Friday, 17 July 2015 20:22

Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Toronto-born pianist Stewart Goodyear makes his home in Philadelphia (he is, after all, a graduate of the Curtis Institute) but he's coming back to Ontario, to play J.S. Bach's monumental keyboard solo work - The Goldberg Variations. That work is now a standard in the repertoire primarily because of another Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould. Goodyear will perform at the Westben Arts Festival located on County Road 30 just outside of Cambellford, Ontario, Sunday July 19 at 2 p.m.

The Westben Arts Festival has a vibrant summer musical lineup, including Analekta recording artist Valerie Milot, harp, and her life partner, Antoine Bareil, violin, who bring an intimate evening of favorite classics to "The Barn" 6698 County Road 30 North in Campbellford, Ontario, Thursday, July 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.  The couple recently spoke to WNED.

The Roycroft Chamber Music Festival wraps up this weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13, with both concerts at 8 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in East Aurora. Friday's concert includes the exciting Mozart G minor Piano Quartet and Stravinsky's "A Soldier's Tale" with seven BPO musicians. Saturday night features music by Schubert, Debussy, and Dvorak. Once again, guest cellist Michelle Djokic spoke with WNED.

Nickel City Opera presents Mozart's ever popular "The Marriage of Figaro" with Metropolitan Opera Baritone Valerian Ruminski as Figaro and soprano Amy Grable as Susannah, the object of not just Figaro's affection but, unfortunately, also Count Almaviva's! This puts the plot into motion and along the way we hear some gorgeous music, including the "Sull'Aria" made famous in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption." Sung in Italian with English supertitles there are two performances at the Riviera Theatre: Friday, June 26th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 28th at 2:30pm.  Amy Grable spoke with WNED.

 There is more variety at the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival concerts than you usually get because on any given evening you have three different groups/formations/styles performing, but this year one consistent factor is cellist  Michelle Djokic who appears on all four nights (Saturday June 6th at 8pm, Sunday June 7th at 7pm and next week as well) at St. Matthias Episcopal Church at the corner of Maple and Main in East Aurora. Michelle spoke with WNED about two of the more unusual works, one for four cellos and one work that is actually video game music

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