August 17, 2017
My role as Artistic Director of the Cecilian Chamber Series gives me a chance to combine two great passions – music and travel which makes it the most exciting job I have ever had.  I am always excited when I can share some of the great musicians we hear on our travels with you – our Regina audience.  Here is a little bit of information about the 5 concerts you are going to have a chance to hear for our 7th season.
The Montrose Trio – which consists of the great Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker with two former members of the Tokyo String Quartet – Martin Beaver, violin and Clive Greensmith cello will present our season opening concert on Friday evening September 8.    Martin Beaver was here as part of Octagon, the Canadian Octet that gave an outstanding concert a couple of years ago.    I had a chance to hear them in New York this past January in the new Steinway Hall – and they exceeded any of my expectations.  These three incredible musicians create a sound that is amazing.
October 22 the Cecilia String Quartet will present “the beauty of Beethoven to Brahms.   This quartet of 4 women, winners of the 2010 BISQC competition, is a group that I have wanted to present before this series even began after hearing them at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound Ontario in 2011.  It has taken 7 years but they will be here with Clarinetist extraordinaire – James Campbell.
The Cecilia String Quartet will also be presenting our first sensory sensitive concert on October 23 by presenting their music in an accessible and appealing way for those with autism spectrum disorders.  Check out our website about this and other upcoming concerts such as these in our Community Connections Events on our web page.
On November 19 pianist Philip Chiu will be presenting a concert entitled Stories and Legends featuring Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Schubert/Liszt Wanderer Fantasy.  Philip is winner of the inaugural Prix Goyer an award for an emerging artist in 2015 – a 125,000 award that is chosen by six anonymous jurors who attend and assess public performances and choose a winner who is unaware they are under consideration.  Philip Chiu is an exceptional communicator in words and music and on November 19.  This concert is sponsored in part by Contemporary Showcase and DWPiano.
January 28, 2018 we are thrilled to bring back to Regina, Erika Raum violin with pianist Lydia Wong.  Erika grew up in Regina and I am sure many of you remember her as a student, playing in the RSO and winning the big violin competition in Hungary in 1992   She will be joined at the piano by Lydia Wong for this Welcome Back concert that will feature works by Mozart, Saint Saens and Tchaikovsky.
And to finish the season –  for a very unique concert – Red Priest from the UK.  This is an exciting Baroque Ensemble that has been compared to the Rolling Stones etc etc.  After hearing about them at a Chamber Music America conference in New York, we had chance to hear them live on a trip to New Orleans and I knew Regina needed to hear and SEE this group.  They will be presenting their Gypsy Baroque Fantasy concert on Sunday March 4 2018.
EXPAND YOUR HORIZONS and plan to include great chamber music concerts in to your cultural calendar.  We hope to see you as the Cecilian Chamber Series brings the WORLD STAGE TO REGINA!!