Bits & Pieces

Explore our curated collection of eclectic and uplifting bits and pieces about music, artists, and more.

Bits & Pieces – Wolak | Donnelly duo

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In a lighter mode, we remember the Wolak | Donnelly Duo who performed for us on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Here, pianist Chris Donnelly captivates the audience with another instrumental talent while Kornel Wolak accompanies him on the clarinet. Bach with an unusual side dish!

Bits & Pieces – Ewashko Singers

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Let these heavenly voices soothe your soul during this short interlude betwixt the frolic of Summer and the sobriety of Fall as Labour Day heralds the new season. The Ewashko Singers brought us the Sounds of Christmas on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in our traditional Christmas concert.

Bits & Pieces – Paul Merkelo and Janelle Fung

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What’s the buzz?  Let Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee serenade the bees busy pollinating your garden with this rendition by Paul Merkelo, trumpeter extraordinaire, accompanied by pianist Janelle Fung. He uses the trumpet technique of double tonguing expertly. They joined us at Almonte in Concert for an evening From Russia with Love on Sunday January 18 at 2:00 pm.

Bits & Pieces – Oliver Jones

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How about a little Gershwin to lighten your day?  When it is played at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2004 by the wonderful Oliver Jones, who graced our stage with the dynamic Piano Chameleons on Saturday, October 15, 2016, it is a musical feast for the soul.

Bits & Pieces – Cheng2 Duo

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Enjoy a replay!  Here is the second movement – Allegro (II) – from the Cello Sonata by Shostakovich which Bryan and Silvie played to a full house at Almonte in Concert on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The Sonata is also one of the many works from their latest album, Russian Legends, available on their website. This young and dynamic Canadian duo have been busy this summer despite the pandemic.  Bryan Cheng was awarded 1st prize at the 2020 Bader and Overton Canadian Cello Competition in Kingston, Ontario at the end of June.  He was, of course, accompanied by his sister, Silvie.

Bits & Pieces – Paul Marleyn and Frédéric Lacroix

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Paul Marleyn (cello) and Frédéric Lacroix (piano) play the melodic and rather haunting Minstrel’s Song by Alexandre Glazounov in Montréal. Both fine artists have graced our AIC stage, but not together as they are in this clip. Paul performed The Four Elements with Mauro Bertoli on Saturday, April 29, 2017 while Frédéric played with us twice in our 2019-2020 season on Saturday, December 21 with soprano Jaqueline Woodley and on Sunday, January 26 with violinist Jasper Wood.


Bits & Pieces – Montréal Guitar Trio

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The renowned Montréal Guitar Trio performed with us on Saturday, March 11, 2017 with Special Guest Don Ross in our 2016-17 Season. Here are the Montréal Guitar Trio & California Guitar Trio performing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone, who passed away earlier this month having gifted the world with so many tuneful and popular compositions. This is followed by the Reel Matawa by Richard Forest in a performance at the Palais Montcalm in Québec City, October 23, 2009.

Bits & Pieces – Philip Chiu

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The music is hot, but this setting will cool you right down!  Pianist Philip Chiu brought us Of Church and State on Saturday, April 21, 2018 accompanied by video screenings of Québec churches.  Here, he puts himself directly into the video. Philip Chiu plays Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22: IV Ruvido ed ostinato on a mountain peak near Revelstoke, British Columbia. Find out how this amazing feat was accomplished in the second video.

Bits & Pieces – Ensemble Made in Canada

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In celebration of Canada Day (a little late, but hopefully we are still in the mood), let us remember the wonderful performance of The Mosaïque Suite, a suite of 14 piano quartets by Canadian composers each commissioned to reflect a particular region of Canada. Ensemble Made In Canada performed this unique project during our 2018-2019 Season on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Here it is performed in its entirety at Partridge Hall in St. Catharines, Ontario, and introduced by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson. Good news:  the CD Album is now available at and can be purchased online.

Bits & Pieces – Eliane Rodrigues

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And now for something completely different! While Brazilian pianist, Eliane Rodrigues has not performed on our Almonte in Concert stage, she demonstrates how the show must go on…even below the stage if necessary, as a slight problem with the piano pedal interfered with her not-to-be-missed performance at De Doelen in Rotterdam. Truly a master class!

Bits & Pieces – Blair Lofgren

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Music overcomes the pandemic. Enjoy a virtual treat as Blair Lofgren (cello in Québec) with Fabien Gabel (piano in Paris), both members of the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, play the tuneful and tranquil third movement of Chopin’s Cello Sonata. Blair played with Akiko Tominaga at our last concert before quarantine on March 7, 2020, Landscapes and Literature.

Bits & Pieces – Jacqueline Woodley

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Who will forget the warm personality of our Christmas soprano, Jacqueline Woodley who performed with Frédéric Lacroix (piano) and Yehonatan Berick (violin) at the sold-out concert Home for the Holidays on Saturday, December 21, 2019?  Here she plays the piano and sings one of her favourite songs, Edelweiss, at home with her family. You can see our pre-concert interviews with her on our Behind the Scenes page.

Bits & Pieces – Jasper Wood and David Riley

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Let William Kroll’s Banjo & Fiddle lift your spirits and get your toes tapping as Jasper Wood – violin and David Riley – piano perform this lively piece. Jasper Wood performed at our concert Inspired by Virtuosos on Sunday, January 26, 2020 with Frédéric Lacroix who graciously stepped in when David was unable to perform that evening. They talk about the touring experience in the third video on our Video Interviews page.

Bits & Pieces – Patricia O’Callaghan

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Patricia O’Callaghan and colleagues entertained Almonte In Concert patrons in Tom Allen’s The Missing Pages (A Chamber Musical) in 2019. Here, she sings Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose on the SchoolHouse Stage at Neat Coffee Shop in Burnstown March 31st, 2011. 

Bits & Pieces – Infusion Baroque

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Almonte in Concert featured Infusion Baroque on January 13, 2019 in a concert entitled “Son of a Bach!” Here is Infusion Baroque (and friends) playing Quintetto in A Major, II. Andante (from Infusion Baroque – Kreüsser: 6 Quintettos, Op. 10 ).

Bits & Pieces – Tom Allen

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Tom Allen, who led “Missing Pages” an AIC evening of music, song, history, and drama in 2019, explains below why we sing Do-Re-Mi and not Ut-Re-Mi, as we did for 700 years before someone finally said “UT, that’s not that fun to sing.”