For The End of Time with the Gryphon Trio (feat. James Campbell, Daniel Vnukowski)

For The End of Time with the Gryphon Trio (feat. James Campbell, Daniel Vnukowski)

For The End of Time with the Gryphon Trio

The Three-Time Juno Award Winning Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. Together with James Campbell on the clarinet, they bring Olivier Messiaen’s seminal, mysterious work “Quartet for the End of Time” to Collingwood, which premièred at the Nazi prison camp Stalag VIIIA in 1941 and explore Messiaen’s relationship with the divine. The concert opens with a special appearance of our AD, Daniel Vnukowski together with James Campbell.

Musicmaking at its most communicative.

Toronto Star

The ensemble and tonal control can be almost breathtaking.

BBC Music Magazine


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Piano Trio No. 43 in C major, Op. 86, No. 1, Hob. XV:27
     I. Allegro
     II. Andante
     III. Finale. Presto
Gyphon Trio

Srul Irving Glick (1934-2002)
Suite Hébraïque No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano
     I. Cantorial Dance
     II. Chassidic Dance
     III. Hora
     IV. Lullaby
     V. Dialogue
     VI. Circle Dance
James Campbell, clarinet & Daniel Vnukowski, piano

An Introduction: Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
with James Campbell and Gryphon Trio


Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Quatuor pour la fin du temps [Quartet for the End of Time]
     I. Liturgie de cristal [Crystal liturgy]
     II. Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps [Vocalise, for the Angel who announces the end of time]
     III. Abîme des oiseaux [Abyss of the birds]
     IV. Intermède [Interlude]
     V. Louange à l’Eternité de Jésus [Praise to the eternity of Jesus]
     VI. Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes [Dance of fury, for the seven trumpets]
     VII. Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps [Tangle of rainbows, for the Angel who announces the end of time]
     VIII. Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus [Praise to the immortality of Jesus]
Gryphon Trio


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of Thomas Vincent and Family.

The featured guests have been sponsored by the Rydlo Family Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation).

RITUÆLS with collectif9

RITUÆLS with collectif9

RITUÆLS with collectif9

Montreal string ensemble collectif9 presents Rituæls, a grand artistic ceremony bringing together works dating from the Middle Ages to the 21st century with music by Hildegard von Bingen, Arvo Pärt, Michael Tippett, Nicole Lizée, Bryce Dessner, and Jocelyn Morlock. Throughout the show, the musicians occupy several spaces in a way that echoes the grandeur and the depth of the pieces on the program. The lighting, scenography and staging contribute to creating a succession of moments that transport and invite contemplation, creating a moment of connection and introspection. 

The music begins with a murmuring drone, from which the monodic chant of medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen slowly appears. From there, seamlessly into the music of Arvo Pärt before experiencing the serene, yet intensely detailed world of Nicole Lizée inspired by stop-motion animation, within which “the impossible becomes possible — souls emerge from where once there were none.” The journey between and beyond darkness and light guides us through the music of Bryce Dessner.

Michael Tippett’s Lament expresses grief using Purcell’s aria Ah! Belinda, during which a solo violin comments with a barely recognizable variation on an Irish popular tune of the Renaissance, while Jocelyn Morlock’s Exaudi, also an expression of grief, includes hope: “the music moves us from an inability to comprehend our loss to passionate cries of anguish, to acceptance and angelic reassurance.” 


A sensory landscape that evokes timelessness … the real, the important. –

Pan M 360


Moved, moved to tears, shivers, hairs standing up, the spine straightening on its own, the heart tightening, a smile forming, tenderness received, all senses on alert … in the end, I just want to say thank you. –

Audience Member


Drone (collectif9)

O vis æternitatis (Hildegard von Bingen, 12th century)

Psalom (Arvo Pärt, 1985)

Another Living Soul (Nicole Lizée, 2016) * #

Lament (Michael Tippett, 1952)

Aheym (Bryce Dessner, 2009)

The Beatitudes (Arvo Pärt, 1990)

Summa (Arvo Pärt, 1977)

Exaudi (Jocelyn Morlock, 2004) *

Tenebre (Bryce Dessner, 2011) *

* arrangement by Thibault Bertin-Maghit

# written for Kronos Performing Arts Association’s Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire

This program will have no intermission

Artist Bio


Known for their innovative programming and approach to chamber music, Juno-nominated Montreal string ensemble collectif9 performs “with an infectious energy and vigour that grabs an audience’s attention” (The WholeNote). Since their 2011 debut, collectif9 has performed numerous concerts across North America, Europe, and Asia. As performers of classical and contemporary music, the ensemble combines the power of an orchestra with the agility of a chamber ensemble. collectif9 operates on the premise that a change of context can influence communication and experience.


