Musical Friends – Sunday, December 4th at 2pm
The West Coast Chamber Players were founded by Lauren and Jim Stubbs, whose distinguished musical careers included principal roles with the Met Opera, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Opers Orchestra of New York. The West Coast Chamber Players are: Lauren Stubbs, bassoon; Jim Stubbs, trumpet; Karen Hough, horn; Anne McDougall, violin; and Bruce Vogt, piano.
Double Concerto — M. Lussier (1973-)
Piano, Bassoon, Trumpet
“A Simple Song”
“A Farewell Song”
Sonata V in F minor for Violin BWV 1018 — J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Violin, Bassoon, Trumpet
Duet from the Pearl Fishers — G.Bizet (1838-1875)
Flügelhorn, Horn, Piano
Summer Suite for Laurie and Jim Stubbs — A. Shawn (1948-) * World Premiere
Inward, plaintive, jazzy, agitated
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano Opus 44 — L. Berkeley (1903-1989)
Horn, Violin, Piano
- Tema con variazioni
“Fantasy on Blackbird” — P. McCartney (1942-) and J. Lennon (1940-1980), arranged by Scott MacInnes for West Coast Chamber Players
Lauren Stubbs (Bassoon)
Lauren Stubbs has had a long and distinguished career performing in New York City as Principal Bassoonist with the American Composers’ Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, PDQ Bach, the New Jersey Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet, Westchester Symphony, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and American Ballet Theatre. She also performed as Principal Bassoonist with the National Ballet of Canada for several years and has performed frequently with the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.
Lauren received both the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School. She has recorded on Columbia Records, CRI, Leonarda Productions, and RCA. She is a member of the Palm Court Light Orchestra Victoria. Lauren has performed with New York chamber music groups such as Orpheus, Parnassus, St. Luke’s, Speculum Musicae, the Group for Contemporary Music, and the Solstice Ensemble. She has been much sought after as a chamber music coach and has been a chamber music coach at the Chamber Music Conference since 1982. Lauren is also the Assistant Music Director at Chamber Music Conference and a founding member of the New York Bassoon Quartet and has recorded numerous times with the Quartet.
Lauren, together with her husband Jim, is the co-founder of the West Coast Chamber Players. The WCCP performs throughout Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia as well as various venues in the Northwest.
James Stubbs (Trumpet)
Jim Stubbs was principal trumpet with American Ballet Theatre, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He was an associate member of the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Lal Scala and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Jim can be heard on the Columbia, RCA, Vox, CRI, Kultur, and BMG labels. He has also appeared as soloist on PBS Gala of Stars with Jessye Norman and Kiri Te Kanawa with James Levine conducting. During his career he performed with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Valery Gergiev, John Lanchberry, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, and Dennis Russell Davies. He performed as soloist in Quiet City with Aaron Copland conducting at Carnegie Hall and has performed the Brandenburg Concerto #2 with the Victoria Symphony, and the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jim has conducted the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra and Choir in British Columbia in a wide range of works by composers including Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Handel, Barber, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Salieri, Poulenc, and Vivaldi. Jim has also conducted at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chautauqua Institute, and the Solstice Ensemble in New Jersey. Jim and his wife, Laurie, founded the West Coast Chamber Players in 2015 performing chamber music in Vancouver, Victoria and the Northwest area.
Jim was a Professor at The College of New Jersey and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He studied trumpet under William Vacchiano/New York Philharmonic, Gil Johnson/Philadelphia Orchestra and Irving Sarin, Principal,Pittsburg Symphony.
