News from Gustin House                                                      Vol. 13, no. 1, May 2017

         and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.


News flash! Artists for Recital Series 2018

The Lyell Gustin Recital Series, entering its 14th season, proudly presents artists from national and international stages once again for 2018! On January 12, pianist Catherine Vickers, returning to her home province from Europe, opens the Debussy Centenary year with a concert that will feature the composer’s magnificent impressionist music; March 15, the dynamic violinist brothers, Nikki and Timothy Chooi, appear with star Montreal pianist Philip Chiu; August 21, acclaimed and award-winning Canadian soprano, Leslie Ann Bradley, now based in New York, sings a program of favourite arias and lieder. Watch for details later on our website; tickets/season passes will be available in August. 

       Our recitals bring you glorious live music by solo and ensemble performers. Though music devotees often know the classical masters through large-scale works such as symphonies and operas, most composers in fact created the majority of their works for more modest performing forces. Among the smaller works are many of the richest and most evocative 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. Some of the works we already know/teach; new ones enlarge our horizons. Presenting treasures of the solo and ensemble literature is the raison d'être of Gustin House programs.


Upcoming Gustin House Event ~ Sunday, May 28, 2017

Music and art inspired by nature will celebrate spring, May 28, 3:00 p.m., at Gustin House. Alison Kilgannnon will perform the “Pastoral” Sonata of Beethoven, as well as compositions by Debussy and Bartok. Recently returned to the prairies after attaining her Doctorate in  Piano Performance in Montreal, the artist is a former student of well-known Gustin graduate, Diana Wiens. Saskatoon artist, curator and gallery director, Levi Nicholat will discuss prairie landscape art and show works by prominent artists of Saskatchewan. Due to space limits, reservations are required for House events:  call 306-373-9103, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Upcoming Summer Recital ~ Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cellist Oleksander Mycyk returns to the Lyell Gustin Series to give what he describes as “a recital in the style of the Golden Era of string playing . . . [in the spirit of] looking-back for Canada’s 150th.” He will perform the Suite No. 3 in C major by J. S. Bach, and will be joined by his sister, collaborative pianist Sofia Mycyk, in Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38 by Brahms, as well as works by Paganini, Popper and Penderecki. Mr. Mycyk has appeared in concert in North America, Israel, and Scandinavia and is a guest orchestral cellist with the  Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The gifted sibling artists are both pursuing doctoral studies in performance in the USA, Oleksander in Chicago, Sofia in Minneapolis.

  Recital venue: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 

  436 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon

Time: performance at 7:30 p.m.,

pre-concert talk by the artists at 6:45 p.m.

Admission: $35; student $30; child 12 or 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.


Honorary Co-Presidents for Gustin House

Garth and Marjorie Beckett have assumed the role of Honorary Co-Presidents of Gustin House, and it is with the greatest pleasure that we warmly welcome them! Gustin Studio graduates originally from Saskatchewan, both went on to distinguished careers as pianists–solo, duo, and ensemble–and as teachers/mentors. Longtime residents of Kitchener, ON, they co-founded there the Beckett School of Music, modelling it on the Gustin ideal of the unity of all the fine arts. In 2016, after some 36 flourishing years, the School became part of Wilfrid Laurier University. The Becketts now reside in Toronto.


Gratitude and Congratulations

Gustin House expresses deep gratitude to our outgoing Honorary President, Boyd McDonald, for his years of wonderful service. His many contributions include solo and ensemble performances in the Recital Series and in House programs, networks with Gustin graduates, and benefit concerts toward restoration of the Gustin grand. To celebrate installation of new hammers on the grand, Mr. McDonald and Carolyn Arnason played a program of solos and duet suites at Gustin House, March 5, 2017. Among works featured were McDonald compositions, a group that the composer performed in New York on May 6 at the invitation of the Leschetizky Association. Congratulations, Boyd McDonald ... ad multos annos!


Past Gustin Recitals mark Canada’s 150th

On February 3, 2017, Montreal-based Flûte Alors!–the nation’s only professional recorder quartet–gave a rare recital of transcriptions of music by J. S. Bach along- side 20th century jazz standards. In a pre-concert talk, the artists spoke eloquently about the long history and capacities of their instrument, and in performance, they delighted attendees with their versatile musicianship and virtuosity. Prairie Debut co-presented the recital.

       Janina Fialkowska gave a memorable piano recital on April 3, 2017. Performing an all-Chopin program in a full range of genres, the preeminent international pianist thrilled a capacity audience with her artistry, passion, and dazzling technical mastery. One of the world’s finest interpreters of Chopin, Ms. Fialkowska is much in demand for concerts, both solo and with orchestra, and as juror at major piano competitions; Gustin House was privileged to present for a second time a recital by this universally celebrated artist. Saskatoon pianist Gregory Schulte gave a pre-concert talk highlighting “the salon” as context for the piano compositions of Chopin.


