2019 Leith Summer Festival

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Date: Series Starts on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm
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Concert #1

Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.         




Combine the superb mezzo-soprano voice of Krisztina Szabo with the collaborative artistry of pianist Robert Kortgaard, add an eclectic program of songs from opera and the classical repertoire . . et voila,‘AMOR, Magic for a Summer’s Evening.’

Krisztina Szabo made her Berlin debut this season singing George Benjamin’s opera, ‘Into the Little Hill’ with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; appeared with Tafelmusik in both ‘Steffani’: ‘Drama & Devotion’ and Handel’s ‘Messiah’; made her St. Louis Symphony debut in Handel’s Messiah and her ‘Early Music’ Seattle debut in Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater.’ She was featured soloist with the NAC Orchestra, Ottawa, for the world premiere of Ian Cusson’s ‘Where There’s A Wall’, and was featured soloist for Pax Christi Chorale’s world premiere performance of Miziwe (Everywhere) by Barbara Croall. She also performed the Canadian premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera, ‘The Raven’, for the New Music Festival at the University of Toronto. Next season, she will appear as Gertrude in‘Hansel und Gretel’ with the Canadian Opera Company, makes debuts with the Vancouver Symphony (Mozart Requiem), Cleveland Symphony (Mozart C Minor Mass), and Portland Baroque Orchestra (Handel;s Messiah), and will return to Music of the Baroque, Chicago (Bach B minor Mass), Early Music Vancouver (Handel’s Messiah) and Tafelmusik (St. John Passion). Ms. Szabo has been nominated twice for a Dora Award for Outstanding Female Performance for her work with the Canadian Opera Company and with the Tapestry Opera. She is a member of the Voice Faculty at the University of Toronto.

Concert #2

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.




ANGELA PARK has established herself as one of Canada*s most sought-after pianists. Praised for her ‘stunningly beautiful pianism’, ‘beautiful tone and sensitivity’, and for performing ‘with such brilliant clarity it took your breath away’, Angela’s versatility as both soloist and chamber musician has led to performances across Canada, and in the United States, Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has performed for such notable series as the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Parry Sound’s ‘Festival of the Sound’, Debut Atlantic and Prairie Debut Tours, Orchestra London Canada, Stratford Symphony, and the Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico. She is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Made In Canada. In 2010 Angela earned her DMA in Performance from the Université de Montréal, and previously received her MMus and BMus degrees from the University of Toronto. From 2011-2014, Angela was Visiting Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano-Woodwinds at the renowned Indiana University’s ‘Jacobs School of Music.’ She has been at Western University with Ensemble Made In Canada since 2014, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.

Violinist ANDREA TYNIEC has created a versatile performance career as a soloist and as a collaborator with dance and theatre; and is recognized as a promoter of contemporary music, particularly of Canadian new works. Acclaimed for her ‘exceptional musicality and intensity’, she has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as l’Orchestre Metropolitain de Montrėal, the Niagara Symphony, the Calgary Symphony; and in Europe with the Munchener Kammerorchester (Germany), I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), and the Akbank Chamber Orchestra (Turkey). Andrea brings her passion to create new Canadian music to the theatre, dance and film worlds. She is the 1st Prize winner of Italy’s Postacchini International Violin Competition in 2008, performed her Debut recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 2009, and has performed extensively internationally and in the USA. She is a graduate Fellow of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Concert #3

Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 2:30  p.m.  



Rebekah Wolkstein, violin, voice Drew Jurecka, bandoneon, Robert Horvath, piano Joseph Phillips, double bass

Founded in 2013, Payadora has quickly become one of Toronto’s most vibrant and sought-after acts. Payadora performs an expansive repertoire of original compositions and their own arrangements of Argentinean Folk Music and Tango. Their broad scope in tango draws from the height of Buenos Aires’ Tango tradition, including compositions by De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, and Salgan, to the masterful, contemporary sounds of Astor Piazzolla and beyond. Drawing from eclectic backgrounds in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Eastern European folk music, and improvisation, Payadora’s performances exude technical virtuosity, playful spontaneity, and rhythmic vitality.

Their recordings are played regularly on Jazz FM*s Cafe Latino and Classical 96.3. The Argentinean Consulate recently made a video in support of Payadora showcasing interviews and live videos from Payadora’s concerts. In addition, Payadora is the featured ensemble in the 2019 documentary ‘The Sounds of Canada: Argentina.’ Highlights from Payadora’s past performances include sold-out shows at the Ottawa Chamberfest, Indian River Music Festival in PEI, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Festival, the Lula Lounge, the Jazz Bistro, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and for the Canadian Opera Company’s World Music Series at the Four Seasons Centre. Payadora has been featured with the London Symphonia, Cathedral Bluffs Symphony and the Hannaford Street Silver Band. Upcoming concerts include performances at the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Stratford Summer Music Festival, Leith Festival in Owen Sound, Music in the Morning in Vancouver and the Vancouver Island Music Festival.

Concert #4

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.