The London Connection" on January 10 was sensational/. Congratulations to all the musicians; Ian Franklin, Mary Beth Brown, Sharon Wei, Jeremy Hake, Ron George, and Joshua Grunmann for a wonderful performance. The Orchestra London members and the audience appreciated the dedication to good music in London.
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 8 P.M. Wolf Performance Hall.
Six Musical Artists well known to London audiences will play a variety of music suited to various instrumental combinations by Britten, Reineke, Loeffler and Mozart.
Ian Franklin, oboe, appointed principal oboe with the Victoria symphony at age 17, he then moved to the Regina Symphony and then Orchestra London. As a soloist he has played with many orchestras, as well as recitalist, and member of wind ensembles such as the Aeolian Winds with whom he has recorded. Franklin taught at the National Music Camp of Canada, the Nova Scotia Youth Symphony, and served as a mentor for the National Academy Orchestra. He is currently oboe instructor at Western University.
Mary Beth Brown, violin, has served as concertmaster under many prominent conductors including Alain Trudel of Orchestra London. She is currently concertmaster of the Juno-winning chamber orchestra Sinfonia Toronto. She has toured in Europe, Asia, North and South America, taught widely and helped organize the El Sistema program in London. Ms. Brown is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Montreal.
Sharon Wei, viola, is a graduate of Western University. She was on the faculty at Stanford University prior to joining the Western faculty . Ms. Wei also has performed as principal violist with many orchestras. As a recitalist she performs in Europe and North America and is a founding member of the Made in Canada Quartet.
Jeremy Hake, cello, A graduate of Stony Brook University, Jeremy has performed with several North American orchestras, participated in master classes and at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festiva. Prior to joining Orchestra London, Jeremy was Assistant Principal Cello of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Josh Grunmann, piano, has performed on the Serenata stage for many years as an accompanist, soloist and chamber musician.As well as his performances on the Serenata Music series, he has played 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.
Ron George, French horn. Principal horn with Orchestra London since 1979, member of the faculty at Western University, he has played with many orchestras such as the Canadian Opera Company, National Arts Centre, and others, and toured with the Calgary Philharmonic and Opera Atelier. His chamber music playing includes the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and the Westben Arts Festival
In view of the current situation affecting Orchestra London, Serenata Music wishes to offer Orchestra London ticket holders the opportunity to continue to hear good music. Bring your Orchestra London ticket and we will give you a Serenata Music ticket for half price for one of our remaining two concerts.