Una Serata Bella

Our annual fundraiser is always an audience favourite.

Come and enjoy good food, our silent auction, and great music in support of your orchestra,

featuring Anna Bateman, Soprano, Paul Williamson, Tenor, CSO Jazz Trio,

along with the orchestra.

More information can be found by clicking on the poster

Our annual fundraiser.

Come To Our Spectacular Birthday Party!

On June 13 your Cambridge Symphony Orchestra is having a party to celebrate its 10th anniversary and you are invited to a special performance and all the festivities!  This will be a unique evening in our history highlighted by the very first concert performance by our newly founded Cambridge Youth Orchestra many of whom will become the next generation of our senior players!  Come and meet some of the players who were with us from the start, share your memories of our earlier days as we look forward to another decade of joyous classical music.  We hope that you will wish to send us congratulations and invite you to place a business card message in our special souvenir program.  The cost is just $50 and your special donation will be recognised in our list of  “10 Year Milestone Supporters” AND you will have a specially reserved seat at the performance.  Please contact David Terry (dpterry14@gmail.com  519-621-4233) or Barb Crawford (info@thisisbarbcrawford.com  519-404-9248) for details.  Forward Church, Myers Road, Cambridge June 13 at 7.30 pm (please note earlier start time).

 

May 9 Concert Features Master and Prodigy

The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra performance on Friday May 9 will feature a unique duo of soloists in a performance of Brahms’ beautiful Double Concerto with a Canadian Master and a Canadian Prodigy.

SitarskiStephen Sitarski (The Master) needs little introduction to the region’s concertgoers. For 15 seasons he was Concertmaster of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and now holds the same position with both the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra.

Cameron

Cameron Crozman (The Prodigy) at the very young age of 18 has already achieved extraordinary musical credentials.

Named one of CBC’s Top 30 Hot Classical musicians under 30, Canadian cellist Cameron Crozman has been praised for his “calm and soulful approach” and “depth of musical […] expression” on stage. Equally at home with baroque performance practice, the music of his time and everything in between, Cameron’s inquisitive personality leads him to explore all the facets of the cello repertoire.

Both Stephen and Cameron share a close association with the Faculty of Music at Wilfrid Laurier University where he is a lecturer and Cameron is often a frequent soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada which has its summer school at the university.

Join us May 9 at Central Presbyterian Church, Queens Square, Cambridge at 8pm for this special musical event.  A “Pay As You Can” performance where your donation ensures we can continue to provide high calibre soloists throughout our season.

CSO Chamber Concert – Passionate Strings – March 24

Join the CSO Chamber Ensemble for a wide ranging concert of chamber music on March 24 at 7pm at the Cambridge Library and Galleries , Queen Square , Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

PASSIONATE STRINGS

MARCH 24, 2014, 7 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE LIBRARY AND GALLERY, QUEEN’S SQUARE

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble

Joy Schuster, Violin , Viola

Arpad Josephson, Violin

Jackie Sutherland, Viola

                                                                      Sabatino Vacca, Piano

Featuring music of Beethoven, Teleman, Franck, Martin and Hewitt Jones.

Penderecki Quartet Members Join CSO For Mozart

Two members of the world famous Penderecki Quartet will be joining the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra on February 28 for a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major for violin and viola.

Jerzy KaplanekJerzy Kaplanek , violinist,  member of the Penderecki String Quartet, was born in Poland in 1965.  His music schooling started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he commenced his violin studies.   In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom.  Six years later, in 1990, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.  There, he studied with the distinguished teachers Janusz Skramlik, Stanislaw Lewandowski, and Aureli Blaszczok.

Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he has been teaching violin and chamber music since 1991.  In addition to his duties at the WLU, he is in great demand as a soloist, adjudicator and teacher at international competitions and summer festivals, and master classes given in Canada and abroad. He plays a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy

Christine VlajkProf. Christine Vlajk has graced major concert stages around the world including the Weill Concert Hall at  Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has held the positions of violist of the Penderecki String Quartet (www.ps4.ca) and Artist-in-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier since 1997. Prior to that, Vlajk played with the Montclaire String Quartet for 15 years. Vlajk holds BmusEd and BMus (Viola Performance) degrees from the University of Colorado and a MMus (Viola Performance) degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has been guest soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and has performed numerous recitals internationally including, in recent years, viola concertos premiering work by Piotr Grella-Mozejko and Karol Gostynski. As a member of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Montclaire Quartet, Vlajk has recorded on the Koch, Leonarda, Eclectra, Marquis Classics and EMI labels.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear two of the world’s outstanding chamber players in Mozart’s sublime double concerto.  February 28 at 8pm at Forward Baptist Church, Myers Road, Cambridge.

 

 

Guest Artists – Una Serata Bella – Friday, April 4th, 2014

 

Headshot3-150x150Hailed as “a young vocalist to watch… with a rich and penetrating operatic voice,” Canadian soprano Charlene Santoni’s career is on the rise. Having made her professional debut at the age of 22, this young singer’s operatic credits are many. They include appearances with The University of Toronto’s Opera Division, Edmonton Opera, Opera New Brunswick, Saskatoon Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The VOICExperience Foundation, The Center for Opera Studies in Italy, Tapestry New Opera, Highlands Opera Studio and The Tanglewood Music Center, which is run by the Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine.

