The St. Albert Chamber Music Society and the St. Albert Botanic Park are collaborating once again to bring you not one, but two! free outdoor concerts for your summer enjoyment.
The first concert will take place on Sunday, July 17 in celebration of the park’s Garden Day/Rose Show. Performing in the gazebo will be the trio, Terzetto featuring Crystal Krips, flute; Dorothy Speers, flute; and Caitlin Laslop, cello.
On Sunday, August 21, the annual Picnic in the Park will be taking place and this concert will feature the Sturgeon String Quartet, headed up by local musician, Neda Yamach. violin. Also performing in the ensemble are Laura Veeze, violin; Aaron Au, viola; and Kathleen de Caen, cello.
For both concerts, the music will begin at 1:30 pm and last until 3:00 pm. Come for a while or stay for the entire concert. There will be some seating available under a tent that will keep you cool and/or dry. You are also welcome to bring along your own lawn chair or blanket. Why not pack a picnic lunch to enjoy as well!
Mark your calendars and come experience the beauty of classical music amidst the splendour of the gardens. The concerts will go ahead rain or shine at the St. Albert Botanic Park, 265 Sturgeon Road. We hope to see you there!
The chamber ensemble Terzetto has taken many forms. The trio formed specifically for the St. Albert Chamber Music Society’s summer chamber music concert includes Dorothy Speers (flute), St. Albert resident Crystal Krips (flute) and Caitlin Laslop (cello).
Dorothy Speers received her Bachelor of Music in Performance from Queen’s University and her Master’s of Music degree in Performance from the University of Alberta. In addition to being on staff at Grant McEwan University, Dorothy has a large private flute studio. Dorothy is in constant demand as a solo performer. She remains busy as an adjudicator and clinician throughout western Canada and has toured extensively in France, Germany and Italy. Dorothy is a Yamaha artist.
St. Albert resident Crystal Krips started her musical career by taking piano lessons, followed quickly by flute lessons and band. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, attained simultaneously. Following her formal education, Crystal attained her Certified Management Accountant designation and ARCT diploma. She is in demand as a flute clinician, and she maintains a successful private studio of flute and piano students in St. Albert. Crystal plays piccolo and flute in the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia and is also the Executive Director for the Alberta Music Education Foundation.
Caitlin Laslop is an Edmonton based cellist and teacher. Caitlin currently teaches at Suzuki Charter School, with the Society for Talent Education as well as her own private studio where she teaches students as young as 3 years old. She also enjoys playing with the Vif String Quartet.
Originally from St. Albert, Alberta, Neda Yamach began studying the violin at the age of five. Under the tutelage of Thomas WIlliams, she attended McGill University where she was a recipient of the Lloyd Carr Harris Scholarship. After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree, she studied with Patti Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music. Neda was a member of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra and has attended the Banff Summer Arts Festival and Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Neda joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in 2011 following international auditions. She is also a member of the Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Aaron Au was a first violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and is currently a Sessional Lecturer of Viola at the University of Alberta. A frequent guest of CBC Radio, Aaron has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on both violin and viola in concerts across Canada, the U.S., Cuba and Europe. Aaron completed his Doctor of Music degree in 2007 at the University of Alberta, where he was a Killam Scholar and was also awarded the University of Alberta Ph.D. Scholarship. Aaron is privileged to be the founding President and former Artistic Director of the Edmonton Recital Society.
Dutch violinist and violist, Laura Veeze, has reached audiences on three continents as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has held principal second violin positions with the Radio Chamber Philharmonic in the Netherlands and with Symphony Nova Scotia in Canada. Currently, she is a member of the first violin section of the Edmonton Symphony and the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. A passionate teacher, Laura served on the string faculty at Acadia University for years and is currently on faculty at the Alberta Conservatory.
Ms. Veeze studied in Amsterdam and New York with Alexander Kerr and Sylvia Rosenberg.
Laura is married to ESO concertmaster Robert Uchida.
Kathleen de Caen is a classically trained cellist, currently based in Edmonton. She completed her Bachelor’s of Music at the University of Alberta with Tanya Prochazka and her Masters at McGill University with Matt Haimovitz. She has been invited to perform with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, as a soloist, on multiple occasions for their education outreach series and has also performed with the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra as winner of their concerto competition. An avid chamber musician, she often performs with Matt Haimovitz’s cello ensemble, Uccello, who recently performed at Carnegie Hall and Festival Del Sole in Napa Valley. In the fall of 2015, Kathleen joined the YONA Sistema team as their cello and double bass instructor.
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