MUSIC IS BACK IN LONDON AND ELSEWHERE

It is heartening to see that many local and regional musical groups are giving or planning concerts. Most of them have limited room for a live audiences, but simultaneous online streaming allows everyone to watch.
Please look at our Special News column for information on London area concerts.
Over the past year we have been meeting with the members of the Ontario Classical Music Association. Until recently we have all been reluctant to plan for concerts with a live audience. A few (Orillia, Sarnia, Newmarket, Cornwall) have announced beginning programming in February or March of 2022.
One of the sad moments was the announcement by the Welland-Port Colborne Concert Association that they will suspend plans for the time being. They have been producing concerts since 1947.

We all face the fact of an aging audience but hope that the prospect of live music will bring them and others back with enthusiasm.

SEE THE SPECIAL NEWS SECTION FOR CURRENT CONCERT ANNOUCEMENTS.
PLEASE CONTACT THE APPROPRIATE VENUE OR ORGANIZATION WEBSITE TO MAKE APPROPRIATE PLANS TO ATTEND OR WATCH ON LINE.

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All performances at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St. London at 8 P.M., Saturdays, or 3 P.M., Sundays unless otherwise noted.

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General Admission single ticket: $40
Student Admission single ticket: $20
Special Concerts:
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Student Admission: $25

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Student Admission single ticket: $20
Special Concerts:
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Student Admission: $25

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Special Concerts: $50/25
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Biographies

Bach and Beyond
Juilan Milkis, clarinet and Fiona Wu, piano
JULIAN MILKIS, Clarinet
A true “cross-over artist” and Benny Goodman’s only student, Julian Milkis is an internationally acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and jazz clarinetist. The Hamburg Abendblatt praised his “Beautiful sustaining sound and great virtuosity”; the Edmond Journal called his performance of the Nielson Clarinet Concerto a “triumph”, while Moscow’s Nezavisimaya Gazyeta wrote, “simply the best clarinetist in the world!”
Mr. Milkis has appeared on major world stages throughout the Far East, Europe, and the Americas: New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center; the Salles Pleyel and Gaveau, Paris; the Great Halls of the Moscow Conserv-atory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic; Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall and Weston Recital Hall; and the National Concert Hall in Taipei, among others.
He has been soloist with the Toronto Symphony, State Symphony Orchestra of Russia, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Novosibirsk Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, Hamburg Mozarteum, Edmonton Symphony, L'Orchestre Nationale de Lyon, L'Orchestre Symphonique Française, CBC Vancouver Orchestra, Divertissement Chamber Orchestra, Hermitage Chamber Orchestra, and Musica Viva.
Mr. Milkis has performed chamber music with Valery Afanasiev, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Causse, Alexander Kniazev, Misha Maisky, Alexander Rudin, the Borodin String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and the St. Peter's Trio. A participant in prominent music festivals in France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Turkey, New York, and Canada, Mr. Milkis has performed for radio and tele-vision broadcast throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Since 1991, he has performed regularly by invitation at Sviatoslav's Richter's December Evenings chamber music festival in Moscow.
A proponent of the jazz clarinet, as well, Mr. Milkis is dedicated to promoting today's music and expanding the clarinet repertoire. Works written for him include concertos by Moravetz, Petrova, Tishenko, Weinberg, and others. He has worked closely with Giya Kancheli and Olivier Messiaen.
Mr. Milkis has recorded for Warner Classics' Lontano, the French Suoni e Colori, Sony's Russian division CEAUX, Melodiya, and Russian Season.
As a full scholarship student at the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, Julian Milkis studied with Leon Russianoff. A Canadian citizen, he won the Canada Council and Floyd Chalmers awards for four consecutive years.Mr. Milkis holds a Masters Degree in Russian Literature from Norwich University, Vermont, and is keenly interested in all aspects of the fine arts.
http://www.julianmilkis.com/

FIONA WU, piano
Fiona was born in Toronto in 1993. She began studying piano at the age of 6, later studying and earning academic recognition with high honours at the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM). She began concertizing at the age of 12, when she became the student of Anna Gnatenko, previously an acclaimed professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Fiona remains to this day a top student and close friend of hers. At 16, she received her ARCT Piano Performance diploma with first class honours. In 2011, Fiona continued her musical studies with musical pedagogue Henri-Paul Sicsic at the University of Toronto.
As an active performer of choral music, Fiona is an alumnus of the Toronto Children's Chorus and is currently a member of the Women's Chamber Choir of the University of Toronto. Fiona regularly attends choral festivals in Canada and abroad.
Fiona Wu is a member of the RCM teacher's association and maintains a teaching studio in Toronto. Fiona Wu is an aspiring polyglot. She enjoys reading, travelling and conversation.