Best tour ever... ended on April 15 with a tour-topping concert at Living Sky Centre in Swift Current. Hope to finally blog about it in the next couple of weeks after we premiere our newest double concerti by Michael Occhipinti on April 25. Meanwhile, here are some of our treasured audience comments from the Raffle Guest Book.
Reviews and articles – Winnipeg Free Press (review), La Liberté (Winnipeg) (blog review), Kelowna Daily Courier (review), The News Review (Yorkton), High River Times, Daily Courier (advance article), Art Seen Okanagan, High River Times (article about masterclass,) the Melfort Journal.. and our interview with the delightful Bill Richardson for Golden West Radio.
Traveling every day in Saskatchewan this week... we played in Kindersley (Balwdwin piano, United Church), Rosthern (Kawai, Station Arts Centre) and Melfort (Yamaha, Kerry Vickers Centre) so far this week and met so many warm people who have paralleled our stories about pioneer ancestors... met lots of young people too at the concerts. What a great experience this is and Saskatchewan is beautiful.
A dream week playing concerti with the Okanagan Symphony led by the super positive and incredible conductor Rose Thomson (review here!); we loved the opportunity to play the concerti 3 times in 3 halls. Back to Saskatchewan now to finish our Prairie Debut tour.
Last week, Maple Ridge Music Society was a revelation to play in an in-home 140 seat concert hall!
And we really enjoyed the small jewel of a hall in Pender Harbour.
We had a fantastic island concert for the Galiano Concert Society last night in a cabaret-style recital... audience comments here. So much fun and the island in sunny, misty, tree-flowering beauty. On the ferry today, heading to Maple Ridge.
Lyell Gustin Recital Series in Saskatoon last week was a wonderful return to Guy’s hometown with many musicians attending our concert.
LOVED playing for the wonderful Gift of Music series in High River curated by Michele Wheatley-Brown... beautiful acoustic in the newly repaired High River United Church and a beautifully-tuned Yamaha... what a privilege.
Guy and I had a great time playing at Keyano Theatre in Fort McMurray last week and some beautiful comments from the audience.
Review for our March 12 Manitoba Chamber Orchestra’s recital series.
James Ehnes won our Juno category and we are very proud to have been nominated in his company!
Our world premiere of Fort Coligny by Mathieu Lussier, written for me, Guy Few and Orchestra Toronto, was a wonderful success! What a dream to play in this hall, even if I had to use bit of amplification to match the full orchestra on the last page of this panoramic symphonic tone poem!
Composer Constantine Caravassilis has won a full Ontario Arts Council commissioning grant to write my next bassoon concerto (working title: Silver Angel) to be premiered next season by Thirteen Strings in Ottawa, led by Kevin Mallon.
First review for the Canadian Concerto Project, Volume One... thanks to the American Record Guide for noticing both our music, our composers and our hair!
Canadian Concerto Project was recently named Canadian Album of the Year (2013) by Mark Turner, impresario and host of Classical Connection on CFCR 90.5 FM Also, “and man will only grieve if he believes the sun stands still” by Glenn Buhr was named best composition of the 2013 – thank you Mark Turner!
Here is a list of some of the towns I will be playing in 2014... more will be added and I hope to see you on the road!!!
Ontario: Almonte, Brampton, London, Orillia and of course, a few in Toronto!
Manitoba: Snow Lake, Winnipeg
Alberta: Fort McMurray, High River, Lacombe
Saskatchewan: Estevan, Kindersley, Meifort, Regina, Rosthern, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Yorkton
BC: Burns Lake, Galliano Island, Kelowna, Kitimat, Maple Ridge, Pender Harbor, Penticton, Prince Rupert, Quesnel, Smithers and Vernon
Booking Vivaldi Tour – Canada – USA – Japan | 2015 (view postcard)
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Vivaldi Basson Concerti (CD Review): MSR Music | Audio Society of Atlanta | March 2014 | Phil Muse
André Laplante Concert: André Laplante and Friends Make Beautiful Music (Toronto Summer Music Festival)
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