Driving Miss Daisy

Cogeco is airing their Classic Car Series between May 28 and June 25 and the Wednesday, July 4th (9 pm) show will feature Chris and Miss daisy (and a few minutes of me as well) .

We should be able to put up a link to it following the show for those that miss it.

katie

Upcoming Concerts – House tour location change

Hi all – For those interested we have a couple of up-coming concerts:


Kingston Classics Trio (Chris, Bill and Katie) are playing
at the KSA House tour this Saturday 11:40am – 12:30pm at
9 King Pitt Rd off Hwy 2 east
For this you do have to buy a ‘passport’ – details on the KSA site.

 

 


Katie (bassoon 2) and Chris (clarinet 1) are also playing
the Kingston Symphony’s Beat Beethoven Run on June 3, 2018
starting at 10:30 a.m. in Confederation Park – no admission necessary but hope for sun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie

Victoria Day Weekend – Happy Hour Sound Bytes and Hosta La Vista/Retirement party

The coming Victoria day weekend will mark a couple of special events and you are invited!

Friday, May 18 will be the final concert in our Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2017-2018 Season. In this concert we appeal to our bass with me playing Contrabassoon, Chris Alfano playing bass clarinet and Michel Szczesniak joining us on the piano. Come get Low!

Sunday, May 20 from 2-5 join Chris and I for a special celebration at 476 Victoria Street. After much thought and a couple of (pleasant) occurrences, Chris has decided to announce his retirement from LaSalle at the end of June 2018. While he will definitely miss the band and strings programs, he has some new opportunities to teach and learn and is looking forward to pursuing them further. Hope to see you all on the 20th!

Happy Hour Sound Bytes Concert – Friday April 27th, 2018

Join us for the third concert in our Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2017-2018 season this Friday, April 27th, 2018

This concert features 1994 Juno nominee and veteran of the Canadian music scene, blues and jazz artist, Georgette Fry.

The concert is at 5pm at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street. Admission is $15 at the door but only $5 for Queen’s students!

Next concert, May 18th, features Chris on bass clarinet and Katie on contrabassoon, joined by our favourite pianist, Michel Szczesniak.

Happy Hour Sound Bytes Concert – Friday March 16th

Join us for the third concert in our Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2017-2018 season this Friday, March 16th


This concert features Chris Alfano, clarinet; Katie Legere, bassoon; Cory VanAllen, horn; and Bill Egnatoff, flute, playing charming Classical works for wind quartet by Mozart and Rossini.

The concert is at 5pm at St Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street. Admission is $15 at the door but only $5 for Queen’s students!

Next concert, April 27th, will feature 1994 Juno nominee and veteran of the Canadian music scene, blues and jazz artist, Georgette Fry.

Go ahead, distract me!

Last week I was practicing for a upcoming solo appearance and I thought I would try out different ways of playing through distraction.

I love listening to Podcasts and Podcast playlist (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastplaylist) is one of my favourites. So.. I opened it up on the stereo in my studio and turned it up so that I could here myself play and hear my metronome but could still also follow the program.

Why would I do this to myself? Isn’t it tough enough to concentrate without making it harder? Aren’t you supposed to get rid of every distraction and focus?

Well… yes you are but have you ever noticed that when you’re performing all kinds of things become a distraction? It’s a lot like the great advice I read here from the Bulletproof musician:

How to Make the Most of a Dress Rehearsal

Yes, I absolutely try to emulate a performance before it happens.

  • If I’m standing for a solo – I practice it standing
  • Before the concert I play in the shoes I’m going to wear
  • I try out the dress/outfit (is the skirt too short when I sit? Does it gets caught in my keys? Does (heavens forbid) the top work itself down while I play?!)

But it’s hard to emulate that person in the front row snoring or coughing or leaving suddenly…. so I also try to learn to focus through distractions.

Sometimes i also discover a new podcast too!

Katie

Happy Hour Sound Bytes 2017-2018

Welcome to the 2017/18 Series! Once again we are offering five entertaining concerts designed to stimulate your appetite for music as well as relax you for the weekend. As with every year, artists from the Kingston area and guests from further away share their talent and passion in five concerts encompassing: vocal, piano, jazz, string and wind music.

From October to May, you can experience the joy of live performance in a variety of genres – for the same incredible price as last year! $50.00 for all 5 concerts

October 13, 2017A Duo, A Duo! a concert of jazz standards and more with Chris Alfano (clarinet/sax), and Dave Barton (guitar)

November 10, 201720th Century guitar – Classic pieces from the new golden age of guitar  Jeff Hanlon – Classical Guitar

As a soloist and chamber musician, Jeff Hanlon has performed at venues and festivals across Canada and the United States, including the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Yale University’s New Music New Haven series and the Faculty Artist Series of Queen’s University. He has recorded for PBS radio and for CBC Radio 2, and has given workshops and masterclasses for guitarists at York University, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals (FCMF).

Back by popular demand we again break for winter so that those of you who escape the cold can still enjoy our series in the spring!

March 16, 2018Who’s horning in?

Katie and Chris are joined by Bill Egnatoff, flute and Cory VanAllen, horn for a concert of music for flute, horn, clarinet and bassoon. Enjoy charming selections from Mozart, Gambaro and Rossini

April 27, 2018 – Georgette Fry & friends

1994 Juno nominee and veteran of the Canadian music scene, blues and jazz artist, Georgette Fry, has dedicated many hours of her 35-year career towards raising funds for and awareness of the needs of women and children in crisis. In 2017 she was awarded a meritorious Service medal by Canada’s Governor General for her work with her non-reading, non-auditioning “pop” choir (Shout Sister!), specifically aimed at women whose so-called musical limitations may have robbed them of prior opportunities to sing in a group setting.

Join us in welcoming her to the series in a concert that will give you anything but the blues!

May 18, 2018Appealing to our ‘Bass’ Chris and Katie are joined by our favourite pianist, Michel to play music for clarinet (maybe some bass clarinet too), piano, bassoon  and even some contrabassoon!

Series information

All concerts will be at 5:00 pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 263 Victoria Street

Your $50 subscription gets you entry into all 5 concerts

Single concert admission is $15 at the door. Children shorter than a bassoon are admitted free!

Reserve your key tag today – email Chris at alfano@cogeco.ca or Katie at legerek@queensu.ca