The SPOGreatMusic Performance Series: S42E01
Release Date: October 8, 2021
On this first episode of our SPOGreatMusic Performance Series (Season 42, 2021/2022), we’re pleased to present the following videos:
Mikis Theodorakis’ “The Mystic Aegean” (Το Μυστικιστικό Αιγαίο)
Maximos Farmakidis, contrabass; Dr. Cecilia Lee, piano.
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to begin our second season of SPOGreatMusic Performance videos begin with this selection from longtime SPO bassist, Mr. Maximos Farmakidis. Max was one of the first musicians to come forward with video recorded content with very good quality audio. He only got better through the season. We really appreciate Max’s commitment to music, and to the SPO.
“The Mystic Aegean” (Το Μυστικιστικό Αιγαίο) is an excerpt from Mikis Theodorakis suite, “East of the Aegean” for Violoncello and Piano; transcribed for Contrabass and Piano by Maximos Farmakidis
Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”
Alexander Panizza, piano
The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, marked Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2. It was completed in 1801 and dedicated in 1802 to his pupil Countess Giulietta Guicciardi.
The popular name “Moonlight Sonata” goes back to a critic’s remark after Beethoven’s death. The piece is one of Beethoven’s most popular compositions for the piano, and it was a popular favorite even in his own day.
Beethoven wrote the “Moonlight Sonata” in his early thirties, after he had finished with some commissioned work; there is no evidence that he was commissioned to write this sonata. [Source: Wikipedia]
Mr. Panizza’s performance is remarkable, as is the video which Mr. Panizza also created. The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to present Mr. Panizza’s continuing performances as part of our online digital content series.
Ronald Royer’s “Danzón Overture“
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Performed by Odin Quartet
October 8, 2021 update — The Odin Quartet has released a new CD entitled, “Journey Through Night”, featuring new music composed by talented Canadian composers and members of the SPO composer family.
A limited edition physical CD is also available. Email email@example.com if you would like to have a physical copy of the “Journey Through Night” disc.
Mr. Royer’s “Danzón Overture” was released as the first single on Friday, October 1, 2021.
“Journey Through Night” is the first release of Akashic Classics, part of the SRG-ILS Group and Universal Music Group. Many thanks to Mr. Igor Vrabac for his support and enthusiasm.
Original posting description from February 26, 2021, is on our YouTube channel here.
To learn more about Ronald Royer: https://www.ronaldroyer.com.
To learn more about the Odin Quartet: http://www.odinquartet.com.
Harris Clark’s “Clocking Out” – New Generation Composers Workshop Participant
Harris Clark, composer, performer, video editor, producer.
The Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to present new music from young Canadian composer, Mr. Harris Clark, as part of our ongoing SPO New Generation Composers Workshop activities.
As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, Mr. Clark used electronic sound generators to produce and record this selection. Mr. Clark also created the video to accompany his music.
Here’s a brief message from Mr. Clark: “I created the song first, and I wanted it to be exciting and energetic. I also wanted to use a few different sounds, such as the piano and various electronic instruments. Then, I was invited by the SPO to create a video to go along with the music. It tells the story of a man getting out of work for the weekend, going to a party, and on the next day, going for a walk in the Guild Park and Gardens in Scarborough.”
Alicia Keys’ “Good Job” performed by Sistema Toronto – Animated Short Film
Performer and Composer Bios
MAXIMOS FARMAKIDIS: Maximos graduated from Athens Conservatory of Music with honours. In Toronto he studied with Thomas Monahan, instructor of contrabass at University of Toronto Faculty of Music and principal contrabass player of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Maximos Farmakidis holds a diploma in music education from the Faculty of Education and he taught high school music for the Board of Education in Toronto. As a free-lance musician, he was involved in a variety of music genres including symphonic music, chamber music and performances as a contrabass soloist. In addition to music, Maximos Farmakidis studied electronic technology at George Brown College and at Ryerson University and worked as an electronics technologist in a prominent Toronto firm. Connect with Maximos on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Maximos-Farmakidis-Double-Bass-Player-244511212263022/.
