50th Anniversary Season 2013-2014
Cosmopolitan Music Society has been an active and respected member of the Edmonton and area arts scene since 1963.
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary Season in 2013-2014 with special guests and events.
Special Thanks to Casman Group of Companies, a 50th Anniversary sponsor.
50th Anniversary Gala Weekend
Woodwind Clinic with James Campbell
Friday, June 6, 2014
"50 and Fabulous!" Party with music by d'Cana
Saturday, June 7, 2014
CMS 50th Anniversary Gala Concert features James Campbell, Clarinet, and a commissioned piece of music by Composer Allan Gilliland
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Post Gala Reception
Sunday, June 8, 2014
James Campbell studied with Abe Galper, Yona Ettlinger, Mitchel Lurie and Daniel Bonade. His former students have played in orchestras including Amsterdam's Concertgebow Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and several US military bands, and they hold teaching positions at universities and conservatories worldwide.
He has given master classes on five continents including the Royal Academy in London, the Tokyo College of Music, the Moscow Conservatory, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Beijing Conservatory, and throughout Australia and Canada.
His concerts have taken him to over 25 countries, appearing as soloist with over 50 orchestras including the Montreal Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Boston Pops.
He has performed with Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, over 30 different string quartets, and jazz with pianist Gene DiNovi.
He has over 40 recordings encompassing most of the standard clarinet repertoire. His recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet was chosen by BBC Radio and the London Times as the best available. For more information, see www.gamisim.com.
One of Canada's busiest composers, Allan Gilliland was born in Darvel, Scotland in 1965 and immigrated to Canadain 1972. Based in Edmonton (Alberta), he has written music for solo instruments, orchestra, choir, brass quintet, wind ensemble, big band, film, television and theatre. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast by ensembles around the world including: the Edmonton Symphony, Boston Pops, Vancouver Symphony, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Canadian Brass, Camerata Romeau(Havana), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh String Quartet and the brass section of the New York Philharmonic. Some of the soloists who have performed his music include James Campbell, Jens Lindemann, John Pattituci, Wycliffe Gordon, Dave Young and Phil Nimmons.
For five years (1999-2004) he was Composer-in-Residence with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, writing 11 works for the ESO including concerti for violin, trumpet, two harps, and clarinet. He has also been Composer-in-Residence at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound and the Colours of Music Festival in Barrie, Ontario. In 2002 his orchestral work On the Shoulders of Giants took First Prize at the Winnipeg Symphony's New Music Festival. Allan has also won composition contests sponsored by Pro Coro Canada and the Alberta Band Association as well as First Place in the Jean Coulthard Competition for Composers and the Lydia Pals Composers Competition.
Allan has taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Edinburgh and Red Deer College and is presently Chair and Head of Composition at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta where he lives with his wife and two children.
CMS Series 2014
Cosmopolitan Chorus's In-House Concert features Robert Clark, Tenor
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Known for his powerful voice and commanding stage presence, tenor Robert Clark is quickly making a name for himself in the operatic world.
Robert began his music career mainly as a soloist throughout Edmonton - Alberta’s choral community - where he performed with Concordia University College Choir, Edmonton Youth Choir, the Cosmopolitan Music Society, Pro Coro Canada and the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers. He has also been hired by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London and been heard several times on CBC radio.
He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta in 2006 and went on to complete a Masters of Music in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario with Theodore Baerg in 2008. While there Robert received the London Opera Guild Scholarship, the Western Graduate Research Scholarship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and was a finalist in the London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition.
Robert has been a recipient of many prestigious awards and scholarships including a grant from the Winspear Fund to aid in his studies at the University of Western Ontario. He was a recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Austria where he furthered his training in Salzburg with world-renowned Canadian soprano, Edith Wiens.
After his Masters degree he was invited to spend 2 years in the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Development Program. In 2010 Robert performed his debut main-stage role of Normanno from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor with Calgary Opera and Al in Edmonton Opera's The Barber of Barrhead.
This season Robert sang Beppe in I Pagliacci with Edmonton Opera, Flask in the Canadian premiere of Moby Dick with Calgary Opera where he also covered the role of Ahab. He sang Jaquino in Fidelio with Edmonton Opera, Tamino in The Magic Flute with Highlands Opera Studio, Macduff in Macbeth with Pacific Opera Victoria and Roderigo in Calgary Opera's Otello. Robert was also the cover for Charlie in Mary's Wedding with Pacific Opera Victoria.
