FEATURING CONCERTS BY ROLAND DYENS AND CHROMADUO AND LECTURES BY STEPHEN GOSS, AND ALEXANDER DUNN
Roland Dyens shares the joy of his musical talent through his performing, composing and teaching accross the world. This three-dimensional profile provides the basis for his phenomenal success and his ongoing evolution. Always transformative events, Roland Dyens’ concerts unfold as personal experiences of emotional awakening for the audience. Inspired by the musical unity demonstrated in his concerts, audience members will often later use the impact of the artist’s virtuosity and creativity to guide their own perception of music and, more broadly, their lives as well. For those who are unfamiliar with the contours and nuances of classical guitar performance, one often witnesses an inspirational discovery of the instrument and its musical potential, not to mention the pleasure it gives the audience.
A dedicated voice in the contemporary music world, ChromaDuo is vigorously developing and presenting some of today's most evocative, lyrical, and exhilarating music. Praised by Soundboard Magazine for their “great fluidity and technical perfection” and “sensitive and lyrical style”, Tracy Anne Smith and Rob MacDonald unveil refreshing and innovative programs of new works by some of the most exciting composers of our time.
On Saturday November 13, the Guitar Society held a special ceremony honoring Harold Levy's many contributions to the organization over the past few decades. Harold was president of the Society at two key moments in its history, in the late eighties/early nineties, and for the past five years. Current President Jack Silver and Artistic Director Jeff McFadden spoke of Harold's invaluable work in promoting and sustaining our beloved instrument. Harold was given a special plaque awarding him with a lifetime honorary membership in the Society for his services.
The Guitar Society of Toronto is proud to announce that five of its long-time volunteers received the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards for their continuing contribution to the organization. Honorees Eli Kassner (50 years), Ann Kassner (40 years), Harold Levy (25 years), Jack Silver (20 years) and Jeffrey McFadden (20 years) were recognized during a recent Guitar Society event.
On October 16th Eli Kassner, founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of The Guitar Society of Toronto, attended a ceremony presided over by The Honourable Bob Rae, where he was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.