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Winter Concert Programme 2021
Chacony in G minor, William Purcell
Concerto for two violins, cello, and strings in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11 RV 565, Antonio Vivaldi
Capriol Suite, Peter Warlock
Libertango, Astor Piazzolla
Oblivion for Violin Solo and String Orchestra, Astor Piazzolla, arr. Robert Longfield
Fuga y misterio, Astor Piazzolla
The Wexford Carol, Traditional, arr. Larry Moore
O Magnum Mysterium, Morten Lauridsen
Carol of the Bells: A Short Fantasy, Tony Matthews
Workshops and Master Classes are planned for each semester. Non-CSC players are welcome to participate.
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Robert was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, began playing the violin at the age of nine, and in orchestras a year later. His professional career includes three years as Assistant Concertmaster of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and 32 years a member of the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic.
He holds a B. Mus. from Brandon University where he studied with the late Francis Chaplin. Robert is also a baroque music specialist, having studied with Jean Lamon, Stanley Ritchie, and Mark Destrubé. He has performed with the internationally acclaimed Tafelmusik and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra.
He studies conducting with Gareth Jones at the University of Calgary, and participated in the SAITO International Conducting Workshop in 2021.
Robert also has extensive chamber music experience. He was a founding member of the Kensington Sinfonia and the Zabaglione String Quartet, with which he performed throughout Alberta. Cellist Tom Megee is a frequent collaborator, and the duo have played numerous concerts through the CPO’s Outreach and Education programs for children and seniors in Calgary. Robert continues to play in a number of other chamber ensembles.
Retired from orchestral performance since 2015, Robert has devoted himself to teaching and coaching violinists of all levels. He gives masterclasses through a broad range of repertoire and is a continuing coach of the Calgary Community String Orchestra, where he also coaches small ensembles. He continues to pass his expertise and love of music to new generations of musicians through adjudicating string classes for various music festivals around Alberta, as well as coaching the annual Youth Orchestra Symposium in Banff. He has been Music Director of the Calgary String Collective since 2019.
Robert’s mission is to bring joy through music with compassion, insight, generosity, and his signature good humor.
The CSC is a string orchestra for adult intermediate to advanced level players. There are no auditions for entry. Admission is at the discretion of the Music Director. Ideally players should have reached RCM Level 8 or higher. It is possible for players at RCM Level 7 to play most of the repertoire on our programmes, however to play the more advanced repertoire it is recommended to have the guidance of a music teacher.
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