Canadian Brass has been a formidable force in the world of Chamber Music since its inception. The group has been hailed as the “Kings of Brass” by the press as it singlehandedly established brass as a major influence on the classical music scene at this moment in history!
Masters of concert presentations, Canadian Brass has developed a uniquely engaging stage presence and rapport with audiences. Each of their concerts will show the full range from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new compositions and arrangements created especially for them – from formal classical presentation to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects.
With four decades under their belts, Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences around the world – and they don’t look like they are letting up anytime soon!
Canadian Brass is Chuck Daellenbach (tuba), Caleb Hudson & Brandon Ridenour (trumpets), Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone) and Jeff Nelsen (horn).
Bernhard Scully has been described as among the elite musicians of his generation, both as a performer and pedagogue. He is currently the horn player of the Canadian Brass, Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Artistic Director and long-standing faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp.
Both playing horn in the Canadian Brass, and as a pedagogue with and without his colleagues at Canadian Brass, Bernhard tours the world over. He is featured on many CDs and videos - performing in front of orchestras that include the likes of New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony. Bernhard gives lectures and masterclasses that align with the content, approach and style of both the University of Illinois and Canadian Brass. Through his relationship with Canadian Brass at Opening Day Entertainment Group, he is regarded as an esteemed clinician for the Division of Education at Conn-Selmer Inc.
In addition to his recordings with the Canadian Brass, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Violon du Roy in Quebec City, Bernhard has completed three solo recording projects. His first solo album, Dialogue en Francais: French Masterpieces for Horn and Piano. is a collaboration with his mother, Joanne Minnetti Scully. Bernhard has recorded three volumes of the G. Schirmer Horn Collection and most recently, was welcomed to Opening Day Entertainment Group label with the release of his second solo album, Windows in Time, a collaboration with the Jupiter String Quartet and Gunther Schuller on works for horn and strings.
Achilles Liarmakopoulos is the trombonist of the legendary Canadian Brass. Achilles has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, performing and educating in the world’s most important venues and institutions.
Achilles holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in his hometown of Athens, Greece. Upon completion of his studies, he won the position of principal trombone of the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra. Achilles has also performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony and European Union Youth Orchestra, among many others.
His discography includes 3 solo albums, "Trombone Atrevido," “Discoveries” with contemporary works on the ODEG label, “Tango Distinto” with Astor Piazzolla’s music on the NAXOS label, 4 recordings with the Canadian Brass and numerous appearances on classical, pop, Latin, and other albums.
Sean Kelly is a Toronto based guitarist, songwriter, author, educator, music director, and producer. Sean has toured the world in his current role as lead guitarist for Nelly Furtado, and has recorded and/or toured with a number of award winning artists, including Lee Aaron, Helix, Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses), Carole Pope and Rough Trade, Honeymoon Suite, Doc Walker, Howie D (Backstreet Boys), Andee, Coney Hatch, The Canadian Brass, The Kenyan Boys Choir, Wild Strawberries and many others. He has recorded Top 10 Billboard charting classical guitar albums for Opening Day Entertainment Group, and he was the lead vocalist and guitarist for Century Media recording artists Crash Kelly.
Virtuoso trumpeter Ryan Anthony is most notably known for his varied career as soloist, educator, chamber musician and orchestral player. Having departed the world-renowned brass ensemble Canadian Brass in 2003, Anthony quickly became one of the most sought after trumpet players in America both as a soloist and orchestral player. Mr. Anthony is currently Principal Trumpet with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and since 2004 has also served as principal trumpet for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and played in the sections of New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic.
Edmonton-born horn virtuoso Jeff Nelsen’s chamber music experience is considerable and varied. Having joined Canadian Brass in 2000, he has performed hundreds of concerts with the world famous brass group in concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. Prior to joining Canadian Brass, Jeff was a member of the Montreal and Vancouver Symphonies and has also sat in the horn sections of the New York Philharmonic, Boston, National, and Cincinnati Symphonies. Eager to cross musical boundaries, Jeff has played on Broadway and toured with Barry Manilow and Michael Bolton. Besides a busy performance schedule, Jeff is also on the horn faculty at Indiana University and is an exclusive Yamaha artist.
Jeff Nelsen records for the Soloists of the Canadian Brass imprint.
