Watson, Durie, Lim: Flutes
Darren Creech, piano
Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25/ $10 (Cash only at the door)
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There is something so hypnotic about all that shines and glitters. The refraction of light as it bounces off multi-faceted objects is both fascinating and seductive. This concert, presented in two very different halves, juxtaposes a short and shiny set of music for many flutes with a multidisciplinary solo piano set par Darren Creech.
Flutists Katherine Watson, Tristan Durie, and Terry Lim will be performing works by American Composer Steve Reich, Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia, and Canadian flutist and composer Robert Aitken.
Pianist Darren Creech will then take the stage performing his show entitled Resilience, featuring works by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Janacek, Scriabin, Chopin, Prokofiev, and Ginastera.
This unique dual concert experience is one not to be missed.
An innovative artist, queer classical pianist Darren Creech “shows his belief in a new potential for the classical concert stage” (CBC Music), and his playing has been heralded as “remarkably fresh and enticing” (Musical Toronto) and “full of ease, very convincing” (Yannick Nézet- Séguin). Engaging his audience through an emotional and immersive combination of queer theatre, captivating costumes, and glittery hair, he was the Keynote Performer at McGill University’s Music Graduate Symposium and was awarded the Best Artist Prize at Toronto’s Nuit Rose.
His multidisciplinary approach to the classical stage subverts expectations and takes his diverse audiences on an emotional journey. His unique solo performances have been described as “both unexpected and unforgettable” (Throbbing Rose Collective), as Darren designs the lighting, composes poetic interludes and styles his many wardrobe changes. As a collaborative artist and performer, he has worked with visual artist Erwin Olaf, accompanying “Waiting,” a film installation with a live piano score at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, as well as with FAWN Chamber Creative as pianist and co-creator of three new opéra-ballets.
Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past half-decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017). Most recently, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken, working with the composition studio to workshop and premier several new Canadian compositions along with TORQ percussion quartet and the Iris string ensemble.
In the past year, Katherine has been performing with the Toronto Winds and is the newest member of Charm of Finches, Toronto’s own professional flute quintet. She also regularly plays for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children's Chorus, and Fawn Opera.
This winter, Katherine performed with Continuum Ensemble’s Continuum in the Classroom project with the Toronto District School Board, as well as performing as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum. She also presented a concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble and premiered her own composition for solo flute, Supermoon 2015, at Array Space.
In May 2016 Katherine participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.
Tristan has performed in masterclasses for many world-renowned flautists including, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, Mathieu Dufour, Lorna McGhee, Robert Aitken and Robert Langevin. He is the grateful recipient of the 2014 and 2015 Arthur Plettner Graduate Fellowships, the 2010 James Craig Opera Orchestra Award as well as a CBC Radio Canada Galaxy Award.
He holds both a Bachelors & Masters of Music Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied flute with Leslie Newman & Douglas Stewart, and composition with Prof. Norbert Palej. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Flute Performance.
Described as “imaginative and magical”, Terry Lim is multifaceted flutist for musical risk taking and brilliant artistry. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with an international soloist, Lorna McGhee, at the University of British Columbia and completed his Master of Music degree at New York University with a renowned flutist, Bradley Garner. Terry was also a former faculty member at the UBC Summer Music Institute and New York University. Terry has performed in various music festivals and concert series across North America, including Ottawa International Chamberfest, Stratford Summer Music, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Banff Centre, Redshift Society, Music on Main, New Music Edmonton and Pierre Monteux. He also has been heard on the radio and in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Asia, performing at the Chan Center, Kimmel Center, Carnegia Hall, DiMenna Center, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall.
As an energetic proponent for chamber and contemporary music, Terry has created a dynamic force in the music world highly regarded for his music concerts of various styles and genres. He has worked closely with numerous composers and has given several world premieres. Terry is also a member of Toronto-based Ensembles, Thin Edge New Music Collective and Charm of Finches. Besides performing, he maintains a private flute studio, delivering weekly solo and chamber music lessons, adjudicates festivals across Canada and appears as guest speaker in university classroom and festival panels.
This is concert #568 at Gallery 345