News from Gustin House Vol. 13, no. 2, November 2017
and Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee Inc.
Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2018
This series of concerts unique in our city brings listeners some of the finest treasures of the classical repertoire. While large-scale works such as symphonies and operas are great artistic monuments, many composers wrote the majority of their music for smaller performing forces to be heard in more intimate settings. This is music that expresses a composer’s deepest thoughts, most intense personal concerns. Lyell Gustin Recitals present for you this glorious solo and ensemble repertoire, performed by gifted artists passionate about their art. Be part of the 2018 Recitals . . . bring a friend, give the gift of music!
Canada’s 150th ~ the Festive Year Past
On May 28, piano music and an evocative art display at Gustin House welcomed the springtime in an afternoon program by pianist Alison Kilgannon and artist/curator Levi Nicholat. Dr. Kilgannon, presently of Red Deer, AB, performed music inspired by nature, from the Pastoral Sonata of Beethoven, to works by Debussy and Bartok. Mr. Nicholat traced the history of prairie landscape art and showed paintings by prominent artists of Saskatchewan, several of whom honoured us by their attendance. Many thanks to The Gallery/Art Placement for kindly loaning and installing art for the event.
The Lyell Gustin Recital Series 2017 finale took place on August 22, featuring cellist Oleksander Mycyk in performance with his sister, pianist Sofia Mycyk. Held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, the evening recital included a solo cello suite by Bach and a Brahms Cello Sonata, a work by Penderecki, and programmatic pieces by several cellist-composers. Mr. Mycyk gave the pre-concert talk. The artists, who are currently pursuing Doctorates in Performance in the USA, were welcomed home by an enthusiastic audience. Thank you so much to our wonderful donor-sponsors for this recital, Marlys Rivard, and Robert and Lura Mae Sider.
In a program entitled “The Composer Speaks,” held at Gustin House on Sunday, October 1, Regina musician David L. McIntyre presented his complete series of nocturnes for piano. The composer commented on each of these very personal lyrical pieces and performed them, except Nocturne for Ruth, which was given its world premiere by Saskatoon pianist Gregory Schulte. The dedicatee of the nocturne, Ruth Farrow of Toronto, was present for the premiere. Mr. McIntyre announced at the event that he had just published the works as a collection, Nine Nocturnes (Roy Street Music, 2017).
The last of the four Sunday programs in the 2017 series marking restoration of the historic Lyell Gustin grand and celebrating the piano as “Queen of Instruments” was held on November 26 at the Yamaha Piano Centre, 1011 Broadway Avenue. Pianist Christine Vanderkooy, University of Windsor, performed music by Schubert and Schumann, along with a newly-commissioned work by David L. McIntyre. Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Eric Paetkau, discussed “The Bright Future of Canadian Music.” Gratitude to our gracious hosts, owners of Yamaha Centre and longtime friends of Gustin House, Marie and Roger Jolly.
Eleanor Chen, Saskatoon, won the 2017 Gustin/Trounce Heritage Committee scholarship, first prize at the Lyell Gustin Memorial Piano Competition held on May 27. Congratulations to Eleanor, and our thanks to Cheryl Steponchev, our scholarship representative.
About Gustin/Trounce Committee Members
Our deep sympathy to Sheryl McKee on the passing of her husband Hugh, September 13, 2017. Dr. McKee– committed volunteer, reception host, lover of music, magnanimous donor, and dear friend–is greatly missed.
Bouquets of warmest appreciation to Karen Sterner and Lynne Graham for knowledgeable attention and prompt action in handling property matters. We so value their generosity of time, heritage sensitivity, and artistic gifts.
To Gregory Schulte, gratitude for stellar discernment and devoted, unstinting care in guiding the restoration of the Steinway grand. As Dr. Gustin’s last teaching piano, the instrument has unique heritage significance and is at the centre of musical life at Gustin House.
The 2017 Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service, University of Regina, was awarded to Joan Halmo on October 5. She was cited as a “musical legacy keeper.”
Trounce House Heritage Plaque
The plaque designating Trounce House as Municipal Heritage Property is now handsomely mounted on cedar posts, adjacent to the building on its east side. Thank you to Steve Boechler for his expertise in designing and building the plaque stand, and thank you to the City of Saskatoon for funding support. Several CTV news spots on November 16 highlighted the Trounce story. For any unable to view the heritage plaque, its text follows:
“Built in 1883 as one of the Temperance Colony’s first six wooden houses, Trounce House is the oldest building in Saskatoon. It was constructed of lumber rafted from Medicine Hat. In 1884, in the Colony's first real estate transaction, the house was bought by Harry and Elizabeth (Bessie) Trounce, newly arrived from England with their young family. A lean-to was added, which from 1885 was used as a store. The Trounce family lived here from 1884 to 1887, hosting community and musical gatherings, described in Mrs. Trounce’s letters home to her family. In 1920, to make way for their new home, the Gustin family moved the house to the back of the lot, where it remained until placed onto a concrete pad in 2007. Its identity rediscovered in the 1980s, Trounce House–along with Gustin House–was designated as Municipal Heritage Property on April 10, 1989.”
. . . to our generous donors: from Saskatoon, Nestor Shinkewski, Joyce Latrace-Lundquist, JoAnne and Del Fredlund, Sheryl McKee, and Audrey Siemens; Michael Pomedli and Joan Halmo, and Edna Thiessen, in memory of Hugh McKee; Theresa Skwara and Colin Macdonald through Saskatoon Community Foundation; Joanne Skidmore (Regina), Constance Hunt and Shirley Lockerbie Smith (both of Calgary), Barbara Robertson (Victoria); Kenneth Adams (Winnipeg), Lawrence Jones (Brandon), Dorothy and Roy Morden (Bermuda Dunes, CA); Anonymous, and Anonymous;
. . . for gifts received: first copy of the volume, Nine Nocturnes by David L. McIntyre, from the composer (Regina); photos, from Garth and Marjorie Beckett (Toronto) and from Boyd McDonald (Kitchener);
. . . for services: assistance in recitals and programs, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Ron Buhler, Roger Jolly of Yamaha Piano Centre, Michael Swan, Serendipity Flowers, Alicia Klopoushak, Heidi Bartsch, Joanne Khan, Helen Henderson, Edna Thiessen, Lori Hansen, Donald Roach, Heather Schnare, Alyssa Thompson, Lorene Nickel, Lynda Finnimore (Portage la Prairie); yardwork and repairs, Garth Cantrill, Steve Boechler and Jim Graham; summertime “thank-you” phoning, Committee members, along with Clara Friesen, Heather Schnare, Marlene Reinbold, Helen Henderson, Michael Pomedli, and Edna Thiessen; archiving, Sr. Maureen Maier; professional services and consultation, Zane Hrynewich, Marlene Reinbold, D2 Construction Ltd., Nadine Charabin, Blair Schmidt (Martensville), Susan Bertolo (Winnipeg), and Chris Daviduik (Toronto);
. . . for support of recitals: in 2017, Marlys Rivard, and Robert and Lura Mae Sider through the Robert D. and Lura Mae Meeds Sider Fund at Saskatoon Community Foundation; for 2018 recitals, Saskatchewan Arts Board;
. . . to our splendid artists, and to our audiences all!
November is “Leave a Legacy” Month
You can make a difference for performing musicians, aspiring music students, culture and heritage. Please contact us to discuss endowment contributions or gifts to the recently established Lyell Gustin Musical Legacy Fund at the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Another legacy opportunity: a gift to Gustin House in your Will.