Main Series 5

Music Among Friends

Bok Brass Quintet & Gianetta Baril

Gianetta Baril  Harp
With the Bok Brass Quintet

Sunday, March 18, 2018
7:30 PM

Muttart Hall | Alberta College Conservatory of Music
10050 MacDonald Drive NW
   Edmonton, AB | Parking

$35 Adult | $25 Senior [65+]  |  $10 Student | BUY TICKETS

Gianetta BarilThis concert is dedicated to the memory of Armand Baril

Allan Gilliland
The Flash and the Fury for brass quintet

Jan Koetsier
Introduction and variations on the Vysehrad Theme by Bedrich Smetana, for brass quintet & harp, Op. 71

  • Theme
  • Variation I – Allegramente
  • Variation IV – Allegro con brio
  • Variation V – Andante maestoso
  • Variation VI – Allegro vivace

Johannes Brahms
Arr. Alden Lowrey
Four Songs

  1. Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang – The Full Sound of a Harp Resounds
  2. Lied von Shakespeare – Song by Shakespeare
  3. Der Gärtner – The Gardener
  4. Gesang aus Fingal – Song from Fingal

Jonny Kempaneck
Killertango for brass quintet

Carlos Salzedo
Song in the Night for solo harp

Gabriel Fauré
Impromptu Op. 86 for solo harp

Lew Pollack, arr. Jack Gale
That’s a Plenty for Brass

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant
Arr. A.M. Bachman
Stairway to Heaven for brass and harp

George Gershwin
Arr. Thomas Bergler
Cuban Overture

George Gershwin
Arr. Foothills Brass
Someone to Watch Over Me

Juno Award-winning harpist Gianetta Baril has had a distinguished solo career for over 30 years, receiving consistent praise for her dramatic artistry and spectacular technique. Career highlights include performing as Canada’s representative to the World Harp Congress and as a soloist for the Queen, Prince Charles and the late Lady Diana. Since returning to Canada, she has continued to perform a wide variety of solo and chamber music recitals.

Bok Brass was founded in 2014 by Joel and Hannah Gray, and features Edmonton’s the top musical talent: Russell Whitehead, Megan Evans, and Alden Lowrey. They have performed more than 30 concerts, performing a wide variety of music from Baroque to The Beatles, Renaissance to Ragtime, and Classical to Contemporary. In 2016, they commissioned Edmonton composer Allan Gilliland to compose a piece for them, and he wrote The Flash and Fury, which perfectly captures the spirit and energy of the group. They are passionate about live and local performances and arrangements that delight their audiences. More information on the Bok Brass can be found on their Facebook page or their website.

Joel Gray: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
A well-known figure in the Edmonton music scene, Joel is a music instructor at MacEwan University. He performs regularly with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra and the Tommy Banks Big Band.

Russell Whitehead: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
Russell holds a Master’s degree in Performance from the University of Michigan. He has played Principal Trumpet for the Saskatoon Symphony and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestras.

Megan Evans: horn
Hailing from Vancouver, Megan Evans serves as Assistant Principal Horn with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly in recital, and in 2012 was a featured soloist with the ESO.

Alden Lowrey: trombone
After initial training with Ken Read at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music, Alden received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alberta, where he studied with John McPherson.

Hannah Gray: tuba, bass trombone
Hannah studied music at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta. She has performed with a wide variety of music ensembles including the Tommy Banks Big Band and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Armand Baril

Armand BarilArmand Baril was born in Edmonton, Alberta on October 18th, 1930. With deep musical roots, it is not surprising that his family background instilled in him an early love of music. At the age of five he began taking piano lessons, an activity that led to the development of a great passion for the instrument. He soon became an accomplished musician, entertaining friends and family whenever he was asked, and this ultimately lead to a lifelong career in the arts. 

A part-time job as a teen correspondent on Teen Time, a CKUA radio show in the late forties, led to a full-time position as announcer of classical music programs on CKUA in 1949. This exposure, along with his French background, made him a perfect fit for his next job with CHFA radio. In 1954, music called to him once again and Armand went to Toronto to complete his piano studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Upon returning to Edmonton after graduation, he was hired by the CBC as a broadcaster, a move that marked the beginning of a 36-year career in the industry. He also continued in his role as a performer by playing piano and singing for the Edmonton Civic Opera. In 1957, Armand was transferred to CBC Toronto where he became Floor Director for television productions that included the Wayne and Shuster Hour, Planet Ice and several TV concerts with the iconic pianist Glen Gould. Again, he carried on with his artistic pursuits; this time singing in the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company.

In 1960, Armand was transferred to CBC Winnipeg where he produced a cowboy show called Red River Jamboree. A year later, he returned to Edmonton where he would remain, and took on the management position of pogram director for both radio and television. By 1962, Armand’s love for a more hands-on role saw him take over as the senior TV producer for the newly established CBC Television outlet. One of his early jobs in this position was to produce the TV game show Reach for the Top with host Colin McLean. He eventually became responsible for the production and direction of shows that were musically oriented, including the weekly series Keynotes featuring pianists Tommy Banks and Harry Boon. This led to the production of an amazing array of music programs that featured local and visiting artists and performers such as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. These were shows such as Music In Miniature, CBC Young Performers, the gala Tri-Bach Festival Concert and the opening of the Calgary Center for the Performing Arts. He was instrumental in bringing Bravo Alberta, a show inspired by the Toronto Arts Awards, to Edmonton. It brought recognition to the work of nationally and internationally known Alberta artists. Armand is perhaps most well-known for producing the highly acclaimed Tommy Banks Live for which he won an Anik Award for Best Regional Series in 1981. His reputation became strongly established as a creative and highly professional influence and he could be found producing shows not only in Edmonton, but also for CBC Calgary, the Banff School of Fine Arts, CBC Ottawa, and venues throughout Alberta.

Armand’s community involvement was always strong. At the age of 18 he became a member of the Knights of Columbus. From 1968-1970 he served on the board of the Edmonton Opera Association and from 1970-1981 was conductor of the choir at St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton. He has acted as emcee for band and choral festivals on numerous occasions, including the Alberta International Band Festival and the Kiwanis Festival. Armand conducted a band for the Universiade Games held in Edmonton in 1978 and for the Commonwealth Games in 1979. He played bass clarinet with the Cosmopolitan Band under the direction of Harry Pinchin and in 1980 he formed the Cosmopolitan Chorus, acting as its conductor until 1990. In 1981 Armand worked with the Edmonton Symphony, under the baton of Uri Mayer, on a CBC recording, Orchestral Suites of the British Isles, which was awarded the Canadian Music Council’s Grand prix du disque.

Armand and his wife Lucie, an accomplished French horn player and former opera singer, have been long-time supporters of Edmonton’s arts scene, providing financial support and acting as patrons for the Edmonton Opera, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and the New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia. Armand and Lucie have two grown children, both of whom have achieved prominence as musicians in their own right. Raymond is a saxophonist and conductor in Edmonton, and Gianetta is a harpist in Calgary.

Armand passed away on April 14, 2017 after a brief illness, leaving an artistic legacy to be carried on by the many people whose lives he impacted so profoundly.