Posted on October 23, 2012 by Tia Lalani

On Friday, Nov 9 at 7:30 pm, Dr. Jimmy Briere will perform: the following morning, he presents a piano masterclass.

Augustana Fine Arts Department

Dr. Jimmy Brière, has established himself as one of the most interesting Canadian pianists of his generation.

An accomplished musician, you won’t want to miss this recital at the Augustana Faith and Life Chapel on Friday evening, November 9th at 7:30 pm. Dr. Brière will feature works by Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Bernstein, and Rota. Following the recital, he will present a piano masterclass the morning of Saturday, November 10th (9:30 – 11:30 am), also in the Chapel. Participants are the Augustana Bachelor of Music Piano Performance majors.

A graduate of the University of Montreal, Indiana University and the Glenn Gould School of Toronto, Jimmy Brière has studied with Marc Durand, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler and André Laplante. He has performed in concerts and recitals in United States, Europe and Canada.

Briere is a recording artist and has won numerous awards, including: First Prize International Competition in Hong Kong (1997); Winner of International Competition in Porto (1996); and winner of the Radio-Canada National Competition for Young Performers (2001). Brière has been heard at the International Festival of Music in Toledo, at the Lanaudière Festival, at the Banff Center of the Arts, at Festival of the Sound and at the Domaine Forget International Festival.

He has performed as soloist with many notable ensembles, including the Orquestra Classica of Oporto, the Pleven Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Ruse in Bulgaria, the I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra and the Quebec and Montreal Symphony Orchestras. A chamber musician in demand, Brière has played with renowned musicians and groups, including double bassist Edgar Meyer, clarinetist James Campbell, the New Zealand String Quartet and the Canadian Chamber Players. Many of his performances have been broadcast on Radio-Canada and the CBC, Chicago’s WFMT-FM, as well as Kol Hamusica, in Israel. He is now visiting professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Montreal.

Tickets for the Brière recital may be purchased at the door ($25/adults; $20/students/seniors; $5/under 18 yrs.). For the piano masterclass on Saturday morning, there is no charge for admission. All are welcome. For further information, call the Augustana Music Office, 780-679-1532.

Are you interested in musical performances? Don’t miss One Piano, Four Hands!

Pianists Ina Dykstra and Nancy Watt Present Duet Recital (One Piano, Four Hands)

It’s not often one gets a chance to attend a performance in which two artists perform together on one instrument. But wait… it gets even better! The repertoire that will be performed is captivating and entertaining as well. Hear pianists Ina Dykstra and Nancy Watt present a duet recital (one piano, four hands) at the Augustana Faith & Life Centre Chapel on Sunday, November 4th at 3:00 pm.

This afternoon recital features a selection of interesting pieces from Legends by Dvořák. There are also a number of works written by Franz Schubert. His elegantly expressive piano pieces for four hands are considered some of the most significant works in the entire repertoire. Included in the program are Lebenssturme, Rondo in A Major, Two Characteristic Marches and one of the well-loved Military Marches.

Ina Dykstra received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Alberta, studying under Dr. Ernesto Lejano and Dr. Helmut Brauss. She has also completed graduate courses in Art Song, Accompaniment, Chamber Music and Solo Performance. She holds a degree in Music Therapy from Capilano College in Vancouver and has studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She has worked for the Yamaha School of Music and examined extensively across Canada for Conservatory Canada. Ina has recorded for CBC radio and has been hired as a clinician for both the Alberta Piano Teachers’ Association and the Alberta Registered Music Teachers’ Association. She does workshops for piano teachers across the prairie provinces, teaches summer courses for young teachers, and has a special interest in duet, 2-piano and concerto music. Ms. Dykstra has over 30 years experience as an accompanist, performer, clinician, examiner, adjudicator, and inspiring teacher.

Nancy Watt holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta and an Associateship in Piano Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music. After teaching music programs in both elementary and junior high schools for many years, she now teaches private piano and theory lessons from her home studio in St. Albert. She has served on the St. Albert and Area Piano Teachers’ Association executive, four years as Chair, and been involved in the planning and organization of Contemporary Showcase (a music festival that promotes and celebrates the works of contemporary Canadian composers). Nancy has a special interest in duet repertoire and has done performances of classical and jazz duet music in a variety of venues in the Edmonton area. An experienced accompanist, she enjoys working with violin, cello. flute, clarinet and voice students in the Edmonton area. Ms. Watt is an avid long distance runner and trains to compete in marathons and half-marathon races. She finds that her physical and mental training as an athlete has a correlation to the training of musicians and incorporates these coaching principles into her piano teaching.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for this event ($20 – adults; $10 – students/seniors; $5 – under 18 yrs). For further information, call the Augustana Music Office at 780-679-1532.


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