Mr. Clark’s previous operatic performances includes roles in Street Scene,L’enfant et les sortilèges, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Gianni Schicchi, A Game of Chance, Frobisher and has toured with the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program as Al in Ann Hodges' The Barber of Barrhead and The Prince in Rob Herriot's Cinderella.
CMS Wednesday Band's In-House Concert features Alvin Lowrey, Trumpet
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Alvin Lowrey, Principal Trumpet Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra after 33 years of service from 1975-2008. He led the brass section in over 3,000 performances including over 300 ballet and opera performances. During his tenure, the ESO recorded sixteen albums including fourteen for CBC. He was also co-principal cornet on the Edmonton Wind Ensemble’s often aired CBC recording Concert in the Park.
In 1976, Alvin was featured as trumpet soloist with the ESO in Rossini’s famous aria, “Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia on a televised live concert. Later that year, he recorded Hummel’s Concerto for Trumpet in E major with the ESO for a CBC radio broadcast. Over the past three decades, Alvin has been a soloist in such works as Frank Martin’s Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments and Percussion, Charles Ives’ Unanswered Question, Alexandra Pakhmutova’s Concerto for Trumpet, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Orchestra, Michael Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet in C, Bach’s Cantata No. 51 for Soprano, Trumpet and Strings and Telemann’s Concerto for Trumpet in D. He has also been the trumpet soloist more than 70 times in the ESO’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. In 2002, an ESO Pops concert featured him in a performance emulating Bunny Berigan’s rendition of I Can’t Get Started.
In addition to solo appearances with the ESO, Alvin has been featured frequently with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and has presented numerous recitals in collaboration with local organists, Carol Otto, Martha Hubert, Marnie Giesbrecht, Bruce Wheatcroft and Jeremy Spurgeon. In 2003, Alvin and Jeremy Spurgeon received an immediate, spontaneous standing ovation from a capacity audience for a recital presented for CBC’s popular noon-hour Wednesdays @ Winspear series.
Mr. Lowrey was honoured to present a Keynote lecture presentation on “Legends about Legendary Trumpeters of the LP-era” for the International Trumpet Guild Conference held at the Banff Centre in 2008. He also participated on a gala concert of trumpet ensembles performed by Principal Trumpeters of major Canadian professional orchestras. Alvin’s arrangement for trumpet, strings and harp of Enesco’s Légende was premiered by Manon Lafrance at this ITG Conference and subsequently published by David Hickman Editions.
In the summer of 2009, Alvin and Duo Majoya (Marnie Giesbrecht and Joachim Segger) premiered his arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition for trumpet, piano and organ at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Calgary. Then in the winter of 2010, they presented a re-arrangement of the same work for trumpet, piano, organ and percussion in collaboration with Brian Jones (multiple percussionist) for the Music at Convocation Hall concert series though this concert actually took place at the Winspear Centre featuring the Davis Organ. On this same concert, they also played Lowrey’s arrangement of Elgar’s complete Enigma Variations for the same instrumentation.
In November of 2011, Alvin was featured guest artist at the Lakeside Band Festival held at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At this festival he taught masterclasses, performed in a chamber music recital and was soloist in Kent Kennan’s own arrangement of his Sonata for Trumpet with wind ensemble.
During his career, Alvin has performed concerts in six Canadian provinces plus the Northwest Territories, in about half of the states of the U.S. plus the District of Columbia, and in a dozen countries in Europe and Asia. Concert tours have taken him north as far as Inuvik; east to Warsaw; south to Melbourne; and west to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Alvin Lowrey was commissioned by the International Trumpet Guild to compile a research project documenting the LP-era of classical solo trumpet recordings. This extensive 1700-page project, Lowrey’s International Trumpet Discography, was published in 1990 by Camden House. This commission was offered after serving as Editor of Record Reviews for the ITG Journal from 1978-1987, and previously as Contributing Editor of Record Reviews for The Brass World from 1969-1974.
Prior to coming to Edmonton, Mr. Lowrey taught at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), University of Northern Colorado (Greeley), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo) and at Michigan State University (East Lansing). Among his teachers have been Richard Brummett, Kenneth Bloomquist, Haskell Sexton, Gordon Mathie, Vincent Cichowicz, Edward Tarr and Robert Nagel.
