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Sunday April 9th at the Winspear 8PM

The Calgary Wind Symphony
Artistic Director, Jeremy Brown

Program for the Edmonton Cantando Festival
(to be selected from the following)

with guest artists Liz Tremblay, v’cello and the Midnight Taiko Kai drummers

                                               
GloriosaYasuhide Ito 
Kingfishers Catch FireJohn Mackey
Give Us This DayDavid Maslanka
Prelude, Op. 34, no. 14 in Eb minor Dmitri Shostakovich, arranged by Robert Reynolds
Yiddish DancesAdam Gorb
Overture to CandideLeonard Bernstein, arranged by Clare Grundman 
Third SymphonyJames Barnes, Liz Trembley, Cello
National Emblem MarchEdwin Eugene Bagley

 

Calgary Wind Symphony

The Calgary Concert Band Society traces its origins back to 1947, when well known Calgary band conductor W.A. Leggitt, formed the Calgary Musician’s Association Band. It adopted a cowboy uniform and during the ensuing years, the band appeared at the Calgary Stampede parade and presented numerous concerts in the parks. Norman Halling became Bandmaster in 1950 and the band assumed the name Calgary Concert Band. In 1952 they accepted an invitation to join 403 Reserve Squadron RCAF as the squadron band and functioned concurrently as a civilian band. The band was incorporated as a Society in 1956. The uniform of red jackets, black trousers, white shirts and black bow ties was adopted in 1960 and changed in 2002 to black jackets.

In 1963 Capt.F.M.(Ray) McLeod, former military band director with the PPCLI and Lord Strathcona Horse Regiment, took over as musical director. From 1989 to 1997 Stephen Franse, principal bassoonist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, assumed the role of music director. Under his baton, in 1996 the band played in the Jack Singer Concert Hall to celebrate their 40th Ruby Anniversary. Dr. Jeremy Brown, Professor of Saxophone and Music Education at the University of Calgary, then became the musical director. During this time the band was invited to play at the Jungfrau Music Festival in Interlaken, Switzerland and the Mid Europe Music Festival in Schladming, Austria in 2004.

In November 2005, the band came under the musical directorship of Earl Paddock, Music Director at William Aberhart High School. In the summer of 2007 the band participated in the Festival des Anches d’Azur, La Croix Valmer, France and also toured and performed at various locations in London and Bath, England. Dr. Jeremy Brown returned as Music/Artistic Director in 2008 and the group had rewarding encore performances in Europe in July 2011.

In the Summer of 2012, the name of the ensemble was officially changed to the “Calgary Wind Symphony” operating under the Calgary Concert Band Society as the governing body.

Midnight Taiko Kai drummers

The Midnight Taiko Kai is community group of performance-based Taiko drummers located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada who love to spread the art of Japanese drumming. The group was formed in 2006 by three members – Ruth Ablett, Ben Lim and Jenny Zhao – who brought with them a combined 15 years of Taiko experience from groups throughout Japan and the United States.
From humble beginnings with two drums in a basement, the group has now grown to eight full members and several apprentices with over 60 years of combined drumming experience. The group currently owns over 14 Taiko drums and have performed at well over 100 events throughout Calgary and Alberta. The songs in our repertoire have strong roots from traditional Taiko groups from the Kamikawa region of Hokkaido, Japan, but our inspiration comes from the rich and diverse styles of Taiko ensembles from Japan and throughout the world.
We are always challenging to improve ourselves as individuals and as a group by constantly learning, practicing, and perpetuating our love of the art. We strive to incorporate new ideas by adding different sounds, movements, and melodies to keep our audience engaged. We share our passion for drumming at a wide variety of events through performances with powerful rhythms, eye-catching choreography, and captivating energy. We also hold many workshops and classes at our practice centre and at schools throughout the year to give others the opportunity to experience the power of Taiko drumming.

Liz Tremblay

Liz Tremblay is originally from Great Britain where she studied cello (Stefan Popov) and piano (Mary Peppin) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She worked in Bermuda for many years heading up the Menuhin Foundation of Bermuda, the Pembroke Players (a string quartet) and a Classical Trio performing at two hotels in the islands. Liz was principal cello for many years of the Bermuda Philharmonic and founding member of the Daylesford Sinfonia.

She has performed in concert with such diverse talent as Smokey Robinson, Sir James Galway and Josh Groban.

