MUSIC FOR THE PAUSE - A weekly online concert series
Fridays, 7:30PM PST - July 3 to September 11
Early Music Society of the Islands, Victoria Baroque, EMV: Pacific Baroque Series, and Christ Church Cathedral are proud to co-present Music for the Pause, an exciting new online concert series created by violinist Chloe Kim. Premiering on Friday, July 3 at 7:30PM PST, this series includes 11 unique programmes that will be released weekly until September 11, featuring baroque chamber works on period instruments.
This initiative features a roster of a dozen almost exclusively Victoria-based artists. While access to the concerts is free, viewers are encouraged to donate to the project. All proceeds will go directly to paying the artists whose incomes have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
WHERE TO STREAM:
July 3 - September 11
Every Friday, 7:30PM PST
Program No. 1
July 3, 7:30PM – Violin Virtuosi
Chloe Kim, Christi Meyers, Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, Kathryn Wiebe
Telemann Concerto No. 1 in G Major for Four Violins
Guillemain Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 5 No. 1 in A minor
Leclair Sonata for 2 Violins Op. 3 No. 3 in C major
Guignon Les Sauvages, Op. 8
Telemann Concerto No. 3 in C Major for Four Violins
Program No. 2
July 10, 7:30PM – Virtuoses de Paris
Soile Stratkauskas, Jeanne Lamon, Christina Mahler, Christina Hutten
Marin Marais Pieces en Trio Suite No.1
Telemann Paris Quartet Sonata No.2
Hotteterre Brunette 'Vous qui faite votre modelle' for solo flute
Leclair Deuxième Récréation de Musique
Program No. 3
July 17, 7:30PM – Mad Italians
Chloe Kim, Mark McDonald
Corelli Opus V Sonata No. 3 in C Major
Frescobaldi Toccata 1 for solo keyboard
Vivaldi Violin Sonata in G minor, RV 26
Scarlatti Sonata in D major, K. 23 and Sonata in A Major, K. 24
Corelli Opus V Sonata No. 12 in D Minor "Follia"
Program No. 4
July 24, 7:30PM – Birds, Beasts, and Fantasies
Soile Stratkauskas, Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, and guests
Telemann Fantasia for solo flute No.1
Telemann Gulliver's Suite for two violins
Hotteterre Air de M. De Bousset & Echos for solo flute
Rebel 'Bird Suite' from Les Élémens
Biber Sonata Representativa
Program No. 5
July 31, 7:30PM – Stylus Fantasticus
Jeanne Lamon, Chloe Kim, Christina Mahler, Christina Hutten
Schmelzer Sonate a 2 in F Major For 2 Violins and Continuo
Buxtehude Sonata No. 3 G Minor for violin and continuo
Schmelzer Sonata Quarta in D Major
Buxtehude Sonata a 3 in G Major, BuxWV 271
Chloe Kim, Artistic Director:
Currently based Who-Knows-Where, Canadian violinist Chloe Kim makes frequent appearances with organizations such as Early Music Vancouver, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the American Bach Soloists. As the recipient of numerous awards including the 2020 Mercury-Juilliard Fellowship, Juilliard Historical Performance Fellowship, and the 2016 Early Music America Scholarship, Chloe was most recently nominated for the prestigious Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
Chloe has been privileged to share the stage in both principal and soloist capacities with international figures such as Rachel Podger, Pablo Heras-Casado, Richard Egarr, and Nicholas McGegan. Her most memorable engagements include an all-women Vivaldi tour led by inspirational violinist, Monica Huggett, as well as two recent trips to France for collaborations with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Last summer, Chloe served as concertmaster of Juilliard415 for several sold-out productions of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, led by Avi Stein in London and the Versailles Royal Opera.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, season highlights would have included touring as concertmaster with Juilliard415 and Nic McGegan for performances of Handel's Rinaldo in New York, Germany, and the Netherlands as well as a UK tour with Richard Egarr and Philharmonia.
Chloe is excited to present Music for the Pause, an online chamber music series cosponsored by multiple organizations and produced in beautiful Victoria, BC. She is deeply grateful for the West Coast colleagues that she considers family and is especially indebted to her mentors, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Robert Mealy, and Heilwig von Königslöw.