CMS Tuesday Band's In-House Concert features John McPherson, Trombone
Sunday, April 6, 2014
John McPherson has been Principal Trombone of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1980, having previously played with Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble. A native of Edmonton, John was a student of
composer and former ESO principal trombonist Malcolm Forsyth.
A versatile musician, John has played recorder with the Plumbers Union, euphonium with The Old Strathcona Town Band and Albertasaurus, and tuba with Diana Krall, Lee Konitz, the Canadian Hot Stars, and as an opener for Rod Stewart.
The ESO has presented John as a soloist on both trombone and euphonium and have performed many of his compositions and arrangements. He will next be featured on a Sunday Showcase concert in May performing one of his own works.
Sharing music with the community is vitally important to John. He continues to be part of the ESO’s
Adopt-a-player program and recently co-created an educational outreach project for students in Fort McMurray. He has been a clinician for music festivals, workshops and camps, and is the low brass instructor at the University of Alberta Department of Music.
As co-founder and arranger of ESWAT, the ESO’s tactical team, John has led over 200 missions of surgical musical strikes, surprising everyone from the Canadian military, to Christmas shoppers, to City Council in chambers.
John sincerely appreciates the role the Cosmopolitan Music Society played in his formative teenage years. He learned a great deal playing in ensembles, going to the camps and being the trombone instructor for the first year of adult students.
CMS Monday Band's In-House Concert features Shelley Younge, Flutist
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Flutist Shelley Younge has held the position of Assistant Principal Flute of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1978, and has been a featured soloist on many occasions. Other orchestral duties have included the Banff Festival Orchestra, Banff Opera, Banff Ballet Orchestra, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Pro Coro Canada and the Edmonton Chamber Players Orchestra. She has been featured soloist with the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Saskatoon Symphony and the Edmonton Symphony and in 2012 performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City, with the Edmonton Symphony.
A frequent performer of chamber music on CBC radio and television, Shelley has appeared in recital with such notable performers as Celtic harpist Mary O'Hara, and the late Lois Marshall. She is very active as a chamber musician with harpist Nora Bumanis, pianist Sylvia Shadick Taylor, and can be heard on CD with the St. Crispin's Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. Younge's long teaching career has produced many professional flutists around the world. She has taught for many years at MusiCamrose and the Banff International Music School, and is presently teaching at the University of Alberta, where she was the recipient of the Francis Winspear Visiting Professor position.
Shelley received her Bachelor of Music from the renowned Indiana University School of Music, and has studied or attended masterclasses with Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic), Walfred Kujala (Chicago Symphony), Jim Walker, William Bennett, James Galway and the late Jean-Pierre Rampal. She has also attended classes with Robert Dick, Ian Clarke, Lorna McGhee, and Mathias Ziegler.
CMS Concerts at Christmas feature Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, Pianist
Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is a superb Canadian soloist and chamber musician whose interpretations reflect an intense examination of a composer's music and identity.
Sylvia has performed as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Winspear Chamber Orchestra as well as in recital. As an Ambassador of the Canadian Music Centre, these recitals frequently feature contemporary Canadian music. She has toured in Japan, Thailand, Germany, Canada and USA, including two performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall: in 1998 with Hungarian/Canadian violinist, Nándor Szederkényi; and in 2011 with Canadian cellist, Tanya Prochazka.
As a chamber musician she has performed with many ensembles including SPECTRUM, the Clarion Trio and Ivory Winds. As an accompanist she spans opera classics to demanding contemporary concert repertoire, her work often being heard on CBC Radio.
Ms. Shadick-Taylor holds a B.Mus. cum laude from the University of Alberta, Licentiate and Associate Diplomas, and has studied in Banff, Aspen, New York and Salzburg, Austria. Sylvia works as a private teacher, vocal coach, adjudicator and clinician, and has worked for the University of Alberta, Edmonton Opera, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Alberta College and Pro Coro Canada
Sylvia recently released the CD Expressions, which features music for solo piano and harpsichord by western Canadian composers. Previous CDs include three CDs on the Arktos label: Caprice; Intimate Impressions (winner of the 2000 Alberta Recording Industry Award for Best Classical Artist); and At Your Service, which focuses on the art of accompanying. She can also be heard on several other CDs, including Northern Arch, soundland alberta and Lucidae.
Guest Artist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor sponsored by Casman Group of Companies.