Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A very successful presentation with over 300 people in the audience of some of the most romantic music ever written in a concert dedicated to the memory of Chopin and Schumann featuring Erika Reiman on piano and Gordon Cleland on cello with Patricia Dydnansky - flute, Xiaoling Li - violin, Andree Simard - viola.
Monday, September 20, 2010
February 13, 2:30 pm at the St Catharines United Mennonite Church, 335 Linwell Road,$20/$15 studentsThe Quartet for the End of Time - Don’t miss Messiaen’s unique masterpiece composed and premiered in a German concentration camp. Michele Jacot – clarinet, Konstantin Popovic – violin, Gordon Cleland – cello, Erika Reiman – piano.
March 19, 1 pm, at the St Catharines Centennial Library, 54 Church Street, freeFabulous Aesop – Wit and wisdom from the ancient Greek master of stories. A concert for kids at the St Catharines Central Library with the Symphonic Storytellers of Newfoundland and Suzuki Niagara. Michele Jacot – winds, George Cleland – violin, Gordon Cleland – cello, Marcia O’Neill – keyboard and narration.
April 15, 7:30 pm, at the NAC, 354 St Paul Street, $20/$15 for studentsDancing Duo – An exciting presentation of works for violin and cello with choreography presented by Niagara Dance Company. Music by Ravel, Glière, Bloch. Xiaoling Li – violin, Gordon Cleland – cello with Mary Jo Mullins.
May 15, 2:30 pm, at the St Catharines United Mennonite Church, 335 Linwell Road$20/$15 for studentsGrand Finale – Featuring the Franck Sonata and a world premiere of music for cello and piano by St Catharines composer Mark Steiger. Jonathan Dick – Baritone, Gordon Cleland – cello, Erika Reiman - piano.
Friday Sept 24, 2010, 7:30 pmBrock University Centre for the ArtsSean O’Sullivan Theatre
2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of two Romantic masters: Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann. Join the talented performance faculty of the Department of Music, featuring Gordon Cleland - cello and Erika Reiman - piano, with Patricia Dydnansky – flute, Xiaoling Li – violin, Andrée Simard – viola, in an evening of celebratory chamber music by two of the 19th century's most enigmatic composers, the most romantic of the Romantics.
Tickets - Centre for the Arts Box Office, 905-688-5550 x3257
Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie Op 61
Chopin - Cello Sonata, Opus 65
Schumann - Fantasy Pieces, Opus 73
Schumann - Romances op. 94
Schumann - Piano Quartet, Opus 47.
Sneak preview Saturday Sept 18, 7:30 pm at the MacNeill Church, 1145 King Street West in Hamilton
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Violinist/violist George Cleland is the Music Coordinator for the Niagara Suzuki Association, the Conductor and Music Director of the Peninsula Orchestra and the Viola Coach for the Niagara Youth Orchestra. He has been an instructor for Brock University since 2004. A performer, teacher and conductor, George is a founding member of the Luthien Ensemble, and he performs frequently as a chamber and orchestral musician with the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras in Ontario. Prior to moving to the Niagara region, George was a violin instructor for the Medicine Hat College Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the conductor of the Medicine Hat Junior String Orchestra and the founder and director for the Medicine Hat Community Orchestra.
Saturday, March 20, 1 pm at the St Catharines Centennial Library
MUSICIANS OF OCHRE PIT COVE
A twist of the folk tale, The Musicians of Bremen, collected by the Brothers Grimm
Retirement for a tabby cat, a dog, a rooster and a Newfoundland pony does not look promising. No longer able to work, they learn that they will soon be turned out to pasture - or worse.Perhaps a new career? But what?In quest for a new life, each beast finds adventure and new purpose.
A chamber music concert for kids; be prepared, some audience participation will be required!
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Cello-Vision at NAC an audio-visual journey
Audiences walking off St. Paul Street into the Niagara Artists’ Centre this Friday night will be greeted with sounds unlike anything they’ve heard before.
The other-worldly music, courtesy of multi-media artist Marinko Jareb, is not a part of the main working he’s performing in but more of a warm up act.
He likens the electronic composition to a palette-cleansing, something to prepare the ears for what is coming next.
“Very distinctly, we want to clear out people’s eardrums, give them an other-worldly sound,” he said.
The work that follows is a collaboration between Jareb and St. Catharines Chamber Music Society cellist Gordon Cleland.
Cleland initiated the project years after Jareb approached the Niagara Symphony with a similar concept. Then director Daniel Swift put out a call to individual musicians after explaining to Jareb the logistics and expenses involved with hiring the full orchestra to play alongside his images.
The work, a chance to bring chamber music to a whole new audience, also involves Toronto actor Peter Higginson and the direction of Stray Theatre director Peter Feldman.
