SUNDAY MUSIC IN THE GARDEN ROOM

Sunday, November 18    2 p.m.

BETH SILVER, cello    and   JENNA RICHARDS, piano

 

STOLEN ART SONGS

 

Richard Strauss (1894 - 1949) -  Morgen, (“Tomorrow”), Op. 27, no. 4
  Zueignung, (“Devotion”), Op. 10, no. 1

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873 – 1943): Ne poy, krasavitsa, prim ne, (“Oh, never sing to me again”), Op. 4, no. 4 

Antonin Dvorak (1841 – 1904):  Zigeunermelodien, (“Gypsy Songs”), Op. 55 

Ralph Vaughan-Williams (1872 – 1958):  Whither must I wander?, from Songs of Travel 

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828):  Du bist die Ruh, ("You are rest and peace"), D. 776; Op. 59, no. 3
  Der Müller und der Bach, ("The Miller and the Brook”), from Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25, D. 795

Alberto Ginastera (1916 – 1983): Danzas Argentinas, (“Argentine Dances”), Op. 2

Gabriel Faure (1845-1924): Après un rêve, (“After a dream”), Op. 7, no. 1
     Au Bord de L’eau, (“At the water’s edge”), Op 8., no. 1

Francis Poulenc (1899 – 1963): Sanglots, ("Sobs"), from Banalités, FP. 107

   Priez pour paix ("Pray for Peace”), FP. 95

Poulenc:  Cello Sonata, FP. 143

Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918): Beau Soir, (“Beautiful Evening”)

George Gershwin (1898 – 1937) -  à la carte 

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Beth Silver, cello

Beth Silver, a Toronto native, was the pupil of Simon Fryer  during her high school years, and went on to the University of Toronto for a Bachelor of Music degree, studying with Shauna Rolston and Rachel Mercer.  Other past teachers include Chloe Dominguez, Barbara Pepper and Wendy Smith.  On completion of the Bachelor of Music degree, she moved to Montreal and McGill University from which she acquired a Master of Music Performance as the student of Matt Haimovitz.  It was Haimowitz who invited her to join his all-cello group Uccello, which recently toured to the Napa Valley, and to perform in Salzburg, Austria.

Beth Silver has performed on stages across Canada, the United States, and in Europe, Israel and China, as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.   More recently, in addition to the Kammermusik Festival in Salzburg and in the Napa Valley at Festival del Sole, she appeared with the Toronto band Ozere at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and in Canada, at the Ottawa Chamber Fest, and with the Ladom Ensemble on a Debut Atlantic tour.   With this same group, she has a Prairie Debut and Jeunesses Musicales tour in 2019.

As a teacher of cello, violin, theory and piano (thus a many-faceted musician) at the Musical Arts Academy in Etobicoke, ON, Beth is said to be “thrilled to be part of a community in which she can thrive on her intuition and creativity.”  Admired for her ability to paint in many colours through her instrument, she enjoys capturing character and spontaneity in music – especially in interactive chamber settings.   A lover of many genres, Beth is equally at home in a classical ensemble as she is in a band exploring new voices for cello, despite – or perhaps because of – her entirely Canadian classical-focused education. 

Beth is the recipient of numerous awards for her solo and chamber playing, including in 2014 the Ben Steinberg Musical Legacy Award, recognizing musical achievement in the Canadian Jewish community. 

 

Jenna Richards, piano

Jenna Richards earned ARCT diplomas in piano and violin before completing high school in her native Halifax, and holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of Toronto.  She earned an enviable and remarkable string of scholarships for her studies in Toronto, starting with a four-year renewable Canadian Millennium Scholarship.   Multiple Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarships helped out for her U of T studies, as well as for summer study, among these at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, and the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.  During her Toronto years, she was granted a Glenn Gould Memorial Scholarship “for Musical and Academic Excellence” two years in a row, the Fey Hethrington Scholarship for “an outstanding piano, string, composition or undergraduate student”, and the Lydia Wong scholarship for excelling in instrumental collaboration.

In the summer of 2013, Jenna moved to Ottawa to complete a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton as an Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient, and has remained in that city ever since.   She currently works for the Ottawa Arts Council, Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Ottawa Classical Choir and the Canadian Centennial Choir, and freelances frequently throughout Ontario.  She has performed as a soloist and collaborator for the Young Persons’ Concert Series (Toronto Symphony Orchestra pre-concert programming), Ottawa Chamberfest (Ottawa), Music Mondays (Toronto), Gift of Music Series (Creemore, Ontario), Orford Arts Centre (Orford, Quebec), Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival (St. John’s, NL), and in her native Halifax, in particular at Scotiafest.   In addition to her classical music work, Jenna has played for many musicals and operas as a rehearsal pianist, pit “keyboardist” and violinist. Past musicals include Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, How to Succeed in Business, and Kiss me Kate.

Jenna Richards’ thoughts on the Arts and Society:

I imagine the arts can accomplish more. The possibility for interconnectivity and innovation the arts bring to the table could help societies bridge social, economic, and cultural disparities. I have realized this potential working with institutions like the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, HASO, CAMMAC, promoting charities like MusiCounts, engaging in community and musical collaborations, as well as researching programs such as El Sistema and initiatives like the Youth Coalition for Music, but there is so much left to explore. I want to transform the way people think of the arts, especially music, and expand its traditional uses. Ironically, I did not initially plan my musical education for this purpose. I chose to pursue music because it is what I love. Studies with outstanding professors at the University of Toronto, as well as activities within my faculty and community, have shaped me into a dedicated solo and collaborative artist, but they have also given me insight into both the non-profit sector and the music industry. What I discovered was that my passion within the performance vein could work alongside my ambition for social change. I truly feel that the arts, especially music, can stimulate positive change in the world and through my Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership degree at Carleton I gained further resources to uncover these possibilities.

 

CONCERTS in the second half of the 2018-2019 season:

March 17         David Potvin, piano

March 31         Suzanne Rigden, soprano, and Tara Scott, piano      

April 14           Maxim Bernard, piano

May 5              Edward Enman, piano