The Early Music Studio of Saint John proudly presents Saint John's 2015 Baroque Festival!? Check out the exciting schedule and meet the talented performers below. For more information, visit: www.earlymusicstudio.ca
The Academy of Saint John
The Academy of Saint John, a string ensemble of local performers playing modern instruments with baroque bows, was formed in 2014 to act as a chamber orchestra for the Saint John Early Music Festival. It is making its d?but at the 2015 Festival. The ensemble?s members are Katherine Moller and Ali Leonard (violins), Stephen Mott (viola), Katie Bestvater (violoncello) and Tim Blackmore (harpsichord).
Hok Kwan graduated in 1989 from Guildhall School of Music in London. He has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist with various orchestras around the world since the age of 12. He was violin instructor of Chinese University of Hong Kong, is the visiting violin/viola instructor of Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and operates his own teaching studio in Saint John, NB. A former principal of Symphony New Brunswick and Saint John String Quartet, Hok is currently the Concertmaster of Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, as well as a founding member and Concertmaster of Musica Viva New Brunswick Orchestra. He has also been guest conductor of Nova Sinfonia, Halifax, NS, and also Music Director and Conductor of Alto Mare Orchestra and Chorus in Saint John, NB. His most recent concert tour included solo and duo performances in Oxford, England and Los Angeles, USA.
A native of Fredericton, Jonathan Addleman holds a Bachelors and a Masters in harpsichord from McGill University. He is much in demand as an accompanist and soloist, performing with ensembles such as Ensemble Da Capo, Toronto?s Aradia Ensemble and I Furiosi. In a duo with his wife, violinist Sari Tsuji, he has a recital series in Fredericton and Montreal, presenting varied programmes. He is the harpsichord technician at Concordia University, and tunes and maintains instruments for organizations such as CAMMAC, the Montreal Baroque Festival and Ensemble Arion.
Sari Tsuji currently performs with some of Canada?s leading period music orchestras, including Arion Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, Aradia Ensemble, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Also in demand as a chamber musician, Sari is one half of RedOwl and one quarter of the Onslow String Quartet. She has recorded for the early-music.com, ATMA, Analekta, and NAXOS labels, and for broadcast on CBC national radio. Sari began studying the violin in her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She holds degrees in violin and early music performance from McGill University.
La Tour Baroque Duo
The La Tour Baroque Duo has performed?throughout eastern Canada in major centres such as Toronto, Montreal, Paris, London?and New York receiving accolades such as ?exquisitely played? and ?spellbinding? from critics and audiences alike. Their three CDs Les caract?res de la danse (2011), The Last Time I Came O?er the Moor (2012) and Music at the Time of Louisbourg (2013) have received critical acclaim in Canada and abroad. In 2013 the Duo were Musicians-in-Residence at the Fortress of Louisbourg as part of Louisbourg?s 300th anniversary.
Tim Blackmore is a graduate the Montreal Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Guildhall School of Music in London. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Saint John Early Music Festival and the Early Music Studio of Saint John.
Michel Cardin has gained?international recognition as a teacher, performer, musicologist and producer.? A graduate of the Montreal Conservatoire, he is Professor?of Guitar and Lute at the University of Moncton and has received numerous awards for his artistic accomplishments.
Many have noticed the new sign on the corner of King and Germain Street, but perhaps few understand the significance. ?
The Business Resource Centre, located at 40 King Street, as well as the connected buildings below were built post great fire, and were known at that time as the ‘Commercial Block.’ ?The corner building, 40 King, was a very important communications centre, housing CPR Telegraphs, the Canadian Pacific’s Central Telegraph office. ?This was where the transmission of all telegraphs took place, a very important communications transmission hub of the day. ?It is interesting to see the parallel in this space being a vital nerve centre in the past, as it is today…home to various business support and growth organizations.
In effort to recognize this important piece of history, this new sign was erected on the corner of the building. ?’Central Telegraph’ is clear, knowing this piece of history. ?However, if you look closely, three of the letters stand out, as a somewhat cryptic and fun hint of another connection, the CPR.
Below are a couple pictures of the building as CPR Telegraphs, and as a cornerstone of ‘The Commercial Block’ on King Street.