Prairie Debut
February, 2015

TorQ February Map

TorQ Percussion Quartet is gearing up for an ambitious February schedule that sees them performing coast to coast. TorQ begins in St. John's, Newfoundland, to participate in the NewFoundMusic Festival, presented by Memorial University (MUN). As part of this festival, TorQ will perform Canadian composer, Dinuk Wijeratne's piece Invisible Cities for Wind Ensemble and Percussion Quartet. TorQ will give a master class to MUN percussion students as well as a school show in addition to their performance with the MUN Wind Ensemble.

After a quick weekend home, TorQ will again pack their bags and fly to Alaska where they will embark on a four city Alaskan tour. TorQ will be involved in over a dozen outreach activities and four concerts in the communities of Anchorage, Homer, Fairbanks, and Sitka. All four communities have a thriving and passionate cultural scene, and TorQ is looking forward to their mainstage performances and working with individuals of every age and musical background. Special thanks to Jason Hodges of Anchorage Concert Association for spearheading this tour and our new friends in Alaska: Gail Edgerly, Anne Biberman, Monica Ague.

Following their tour in Alaska, TorQ will spend time in British Columbia where they will present an evening concert in Vancouver as well as a performance in Millennium Place, presented by the Whistler Arts Council.

This tour was made possible with the support from The Canada Council for the Arts.

Feb 1-5
St. John's, NFLD
MUN - NewFoundMusic Festival, Holy Heart Theatre

Feb 13
Anchorage, AK
Anchorage Concert Association, Discovery Theatre, Alaska Center for the Perf. Arts

Feb 14
Homer, AK
Homer Council on the Arts, Mariner Theatre

Feb 17
Fairbanks, AK
Fairbanks Concert Association, Hering Auditorium

Feb 22
Sitka, AK
Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Performing Arts Center

Feb 27
Vancouver, BC
Music at Shaughnessy Heights United Church

Feb 29
Whistler, BC
Whistler Arts Council, Millennium Place Theatre

February, 2015

TSO Anagnoson & Kinton FLKCA

When most of Canada starts to feel the winter blues, piano duo team Anagnoson & Kinton will get a chance to rejuvenate in the warmth of sunny Florida after a busy February performance schedule. Canada's foremost piano duo will be performing two concerts in the Florida Keys under the auspices of the Florida Keys Concert Association.

Returning for a fourth time, this audience favourite duo will perform in Marathon and Islamorada, FL. Anagnoson & Kinton's monumental program features Arensky's Suite No. 1, Op. 15, Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56b and Suite No. 2, Op. 17 of Rachmaninoff.

AKAM is very excited that Jim and Leslie will be returning to this series after 10 years and we wish to thank Yamaha Music Canada, Yamaha Artist Services, New York, and Piano Music Center in Miami for their support.

Anagnoson & Kinton February 2015:

Feb 6
London, ON
Fridays at 12:30 Series, Western University - von Kuster Hall

Feb 7
Guelph, ON
Music at the GYMC, Recital Hall, Guelph Youth Music Centre

Feb 8
Toronto, ON
Pianopalooza in Koerner Hall, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, RCM

Feb 12
Toronto, ON
The Orchestral Piano, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Roy Thompson Hall

Feb 23
Marathon, FL
Florida Keys Concert Association, Marathon High School Auditorium

Feb 24
Islamorada, FL
Florida Keys Concert Association, Island Community Church

February, 2015

Jane Coop
Pianist Jane Coop made the long journey across the globe to perform in Kuwait City, Kuwait on Monday, January 26. AKAM is thrilled to continue its relationship with the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, an organization committed to the presentation of international artists in the literary, visual and musical fields. Kuwait has developed an extremely enthusiastic audience for the few Canadian artists who have graced their stages. Ms. Coop's performance represents the fourth Canadian presentation by the DAR Museum. Jane's performance received an enthusiastic ovation from the 250+ audiences in the intimate theatre at the Amricani Cultural Centre, one of the two venues operated by the DAR Museum. During her visit, she also gave a presentation at the Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST). We gratefully thank the assistance provided by the Embassy of Canada in Kuwait whose work continues to make these international cultural relationships possible and indispensable.

Jane Coop Kuwait KTV2 Interview
As a recent recipient of the Order of Canada, we know that Jane represents the best of the best of Canadian artists.

(Photos: Coop beside Museum marquee; Coop pre-concert interview with Kuwait KTV2 Channel)

February, 2015

Top 25 Classical Pianists
This past month, CBC Music released a list of its Top 25 Canadian Pianists of All Time. We are honoured to announce that two of AKAM's esteemed pianists, Jamie Parker and Jane Coop, are represented. These two outstanding musicians are unique in their pianistic offerings and their recordings, performances and hard work have contributed greatly to the Canadian classical music landscape. Both artists continue to have very accomplished careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and educators.

Congratulations Jamie and Jane for your dedication to the craft. Thank you CBC for recognising their work!

For complete CBC Top 25 List, click here:

February, 2015

Gryphon Trio
Gryphon Trio has just returned home after an exciting and successful tour of British Columbia. Their days in BC were filled with master classes at University of British Columbia School of Music; 3 morning concerts as part of Music In The Morning ; a CBC Vancouver - Rush Hour program broadcast and interview; performances and residency in Sechelt for the Coast Recital Society; and ending the tour with an evening concert in beautiful Parksville for the newly formed series presented by Oceanside Concerts.

Many, many thanks go to Frances Wainwright, Koree Rogers, Barry Shiffman, Simone Doust, Laurie Townsend, David Douglas, and all the volunteers and committee members for making this tour happen. Without your efforts and commitment, classical music would simply not happen at this level in your communities. Thank you for your great work!

(Photos: Gryphon Trio with Frances Wainwright of Coast Recital Society; Annalee during UBC master class; Jamie speaking at Oceanside Classical Concerts-courtesy of Linda Matteson-Reynolds)


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