Chloé Chabanole, violin

John Corban, violin

Robert Margaryan, violin

TJ Skinner, violin

Scott Chancey, viola

Xavier Lepage-Brault, viola

Juan Sebastian Delgado, cello

Andrea Stewart, cello

Thibault Bertin-Maghit, double bass



Thibault Bertin-Maghit, artistic direction and staging

Andrea Stewart, associate direction and communication

Joëlle Harbec, set design

Renaud Pettigrew, lighting design and set design adaptation




First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of Mrs. Marilyn Knowles. Special thanks to Latitude 45 Arts for artist representation.

A Classical & Jazz Jam with Peter Stoll and Daniel Vnukowski

A Classical & Jazz Jam with Peter Stoll and Daniel Vnukowski

A Classical & Jazz Jam with Daniel Vnukowski and Peter Stoll

Daniel Vnukowski joins virtuoso Peter Stoll, one of Canada’s most innovative and versatile clarinetists, for a thrilling program of classical and jazz masterworks dating from the early 18th century, with tantalizing musical deserts by Giuseppe Tartini and Wolfgang A. Mozart to the late 20th century, with many audience favourites by George Gershwin and Benny Goodman.

Also effective, on a different level, was Peter Stoll’s virtuoso clarinet display.

The Globe & Mail

Slow in tempo and almost Klezmer in style, the
sensuous clarinet solo was expressively played by Peter Stoll.

The Toronto Star

A virtuoso pianist…Vnukowski plays with sympathetic understanding.

Limelight Magazine


Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)
Concertino for clarinet and piano, arr. Gordon Jacob
     Grave – Allegro molto – Adagio – Allegro risoluto

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: II Adagio

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)
“Brazileira”, from Scaramouche for alto saxophone and piano

Donato Lovreglio (1841-1907)
Fantasia on the Opera “La Traviata”,Op.45

— Intermission —

Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
from Five Bagatelles, Op.23
     Prelude – Carol – Fughetta

George Gershwin (1898-1937)
Three Preludes, arr.Jay Gach
     Allegro ben ritmato e deciso – Andante con moto e poco rubato – Allegro ben ritmo e deciso

Earle Hagen (1919-2008)
Harlem Nocturne (alto saxophone and piano)

George Gershwin, arr. Earl Wild
     The Man I love
     Fascinating Rhythm

A Benny Goodman Set (1909-1986)
     Paganini Caprice XXIV
     Don’t Be That Way
     Taking A Chance On Love
     Sing, Sing, Sing


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the gracious support of:

  • Scenic Caves
  • Mrs. Mandy Macrae
Dévah Quartet: Electric string quartet with drums

Dévah Quartet: Electric string quartet with drums

Dévah Quartet: Electric string quartet with drums

Discover the ‘evolution of the string quartet,’ beginning with pieces of a Haydn quartet on acoustic instruments, jumping to jazz, going through 70s rock on electric instruments and all through the pop sounds of the present day. Bring along your children and grandchildren (free under the age of 16) to enjoy clever arrangements of your favourite artists and bands, including Guns N’ Roses, Taylor Swift, Rush and more.

Set apart from any stereotypical mold, deVah is continuously evolving and recreating itself, innovating the quartet world in electric string artistry.


Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Opus 76 No. 2, I. Allegro, IV. Vivace assai
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8,  I. Largo, II. Allegro Molto
Harold Arlen, Lyrics by Yip Harburg and Billy Rose: It’s Only a Paper Moon
Alexander Safford: Folk Tune Air and Fiddlers Fury
Guns N’ Roses: Sweet Child O’ Mine
James Brown: I Got You (I Feel Good)
RUSH: 2112 Suite, Overture, Temples of Syrinx, Presentation, Oracle
Taylor Swift: Wildest Dreams
Muse: New Born
Liza McLellan (DEVAH Original): Tell Me How You Really Feel
Liza McLellan (DEVAH Original): Plain

Artist Bio

Dévah Quartet


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of Donald & Catherine MacLean

2023 Spring Fundraiser at the Breakers House

2023 Spring Fundraiser at the Breakers House

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An evening of sparkling virtuosity with our special guests from Vienna, Austria. Paganini was known as the “devil of the violin” and you’ll hear musical wizardry like never before under the hands of this internationally-acclaimed ensemble. Our Artistic Director, Daniel Vnukowski, joins in on the fun with a performance on the Collingwood Music Festival’s new piano.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening starring world-class musicians arriving from Vienna, Austria direct for their upcoming Canadian tour, while enjoying handcrafted, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and wine, set to a magical sunset with 180 degree views of the bay.

Tickets are $250/person and include a $125 tax receipt.

All funds are going toward supporting the 2023 Collingwood Music Festival, including its series of summer concerts and the expansion of its youth programs.

The “Paganini Ensemble Vienna” has set its goal high in presenting the rarely played chamber music programs which offers unique insight into Paganini’s extensive oeuvre for the violin, guitar, viola, and violoncello.

