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Musical Promenade 4 Mini-Concerts
Aug 22, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – 4:10 pm
A Kid-Friendly Event
In our 2019 season, the Musical and Edible Promenade concert was the most talked about event of the festival. This year we present a simpler version, with no food pairings, but promise to delight you with a fun and eclectic musical stroll through Wellington. Come along for a surprise-filled afternoon.
Note: this event will involve walking and standing, some performances will be enjoyed while standing, comfortable shoes are recommended.
• Sue Hoeppner, flute
• Gregory Oh, piano
• Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, actor
• Ryan Davis, viola and electronics
Works performed (and locations) will be a surprise!
(Concert duration: 70 minutes)
Canadian flutist Susan Hoeppner is highly regarded for her deeply lyrical phrasing, dazzling virtuosity and a “no holds barred” approach in her performances. She is an established international soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and her appearances include numerous venues spanning the continents of North America, South America, throughout Europe, Japan and China.
Ms. Hoeppner has performed as guest soloist with numerous orchestras around the world and has been invited to perform at many Canadian Embassies including London, Belgrade, Tokyo, Mexico and has inspired renowned Canadian composers Christos Hatzis, Gary Kulesha among others to write pieces for her.
Susan is a JUNO nominee, Canada’s highest musical award. Her numerous recordings are available on labels including Marquis Classics, EMI, Centrediscs/Naxos and Grammophon BIS. Her recent “Canadian Flute Masterpieces” recording with pianist Lydia Wong was released on Centrediscs/Naxos as well as her newest chamber recording featuring works by Alice Ping Yee Ho, with pianist Lydia Wong and cellist Winona Zelenka released in 2018.
As a graduate of The Juilliard School, she has become an esteemed mentor. Ms. Hoeppner is a member of faculty at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School, The Taylor Academy for young gifted artists and the University of Toronto. Every summer she gives classes and performances at Le Domaine Forget in Québec, Canada and Campus Internazionale della Musica d’Arte (CIMA) in Italy.
Susan Hoeppner has been appointed a Wm.S.Haynes Artist by the world- renowned Boston-based flute company. As their Canadian Artist, she represents them in performances and masterclasses throughout the world.
Gregory Oh gained his notoriety as a “new music revolutionary” but his wandering of the genres has seen him appear in places from the Berlin C3 Fest at legendary techno club Berghain to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the Classical:NEXT opening night gala in Rotterdam to the Lincoln Centre in New York City. He is a big believer in celebrating the culture of today, whether by playing and conducting, collaborating on theatre productions or tackling big ideas and new media. His own projects include Halo Ballet™ – live music and dance within a networked game environment, and 21C Dido and Aeneas – a remix of Purcell’s opera that is “the kind of bracing, entertaining work that deserves a larger audience and a longer run” (NOW Magazine).
As a pianist, he was praised in the National Post for his “mesmerizing performance…intelligence and soul; imagination and insight. He revealed a visceral sense of tempo, excellent voicing, a wonderful pianistic palette, and a warm honest sound,” and lauded in the Toronto Star for “a superhuman interpretation of André Ristic’s keyboard-smashing avalanche of notes.” He has worked with many of our generation’s most distinguished composers, including Vinko Globokar, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, Unsuk Chin, Jörg Widmann, R. Murray Schafer, Kaija Saariaho, Toshio Hosokawa and Peter Eötvös.
He holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto, where he completed his studies with Marietta Orlov as the top graduating pianist, and the University of Michigan, where he worked with Martin Katz.
He spends his spare time trying to fix his bike and watching bad television
Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster comes from Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and is currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She performs regularly in theatre, musical theatre, tv, film and voiceover. She is currently the assistant artistic director at Tarragon Theatre and a former resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company. Courtney is also an arts educator, and has taught with Sheridan College, RCM’s Learning Through The Arts Program, Soulpepper Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Shaw Festival, and is a former Director’s Lab Facilitator with Paprika Theatre Festival. Courtney is a graduate of the Soulpepper Academy, UBC’s BFA Acting program, and of the Citadel/Banff Professional Theatre Program.
Courtney is a founding member of The Howland Company, and in 2014, she took on her first directorial role as co-director of The Howland Company’s sold out Fringe Festival hit, “52 Pick-Up”. The production was acclaimed by critics and audiences, named ‘Best of the Fringe’ and was remounted for a sold out run in 2015. In 2018, she directed the Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre hit production of “The Wolves” which receive the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Ensemble, the MyEntertainment Award for Best Productions, and two Dora nominations, including a win for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role.
Hailed as a “lovely violist” (The WholeNote magazine), Ryan Davis is swiftly emerging as a sought-after artist in orchestral, chamber music and solo performances. Born in Canberra, Australia, but raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Davis is currently based in Toronto. Some recent performance highlights include an appearance on Toronto Raptors star Serge Ibaka’s Instagram show How Talented Are You?, and a featured performance of Christos Hatzis’s The Mega4 Meta4 as part of 21C Music Festival at The Royal Conservatory of Music. He had a solo concerto debut with Prairie Virtuosi in January 2016, and was chosen as the principal violist of the Colburn Orchestra’s 2018 tour to Scotland and Ireland. Mr. Davis was also selected by the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra as their principal violist for the 2017 summer festival. He has performed as the principal violist of the Colburn Orchestra, and has concertized with the Colburn Chamber Music Society on multiple occasions. Mr. Davis has been fortunate to collaborate in chamber music performances with many world-renowned musicians, including Martin Beaver, Jonathan Crow, Steven Dann, Roberto Diaz, Mark Fewer, Matt Haimovitz, Joel Link, Anthony Marwood, Johannes Moser, Eric Nowlin, Erika Raum, Wolfgang Redik, Lara St. John, and Axel Strauss. He has performed in master classes and at summer academies for Atar Arad, Roberto Diaz, James Dunham, Eric Nowlin, Jean Sulem, Mate Szucs, Antoine Tamestit, and Roger Tapping. Festivals include the Banff Center for the Arts, Orford Arts Center, McGill International String Quartet Academy, Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, and the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Ryan is an innovative performer under the moniker Radia, fusing elements of classical, folk, electronic, and hip-hop music with a loop pedal. His passion for community engagement has led to working closely with Street Symphony, focused within the Skid Row neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Along with trombonist Jared Dickerson and violinist Simone Porter, he created the media co-op The Upnote (www.theupnote.com), a platform and podcast focused on exploration for artists in an ever-changing music industry. Ryan graduated as an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Paul Coletti in 2019. He completed a Master of Music degree in 2016 at the Yale School of Music as a student of Ettore Causa, and in 2014 completed a Bachelor of Music degree at McGill University, graduating with “Outstanding Achievement in Viola” as a scholarship student of Andre Roy. Under the guidance of Steven Dann and Barry Shiffman, Ryan is the first violist to be selected as a Rebanks Fellow, in the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program in Toronto.