Tyler Doknjas, baroque violin
Campbell River native, Tyson Doknjas, is an active freelance violinist and private teacher in Victoria. He is a member of the Victoria Symphony and performs with various groups on Vancouver Island, including Pacific Opera Victoria, Victoria Baroque, Pacific Baroque Festival, and Aventa Ensemble.
He studied violin performance at the University of Victoria with Sharon Stanis of the Lafayette String Quartet. Tyson has participated in various orchestral programs across the country, including the National Academy Orchestra in Hamilton, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, and Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Powell River.
In addition to playing in various orchestral ensembles, Tyson performs concerts with his wife, co-member of Sombrio Duo, for those isolated from the arts community with the help of the Health Arts Society.
As an avid music educator, Tyson worked as a string mentor through the University of Victoria where he worked at grade schools across the greater Victoria region. He also was a coach for the Sooke String Academy as well as a teacher for the Harmony Project in Sooke, B.C. On multiple occasions, he has also served as a string sectional coach for the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. Tyson enjoys adjudicating at various music festivals, including: the performing arts festivals in Kamloops, Cowichan Valley, the North Island, and Campbell River.
When he is not performing, Tyson enjoys hiking around Vancouver Island with his family. Finding giant trees and secret swimming holes are a large part of his summer activities.
Christina Hutten, harpsichord
My childhood was full of music- CBC radio, my mother playing the organ, the extended family singing hymns in harmony. As we grew, piano practice time for my siblings and me required careful scheduling to ensure everyone had their chance. I gravitated towards playing organ and harpsichord in university, enthralled by the pleasures of ensemble playing and stimulated by the intersection of historical research and live performance. Eventually, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts allowed me to study in Europe on marvelous ancient instruments, which seemed to resonate not only with music but with the richness of centuries of memory.
Jeanne Lamon, baroque violin
Jeanne Lamon served as Music Director of Tafelmusik from 1981 to 2014. She is now Tafelmusik’s Music Director Emerita. During her tenure as director, Tafelmusik evolved into one of the world’s preeminent baroque orchestras. For this work, Ms. Lamon has received numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from York University, Mount Saint Vincent University and the University of Toronto. In 2000 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2014, a Member of the Order of Ontario. Ms. Lamon guest directs orchestras across Canada and is a passionate teacher of young professionals. She recently moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where she continues to work as a violinist and director. She is also pursuing different interests, both musical and otherwise, and is looking forward to spending more time outdoors in the fresh ocean air.
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith, baroque violin
Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith grew up in Nanaimo, BC playing the violin from the age of 5 as a student of Heilwig von Königslöw (and as an irritating younger "studio sibling" to Aisslinn Nosky). After completing studies in both Toronto and California on the modern violin, in the summer of 2007 Elyssa participated in the Tafelmusik Summer Baroque Institute where she fell in love with the baroque violin and forever changed the direction of her career. Throughout the next decade of freelancing in Toronto with many groups on both modern and baroque violin, Elyssa will most cherish everything that she learned playing with her baroque mentors in the Aradia Baroque Ensemble and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Since moving back to her island roots to settle in Victoria, BC in 2016, Elyssa has been welcomed by her new west coast colleagues and could not be happier to be playing with Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
In addition to performing, Elyssa has always been an enthusiastic and passionate educator and has been involved in teaching, coaching and program development for over 15 years. She is the co-owner of Silver Bow Studio in Esquimalt with colleague Heather Bowness and has been invited to join the Victoria Conservatory of Music as the coordinator of the Junior Strings Summer Academies. When not teaching or playing concerts (which is pretty frequent these days!), Elyssa is trying to learn more about gardening and cooking with 5 and 3 year old helpers Isla and Matty. She is also always coming up with new ways to bribe herself to do more yoga and running. In the middle of all this, a warm thank you goes out to her own younger "studio sibling" Chloe Kim who has put in the incredible energy to organize what we can all collectively enjoy during this time... some music for the pause.
Paul Luchkow, baroque violin
Paul Luchkow is a versatile violinist and violist whose activities cover the range of music from the 17th Century to the present day, on modern and period instruments. A regular feature of Western Canada’s Early Music scene, Paul is a long-time member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and appears frequently in concerts for Early Music Vancouver. On Vancouver Island, he performs regularly with Victoria Baroque Players, Victoria Symphony, the Early Music Society of the Islands, as well as at Victoria's Pacific Baroque Festival.
