SARA DAVIS BUECHNER ENDS THE SERENATA MUSIC 2016-2017 SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE.
Sara's program of Mozart, Chopin, Ibert and Taku reinforced her reputation as a consummate artist who enjoys introducing audiences to less well known works. Her informal stage presence and spectacular performance was instantly accepted by an appreciative audience.
This past season has presented a wonderful array of music. We started with the trio of Scott St. John, violin, James Sommerville, French horn, and Peter Longworth, piano, who intoduced us to a new Canadian work by Vivian Fung. This was followed by bassist extraordinaire Joel Quarrington, who with Peter Longworth, piano, showed us the breadth of music to be made on the largest of the violin family. Then came sensational young Candian pianist Jan Lisiecki who wowed the audience with his musicality and intelligent interpretaions of many composers. The tribute to organ maker, Gabriel Kney, with organists Michael Bloss and Andrew Sinclair playing the Kney organ proved to be a musical treat as well as an emotional event. We complete the season with our good friend Sara Davis Buechner, who delighted our audience with her humour and pianistic wizardry.
We look forward to seeing you this Saturday as well as next fall when we present David Jalbert, and the Clarion Quartet . We will announce the winter-spring concerts shortly.

OUR 2016-17 SEASON is BELOW AS WELL AS A PREVIEW OF THE FALL 2017 SEASON.

LOTS OF EXCITING MUSIC IN MAY 2017 (See the whole season on the Special News column on the right)

Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:30 P.M. Aeolian Hall, The Rebel Heart Collective
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Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8 P.M. Wolf Performance Hall, Serenata Music presents Sara Davis Buechner, piano.
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Saturday, May 6 , 2017, 7:30 P.M. Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, Fanshawe Chorus, Allison Weibe Benstead, piano, Brassroots, Kobbler Jay, St. Mary's School Choir.
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Sunday, May 7, 3 P.M. Dundas Street Centre United Church, London Community Orchestra.
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Saturday, May 13, 8 P.M. Wolf Performance Hall, Jeffrey Concerts, Pacifica Quartet
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Saturday, May 13, First St. Andrew’s United Church, London Pro Musica, Proms.
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Saturday, May 27, Oakridge Presbyterian Church, Junior Amiable Singers and Amiable De Capo Choir.
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Please see our SPECIAL NEWS SECTION for details and tell your friends to look at our website for regular updates.


THE 2016-17 SERENATA MUSIC CONCERT SEASON

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8 P.M. 104 Regent St. Scott St. John, violin, James Sommerville, French horn, Peter Longworth, piano. Limited seating.

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 P.M., Wolf Hall. Joel Quarrington, double bass, Peter Longworth, piano.

Friday, February 17, 2017, 8 P.M.Wolf Hall. Jan Lisiecki, piano.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8 P.M., St.John the Evangelist Church, 280 St. James St. (at Wellington) A tribute to London Organ Maker Gabriel Kney, with Angus Sinclair and Michael Bloss playing the Kney organ.

Saturday, May 6, 2017, Wolf Hall, 8 P.M. Sara Davis Buechner, piano.

SERENATA MUSIC PREVIEW 2017-2018
Saturday, October 21, 2017, David Jalbert, piano.
Saturday, November 11, 2017, The Clarion Quartet.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Tom Allen, CBC broadcaster and Musical Storyteller, and Lori Gemmell, harp.
March-April, 2018 TBA.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8 P.M.


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Biographies

Banned Composers, Forbidden Music
MOSHE HAMMER, violin, WINONA ZELENKA, Cello, JOSHUA GRUNMANN, piano,
Serenata Music and the London Jewish Federation present
"Banned Composers, Forbidden Music", in memory of the 75th
anniversary of Kristallnacht.

MOSHE HAMMER, violin, WINONA ZELENKA, Cello, JOSHUA GRUNMANN, piano,
in program of Mendelsshon, Tyberg, Schulhoff, and Weinberg.