Since arriving in Canada in 2005 Liz has played with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra. She is also co-founder of The Limestone Trio (cello , 2 violins), Melizaire Trio (cello, piano, violin) and Trio Dolce (cello, oboe and flute). Liz has also performed regularly with the Cantabile choirs, Melos Orchestra and the Kingston Chamber Choir.

She worked as Librarian for the Kingston Symphony Orchestra and has held positions as organist and choir director in Bermuda and Canada as well as running a busy music studio in Kingston.

Liz has performed in many professional and amateur shows over the years playing cello, piano and bass. She worked for a year as repertoire coach for the Musical Theatre Diploma program at St. Lawrence College, Brockville.

Sunday April 9th at McDougall United Church 8PM

Burnaby Central Touring Choir
Carrie Taylor

Kokopelli Choir
Scott Leithead, Director


Media Vita arr. McGlynn 
Skycalling Bryan LeGrow
Frögda tight u Christi Brudh Steven Hansen
Water Fountain arr. Chris Fulton
Kanaval Sydney Guillaume
We Are Us Jen McMillan
North Arr. Chung


UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA MADRIGAL SINGERS

REPERTOIRE TO BE CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Monteverdi "Zefiro torna"
Rheinberger "Abendlied"
Georg Schumann "Das ist ein köstliches Ding"
Parry "My soul, there is a country"
Sirett "June" (commissioned work)
King "Exultate Deo"
Gjeilo "Unicornis Captivator"
MacMillan "Data est" from Strathclyde motets
Halloran "Witness"
Erin Craig arrangement, still to be chosen

 

University of Alberta Madrigal Singers

The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, begun in 1974 by Professor Larry Cook, have been under the direction of Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff since 1983.

Initially formed to explore the repertoire of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Madrigal Singers have emerged in the past 20 years as one of Canada’s premier university chamber choirs, drawing on music from all periods and styles for their repertoire.

With their membership drawn principally from students in the Department of Music, the Madrigal Singers have also attracted qualified singers from across campus. Membership is determined through annual auditions each September. The Madrigal Singers ensemble is available for a half-course credit, either as a required course in some music degree programs, or as a Fine Arts option for non-music majors.

The Madrigals Singers have a student-elected executive which is responsible for helping to manage the affairs of the choir, including tour preparation, financial management, costuming, media and communications, and relations within the choir and between choirs.

Kokopelli choir

Founded in 1996, Kokopelli celebrates its twenty-first season in 2017. The ensemble’s members range in age from 15 to 24. The choir aims to share music across the boundaries of culture and place, using song as a tool of communication and community. Kokopelli has been a featured ensemble at many events, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

Kokopelli was the winner of both the 2015 and 2016 National Music Festival and the 2015 Canadian Competition for Amateur Choirs (Mixed Youth Choir Category). Although we are thrilled with these results, our goal remains to let the music be our motivation as we strive to provide a positive and excellent learning experience for all members in our choirs.

The current season includes a performance with Rajaton; a recording project with Spanish composer Ramon Galifa; tours to Saskatchewan, Banff and a summer tour to Italy and Switzerland. Kokopelli is thrilled to be attending the Cantando Festival this year.

Monday April 10th at the Winspear 8PM


MacEwan University Percussion Ensemble

Glitztville Chris Crockarell  
CrosswalkDavid Reeves  
Stompin' Grounds Bela Fleck & Victor Wooten/arr.John Hearnes
Root Beer RagBilly Joel/arr. David Steinquest
MillenniumChris Brooks
When Worlds CollideRick Dior
Rocket SummerDan Moore
Contemporary InsanityDavid Rosenthal/arr Steve McDonald 

Festival Mass Choir

Sure On This Shining Night  Lauridsen
Shout Glory! Byron Smith

River City Big Band

Program to be chosen from:

All of Me comp. by Gerald Marks & Seymour Simon /arr. by Billy Byers
Friend Like Me comp. by Alan Menken /arr. by Bill Liston
Bloomsday comp. by John McCaslin
Perspect-ism comp. by Chandelle Rimmer /arr. by Allan Gilliland
Delta City Blues comp. by Michael Brecker /arr. by David Eshelman
For Lena and Lennie comp. by Quincy Jones Transcr. by Roger Myers
Big Yellow Taxi comp. by Joni Mitchell /arr. by Tommy Banks
Life Long Friends comp. by Kris Berg
Nature Boy comp. by Eden Ahbez /arr. by Allan Gilliland
North on 93 comp. by Allan Gilliland
Bluesiando comp. by Joe Gallardo /arr. by Michael Mossman
Down by the Riverside Arr. by Oliver Jones

