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Mysterious Barricades Concert - Edmonton Alberta

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A gem of a performance space, Convocation Hall was opened in 1915 and holds an audience of 426 people. A rectangular room wrapped by balcony on three sides, the seating in Convocation Hall is fixed, theatre style. The venue is most suitable for recitals and chamber music ensembles, although larger ensembles can be accommodated.

Thank you to University of Alberta: Office of the Dean of Students and Information Services & Technology for their continued support and encouragement.
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We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Territory on which this concert is being held, a welcoming place for peoples from around the world. We would like to acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory for centuries such as: Cree, Saulteaux, Niisitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Nakota Sioux.


Lead Organizer: BethElizabeth Turnbull has been hailed by the critics as ‘a revelation’, with ‘controlled passion, acute timing and glistening presence’. Her many and varied credits include appearances with major orchestras and opera companies across North America (Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, New York, Florida, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco). More
turnbull.e.m@gmail.com

Performers:

Allison BalcetisAllison Balcetis (saxophone)
Internationally recognized as an ambitious contemporary saxophonist, Allison Balcetis has studied and collaborated with artists from around the world. Her international performance career includes concerts throughout North America, Europe, Brazil, Thailand, and Taiwan. Recent projects include partnering with André Mestre to create Curto-Circuito, a yearly workshop for young Brazilian composers, which has seen the creation of over 30 new pieces for saxophone and piano since 2014. Other creative partnerships include Colin Labadie, Ian Crutchley, Nicolás Arnáez, Thierry Alla, Rodrigo Bussad, and André Ribeiro. Her work as a soloist and chamber musician has produced over 70 world premieres.












Booming Tree Taiko DrummingBooming Tree Taiko Drumming (Twilla MacLeod and Greg Shimizu)
Booming Tree is a contemporary drum duo, composed of Gregory Shimizu and Twilla MacLeod. Their work is rooted in taiko, the art of Japanese Drumming. Booming Tree has performed for audiences across North America, from coast to coast, and from Yellowknife to New Orleans. Their high energy performances are steeped with stamina and endurance. They play to celebrate the strength and power of the human form.












Jacques DespresJacques Despres (piano)
Dr. Jacques C. Després began learning to play piano at the age of 3. He started lessons a few months later at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Québec. In the fall of that year, the legendary Canadian conductor Wilfrid Pelletier, after hearing him play, noticed an extraordinary talent in the precocious pianist. After winning the Montréal Symphony Orchestra competition in 1978, and the Prix d’Europe in 1981 from the Académie de musique du Québec, Després has led a varied artistic life. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, collaborative artist, lecturer, educator, and musical director of the Summer Serenades at the University of Stony Brook’s Staller Center in New York.
Worldwide noteworthy accolades for Després’ musical approach include a rare combination of virtuosity and artistic integrity. Després’ repertoire is broad and eclectic. Most notable are his two world premiere recordings of Joseph Martin Kraus of the complete piano works, and The New Goldberg Variations with cellist Tanya Prochazka. The Kraus performances on Naxos received world critical acclaim, and for the same label, he followed up with a two-compact disc recording of the complete chamber music works by Kraus, a recording he edited.More
jdespres@ualberta.ca









Petar DundjerskiPetar Dundjerski (flute)
Dundjerski received his Master's degree in Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with Susan Heppner, Canada's eminent flute virtuoso. He has performed across Canada, from Toronto's Walter Hall to the Banff Centre for the Arts. Since settling in Edmonton, Petar has performed professionally on numerous occasions across the city, including the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and has 16 years of experience teaching flute.Petar has received various awards including a 2003 and 2006-2008 Canada Council for the Arts Grants. He has worked with several distinguished instrumentalists including Shauna Rolston, Scott St. John and Jens Lindemann. Petar Dundjerski currently teaches at the University of Alberta as well as the Alberta College Conservatory of Grant MacEwan College. Petar was the Assistant Conductor in Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2006-2008, under the mentorship of Music Director William Eddins. This was a two-year appointment, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.







Shannon HiebertShannon Hiebert (piano)
Shannon Hiebert is highly regarded as a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, conductor and music director. A native of Winnipeg, she began her studies at the University of Manitoba and went on to train at the Banff Centre with Martin Isepp and the University of Michigan, in the prestigious studio of world renowned pianist, Martin Katz. Much in demand as a collaborative artist, she has worked with such celebrated singers as Tracy Dahl, Measha Brueggergosman and Andriana Chuchman and has been heard in recital and broadcast across Canada and the United States as well as Europe, Taiwan and Japan. A diverse performer, Shannon has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Edmonton Opera, Groundswell and the Winnipeg Singers, Citadel Theatre and several musical theatre productions. Shannon has toured with Broadway Across Canada in productions of Mamma Mia, Spamalot and Wicked. In 2009, she joined the Toronto Company of Jersey Boys. Ms Hiebert has acted as Music Director for Grant MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts productions of Spring Awakening and A Little NIght Music. She has also provided musical direction for the Plain Jane Theatre Company’s Sterling Award nominated productions of Fiorello, Little Fish, Mack and Mabel and A New Brain. In 2013 Shannon received a Sterling Award nomination for outstanding musical direction. A passionate teacher, Ms Hiebert has served on the faculties of the University of Manitoba, University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, Opera NUOVA, Calgary Opera’s Artist Program and the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI). Her students have gone on to universities and programs around the world including, Opera Merola, Chicago Lyric Opera (LOCA), Canadian Opera Company, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Opera Atelier, The Britten­Pears School, The Banff Centre, The Franz Schubert Institute, Tanglewood and Netherlands Opera Theatre. Many of her students now enjoy international performing careers.
Shannon currently resides in her beloved home city of Edmonton where she maintains a busy performing and coaching schedule.
shannonhiebert@gmail.com



