It was great and rather exciting to be back in Toronto to play acting principal bassoon. I played one performance of Rigoletto with no rehearsal and it was a blast from the past as I was a member of the Canadian Opera Company from 1989-93. It is nice to work with old friends and hear the orchestra as I sat in the middle of the pit. It is always a nostalgic feeling to return to orchestra life for a brief moment in time.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences.
The NYO Canada residency will begin on June 17, 2018, and will finish in mid-August. As in previous years, our Summer Institute will take place at Wilfrid Laurier University.
For more than fifty years, NYO Canada has enjoyed an iconic reputation as Canada’s orchestral finishing school, providing the most comprehensive and in-depth training program available to our country’s best young classical musicians.
Praetorius/Dean: Selections from “Dance Suite No. 2
from ‘Terpsichore’” (arranged for brass quintet) Crespo: Suite americana No. 1 for brass quintet (1977)
Schubert: Octet in F Major for winds and strings, D.803 Brass Quintet
John Rommel, trumpet
Joey Tartell, trumpet
Jeff Nelsen, horn
Carl Lenthe, trombone
Daniel Perantoni, tuba
Wind & String Octet
Eli Eban, clarinet
Kathleen McLean, bassoon
Jeffrey Nelsen, horn
Grigory Kalinovsky, violin
Mia Laity, violin
Atar Arad, viola
Peter Stumpf, cello
Kurt Murocki, double bass
This performance will include a premiere of bassoon concerto “Perpetuate Transmigration” by Cheil Meijering. After the performance there will be lecture about the several bassoon concertos written for Kathleen McLean in 2016 and 2017.