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Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts 2018/2019


(Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.


Toronto Urban Latin ensemble and winner of the title of Best of ‘Play the Parks’ in 2017, continues to fire up funk fusion with their new video and single “Hurricane” about to be released. The word Santerías represents a cultural fusion where dance and music are fundamental ingredients for healing. This Toronto group proposes the use of their dynamic and upbeat style of music, coined by them as RUMBAFUNK, as a universal healing language. Some songs bring in Latin rhythms while some embrace a Brazilian Tropicália sensibility, but all of them get bathed in a vibrant mixture of pop and funk aesthetics. Ana Lía Arias Garrido (Dominican Republic) on lead vocals, Juan Dino Toledo (Chile) on guitar and backing vocals, and Oriana Barbato, (Chile) on bass and backing vocals, are the core of this musical superpower. They have a roster of guest musicians and, most recently, Randolf Jimenez (Venezuela), has been put in charge of the rhythmic backbone with his vast musical experience and solid playing on the drum kit. Santerias will release new material by the fall of 2018 as part of their fourth album. Their latest single “Mundo Desigual”, released last winter, was well received on social media and highly supported by CBC radio. Their upcoming single “Hurricane” will surely blow you away! Keep in touch via Facebook and Instagram; look for Santerias band.

Admission: Free

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Cris Derksen

(Classical Cello with Traditional Indigenous Music)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 12:30 p.m.


In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, CRIS DERKSEN represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta she comes from a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. A multiple awardwinning and Juno-nominated Canadian Aboriginal cellist, Cris is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music. The live experience is further enriched with the inclusion of riveting performances by acclaimed Anishinaabe Hoop Dancer Nimkii Osawamick, and award winning drummer Jesse Baird, who ties the trio together with his signature and inventive improvisation. “What excites me most … is bringing our Indigenous music to the centre of the European model and we as Indigenous artists lead the way with our drums and our heart beat to create new forms of music.” Cris composes for film, television, and dance, and tours extensively nationally and internationally, performing and recording with an impressive array of musicians, including ongoing projects with Buffy Sainte Marie, Tanya Tagaq, and Kinnie Starr. This is a singular, uniquely powerful artist, creating music that challenges and enlightens.

Admission: Free

Zoltan Kalman

(Clarinet and Piano)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:30 p.m.


Zoltan Kalman was born in Hungary. He trained at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Clarinet Performance and Chamber Music in Budapest. After graduation, he spent a year as principal clarinet with the Hungarian State Orchestra under the baton of such luminaries as Sir George Solti and Leonard Bernstein. From 1983-1989, he served as principal clarinet with the Hungarian Opera House in Budapest, garnered second prize at the Prague International Clarinet Competition, and several awards with one of Hungary’s foremost woodwind quintets, Aquincum. He has had several solo and orchestra performances throughout Europe, including Austria, Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Since arriving in Canada in 1989, he has appeared as guest soloist with the Georgian Bay Symphony, Symphony Hamilton, Niagara Symphony, Cambridge Symphony, Etobicoke Symphony, Boris Brott Music Festival Orchestra, and the Gallery Players. Mr. Kalman is principal clarinetist with both the Niagara Symphony and Symphony on the Bay and maintains a busy schedule as a freelance clarinetist in Southern Ontario. In addition, he has taught Clarinet Performance Studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, is the current clarinet, saxophone and chamber music instructor at McMaster University in Hamilton, and is the conductor of the University Wind Ensemble at Brock University in St. Catharines, where he teaches the clarinet, saxophone and Woodwind Techniques Course, as well.

Admission: Free

Alexander Panizza


Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:30 pm


Acclaimed by the critique and the public alike, pianist ALEXANDER PANIZZA appears regularly in the Americas and Europe. Born in Toronto, he received his musical education in Canada, Argentina, France, Spain and England, completing a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music, in London. Among the main attributes of his artistic personality, his extraordinary mastery of pianistic sonorities, intensities and shades, his virtuosity and the scope of his repertoire stand out. He has performed as a soloist in recitals and with more than thirty orchestras in very important halls worldwide, including the Barbican Hall in London, Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, Amphitheater Richelieu at the Sorbonne, Pallas Theatre in Athens, Ciurlionis Museum in Lithuania, Teatro Nacional in Panama City and Herkulessaal in Munich. Among his memorable performances there were renderings of concerti by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann. He is also passionate about chamber music and participates in festivals such as Festival de los Siete Lagos (Argentina), Soesterberg Music Festival (Holland) and Long Island Mozart Festival. Alexander Panizza has recorded Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas (EMR), Alberto Ginastera’s complete piano compositions (Tradition), and works by Carlos Guastavino (Espacio Santafesino), Muzzio Clementi and David Winkler (Naxos, American composers series).

Admission: Free

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Daytime parking at McMaster University is available for a fee of $5.00 per hour to a maximum of $20.00 a day, Monday-Friday.

If driving, be sure to enter the University via Sterling Street. Once you have parked, proceed on foot to the new L.R. Wilson Building located across sterling street from the student center and directly in front of the Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL). Upon entering the building, proceed to the western most location to find the concert hall.