A highlight of recent years has been his work with fortepianist Michael Jarvis and their exploration of Classical and Romantic sonata repertoire on period instruments. Their latest recording - Trios for violin, viola da gamba, and fortepiano by Tommaso Giordani with the British gambist, Sam Stadlen, was released on the Marquis Classics label in the Fall of 2020.
As a recording engineer for 15 years Paul has made concert and CD recordings for many of the important small and medium sized ensembles on Canada’s west coast, including Redshift Music Society (Jordan Nobles 2017 JUNO winning Classical Composition of the Year), Emily Carr String Quartet, Victoria Baroque Players, the Luchkow-Jarvis Duo, and the Luchkow Stadlen Jarvis Trio.
Christina Mahler, cello
Dutch cellist Christina Mahler immigrated to Canada in 1981 to serve as principal cellist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra, a position she held until June of 2019. Reviews often praise her rich sound, energetic playing, and insightful musicianship. Christina has played and recorded numerous concertos with Tafelmusik, including works by Boccherini, Haydn, Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach, and Leonardo Leo. She is very fortunate to own a beautiful baroque cello made by José Contreras, the “Stradivarius” of Spain. Christina is a very devoted and gifted teacher, and students have come from around the world to study with her, not only through the Tafelmusik Summer and Winter Institutes, but also at the University of Toronto and in her private studio. After 38 years as principal cellist of Tafelmusik, Christina has moved to Victoria where she is focusing on chamber music, teaching and pursuing her hobbies, such as pottery.
Mark McDonald, organ
Mark McDonald is an organist, harpsichordist, and choral director based in British Columbia, Canada. Recognized as a gifted soloist and collaborator, he has participated in several international organ competitions including the Musashino-Tokyo (2017) and the Arp Schnitger (3rd prize, 2014) and notable collaborations include performances and recordings with Cirque du Soleil and NYO Canada. He holds degrees and diplomas in organ and harpsichord performance from McGill University, Queen’s University and the HFK Bremen notably studying with David Cameron, Hans Davidsson, Hans-Ola Ericsson, Hank Knox and Harald Vogel. His doctoral thesis on the avant-garde composer Bengt Hambraeus, which explored and revised the organ registrations in Hambraeus’ landmark composition Livre d’orgue (1981), was published in 2017.
Spending many of his formative years as a musician in Montreal, Mark has held positions at the Church of St. James the Apostle, Christ Church Cathedral, St. James United Church and Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom and he recently moved to the west coast to take up the role of Assistant Director of Music at Victoria’s Christ Church Cathedral. As a conductor, he has served as interim artistic director of One Equall Musick choral collective and he founded and directed the Compline Choir at Dio, a choral training initiative at the Montreal Diocesan Theological College.
Christi Meyers, baroque violin
Christi Meyers vividly remembers the day her Mom asked her whether she'd like to take cello or violin lessons as a gift for her 5th birthday. She grew up in the small northern Alberta city of Grande Prairie, as the eldest of 3 kids who all played string instruments and who were schooled in large part by her Mom, an accomplished pianist and teacher. Her childhood was full of music, but also years of ballet training, choirs and voice instruction, a little musical theatre, and lots of time in the great outdoors. She pursued university training in Victoria, Montreal, and London, ON, and after freelancing in Vancouver for several years, she joined the Victoria Symphony as Assistant Concertmaster in 2001, a position she continues to hold.
Baroque violin was something Christi dabbled in during her schooling, but she credits her sister, Chloe Meyers, for encouraging her further exploration of baroque performance practice, initially as a way they could arrange cross country visits with each other! It is the Victoria Baroque Players and Pacific Baroque orchestra that have fostered continued growth in this style and she loves the variety of musical opportunities in her life. While the pandemic has put many of these activities on ice for the time being, she is excited to be part of this pivot to online concerts and is so happy to be making music with friends again. When not playing the violin, she is often in her kitchen or on her bicycle, and does adore family life with her husband, two teenage kids, and one big ginger cat with an attitude.
