Local chamber music on the menu

François Lemieux
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Lakeshore Music Chamber Society presents duo Jaï

Duo Jaï cellist Joanne Grant. Photo courtesy.

Always looking to add diversity to its programmation, the Lakeshore Chamber Music Society’s next show on Jan. 18 will give West Islanders a taste of local chamber music. Duo Jaï, an all-Pointe Claire ensemble which features Stewart Grant on oboe and Joanne Grant on cello will be accompanied by pianist Michael Woytiuk. Not only will they play works by famous composers Telemann, Bach, Schumann and Brahms but also original compositions by Grant.

“They are excellent. They are highly-trained musicians and the fact that they are all from Pointe Claire should make it a very interesting situation for the audience in January,” said Lakeshore Chamber Music Society artistic director Selima Mohammed.

Stewart Grant's compositions have been performed by many of Canada’s finest solo artists and ensembles, including the Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, the National Youth Orchestra, l'Orchestre Métropolitain, pianists Stéphane Lemelin and Paul Stewart, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, Le Quatuor Claudel, organists André Laberge and Patrick Wedd, violinist Martin Beaver and contralto Maureen Forrester. His music has been frequently broadcast across Canada on CBC Radio and has been performed in the United States, Europe, India and South America.

An oboist but also a composer and a conductor, Stewart Grant grew up in Pointe Claire and graduated from the Faculty of Music at McGill University and the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec. He has performed with such organizations as the Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company. He is presently both artistic director of the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra.

Originally from Alberta, cellist Joanne Grant has performed with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Promenade Orchestra and the Canadian Chamber Orchestra and was a founding member of the Relevé String Quartet. For many years she was principal 'cellist of the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Alberta Chamber Orchestra and cellist with Musaeus, with whom she recorded for the CBC and toured throughout much of western Canada and as far afield as the former Soviet Union.

Since its founding in 1994, duo Jaï has delighted audiences in Québec and Southern Ontario with its unique mix of baroque, popular and contemporary classical repertoire. It has performed at events such as the Canadian Oboe Festival in Toronto, the Festival de Musique de Lachine and the Guelph Spring Festival, as well as in venues such as Pollack Hall at McGill University, Montreal's Christ Church Cathedral and various cultural centres in the Montreal area.

All society concerts are held on Fridays in Union Church (24 Maple Ave., Ste. Anne de Bellevue) at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the April 14 show which will take place at 2 p.m. For further information, please call 514-457-5280 or visit the society's website at www.lcmssmcl.ca. The society has four shows left in its 2012-2013 program.

Organizations: Lakeshore Chamber Music Society, Chamber Society, CBC Radio McGill University National Youth Orchestra André Laberge and Patrick Wedd McGill Chamber Orchestra Canadian Opera Company West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra Berkeley Promenade Orchestra Canadian Chamber Orchestra Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra Southern Alberta Chamber Orchestra Christ Church Cathedral

Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Montreal, Canada Edmonton Québec Toronto United States Europe India South America Alberta Soviet Union Southern Ontario Guelph Union Church

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