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Saturday, August 14th (rain date August 15th)

Summer Gala 2021

An Evening under the Stars

Presented in collaboration with:

Hear•Say Trio

Montreal-based Hear•Say Trio (flutist Dakota Martin, cellist Thomas Beard and pianist Phil Chiu) is delighted to be entering their third season; going strong in their mission of delivering thrilling performances of classical music gems in smaller communities across Canada. Born out of a desire to perform concerts in each of their hometowns (and to show-off the cooking skills of their respective mothers), they are thrilled to deliver fun, exciting, and personable performances with audiences everywhere. Season One featured stunning watercolour-inspired works by Gaubert, an operatic overture from Weber, as well as Czech fireworks from Martinů and the uniquely Argentinian flavour of Piazzolla. Season Two showcased the comedic stylings of Joseph Haydn, pianistic-flourishes from Hummel, and finished with the awesome jazz-inspired trio by Nikolai Kapustin. This season they will explore the music of famous-in-her-time-but-ignored-since-for-no-reason French romantic Louise Farrenc (a favourite of Robert Schumann and other critics), the flute virtuosity of Franz Doppler, and an excerpt from one humdinger of a piece: Hear•Say’s original arrangement of Stravinsky’s fantastical ballet epic, Petrouchka. Hear•Say would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of all the communities that have come together to share in these moments of excellent music and great fellowship over the years. They’d also like to reaffirm that, yes, Phil’s Dakota’s Thomas’ their mom is the best cook.

Duo Octavian

Carson Becke and Suren Barry form the two halves of Duo Octavian, a two-piano and piano duet ensemble that was founded in 2016.  Duo Octavian seeks to expand the two-piano repertoire with their own arrangements of various works and with arrangements/commissions by other performers/composers. They co-authored a new two-piano transcription of Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, which they premiered with the Ewashko Singers in 2019. The duo has also presented the Canadian premieres of two arrangements by Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev, including a concert suite from George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird. They are currently working with the critically acclaimed composer Christopher Goddard  to commission a new work for two pianos. The name ‘Duo Octavian’ is based on Carson and Suren’s shared musical interests.  Both of them are fascinated by the idea of the lines between ‘performer’ and ‘composer’ being blurred, and in musicians who combine those two disciplines into one.  They each wrote doctoral dissertations about musicians of the past who perfectly embodied this idea: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Suren) and Richard Strauss (Carson).  Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier is in many ways a twentieth-century re-working of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro: all of the characters in Rosenkavalier have mirror characters in Figaro, and many of the plot points and motivations are similar.  Strauss’s character Octavian - an adolescent boy sung by a female soprano (known as a ‘trouser role’) - is based on Mozart’s Cherubino (also a trouser role).  Carson and Suren feel that Strauss’s reworking of Mozart’s ideas for a contemporary audience resonates strongly with the kind of things they’d like to achieve as a piano duo, and also liked the connotations of the piano’s octaves in the name ‘Octavian’. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, the duo has remained busy, performing live-stream concerts as part of the Pontiac Enchanté Concert Series and Music at Southminster Concert Series in Ottawa.  They have been exploring arrangements by the early twentieth-century pianist Harold Bauer, including his two piano ‘expansions’ of Bach’s Italian Concerto (originally for solo piano), and Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor (originally for piano duet).  They are preparing new arrangements of music from Richard Strauss’s opera Salome for two pianos, as well as an innovative new arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, which will be heard for the first time at this concert.

Stephan Paape - AstroPontiac

Stephan has been an amateur astronomer for nearly 20 years. He most enjoys public outreach activities and live observing. He is a founding member of AstroPontiac, a not-for-profit group that offers free observing events in Gatineau Park (Luskville) and a travelling planetarium theatre service for schools and community groups. AstroPontiac is a small organization that provides its observing evenings with the generous volunteer support of local amateur astronomers from the Regroupement des Astronomes Amateurs de l'Outaouais Québécois and the RASC - Ottawa Centre. AstroPontiac's outreach was made possible through the financial support of The Municipality of Pontiac, The MRC Des Collines de l'Outaouais and the Caisse Desjardins (Centre de services des Collines-de-l’Outaouais).

Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Ottawa Centre

The RASC Ottawa Centre is one of 29 Centres of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an organization dedicated to the advancement of astronomy and allied sciences. The RASC Mission statement is: To enhance understanding of and inspire curiosity about the Universe through public outreach, education, and support for astronomical research.  Our members includes both professional and amateur astronomers, educators, students, and enthusiasts of all ages.  At the national level, the Society publishes books, periodicals and teaching aids, awards observational certificates, organizes public lectures, and works for light pollution abatement. The Ottawa Centre was officially formed in 1906 and currently has over 400 members. Centre facilities include the Fred P. Lossing Observatory near Almonte which houses several instruments including a 18-inch Newtonian telescope. The Centre also operates an astronomical book library, and a telescope loan library open to members. RASC Ottawa Centre holds free public meetings on the first Friday of each month at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa (held virtually during the Covid pandemic) as well as open star viewing evenings and Astronomy Day events held in conjunction with the Museum, along with other special public outreach events.

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