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EVENTS

Recent Events

Sun. Jun. 25, 2023   1914 
918 Bathurst St. Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education,
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

In Bedford Trio's 2022/23 season finale, join us on a journey through the year that the Great War began. 1914 was a year of wonderful achievements and milestones, such as the first commercial air travel, baseball legend Babe Ruth's debut, and the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial laid, but it also was a year full of building international tension, which ultimately led to the beginning of World War 1, which would change the world forever.

1914 also saw the creation of one of the great classical masterpieces: Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor. This monumental work takes the listener on a journey through a tumultuous time in the composer's life, exploring themes of loss and acceptance, as well as undertones of a building crisis that he surely experienced while living in France.

Punctuated by songs from composers such as Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, and W.C. Handy, and performed by the exquisite guest artist Ekaterina Shelehova, the "1914" concert will take the audience on a journey through a year that began with hope and ended in chaos. As we reflect on this unforgettable year in our history, music will provide a soundtrack and a beacon of hope, and will continue to remind us that there is beauty in a world that can sometimes be more volatile than we would like it to be.

Sun. Apr. 2, 2023   IMMERSED 2.0 
918 Bathurst St. Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education,
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

The second edition of Bedford Trio's IMMERSED series features newly commissioned works by young composers from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Earl Haig Secondary School's Music Department. Each piece will be paired with a newly commissioned piece of visual artwork, created by local visual artists.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this is the perfect event for your evening artistic experience in the heart of Toronto. Presented by one of Toronto's finest chamber music ensembles, prepare to be immersed in the aesthetic sound-world of this one-of-a-kind concert experience.

Sun. Jan. 29, 2023   Bedford Trio & Friends 
918 Bathurst St. Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education,
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

Bedford Trio is excited to present our first piano trio PLUS concert, with the amazing violist Maxime Despax and composer Saman Shahi! Featured works include Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor, Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio, Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio, and Shahi's "Elegy for the Falling Leaves." We'd like to express our deepest gratitude towards Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education for their generous support! For tickets, click here.

Tues. Jan. 10, 2023   The Power of Words 
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1

A crossroad of poetry and music from different cultures in four languages, this program showcases songs in English, French, German, and Mandarin written by Canadian and international composers and poets.

Sun. Nov. 6, 2022   Silver Screen 
918 Bathurst St. Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education,
Toronto, ON M5R 3G5

Welcome to Bedford Trio's 2022-2023 season! First of all, we'd like to express our deepest gratitude towards Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education for their generous support! We are truly grateful to be able to continue making art and serving our community during this tremendously challenging time. The first concert of our season features many familiar soundtracks arranged for piano trio and will take you down the memory lane of your favourite films! For tickets, click here

Tues. May. 31, 2022  
Singing Chinese Classical Poetry
Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 4G1

Jialiang and her amazing vocalist team join the Canadian Opera Company in celebrating the Asian Heritage Month! Together with three talented and dynamic sopranos - Xin Wang, Emily Lapin, Maeve Palmer, Jialiang will present poetry that is written thousands years ago and set in song by composers from diverse Chinese-speaking communities around the world in the past one hundred years. Come hear the dialogue across time and culture and experience some powerful universal human experience through stunning poetry and music!

Sat. Mar. 19, 2022   Immersed 
Ernest Balmer Studio, 315-9 Trinity Street, The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Welcome back to Bedford Trio's 2021-2022 season! Continuing our mission of collaborating with local fellow artists, we will be showcasing the amazing talent of young composers from the Earl Haig Secondary School and University of Toronto. In the past three years, we have had the fortune to work with students in both institutions and received piano trio pieces written for our ensemble. It is a tremendous joy and honour to build connections with fellow composers; and together we contribute to expanding the Canadian chamber music repertoire. Furthermore, we will be infusing digital art by local artists in this programme to provide you with a multisensory concert experience. Come join us to witness the world premiere of these Canadian works!

Thur. Mar. 24, 2022   Festival of Song

Welcome to the opening concert of the University of Toronto's Festival of Song, where Jialiang joins forces with the exceptional soprano Katy Clark in a song recital. The programme explores music by four female composers - Cecil Chaminade, Rebecca Clarke, Ana Sokolović, and Alice Ping Yee Ho - with poetry written in French, English, German, and Mandarin-Chinese.

In the summer of 2021, Jialiang had the great pleasure and fortune to work with Katy on composer Alice Ping Yee Ho's upcoming album for high voices and piano. Although only collaborating for the first time, the two artists immediately found special sparks and greatly admired each other's musicianship. Click here to learn more about Katy and hear her beautiful performances. 

Wed. Dec.8, 2021   “古韵新唱” 
UTCAA X Jialiang 多伦多大学华人校友会线上系列讲座

中国流行歌后王菲在一曲《但愿人长久》中以其缥缈的声线,将近千年前古人皓月当空、骨肉分離的情怀淋漓尽致地展现,撩动今人心弦。作为东方文化瑰宝的中文古典诗词如果和西方古典音乐结合会产生什么样的艺术火花呢?儿时熟读的古诗词在西洋曲调的衬托下又会给我们带来什么不同的感受呢?欢迎大家周三12月8号美东时间晚7-8点加入多伦多大学华人校友会的线上系列讲座,届时嘉亮将带领大家探索中文古诗词艺术歌曲的魅力!

 

Jialiang is thrilled to join UTCAA (University of Toronto Chinese Alumni Association)'s online lecture this coming Wednesday, Dec.8th, at 7-8pm EST and share with you the beauty and depth of art song inspired by classical Chinese poetry. Many familiar classical poems that native Chinese speakers grew up with have been set to music in the idiom of Western art song by composers around the world. What would result from the merging of these two art forms? And how do musicians from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds interpret these songs? Join us to explore more this coming Wednesday! Simply click on "Go to Link" on the event page below to register. The lecture will be delivered in Mandarin.

Tues. Dec.14, 2021   Music Mosaic 
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 
230 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, ON M4V 1R5
(416) 925-8494, info@temc.ca
or via live-stream at https://www.temc.ca/musicalmosaic

Bedford Trio is thrilled to join the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church's Music Mosaic Series and warm up your holidays with some festive music! Please check back for programme updates.

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