Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Programs

The Beethoven Quartets

First Evening
Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3

Second Evening
Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 ("The Harp")
Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131

Third Evening
Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
"Grosse Fugue", Op. 133
Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 1

Fourth Evening
Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 ("Serioso")
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Quartet in A minor, Op. 132

Fifth Evening
Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

Sixth Evening
Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

Jasmine Schnarr

Jasmine Schnarr began studying the viola with her father at the age of eight. She continued her studies with Mark Childs and then with Yariv Aloni and Dov Scheindlin of the Penderecki String Quartet. Since arriving in Québec in 1997, Jasmine has appeared with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. She was a member of the Molinari String Quartet from 2002 to 2006.

Katherine Manker

Katherine Manker spent seven seasons as Associate Concertmaster with the North Carolina Symphony, before moving to Montréal. Currently, she is teaching for the McGill Music Conservatory and is an active freelance musician, performing frequently with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Ms. Manker joined the North Carolina Symphony after spending several years in Southern California, regularly performing with the Santa Barbara Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Opera Pacific, and freelance work in the motion picture, television, and recording industries. She studied with Linda Cerone at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor of Music degree and continued her violin studies at the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles as a scholarship student of Robert Lipsett. Ms. Manker has taught for the Preparatory Department of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Ashtabula Arts Center in Ohio, the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, she has become the Artistic Coordinator for Festival Alexandria

Johannes Jansonius

Violinist Johannes Jansonius initiated hisBachelors degree in music performance at the University of Calgary in 1975 with Dr. Lise Elson, completing it at Brandon University with Dr. Francis Chaplin in 1979. He continued his studies at the prestigious Indiana University with Franco Gulli in 1980. In 1982 Mr. Jansonius was invited to teach in Taiwan, joining the Yale Piano Trio, trio in residence at the Kuang Jen Music Conservatory in Taipei, Taiwan. On his return from Taiwan the following year, Johannes taught at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. In 1984 Johannes returned to Indiana University to follow an Artist Diploma program as a member of the Chamber Arts String Quartet, studying with Josef Gingold. Johannes has participated in many competitions in Canada and was the top ranked violinist at the Montréal based International Stepping Stone Competition in 1982. Johannes was a member of the Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen in Antwerpen, Belgium before coming to Montréal in 1986, to join the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Most recently, Johannes Jansonius was a member of the Molinari String Quartet from 1998-2007.


The Beethoven String Quartet Project

The Beethoven String Quartet Project was created by Brian Manker, solo cellist of l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, in the summer of 2007. The project aims to perform all the Beethoven string quartets in the setting in which they were first presented, the private salon. The quartets are divided into six parts/concerts with one quartet from each period (early - opus 18, middle - opus 59-95, and late - opus 127-135) presented in each part. The members of the project have graciously donated many hours of their free time to rehearse together and have performed 14 concerts in private homes throughout Montréal. Currently, the Project is preparing Part 4, which will be presented in the Spring of 2009.

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