MOSHE HAMMER was born in Budapest March 29, 1946. His family moved to Israel where he studied with Ilona Feher, graduating in 1967 from the Rubin Academy of Music at the University of Tel-Aviv. He studied briefly in 1967 with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School, then 1968-9 with Jascha Heifetz in Los Angeles, where he participated in the chamber music concerts of Heifetz and the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. He studied 1969-70 with Yehudi Menuhin in London, and won a medal in 1970 at the Thibaud Competition in Paris. He became a Canadian in 1975. He has been associate concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, concertmaster of the Calgary Philharmonic a member of the Calgary-based piano trio One Third Ninth. He played in the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (as concertmaster and the Canadian Chamber Ensemble (as principal violin). In September 1984 he performed in China on a trip sponsored by the Government of Canada. He was a founding member of the Amadeus Ensemble, and became a member of Da Camera Ensemble. Beginning in 1997 Mr. Hammer was a member of the Galaxy Trio. In addition to ensemble work, he has been a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras in North America and Europe, and has been heard frequently on CBC radio broadcasts.
 Mr. Hammer taught 1980-2 at York University and has adjudicated at festivals and offered master classes at schools throughout Canada and Europe. In 2007 he founded the non-profit educational program The Hammer Band - From Violence to Violins. The program provides free violin lessons (including an instrument), weekly rehearsals, and performance opportunities to at-risk youth in Toronto's urban elementary schools. In its first year, the program accomodated 30 students in two schools, and by 2011 it had reached 300 students in 15 schools. The Hammer Band has been featured in concert with the Rotterdam Philharmonic at Roy Thomson Hall (February 2010) and has been profiled on TVOntario and CBC.

WINONA ZELENKA, born in Canada, is a graduate of the Toronto Royal Conservatory and of Indiana University, where she was a student of Vladimir Orloff, Janos Starker, and William Pleeth. She had her concerto debut at the age of 13 with the Calgary Philharmonic, and her solo debut at Carnegie Recital Hall at the age of 17. She began her professional career at the age of 22 as assistant principal cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and subsequently held third chair positions in the Halle Orchestra of Manchester and the National Ballet Orchestra in Toronto. She has also worked with the Radio Orchestra of Saarbrucken, the BBC Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic, the Canadian Opera Company, the Esprit Ensemble, and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. She has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 2001, currently as assistant principal cellist of the orchestra. Winona Zelenka is one of Canadaʼs finest cellists, known as a soloist, chamber musician and leading orchestral musician. In June 2010 she released her first CD set of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello, which she played on the “Starker Guarnerius” made in 1707, which has received international acclaim and in 2011 was nominated for a JUNO award in the category of solo/chamber music CD. With June 2012 came the release of her second CD, a collaboration with the celebrated pianist Connie Shih in French works for cello and piano. She has been a cello soloist on such notable film scores as Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” (2008), István Szabó’s “Being Julia” (2004), and the IMAX film “Under The Sea” (2009). Her films with Moving Head Productions include interviews for BOLD TV and a complete performance of the Cassadó Suite for Solo Cello, viewed by thousands on YouTube. Ms. Zelenka, a proponent of new music, performed the world premiere of “Invocation II’” for cello and orchestra (with Huronia Sinfonietta), a work written for her by Canadian composer Michael Pepa, as well as the world premiere in 2006 of Chris Paul Harman’s “Sonata for Solo Cello”, also written for her as an accompaniment to Bach’s Sixth Suite.

JOSHUA GRUNMANN. Born in London, Ontario, Grundmann graduated with a B.Music and a B.A. in French from Western University and a M.A. in music from the Université de Montreal where he held a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship. Based in London, Ontario and Toronto, Mr. Grunmann has established himself as a coach, accompanist and chamber music artist. He has performed in recital with a long list of Canada’s finest singers, including Nathalie Paulin, Mary Lou Fallis, Theodore Baerg, Gary Relyea, John Tessier and Anita Krause, Monica Whicher, and Russell Braun. He was the repetiteur for Orchestra London's presentation of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore in 2001 and a repetiteur at the Banff Centre in 2002 and 2003 for the Opera as Theatre Program and for the first Banff Centre production of the opera Filumena by John Estacio. He has also been a Faculty member at the Young Artist training program of Songfest, in California and in the state of Washington where he performed with violinist Maria Newman and soprano Juliana Gondek. He was on the faculty as the vocal coach/accompanist at Iowa State University's Music Department where he also served as music director for Opera Studio performance.
He has worked with living composers such as John Harbison, John Estacio and Dorothy Chang (for whom he premiered Songs of Wood and Water). His vocal accompanying repertoire ranges from early Elizabethan songs to contemporary songs based on fridge-magnet poetry. He is also an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with the Madawaska String Quartet in a performance of the Brahms F minor Piano Quintet. Other recent recitals have been with oboist Ian Franklin, with tenors Colin Ainsworth and Neal Banerjee as well as with Jonathan Sturm, concertmaster of the Des Moines Symphony. He has played live on the radio for KMZT in Los Angeles and National Public Radio in Iowa and has been heard on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. In 2006-07, he initiated a series, Larksong Recitals, in London, Ontario. Mr. Grunmann has performed numerous times on the Serenata Music series, as well as in New York on the Aaron Silberman Recital series at Baruch College, with Theodore Baerg, Monica Whicher, and clarinetist Charles Neidich, and at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto as soloist and with violinist Mary Elizabeth Brown.