Sunday June 2, from 7-9 pm, admission by donation (suggested $10). Artword Artbar hosts its annual fundraising soiree in support of Guitar Hamilton’s International Guitar Festival, coming to the Hamilton conservatory of the Arts July 12 to 14, 2013. Hostess is Emma Rush, Guitar Hamilton Artistic Director. The entertainment includes a program of classical music featuring Emma Rush, Azuline Duo, Wires and Pipes (flute and cello), Ethan Lacey (piano) and more. There will be prizes, raffles, and a chance to win gift certificates, concert tickets, and a Festival pass! http://guitarhamilton.com/festival.html
Saturday, April 27, at 8 pm, $12 at door $10 advance. Classical concert with the Azuline Duo (Emma Rush, guitar and Sara Traficante, flute), playing a wide variety of music for flute and guitar including works by Doppler, Oukourzounov, Dowland, Villa-Lobos and Granados. Emma and Sara will each play some solo pieces. Tickets available by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday March 21, at 8 pm. $10 advance/$15 door (advance bookings www.toypianocomposers.com). This concert SOLD OUT!
“THRESHOLD/LE SEUIL”. Ensemble Paramirabo (Montreal) and the Toy Piano Composers (Toronto) are teaming up to present a cross-country tour of their collaborative concert “Threshold/Le Seuil”. The concert features six world premieres by the Toy Piano Composers (TPC): Monica Pearce, Chris Thornborrow, Elisha Denburg, Nancy Tam, Igor Correia and Fiona Ryan. The works are performed by Montreal’s young and talented quintet, Ensemble Paramirabo: flute (Jeffrey Stonehouse), clarinet (François Gagné), piano (Gabrielle Gingras), violin (Geneviève Liboiron) and cello (Viviana Gosselin), will be exchanging their grand piano for the most playful of instruments – the toy piano, a symbol of fun, innovation, humour and imagination!
Threshold is a point which must be exceeded by spontaneous reaction, phenomenon or effect. It is the starting point — the door that must be opened in order to experience something new. www.toypianocomposers.com www.ensembleparamirabo.com
Article in The Hamilton Spectator by Leonard Turnevicius: http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/901452–turnevicius-more-than-just-child-s-play Read more…
Sunday November 25, 2012, 7:30 pm, tickets $20 regular, $15 arts workers, $10 students/seniors. Artword Artbar is delighted to host something new and adventurous in our cafe-bar! Thin Edge New Music Collective presents Free-Form Constructs, a juxtaposition of the concepts of freedom and structure presented in collaboration with Montreal composer/improviser Jason Sharp (left). Baritone and bass saxophonist, Jason Sharp (from Montreal) joins forces with members of The Thin Edge New Music Collective to explore the relationship between improvisation and composition in contemporary music. Jason will perform works for bass saxophone and amplified heartbeat and the Thin Edge will present Pulau Dewata by Claude Vivier, and new works by Fjóla Evans and Anna Höstman. The Thin Edge New Music Collective was founded in September of 2011 by pianist Cheryl Duvall and violinist Ilana Waniuk. Olaf Szester is featured on percussion.
http://www.thethinedgenewmusiccollective.com/artists.cfm Read more…
Thursday May 24 at 8 pm, $5. An evening of piano music, classical and jazz, hosted by Aaron Zukewich. The first set is classical piano music performed by Nevena Kovacevic, Ola Kiermacz, Irina Tesker. Second set is jazz standards and originals performed by the Hands Together Trio: Aaron Zukewich on piano, Jon Tuyp drums, Joel Banks bass.
Saturday May 5, 8 pm, admission by donation. Artword Artbar’s annual Fundraising Gala in support of Guitar Hamilton’s International Guitar Festival coming in July. Festival Artistic Director Emma Rush has planned lots of fun. The evening will showcase the best of Hamilton guitar music, in three different styles: award-winning classical guitarist Emma Rush, renowned singer-songwriter Chris Cowsill and Hamilton blues legend Alfie Smith. PLUS raffles, prizes, a chance to win tickets to the Festival, and more…. http://www.guitarhamilton.com/festival.html
Sunday November 6 at 7:30 pm, $10. Classical guitarist Emma Rush is back with a concert of World Music – music for concert guitar from around the world inspired by folk songs, folk tales, people and places. The program includes works by Joaquin Rodgrigo, Oliver Hunt, Carlo Domeniconi, and more. Part of Artword Artbar’s Four Sundays in November concert series.
Saturday May 7 at 8 pm. A special evening of music, fun, fundraising, and prizes, in support of the upcoming Hamilton International Guitar Festival organized by Guitar Hamilton’s Artistic Director Emma Rush. Artword Artbar is delighted to help Emma make this important Festival a success.