The nearly 90-minute program involves four pieces of music: Sonnets by Nicole Carigan; Gallery Suite by Robert Muczynski, who wrote nine movements based on paintings by Charles Burchfield; After Reading Shakespear by Ned Roren, which involves Higginson reading out selections that inspired the muisc; and finally La Rosa Variations by Milton Barnes, a piece with a Spanish stylistic flair that commemorates the expulsion of the Hebrew people from Spain in 1492.
Cleland said the music, although classical in style, is contemporary. And by pairing it with Jareb’s visuals, the entire performance surrounds the audience.
“The idea is you’re pulled right into the entire piece,” he said. “You’re pulled right into it and you experience music from the inside.”
The music, he said, was written specifically for the cello and takes the instrument in every direction it can go.
“Pretty much anything you can imagine a cello being able to do is going to be done,” he said. “It really uses the instrument to its full potential.”
Jareb said the collaboration allowed him the opportunity to expand his horizons beyond the techno and house music he creates visual for at Toronto and Montreal parties. The challenge was in slowing down the pace from the typically quick percussive fare he works with, and using more subtle imagery appropriate for the lyrical music.
“When you’re ‘rocking the show’ it’s got to be a lot more punchy and over-the-top,” he said.
While all the still images and video components that make up the show will be pre-edited, in order to synch with the music they will be switched by him live.
“He’s (Cleland) not going to be responding to my visuals,” he said. “It’s sort of the other way around.”
Cello-Vision will be performed at 7:30 p.m. at 354 St. Paul St.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
St Catharines Chamber Music Society in association with the Niagara Artists’ Centre proudly presents “Cello-Vision”, a multimedia and theatrical chamber music recital by acclaimed cellist, Gordon Cleland.
Gordon Cleland initiated this project to bring chamber music to a new audience and enlisted new media artist, Marinko Jareb and Toronto-based actor, Peter Higginson to add a new dimension to an exciting repertoire of contemporary classical music. Peter Feldman, a director with St. Catharines' Stray Theatre, will direct the performance which is scheduled for Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 7:30pm at the Niagara Artists’ Centre, 354 St.Paul Street.
The program involves four main pieces of music. The show begins with Sonnets by Nicole Carignan, then moves through Gallery Suite by Robert Muczynski which consists of nine movements based on 20th century paintings of Charles Burchfield. After Reading Shakespeare by Ned Rorem is another series of nine movements. Peter Higginson will read the selections which inspired Rorem's music. Finally La Rosa Variations, composed by Milton Barnes, is a piece with Spanish stylistic flair commemorating the expulsion of the Hebrew people from Spain in 1492. Marinko Jareb will provide a video backdrop for the entirety of the performance.
Gordon Cleland - “This evening of contemporary music and performance art is an experiment to see how far we can push a chamber music concert in Niagara. We have a very talented and unique group of individuals collaborating on what is guaranteed to be an exciting and innovative performance.”
Marinko Jareb - “I am used to performing multimedia visuals for techno and house music warehouse parties in Toronto and Montreal, so it will be an exciting challenge to create a mix of visuals that will complement the subtleties, tones and textures of classical music.”
Stephen Remus, NAC director -“We’re looking forward to supporting the presentation of work by two of NAC members working in very different disciplines. Hopefully Cello-Vision will combine not only chamber music and digitally manipulated images, but will mix audiences as well.”
“The show is definitely worth seeing…driven by some great actors. Stage veteran Peter Higginson was the perfect Lear.”
- Mooney on Theatre reviews King Lear presented at University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre
Gordon Cleland is the principal cellist of the Niagara Symphony and has extensive experience as a chamber musician, notably with pianist Karin Di Bella at Brock University (a cofounder of the St Catharines Chamber Music Society). Gordon has broadcast frequently for CBC and has performed on TV5, the international French television network in addition to teaching cello and string techniques at Brock, adjudicating music festivals across Canada and running a private studio in Niagara. Gordon began his musical training in London, Ontario and completed his studies with a Master of Music degree from Boston University.
Marinko Jareb is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and DJ. Marinko was signed to Helsinki, Finland based, Mono Records which released two EP’s and one full length album of electronic music by Marinko under the name DJ Machine. Marinko has performed and shown his work internationally. Working in multimedia, video, toy design and sound, Marinko has formalized his own visual practice with a new gallery and studio space, The Disco Gallery, located at 24 James Street in St.Catharines.
