Georgian Music moves to a new venue, Bethel Community Church, and adds another concert to the 2018-19 season. The Sunday afternoon concerts, complete with tea and cookies at intermission, are popular with subscribers.
“A lot of people don’t like to go out at night anymore so they’re getting more (concerts),” said organizer Bruce Owen.
Patricia O’Callaghan opens the season on Oct. 14 with a Cabaret. The multitalented singer and actor has appeared in Barrie in the past in both roles. This time, she will be featuring a program of Kurt Weill, Edith Piaf and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. O’Callaghan recorded an album of Cohen’s songs several years ago and is considered a specialist in the music of Kurt Weill. Bassist Andrew Downing and pianist Robert Kortgaard will be appearing with her.
Violinist Jeremy Bell and pianist Shoshana Telner bring the Songs of Norway to Barrie on Nov. 4. Bell, who also is a member of the award-winning Penderecki String Quartet, teamed up with Telner to release a CD of Grieg’s violin/piano sonatas in 2015. The duo will be performing the Norwegian composer’s Three Violin Sonatas at the concert.
“Grieg’s Three Violin sonatas have never been played in Barrie and they’re wonderful,” notes Owen.
Bell is an artist-in-residence at Wilfrid Laurier University where he teaches violin and chamber music and Telner currently teaches piano at McMaster University.
Duo Turgeon, who captivated the audience at their last Barrie concert, return to the city in the new year. Georgian Music will be bringing in a second piano for Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon to play. The husband and wife team will be performing an eclectic program ranging from Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini to Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Fantasy.
Duo Turgeon, considered to be one today’s top piano duos, currently serves as keyboard faculty and ensemble-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, School of the Arts, in Boca Raton.
Spring 2019 centers on Glorious Strings with the Lafayette String Quartet, from British Columbia. Violinists Ann Elliott-Goldschmid and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood and cellist Pamela Highbaugh Aloni team up with The Saguenay String Quartet from Quebec, (previously called Alcan). They include violinists Laura Andriani and Nathalie Camus, violist Luc Beauchemin and cellist David Ellis. The program will feature three octets including Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major Op. 20; Niels Gade’s String Octet Opus 17; and a brand-new commissioned piece from the Canadian composer Airat Ichmouratov.
The season wraps up with 15-year-old Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet performed by six individual musicians.
All concerts take place at Bethel Community Church, 128 St. Vincent St., Barrie, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for the season are $110 for adults, $25 for students. Single admission, when it is available, is $65 per concert. Tickets are available in Barrie at Music Pro or Our House as well as various spots around Simcoe County. For more information call 705-726-1181.
Photo: The Lafayette String Quartet will be performing at the Georgian Music 2018-19 concert series in Barrie.