Karen Hough (Horn)
Karen earned her BMus from UVic and went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She received her MMus from Yale University and was the first horn player to receive Yales’s prestigious Artist Diploma. She spent a year as Artist in Residence at Banff. Summer festivals have included Aspen, Blossom Festival and the LA Philharmonic Institute. After a career as an orchestral and chamber musician in Toronto, Karen returned to the West Coast at the turn of the century. Recently retired from the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy, she is a member of the Vancouver Island Symphony and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra. She is also an avid chamber musician and can be found in the pit orchestra of many shows for the VOS and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Anne McDougall (Violin)
Anne studied at the University of Alberta, where she studied with Norman Nelson and received her Master’s Degree in music, all the while raising two children. She has many years’ experience playing with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and after relocating to Sooke, Anne quickly connected with the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra and performed as Concertmaster for seven years. In addition to teaching violin privately, she has become involved with the strings program at Sooke’s journey Middle School and is a founder and lead teacher for “Harmony Project Sooke”. Anne is working at full capacity sharing with her students her love of music and the discipline and commitment it requires. She recognizes that music is the perfecrt venue for children to learn life skills while they enjoy performing and learning.
Bruce Vogt (Piano)
Bruce is a unique and dynamic performer who appears regularly in concert within Canada, but has also inspired audiences in Japan, China, England, the USA, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria. Born in Southern Ontario, Bruce completed his initial musical studies with Damjana Bratuz and Anton Kuerti. Later he studied in the USA, England, Switzerland and Italy, working with a number of celebrated musicians including Gyorgy Sebok, Louis Kentner, Fou Ts’Ong, and Dario de Rosa.
Bruce’s repertoire is extremely diverse, encompassing music from the sixteenth century to the present. He has consistently championed the music of contemporary composers and has commissioned and premiered a number of new works by such Canadian luminaries as Murray Adaskin and Alfred Fisher. He is also an enthusiastic and dedicated performer on period instruments; one of his recordings (2003) features music of Robert Schumann performed on a restored 1864 Erard. His other recordings include two volumes of the music of Franz Liszt, which have established for him an enviable reputation as a Liszt interpreter. In addition to his career as a piano soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Bruce Vogt is also Professor at the University of Victoria. Because he sees teaching and working with young pianists and with piano teachers as an important commitment, he makes himself available as often as possible for master classes, workshops, festival adjudications, and lectures.
On November 6th our audience spent an unforgettable afternoon in the company of pianist May Ling Kwok.
May Ling played a superbly balanced program of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Paderewski, and captivated our audience with rare insight into her journey as an internationally recognized performer.
Grace Notes – Sunday, November 6th at 2pm
May Ling Kwok teaches at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and the University of Victoria, and she is active as a teacher, adjudicator, and concert pianist. She has undertaken concert tours to many parts of the world and she is an audience favourite at Chemainus Classical Concerts.
Sonata in C major, K. 330 — W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante Cantabile
Sonata in F major, Op. 10 No. 2 — L. Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Barcarole Op.60 — F. Chopin (1810-1849)
Sonata in A major, D. 664 — F. Schubert (1797-1828)
1. Allegro moderato
Nocturne Op. 16, No. 41 — A. Paderewski (1860-1941)
Ballade in G minor, Op. 23 — F. Chopin (1810-1849)
May Ling Kwok
Graduating with distinction from the University of Victoria, May Ling Kwok first studied with Robin Wood at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and later continued her doctorate studies with the famed Hungarian pianist, György Sebők at Indiana University, USA, where she was awarded the distinguished Performer’s Certificate.
She is very active as a performer, piano teacher and adjudicator. Concert tours have taken her to the United States, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Moscow Philharmonic, Vladivostok Symphony Orchestra, the Slovakia Radio Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony.
Also an accomplished chamber musician, she is a founding member of the McPherson Trio.
May Ling Kwok’s discography to date are as follows:
- Mozart Piano Concerti K. 466 and K. 595, Czech National Symphony Orchestra
- Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
- Schumann Piano Concerto, Slovakia Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Mozart Piano Concerti K. 467 and K. 491, Czech National Symphony Orchestra
- Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin: “Kreutzer” and “Spring”
- Shostakovich and Arensky Piano Trio
- Prokofiev Sonata for Violin and Piano
On October 2nd Duo Beaux Arts gave an absolutely outstanding concert to launch our 2022-2023 season!
Duo Beaux Arts wowed their audience with virtuosic, dynamic, sensitive, intelligent playing that will be remembered for a long time. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their appreciation with a long standing ovation.
