Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we were sad to have to announce that our last concert of the season, Tea Time Travels, had to be postponed (event details are still TBD). We still want to connect! Please check out some recorded performances by “local musicians enjoying music in their living rooms”!
7 – Florin Simioanca, Viola
Friday, August 7th, 2020
“When people think of Romanian classical music, the composer who most frequently comes to mind is George Enescu. While Enescu was an internationally renowned composer and violinist, he encouraged other Romanian composers to write music that expressed the Romanian national character. One composer who embodied this mission was Valile Filip. His work encompasses the spirit and the folklore of the Romanian people.
The first part of his Romanian Suite is called Doinind, which means singing a song specific to the Transylvanian region. This type of song evokes Romanian peasant music, melancholic in nature, which reflects the hardship of years of foreign occupation.
The second part of the Suite, Taraneasca, has a lively character. This fast-paced melody might be performed at village dances or celebrations.
I chose this piece because I wanted to introduce this music to new audiences. While originally written for violin, I transposed it for the viola as I felt the character of the piece translated well to the timbre of the viola”.
6 – David Cyrenne, audio engineer musician, singer and songwriter
Friday, July 24th, 2020
Focusing on his music creation in his newly renovated studio during the pandemic, David’s own lyrics inspired a new birth to “Dreams of Youth”. The song is about Mother Nature’s cry for help. Isolation has helped heal the Earth. This is a dedication to all essential workers.
5 – Robert Conway, Piano
Friday, May 22nd, 2020
This week, we’re thrilled to share the incredible, talented Robert Conway playing “Palais de Mari” by Morton Feldman.
“Palais de Mari, Morton Feldman’s last work for solo piano is a quietly meditative work that for me reflects the suspension of time as we normally experience it, as a result of the current situation. While an overall sense of calm is projected, there are subtle manipulations of expectation that reflects the internal unrest that is not an uncommon feeling at this time.”
4 – Liesel Deppe, Flute
Friday, May 8th, 2020
“I have a private student in Windsor who hails from Venezuela – she also plays with the Windsor Youth Symphony Orchestra – and she brought this piece to a lesson. I loved it, so she brought me a copy of it. Omar Acosta is also from Venezuela, though he now lives in Madrid. Pajarillo means “little bird” in Spanish, but it also refers to a uniquely Venezuelan rhythm called pajarillo. The piece imitates the the instrumental sounds and melodic turns found in the joropo, Venezuela’s national dance. (Joropo originally meant party!)”
3 – Graham Mackenzie, Oboe
Friday, May 1st, 2020
This week we invite you to close your eyes and take a little trip on “Air Maurice Ravel” listening to the exotic melodies in “Piece en Form de Habanera”. This week’s featured “musician in their living room” is Principal Oboist of the WSO, Graham Mackenzie accompanied by his wife, Bassoonist (and pianist!) Margaret Fay.
“I picked this piece because it’s so beautifully suited to the oboe. It has been played by all kinds of different instruments, but I like it best on oboe (not that I’m biased!) because the oboe’s mysterious, exotic tone brings out the character of this music really well. My multi-talented wife Margaret P. Fay, who is primarily a bassoonist, graciously agreed to learn the piano part and did a terrific job. Enjoy!”
2 – Andrew Wu, Violon
Friday, April 24th, 2020
It’s Friday again, and we’re excited to share our 2nd video from this series:
Andrew Wu is playing the final Allegro movement from a duet by Mazas – Op 38 #10. His playing of the 2 parts is so much fun to watch – please enjoy!
1 – Amy Ley, Harp
Friday, April 17th, 2020
For the first instalment, sit back, relax and enjoy harpist (and 4th Wall Music artistic director) Amy Ley performing the “Presto” movement of J.S. Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 transcribed by the famous harpist, Marcel Grandjany. Here’s what Amy has to say about this piece:
“I have enjoyed the way that amidst the waterfall of notes my mind must stay in the present moment. I also like that in playing it, I’m linked to a time around 300 years ago that I’m sure was in some ways different and in some ways the same. It’s not the most reflective or meditative piece and I have been driving my family a bit nuts in practicing it, but I like the long journeying lines that fluctuate from intense to playful. It’s also a real technical challenge that has been fun!”