Concert and recital appearances include work with Soundstreams Canada, Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Off Centre Music Salon, Masterworks of Oakville, The Highlands Festival Singers, The Bach Elgar Choir, The Canadian Sinfonietta, The Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music, Symphony Hamilton, The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and The National Arts Centre Orchestra.  Charlene also sang in a production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with The Boston Pops in 2008, under the baton of Keith Lockhart.

Roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), La Charmeuse (Thais), Bubikopf (Der Kaiser von Atlantis), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Dortchen (The Brothers Grimm), Monica (The Medium), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Madame Goldentrill (The Impresario) and multiple appearances as The Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute).  Montreal newspaper La Presse applauded Charlene’s last performance of the wicked Queen regarding her as “terrifying… with notes so precise that one might say they were produced by a computer.”

Oratorio works include appearances in Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Poulenc’s Gloria and recurring appearances in Orff’s monumental Carmina Burana.  Charlene is also no stranger to modern music having performed Riley’s “In C”, Reich’s “Proverb”, Menotti’s “La Loca”, Gervais’ “The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G.”, Ross’ “Northern Lights, Eastern Fire” and Sokolovic’s “Six Voices for Sirens”, the last of which was recorded for the CBC in 2007.

Charlene was also recently heard in her first solo cross-over cabaret recital with pianist Christopher Mokrzewski at the Lower Ossington Theatre’s Green Door Cabaret series. Presently, Charlene can be heard singing whistle tones in Canadian Composer John Oswald’s “Qui”, which is part of a permanent installation at the Royal Ontario Museum.  This work was remastered into a music video that premiered at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche Festival in 2010 earning a Scotiabank People’s Choice Award.  Charlene is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Voice Performance at the University of Toronto where she works with acclaimed Canadian voice pedagogue Mary Morrison.

You can also check her website for further info: www.charlenesantoni.com

Andrew Tees PhotoAndrew Tees is one of the most dynamic and charismatic singers of his generation. Blessed with a rich ringing chocolate toned baritone, he is at home whether singing opera, oratorio, or pops.

On the operatic stage Tees has performed the title role in the Nozze di Figaro for many companies including Opera Ontario and Pacific Opera. The swarthy baritone made a seductive Don Giovanni for Ottawa’s Opera Lyra. He debuted for Edmonton Opera as Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci. He sang a robust Escamillo for Manitoba Opera. Andrew was a moving Sonora for Vancouver Opera in La Fanciulla del West. He was given top vocal honours by Opera Canada for his portrayal of Marcello in Opera York’s La Boheme. He sang a charming Danilo for Orchestra London’s Merry Widow. For Zweigroschen Oper in Germany Andrew made a vengeful Monterone in Rigoletto. Andrew debuted with Opera York as Rossini’s Figaro, since then he has returned to sing many roles including Don Giovanni, Mozart’s Figaro, Escamillo, Gianni Schicchi, While a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio Tees made frequent appearances on the main stage. He won tremendous praise for the rapist Tarquinius (Rape of Lucretia) Donald in Billy Budd, Sonora in La Fanciulla del West, as well as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. While with the COC he covered many roles including Marcello, Belcore, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Billy Budd, and Krusina. While with the COC he sang Papageno in their Magic Flute tour and Peter in their Hansel and Gretel tour. Since leaving the Ensemble Studio Andrew has returned to the COC to sing several roles including the Mill Hand in Lady McBeth of Mtstensk and Marquis D`Aubigny in La Traviata. Mr. Tees’ repertoire is broadening into more dramatic roles. He made a commanding Scarpia in Maritime Concert Opera’s Tosca as well as Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata for the same company. He debuted as Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande for Toronto’s Opera by Request.

No stranger to debuting new works, Tees has premiered Ian McAndrew’s Cassandra for Amphion Opera. He sang the role of the unprincipled Oil Executive Walter Swenson in Isa Suarez’ Carpe Diem to be aired on Bravo Television this fall. He played Gandalf in Dean Burry’s The Hobbit with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus. For the Stratford Summer Music Festival he depicted a tyrannical Claudius in the Premier of Mark Richard’s Hamlet. He was a Madrigalist in Henze’s Venus und Adonis for the Canadian Opera Company, a role he repeated at Amsterdam’s Concertgebou. He made a sympathetic Stash in the North American premiere of And the Rat Laughed by Israeli composer Ella Milch-Sheriff. 

He made a swashbuckling Pirate King for Cleveland Opera. He won rave reviews as Private Willis for Toronto Operetta Theatre’s Iolanthe. His other Gilbert and Sullivan roles include Pooh bah (Mikado) and Giuseppe (The Gondoliers) both for Montreal’s Savoy Society. Andrew played Old Bill in Rogers and Hammerstein with Hart for Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius. He was a slightly dim Karl Magnus for Second Company’s A Little Night Music Other roles include Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls) Lun Tha (The King and I) Maximillian (Candide). For Bravo Television he recorded an Evening with Cole Porter. His film credits include John Masterson in Film 4’s True Blue and Polar Bear in Masato Harada’s Rowing Through.
  
