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2019將臨,多倫多華裔和全球華人一樣,喜氣洋洋,迎接農曆新年的來臨。多倫多華人藝術家中心定於120日(星期日)晚在Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 舉行珠圓樂揚--- 2019春節音樂會,為多倫多華裔呈現一台歡樂紅火、喜氣洋洋、藝術水準高超的音樂會,令眾多華人在海外度過一個吉祥如意的農曆新年。華人藝術家中心的這一年度的音樂盛會不僅是中西音樂合璧,旨在弘揚中華文化,而且是多族裔的藝術界高手,優秀團體共同演出,一起慶祝中國新年,整台節目豐富多彩。

著名鋼琴家Michael Berkovsky博士將與藝術家中心愛樂交響樂團合作演奏拉赫瑪尼諾夫的《帕各尼尼主題狂想曲》。 Berkovsky博士於2011年在John Hopkins 大學的Peabody 音樂學院獲得博士學位,現任加拿大皇家音樂學院Phil Eli Taylor演藝中心的教授。帕格尼尼主題狂想曲創作於1934年,取材於帕格尼尼的24首小提琴隨想曲, 作了 24次變奏。除了眼花繚亂的技巧,最令人難忘的是音樂中所創造的多彩的形象:既有明朗而抒情,彷彿是對幸福的一種幻想,又有驚心動魄的景象,彷彿是激烈的生活漩渦的描寫。尤其是變奏18,因為音樂優美動人,被獲得奧斯卡提名的電影《似曾相識》(Somewhere in Time,又譯時光倒流七十年)採納為背景音樂。 Southampton 時報評論他演奏曾寫道Berkovsky先生在音樂的各方面都是盡心竭力,演奏時總給我們一個驚訝

著名小提琴家黃定一將與藝術家中心愛樂交響樂團合作,演奏拉威爾的《茨岡狂想曲》。拉威爾 的《茨岡》作於1925年,包含了所有高難度技巧,沒有過人技巧的小提琴家,不敢在音樂會挑戰這首樂曲。音樂自由奔放、淋漓痛快, 是拉威爾寫得最激動人心的樂曲之一。黃定一以優異成績畢業於武漢音樂學院後留校任教和武漢交響樂團第一小提琴。一九八七年被世界著名小提琴教授迪蕾選中授與獎學金進入美國辛辛那提音樂學院深造,師從迪蕾及薩斯曼斯豪斯教授。他曾任美國華盛頓州 Federal Way 愛樂樂團首席小提琴。西雅圖時報評論他的演奏音色渾厚優美,表演細膩動人......。在2017春節音樂會中,他與藝術家中心愛樂交響樂團及指揮梁二黑合作,演奏了小提琴協奏曲梁祝,深受觀眾喜愛和好評。

著名笛子演奏家王春傑將與藝術家中心愛樂交響樂團合作,演奏中國著名作曲家顧冠仁的《雲南山歌》。該曲基於雲南民歌 趕馬調。音樂富於強烈的民族風格。王春傑,原中國國家一級演員,加拿大皇家音樂學院民樂教授。畢業於中國吉林藝術學院,學士學位。王春傑先生曾與中國許多著名音樂家同台演出,並隨團到日本、芬蘭、克羅地亞、韓國、匈牙利、愛沙尼亞和拉脫維亞等國訪問演出。其演奏格調優雅,行板細膩,樂風流暢,快板熱情奔放,技藝超群。 2009年底王春傑先生受邀回國參加慶祝中華人民共和國建國60週年中國民族音樂巡禮百場系列音樂會——吉林省民族樂團民樂專場的演出,他是大多倫多地區為數不多的在中國國家大劇院演出的藝術家之一。 2010年六月王春傑於多倫多成功舉辦了個人獨奏音樂會。

原創音樂唱作人:鈔藝峰,現為南陽藝校聲樂教研室主任,河南省音樂家協會會員,中國音樂家協會吉他考級考官, 2016年中國好聲音南陽賽區評委。本場音樂會,藝峰將為聽眾帶來別具一格的吉他彈唱與樂隊《梨花又開放》。這首由賀子瀟編配的吉他與樂隊結合的歌曲,不僅在音樂風格上也在表演形式上綜合了通俗和古典音樂藝術,將使觀眾耳目一新。

楓彩-SPO女子合唱團將演唱贺耀进編配的民歌《對花-放風箏》。對花和放風箏是最具代表性的兩首河北民歌,風格上一為活潑歡快,一為柔美抒情,二者在各方面形成鮮明的對比。編配者將兩首歌曲巧妙地結合在一起,構成典型的複三部曲式;和聲上採用五聲音階和聲和西方傳統和聲相結合,輔之以三聲部複調;節奏上模擬了中國民間吹打樂。整首歌曲具有濃郁的中國民族音樂特徵,女聲優美、華麗的音色更增加了歌曲的表現力和可聽性。SPO女聲合唱團由藝萍音樂教育中心于2016年组建, 2017年士嘉堡愛樂樂團(SPO)董事會將其命名為士嘉堡愛樂樂團女聲合唱團(The SPO Womens Choir)。合唱團以演唱中國傳統民歌和藝術歌曲為主,兼顧西方古典藝術歌曲。楓彩合唱團隸屬於多倫多楓彩藝術團,是多倫多歷史悠久的合唱團之一。此次音樂會楓彩合唱團女聲部和SPO女聲合唱團將連袂演出。

