Rigoletto Performance at Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts

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.

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Rigoletto Canadian Opera Company Toronto

Read about Rigoletto Performance at Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts

February 21st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Four Seasons Centre

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.


2018 National Youth Orchestra of Canada

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.

Sundays in Auer – “Mostly Schubert” – Faculty/Student Chamber Music Recital

Sunday, November 5, 2017
4:00 pm
Auer Hall

Faculty/Student Chamber Music Recital

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

Photos of my travels

Over the years I’ve collected lots of wonderful memories of concerts, travel abroad, and spending time with other outstanding musicians. I thought I would share some of the with you:

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Premiere Concert Performance – IDRS Conference – Lawrence University

IDRS Conference 2017

Location: Lawrence Memorial Chapel – 510 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911
Time: 3:30pm on April 24th, 2017

IDRS Conference 2017

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.

Master Class and Recital – Bassoon Days @ University of Northern Iowa – April 7th and 8th

kathleen-mclean-bassoonist-northern-iowaJoin us at the Master Class and Recital for Bassoon Days @ the University of Northern Iowa – April 7th and 8th

April 7th and 8th, 2017
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, 9am
Second Annual UNI Reed Day
Featuring guest bassoon artist Kathleen McLean.