Ensemble Vivant, "Canada's Chamber Music Treasure" (Toronto Star), receives accolades internationally and is a favourite wherever the group performs. Since its inception over 30 years ago, Ensemble Vivant has been a pioneer in the piano chamber music world, championing exciting, innovative programming ranging from Classical to the syncopated rhythms of Ragtime, The Great American Song Book, Latin, and other jazz-related styles. Ensemble Vivant is: Catherine Wilson, piano/artistic director; Corey Gemmell, violin; Norman Hathaway, viola; Sybil Shanahan, cello; and Jim Vivian, bass. The group is regularly joined by some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world, including Kevin Turcotte, trumpet/flugelhorn; Mike Murley, sax; Nick Fraser, drums; and Order of Canada recipients Guido Basso, trumpet/flugelhorn; and Don Thompson, vibes. Ensemble Vivant’s 14 recordings on Opening Day are heard on radio around the world. Ensemble Vivant is also known for its depth of artistry, passionate performances, and engaging stage presence. As jazz great Rick Wilkins, C.M. commented, “This is the highest-level chamber music-making. No matter the genre, there is magic in Ensemble Vivant's music-making."
Ensemble Vivant is dedicated to fostering a love of great music among our youth. Through the registered non-profit charity Euterpe: Music is the Key, named after the Greek Muse of Music, Ensemble Vivant plants musical seeds with brilliantly imaginative, live, high calibre, interactive, fun, educational performances for children and others who might not otherwise be exposed to these life-enhancing opportunities. The benefits derived through these initiatives are inestimable. Catherine Wilson’s research on Music and Healing, for which she received her PhD, supports Euterpe’s work, and Euterpe’s many important initiatives have been endorsed by the scientific community. Euterpe’s programs bring community together through vibrant musical collaborations that enhance community participation and audience attendance, and provide enriching benefits for the participants, their families and for the audiences.
Bass-baritone Giles Tomkins is in demand as one of Canada’s leading young singers, widely recognized for his vocal virtuosity and lyricism in an impressive range of repertoire. His voice has been called “sweet but manly” complete with “lovely phrasing and beautiful placement” by Opera Canada. A Distinguished Graduate from the University of Toronto’s Opera Division, he is a frequent guest artist at the Aldeburgh Festival in England and has performed with the Toronto Operetta Theatre, Ottawa Opera Lyra, Scottish Opera, Tanglewood and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. His roles include Don Alfonso (Cosi fan Tutte), Don Basilio (Il Barbiere de Siviglia), Somnus (Semele), Superintendent Budd (Albert Herring), Pish-Tush (The Mikado), Pistola (Falstaff), Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Colline (La Bohème). Along with opera, sacred works and art song, he is also noted for singing pop and crossover material with ease and sincerity.
Kathryn Tremills has been described as "A brilliant pianist,” "a performer of amazing technical artistry and mature virtuosity," and "a remarkably perceptive and gifted musician." She is in great demand as a performer, teacher, coach and adjudicator. Kathryn holds a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the prestigious University of Michigan and is an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Toronto. Pianists with whom Kathryn has worked represent a virtual who’s-who of piano pedagogues, including Martin Katz, Dr. Nelita True, Angela Cheng, Marietta Orlov, Gwen Beamish and Shirley Hawkins.
In addition to performing on numerous concert series including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Off Centre Music Salon, Canadian Art Song Project, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre Thursday Noon Concerts, Kingston Cathedral Summer Concerts, Fox Island Concerts Maine and Pro Musica Detroit, Kathryn has been on the musical staff at the Canadian Opera Company. Twice a Canada Council Grant recipient, she has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in North America, including premiering a piano concerto written for her by Canadian composer Andrew Ager. The vast list of choral groups she has accompanied includes the Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir, High Park Choirs and the world-renowned Toronto Children’s Chorus. Her extensive discography, which includes her debut solo album Dedication from 2004 and 2016 chamber album Piano Centric, also encompasses a vast array of vocal, choral and 21st century chamber music.
Kathryn is a Sessional Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and in summers, is a faculty member of the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy (COSI) and Canadian Operatic Arts Academy (COAA).
H2 | harkness & hErriotT
H2 is a musical collaboration between multi-talented flugelhorn and trumpet player Mike Herriott and guitarist Sean Harkness. H2 offers original compositions and jazz explorations of new ideas combining Sean’s guitar and Mike’s flugelhorn, along with other sidemen as needed. The group performs bouncy and relaxing tunes as well as haunting and beautiful melodies. Each create a musical rapport that pushes each along as they weave a musical tapestry.
