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THE YAMAHA PIANO
CONCERTS & RECITALS SERIES

THE ROTUNDA, BARRIE CITY HALL
70 COLLIER STREET
JUNE 8 - 18, 2018

CONCERTS & RECITALS SERIES - 2017

CONCERTS & RECITALS SERIES - 2016

 

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ALL OF THESE
CONCERTS ARE
FREE. PLEASE
CONSIDER OTHERS
WITH A NON-
PERISHABLE
DONATION.

 

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A Yamaha C7X PE Grand Piano
will be the premier instrument for a
cavalcade of Jazz, Rag-time and
Blues performers throughout the
twelve days of the Festival.

Performances on this exquisite
marvel of Yamaha craftsmanship
and grand piano evolution will range
from solo recitals to jazz and blues
ensembles in shows and concerts.

 

In recognition of the dedication to the
arts of the many fine instrumentalists
and vocalists in our region performing
in other musical idioms, the Festival
will be presenting a series of recitals
and showcases featuring a selection
of excellent teachers and students
from throughout Simcoe County.

 


 

 


"This venue has one of the best pianos I've ever played in the Toronto area.
So if you want to hear some great music in a totally acoustic
(un-amplified) environment with a great piano and great musicians,
this is a rare opportunity, and one that should be taken advantage of."
Mark Eisenman - Canadian Jazz Pianist

LISTEN to what Mark Eisenman has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

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"Thank you again for the opportunity to have my piano recital at this
incredible venue. I hope this environment inspires my students to
continue music for a lifetime."
Sarah Lawton - Music Teacher, Barrie, Ontario.

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"another fabulous FREE Barrie Jazz & Blues festival at the Rotunda.
Matt Herskowitz from Mtl (sic - Montréal) playing Gerschwin. Brilliant!"
Jennifer Sibley, Barrie

LISTEN to what Matt Herskowitz has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

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LISTEN to what Fern Lindzon has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

LISTEN to what D. D. Jackson has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

LISTEN to what Attila Fias has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

LISTEN to what Nancy Houle has to say about the Yamaha CFX piano.

 

"THE GIANTS OF JAZZ" ARTICLE



FRIDAY, JUNE 8

8:00 P.M.

A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT

FERN LINDZON Link

Featuring
COLLEEN ALLEN - NICK FRASER - GEORGE KOLLER

PRESENTS

"DUKE'S SUITE TOOTH"

During the 1930s, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington became intrigued with
the possibilities of composing jazz within classical forms. Not unlike a few of his contemporaries from the 1920s and on - George Gershwin being the most notable - Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, explored composing and orchestrating large-scale works that challenged his own muse and the talents of the members of his orchestra. His musical suite Black, Brown and Beige (1943), a portrayal of African-American history, was the first in a series of suites he composed, usually consisting of pieces linked by subject matter. It was followed by, among others, Liberian Suite (1947); A Drum Is a Woman (1956), created for a television production;
Such Sweet Thunder
(1957), impressions of William Shakespeare’s scenes and
characters at the Stratford Festival in Ontario; a re-composed, re-orchestrated
version of The Nutcracker Suite (1960; after Peter Tchaikovsky); and similarily the The Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (1960, after Edvard Greig); Night Creature, included on The Symphonic Ellington recording (1963); Far East Suite (1964); Togo Brava Suite (1971) and Afro-Eurasian Eclipse (1971) which is widely regarded as a late-period masterpiece. Ellington’s symphonic A Rhapsody of Negro Life was the basis for the film short Symphony in Black (1935), which also features the voice
of Billie Holiday (uncredited). Ellington wrote motion-picture scores for The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and composed for the
ballet and theatre - including, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the show My People (1964), a celebration of African-American life. In his last decade he composed
three pieces of sacred music: In the Beginning God (1965), Second Sacred
Concert
(1968), and Third Sacred Concert (1973).

