Wed 28 February 2018 - 2.45 pm

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Elyssa Lefurgey-SmithElyssa Lefurgey-Smith, violin

Elyssa is a founding member of the Elixir Baroque ensemble which has been actively performing in Toronto and abroad since 2007.  The group has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, Musically Speaking Series and St. Barbaras United Church, in addition to group's concerts at the Bellwoods Academy of Music.  Elyssa has also been a member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and has made several recordings with the group under the Naxos Label.  She appears regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Talisker players, Opera in Concert and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Her international tours have included performances in Russia, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy.  Elyssa has recently relocated to Vancouver Island to be closer to family along with husband Michael and one year old daughter Isla Pepper.

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Soile StratkauskasSoile Stratkauskas, wooden flute

Soile Stratkauskas found her passion in the pure and eloquent sound of the wooden flute.  She completed her education in the UK, first at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and then at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained her Master' of Music degree with distinction.  Soile has performed with many prominent period instrument orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. With her chamber ensemble 'The Four Temperaments' she has performed in various festivals including the London Handel Festival, Saintes Festival in France and Musica Antiqua in Barcelona.  Soile has recently moved to Canada and is now based in Victoria, where she lives with her husband David, director of music at the church of St John the Divine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed 28 February 2018 - 1.30 pm

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Elyssa Lefurgey-SmithElyssa Lefurgey-Smith, violin

Elyssa is a founding member of the Elixir Baroque ensemble which has been actively performing in Toronto and abroad since 2007.  The group has been a frequent guest on series at Toronto’s Metropolitan United Church, Musically Speaking Series and St. Barbaras United Church, in addition to group's concerts at the Bellwoods Academy of Music.  Elyssa has also been a member of the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and has made several recordings with the group under the Naxos Label.  She appears regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Talisker players, Opera in Concert and the Hamilton Philharmonic. Her international tours have included performances in Russia, Australia, France, Ireland and Italy.  Elyssa has recently relocated to Vancouver Island to be closer to family along with husband Michael and one year old daughter Isla Pepper.

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Soile StratkauskasSoile Stratkauskas, wooden flute

Soile Stratkauskas found her passion in the pure and eloquent sound of the wooden flute.  She completed her education in the UK, first at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and then at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained her Master' of Music degree with distinction.  Soile has performed with many prominent period instrument orchestras, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and Players. With her chamber ensemble 'The Four Temperaments' she has performed in various festivals including the London Handel Festival, Saintes Festival in France and Musica Antiqua in Barcelona.  Soile has recently moved to Canada and is now based in Victoria, where she lives with her husband David, director of music at the church of St John the Divine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 January 2018 - 2:30pm

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Looking Glass DuoLooking Glass Duo was formed in 2009 by Gianetta Baril and Lucie Jones because of their enthusiasm for performing the wide variety of music for Flute and Harp. Past performances include the 2011 World Harp Congress, the Instrumental Society of Calgary, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series with upcoming performances that include a concert tour in British Columbia and the Canadian University College’s Sunday At Seven Concert Series.

Lucie was a winner of the 2008 and 2010 National Flute Association Performer's Competitions. Lucie has also been a featured performer with Calgary's Kensington Sinfonia, Mountain View Festival and a soloist with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Jones is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary and in the fall of 2007 joined the faculty at Mount Royal University Conservatory where she founded and is director of the Mount Royal Chamber Flutes.
Gianetta has performed throughout Western and Eastern Europe, and was Canada’s representative to the World Harp Congresses in Vienna and Paris. She performed for the Queen, Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana. She performs with the Red Deer Symphony and the Symphony of the Kootenays. Her CBC SM-5086 recording of harp concerti with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra won a Juno Award for the Best Recording of a Canadian Work.  A passionate teacher, Gianetta works with students at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University Conservatory while coaching private students who regularly travel from as far away as Mexico!

 

 

Mon 19 February 2018 - 5.00 pm

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Bruce MiekleBRUCE MEIKLE, bass

Bruce was introduced to jazz by listening to legendary bassists of the time. Growing up in Vancouver, Bruce divided his time between playing in the high school stage band and in small jazz groups with friends, and with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra, all the while studying bass at the Vancouver Academy of Music, and at the Banff Jazz Program. After spending three summers with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, he completed his music degree at the University of Ottawa. Upon graduation, he hurried back to the West Coast as quickly as he could, performing with orchestras and with jazz groups. He is now a member of the Victoria Symphony, and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.

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Kelby MacNayrKELBY MACNAYR, drums

Drummer/composer/band-leader Kelby MacNayr is a dynamic performer and educator based in Victoria.  An active member of the West Coast’s fertile music scene, MacNayr performs across North America in jazz, new music and world music.  In 2013 he released The Measure of Light, a live quintet recording of original music featuring saxophonist Phil Dwyer, trumpet player Daniel Lapp, pianist Miles Black and bassist Tom Wakeling.  The critically-acclaimed album has been featured on national radio in the US, Canada and Europe.  MacNayr has shared the stage with some of the greats in jazz including Ingrid Jensen, John Clayton, Neil Swainson, Ian McDougall, Wynton Marsalis, Geoff Keezer and more.  A renowned composer and artistic director, MacNayr has led choirs, composed for opera, modern dance and acted as artistic director for numerous concert series.  MacNayr serves as on the faculty of the Centrum Jazz Port Townsend Festival since 2009, the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and numerous jazz and composition programs.  

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Anthony (Tony) GengeANTHONY GENGE, jazz piano
Canadian composer and pianist Anthony (Tony) Genge is Vancouver born, and both a performer or jazz and rhythm and blues, and a composer.  He completed his Ph.D. in composition at the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He continues to work with fellow composer in Canada, and in Japan bringing the flavour of traditional music into his compositions. His music is performed by a variety of musical ensembles, and has been featured in dance and film. Currently, he divides his time between Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he is a professor at St. Francis Xavier University, and Victoria.
 
 
 
 

Mon 18 December 2017 - 2:00 pm

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Evan RungeEvan completed his Master's degree in music from the University of Ottawa in 2013. He has been playing with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra since 2010. He also teaches violin and regularly plays in retirement homes. Over the last ten years, Evan has been playing and recording with his bands The Night Watch and Musk Ox.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cellist and composer, Raphael Weinroth-Browne is rapidly making a name for himself as an exceptionally versatile musician both in Canada and internationally. With his groundbreaking duo, The Visit, Raphael has toured through France, Belgium, Germany, and the Czech Republic performing all original compositions. His work as a collaborator and session musician is extensive; he has played on over 70 full-length albums (including the Juno Award-winning Woods 5: Grey skies & Electric Light). In fall 2017, Raphael will embark upon a 2-month tour of Europe in over 15 countries with Norwegian metal pioneers Leprous.

 

 

 

 

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