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Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts 2016/ 2017


**Please note, the Troy Milleker and Naomi Barron concert has been cancelled.


The Dundas Trio

Voice, Organ

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 12:30 p.m.


Dundas TrioTHE DUNDAS TRIO is made up of three musicians who call Dundas home: soprano Lara Housez, countertenor Fernando Lima, and organist John Laing. Lara Housez pursued music history at Western University, where she received BMus and MA degrees, and musicology at the Eastman School of Music, where she completed her PhD. Throughout her education, Lara has studied voice and sung in such choirs as the Elora Festival Singers and Hamilton Schola Cantorum. Lara teaches music history at McMaster. Fernando Lima was born in Argentina and moved to Spain. He completed his MA in performance at San Lorenzo del Escorial in Madrid and pursued doctoral studies at Trinity College of Music in London, where he also performed with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir. Fernando has toured internationally with several artists and recorded an album, Pasión, with EMI. Now in Dundas, Fernando teaches voice and martial arts. John Laing began to play the piano and compose music at a young age. He went to Cambridge University as an organ scholar and received BMus and MA degrees. After coming to Canada, he worked as an organist and conductor and founded The John Laing Singers. John has received many awards, including Order of Niagara from The Anglican Church of Canada, Musician of the Year from the City of Hamilton, Freedom of the City of London, UK, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award.

Admission: Free


Click here for a copy of The Dundas Trio Programme.


Richard Cunningham & James Renwick

Voice, Guitar

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
Throughout his long career, RICHARD CUNNINGHAM has travelled the world, performing as a countertenor soloist across Europe, America and Canada. He travels widely as a chorister, performing with the Elora Festival Singers, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, La Chappelle de Quebec, the Taverner Consort, Winchester Cathedral Choir and St George’s Chapel Choir of Windsor Castle. As a concert artist, Richard’s studies began with a Bachelor of Music at the University of Toronto with Lillian Weichel and Edgar Hanson. Recipient of three scholarships from the Canada Council, Richard traveled to England to study with Timothy Penrose and James Bowman, great practitioners of the countertenor’s art. Richard is also active as a conductor, working in Kitchener, Hamilton, Brantford and Toronto. As well as conducting the Grand River Chorus for the last thirteen years, Richard has taught courses in vocal methods and conducting at McMaster University, where he is one of the vocal teachers.
James RenwickJAMES RENWICK decided to pursue a career in music after he discovered the classical guitar while studying at McMaster under Patrick Feely. After receiving his Bachelor of Music, he achieved a Master’s Performance degree at the University of Toronto, studying with Jeffrey McFadden, and is now pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts. James has performed recitals in Toronto, Hamilton and Brantford and in masterclasses with guitarists Pavel Steidl, Ana Vidovic and Jérôme Ducharme. James is enthusiastic about collaborations with other instruments having performed with voice, cello, flute, orchestra and recently as an on-stage guitarist and singer in a production of the opera Paul Bunyan. James is passionate about singing with advanced choral groups. He looks forward to bringing these interests together this year, collaborating with Exultate Chamber Choir on a piece for choir and guitar.

Admission: Free

Click here for a copy of the Cunningham and Renwick Programme.


Kirk Starkey


Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 12:30 p.m.



KIRK STARKEY is an active recording cellist, recent work includes performances and arrangements on countless records including Glorious Sons, Ash and Bloom, Emma-Lee, Rehan Dalal, and Lou Rhodes (Lamb). Starkey has performed with Quartetto Gelato, Stephen Page, Justin Hines, Elsiane and Peter Gabriel.  A featured solo performer/composer at the International Cello Festival of Canada (Winnipeg 2011), Kirk was featured in a live solo performance broadcast on CBC’s The Signal.

In the role of Producer, Kirk specializes in recording on location in beautiful spaces and project management. He has albums released on Hidden Pony Records and Musica Omnia. His clients include in the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Twin Within, Valerie Tryon, Suzanne Shulman, Bud Roach, Capella Intima, Paul Marleyn, and Shoshana Telner. A frequent contributor to television programs, Kirk can be heard on X Company (CBC), Flashpoint (CTV), and Hannibal (NBC). His collaboration with Tonmeister and composers Daniel Dettwiler and Ramon de Marco (Basel, Switzerland) is in permanent installation in the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany.

Kirk performs on a newly restored Bohemian cello (c.1775) on generous loan from Hildegard Battista. “One of Canada’s most inventive Cellists today” CBC Radio 2

Admission: Free

Click here for a copy of the Kirk Starkey Programme.


Steve Cowan


Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 12:30 p.m.


Steve CowanSTEVE COWAN has firmly established himself as a compelling performer within the North American guitar scene. Top prizes in several competitions have led him to concert appearances throughout Canada and the United States, where he has been praised for his powerful sound, insightful interpretations, and unique repertoire choice. Concert programs often include pieces from a variety of eras, but Steve focuses primarily on new music. Commissioning young composers and presenting Canadian guitar works are driving forces in his musical life.

International awards include first prizes at Guitare Montréal, the Wilson Center Guitar Festival and Competition, and Boston GuitarFest. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Steve holds degrees from Memorial University, the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently pursuing Doctoral studies at McGill University in Montréal. His debut album, Pour guitare, was recorded with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and McGill University. The album features new music by exclusively Canadian composers and was released in Spring, 2016.

Admission: Free

Click here for a copy of the Steve Cowan Programme.


Rota & Martinu: 20th Century Trios Concert

Sonia Vizante, David Gerry, Shoshana Telner

Violin, Flute, Piano

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:30 p.m.


Sonia VizanteSONIA VIZANTE played with HPO for seventeen years as principal second violin and later, associate concertmaster. Her extensive orchestral and chamber music career includes concertmaster for Sir Ernest McMillan Ensemble, TOT, Amadeus Choir, just to name a few, playing with the TSO, Trio Vivant, Chamber Works, Shaw Festival, Boris Brott Academy Orchestra and many more. Besides being involved in many film and TV recordings her solos were featured on the Discovery and Learning Channels and in feature movies. Presently she is playing with NBOC, COC, Esprit orchestras, among many others. Her thirty five years career in teaching and coaching violin and chamber music includes McMaster SOTA and RUC.


David Gerry SMALL PHOTODAVID GERRY is currently on the faculty of the School of the Arts, McMaster University and is a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. Dr. Gerry received his Ph.D. from the School of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster, and also holds a M.Mus. and B.Mus. from the University of Toronto, an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a diploma from TERI in Japan where he studied with Shinichi Suzuki.  Recent appearances have included lecturing, playing and teaching in New Zealand, Japan, and Alaska.



ShoshanaTelnerDescribed as an “authentic musician with a sparkling technique” (Le Droit) and “full of fire and warmth” (the New York Times), Canadian pianist SHOSHANA TELNER has performed across Canada and abroad. She débuted as soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed with orchestras including the Québec Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Classical Orchestra, and the National Academy Orchestra. Shoshana received a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a Doctorate from McGill University. Her recordings include works by Colin Mack (2009), the six Bach Keyboard Partitas (2012), and the Grieg violin/piano sonatas with Jeremy Bell (2015).

Admission: Free

See the Rota and Martinu Programme here.


CANCELLED- Troy Milleker and Naomi Barron

Double Bass, Cello

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 12:30 p.m.

**Please note, the Troy Milleker and Naomi Barron concert has been cancelled.




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