新打虎上山-由打擊樂演奏家費雲,琵琶演奏家葉蘭,古箏演奏家焦平三人共同打造東方印象2019新年力作打虎上山 ,這首曲目也是此次珠圓樂揚音樂會的首演。這首作品是首次嘗試以琵琶,古箏,鼓合作形式演繹經典現代京劇選段. 正如東方印象一直追求的經典創新,演奏家們本著精益求精的創作精神,在精彩演繹名曲的同時,巧妙地將現代流行音樂元素融入到京劇曲牌中. 作品創新之一)將爵士音樂風格的旋律貫穿於京劇曲牌中,之二)充分發揮琵琶,古箏兩件演奏技巧,顛覆性運用各種技巧和創新音效,將戲曲與音樂巧妙結合,之三)交替使用多種打擊樂器,包括鼓,梆子,小鈸等充分展現場面和氣氛!之四)對樂曲進行的大膽結構調整,呈現出完整的音樂表現形式。三位演奏家將以精湛的技藝,和惟妙惟肖表演,將情與景,動與靜完美結合。她們的精湛的技巧,精彩的表演將會給觀眾帶來耳目一新的音樂享受。

青年音樂家Eros Tang, David Lin, Ryan Shen Chris Chan將演奏門德爾松:《F小調弦樂四重奏第六首,作品80號》的第一樂章:活潑的快板。這首作品作於1847年,完成於門德爾松去世前兩個月。該年5月其姐姐范尼之死曾給他帶來很強烈的悲痛,給這首作品籠罩上強烈的戲劇性。

弘揚中華文化也是本次春節音樂會中的一個重要方面。除了中國傳統的經典音樂作品之外,還有許多加籍華裔作曲家新創作的作品:梁二黑的《申城童謠》以及賀子瀟的老城新春。申城童謠選自新創作的東西南北第二組曲 。雖然,童謠並不常常被記載在音樂文獻中,但卻伴隨每一個人的童年,深藏在人們的記憶中。將演的申城童謠以作曲家兒童時所聽到的三首上海歌謠為素材,表現了人們童年時的歡樂。願音樂的翅膀載著聽眾,穿越時空,把過去所經歷的一切的美好再次收回到你的記憶中,並繼續伴隨著你度過節日假期和新的一年。賀子瀟的新作《老城新春》是一部短而歡快的序曲。樂曲分三個段落:首、尾充滿激情,採用類似民族吹打樂的形式,表現了老城百姓歡慶春節的熱鬧場面;而中間段落則引用老北京小曲《探清水河》的旋律,融入柔美的傳統曲藝元素。整首作品隨處可見中國傳統音樂的精氣神。叫賣、三弦上的曲藝小調等傳統音樂元素揉碎在樂曲各處,加之現代作曲技法,是作者在西洋古典樂基礎上對發揚中國傳統音樂的又一探索。

華人藝術家中心該場春節音樂會再次由青年作曲家,多倫多大學博士研究生賀子瀟擔任。賀子瀟現師從Christos Hatzis教授攻讀作曲博士學位,並獲得了全額獎學金並兼助教。他的作品曾在亞洲、歐洲及美洲多個音樂節上展演。 20157月,榮獲法國Zodiac Music Academy and Festival唯一的作曲獎;近期他的作品受美國Kandinsky Project委約於20164月至10月間在紐約多次公演;20168月長笛二重奏Torn 被全美長笛協會第44屆年會選為正式演出曲目在聖地亞哥演出。他對音樂的豐富的知識以及口才將使觀眾對舞台上的表演有更好的理解和更多的共鳴。

音樂會中的藝術家們包括了一些廣為華人觀眾熟悉的演奏家,也包括了在藝術上壇建樹很高,但還未被觀眾所熟悉的青年音樂家們。這些藝術家們將以他們精湛的表演,豐富多彩節目給觀眾帶來一個美好的夜晚。

 

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Rising Stars Gala (November 2018)

 On Sunday, November 25 at the Living Arts Centre, a group of young musicians delighted a packed house of classical music lovers.

 The concert opened with a chamber ensemble comprised of 8 young violinists performing 2 pieces with Danny Chik at the piano.  First, they played “Country Dance” by Donald Heins,  a Canadian violinist and composer.  The work was played with a lot of energy, and the many violins produced a grand, majestic effect.  It finished with an elaborate ritardando leading to a powerful final chord.  The next piece, “Song of Nostalgia” was written by the Chinese composer, Ma Si Cong during the Japanese occupation of China in the 1930s.  The chamber ensemble successfully expressed the wistfulness Ma felt while writing this song, and brought back some of the special moments of lives in their home country for the audience.  After this piece, a direct change of atmosphere was presented when five of the violinists performed “Perpetuum Mobile”, a virtuosic work written by Ottokar Novacek in 1895.  Although this piece presented many technical difficulties (e.g. scales and arpeggios, a rapid tempo, and repeated streams of notes), the young violinists managed to perform with rhythmic energy and appealing harmonies.  Playing such work as a group was a big challenge to take on, yet the ensemble delivered a remarkable performance.