The engaging and vivacious Fern Lindzon and her quartet perform two
Ellington / Strayhorn suites
which have been re-scaled for small ensemble.
A post-performance talk-back with the artists is encouraged.

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FERN LINDZON

"An excellent singer and pianist based in Toronto ...."
The Jazz Singers: the Ultimate Guide - Scott Yanow

"Fern Lindzon is an engaging pianist and singer who brings an unassuming
authority, an inquiring spirit and a natural grace to contemporary jazz."
Mark Miller - Jazz Writer and Critic

Fern Lindzon studied music history at the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor of Music degree. She pursued her studies in jazz with such notable educators as Frank Falco, Elaine Overholt, Don Thomson, Fred Hersch and the legendary Barry Harris. A regular performer in the music scene in Southern Ontario, Lindzon also has three critically acclaimed recordings to her credit.

"Moments Like These" received major radio airplay and
was in the Top 10 of HMV's Jazz chart for several months.
Her JUNO-nominated recording, "Two Kites", has received
high praise and was supported in its debut by the
TD Downtown Toronto Jazz Festival.

Lindzon's most recent opus, "Like a Circle in a Spiral", has
been praised by Shelley Gummeson in !earshot, where she suggested that Fern “personifies a woman who lives confidently with her own instincts and artistry”, and lauded her interpretations as “smart and smouldering” and “sublimely elegant.”

Musical collaborator and brilliant bassist, George Koller, in commenting
on working and performing with Lindzon, has said, "Fern is gifted with a delightful, inquisitive and persistent imagination, the fruits of which manifest as highly original impressionistic arrangements and compositions."

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9


9:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

THE SKYLINERS BIG BAND
RON ROBBINS - Music Director
SCOTT BOYER - Pianist
MARIA BRANJE - Vocalist


"BIG BAND REHEARSAL"

Drop in to a fun-filled big band rehearsal session at the Barrie City Hall Rotunda.
Pull up a chair and relax while the band goes to work on the fabulous songs,
arrangements and swing rhythms of their up-coming concert to be held
during the Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

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8:00 P.M.

A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT

MARK EISENMAN Link

Featuring
MORGAN CHILDS - NICK MORGAN - STEVE WALLACE

PRESENTS


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"THE QUARTET THAT CHANGED JAZZ"

1959
It was the seismic year jazz musicians broke away from complex bebop
music in an evolution to new forms, allowing soloists unprecedented freedom to explore and express their passions. It was also a pivotal year for America - the nation was enjoying freedom and wealth; social, racial and upheavals were just around the corner; and jazz was ahead of the curve.
And four absolutely canonical LPs were recorded that year, each a high watermark for the artists and a reflection of the times - Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, Dave Brubeck's Time Out, Charles Mingus's Mingus Ah Um and Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz to Come. These albums opened up dramatic new possibilities for jazz which continue to be felt in the Twenty-First century.

The erudite Mark Eisenman and his quartet provide historical insight and a
selection of music performances from
these ground-breaking recordings.
A post-performance talk-back with the artists is encouraged.

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MARK EISENMAN

The Jazz Report's 1999
Acoustic Pianist of the Year

Mark Eisenman is one among a handful of the top 'in-demand' jazz pianists in Toronto.
Born in New York City but based in Toronto since 1972, Mark started studying
the piano with his father. By the age of eighteen he had resolved that he would
be pursuing the piano as a career interest. He entered into the music program
at York University and after a short time discovered jazz music.
With his introduction to this idiom his musical interest peaked.

Under the tutelage of John Gittins and others, Mark ultimately took a degree in
Fine Arts, and as testimony to his continuing dedication to the learning process,
currently conducts jazz workshops at York as a part-time faculty member.
His teaching has expanded to include "The Jazz Camp" and classes at Mohawk
College in Hamilton in addition to a lot of private teaching in his home studio.

