Wonderful week, with two concerto premieres... the most recent on November 21 at Orchestra London’s Gala Fundraiser, playing first movement of Paul Frehner’s fantastic new concerto Apollo X (titled “Ten, Nine, Eight” + Weber Rondo) — the piece was introduced so well by superstars, conductor Alain Trudel and composer Paul Frehner that the audience totally responded... standing ovation after the performance gave me a real energy charge... I strode off the stage and some of the orchestra gasped and our fantastic stage manager lunged forward to remove the cord from my amps just in time!
Next morning, I met my folk hero Valdy (he drove from end-of-tour in Pembroke in record time) and photographer Bo Huang at the Toronto Airport and we did a two hour photo shoot in the semi-deserted international lounge with the blessing of the administration. And Valdy seemed to know half the people in the airport, including Tom Jackson who I was lucky enough to meet in the security line.
Mathieu Lussier’s Oddbird Concerto was premiered on November 15 in downtown Toronto by me with group of twenty-seven chamber orchestra led by the wonderful Eric Paetkau. The whole concert in the newly renovated Jean Lamon Hall was superb; reviewer loved the spectacular orchestra and apparently I did alright too. And there were 14 bassoonists in the audience!!!!!!! Thank you, my friends!
In the fabulous news department, my student Bianca Chambul has won a semi-finalist spot in the prestigious Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition... the only Canadian in the final 10! I am totally flying to Texas between recitals if she makes it to the finals.
Booking Vivaldi Tour – Canada – USA – Japan | 2015 (view postcard)
RECENT CONCERT REVIEW: André Laplante and Friends Make Beautiful Music (Toronto Summer Music Festival)
PHOTOS: Nadina with the Prince George Symphony
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Vivaldi - Concerto #14 in C Minor RV 480 - second movement - Andantino
Vivaldi - Concerto #12 in A Minor RV 499 - third movement - Allegro
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