A brilliant performer, Stuart Laughton studied trumpet from an early age and by the age of 19 became one of the original members of the Canadian Brass. Leaving to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, he was then appointed principal trumpet of La Scala Opera by Claudio Abbado while still a student, spending many formative years in Milan. Returning to Canada, Laughton quickly established a reputation as a trumpet concerto soloist and chamber musician and began to record with the Canadian Brass again. He also founded Opening Day Records in 1993 as a means of promoting Canadian music and musicians. Honoured and well-regarded, the composer R. Murray Schafer dedicated his composition The Falcon's Trumpet to Mr. Laughton.
Anagnoson & Kinton
After close to four decades of over 1000 performances together, Anagnoson & Kinton are recognized today as one of the world’s finest piano duos.
The duo has nine acclaimed recordings including a special release titled Stages, which celebrated their milestone 30th season. In 2013, the Opening Day label released their tenth CD featuring works by Clementi, Beethoven and Schubert. As John Terauds of www.musicaltoronto.com said of the recording “The duo plays it with both strength and grace, with beautifully wrought phrases and nicely balanced dialogue.”
Like most outstanding ensembles, Anagnoson & Kinton are greater than the sum of their parts. In the words of Richard Todd in The Ottawa Citizen“Anagnoson and Kinton’s playing is everything that duo-piano playing should be…the unanimity of those fingers would continue to astonish.”
Ronald Romm was a founding member of the world-famous Canadian Brass, performing with the group since its inception. A trumpet virtuoso without peer, he was voted one of the ‘Top 12 Brass Players of the 20th Century’ by Brass Bulletin Magazine and is an internationally recognized virtuoso, recording artist and teacher. Though born in New York, he considers himself a native Californian - he was a child prodigy who began his career as a soloist at the age of ten. After establishing a career in Los Angeles, then New York City – where he attended the Juilliard School, Ronald Romm joined the newly formed Canadian Brass and spent nearly thirty years with the history making group. In June of 2000, he retired from the group after participating in well over 4,500 concerts, 60 recordings, numerous television concert specials, videos, and hundreds of master classes. He continues to tour worldwide, is an in demand clinician for Yamaha and is a Professor of Trumpet at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Today, he is frequently accompanied by his wife Avis Romm on piano, to form a formidable duo.
Hannaford Street Silver Band
The Hannaford Street Silver Band is Canada's award winning-professional brass band and Resident Company of Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Its mission is to honor the traditions of this art form and at the same time, place it in a contemporary context with a unique Canadian point of view. The HSSB has redefined what a brass band is capable of doing by facilitating innovative creative projects and collaborating with the very best of the world's and Canada's diverse cultures and outstanding artists. Established by professional musicians who love Brass Band repertoire and ensemble playing, the Hannaford Street Silver Band resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The HSSB maintains a vigorous commissioning program resulting in new concert works for brass band by such Canadian composers as Malcolm Forsyth, J. Scott Irvine, Andrew MacDonald, Donald Coakley, John Burge, Charles Cozens, Joan Watson, and more. One of its recent commissions, Requiem Mass for a Charred Skull by Bramwell Tovey was awarded a 2003 JUNO Award for Best Classical Composition.
Balsis Youth Choir
Latvian youth choir BALSIS is celebrating its 29th anniversary this season. Led by Artistic Director Ints Teterovskis, youth choir BALSIS is one of Latvia’s most accomplished choirs. The choir comprises singers from Riga, many of whom are students and others who have professional careers.
The choir’s repertoire includes music of many periods, from Early Music and Renaissance to the Romantic era, culminating in contemporary experimental works and Latvian folk song arrangements. The choir sings primarily a cappella, but it also perform diverse repertoire with symphony orchestras and as guest artists with other international choirs.
Elmer Iseler Singers
The Elmer Iseler Singers (EIS), a 20-voice fully-professional choral ensemble, founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, has built an enviable reputation throughout Canada, the United States and internationally through concerts, broadcasts and recordings — performing repertoire that spans 500 years, with a focus on Canadian composers. EIS present a five-concert series in Toronto each season, and are featured at concerts, workshops, and festivals throughout Canada.
Annually, EIS sponsors choral workshops through their GET MUSIC! Educational Outreach Initiative for secondary school conductors and choirs, concluding with a joint public performance. In addition to her work with EIS, Lydia Adams is conductor and artistic director of the Amadeus Choir.
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