Mark has performed in many different venues with numerous eminent Canadian
and U.S. jazz artists including the following: Blue Mitchell, Woody Shaw,
Nat Adderley, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Sam Noto and Pat LaBarbera.
He has also had numerous radio appearances and is well represented on recordings,
the latest of which is Mark's debut recording as a leader, "The Chant".
He has toured Canada extensively with various groups.

"His professional status is based largely on his skill and versatility as
an ensemble player, but what marks him most is an ability to produce,
no matter what the musical company, distinctive well-structured solos".
- Toronto Star

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THURSDAY, JUNE 14


8:00 P.M.

A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT

BERNIE SENENSKY Link

Featuring
TBA - TBA

PRESENTS

"THE THREE Ps"

A RETROSPECTIVE AND RE-CREATION OF THE RECORDED WORKS OF
THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED, VIRTUOSIC JAZZ TRIO OF THE 1970s.

Oscar Peterson redefined the jazz trio by bringing the musicianship of Joe Pass (guitar) and Niels-Henning Oersted Pedersen (bass) to the highest level. Peterson (piano) called the trio in his own words, "the most stimulating" and productive setting for public performances as well as in studio recordings.

... "The reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar
Peterson. The pianist brilliantly investigates several jazz styles on
"Blues Etude" (including stride and boogie-woogie), plays exciting versions of his "Chicago Blues" and "Easy Listening Blues," tears into "Secret Love," and shows honest emotion on "Come Sunday." Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's
Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period."
- Scott Yanow, AllMusic Review

Including Selections From

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PETERSON SPOTLIGHT
FOR PEG'S SENENSKY

CTV's "Oscar Peterson Presents" will showcase the jazz talents
of Winnipeg born Bernie Senensky. Now living in Toronto,
Senensky has been described by Peterson as "representing the
newest and most important jazz today". Performing with the
Oscar Peterson Trio, pianist Senensky will lend his talents to
"Laurentide Waltz" "Reunion Blues" and other jazz selections.
-
RPM WEEKLY Magazine - July 20, 1974

Twice voted "Best Acoustic Pianist"
- The Jazz Report Awards

Winner of the SOCAN Award for
Best Jazz Composition - "Blues For Clifford"

Buddy Defranco described Bernie Senensky as
"The Best of the Best"

Bill Evans once said: "I could just sit
and listen to him play all day!"

FACULTY MEMBER

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15

8:00 P.M.

A "GREAT MOMENTS IN JAZZ" CONCERT

MATT HERSKOWITZ Link

PRESENTS

"RAVELATION"
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A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE INFLUENCE OF JAZZ MUSIC AND ITS COMPOSERS ON
THE WESTERN EUROPEAN COMPOSERS OF THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY.

French impressionist composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) found
inspiration in the American jazz, which was sweeping Paris in the 1920s.
"The most captivating part of jazz is its rich and diverting rhythm…
Jazz is a very rich and vital source of inspiration for modern composers
and I am astonished that so few Americans are influenced by it."



MAURICE RAVEL

Ravel spent several nights with Gershwin, listening to jazz at the
Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, where dancers did the Lindy Hop to
hot jazz from some of the nation’s greatest bands. Ravel also visited
Connie’s Inn and the nearby Cotton Club, where he heard
Duke Ellington and his orchestra.


GEORGE GERSHWIN

"There is a musician here endowed with the most brilliant, most
enchanting and perhaps the most profound talent: George Gershwin.
His worldwide success no longer satisfies him, for he is aiming higher.
He knows that he lacks the technical means to achieve his goal.
In teaching him those means, one might ruin his talent."


IGOR STRAVINSKY
"RAGTIME"


DARIUS MILHAUD
"CREATION DU MONDE"

Ravel wasn’t the only French composer to be influenced by jazz. Darius Milhaud’s La création du monde (The Creation of the World), written between 1922
and 1923 is a ballet depicting the creation in African mythology.

