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Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 3PM* | Edmonton City Hall
*reminder – daylight savings begins!

Free Admission

Cherubini String Quartet No. 1 (1814; pub c1836) and
Beethoven String Quartet No. 11, Op 95 (1810)

– Thanks to the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Community Foundation, Edmonton City Hall, and the Department of Music, U Alberta –

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Johannes BrahmsThe Enterprise Quartet with Kornel Wolak, clarinet

Sunday, February 15, 2015 | 8PM | Convocation Hall, U Alberta

Free Admission

Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op.115 (1891) and selections by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, de Abreau, and Gershwin

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Kornel WolakKORNEL WOLAK (clarinetist) performs as featured soloist and chamber musician in a wide variety of genres. His 2014/15 season includes performances and masterclasses in Ontario and British Columbia (Canada), New York, Ecuador, and his home country of Poland. With pianist Chris Donnelly, Kornel formed the Wolak Donnelly Duo, known for audience talks, diverse repertoire – including works from Mozart to Gershwin, and school and community outreach. The Duo is especially proud to have performed for Canadian audiences from coast to coast. As soloist, Mr. Wolak performed the Canadian premiere of John Adams’ “Gnarly Buttons” Clarinet Concerto broadcast on CBC Radio 2, and Marc Neikrug’s “Though Roses” at Glenn Gould Studio. Other solo appearances have included performances with the Toronto Sinfonietta, Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Niagara-on-the Lake Festival Orchestra, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra “Amadeus”, and Charleston Symphony Orchestra. As chamber musician, Mr. Wolak has appeared with the Wieniawski String Quartet, Glenn Gould String Quartet, Lodos Wind Quintet, Silver Birch String Quartet, and Borealis String Quartet. He was also a member of the renowned Quartetto Gelato.

In December 2014, Kornel earned his Doctorate Degree from the Paderewski Music Academy in Poznan, Poland. He appears as guest clinician lecturing on variety of topics related to clarinet repertoire, performances practice, reed making and technique. Mr. Wolak is also extremely devoted to music education; he established Music Mind Canada (MMC), an initiative that creates educational programs for schools and interested groups. MMC has performed throughout North America. Kornel Wolak is a regular fixture on the airwaves in Canada, the United States, and Poland. He is also a “Fryderyk” nominee, Poland’s highest recording award. Upcoming events include a recording of M. Weinberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 4 (solo clarinet and string orchestra) for Polish Radio Label, a tour of the Western United States as part of the Wolak-Donnelly Duo, a solo recital tour in Poland, and several lectures and masterclasses.

Guillaume Tardif, violin & Trevor Sanders, guitaripagani001p1

Friday, January 16, 2015

Edmonton City Hall

Free Admission


6 Sonatas for violin and guitar, op. 3,
Grand Sonata in A major for guitar and violin
Carnival of Venice for violin and guitar
Moto Perpetuo for violin and guitar, op. 11
Tarantella for violin and guitar

Arthur Hartmann finalEugene_Ysaye finalViolinissimo’ presents music associated with violinists-composers and violinists-transcribers. Over the years, this particular research focus allowed us to illustrate periods of the violin’s history and the influence of noteworthy violinists on their times.

We invite you again to discover and enjoy the rich fabric of music in its ‘reconstituted’ context and the many coincidences that frequently connect creators and performers.



Tuesday | September 30 | 7:30 PM | Edmonton City Hall | selections
– free admission –

Saturday | October 4 | 8 PM | Convocation Hall, U of Alberta | full program
– admission charge –

Program to includes works by Ysaÿe, Debussy, MacDowell, and Chausson

Guillaume Tardif, violin
Roger Admiral, piano




Thanks to:
Edmonton City Hall and
Department of Music, University of Alberta


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Guillaume Tardif, violin
Janet Scott Hoyt, piano

TUE | May 13 | 12:00PM
Convocation Hall, University of Alberta



Mozart Sonata K. 306, Brahms Hungarian Dances 1-3, Tchaikovsky Scherzo Op. 42, and Grieg Sonata Op. 45


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Guillaume Tardif | Janet Scott Hoyt

The Visions of Schönberg, Berg, and Bartók

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Catherine Abele, soprano | Jacques Arsenault, tenor | Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp, piano

Monday, March 17, 2014
7:15 PM Lecture | 8:00 PM Concert
Convocation Hall – University of Alberta
Free Admission

7:15PM – Lecture
Dániel Péter Biró and Harald Krebs (University of Victoria) will briefly summarize the publication history and the contents of the volume The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in March 2014; the publication was funded in part by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies). Drs. Biró and Krebs will provide samples of analyses from the volume, with live illustrations by the Enterprise String Quartet.

8:00PM – Concert
Enjoy the artistry of soprano Catherine Abele, tenor Jacques Arsenault and pianist Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp in two famous early sets of songs by Berg and Schoenberg, followed by a performance of Schoenberg’s exceptional 2nd String quartet by the Enterprise String Quartet, with Catherine Abele. These works from the turn of the century will invite you to rediscover the intensity of feeling and thought that led these poets of words and music toward new horizons (with introductory comments by Goetz Dapp, Department of Drama, University of Alberta and Deen Larsen, Director of the Franz Schubert Institute, Baden bei Wien).

Sponsored by the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies
and the Department of Music
– University of Alberta –



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