Mieka Michaux, baroque viola
Mieka Michaux spent her youth playing multiple instruments: violin, viola and cello. She also spent many hours in sweaty gyms concentrating on the sport of volleyball. Many of her summer days were occupied with beach or grass volleyball tournaments. She eventually received a double entrance scholarship to attend the University of Victoria in music and volleyball. You may be asking yourself; why did she choose to focus on music and being a violist as a career? No, it was not a volleyball injury. It was her overall passion for all styles of music. Her Masters degree in performance from Rice University led to her obtaining a
position with the Victoria Symphony and forming the Emily Carr String Quartet. In period performance practise, she found a love for experimenting with bow articulations that match the nuances of the human voice with groups such as Victoria Baroque and Pacific Baroque Orchestra. When she isn’t involved in rehearsals or performances, she is with her family, hiking with her son, creating handmade items such as jewellery and enjoying the results of her husband’s cooking.
Katrina Russell, dulcian/baroque bassoon
As a teenager, I was captivated by the sound of the Baroque bassoon - a discovery made by chance through the purchase of a recording of solo sonatas by Michel Corrette. I tried for months to re-create the mellow yet exciting sound I heard on the recording, unaware that the modern multi-keyed instrument I was trying to coax the same sound from, was a completely different instrument to the one I could hear on the recording. The revelation came from my teacher at UVic who explained that if I wanted to sound like a Baroque bassoon then I would need to play a Baroque bassoon! That revelation was to be the beginning of a musical journey that has taken me to many parts of the world - study in Boston USA, and many years of residence in the UK, with extensive travel and touring around the globe. Gradually my interest in historical instruments and the inherent requirements of performance of different eras of music on the appropriate instruments has led to an increasing collection of bassoons ranging from the Renaissance dulcian, to the modern bassoon. The fascination of the different sound qualities still exists for me, coaxing the right sound out of the right instrument for the appropriate era of music is an ongoing challenge that continues to inspire me.
Soile Stratkauskas, baroque flute
Soile discovered the flute at age 12, and already as a teenager was active performing with various groups and organising concerts in her local community in Eastern Finland. Soile's music studies took her to the UK, first to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, followed by the Royal Academy of Music in London. Never entirely satisfied by the aesthetics of the modern metal flute, Soile found herself most at home with the wooden flutes and the repertoire of the 18th century. Whilst in the UK Soile performed and toured with many period instrument ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and her own chamber ensemble, the Four Temperaments. Soile moved to Victoria, BC, in 2010 with her husband David, and quickly sought opportunities for music making in the Vancouver Island community. In 2011 Soile founded Victoria Baroque, a local early music ensemble and series, that has since grown to be an integral part of the Victoria music scene with its concerts and outreach projects. Soile is a member of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, flute teacher for the EMV Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program, and the artistic director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music Summer Baroque Instrumental Academy. Like with all musicians, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an interruption on Soile's regular concert activities, and she is hoping that through this crisis we might discover and develop new and ever more meaningful ways of connecting through music and the arts.
Kathryn Wiebe, baroque violin
Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Kathryn is an active & versatile freelance violinist and educator on Vancouver Island. Her passionate and intuitive musicianship has brought her the opportunity to perform with distinguished ensembles around Canada and the USA. Currently, she performs with the Victoria Symphony, Victoria Baroque Players, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, and Sidney Classical Orchestra.
She was born into a musical family, with both parents educators and string performers, and has many fond early childhood memories of tagging along to with her father, professional cellist and conductor, at his Windsor Symphony rehearsals. She studied at the University of Toronto and University of Michigan under the tutelage of Yehonatan Berick as a merit scholar. Over the years, she has brought her talent various music festivals, including the Vancouver Bach Festival, Berwick Academy at the Oregon Bach Festival, Brott Music Festival, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute, Domaine Forget, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and Interlochen Centre for the Arts.
As a busy entrepreneur, Kathryn is the owner, creative director, and avid arranger of Cascadia Quartet & ensembles, a highly sought-after, award-winning professional event music company, as well as a concert quartet, providing live music from Victoria to Whistler and everywhere in between. Kathryn can also be heard on the album, “La riche canadienne: The Music of Elinor Dunsmuir”, an exciting project which premieres a collection of post-romantic, recently-unearthed chamber works by the fascinating Canadian composer.