Peter Higginson is a Toronto based actor with over 50 years of stage and screen experience. He is connected to the Niagara region through his relationship with the Essential Collective Theatre Company as an actor and a member of their Board of Directors. Selected credits include: 2007, Prospero, ‘The Tempest’, Anthony Kilgallen, ‘The Paris Letter’; 2008, Lear, ‘King Lear’, William K, ‘Criminals in Love’; 2009, various roles in ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Clyomon & Clamydes’. Peter has also been involved in a variety of film and voice over projects and is presently preparing for a short new one character play, ‘Catcher’, that will be presented as part of the New Ideas program at the Alumnae Theatre, Toronto in March.
Peter Feldman Most recent productions: Criminals in Love, Possible Worlds, True West, St. Catharines; A Lie of the Mind, Village Theatre, Waterdown; Salt Water Moon, Hamilton Players Guild. Directed over 60 (mainly fringe theatre or university) productions in NY, Netherlands, UK and Canada, incl. Toronto and Vancouver. Taught theatre courses at 6 colleges and universities, incl. 20 years at Brock University (3 of them as Chair of Dramatic Arts). Was Co-Director of The Open Theatre, the award-winning NY theatre ensemble, and previously Assistant Director of The Living Theater, NY. Guest leader of acting and directing workshops at many community theatres and universities. Published articles on acting, theatre training, etc. in Drama Contact, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research In Canada, Theatrum, Theater (formerly Yale Theater), Gestus, The Drama Review. He lives in St. Catharines, where he directed for Theatre Arts Niagara and co-founded Stray Theatre, a troupe of actors most of whom he trained himself and whom he has directed in plays by Sam Shepard, Samuel Beckett, and Canadian playwrights George F. Walker and Jason Sherman.
Tickets are on sale at the NAC and at the St Catharines & Area Arts Council Office or 905-934-8148 for further information.
$20/$15 for students
Friday, January 29, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Gordon Cleland – Cello
Peter Higginson – Actor
Marinko Jareb – Visual Artist
Peter Feldman – Director
An exciting presentation of virtuosic contemporary solo cello pieces expanded and enhanced by the visual art of Marinko Jareb and the acting of Peter Higginson.
Sonnets by Nicole Carignan - a work in 3 contrasting movements crafted from and reevaluating the work of 15 Provençal women Troubadors from the Middle Ages Gallery Suite by Robert Muczynski - a lyrical suite in 9 movements inspired by the paintings of Charles Birchfield. After Reading Shakespeare by Ned Rorem - a virtuosic showpiece in 9 movements loosely based on several of the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare; one of the most impressive works for solo cello from the 20th Century. La Rosa Variations by Milton Barnes - a colourful and Spanish flavoured work on the theme of unrequited love; Milton Barnes was a former director of the Niagara Symphony.
Four great works in contrasting styles by Canadian and American composers; come and enjoy them!
February 26, 7:30 pm
Niagara Artists Centre
354 St Paul Street, St Catharines
Featuring: Gordon Cleland – cello with actor Peter Higginson and visual projections by Marinko Jareb
We would like to thank the NAC for their invaluable support in this presentation.
Later this season:
March 20, 1 pm
St Catharines Centennial Library
54 Church Street, St Catharines
The Town Musicians of Bremen at the St Catharines Centennial Library in conjunction with Suzuki Niagara
June 13, 2:30 pm
St Catharines United Mennonite Church
335 Linwell Road, St Catharines
The Chamber Music of Brahms with Jody Wieler – soprano, Gordon Cleland- cello, Michele Jacot – clarinet, Erika Reiman – piano
This past year's performances included Vivaldi's Gloria in March, a massed choir gala in May, a tour of Northern Ontario in June, appearances at galas for the National Ballet Company and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, a Bach Cantata with the Hamilton Children's Choir, as well as the Toronto premiere of Karl Jenkins' Requiem. Ms. Bárdos made her European concert debut in July 2008, singing at various locations throughout Hungary and the Ukraine, including a solo recital at the famed Mátyás Templom in Budapest, as well as a broadcast performance for the opening of a UNESCO joint exhibition co-sponsored by the Canadian Embassy.Ms. Bárdos will be heard in the world premiere of R. Murray Schafer's The Children's Crusade this June, and the gala Sondheim in September in Toronto. Upcoming highlights for 2009 include the solo in the North American premiere of Karl Jenkins'Stabat Mater, appearances at the Burlington Sound of Music Festival and the Stratford Summer Music Festival, as well as workshops and coaching for the international award winning Hamilton Children's Choir. 2010 will see a return to Europe to fulfill further singing engagements as well as to continue her exploration of the works of her great uncle, composer Bárdos Lajos. Ms. Bárdos continues her studies with Tom Schilling of Vocalway Studios.
The next concert that the St. Catharines Chamber Music Society (affectionately called CHUMS) will be on:
Sunday 2:30 pm, at
St Catharines United Mennonite Church
335 Linwell Road, St. Catharines
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
See you there!