The performance will start at 8pm, and will be one continuous set of approximately 90 minutes. Join the artists after the performance for a sumptuous selection of desserts, get an autograph and a photo, take another few minutes to check the silent auction table. Winning bids will be announced around 10 pm.
Internationally-acclaimed trumpet player,Jens Lindemann, presents “Brassfire” - an epic, energized concert experience highlighting the history of trumpet music. Jens performs timeless classics from Bach and Vivaldi to Louis Armstrong and Dizzie Gillespie. With his exceptional musicianship and sensitivity, Jens explores the full emotional range of the trumpet, from lyrical haunting melodies to the blistering bravado of Maynard Ferguson, all delivered with the showmanship of his childhood hero Doc Severinsen.
Jens Lindemann is a German born Canadian trumpet soloist now based in Los Angeles, where he is a professor of trumpet at UCLA. He is the first classical brass soloist to be awarded the Order of Canada. He played in the Canadian Brass from 1996 to 2001 and continues to play at major concert venues all over the world as an orchestral soloist, with chamber groups, jazz bands, and as a master clinician.
Named "Personality of the Year 2006" by the British magazine The Brass Herald, Lindemann also hosted the 33rd International Trumpet Guild conference at the Banff Centre in June 2008. Lindemann studied at the Juilliard School of Music, McGill University, and has received an honorary doctorate from McMaster University. Among numerous distinctions, he has been a nominee for a Grammy award and a Juno Award and received the Echo Klassik in Germany. As part of Alberta's centenary celebrations in 2005, he gave a solo Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II.
Special guest performer Barry Shiffman joined The Glenn Gould School as Associate Dean and Director of Chamber Music in September 2010. He comes to The Royal Conservatory from The Banff Centre, where he has served as Director of Music Programs and Executive Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition since 2006.
At The Banff Centre, Mr. Shiffman revitalized existing music programs and launched major new initiatives in chamber music, orchestral studies, popular music, and jazz. Some of his most dramatic achievements were in the field of new music; under his direction, the music program of The Banff Centre became one of western Canada's largest presenters of contemporary works. He increased the number of faculty residencies, attracting notable composers including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Brett Dean, and Louis Andriessen. In the spring of 2009, he oversaw the coproduction of EVOLUTION, the CBCs competition for young composers, held at The Banff Centre.
He also serves as Executive Artistic Director of Vancouver's Music in the Morning Concert Society, overseeing all programming for the celebrated concert presenter.
Shannon Gaye Guest Vocalist/Percussionist: Described as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice, the kind that knocks you for a loop,” you might recognize Shannon from the show R.E.S.P.E.C.T. which was presented at the Blue Frog Studios in May 2016. Shannon has performed her compelling brand of Jazz & Acoustic Soul at festivals across Canada, in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. A prolific writer, a number of Shannon’s songs have been featured in TV series and films in Canada, the US and the UK.
Music Director for this event is Kristian Alexandrov.
Winner of the 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Pianist, this accomplished Bulgarian artist is definitely hitting his stride. Kristian’s natural ability, extensive training and passion for performance enabled him to tour across much of Europe by the age of nineteen. Since moving to Canada in 1995, Kristian has firmly entrenched himself in the Canadian music scene - as an active composer, performer, producer & musical director. Onstage Kristian has worked alongside some tremendous Canadian and International artists, including: Randy Brecker, kd Lang, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Allen Vizzutti, Bob Mintzer, Wycliffe Gordon, The Canadian Tenors, All Star Brass, Order of Canada Big Band, Jens Lindemann & Shannon Gaye.
Join all of these gifted musicians in the Galleria after the performance for a sumptuous selection of desserts. Meet the artists, get an autograph and a photo, take another few minutes to check the silent auction table. Winning bids will be announced around 10 pm.
With grateful thanks to our amazing sponsors, without whom this gala would not be possible!
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