Rafael HoekmanRafael Hoekman (cello)
Hailed by the Toronto Star as a “young musician with a bright future” and noted for his “spirited and fiery performances”, Rafael Hoekman is currently Principal Cellist of the Edmonton Symphony, He has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony, I Musici de Montreal and Newfoundland Symphony and looks forward to making his debut as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony in 2017. As an orchestral musician, Rafael has performed with orchestras including the Toronto, Detroit, and Winnipeg symphonies as well as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a founding member of the Tokai String Quartet a prizewinner of the 2007 Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has performed with many of Canada’s great musicians including James Ehnes, Anton Kuerti, and the St Lawrence Quartet. Rafael teaches at the University of Alberta.









Leanne RegehrLeanne Regehr (piano)
Leanne Regehr is a versatile and sensitive pianist who has captivated increasingly diverse audiences across North America. She is the featured soloist in a live recording of Victor Davies' Mennonite Piano Concerto with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and is currently based in Edmonton where she serves on the faculties of the University of Alberta and The King’s University.
Leanne’s reputation in opera has grown through engagements as a répétiteur with Shreveport Opera, Mercury Opera, and Edmonton Opera. Her dedication to the development of young singers has been shown through her work as a faculty member with Opera NUOVA, a staff pianist for Sherrill Milnes' VoicExperience Program in Florida, and as a Coaching Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. She is widely recognized for her intuitive ability to collaborate with other musicians across an extensive range of repertoire.
Leanne completed her Doctor of Music in Piano Performance at Northwestern University and explored further studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Aspen Music Festival. She is the accompanist for the Richard Eaton Singers and freelances as a soloist, vocal coach, recital partner, and adjudicator.
lregehr@ualberta.ca









Sherry SteeleSherry Steele (soprano)
Originally from London Ontario, Sherry is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. She has performed with orchestras and in musical theatre throughout Canada, and toured internationally as a featured singer in Riverdance – The Show. Sherry also performed with the Broadway company of Riverdance, at the Gershwin Theatre for more than a year.
Sherry has been teaching piano and voice for more than twenty years, most recently at the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University, and currently at the University of Alberta









William StreetDr. William Street (saxophone)
William Street, saxophonist, has performed and lectured in Belgium, Canada, Federation of Russia, France, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and the USA. He tours frequently with pianist Roger Admiral and the Quatuor International de Saxophones emphasizing the importance of both solo and chamber music making. 2016 chamber music performances are scheduled in Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Camrose, Calgary, Lethbridge), as well as in the US mid-west in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Champaign, Illinois. Recent solo performances and lectures took place in San Jose, California as in well as Bordeaux and Strasbourg, France. Upcoming activities in Bangkok, Malta, and the Province of Alberta. Since 2015, William serves as Chair of the Department of Music of the University of Alberta.

Strongly influenced by his former teachers Etheridge, Hemke and Londeix, Street has sought to make heard the music of today’s composers in his concerts. He can be heard on compact disc recordings Sunthesis: Les Septs Iles, L'Ensemble International de Saxophones, At Your Service with pianist Sylvia Taylor and the Centaur recording of Evolution V for five saxophonists by Marilyn Shrude, with the Chicago Saxophone Quartet. His recording of Tre Vie, Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Malcolm Forsyth with Grzegorz Nowak and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra was nominated for a 1999 Juno award and was re-issued in 2009. Other recordings include Quatuor International de Saxophone LIVE, heliosaxo, MY VERY FIRST SOLO, Westwind, Canadian Music for Saxophone with Roger Admiral and Hard Rubber, Hard Elastic (2008), featuring Music for Alto Saxophone and Piano by Howard Bashaw.

Street also participated as a jury member and organizer for numerous international competitions in Belgium, France, Malta, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and the United States. Currently in progress is the 5th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand (2017) where William serves as International Coordinator.

