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Mar. 25: Glorious Winds - Soloists

MAR 21 2017 • MSO TEAM • CONCERTS • IN THE NEWS

Paul Weston: Guest Conductor | Arnold: English Dances No. 2

A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Paul arrived in Canada in 2005.  Since then, he has performed across the country with a wide variety of orchestras and bands as an instrumentalist, director and conductor.  Paul began making music at the age of seven.  When he was 16, Paul joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a winds and string player.  His 26 year career took him to over 50 countries and included three years on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in support of the Royal Family and British overseas trade interests.  

Carol Ann Savage: Flute | Hue: Fantasie for Flute

Flautist Carol Ann Savage began her flute studies in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, continuing her education at the University of Toronto and the Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany. She has toured in Germany, Belgium and Canada as soloist with the Cologne Chamber Ensemble. Ms. Savage founded and was Artistic Director for the innovative chamber concert series Music Umbrella for 15 years. During those years, Music Umbrella presented music by more than 150 different composers, including 20 world or Canadian premiere performances.  She has done broadcast concerts for CBC, CJRT and WGBH (Boston), as well as recordings for Naxos Records. Carol is a member of the Mendelssohn Choir Orchestra, the Elora Festival Orchestra, and is principal flute of the Mississauga Symphony. She has enjoyed being a member of the orchestra for more than 25 years.  She is also the flute instructor for both Havergal College and Upper Canada College. Recently, Carol has been exploring the possibilities of colour and light in her own glass making  studio.  

Ondrej Golais: Bassoon | Dolin: Isometric Variables

Ondrej began his musical training with violin lessons in the former Czechoslovakia, continuing to do so while living some years in Germany. After immigrating to Canada as a teenager, he took up the bassoon, eventually studying at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. His interest in period instrument performance has led Ondrej to participate twice in the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute. As a freelance bassoonist, Ondrej has performed with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London Canada, Talisker Players, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Opera, Saskatoon Symphony, and the Royal Canadian Artillery Band at CFB Namao. On period instruments, Ondrej has performed with Nota Bene Orchestra in Kitchener and with the Aradia Ensemble in Toronto with whom he appears on their Naxos recording of Samuel Arnold's opera Polly. Ondrej is currently the full-time Assistant Music Librarian at the Canadian Opera Company, and is in his 9th season as principal bassoon of the Mississauga Symphony.

Colin Savage: Clarinet | Busoni: Concertino for Clarinet

On recorder and historical clarinets, Colin has toured Japan and performed several times in the Royal Opera House at Versailles with Opera Atelier, and worked with Artek, New York Collegium, Tafelmusik, Canadian Opera Company, la Nouvele Sinfonie, Aradia, Apollo’s Fire, Les Boréades and the Toronto Consort. Colin appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the American Virtuosi for their collaboration with the Jose Limon Dance Company in Concerto Six Twenty-two in Washington D.C.
  Colin particularly enjoys playing bass clarinet with the Arctic fusion band Ensemble Polaris, whose recordings of Nordic/Canadian/Mediterranean genre-bending music have received international critical acclaim. Polaris has delighted audiences across Canada, and has just released From Iceland to the Moon, a DVD of historical and modern silent films with the band’s musical accompaniments. Colin is regularly heard on CBC Radio, and has recorded for Sony Classical, EBS, Naxos, Atma, Analekta and Dorian.

Colin's interest in analog photographic processes finds him in well-lit and very dark places; his images of abandoned spaces, shot with a vintage twin lens reflex camera, are included in the book Modern Canadian Interiors.  A solo exhibition of his work will be mounted at Toronto’s Alliance Française in April 2018.