Duo Concertante, consisting of Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves, will be part of the 13th annual Tuckamore Festival. — Telegram file photo
The 13th annual Tuckamore Festival got underway in St. John’s Monday, and will continue for the next two weeks, offering local audiences a diverse range of concerts, free open rehearsals and lunchtime performances.
Pianists and string musicians will be able to participate in masterclasses and private lessons with artists such as Gryphon Trio, Yariv Aloni and the Afiara String Quartet.
This morning, between 10 and 11, renowned instrumentalist Marc-André Hamelin will hold a question-and-answer session at MUN’s School of Music, followed in the evening by a body mapping workshop with Jennifer Johnston from 6:30 to 9:00.
Hamelin opened the festival Monday evening, with a concert at the School of Music.
“Marc-André Hamelin is one of the world’s greatest instrumentalists, and we are really thrilled that he (is) joining us this summer,” said Timothy Steeves in a written statement. Steeves is co-artistic director of the festival and one half of Duo Concertante, with Nancy Dahn.
“The Gryphon Trio and clarinetist James Campbell will present a program that will include one of the seminal works of the 20th century, Olivier Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time.’ We are also pleased to be welcoming the Afiara Quartet, a young, up-and-coming group from New York.”
Twenty-one young piano and string players from around the continent will participate in the festival’s Young Artists Program this year, and will hold free lunchtime concerts at The Kirk at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday of this week, as well as Aug. 14 and 15. Some of the young participants will present a concert of solo and chamber music at MUN School of Music’s Suncor Energy Hall Saturday at 8 p.m., and they’ll perform at the festival finale Aug. 18 at the same time, at the D. F. Cook Recital Hall.
Last year, the festival started the Tuckamore Young Composers program, allowing two aspiring composers the opportunity to take part in a week of intensive study with award-winning Canadian composer Andrew Staniland. That program is back this year, and the two composers will explain their new works as they are debuted by some of the festival’s young participants at a concert at Suncor Energy Hall, 7 p.m. Saturday.
A schedule of all concerts and events to take place as part of this year’s Tuckamore Festival is available online at www.tuckamorefestival.ca. Tickets are available by calling 864-2372.