He served as President of the North American Saxophone Alliance from 1992-1994. His published work includes the English translation of Hello! Mr. Sax, ou les Paramètres du Saxophone (Leduc) by Jean-Marie Londeix, "Elise Boyer Hall," and "The Life of Elise Boyer Hall" in Les États Géneraux Mondiaux du Saxophone. Anna and William Street translated into English the Méthode d'étude de Saxophone, by Jean-Marie Londeix published by Éditions Henry Lemoine in Paris. William also served as editorial consultant for the biography Jean-Marie Londeix, Master of the Modern Saxophone by James Umble (Roncorp, 2000).

Patricia TaoPatricia Tao (piano)
Pianist Patricia Tao leads an active life as a performer, teacher and concert organizer. Following studies in Boston, Indiana, and New York, she performed throughout the U.S. and Europe for ten years with the award-winning Guild Trio (Joanne Rile Management), and as a soloist, she toured the U.S. for Columbia Artists’ Community Concert series and overseas as an Artistic Ambassador for the USIA. She continues to perform throughout North America with her trio, Trio Voce (Jasmine Lin, violin, Marina Hoover, cello), which has released two critically-acclaimed CDs and performs both community-outreach concerts as well as at well-known venues (Lively Arts Series at Stanford University, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Music Guild of Los Angeles). Trio Voce’s live performances are broadcast frequently on Chicago’s classical music station, WFMT.
Now in her 7th year as Artistic Director of the Edmonton Chamber Music Society’s Summer Solstice Festival, she programs innovative concerts and collaborates with some of North America’s most distinguished soloists and chamber musicians. She actively promotes community outreach programs through the Hear’s to Your Health Concerts at the U of A medical school, which features both local and international musicians, as well as through arranging performances at local schools and organizing master classes by distinguished artists for young Edmonton musicians.More
ptao@ualberta.ca






John TessierJohn Tessier (tenor)
The Juno Award winning Tenor, John Tessier, has garnered international attention and praise for the beauty and honesty of his voice, for a refined style and artistic versatility, and for his handsome, youthful presence in the lyric tenor repertoire. He has worked with many of the most notable musicians of our day including Plácido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Haim, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Leonard Slatkin, Bryn Terfel, Sir Thomas Allen, Thomas Hampson, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Deborah Voigt, Samuel Ramey, Bobby McFerrin, John Nelson, Franz Welser-Möst, Donald Runnicles, Robert Spano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Carlos Alvarez and Bernard Labadie. Appearances of the recent past and near future include performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Teatro Colon, Oper Frankfurt, Grand Théâtre de Genève, English National Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the New York Philharmonic, Wiener Musikverein, National Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lyon, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Equally comfortable in the genres of opera, oratorio and recital, Mr. Tessier is also in high demand for coaching, master classes, and private consultations. His discography includes recordings on the Naxos, Telarc, BIS, Challenge Records and Dorian labels.






University of Alberta Madrigal ChoirGuillaume Tardif
Canadian violinist Guillaume Tardif (DMA, Eastman) is Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. His current research explores various aspects of the history and practice of the violin, and often features new or neglected works – such as Gallois-Montbrun’s accompanied version of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, which he presented with pianist Roger Admiral at Carnegie-Weill Hall in 2011.
Guillaume Tardif has appeared widely as a violin soloist collaborating with ensembles and distinguished artists in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has been a guest professor at many universities and conservatories, such as Innsbruck University, Grieg Academy, Liszt Academy, Beijing Central Conservatory, Zhejiang University, Federal University Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco State University, and the Banff Centre.
He also joined the faculties of international summer programs at the Semper Music International Festival (Italy), Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and the Global Summer Institute of Music (Virginia). He has published in the areas of musicology, string literature, and pedagogy (e.g. in Locatelli and the Virtuoso Tradition, Brepols, 2015), and produced a number of CD recordings (e.g. From the Library of Joseph Szigeti), violin arrangements, and cadenzas (e.g. Paganini, Mozart). He also led award-winning projects such as the Dare to Discover Series with the Enterprise Quartet and the Genius of the Violin video-documentary.
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University of Alberta Madrigal ChoirUniversity of Alberta Madrigal ChoirLeonard Ratzlaff
Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff (conductor)
Comprising 30 to 40 auditioned singers from across campus under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers have emerged in the past three decades as one of the foremost university chamber choirs in Canada.
Frequent first-prize winners in the CBC's Choral Competition for Amateur Choirs, the Madrigal Singers have also had several successes at major international competitions in Germany, including first prize at the Robert Schumann International Choral Competition in Zwickau (1995), third prize in the 5th International Chamber Choir Competition in Marktoberdorf (1997), first prize in the International Choir Competition in Cork, Ireland (1999), and the International Jury Award at this same competition in 2008.More






Jeanne YangJeanne Yang (piano)
Jeanne Yang, currently working on a D.Mus. in piano at the University of Alberta. Previous studies include a Master of Music in piano from McGill University, Master of Music in trumpet from the University of British Columbia, and a Master of Veterinary Medicine in Animal Welfare from National Taiwan University.













Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp (piano)*

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