CONCERT SERIES 2019-2020

 

Made in Canada:

Mike Ibsen and Nathan Bredeson

Sunday, September 29, 2019 • 2:30 p.m.

PWYC - suggested donation $20.

Staircase Theatre (Dundurn St. N. at King St.)

Mike Ibsen and Nathan Bredeson

Made in Canada is an Ontario tour celebrating Canadian music for solo guitar and guitar duo and featuring guitarists Nathan Bredeson and Michael Ibsen. Nathan did his undergraduate studies in his home town of Ottawa, and went on to do graduate studies in Milwaukee with Rene Izquierdo. He now lives and works in Ottawa, and has won international prizes for his performances and compositions. Michael, originally from Edmonton, did his graduate studies at UBC in Vancouver, and now studies at Conservatorium Maastricht in the Netherlands. He has performed as a chamber and instrumental soloist across Canada, Washington state, and the Netherlands. This tour features music by a wide range of Canada’s brightest living composers, written for or commissioned by Canadian guitarists, showcasing the richness and diversity of the repertoire. In keeping with this tradition, the program will feature a new sonata for guitar which Michael commissioned from Nathan, and also includes some works written for Nathan and Michael by other composers. Come hear the result of Canadian guitarists and composers collaborating to create new music, and experience how creativity comes to life on six strings! 

 

Canadian Guitar Quartet

 

Canadian Guitar Quartet

Saturday, November 2, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 Regular • $20 Student/Senior  

Available online, at the door or call (905) 807-4792.

Staircase Theatre

27 Dundurn St. N., at King St.

“What we have here are true chamber musicians : partners who know how to dialogue, listen, unite.” Frederic Trudel, about the album Mappa Mundi, icimusique.ca, Canada.

Since its debut in 1999, the Canadian Guitar Quartet has toured extensively in North and South America, from one standing ovation to the next, establishing a reputation as one of the finest guitar ensembles in the world. The CGQ has appeared with orchestra across Canada and released four critically acclaimed CDs.

The quartet has been broadcast on both CBC and Radio-Canada, has had special performances feature on Bravo! Television, in the webcast at Chicago’s Northwestern University and on CBC’s overseas networks. Don Witter Jr., of the New York Classical Guitar Society, wrote: “The Canadian Guitar Quartet made one of the greatest New York City Debuts of any artistic ensemble in decades...STUNNING !!!”.

Concerts in some of Canada’s most prestigious concert halls, such as the Winspear Center, the Palais Montcalm, the Glenn Gould Studio, and National Gallery of Canada have allowed the Canadian Guitar Quartet to develop an international reputation. The mix of dynamic original music and classical masterpieces make a CGQ concert an unforgettable experience.

 

Azuline Duo

Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:30pm

Tickets are $30 Regular •  $20 Student/Senior  

Available online, at the door or call (905) 807-4792.

Staircase Theatre

27 Dundurn St. N., at King St.

Hamilton’s own Azuline Duo features award-winning musicians Sara Traficante (flute) and Emma Rush (guitar).  This ensemble pushes the boundaries of their instruments and conventional programming with unusual and rarely heard pieces both historical and contemporary, and a dynamic onstage presence that engages the audience from the first note. 

 

Recent performance highlights include numerous performances throughout Southern Ontario with stops in Hamilton, Toronto, Cambridge, Caledon, and Ottawa. Bookings with international music events include the Sauble Beach Guitar Festival (ON), Buffalo Women of the Guitar Festival (NY) and the Lonestar Guitar Festival (Weatherford, TX).  They performed as guests with Sinfonia Ancaster in May, 2017.  Azuline Duo has toured Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with stops in Dartmouth, Musquodoboit Harbour, Wolffville, New Minas, Avanport, and Moncton.  Their Western stops have included Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge, in Alberta and Whitehorse in the Yukon.  Spring 2020 will see performances in Ontario, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia.

 

Azuline Duo’s debut recording “Romanza: Music of Spain and South America” was released in September, 2016 and showcases the rich history of the guitar and the brilliant voice of the flute in an exciting chamber music setting.  The program combines transcriptions of Spanish favourites and new music for flute and guitar.  It also features three new arrangements by Azuline Duo that re-imagine traditional repertoire in compelling and unusual presentations.   “Fantastic performances, great repertoire, and sound quality to match, this album is sure to be popular with general listeners and guitarists alike.”  thisisclassicalguitar.com

 

Emma Rush has established herself as one of Canada’s top classical guitarists, in demand as both a soloist and chamber musician.  Her playing has commanded worldwide recognition and she performs regularly throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, and is a frequent guest at international guitar festivals.  Performance highlights include the Shanghai International Guitar Festival (China), Nyköping Gitaarseminarium (Sweden), Internacional Festival de Gitarras Lagos de Moreno (Mexico), and a concert at the prestigious Internationales Gitarren Symposion Iserlohn (Germany). In 2016-17 she was a Debut Atlantic touring artist and an artist in residence at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.  In 2018 she will complete residencies at the Sointula Art Shed in BC, and with GEDOK in Lübeck Germany.  She was featured in the documentary film The Group of Seven Guitar Project, commissioned by the McMichael Gallery, alongside Canada’s best guitarists including Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross.  “She enchanted the audience with her charm, wit, and technical prowess”  Frankenpost, Hof 

 

Sara Traficante is a versatile flutist who is in demand as a performer and recording artist for her expressive musicality, technical mastery, and creative approach across musical genres. She is a founding member of genre-bending trio Vox Metropolis and has a passion for presenting unique concert experiences.  2017-2018 solo performance highlights include concerto performances with Symphony on the Bay (Burlington, ON) and McMaster University Chamber Orchestra (Hamilton, ON). She is in demand as a clinician and collaborator on projects from traditional classical to film scores and indie rock and plays all flutes and whistles on the soundtrack to the new CBC/Netflix production, Anne with an E..  “Flutist Sara Traficante’s controlled vibrato and evocative changes of tone colour and sound are just right.” Whole Note

Azuline Duo

 

 

Gala Guitar Night!

Saturday, March 28, 2019 7:30pm

Melrose United Church

Our annual fundraising concert featuring a variety of soloists and the 50-piece Hamilton Guitar Orchestra!
Details coming soon!