Cris Derksen

Cris Derksen

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! JUNO-nominated Cree artist Cris Derksen is an internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer who weaves her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with electronics to create genre-defying music. The ensemble includes the talents of Cris Derksen and her artistic colleagues who together tie the group together with signature pop culture beats and inventive improvisation.

Chantal Thompson and Her Band

Chantal Thompson and Her Band

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Chantal Thompson is one of Kingston’s star jazz vocalists who is also a multidisciplinary artist with an international reputation. She performs with leading jazz musicians from Canada, the United States, and Europe, and her music is played on radio and satellite stations around the world. She has performed in many notable festivals such as the Montreal jazz festival. Chantal has been busy creating new works for her album Temporal Space and we look forward to hearing these beautiful songs live.

Quartetto di Cremona

Quartetto di Cremona

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Since its formation in 2000, Italy’s Quartetto di Cremona has established a reputation as one of the most exciting chamber ensembles on the international stage. Regularly invited to perform in major music festivals in Europe, North and South America, and Far East, they garner universal acclaim for their high level of interpretive artistry. Be moved by the Barber Adagio and astonished by Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet.

Barber                  Adagio

Prokofiev            String Quartet No. 1 in B minor, Op. 50

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Schubert's Winterreise

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Baritone Matthew Zadow (Arts '98), and Dan School of Music Continuing Adjunct Lecturer and pianist Dina Namer reunite following their earlier collaboration on Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin (1823) to present their second Schubert song cycle, the intense and mesmerizing Winterreise (1827). Adjunct Associate Professor of Voice Bruce Kelly will narrate this winter's journey with English translations of Wilhelm Müller's emotional poetry, accompanied by projections of the landscape photography of Killian Schönberger.

Angela Hewitt, piano

Angela Hewitt, piano

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Internationally celebrated Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt combines many of her great musical loves in this concert. Always one of the best interpreters of Mozart, Angela has recently focused on the richly emotional world of Chopin’s Nocturnes, while her recordings of Bach are revelatory.

Bach: Preludes and Fugues Nos. 5-8 of the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II

Israeli Chamber Project

Israeli Chamber Project

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“The Israeli Chamber Project is that rarest of creatures: a band of world-class soloists that is not a muster of peacocks, but a hive mind in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” Time Out New York

A Tribute to Jeanne Lamon

A Tribute to Jeanne Lamon

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This special tribute concert will honour Tafelmusik’s Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon (1949–2021) with a beautiful program of Bach performed by some of Canada’s leading baroque artists. The legendary baroque violinist Jeanne Lamon, who touched thousands of lives with her exceptional musicianship, leadership, warmth, and generosity in Canada and abroad, loved the music of Bach. One of her final musical endeavours was the transcription of Bach’s otherworldly and monumental Chaconne in D minor.

Stella Chen

Stella Chen, violin

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ROBERT AND CLARA SCHUMANN/BACEWICZ/ ALBERGA/GRIEG

First Prize winner of the prestigious 2019 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, 2020 Avery Fisher Career Grant Awardee, and 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner, “Her graceful, singing line, gleaming tone, and breathtaking use of pianissimo made the Tully Hall crowd sit bolt upright” (Musical America). This young American violinist is taking the world by storm.

Hilario Duran and his Latin Big Band

Hilario Duran and his Latin Big Band

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Cuban born Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. In the 70s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. He now comes to the Isabel with his amazing Latin Big Band for an exciting evening of Cuban jazz.

Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy

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Beautifully transcribed by Bernard Labadie for strings and continuo, The Goldberg Variations is a monumental work full of color, intimacy, and virtuosity—bounteous music for the virtuosic musicians of Les Violons du Roy. The work itself consists of 30 variations, starting with a single ‘Aria’. After transforming the music over the course of an hour, using different time signatures, textures, and harmonies, the stunning first aria returns, with an enhanced feeling from the first hearing.

