Tuesdays at 4:30 pm

All concerts free, with an offering collected. 

WINTER CYCLE 2016

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February 2, 4:30 pm - Trafalgar Trio (Joan Blackman, violin; Marlena Tureski, cello; Talisa Blackman, piano)

February 9, 4:30 pm - Ian Whitman, double bass;   Marcus Scholtes, piano

February 16, 4:30 pm - Charm of Finches Flute Quintet

February 23, 4:30 pm - Andrew Chung, violin; Ben Bolt-Martin, cello; Catherine Robertson, piano

March 1, 4:30 pm - Azuline Duo (Sara Traficante, flute; Emma Rush, guitar)

March 8, 4:30 pm - The Thin Edge New Music Collective (Cheryl Duvall, piano; Anthony Thompson, clarinet; Ilana Waniuk, violin)


ABOUT GUELPH CONNECTIONS CONCERTS

 

“Your chamber music connection to fine musicians,
connecting with each other – and you – through music.”

 

Guelph Connections Concerts is a unique initiative, held in Guelph but serving the broader region. Now beginning its fifth season it has gained huge popularity in the community. Most of the scheduled musicians of this series are already recognized in Toronto, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, London, and also nationally and internationally. Others are now positioned to burst into the spotlight giving our audience the opportunity to hear them at this threshold.

This concert series of fine chamber musicians offers, free of charge, short one hour late afternoon programs featuring various combinations of duos, trios, quartets and more. Some of the groups are well established with noteworthy reputations, others are now building their stellar careers, and still others are professional musicians who simply want to play with each other for the thrill of exploring new repertoire or revisiting old favourites. All the concerts are accessible, classical repertoire. The audience will quickly realize their own vital role in bringing a live performance to life!

What makes the Guelph Connections Concerts different is the three cycles of five concerts each – Fall, Winter and Spring – held at a late afternoon time (4:30 pm) to accommodate a relaxing end of the workday or the beginning of an evening out. The short 60 minute format makes these concerts accessible to busy lives. Positive feedback includes seniors who appreciate not having to drive late at night and audience members being able to drop in after work to a relaxing performance before heading home to busy family schedules. An unexpected delightful bonus is how the series has been able to welcome parents with young children who are not yet ready to take on a full evening concert but have been thrilled by the exposure to live, classical music. The concerts are casual, not at all stuffy and all are warmly welcomed. Thanks to the free-will donations and the support of patrons these concerts are free and always will be free. The musicians want to ensure that anyone and everyone who desires can be up close and personal to the live music experience.

The Guelph Connections Concerts are produced by Artistic Director Marlena Tureski, an accomplished professional cellist. St. George’s Anglican Church is proud to open the doors of its stunning facility to host these concerts. We look forward to welcoming you this season!

ABOUT THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Marlena Tureski, a native of Saskatchewan, began her professional studies at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with James Hunter in 1977, at the same time playing with the Victoria Symphony, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, and studying with Zara Nelsova in Victoria and Vancouver Master Classes and at the Banff Centre. Other Master Class studies include those with Janos Starker, Leonard Rose and Harvey Shapiro. Marlena Tureski joined the Vancouver Symphony as a tenured member in 1981, and continued playing with the VSO in various positions for over 25 years. Most recently she has been a freelance cellist in Chicago, concentrating on chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Lyric Opera. She has also been a regular freelance cellist with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Throughout her career of symphonic and chamber music, and many solo performances, Marlena Tureski has continued to inspire private students of all ages, coaching orchestral sections and audition repertoire for aspiring young professionals. At present Marlena Tureski has a private cello studio in Guelph and is Cello Sessional Professor at the University of Guelph. Marlena Tureski is also a freelance cellist in Ontario including the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, and in Toronto, and is the Artistic Director of both the Guelph Connections Concerts and the St. George Chamber Players and performs as cellist of the Trafalgar Trio.