It’s interesting to compare Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, written between 1929 and 1931, with Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, written in 1925. Ravel’s music seems to pay homage to Gershwin’s Concerto. The first movement is filled with the sound of the blues, with its ambiguous shifts between major and minor.
The final movements of both works share a similar rapid, driving feel. Ravel flirted
with jazz in earlier compositions (the sultry Blues second movement of the
Violin Sonata No. 2 from 1927, for example). And Paris had been intrigued
with American jazz for a while. As far back as 1908, Debussy hinted at ragtime
with Golliwog’s Cakewalk. But in Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto,
we hear the blues as if through Gershwin’s ears
.

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MATT HERSKOWITZ

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso
with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York’s Central Park to Germany’s Ko¨ln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe.As a pianist, composer, songwriter and arranger, Herskowitz has distinguished himself in several musical genres. His 2007 solo piano release, Matt Herskowitz Plays Gershwin (Disques Tout Crin), featuring Gershwin's great solo
arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue and Matt's own original solo arrangements of the Concerto in F and Cuban Overture, was nominated
in 2007 for Quebec's prestigious Prix Opus. It also made Montreal's prominent quotidian La Presse's list of top 10 jazz albums of the year.
His 2006 solo release, Gabriel's Message, which features his original arrangements and compositions based on popular Christmas themes,
was nominated for Québec's prestigious Félix award in 2007
. A
graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Herskowitz is originally from Albany, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home for more than 16 years.
Among Matt's most recent recordings is
"Piano Cameleons", a collaboration with pianist, John Roney, in which they explore the jazz possibilites inherent in popular classical music compositions.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 16

8:00 P.M.

A "GIANTS OF JAZZ" CONCERT

SKYLINERS BIG BAND Link

RON ROBBINS - Music Director
SCOTT BOYER - Pianist
MARIA BRANJE - Vocalist

PRESENTS

TBA
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TBA


TBA

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THE "OUT TO LUNCH"
CONCERT SERIES


JUNE 8

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



TBA

 

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JUNE 11
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..


TBA

 

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JUNE 12
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


TBA

TBA

 

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JUNE 13
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


TBA

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JUNE 14
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.



TBA

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JUNE 15
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


TBA

TBA


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JUNE 18
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

JOE SEALY Link


AWARD RECIPIENT

A FUN-FILLED PERFORMANCE OF JOE SEALY
COMPOSITIONS AND JAZZ FAVOURITES
BY THE NOTED BROADCASTER, BAND-LEADER
AND ENDEARING JAZZ VOCALIST.

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Current to APRIL 16, 2018


THE STOLLAR CONSTRUCTION
TEACHERS & STUDENTS
RECITAL SERIES


JUNE 8

5:00 p.m.

MITZI & DEMI LANGFIELD

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JUNE 9
12:30 p.m.

"JOYFUL SOUNDS MUSIC STUDIO"
- CHERYL GRAHAM

3:30 p.m.
NENA LAMARRE

5:30 p.m.
"PIANO FOREVER"
- SUSAN HENSLEY

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JUNE 11
6:00 p.m.
DIANE LAMB

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JUNE 12
6:30 p.m.
"MUSIC LESSONS BARRIE"
- EMER O'DRISCOLL

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JUNE 13
5:00 p.m.
TBA

6:30 p.m.
"IVORY NOTE MUSIC STUDIO"
- LINDSAY TREW

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JUNE 14
5:00 p.m.
LAURIE NICHOL

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JUNE 15
6:00 p.m.

MICHELLE HARPER

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JUNE 16
12:30 p.m.
IRINA TSERNIKOVA

3:00 p.m.
SUSAN PAJOR

6:00 p.m.
SARAH LAWTON

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JUNE 18
5:00 p.m.
ELEANOR HONEY

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Current to APRIL 9, 2018

 

These Schedules Are Subject To Change Without Notice
Current to APRIL 22, 2018