Mount Royal Conservatory
Mount Royal Conservatory Presents: The Calgary Youth Orchestra
On Sunday, November 17, 2019, the Calgary Youth Orchestra, led by Music Director Edmond Agopian, will serve up a sumptuous feast of masterpieces composed by three of the most famous and beloved German composers, spiced up by side dishes of Latin music
The first courses of the evening will be Beethoven’s tempestuous Coriolanus Overture, and the elegant first movement of Schubert’s Second Symphony.
The main dish of the evening will be all four movements of Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1. It is one of the most monumental pieces in the classical repertoire and legend has it that Brahms laboured over it for over 14 years until he was satisfied.
The evening’s meal will conclude with three spicy pieces by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, based on his impressions of Southern Spain; Andalucia, Cordoba and Malaguena.
The concert will take place at Mount Royal University’s Bella Concert Hall, starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the CYO’s manager at 403-440-5978 or email@example.com
Mount Royal Conservatory Presents: Axel Strauss, Violin, and Stéphane Lemelin, Piano
The first German artist to win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. Mr. Strauss made his American debut at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his New York debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world premiere of “Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby” – written for him by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Mr. Strauss serves as Professor of Violin and Chair of the String Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. Before moving to Canada he was Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Pianist Stéphane Lemelin is well-known to audiences throughout Canada and regularly performs in the United States, Europe and Asia as soloist and chamber musician.
His repertory is vast, with a predilection for the German Classical and Romantic literature and a particular affinity for French music, as evidenced by his more than twenty-five recordings, which include works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Poulenc and Roussel. Stéphane Lemelin is director of the French music series “Découvertes 1890-1939” on the Atma Classique label, dedicated to the rediscovery of neglected early twentieth-century French repertoire and for which he has recorded works by Samazeuilh, Ropartz, Pierné, Migot, Dupont, Dubois, Rhené-Bâton, Rosenthal, Alder, Lekeu and others. His latest recording features the complete works for violin and piano by Georgy Catoire, with violinist Laurence Kayaleh, on the Naxos label.
Stéphane Lemelin studied with Yvonne Hubert in Montreal, Karl-Ulrich Schnabel in New York, and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of Leon Fleisher. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where his teachers were Boris Berman and Claude Frank. He was a professor at the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa, where he served as Director of the School of Music from 2007 to 2012. He is now Professor of Piano and Chair of the Department of Performance at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. A dedicated pedagogue, he has been invited to give master classes around the world.
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) - Phantasy opus 47 (1949)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) - Fantasie in C Major, D.934 (1827)
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) - Nocturne (1911), Cortège (1914)
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) - Sonata in A major, opus 13 (1876)
Allegro quasi presto
Mount Royal Conservatory Junior Orchestra Program: Fall Concert
Featuring the five string orchestras in the Junior Orchestra Program.
Winter Fantasia is a showcase of the work of the MRU Conservatory choral ensembles, including Ariel, Arietta, and Arioso, with the Conservatory Sinfonia. Come celebrate the season with the Conservatory and your family in the beautiful Bella.
Sounds of the Season
Celebrating the festive season in song, the MRU Conservatory ensembles, including the Calgary Youth Orchestra, Mount Royal Kantorei, Artio, and Zhi-Yin choirs take the Bella stage at the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts. This merry event also features an appearance by Calgary’s favourite comic a cappella quartet, the Heebee-jeebees. Enjoy an evening featuring Gloria with Mark Hayes with all three choirs and full orchestra, individual choral works, as well as a few classics with a twist.
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