Members FREE Public $15+HST – Please RSVP by April 2, 2013
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April 4 – Encounters of the Third Kind: The Science of Sound
Explore the Museum with a drink in hand and experience sound like never before during an evening sure to heighten your senses. To end the evening… a one of a kind premier concert composed for the harp, flute, bass and drums – a truly unique combination – composed by James Hartway, Ph.D., Creative Scholar in the Arts & Distinguished Professor, Wayne State University.
Special performers include:
Kerstin Allvin has won numerous awards and competitions throughout her career as aconcert harpist and has performed across the U.S. from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie to the historic Carmel Mission in California. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Distinction and a Performance Certificate from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan, and has done post-graduate studies with Jaqueline Borot, Honorary Professor of the Paris Superior Conservatory of Music. Ms. Allvin was voted “Best Classical Instrumentalist” by the Detroit Music Awards and isPresident of High Heel Records, Inc., producing and recording digital music for Internetand CD release nationally. Her latest CD entitled, “An Affair of the Harp,” contains thesolo and chamber music of composer James Hartway receiving Detroit Music Award’s“Outstanding Classical Recording” in 2005. She has recorded on the NAXOS label and in June 2009, her recording of “La Jardin Mouille” for the POLYMNIE label was voted the top #1 piece broadcast by Radio Classique France for 4 consecutive weeks. She has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Oleta Adams and R. Kelly and performed with Josh Groben, Natalie Cole, The Three Tenors and many others.
Mike Grace has been a professional musician most all of his life. From playing ranch parties and road houses in Texas to touring the world with his trio or quartet Mike has made performing classical and jazz music his passion. Among Mike’s most treasured moments in education is being named a Disney-McDonald’s Performing Arts Teacher in 1996, and, being named University of Michigan Musical Society’s Educator of the Year, the year after retiring from the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Public Schools. Among the many performers Mike has had the great fortune to perform with are Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme’, Rob McConnell, Roger Williams, Urbie Green, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Henry Mancini, Jimmy Forrest, Peter Appleyard, Randy Brecker, Rosemary Clooney, and Sonny Stitt.
Meryl Gillmore – Flutist
Meryl Gillmore has lived, taught and played in Southampton for the past quarter century. After a hiatus, she has returned to the music classroom and is having great fun teaching at G.C. Huston Public School. Meryl is principal flute with the Georgian Bay Symphony and is a founding member of the Georgian Bay Woodwind Quintet. A highlight each year has been teaching flute for Southampton Summer Music, since 1988. Diversifying, she has dabbled into the world of jazz and one day will truly understand 2-5-1. A member of the Chantry Island Quartet, she performs the flute works of Claude Bolling. Presented with an opportunity to explore new sounds and genres, she has enjoyed collaborating with Kerstin and Mike on ‘Detours’.
Stephen Wood began his music career in Port Elgin by taking piano lessons and drumming in various groups around the community. He Graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with his Honours Bachelor of Music in percussion performance. He has played in the Georgian Bay Symphony, Port Elgin Community Band, and was Principal Percussionist with WLU Symphony during his final year there. As a member of the CBC award winning group Will Currie and the Country French, Stephen has had the opportunity to play alongside acts such as David Wilcox, Sloan, Our Lady Peace, and Tokyo Police Club. Stephen currently resides and works in Port Elgin as a Librarian, and is a huge hockey fan (Go Senators go!).