ALEXANDER PANIZZA: Acclaimed by the specialized press and public alike, Canadian-Argentinian Alexander Panizza developed his musical education in Toronto, Buenos Aires, Geneva, Paris, Barcelona, and London, where he completed a post-graduate diploma at the Royal College of Music.
His mastery of pianistic sonorities and powerful sound allow him to shine in the grand piano concerti repertoire, including those by Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven and Schumann. His discography features Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, Alberto Ginastera’s complete piano compositions, and works by Carlos Guastavino, Muzzio Clementi and David Winkler (Naxos, American Composers Series).
Alexander Panizza has performed in over twenty-five countries worldwide including prestigious venues such as the Barbican Hall in London, Herkulessaal in Munich, Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires, Richelieu Amphitheatre in Paris, Palas Theatre in Athens, Nanning’s Guangxi Concert Hall in China, National Theatre in Panama City, Solis Theatre in Montevideo, and Prince Mahidol Hall in Bangkok.
With a special interest in collaborative piano, Alexander participates in chamber music series including the Soesterberg Music Festival (Holland), Long Island Mozart Festival (USA) and Seven Lakes Festival, in Patagonia (Argentina), where he mentors young musicians. An active pedagogue, he is a faculty member at the Catholic University in Buenos Aires and has led masterclasses at the University of Toronto, Lynn University, Lakehead University , and other higher education institutions in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
During the 2020/2021 season, due to the unique circumstances regarding public concertizing, Alexander has been actively developing his musical activities in the digital space. Aside from online teaching internationally, he has been experimenting with recordings that combine music with other expressive mediums (visual arts, literature, and video) sharing the results through his website and various social media platforms.
ODIN QUARTET : Born in early 2015 on the Philosopher’s Walk in downtown Toronto, the Odin Quartet unites four musicians who represent the diversity that Canada takes pride in. Violinist, Alex Toskov, is originally from Belgrade, Serbia. Tanya Charles Iveniuk, also a violinist, grew up in Hamilton, Ontario with roots in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Veronica Lee, born in South Korea, is a violist from LaSalle, Ontario. French-Canadian cellist and composer, Samuel Bisson, hails from Ottawa, Ontario. In June 2015, the Odin Quartet was selected to be one of the few ensembles to participate in the Luminato Festival’s epic production of R Murray Schafer’s, Apocalypsis. Through this, the Quartet had the opportunity not only of being mentored by the award-winning Afiara and Cecilia Quartets, but were also invited to collaborate with them on outreach and performances shortly thereafter. Since then, the Odin Quartet has been frequent performers of the Ottawa Valley Music Festival, Barrie Concert Series, Guelph Connections, Music in the Atrium, Music at Mount Pleasant, and Music Niagara. The Quartet, which takes its name from the one-eyed Norse deity, aims to promote modern Canadian compositions in addition to collaborating with other musicians and artists of other disciplines.
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The Odin Quartet has served as the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s Ensemble- in-Residence since September 2017. In 2018, the ensemble premiered a new piece by Samuel Bisson, entitled EPITAPH foratonality, which featured the Quartet as soloists with the Scarborough Philharmonic, conducted by Ronald Royer. Collaborations have included artists such as Atis Bankas (violin), Victoria Kogan (piano), Raffi Altounian (guitar), Carmen Romero (flamenco dancer), Christopher Kelk (actor, storyteller), the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Spectrum Music. In 2019, the ensemble celebrated the inaugural concert of its Drying Ink series, performances dedicated to the premiere of new, Canadian works written for the Quartet. Currently, they look forward to incoming compositions from their Lockdown Lullabies call for scores. This project, initiated in May of 2020, aims to inspire composers, worldwide, to continue to create and stay in positive spirits during the challenging times related to the COVID-19 health crisis. Learn more about the Odin Quartet on their website.
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