Thank you: 

. . . to our outstanding and visionary donor-sponsors:  for gifts supporting the April 3 recital, Hugh and Sheryl McKee, and Henry and Cheryl Kloppenburg (all of Saskatoon); and Cecily and Robert Bradshaw (Toronto);

. . . to generous, loyal donors across the continent:  from Saskatoon: Ewen Coxworth, Peggy Holton and Ian Waddell, Vern Ratzlaff, Anna and Taras Mycyk, Joyce Latrace-Lundquist, Juhachi and Sumiko Asai, Helen Derksen, Kent Allen, Derek Gibson, Norma Stewart and Wayne Chappell, William and Helen Kruger, George James, Jeremy Morgan and Eleanor Cardoza, John and Nancy Senior, Serge and Raymonde Martel, Kathleen Johnstone, Marlene and Denis Reinbold, Louise Cook, Kathleen Bender, James and Judith Wood, Marilyn Boechler, Sonja Pasloski, Phyllis Baker, James and Patricia Leach, Isabelle Mills, Alda Behie, Ralph Kleiter, Mary Friesen, Dorothy Perehudoff, Don and Mildred Kerr, Eunice Koehler, Michael Williams, Reinhold and Christa Ortlepp, Karen Sterner and Steve Boechler, John Botari, Ursuline Sisters of Bruno, Prairie Wealth Management, Henry and Susan Woolf, Kathleen Lohrenz Gable and Garry Gable, Jim and Marion Penna, Ilse Guenther, Lynne and Jim Graham, Gerald Fielding, D2 Construction Ltd., Judith Balon, Jocelyn and Doug Richardson, Paul Denham, Dolores Schneider, Carol Gronsdal and Eugene Patrick, and five Anonymous Donors; from other centres in Saskatchewan: Lorne Jackson (Moose Jaw), Helen Pridmore, Jean Harach, Joanne Skidmore, and Shirley Lummerding (all of Regina), M. Junice Headley (North Battleford), Bryce Erickson (Watrous), Thelma Gillis (Yorkton), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Marilyn Lohrenz, and Sisters of the Presentation (Prince Albert), Heather and Bruce Waldner (Warman), Donalda Walter (Kuroki), Laura Ewson, and Wilda Gardner (Kindersley), Cathy Donahue (Perdue); from the prairie region: Katherine Wiens (Winnipeg), Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, and Diana and Harold Wiens (all of Edmonton), Helen Larratt, and C. Sue McCullough (Calgary);   from British Columbia: Deborah and Will Rodger, and Maidra Creswell (all of Victoria), Bill Bruneau (Vancouver), Carolyn Cameron (Rossland), and Shirley Leach (Powell River); from Central/Eastern Canada: Helen and Allan Few (Kitchener), Louise Hughes (Oshawa), Elsie Onysko (Ottawa), Jerome Sestak, and Neal Gripp (Montreal), Lydia and Jack Fife (St. Andrews, NB); from the USA: Jack Nieman (Miami Beach, FL);

. . . for gifts received: vintage music shelves, including one handmade for early Gustin graduate Reuben Lowe, from Margo Rashley; biography of Garth Beckett, from Ken Adams (Winnipeg);

. . . for services: hosting partners for the April 3 recital, the Delta Bessborough Hotel, and Serendipity Flowers; assistance at recitals and House programs, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Michael Swan, Roger Jolly of Yamaha Piano Centre, Ron Buhler Tuning, Audrey Ens, Helen Henderson, Joanne Khan, Kaitland Fior, Cheryl Steponchev, Alyssa Thompson, Heidi Bartsch, Ann Burton, Lorene Nickel, Edna Thiessen; yardwork and repairs, Steve Boechler and Jim Graham; archiving, Maureen Maier; presentation of scholarships, Cheryl Steponchev; professional work, Helen Henderson, Zane Hrynewich; Rachel Pomedli, and Chris Daviduik (both of Toronto), and Susan Bertolo (Winnipeg);

. . . to our marvelous artists, and to audiences all.


Scholarships Awarded

The Gustin/Trounce Heritage award for highest mark in Saskatchewan in ARCT exams during 2016 went to McKenzie Warriner of Alameda, SK. Now studying Vocal Performance at the University of Manitoba, Ms. Warriner also won the Royal Conservatory Gold Medal for her achievement. Winners of the Gustin/Trounce scholarships at the Saskatoon Music Festival in 2017 were Jerry Hu, Alexa Stefaniuk, Adam Brookman, and Taylor Saccucci, in the 16-, 14-, 12-, and 10-and Under categories respectively. Congratulations to everyone!


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.

 “Anyone who plays just mezzo-forte for more than eight bars

 should go to jail!”       –Theodor Leschetizky, cited by Lyell Gustin


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.

Contact us:  (306) 373-1451;

Mail: 47 Pony Trail, Riverside Estates, Saskatoon SK  S7T 1A4

—Joan Halmo, editor


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