Derksen, Denis and Marlene Reinbold, Dorothy Perehudoff, Mary Friesen, Marilyn Boechler, Walter and Signe Mossman, Heinrich and Dorothea Feldkamp, Ewen and Ann Coxworth, Carol Gronsdal and Gene Patrick, D2 Construction, Anna and Taras Mycyk, James and Judith Wood, Peter Pridmore, Judy Balon, Peggy Holton and Ian Waddell, Martha Pankratz, Phyllis Baker, Kathleen Johnstone, Juhachi and Sumiko Asai, Teresa Harley, Alda Behie, Karen Sterner and Steve Boechler, Michael Williams, Peggy Sarjeant, Ilse Guenther, Don and Mildred Kerr, Jim and Marion Penna, Doug and Lilian Thorpe, Lois and Norwood Kavanagh, Adam Brookman, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable and Garry Gable, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Viola Kruger, and three Anonymous donors; from other centres in Saskatchewan: Sisters of the Presentation, (Prince Albert), Wilda Gardner (Kindersley), Bryce Erickson (Watrous), Thelma Gillis (Yorkton), Shirley Lummerding (Regina), Lorne Jackson (Moose Jaw), Donalda Walter (Kuroki), M. Junice Headley (North Battleford), Laura Ewson (Kindersley), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Cathy Donahue (Perdue); from points West: Harold and Diana Wiens (Edmonton); Ann Burnard Crawford and Sandy Crawford, Shirley Lockerbie Smith and Carolyn Sue McCullough (all of Calgary), William and Deborah Rodger, and Anonymous (all of Victoria), William Bruneau (Vancouver), Maidrid and Glen Jonat (Vernon, BC), and Carolyn Cameron (Rossland, BC); from Central and Eastern Canada: Robert and Cecily Bradshaw, Stephen Pomedli and Stephanie Herold, Che Anne Loewen, and Melvin Hurst (all of Toronto), Elsie E. Onysko (Waterloo), Terence Kroetsch, and Helen and Allan Few (all of Kitchener), Louise Hughes (Oshawa), Ken Montgomery and Christine Vanderkooy (Windsor); Jerome Sestak, and Neal Gripp, (Montreal), Lydia and Jack Fife (St. Andrews, NB); from the USA, Jack Nieman (Miami Beach, FL), and Roy and Dorothy Morden (Bermuda Dunes, CA);
. . . for gifts received:
piano scores that had belonged to Madley Richardson, Dr. Gustin’s theory teacher, from Reginald Miller (Markham, ON) and, for transporting the scores, Ann Burnard Crawford (Calgary); a volume of Chopin Études, annotated by Dr. Gustin, from Clara Friesen; unique film footage of Emma Lake and Studio events, taken by Gustin graduate Wayne Turner, from the Turner family; piano performance CDs, Christine Vanderkooy (Windsor), Catherine Vickers (Frankfurt);
. . . for services and support:
presenting and hosting partners for January and March recitals, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Gillian Lyons, Michael Swan, Delta Bessborough Hotel, Roger Jolly of Yamaha Piano Centre, Serendipity Flowers, Helen Henderson, Edna Thiessen, Kaitland Fior, Alyssa Thompson, Carol Shaw, Alicia Klopoushak, Eunice Koehler; yardwork, Garth Cantrill, Jim Graham, and Steve Boechler; presenting scholarships, Cheryl Steponchev; professional services: Helen Henderson, Zane Hrynewich, Chris Daviduik (Toronto), Susan Bertolo (Winnipeg), and David Hart (Snow Lake, MB); funding support for the 2018 Recital Series, Saskatchewan Arts Board and SaskCulture;
. . . to our marvellous artists, and to audiences all!
May is “Leave a Legacy” Month
You can make a lasting difference for Gustin House, for music, performers, and aspiring young musicians. To discuss endowment contributions, or to make a gift to the Lyell Gustin Musical Legacy Fund at the Saskatoon Community Foundation, do contact us. Another legacy opportunity: remembering Gustin House in your Will.
“Technique is of little value in itself, but is useful only as a means of expressing beauty.” ––Theodor Leschetizky
Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee: Honorary Co-Presidents, Garth and Marjorie Beckett (Toronto); President, Karen Sterner; Past President, Gregory Schulte; Secretary-treasurer, Joan Halmo; Lynne Graham, and Sheryl McKee; Advisory Group: Kathleen Lohrenz Gable, 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