Andrew has been a guest of many choirs and symphonies singing Handel’s Messiah. He was praised for his portrayal of the title character in Handel’s Saul for the Grand River Choir. He was praised for his interpretation Carmina Burana for Toronto’s Amadeus Choir. He has sung Brahms Requiem for the Oakville Symphony and Kitchener’s Grand Philharmonic Choir. He has performed the Duruflé Requiem with Hamilton’s Bach Elgar Choir and the Kingston Chamber Choir. Andrew made a majestic Elijah for the Northumberland Symphony and sang a moving St Paul for Toronto’s Pax Christ Chorale. A great admirer of the works of Haydn, Tees has performed The Creation, The Seasons, Mass in a Time of War and the Nelson Mass. He received great praise for his interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem for Masterworks of Oakville. No stranger to the works of Vaughn Williams he has performed both the haunting Five Mystical Songs as well as the Fantasia on Christmas Carols. For Hamilton’s Redeemer College Choir he sang Jean Gilles haunting Requiem. Andrew received top honours for his Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Brantford Symphony. He has performed Beethoven’s Mass in C with Sarnia’s International Symphony. Among his other highlights are Arvo Pärt’s Passio with Toronto’s Mendelssohn Choir and Christos Hatzis’ Kyrie with Soundstreams Canada.

A natural on the pops stage, he has sung with the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Center Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, Oakville Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Oshawa Symphony, and Guelph Symphony.

Andrew and his partner, pianist Kate Carver, maintain a video song blog called The Pianist the Singer and the Song and can be reached by going to thepianistthesingerandthesong@blogspot.com.

You can also check her website for further info: www.andrewtees.com

Guest Artists – February 28, 2014

Christine Vlajk

Prof. Christine Vlajk has graced major concert stages around the world including the Weill Concert Hall at  Carnegie Hall and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has held the positions of violist of the Penderecki String Quartet (www.ps4.ca) and Artist-in-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier since 1997. Prior to that, Vlajk played with the Montclaire String Quartet for 15 years. Vlajk holds BmusEd and BMus (Viola Performance) degrees from the University of Colorado and a MMus (Viola Performance) degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has been guest soloist with the Hamilton Philharmonic and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and has performed numerous recitals internationally including, in recent years, viola concertos premiering work by Piotr Grella-Mozejko and Karol Gostynski. As a member of the Penderecki String Quartet and the Montclaire Quartet, Vlajk has recorded on the Koch, Leonarda, Eclectra, Marquis Classics and EMI labels.

 

Jerzy KaplanekJerzy Kaplanek , violinist,  member of the Penderecki String Quartet, was born in Poland in 1965.  His music schooling started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he commenced his violin studies.   In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom.  Six years later, in 1990, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.  There, he studied with the distinguished teachers Janusz Skramlik, Stanislaw Lewandowski, and Aureli Blaszczok. 

In 1987, Mr. Kaplanek left Poland to continue his music education in the United States. In 1987-88 he was assistant to Efim Boico of the Fine Arts Quartet at the Chamber Music Institute in Milwaukee. In 1989-90, he was a student of Sylvia Rosenberg in New York City. In 1990-91 he studied at the University of Maryland, where his teachers included Daniel Heifetz, the Guarneri String Quartet and its violinists, Arnold Steinhardt and John Dalley. Pursuing his interest in Baroque performance practice, Mr. Kaplanek has also worked with the Custodian of Period Instruments at the Smithsonian Museum, Jaap Schroeder. 

With the Penderecki Quartet, and also as a soloist and chamber musician, Jerzy Kaplanek performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His impressive discography includes over two dozen CDs (Marquis, Eclectra, CBC, CMC, EMI labels), including the acclaimed recording of the complete string quartets of Béla Bartók with the PSQ, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Blue Rider Ensemble.

His chamber music partners have been pianists Janina Fialkowska, Francine Kay, Vladimir Feltsman, Lev Natochenny, Jamie Parker, Stéphan Sylvestre (with whom he has formed a duo), cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, clarinettist James Campbell, and others. He is frequently heard on CBC Radio and NPR.  In the fall of 1997 was featured soloist at a concert held in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, as a tribute to Karol Szymanowski. The duo Kaplanek/Sylvestre released a CD of works for violin and piano by Karol Szymanowski on Marquis Classics Label.

Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where he has been teaching violin and chamber music since 1991.  In addition to his duties at the WLU, he is in great demand as a soloist, adjudicator and teacher at international competitions and summer festivals, and master classes given in Canada and abroad. He plays a 1680 Antonio Casini violin made in Modena, Italy.

CSO at The Cambridge Mall

Come visit us at the Cambridge Mall, Saturday February 8 to hear about the orchestra’s upcoming fundraisers.  Tickets will be available for “Twist and Shout” and “Una Serata Bella”.  Our super volunteer Barb Crawford will be on hand to answer your questions about the orchestra and its numerous programs.  In the community kiosk outside The Bay 9am – 5pm.