April 17, 2012
Dear Friends of sTREga!
Get ready for our next wonderful Spring recital! Although this time it will be only the two Streghine (Erika and Ewa), we promise you won’t regret devoting the lovely Sunday afternoon of April 29 to music and to sTREga. Spring has come, and bells of music and joy are ringing: Spring Campanelle! We will delight you with probably the most famous musical bells (campanelle) of Liszt and Kreisler, and we will top it with the two gorgeous violin sonatas by good old masters: Beethoven and Brahms. What can be better for a beautiful spring afternoon than a sweet classy music in a lovely place? We will be performing for you at our dear Gallery 345 in Toronto, and we will enjoy music, spring and flowers together with you. Bring your dear ones, bring your children, friends and families, and meet Duo sTREga in Roncesvalles neighbourhood in less than two weeks!
Please mark your calendars: Sunday, April 29 2012, 3:00 PM; Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave, Toronto. With an asterisk for: "IMPORTANT"!
October 21, 2011
Hello all sTREga fans and friends!
once again, we're getting ready for a wonderful concert which will happen in a very short time. For this special concert we're back at the beautiful Heliconian Hall, if you're not familiar with the place, here is their website. The concert will take place on Wednesday the 2nd of November and will start at 7:30pm.
Kasia will be in town for only a few weeks, so we're taking full advantage of her presence and will have two trios (Milhaud and Schoenfield) as well as the Debussy's Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano. Ewa and Erika will perform Brahms' first violin sonata, one of the most beautiful Romantic sonatas for violin and piano, while Erika will perform two short brilliant pieces for piano solo (Rachmaninov's Moment musicaux and Ravel's Toccata).
We hope to see you there!
May 5, 2011
We would like to welcome this beautiful weather with a new sTREga recital and we hope you can keep the date free. On May 28th, at 7:30 pm, Trio sTREga will return to the welcoming Gallery 345, near Roncesvalles and Dundas West with the lovely Dance in the Sky recital.
The program is somewhat sprightly, energized by some beautiful, and very diversified approaches to dance by composers such as Liszt, Ravel, Bernstein and Paul Schoenfield. We will present also Kevin Lau's trio, To the Edge of the Sky, which we commissioned and premiered this past January. We'll also present a beautiful short work by Italian composer Mario Pagotto, for violin and piano, Il volo del Pettirosso (The Flight of the Robin).
The Gallery 345 doesn't have easy parking spaces around it, so please make sure to give yourself some extra time, in case you are planning on driving there. Tickets are $20/15/10
February 18, 2011
We are only now recuperating from the excited state that the New Music Festival at UofT left us in!
The Festival was just over one week long and featured all sorts of new works, experimental works, traditional works, as well as professors, students and special guests (like US!) performing and lecturing.
We felt very welcomed and enjoyed every second of it. We presented a mixture of new trios (a splendid new trio written for us by Kevin Lau), something from our standard repertoire (our beloved Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale) as well as some solos (Ewa performed a beautiful piece by Ryan Purchase inspired by Hiroshige's colourful woodcuts of the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō; while Erika presented Chan Ka Nin's Majestic Flair and Gary Kulesha's Aphorisms), as well as two pieces by the guest composer of the Festival, Chen Yi. We were very lucky to have her attending our rehearsals and concert: she was full of energy and of enthusiasm for Kasia's performance of her Chinese Dances. We also had a beautiful cellist, David Hetherington, joining us for a performance of Chen Yi's Romance of Hsiao and Chin.
Our wonderful friend and director of the New Music Festival, Prof. Norbert Palej, overdid himself in the organization of this event: he made sure that everyone was given the opportunity to perform in the best environment and give his/her best.
One more level of excitement was added by the interest that OMNI TV demonstrated for Trio sTREga in this occasion. The Polish section of OMNI TV decided to feature our group, recording part of our rehearsal and our show, as well as including individual interviews with each one of us. Kasia was able to upload the whole show on youtube for everyone to enjoy, so please do so, if you haven't already, by going to their website. You can also see the reportage on our website, under our audio/video link.
We're finalizing the dates of our next two concerts, we won't fail to warn you in time, so see you very soon.
As usual, we are indebted to so many of you for your continuous and renewed support, THANKS!
October 30, 2010
Dear sTREga friends,
We are back from our tour: we have wonderful stories and great music to share with you again. The last of the "Four Seasons at Heliconian Hall" - "Fall For Music" - is coming up on November 19th. We'll celebrate the closing of the Fall, hopefully with no snow, with our newly commissioned trio, The North Imagined, written for us by our friend, professor Norbert Palej. We took this work on our recent tour and has received very positive feedback from professionals and music lovers alike.
The rest of the program will celebrate Schumann and Chopin's anniversary, with the former's Violin Sonata and the latter's Waltzes, together with the Clarinet Sonata by their good friend, Johannes Brahms.
The concert will take place at Heliconian Hall, on November 19th at 7.30pm.
Tickets are $25/$20 and further information can be obtained calling 416.227.0274.
Please join us in our last Season of the season!
September 29, 2010.
We are getting the last details ready for our concert tour in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. In only a few weeks we will be traveling with several concerts in Victoria, Vancouver and Regina.
We have recently received our newly commissioned piece: The North Imagined, a Tribute to Glenn Gould, composed for us by UofT professor Dr. Norbert Palej.
Between October 18th and 25th, we will be presenting it, among other works, to very diverse audiences. If you are in the area, or have relatives or friends who might be interested, please refer them to our schedule where you can find all the location and times for each concert.
The "wiser and more traveled" Trio sTREga will be back on October 25th, ready for a "pill-concert" at Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto on October 28th and our fundraiser for Dream Makers on November 13th. The next big sTREga event, our last of "The Four Season Concerts" will take place on November 19th at Heliconian Hall.
August 27, 2010
sTRega is excited to be invited to perform in Montreal for a very special cause. On Sunday August 29th, Ewa and Erika will be the special guests at the church of St.Barnabas (95 Lorne Ave, Saint-Lambert) to raise funds for the Ecole Ste Trinite in Port au Prince, Haiti. The school provides a full education to Haitian students from a range of social backgrounds and the curriculum includes a strong focus on music.
Ewa and Erika will be performing music by Brahms, Chopin, Sarasate, and Wieniawski.
The concert starts at 7pm and all the proceeds will be donated to this wonderful institution in Haiti.
Tax receipts will be offered for donations over $10. A refreshment will follow the concert.
June 2, 2010
Our second 2010 recital, a Spring Contrasts Recital is already gone. We performed wonderful pieces, such as Contrasts by Bela Bartók, Third Ballade by Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Schumann's Fantasiestuecke and Sonatensatz by Johannes Brahms. It was a beautiful program, partially honouring this year's great anniversary of both Chopin and Schumann and it was a great pleasure for us to perform it. We had also a photoshooting session with our marvellous photographer Tanya Workman and there are already her beautiful pictures in our Photos page. Please check the link! There will be also some video excerpts from our recital so please keep checking our website regularly!