The Wilderness

The Wilderness

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The Wilderness is a sextet based in Kingston, that has a massive and mighty sound—a propulsive and potent indie-rock fusion. Pre-pandemic, The Wilderness was hailed as Indieweek 2019’s Best Emerging Artist, and has been known in Kingston as one of the hardest working bands around. Post-pandemic, the band is continuing to build their fanbase the old-fashioned way by hopping in their tour van and playing their hearts out wherever they find a stage.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

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The Isabel welcomes back the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Canada’s only Balkan-klezmer-party-punk-super-band. Born on the streets of Toronto as a busking band in 2010, the original quartet of guerrilla-folk troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of troops armed with brass and bows, and started touring the world. LBO has been nominated for several awards, it is heralded as ground-breaking by international media, and has performed at international festivals across the globe.

Jon Kimura Parker & Nicolas Namoradze

Jon Kimura Parker & Nicolas Namoradze, piano

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BEETHOVEN/LUTOSLAWSKI/RAVEL/ BACH/RACHMANINOFF

A beautiful concert is collaboratively performed by Jon Kimura Parker, Canada’s dynamic master pianist and Honens Artistic Director, with emerging superstar Nicolas Namoradze, first prize winner of the 2019 Honens International Piano Competition. The seasoned and acclaimed master pianist performs with 28-year-old pianist Nicolas Namoradze who Emanuel Ax describes as, “Set to become one of the truly important artists of his generation.” Enjoy Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Ravel’s La Valse, and more.

Emilie Steele & The Deal

Emilie Steele and the Deal

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Emilie Steele & The Deal are a grab bag of catchy hooks and toe tapping turnarounds, delivered with a spirited life force. 

National Arts Centre Orchestra

National Arts Centre Orchestra

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Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 might well be the perfect expression of German Romanticism in a symphony— passionate, filled with fury, and aimed straight at the heart. Conducted by Alexander Shelley with Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins making his Isabel debut, Songs for Murdered Sisters is an NAC co-commissioned song cycle for baritone solo and orchestra, based on original poetry by Canadian author Margaret Atwood.

The Highwayman

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A presentation of Dean Burry’s chamber setting of Alfred Noye’s poem The Highwayman, featuring Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó, flutist, Sarah Moon, clarinettist, Kornel Wolak, violinist, Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak, cellist, Wolf Tormann, pianist, Younggun Kim and conductor, Darrell Christie. An original shadow puppet interpretation created by Clelia Scala and her students will accompany the performance.

 

Isabel Quartet: Brahms Clarinet Quintet

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Joseph Haydn opus 20, No. 6

Bruce Russell, Madra

Alexander Glazunov, Nocturne for clarinet quintet

Johannes Brahms clarinet quintet, opus 115

"Control, and a smooth, elegant expressivity....are what makes Wolak shine." John Terauds, The Toronto Star

Trio Fibonacci

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Trio Fibonacci

SLAVIC ROMANCE

Dvorak/Smetana

Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 7:30 PM

The Trio Fibonacci plunges you into the passion of the 19th century with the emblematic composers of Slavic romanticism with the music of Dvorak and Smetana.

Trio Fibonacci made its first appearance on the Canadian music scene in 1998, with the press reporting that “to hear them is to enter into the world of miracles” (Le Devoir, Montreal).

Kris + Dee

Kris + Dee

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Kris + Dee, known for their honest, powerful, poetic songs that are equally as personal as they are universal, will perform with their band to a live streamed and in-person audience. The show will include songs and visuals from their four full-length albums and new material. Described as ‘Springsteen-esque’ and the ‘Super Folk duo of our riot grrrl dreams’, they are trusted voices for the working class and academics, Millennials and Boomers, gendered and genderless, and everyone in between.

Arion Baroque Orchestra

Arion Baroque Orchestra

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Mathieu Lussier, director Samantha Louis-Jean, soprano

VIVALDI/ROSSI/MARINI/MARAIS/LECLAIR/MOZART/BACH

Boris Giltburg

Boris Giltburg, Piano

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BEETHOVEN/RACHMANINOFF

“His originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique.” —GRAMOPHONE

A recent prize winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition and Queen Elisabeth Competition, the young Moscow-born, Israeli pianist is lauded across the globe as a deeply sensitive, insightful and compelling interpreter. He has been increasingly recognized as a leading interpreter of Rachmaninoff and will perform the composer’s expressive Preludes and two Beethoven sonatas.

