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.

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music


Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Twice-Juno nominated composer-singer Beny Esguerra aims to create bridges across musical genres, and across continents. With this, he brings a new and refreshing sound and message to Canada’s music scene.

Beny explores the concepts of tradition and modernity through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, songs, dance and design. The original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the 2000 plus year old indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. He is a PHD candidate (ABD) in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in Colombian traditional music and Hip Hop culture.

Beny is a two-time JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker. in 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts Educator Award. Most recently, his song from the 2022 JUNO nominated album Northside Kuisi have been nominated for collaboration of the year at the 2022 International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Awards and have won Music to Life’s Hope Rises II song writing contest and international call for songs for social justice.

New Tradition Music delivers an urgent call for justice, environmental healing and respect for ancestors and land treaties through an interactive multi-arts performance.

  • 1pm Opening Act: Sonical Bees (Free)
  • 2pm Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

To add to the excitement, the event opens with a FREE youth performance at 1pm featuring a family music band from Aurora, Ontario: The Sonical Bees. Inspired by world music, they aspire to blend styles and cultures that will meet the East with the West and the North with the South, using music to send to the world a message of universality and unity.

Esguerra raps about social issues and solidarity over eclectic Latin American sounds blended with hip-hop beats and record scratches.


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of Sensor Technology and the Prasad Foundation

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

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
KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra

KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra

Celebrate Canada’s Diversity

Explore and celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity and pluralism with 11 world-class musicians from abroad, each performing on a unique instrument from their homeland, and one Métis, all of whom call Canada home. Kuné means “together” in Esperanto.

This ensemble brings together virtuosic musicians who have immigrated to Canada from the four corners of the earth as well as an Indigenous Canadian representative. While collaborating, fusing different cultures together in their creations, KUNÉ’s members retain their personal musical and cultural identities, expressing their musical language and personalities within the context of a musical framework.

“Kuné is a musical journey that takes listeners on a trip around the world…”

Now Magazine


Set 1
1. Espera Esperanto (composed by Paco Luviano, arranged by Hilario Duran)
2. Water (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis, Ahmed Moneka, Aline Morales, Dora Wang
and Selcuk Suna, arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
3. Earth (composed by Padideh Ahrarnejad, Matias Rechart and Dorjee Tsering, arranged
by Noam Lemish)
4. Fire (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis, Ahmed Moneka, Tyler Emond, Selcuk Suna,
Matias Recharte)
5. Wind (composed by Demetrios Petsalakis and Salif “Lasso” Sanou, arranged by Andrew
Downing. Contains excerpt from traditional French Canadian song V’lal bon vent)
6. Obeso (composed by Salif “Lasso” Sanou)

Set 2
1. Iemanja (composed by Aline Morales, arranged by David Arcus)
2. We Met in Tkaronto (composed and arranged by Alyssa Delbare-Sawchuck)
3. Sarena (composed by Aline Morales, Ahmed Moneka and Demetrios Petsalakis,
arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
4. Lloqlla (composed and arranged by Matias Recharte)
5. Zendeghi (composed by Padideh Ahrarnejad, arranged by Demetrios Petsalakis)
6. Canto a la Tierra (composed by Luis Deniz, arranged by Hilario Duran)
7. [encore] Mae D’Agua (composed by Aline Morales)


First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the generous support of Sensor Technology and the Prasad Foundation.

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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