Janina Fialkowska performs all-Chopin piano recital. April 3, 2017

Praised worldwide for her artistry and technical mastery, Janina Fialkowska returned to the Lyell Gustin Recital Series, performing music of Frédéric Chopin for a large and warmly appreciative audience at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Among the array of genres represented on her program were the Polonaise, Impromptu, Nocturne, Ballade and Scherzo, along with sets of Waltzes and Mazurkas. The Canadian-born Ms. Fialkowska is internationally recognized for performing Classical and Romantic repertoire; she is one of the great interpreters of the works of Chopin and a champion of the music of Liszt and 20th century Polish composers. A pre-concert talk was given by pianist Gregory Schulte.


In Praise of the Queen of Instruments: Solos and Duets for Piano. March 5, 2017

The piano–magnificently expressive, powerful, versatile, and loved by amateur and professional alike all over the world–has been described as the Queen of Instruments, and as "the single great factor in the development of musical art and the dissemination of musical knowledge." To celebrate the star instrument of musical history and to mark an important stage in restoration of the Gustin Steinway grand piano, four Sunday programs in 2017 feature visiting pianists connected with the Gustin Studio.

On March 5, pianist-composer Boyd McDonald, distinguished Gustin graduate, and Carolyn Arnason, Gustin musical descendant––both of Kitchener, Ontario––performed a fine recital of solos and duets for piano. Mr. McDonald played and spoke about his compositions, Three Preludes and An Artist’s Neighbourhood, which he performed in New York for the Leschetizky Association this season. Dr. Arnason joined him for two colourful duet suites: Six épigraphes antiques by Claude Debussy, and Eight Dances by Mátyás Seiber. The event was a joyful musical highlight during a snowbound Saskatchewan weekend!





Flûte Alors! opens the season of Canada’s150th Anniversary. February 3, 2017

Flûte Alors!, the nation’s only professional recorder quartet, began the 2017 season of the Lyell Gustin Recital Series in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial. The dynamic Montreal-based ensemble displayed great musical versatility and showed the remarkable capabilities of their instrument in a program entitled “Bach’n Jazz.” Included in the recital were original arrangements of some of J.S. Bach’s famed works for organ and ensemble alongside well-loved jazz standards. Flûte Alors! artists Alexa Raine-Wright and Vincent Lauzer gave the pre-concert chat. This recital, held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, was a co-presentation with Prairie Debut.



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