 

MacEwan University Percussion Ensemble

For over 30 years, the MacEwan University Percussion Ensemble directed by Brian Thurgood has become an institution for MacEwan’s drum set students. The ensemble features students who usually focus on playing drum kits, not the types of percussion instruments that audiences can expect to see at the concert. The ensemble provides the students a valuable opportunity to explore the wide variety of techniques and timbres of percussion instruments from around the world. The repertoire is very eclectic and audiences can expect to see and hear over 30 performers and over 50 pieces of equipment on stage.

River City Big Band

Now in its  21st year, the River City Big Band is one of the premier jazz organizations in Canada. Our members all share a common enthusiasm for big band jazz.  We perform music that spans from the classics of the big band era through to the modern repertoire of today.

In addition to getting together to play for the sheer exhilaration of making music, we perform in a variety of settings throughout the community including jazz festivals, featured concerts and with guest artists, private functions and school events.

The band’s repertoire is extremely diverse, ranging from early Ellington, through Goodman, Shaw, Basie, and Kenton, to the many great arrangers and composers of today such as Gordon Goodwin and Tom Kubis.  The band also regularly features original compositions and arrangements by Larry Schrum, and Allan Gilliland, Chair of the Music Department and Head of Composition at Grant MacEwan University, who is also a member of the band’s trumpet section.  Most of RCBB’s shows program three or four of these great charts, making each concert a unique musical experience.

The band has released two CDs: “Just Friends” (2010) and “River” (2012) both of which largely feature the work of Allan and Larry.

Tuesday April 11th at the Winspear 8PM

Rajaton

Dobbin’s Flowery Vale trad. Irish – arr. Matti Kallio
Väinämöisen veneretki (The Boat Trip of Väinämöinen) trad. Finnish/Soila Sariola
I Was Brought to My Senses Sting – arr. Hannu Lepola
Lady Madonna Lennon/McCartney – arr. Jussi Chydenius
Muuttolintu (Away from Home) Mirkka Paajanen – arr. Ahti Paunu
Consider Me Told Morten Vinther/Erik Bosio/Jussi Chydenius – Morten Vinther/Tineke Blok
Lu Bing Hua (Dull Ice Flower) Chien Yao – Yang Chen – arr. Jussi Chydenius
Et maintenant Gilbert Bécaud – Pierre Delanoë – arr. Ahti Paunu
We Can Work It Out Lennon/McCartney – arr. Jussi Chydenius
Lintu lauleli lehossa (Would Not I Wish) Mia Makaroff – trad. Finnish
Surma (Death) Soila Sariola – trad. Finnish
Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie – arr. Hannu Lepola
Don’t Stop Me Now Freddie Mercury – arr. Jussi Chydenius
Butterfly Mia Makaroff

 

 

 

Rajaton

The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless" – a word that so accurately describes the way this six-voice a cappella ensemble approaches music. Regularly performing around a hundred concerts and workshops each year, Rajaton exposes their audiences to the kind of diversity of repertoire, singing style, and stage presentation that has made them a phenomenon on the world stage.

Performing at concert halls, churches, jazz and choral festivals, this distinct group of musicians approaches all styles of music with the same level of commitment and integrity, making it difficult to imagine an audience that they could not inspire, or a type of music they could not make their own. In their native Finland, Rajaton is a bona fide pop phenomenon, successfully bridging the gap that often exists between classical and mainstream convention.

Rajaton has released 15 different albums. In 2016, Rajaton celebrates 19 years of music-making with one double platinum, three platinum and eight gold records in Finland under their belt, as their worldwide record sales are drawing near 400.000 copies altogether.

Ever seeking new artistic challenges, the group has grown immeasurably through collaborations with other a cappella artists, including The King’s Singers and The Real Group, as well as productions with film directors and choreographers. But it is perhaps their deep passion for choral art, their generosity of spirit and their sheer enjoyment of singing that has won the hearts and acclaim of audiences and critics everywhere. Their energy – infectious; their ability to entertain and inspire – Rajaton!