It prompted remarks such as these:
“The music and the performance were spectacular. It was a real treat to see and hear the new talent perform as well as the seasoned professionals.
“It was truly remarkable!”
“We appreciate your enormous contribution to the classical music culture in London.”
“Kudos to Serenata Music for some of the loveliest, (most) imaginative musical evenings in this city.”
“The Trout swam through sparkling water.”
“A fabulous evening indeed!”

Kudos to Scott St. John for organizing the music and leading the rehearsals with the musicians. To Angela Park, Joe Philliips, Katie McBean, Fiona Robson, and Scott, thank you for an exhilarating evening, inspired by Schubert.

Special Concert

Serenata Music is pleased to announce a special concert with our old friend, the young, virtuoso Canadian pianist, Anastasia Rizikov. This event will take place on Friday, April 27, at 8:00 p.m., Room 242, in the New Music Building, Don Wright Faculty of Music. Anastasia has graced our stage several times - her performances are always spectacular and memorable. SEATING IS LIMITED for this concert. Tickets are now available at , or from Serenata Music,, or calling 519-433-8332.



Thursday, March 1, 7 P.M. Aeolian Hall, Western Jazz Ensemble.
Saturday, March 3rd, 7:30 p.m., Dundas St. Centre United Church. Fanshawe Chorus. Johannes Brahms "A German Requiem"
Sunday, March 4, 2 P.M., A.B. Lucas SS, London Concert Band, Spotlight on Youth. Patrick Smithers, trumpet.
Monday, March 5, 8 P.M., von Kuster Hall, UWO. Western Early Music Studio with members of Tafelmusik.
Tuesday, March 6, 7P.M. Aeolian hall. Clark Bryan, piano. Debussy Part 2.
Saturday, March 10, 2018. 8pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Jeffrey Concerts. Rolston String Quartet, Arthur Rowe, piano
Saturday,m March 10, 7:30 P.M. New St. James Presbyterian Church. Western Les Choristes, EVA, and Ottawa's Cantiamo Girls Choir.
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 P.M. Talbot St. Church, London Symphonia Chamber Music, Love and War.
Saturday, March 17, 8 P.M., Wolf Performance Hall, Serenata Music presents The London Connection 3, an all Schubert program with Scott St. John, violin, Katie McBean, viola, Fiona Robson, cello, Joe Phillips, double bass, and Angela Park, piano.
March 22 to March 28, Various locations. Kiwanis Music Festival.
Thursday, March 22, 8 P.M. Paul Davenport Theatre. Western Jazz Ensemble
Friday, March 23rd 7:30pm, St. Luke's Anglican Church.
Majesterra Soloists with flautist Sharon Kahan
Saturday, March 24, 2 P.M. Paul Davenport Theatre, Western Symphony Orchestra.
Sat. March 24, 7:30 P.M., Metropolitan United Church. London Symphonia, Cameron Crozman, Cello.
Saturday, March 24, 8 P.M. Karen Scheussler Singers. Silver Screen.
Monday, March 26, 8 P.M., von Kuster Hall, UWO. Western Early Music Studio.
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 P.M. Firs St. Andrews United Church, Western Choirs.
Wednesday, March 28, 12:30, 8 P.M. Paul Davenport Theatre, Western Percussion Ensemble.
(See the whole season on the Special News column on the right)

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Saturday, October 21, 2017,
8 P.M. David Jalbert, piano.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 8 P.M. The Clarion Quartet.

Saturday, February 24, 2018,
8 P.M. Tom Allen, CBC broadcaster (Shift, CBC Radio 2) and Musical Storyteller, and Lori Gemmell, harp.

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8 P.M. The London Connection 3 - An all Schubert program with Scott St. John, violin, Katie McBean, viola, Fiona Robson, cello, Joe Phillips, double bass, and Angela Park, piano.

Friday, April 27, 8 P.M. Don Wright Faculty of Music, New Music Building, Room 242. Anastasia Rizikov, piano.
SEATING IS LIMITED for this concert.