These works offer not only technical virtuosity and moments of tremendous passion, but also passages expressing great tenderness, suffering, and joy. Indeed, these emotional elements are essential to understanding the music of Nicolo Paganini, who once said “We must strongly feel to make others feel.”

….a stroke of genius!

Classical FM


This assertive, fearlessly virtuosic Chopin style was filled with thoughtful exploration and a kind of questioning illumination.

New York Classical Review


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) – Piano Quartet in G minor, KV 478
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Rondo. Allegro

Niccolò Paganini (1840-1782) – Quartet in A minor, Op.4 No. 1 MS 28
(violin, viola, cello and guitar)
I. Introduzione. Andante marcato
II. Vivace
III. Minuetto. Andantino
IV. Tema con variazioni. Adagietto Cantabile

Niccolò Paganini – Nel Cor Più Non Mi Sento variations for violin solo

Artist Biographies

Daniel VNUKOWSKI – Piano


The Breakers House
57 St. Lawrence St., Collingwood, ON


Amazing Sunsets, and Breathtaking Views!

This extraordinary beachfront home in Collingwood celebrates the charm of classic design with unique handcrafted finishing touches.

Guests are invited to walk around the house and enjoy the vast collection of modern, eclectic art and décor, while docents can be found in each room to answer any questions. Prepare for an unforgettable sensory experience with handcrafted food items, thought-provoking paintings, French doors leading to a romantic courtyard and a delightful music performance that will arouse your spirit next to the colossal wood-burning Rumford fireplace in the principal living room.

Dress Code: Casual Elegance
There is plenty of waterfront parking available at Sunset Point, within a short distance of the Breakers House. Please visit the official Town of Collingwood page for more details.

Our special thanks to Windrush Estate Winery for providing their award-winning wines for this event

This event has been made possible thanks to the gracious support of Engel & Völkers Collingwood.

Canada’s Celebrated String Quartet

Canada’s Celebrated String Quartet

A Champion of Canadian Contemporary Music

A champion of contemporary music that has premiered over 100 new works from composers in Canada and abroad, the Penderecki String Quartet has three dozen recordings to their name, including a JUNO award for best composition.

This concert also features a work commissioned by our festival, written by the composer in residence of the Scarborough Philharmonic – Daniel Mehdizadeh.

There is something vividly distinct about Mehdizadeh’s music. This Canadian composer is revered for his intricate, unpredictable and haunting works. The sound and gesture of his pieces bury themselves deep in complex imagination, inviting you to participate in an exploration of uncertain visceral implications.

Dr. Daniel Mehdizadeh (DMA, University of Toronto) is currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and is the Composer-in-Residence for the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO).

The PSQ has been in residence at Wilfrid Laurier University since 1991 and an integral part of creative life in Southern Ontario throughout the past two decades.

The WholeNote


Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Quartet Op. 20, No.6 in A major
   Allegro di molto e scherzando
   Adagio, cantabile
   Minuetto: Allegretto
   Fuga a tre soggetti. Allegro

Krzysztof Penderecki (1933-2020)
Quartet No. 4

Daniel Mehdizadeh (1987 –     )
Overlooking the Lilac*


Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Quartet Op. 105 in A- flat major
   Adagio ma non troppo — Allegro appassionato
   Molto vivace
   Lento e molto cantabile
   Allegro non tanto

*World-premiere performance of a work commissioned by the festival


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the gracious support of:

  • Jane Moysey, REALTOR® Royal LePage Locations North, Brokerage
  • Paul & Margaret Bridgman
Finale: The Trout

Finale: The Trout

Franz Schubert’s Timeless Masterpiece and a Special Guest from Vienna

An intimate chamber music evening starring the Rolston String Quartet joined by a few special guests: Marta Potulska, a brilliant violist from Vienna, Joel Quarrington, Juno-award winning double bassist and our Artistic Director, Daniel Vnukowski at the piano. Franz Schubert’s playful song about a fisherman’s latest catch comes to life in this dazzling set of variations.

They have achieved an elite status among the continent’s finest string quartets.

Toronto Concert Reviews


Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
String Quartet in G major, op. 33, no. 5, Hob. III:41
    Vivace assai
    Largo e cantabile
    Scherzo. Allegro-Trio
    Final. Allegretto
Rolston String Quartet

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fantasiestücke op. 73
    Zart und mit Ausdruck
    Lebhaft, leicht
    Rasch und mit Feuer
Marta Potulska, viola & Daniel Vnukowski, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
Rolston String Quartet


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Quintet in A major, op. 114, D. 667, “The Trout”
    Allegro vivace
    Scherzo. Presto – Trio
    Thema. Andantino – [Variazioni]. Allegretto
    Finale. Allegro giusto
Daniel Vnukowski, piano
Luri Lee, violin
Marta Potulska, viola
Peter Eom, cello
Joel Quarrington, bass


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of the Rydlo Family Fund (a fund held within the Oakville Community Foundation)

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