We are no longer accepting RSVPs, however there may be space on for walk-ups shortly before the concert starts on a first come first served basis.
Edmonton's dressed-down festival of classical music is back for its seventh year! Juxtaposing chestnuts of standard classical repertoire with cutting edge & genre-blurring contemporary music, the C'mon (Chamber music old & new) Festival is very excited to move to the Winspear Centre.
This performance is no longer taking RSVPs. If you'd like to attend, there may be space available on a first-come-first-served basis in the 15 minutes before the performance, starting at 7:45 PM.
EMOTIVE EXPLORATIONS Friday July 12, 8 pm
Several centuries of human experience: what do they have in common? Everything! From Mozart to Klezmer and the Jimi Hendrixesque - the opening concert of the C'mon Festival takes you on a rich and unforgettable journey.
- Serenade (1950) Vincent Persichetti
- Nocturne (1994) Kaija Saariaho
- *Anthem & Other Short Pieces (2019) *C'mon Festival commission Alissa Cheung
- Stop Speaking (2011) Andy Akiho
- Mariel (1999) Osvaldo Golijov
- A Klezmer fantasy for Clarinet solo (1997) Samuel Adlerli>
- String Quartet op 50 Sergei Prokofiev
- Sapphire from Shades of Blue George Andrix
Percussionist/timpanist Timothy Borton is quickly establishing himself as one of the most in-demand musicians in Canada. Tim's performance credits include the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada, Vancouver Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony, and two seasons as acting Principal Percussionist with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. In addition to the C'mon Festival, Tim has been involved as chamber musician and soloist with the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, and the Shattering the Silence New Music Festival with the Nothin' But Gnarly Ensemble at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Tim plays regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. When not performing or teaching Tim can typically be found pursuing his passion - brewing beer, then drinking said beer. Tim has appeared regularly at the C'mon Festival since 2015.
Violinist/composer Alissa Cheung is a member of Quatuor Bozzini, based in Montreal, QC. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Japan, and she has been featured in the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, CBC Radio (Canada), CKUA Radio (Edmonton), CISM (Montreal), and WPKN Radio (Bridgeport, CT). As a composer, her works have been performed at Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music (Edmonton), at Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), at Morse Recital Hall (New Haven, CT), at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, at the University of Michigan, and at the Kunstkeramik (Lucerne, Switzerland). Upcoming projects include a violin solo for Mark Fewer and an electric guitar quartet for Instruments of Happiness. In addition to private teaching and masterclasses, Ms. Cheung has been Part-time Faculty at Concordia University , and Sessional Instructor at King’s University College and faculty member of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music. Educational outreach initiatives include being a Teaching Artist with ESO’s Adopt-a-Player Program and with the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program. www.alissacheung.com
Violinist Ewald Cheung is currently a member of the first violin section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO). He has been a featured soloist with orchestras across Canada, including the ESO and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. With pianist Philip Chiu, Ewald was featured in a 34-concert tour with Jeunesses Musicales Canada in 2015. An avid chamber musician, Ewald was a founding member of the Roddick String Quartet, which competed at the London International String Quartet Competition and performed at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. He also competed at the Fischoff National Chamber Competition as a founding member of Geistrio. Ewald was the recipient of McGill Universtiy's 2010 Golden Violin Award, where he received his Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma. He recently obtained his Masters’ degree from The Juilliard School.
Growing up in Edmonton, Kathleen de Caen started playing the cello at age 5. Her primary teachers were Grazyna Sobieraj, Julie Amundsen, and Tanya Prochazka - with whom she completed a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Alberta. She later went on to complete a Master’s degree in cello performance with Matt Haimovitz at McGill University. Kathleen was acting principal cello of Symphony Nova Scotia, in Halifax, for the 2017/2018 series but is very excited to be back in Alberta and a section cellist in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Virginie Gagné has been one of Edmonton's most sought-after violinists since her arrival here in 2006. She is an active chamber violinist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and the Edmonton Recital Society, and has been a featured soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on several occasions. Prior to her appointment as Assistant Concertmaster to the ESO, Virginie was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and she has also played with the Houston Symphony, iMusici, Les Violons du Roy, and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra. Virginie graduated with honours from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and pursued her Master of Music studies at Rice University in Houston. Additionally, Virginie has participated in numerous music festivals in Canada, California, and Austria. In her spare time, Virginie reads, bakes, and enjoys a game of poker. She resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her partner Alexander and their sons Julius and Marcel.
Farhad Khosravi is an Edmonton-based composer, and Santur player, originally from Iran. He received an Edmonton Arts Council grant to record his debut album titled “Sleeping in Sorrow”; an arrangement for santur, voice, violin, cello, and percussion. His album got nominated for the Edmonton Music Prize in 2017, as well as the Edmonton Music Awards and the Western Canadian Music Awards in 2018. Farhad is currently recording his second album in which he explores new avenues in terms of texture, technique, and style. This year he is making his C'mon Festival debut.
Since violist and violinist Clayton Leung joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) in 2013, he has immersed himself in the local arts scene with appearances at the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Edmonton Recital Society, and Early Music Alberta. He co-founded Trio de Moda and YEG4 (string quartet) and has appeared with Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet. He has been a featured soloist with the ESO and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. Clayton was Principal Violist with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra, and has performed with the Victoria, Vancouver Island and National Arts Centre Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he has performed in the Music at Memorial and the Atlantic String Quartet Recital series, and the National Arts Centre and Toronto Summer Music Festival. Clayton studied at the University of Victoria, the University of Minnesota and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Clayton is also fond of playing the piano and ukulele, and in his free time he may be spotted around Edmonton sipping on lattes and lifting heavy weights in the gym. He last appeared at the C'mon Festival in 2017.
C'mon Festival artistic director and trombonist Kathryn Macintosh was born in Montréal but spent her formative years in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. She studied at Acadia University and the University of Toronto, and in her early twenties joined the Edmonton Symphony as Assistant Principal Trombone. Ever since she arrived in the city, she has been active in various chamber music projects, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Mill Creek Colliery Band. Kathryn has an active private teaching studio, and in 2017 joined the faculty of the University of Alberta as a sessional trombone instructor. She currently serves on the board of the ESO/Winspear Centre, and mentors young musicians as an ESO YONA Ambassador. Kathryn recently got involved in a new initiative, the Golden Spike Concert Society, to produce a concert series in a small country church south of Spruce Grove. She started the C'mon Festival in 2013 to share the richness of classical music with a more diverse audience.
Clarinetist Robert Spady is currently a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band. Born and raised in Edmonton, he studied at the University of Toronto and Indiana University, where he completed his Doctor of Music in 2011. Robert has been a participant in the Carnegie Hall Workshops, and held the associate principal clarinet position with the Missouri Symphony. He has also performed and lectured on the music of George Crumb at Ohio State University as a member of the Kolot New Music Ensemble. In Edmonton, Robert is a member of the WindRose Trio with Matthew Howatt and oboist Beth Levia. The group is committed to performing new works; out of seventeen Canadian compositions in their repertoire, twelve were written for the trio. They were also the first Canadian group to perform at the Harbin Summer Music Festival in Harbin, China. Robert regularly performs with the Edmonton Symphony, and teaches clarinet at the YONA Sistema program.