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Canadian Artists Series

Young Artists’ Recital

Friday, February 12, 2016
7:30 pm

Kristian Del Cantro - Classical guitar

Kristian Del Cantero, 17 years old, has been studying the guitar for the past 7 years. His performance Engagements have taken him across Canada to many different venues and he has won numerous local and international competitions.
In 2008, Kristian started studying the guitar under the tutelage of Patrick Feely, Guitar Professor at McMaster University and Artistic Director of the Guitar Society of Brantford. Kristian excelled at the instrument, and in 2009 he participated in his first music festival. Since then, Kristian has received over 25 first place awards from music competitions around Ontario and Quebec. In 2011, Kristian received a gold medal for the highest mark for Grade 4 guitar in Ontario and Quebec. At the provincial level, Kristian placed 2nd in the OMFA guitar competition in 2013 for grade 7 guitar. On an international level, Kristian placed 3rd in the Buffalo International Youth Guitar Competition in 2014. Recently, in April 2015, Kristian received 1st prize at the Prestigious Guitare Montréal Youth Guitar Competition.
Many noteworthy events have marked the past few months in Kristian Del Cantero's career. He often performs for the Guitar Society of Brantford and Guitar Society of Toronto and through these concerts he has had the pleasure of playing in concerts with Marko Feri (Slovenia), Rovshan Mamedkuliev (Russia), Anton Baranov (Russia), Thibault Garcia (France), Celso Macado (South America), and Solo Duo (Italy). He has been invited to perform in concerts for the Guitar Montréal Society, and the Brantford Music Club. In spring 2015, Kristian played the famous Vivaldi Guitar Concerto with the Guitar Society of Brantford Orchestra.
This Year, Kristian is studying in the Senior Guitar Core Program at the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. Kristian continues to perform and study guitar, participating in master classes with world-class guitarists.

Rondeau de Concert, op. 12 - Napoléon Coste (1805-1883)
Asturias - Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909)
Étude No. 8 - Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Étude No.2 - Heitor Villa-Lobos
Libra Sonatine: Fuoco - Roland Dyens (1955 - )

Sarah Ferrell - soprano

Soprano, Sarah Ferrell, is 17 years old and currently completing her last year of studies at St. John’s College, in Brantford. Sarah began developing her singing ability, formally, under the tutelage of Monique Coretti, owner of Bella Voce Studio. Ms. Coretti has been the centre of inspiration, practice, and growth in Sarah’s pursuit of vocal studies, since Sarah began. Sarah has, over the years, enjoyed participating in the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival and, in 2015, was the recipient of the Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival Trophy. She is looking forward to participating again in the upcoming Kiwanis Competition this spring.
In addition to singing, Sarah has enjoyed acting in musicals such as My Fair Lady, and most recently played the leading role of Maria in the St. John’s College production of West Side Story (2015). Sarah also enjoyed script writing for The Brantford Theatre Workshop Company, singing in her school’s Worship Band, and performing as a soloist for special assemblies and ceremonies in her community. Above all else, the young singer is most overjoyed to share her talent, whenever she is able to volunteer a performance, at the Convent for Retired Sisters, in Waterdown.
As her final year of high school draws to its end, and the transition to university approaches, Sarah aims to fill this year with many musical successes that shall remain in her memory forever.

Ah! Je veux vivre from the opera Roméo et Juliette - Charles Gounod (1818-1893)
Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 (accompanied by Kristian Del Cantero) - Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Pie Jesu from Requiem - Gabriel Fauré, (1845-1924)
Fair Robin I Love from Tartuffe - Kirke Mechem (1925 - )
Un moto di gioia from the opera Le Nozze Di Figaro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (1756-1791)
Après un rêve - Gabriel Fauré
I Feel Pretty from the musical West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Collaborative pianist: Amy Hall

Elyse Varney - violin

Like many Suzuki violin students, Elyse began playing at a young age with the late Julie Ann Hartburg and with Virginia Little of the Brantford Suzuki String School. She currently studies in Kitchener -Waterloo with Marcus Scholtes, Violin Instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Elyse is a high school student in the Integrated Arts Program at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener.
Elyse was a soloist in April 2015 with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Orchestra and previously with the Little String Orchestra in Brantford.
She is an engaged participant in music festivals, where she regularly wins accolades from adjudicators. Elyse is the winner of the Brantford Kiwanis Dr. Grant Honeyman Memorial Trophy 2015. She has been promoted to the Provincials for the past three years. At the Provincials, she earned a 2nd place in grade 7 and a 1st place in grade 8.
Elyse and pianist Jisca Wichers have been collaborating for the past three years. Jisca is completing her Masters in Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Nigun from Baal Shem - Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959)
Spiegel im Spiegel - Arvo Pärt (1930 - )
Prelude No. 2 transcribed for violin by Jascha Heifetz - George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Praeludium and Allegro - Fritz Kriesler (1875 – 1962)

Collaborative Pianist: Jisca Wichers

Paris District High School Concert Band - under the direction of Roger Winter

The Paris District High School Concert Band is made up of students in grades 10 through 12, with most of the students in the band beginning their study on their instrument in grade 9. The band regularly attends music competitions placing 1st in the 2014 Brantford Kiwanis Music Festival and earning a silver rating at the 2015 London MusicFest competition. In addition to the annual Christmas Spring Concerts, the PDHS band also performs for seniors at Telfer Place and at the annual Springtime in Paris celebration.

Roger Winter has been a music teacher with the Grand Erie District School Board for 9 years. He started his teaching career at Brantford Collegiate Institute where he taught for 4.5 years continuing the tradition of excellent music education at the school. In 2011, he left BCI to take a position as the Paris District High School Department Head of the Arts, which is his current position. In his 5 years at PDHS, the music program has flourished. At PDHS, he directs the Senior Band, the Junior Band and the Jazz Band. Prior to his career in teaching, Roger studied music at McMaster University where he earned a Bachelor of Music with honours. He later received his Bachelor of Education from Western with distinction. While at McMaster, Roger studied trumpet with Greg Bush and Tim White. He is actively involved in music at his church and he enjoys performing the trumpet casually as opportunities arise. Roger resides in Brant County with his lovely and patient wife along with their four children.

    The Talisman - Kevin Kaisershot
    Portrait of an Old Country Town - Rob Grice
    Rocky Mountain Lullaby - Christiaan Venter
    Last Ride of the Pony Express - David Shaffer