The Festival happens over three days (July 8, 9, 10) with a stunning line-up of concerts by international stars (Johannes Moller from Sweden pictured right), plus workshops, masterclasses, guitar-maker showcases and vendor booths. The venue for all is the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts at 126 James St. South. The Festival website:
and the Guitar Hamilton Society website: http://www.guitarhamilton.com/
Sunday December 12 at 2 pm $10. Classical Café at Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne Street) — Feu Noire String Quartet – Tanya Charles, violin; Suhashini Arulanandam, violin; Amanda Penner, viola; Jennifer Moersch, cello – classical chamber music. They will be playing Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 No.4, Mozart String Quartet No. 17 in B flat, and a few Tangos to lighten things up. Presented in co-operation with the Brott Music Festival and National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
Tuesday November 16 at 8 pm, $10, at Artword Artbar. An evening of music and literature featuring popular Canadian author Paul Headrick and renowned classical guitarist Emma Rush. Headrick will be reading “Fernando Sor in Paris” from his new collection of short stories. This work recreates the last days of the guitar composer and the reading will showcase Sor’s pieces performed by Emma Rush. This promises to be a very special collaboration! Read more…
Sunday October 24, at 2 pm, $10, Emma Rush and Friends, an afternoon of music for concert guitar — showcasing the guitar as a solo instrument and in collaboration with the violin and flute. The program includes works by Granados, Merlin, Bartok, Brouwer and much more. Emma is a classical guitarist and founder and artistic director of the Guitar Hamilton concert series. Read more…
Classical Café is back! In association with the Brott Music Festival, we at Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne Street) are delighted to bring you classical chamber music over a glass of wine on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm (admisssion $10, all proceeds to the performers):
September 19 — Classical Covers: with Katherine Mrmak, violin & viola; and Lorna Heidt, cello & vocals. A charming selection classical duets for violin and cello, as well as accompanied songs, both covers and originals. A lighthearted mix of serious, whimsical and popular music! Join these outstanding musicians for a relaxed and intimate afternoon of music in an artistic surrounding. Presented in co-operation with the Brott Music Festival and National Academy Orchestra of Canada. The NAO has graduated over 1,100 musicians into the fields of performance, teaching and entrepreneurship over the past 22 years. We at Brott Music Festival are pleased and proud to have our alumni take part in these Artword Artbar performances.
October 17 — concert CANCELLED
Classical Festival at Artword Artbar — Four Chamber Concerts in association with
The Brott Music Festival. Free admission:
Sunday May 30 at 2 pm ; Wednesday June 2 at 7:30 pm
Sunday June 6 at 2 pm; Wednesday June 9 at 7:30 pm
As part of Artword Artbar’s Classical Cafe series — four special chamber concerts with players from this season’s National Academy Orchestra chamber groups.
[Note that this festival takes over two of our regular Wednesday "Artshare" evenings.] Read more…
Saturday, May 29, 8 pm, $10, at Artword Artbar. It’s Saturday night and the Haut-Canada Trio is back! They performed at our Classical Cafe (in association with the Brott Music Festival) in March, their debut concert as a Trio (photo right). It was fantastic, and we all wanted more, so here comes the Trio: Marc Gibbons, oboe; Spencer deMan, bassoon; Talisa Blackman, piano. They are young, fun, and very good. And you can have a glass of wine while you enjoy the music.
Oboe, bassoon and piano are a rare combination in chamber music. What a wonderful sound. The Trio has done some innovative transcriptions. In March they played some well-known operatic duets, with oboe as the female voice and bassoon as the male. Yes, it works!
Sundays at 2 pm. Classical Café, monthly classical chamber concerts in association with the Brott Music Festival, at Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne Street, Hamilton. Admission $10 entirely to the musicians.
Sunday February 21: String Extravaganza with Megan Jones, violin (photo right)
Here is a wonderful post with videos and photos about Sunday’s Café on The Brott Blog
Sunday March 21: Haut Canada Trio: Marc Gibbons, oboe; Spencer deMan, bassoon; Talisa Blackman, piano
Sunday April 18: Joyce Yu, one of Valerie Tryon’s piano students, will play a delightful piano program – Haydn Sonata No. 52 in E flat, Mendelssohn Andante and Rondo Capriccio in E major, op. 14, Chopin Polonaise, op. 53 in A flat, Ravel Oiseaux Tristes.
Sunday May 30: musicians TBA from this season’s new National Academy Orchestra
[Right: Our launch Jan 31 with Lorna Heidt cello and Katherine Mrmak violin playing some Handel. They were wonderful!]
Come and enjoy some classical music in an intimate friendly cabaret setting over an espresso or a glass of wine.