Students at high
levels of music study have a unique problem, in that many of them cannot
complete their work alone. Pianists are the lucky ones, because they need
no one else when they play, but singers or violinists need an experienced
and versatile accompanist in order to truly learn and perform their repertoire.
Concordias unique Advanced Music Performance Studies program attracts
very fine emerging musicians. They come to apprentice with some of Montreals
best-known performers and teachers Eleonora and Yuli Turovsky,
Gregory Chaverdian, Lauretta Altman, Claude Richard, Hélène
Gagné, Liselyn Adams, Valerie Kinslow and Beverly McGuire. Unfortunately,
due to serious budget cuts, the cost of accompanists is now being borne
by the students themselves.
Liselyn Adams, the director of the program, has decided to take matters
into her own hands. She will present three concerts during this academic
year, performing with other faculty members to benefit the diploma students.
The musicians are donating their services, and all the proceeds will go
towards providing experienced accompanists to work with these wonderful
In the first concert on November 19, flautist Liselyn Adams will be joined
by cellist Hélène Gagné and pianist Pamela Reimer
in a program that includes a delightful trio by Jean Françaix,
written near the end of his life in 1997. This piece is full of good humour,
rhythmic twists and turns, and Françaixs memorable melodies.
The trio will also perform Denis Gougeons suite privée
an intimate conversation for three and Norman Dello Joios
energetic and powerful trio. The delicious Epitaphe pour Jean Harlow
by Charles Koechlin will complete the program with a bow to the heyday
of Hollywood beauties. The concert will be punctuated by useful tidbits
of information about the composers and the pieces.
Two more concerts will follow on January 28 and March 11. Students in
the Diploma program who will be enjoying the help generated by these benefit
events can be heard November 23, December 16 and 17, and on many occasions
through the end of April and into early May. Check the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall schedule on the Web or the Back Page of CTR for details.