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Charles Neidich
Charles Neidich (U.S.A.) Hailed by the New Yorker as "a master of his instrument and beyond a clarinetist”, Charles Neidich has been described as one of the most mesmerizing musicians performing before the public today. He regularly appears as a soloist and as collaborator in chamber music programs with leading ensembles including the Saint Louis Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, I Musici di Montreal, Tafelmusik, Handel/Haydn Society, Royal Philharmonic, Deutsches Philharmonic, MDR Symphony, Yomiuri Symphony, National Symphony of Taiwan, and the Juilliard, Guarneri, Brentano, American, Mendelssohn, Carmina, Colorado, and Cavani String Quartets.

Mr. Neidich has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, and is a sought after participant at many summer festivals such as the Marlboro and Sarasota festivals in the USA, the Orford and Domaines Forget festivals in Canada, BBC Proms in England, Festival Consonances and Pontivy in France, Corsi Internazionali di Perfezionamento in Italy, Kuhmo, Crusell Week, Turku, and Korsholm festivals in Finland, the Apeldoorn Festival in Holland, Music from Moritzburg in Germany, the Kirishima and Lilia summer festivals in Japan, and the Beijing Festival in China.

When Charles Neidich began studying clarinet with his father, Irving Neidich at the age of 7, he had already started piano lessons with his mother, Litsa Gania Neidich. He continued studying both instruments, but the clarinet gradually won out, and he went at the age of 17 to continue studying with the noted clarinet teacher, Leon Russianoff. After 4 years at Yale University where he majored in Anthropology, Charles Neidich went to the Moscow State Conservatory as the first recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in the Soviet Union. He studied in Moscow for 3 years as a student of the clarinetist, Boris Dikov, and the pianist, Kirill Vinogradov.

Known as a leading exponent of period instrument performance practice (he is the founder of the noted period instrument wind ensemble, “Mozzafiato”.) Charles Neidich was one of the first soloists to improvise cadenzas and ornament classical concertos. He has performed his restoration of the Mozart Concerto throughout the world both on modern and period instruments. Mr. Neidich has been influential in restoring original versions of works and bringing them before the public. A list of the clarinet classics he has restored to their original form includes works as diverse as the previously mentioned Mozart Concerto, Concerti of Weber and Copland, the Soireest cke of Robert Schumann and the Andante and Allegro of Ernest Chausson.

Mr. Neidich is also an ardent exponent of new music and has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Edison Denisov, Helmut Lachenmann, William Schuman, Ralph Shapey, Joan Tower, Katia Tchemberdji, Vasilii Lobanov and others. He has championed John Corigliano's Concerto, performing it throughout the United States notably with the Syracuse and Jacksonville Symphonies in performances many have called definitive.

His recordings are available on the Sony Classical, Sony Vivarte, Deutsche Grammophon, Musicmasters, Hyperion, and Bridge labels. For Aaron Copland's centennial, he released the world premiere recording of his reconstruction of the original version of Copland's Clarinet Concerto with “I Musici di Montreal” for the Chandos label. Mr. Neidich has turned his attention in a serious way to conducting, and has appeared with the Avanti chamber Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki, at the B'stad Festivalin Sweden, the Kirishima Festival in Japan, with the New World and the San Diego Symphonies (in a triple role of conductor, soloist, and composer), and in Bulgaria with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic.

Very active in education, Charles Neidich is on the faculties of the Juilliard School, Queens College of the City University of New York, the Manhattan School, and the Mannes College of Music, and has held visiting positions at the Sibelius Academy in Finland, the Yale School of Music, and Michigan State University. He is in demand for master classes around the world and for innovative lecture concerts he has devised such as "Old is New: how playing old music on period instruments is like playing new music on modern instruments," and "Craft and Drama: how understanding how Brahms composed makes for a more compelling performance."

With his wife, Ayako Oshima, he has published a book on the basics of clarinet technique for the Japanese publisher, TOA Ongaku inc. Last Spring, Charles Neidich was the recipient of the William Schuman Award given by the Juilliard School for outstanding performance and scholarship.