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Friday Evening Concerts 2017/ 2018

 

The Jimmy Stahl Big Band

Big Band

Friday, September 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Founded in 1977, THE JIMMY STAHL BIG BAND has headlined tours while performing extensively throughout Ontario, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Beginning as a gospel big band with Swingin’ in the Pews, the project has recently added two more showcases: American Songbook and Sounds of Sinatra.  The JSB have had the honour of collaborating with a variety of Grammy Award-winning artists such as Ralph Carmichael, Dave Boyer, Phil Driscoll, Ron Kenoly, and Kathy Troccoli.  Some of these collaborations were  in-studio recordings, while others were live tapings of television specials that aired on NBC, TNN, Global and CTS television networks.  Individually as sidemen, band members have worked with legends Doc Severinsen, Tom Jones, Debbie Boone, Pat Boone, Vic Damone, The Yellow Jackets, and Ray Charles.  Tonight, The Jimmy Stahl Big Band will be performing selections from the Sounds of Sinatra show featuring the very gifted RON DEWBERRY, one of Canada’s finest crooners.  The evening will also include excerpts from American Songbook featuring GENEVIÈVE-RENÉE BISSON, a new vocalist on the big band circuit whose musical talents are diverse and articulate.  Of course, the night would not be complete without a number of straight up swingin’ big band instrumental standards. Audiences everywhere have fallen in love with the Jimmy Stahl Big Band, and we trust you will as well.  Enjoy the show!

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

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Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Regard Persan

Strings, Drums

Friday, November 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Founded in 2013, by three Irano-Canadian musicians living in Montreal, REGARD PERSAN trio is an innovative concept where each member explores a new sound of Persian music through their respective instruments.  The tanbur (the preferred instrument of Kurdish dervishes), is played by POORIA POURNAZERI, the heir of a great family of musicians.  Innovative musician SAEED KAMJOO plays the gheychak (a string instrument used by the Qalandars of Baluchistan) and the kamancheh (a bowed instrument).  The percussionist, ZIYA TABASSIAN, assumes the rhythmic colours of the ensemble.  They have performed several concerts in Canada and had a successful European tour in winter 2016 and in China in 2017.  For this program, the talented singer HABIB HOSEINI will join them and sing the great poetry of Rumi and Omar Khayyam, creating a rich music that combines precision and subtlety, both fresh and sophisticated.  Between tradition and modernity, blending authenticity and innovation, poetry, music and spirituality, REGARD PERSAN and HABIB HOEINI will bring us to discover an enchanting world that lifts the audience outside of time, to travel with the music.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

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Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


The Joy Lapps Project

Steel Pan, Guitar, Drums, Keyboard

Friday, February 2, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

JOY LAPPS is a musician, composer and arts educator.  Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pianists.  She has performed at various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival, Toronto’s TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.  Joy performs primarily as the leader of her quartet, the JOY LAPPS PROJECT, and often expands this formation to an even larger musical ensemble, exploring Afro and Latin-Caribbean Jazz, with a hint of R&B and soul.  As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences.  Joy has released four recordings including Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art (2004), Make a Joyful Noise (2006) and It’s Christmas Time (2007).  She released an EP of original compositions entitled Morning Sunrise (2014) and, with a Masters of Composition under her belt, is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her upcoming album.  During the academic year, Joy visits various schools as an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Residence.  She has also served as the Toronto Arts Council Artist in Residence at the Downsview Library, providing free lessons, workshops and special performances for the community.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

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Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Cheng² Duo

Cello, Piano

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

Committed to bringing classical music to 21st-century audiences through innovative programming and engaging presentations, the CHENG² DUO (pronounced Cheng Squared Duo) has been making music together for the past 13 years.  Named one of CBC Music’s 105 “30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30”, this sibling duo comprises of: cellist BRYAN CHENG, guest soloist with numerous orchestras since his debut at age 10 with I Musici de Montreal, and prizewinner of several national music competitions, and pianist SILVIE CHENG, recent Master’s Degree graduate of Manhattan School of Music and recipient of the Rubinstein Award for “exceptional promise in piano performance”.  The Cheng² Duo has quickly become an audience favourite wherever they perform, their wide-ranging repertoire bringing them to present concerts on three continents: North America (Canada, America), Europe (Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Holland, Italy), and Asia (China, South Korea).  They have established a reputation for being invited for return engagements at prestigious venues and festivals, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Festival of Sound, Vermont’s Pro-Concert Series, and Ottawa Chamberfest.  They have also been featured at the Aspen Music Festival and Trasimeno Music Festival, among others, as well as on CBC Radio Two and Vermont Public Radio.  Highlights of 2016 include debut recitals at the Pro Musica Series, the Friends of Port Hope Series, and the Leith Music Festival, as well as a 13-city tour in China, and a two-week tour in Atlantic Canada as Debut Atlantic artists. Cheng² Duo’s debut album Violoncelle Français was released on the German classical label audite.

Admission: Regular $20 | Seniors (65+) $15 | Student $5

Payments can be made in cash or by cheque, debit, and credit over the phone, in person at TSH 414, online, or at the doors.

Buy Tickets Now

Phone: 905.525.9140 ext. 27671

Email: sota@mcmaster.ca


Directions

Click here for directions to McMaster University campus.

Once you have parked (see below), proceed on foot along the pathway between the University Student Centre and Mills Library towards the centre of campus. On the right, behind the rose garden, is University Hall. Convocation Hall is located on the 2nd floor of this building. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building.

Parking at McMaster

Please be aware that during the 2017/2018 concert season, parking at McMaster University on-campus lots can be accessed for a fee of $7.00 on weekends and on weekdays after 4p.m.

If driving, be sure to enter the University via Sterling Street. Drive past the unmanned kiosk and turn right, follow this road into Parking Lot B. Proceed on foot along the pathway between the University Student Centre and Mills Library towards the centre of campus. On the right, behind the rose garden, is University Hall. Convocation Hall is located on the 2nd floor of this building. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building.

 

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