Join us on select evenings throughout the summer for an intimate classical concert and conversation series.
Eric Friesen hosts this intimate concert and conversation series featuring world-renowned classical musicians. Friesen is an internationally renowned music writer and past host of the long-running CBC Radio series “Studio Sparks.” Friesen makes the evening an engaging and enlightening experience as he speaks with the artists about their experiences and their relationship with classical music.
Picture yourself with a glass of local summer wine, listening to your favourite music, as the sun goes down over the St. Lawrence River. Our waterfront setting means extraordinary views from the deck. This world-class experience is is only a short drive from Kingston or Brockville, and an easy distance from Ottawa.
GRYPHON TRIO: Monday, July 16 – 7:30 pm
This season, the Gryphon Trio celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary. Over the years, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic, and memorable performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. Honours include two Juno Awards for Classical Album of the Year, and the prestigious 2013 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts.
“I have known and worked with Annalee, Roman and Jamie for 20 years now and so admire them for their virtuosity, their innovative programming sense and the life force that emanates from all three of them,” says Eric Friesen.
BRYAN EPPERSON, Cellist: Monday, July 30 – 7:30 pm
One of Canada’s most charismatic chamber musicians, Bryan Epperson is principal cellist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and, during the summer, the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, as well as a regular performer at the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Chamber Festival. Collaborations include performances with such legendary musicians as David and Igor Oistrakh, Christian Ferras, and Tibor Varga. Bryan is a founding member of the string trio Triskelion, the Cambridge Chamber Players, and the ARC Ensemble (Artists of The Royal Conservatory). In addition, he has recorded on the Naxos and Musica Viva labels and has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, CBC, and RCA Red Seal.
“I consider Bryan Epperson one of the great artists of our time, and a Falstaffian character that charges our musical experience with high spiritual and sensual voltage! Never, ever boring!” says Eric Friesen.
STEWART GOODYEAR: Monday, August 13 – 7:30 pm
Proclaimed “a phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times and “one of the best pianists of his generation” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stewart Goodyear is an accomplished young pianist as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and composer. Mr. Goodyear has performed with major orchestras of the world , including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His discography includes Beethoven’s Complete Piano Sonatas, which received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Solo Recording. His Rachmaninov recording received a Juno nomination for Best Classical Album for Soloist and Large Ensemble Accompaniment.
“Stewart is an amazing artist with a prodigious talent on his instrument, and also the soul and chops of a composer that informs how he electrifies the standard repertoire,” says Eric Friesen.
JAN LISIECKI, Pianist: Sunday, August 26 – 7:30 pm
At just age 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age. He made his debut in the main auditorium at New York’s Carnegie Hall in January 2016. In its rave review, the New York Times noted that it was an “uncommonly sensitive performance”. Other significant performances included subscription series debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and multiple tours, including with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Jan also performs concertos leading from the piano, with ensembles such as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg. In 2013 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and was also named as Gramophone magazine’s Young Artist of the Year.
“Jan is one of the miracles of classical music: a young man with fingers of an angel, the brain of a mathematician and the heart of a generous friend. All of that infuses his music-making, as his legion of fans all over the world know,” says Eric Friesen.