Programme

David Baker (1931 - 2016)
Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini (1976)
Edmond Agopian, violin,
Michael Coburn, piano

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004)
Blue/s Forms for Violin Solo (1979)
-Plain Blue/s
-Just Blue/s
-Jettin’ Blue/s
Edmond Agopian, violin

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745 –1799)
Sonata for Two Violins No. 3 in A major
Isaac Willocks, first violin
Edmond Agopian, second violin

Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941)
Three Spirituals (2005)
- We Shall Overcome
- Kum Ba Yah
- Great Day
Edmond Agopian, violin
Isaac Willocks, viola
Jasmine Long, cello

William Grant Still (1895-1978)
Summerland (1935)
Edmond Agopian, violin
Michael Coburn, piano

Adolphus Hailstork
Variations on a Guyanese Folksong (1987)
Edmond Agopian, violin
Michael Coburn, piano

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)
The Deserted Garden (1933)
Edmond Agopian, violin
Michael Coburn, piano

William Grant Still
Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)
-Majestically (Suggested by Richmond Barthe’s “African Dancer”
-Slowly and expressive (Suggested by Sargent Johnson’s “Mother and Child”)
-Rhythmically and humorously ( Suggested by Augusta Savage’s ”Gamin”)
Edmond Agopian, violin
Michael Coburn, piano

Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing ,1931
Arranged by Stéphane Grappelli and Edmond Agopian
Edmond Agopian, violin
Michael Coburn, piano

Edmond Agopian

Edmond Agopian has been awarded the Calgary Arts Award, and the Alberta Centennial Medal “in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to the people and province of Alberta”. At the University of Calgary he was awarded the J. P. L. Roberts Distinguished Professorship in Fine Arts.
A graduate of the Juilliard School and the University of Toronto, Edmond Agopian began his music studies in his native Romania. In 1991, he relinquished his post at Acadia University to take up positions as Professor of Violin and Conductor at the University of Calgary, and Artist-in-Residence at Mount Royal Conservatory. He was appointed Music Director of the Calgary Youth Orchestra in 2002.
As a violinist, he has been featured on regional and national CBC, French and English radio programs, Radio Europa, and as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He is First Violin of the University of Calgary String Quartet in Residence, whose recording on the American label MSR Classics has received enthusiastic reviews from radio broadcasters and magazines, including Fanfare Magazine (USA).
Conducting work has included performances with the Canadian Chamber Orchestra (conductor and concertmaster), the Shanghai Opera Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor and soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. His Sundogs CD recording with the University of Calgary Orchestra, of Canadian orchestral music, was described by one critic as a "hands-down winner". Under his direction, the Calgary Youth Orchestra has toured, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and New Zealand.
For thirteen seasons he was Music Director/Concertmaster of Calgary’s professional string orchestra, the Kensington Sinfonia and for twenty summers he was on the faculty of the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival at Mount Royal University Conservatory, in Beijing, Shanghai, and Gdansk, Poland.
His violin method “The No Time to Practice Technique Companion” has been on the SHAR Music Company’s Bestseller List since 2002 and has been positively reviewed in the American String Teacher magazine. His students have won local, national and international awards, including the Rose Bowl – Calgary Performing Arts Festival, and are members of major orchestras, including four violinists in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Note: Due to developments with COVID-19, this livestream is postponed until further notice. A Celebration of Music by Black Composers II is this season’s second livestreamed concert which features music by Black composers. The program was initiated in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Featured composers include one of the earliest documented Black composers of Classical music, Joseph Bologne (1745 –1799). The other composers on the programme are Florence Price, David Baker, Adolphus Hailstork, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, William Grant Still and Duke Ellington.

The featured musicians are Edmond Agopian, violin, Isaac Willocks, violin and viola, Jasmine Long, cello, and Michael Coburn, piano.

Live-stream production by Emil Agopian Film – Stagestream Live
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Isaac Willocks, violin

Isaac Willocks is in his second year of studies in the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree at the University of Calgary, School of Creative and Performing Arts, where he studies violin with Edmond Agopian. He is also a student in the Advanced Performance Program at Mount Royal University Conservatory. Previous violin teachers include Laurel Tym, Cristian Neacsu and Jeremy Van Dieman. He has played with many different orchestras in the past, including the Rosedale Valley Strings, the Burman University Orchestra and more recently, the Calgary Youth Orchestra. Presently he is a member of the University of Calgary Orchestra. He has also been a guest performer in the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed often in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival. Along with continuing his education, his future plans include bringing musical opportunities to, and working with, underprivileged students and communities.

Jasmine Long, cello

Jasmine Long graduated with a Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Calgary where she studied cello with John Kadz and Johanne Perron; she also studied at Mount Royal University Conservatory. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor degree in Music Education and French from the University of Windsor.
She has performed as soloist with orchestras, has toured with a number of ensembles, and has attended music festivals, nationally and internationally. She is currently working at the Alberta School of Music as Head of Administration and Social Media Coordinator, music instructor and freelance musician. Ms. Jasmine is a multi-faceted musician and teacher who emphasizes self-inquiry, joy, creativity, and sensitivity to music. Her pedagogical approaches are a blend of Royal Conservatory of Music, Suzuki method, Kodaly method, and other various methods. Ms. Jasmine has a passionate interest in chamber music and is a member of the Anju Trio.

Michael Coburn, piano

Michael Coburn’s passion and tenacity for piano performance have led him to become an inspiring and in demand educator. Michael has developed his own teaching philosophy that seeks to transform the way his students understand music by focusing on thought first, action second. By allowing students to understand what happens in the brain, Michael is able to evoke more creative and secure performances.
In 2006, Michael was featured as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, shortly before receiving his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Calgary. He furthered his studies at the Académie Musicale Internationale "Barbara Krakauer" in Vaison-la-Romaine, France, and worked with internationally acclaimed pianists such as Paul Badura-Skoda and Emanuel Krasovsky.
Michael is currently the Piano Faculty Director at Chinook School of Music, the Artistic Director of Cum Vino Cantus Choir, the Director of Music at Parkdale United Church, and an adjudicator at music festivals across Alberta.

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