Next, Evan Jing performed the famous “Valse in Db Major, Op.64, No.1” by Frederic Chopin.  This work is popularly known as the “Waltz Of The Little Dog” because of the repeated eighth notes resembling a dog chasing its tail. Evan played with much enthusiasm, lightness, and humour, showcasing a great contrast of dynamics and rapid fingerwork. This was followed by Franz Schubert’s “Impromptu in Ab Major, Op.90, No.4”, played by Ethan Li.  “Impromptu in Ab Major” is one of the four Op.90 impromptus written by Schubert in 1827.  Ethan performed the arpeggios very easily, and the contrast of mood was demonstrated through his use of pedal and varying weight put upon the piano keys. The second piece by Chopin performed this evening was the “Nocturne in C Minor, Op.48, No.1”, played by Jerry Tian. The piece began with a quiet, subtle melody that was later transformed into a dramatic climax point.  Jerry expressed the sensational feeling the work requires.  In addition, octaves and large chords were played with precision and resolute quality. As the last solo piano performance of the night, Gabriel Wu performed “Rhapsody in B Minor, Op.79, No.1”. The Rhapsodies were written by Brahms during his summer vacation at Portschach in 1879, during the highlight of his career.  This work is structurally made up of technically arduous passages that call for hours of practice to overcome, for which Gabriel successfully achieved.

 Felix Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66” was presented by Chris Soong at the piano, Ryan Shen at the violin, and Chris Chan at the cello, all of whom attend the music department in the University of Toronto.  The first movement, marked Allegro energico e con fuoco, consists of a very rich harmonic language that was demonstrated beautifully by the three musicians.  The dynamics created various colours and brought out intense emotions from the audience.  In contrast, the fourth and last movement, Finale Allegro appassionato, was performed in a light and lyrical manner, with fast figures showcasing distinct virtuosity from all three members.  Their musicality and technical fluency was exceptional.

 The first concerto work of the evening, Nikolai Kapustin’s “Piano Concerto No.4”, was performed by the piano soloist, Jacqueline Renée Yu, along with the CAST Philomusica Orchestra under conductor Erhei Liang.  On Mr. Kapustin’s facebook, the composer himself posted Jacqueline’s rehearsal with the orchestra prior to this evening’s performance.  Kapustin’s work requires complex orchestration featuring various percussion and woodwind instruments.  Jacqueline’s energetic approach made the tricky parts seem easy.  Her musicality came out even during the complex figures where the technical level already took up much attention.  This work is in the jazz style, but since the composer studied piano with Alexander Goldenweiser at the Moscow Conservatory, the piece has a very clear classical structure as well.

 After intermission, the first movement of Edouard Lalo’s “Concerto for Cello in D Minor” was performed by Wendy Yuan with the CAST Philomusica Orchestra.  This concerto was composed in 1876.  Throughout the piece, Spanish idioms are presented, demonstrating Lalo’s cultural background.  In the movement, a melodic phrase is repeated throughout the work and displayed in various fashions.  Wendy’s warm tone quality served as a great addition to the lyrical and melancholic mood conveyed through most of the piece.  Her broad-ranged vibrato heightened the melody lines as well.  Moreover, certain sections of the work had a very high intensity level, which was elevated by the orchestra’s powerful volume.  

As the finale of the concert, Xinyi (Shelley) Shen performed the first movement of the “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35”, composed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.  This work was written by Tchaikovsky in 1878 while he was at a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, undergoing depression from his recently horrible marriage.  Although it was received with criticism at its first performance, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is now highly regarded by many as one of the greatest violin concertos of all time. Shelly’s performance was unmistakably stunning and many technical challenges were played at ease with very accurate intonation.  As with Wendy, Shelley’s warm vibrato helped enhance the subtlety of the work.  Fast scale passages were played very confidently and with full use of the bow, creating depth and excitement for the audience members to relish.  Above all, Shelley’s cadenza was very intense, and the quick, descending double stops and alternating arpeggios were very impressive.  Harmonics were sculpted with precision and clarity, and the orchestra’s important role was brought out nicely.  A dramatic, slow-building crescendo at the end led to the final cadence played at fortissimo by the orchestra, bringing a grand closure to the evening.

Along with other annual concerts such as the Celebration Gala and A Concert To Meet New Musicians, the Rising Stars Gala concert is one of the many performances that truly define the CAST Philomusica Orchestra.  CAST is one of the principal foundations in Toronto that promote and give recognition to younger musicians who may become outstanding performers in the years to come.