Past Events

Celebrating Black Composers, February 24th and 25th, 2019

Thanks for coming out to hear the incredible musicians perform at either one of the 2 special performances: Capitol Theatre on Sunday afternoon, and Amherstburg Freedom Museum, Monday night.

As is 4th Wall’s motto of breaking down the wall between musicians and the audience, chairs were set up on the stage, giving patrons the rare opportunity to hear the musicians up close and personal!

Irene Moore Davis discussed the influence of music on Windsor’s rich and diverse history. Violinist Velda Kelly wowed the audience with skillful playing of Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 1 #2 by Joseph Boulogne (Allegro Moderato and Andantino-Allegro Minore) and Romance in G Major, Op. 39 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Harpist Maurice Draughn, who we were told had an adventure of a time getting to the theatre in time, played the intimate solo piece Homage by Zenobia Powell Perry and then was joined by harpist Amy Ley for a duet of Somerland by William Grant Still. Soprano Shahida Nurullah was a joy to hear, as she sang the soulful tunes Some of these Days by Shelton Brooks, Good Morning Heartache by Irene Higginbotham, Ervin Drake and Dan Fisher, Throw it Away by Abbey Lincoln. Ending the evening was skilled pianist Mike Karloff who played Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin and Carolina Shout by James P. Johnson

So much fun – what an incredible concert!

Artist Unmasked, January 20th, 2019

Great event! Thanks to everyone who came out.

Musicians devote their careers and hearts to mastering an instrument and sharing their passion for music with others. Assistant conductor of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Wiley led an open discussion about music and life with local classical musicians performing the music of their choice. Musicians featured in this edition of Artist Unmasked: Trevor Pittman-clarinet, Erin Armstrong- soprano, Joanna Henderin-piano, Michele Dumoulin- violin, Brent Lee- composer, Nicholas Papador- percussion, Mike Stone- trombone, Sunnyside Strings youth ensemble, music students of the University of Windsor, and others.

Testimonial:

I think the “Artist Unmasked” is a wonderful way for 4th Wall to open up conversations with musicians and members of the audience. It’s a unique concert experience. I thoroughly enjoyed Sunday’s performance! I enjoyed the conversations with musicians and learning about the various sides of their career/music business.
I learned something new.  I’ve never looked at a percussionist’s score close up!
It was a lovely concert and the kids were thrilled to be included – what a nice experience for them.  And so much other fun music! 

Lullabies for Little Ones, November 25th, 2018

Music and babies… and so much sweetness! Thanks to everyone who came out to experience this laid back concert geared towards children and their parents/caregivers. Relaxed classical music, some stories and snacks – is there anything better?

Mystery in Melody – October 14th, 2018

As the leaves are starting to change and nights are getting longer, 4th Wall Music presented ‘Mystery in Melody’. Music included movements from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures of an Exhibition”, “Goblin”, “Catacombs”, and “Baba-Yaga” performed by Detroit Symphony pianist, Rob Conway. The rich baritone voice of Wayne State instructor Jonathan Lasch joined Conway, performing the dark music of Franz Schubert (Death of the Maiden, The Crow and The Phantom Double). A string quartet from the WSO (Andrew Wu – Violin, Xie Min – Violin, Roman Kosarev – Viola and Andrew McIntosh – Cello) performed spooky and challenging music by the Hungarian composer, Bella Bartok. Dr. Andre Narbonne, University of Windsor professor, read Edgar Allan Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death” while the string quartet and Amy Ley, harp, performed music of the same name by Andre Caplet. While some of the music was going on, Funky Faces did some ghoulish face painting and art by students of Walkerville Collegiate was shown. As always, Little Ones in the Lobby did an awesome craft with the children! 

Performers:
Piano – Robert Conway (University of Wayne State)
Baritone – Jonathan Lasch ( University of Wayne State)
Violin – Dr. Min Xie (Windsor and Jackson Symphonies)
Violin – Andrew Wu (Michigan Opera Theatre)
Viola – Dr. Roman Kosarev (Windsor and Lansing Symphonies)
Cello – Andrew McIntosh (WSO, National Ballet Orchestra)
Harp – Amy Ley ( Windsor and Flint Symphonies)
Special Guest – Dr. Andre Narbonne – University of Windsor Professor of English