Toronto All-Star Big Band

Toronto All-Star Big Band

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Join us for an evening of great jazz with a Big Band tribute to the most enduring figure of the swing era, and the most famous of all Big Bands—GLENN MILLER. Catch the Chatanooga Choo to Tuxedo Junction and get In the Mood for this swinging Big Band show. Join The Toronto All-Star Big Band as they pay tribute to Miller’s many legendary hits.

Autorickshaw

Autorickshaw

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“a high-quality concert full of originality, verve and energy” —The Hindu, Bangalore, India

The Abrams

The Abrams

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The Abrams, (formerly The Abrams Brothers) are a Canadian band composed of fourth-generation musicians John Abrams and James Abrams. Their music is a combination of bluegrass, country, and folk-rock with story-telling lyrics that has been called “newgrass.” As Kingston’s pride and joy, The Abrams perform with an explosive energy, honed with over 20 years of experience. They’ve performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry and embarked on tours across multiple continents and we are thrilled to welcome them back to the Isabel.

Sistema Kingston

Sistema Kingston

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Since 2015 and led by Karma Tomm, Sistema Kingston has provided under-served children with music training, helping them build confidence, persistence, and a sense of responsibility. Playing classic instruments requires commitment and perseverance. Unfortunately, it usually also requires money to invest in private lessons—which creates an economic barrier for many children and their families.

BADER & OVERT ON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION

BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION May 10, 2023

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BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION May 10-13, 2023

FIRST PRIZE: The Isabel Overton Bader, Clifford Overton and Francoise Landry Prize for $20,000 CAD, a future engagement to perform a concerto with the Kingston Symphony, and a future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that will be recorded by CBC Music for national broadcast.

SECOND PRIZE: The Margaret Foster and Katherine Foster Prize for $6,000 CAD.

THIRD PRIZE: The Marion Dick Memorial Prize for $4,000 CAD.

BADER & OVERT ON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION

BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION Day 2 - May 11, 2023

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BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION May 10-13, 2023

FIRST PRIZE: The Isabel Overton Bader, Clifford Overton and Francoise Landry Prize for $20,000 CAD, a future engagement to perform a concerto with the Kingston Symphony, and a future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that will be recorded by CBC Music for national broadcast.

SECOND PRIZE: The Margaret Foster and Katherine Foster Prize for $6,000 CAD.

THIRD PRIZE: The Marion Dick Memorial Prize for $4,000 CAD.

BADER & OVERT ON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION

BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION Finalist Round May 13, 2023

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BADER & OVERTON CANADIAN PIANO COMPETITION May 10-13, 2023

FIRST PRIZE: The Isabel Overton Bader, Clifford Overton and Francoise Landry Prize for $20,000 CAD, a future engagement to perform a concerto with the Kingston Symphony, and a future engagement to perform a recital at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts that will be recorded by CBC Music for national broadcast.

SECOND PRIZE: The Margaret Foster and Katherine Foster Prize for $6,000 CAD.

THIRD PRIZE: The Marion Dick Memorial Prize for $4,000 CAD.

Bruce Xiaoyu Liu

Bruce Xiaoyu Liu, Piano

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CHOPIN/LISZT

The first Canadian Gold Medalist at the XVIII International Chopin Competition, Bruce Xiaoyu Liu makes his Isabel debut with works by Chopin and more. CBC describes, “no sooner had Bruce Liu been awarded first prize at the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, then Deutsche Grammophon, the world’s most prestigious classical music label, announced it would release an album of highlights from Bruce Liu’s competition performances .”

Chopin- Rondo à la mazur in F Major, Op. 5

Chopin- Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38