Counterparts in Concert – Sunday, October 2nd at 2pm
Duo Beaux Arts was formed in 2008 by internationally renowned concert pianists and recording artists Catherine Lan and Tao Lin. The husband-and-wife duo is known for their exciting performances driven by Dr. Lan’s fluent technique, sensitive musicianship and probing intellect, and Mr. Lin’s keen musical intelligence and excellent facility. Their program contains some of the most beautiful music composed for piano duet, as well as some solo piano works.
Known for their adrenalized performances, this dynamic duo has performed in France, Switzerland, Spain, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, China, and the US to both critical and audience acclaim. Duo Beaux Arts has been featured on Fox4 Morning Blend TV, Maine Public, Venice Magazine, OutClique Magazine, WSFL-TV, Asian-Trend Magazine, World Journal New York, and Gulfshore Life Magazine. Recent engagements include concerto appearances with South Florida Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart’s concerto for two pianos; recitals at Romanza Festivale, Swan City Piano Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival; as well as concert tours in Hungary.
Eight Variations on a Theme by Waldstein, WoO 67 – L. van Beethoven
Rondo in the Hungarian Style, almost a Caprice, Op 129 – L. van Beethoven
Fantasy in F sharp minor, Op 28 – F. Mendelssohn
Con moto agitato
Allegro con moto
Marche caractéristique, D 968b No 1 – F. Schubert
Fantasy in F minor for piano four hands, Op 940 – F. Schubert
Andante and Allegro Brilliante, Op 92 – F. Mendelssohn
Dr. Catherine Lan
Praised by critics as a pianist with fluent technique, sensitive musicianship and a probing intellect, Dr. Catherine Lan has concertized across Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Mexico, Thailand, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Slovenia, Ireland, Canada, and the US at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Featured as guest artist at Karlovac Piano Festival and Rovinj Summer Festival, Dr. Lan’s highly acclaimed performances have been featured at WLRN-Public Television, “Beethoven Universal TV” series, Becon TV, Fu-Hsin Broadcasting Station, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio.
A soloist with Milwaukee Symphony, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, British Columbia Chamber, and Edmonton Symphony, Dr. Lan is also an avid chamber musician; she has collaborated with Itamar Zorman, James Buswell, David Requiro, Ayano Ninomiya, Aspen String Trio, Henschel String Quartet, Maxwell String Quartet, Naples Philharmonic and Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia Chamber Players, to name a few. She is the pianist at Duo Beaux Arts, Duo Arpeggione, Duo Formosa, Tallinn Piano Trio, Delray Piano Trio, Atlantic Piano Trio, and Beaux Arts Chamber Ensemble.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Canada, she received a Bachelor of Music from University of British Columbia, Master of Music from Indiana University (Bloomington), and Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Miami, Dr. Lan serves on the faculty of Broward College, and she is also the co-artistic director of Rosemary Duffy Larson Classical Series. Dr. Lan records for Centaur Records.
“fluent technique, sensitive musicianship and a probing intellect”
Mr. Tao Lin
Described by critics as possessing “keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Chinese-American concert pianist and Steinway Artist Tao Lin has performed across Asia, North America, and Europe. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras including Moscow Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Atlantic Classical, and Knoxville Civic. As a recitalist, he has appeared at Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller University, Chautauqua Institute, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), and Edvard Grieg Museum in Norway. A devoted chamber musician, Lin has concertized as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet, St Petersburg Piano Quartet, and Brahms Piano Quartet. He has also appeared in concerts with Aspen Trio, Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, Ying, Shanghai, and Rosalyra String Quartets, as well as distinguished musicians such as Elmar Oliveira, Carol Wincenc, Roberto Diaz, William De Rosa, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zukerman, Claudio Bohorquez to name a few.
A frequent pianist and lecturer at the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Mainly Mozart Festival, Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Arts Rolla Festival, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, and Festival Miami, Lin is currently a visiting professor of Shanghai Normal University and a piano faculty at Bowdoin International Music Festival. Lin records for Centaur Records, Naxos, and Artek labels.
“Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility”