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  November 23, 2019, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  | Saturday

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CBC radio personality, Katherine Duncan hosts Radio Hour with Bow Valley musicians – mezzo-soprano Nan Hughes Poole and pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon – as well as cellist Beth Root Sandvoss.

The programme takes the listener through the playful and capricious sounds of Debussy, the lyric expressions of Schumann, and Janáček’s fairy-tales, with humour, intrigue and sophistication.

Katherine Duncan will intersperse entertaining anecdotes about the featured composers throughout the programme.

Nan Hughes is a lyric mezzo-soprano, whose interest in a variety of musical genres has taken her around the globe. Solo orchestral appearances include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, in Vienna and Eisenstadt (Mozart), the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Hamburg (a live broadcast of Pendereçki’s music, conducted by the composer), the Dnipropetrovsk Symphony Orchestra in Kiev, the Calgary, Edmonton, London and Vancouver symphonies in Canada, and the Charlotte Symphony in North Carolina (Beethoven).  She has toured throughout Europe, the United States, Ukraine and Brazil as soloist with New York’s Continuum contemporary chamber music ensemble, working with composers such as John Cage, Earl Kim, Giya Kancheli, Leon Kirchner, and Roberto Sierra, among many others. A member of the vocal trio, Times Three (, she appears, in Andrews sisters’ style, with pops symphonies in the USA and in Canada. In Macedonia, she filmed Dimitrije Buzarovski’s Songs of Peace and War for Macedonian television.  That cycle was written specifically for her.  Other premieres include the title role in Sebastian Hutchings’The Agony of Mrs. Stone (Banff, 2009) and the role of Katherine Anne Porter in Anton Coppola’s  Sacco and Vanzetti (Opera Tampa, 2001). She has many recordings to her credit, most recently Berg and Zemlinsky with the Gruppo Montebello chamber orchestra (October 2017).  Of that recording, Opus Klassiek writes, “Last but not least, is Nan Hughes's magnificent voice that gives these songs an optimum expressive vocal form.”

Cellist Beth Root Sandvoss has a notably varied career as a recitalist, chamber musician and pedagogue. Beth lives in Bragg Creek, Alberta, and enjoys an active performance career in Canada and abroad. She has recorded for WERN Madison public radio, RTHK Radio Hong Kong, and CBC Radio.  Beth has recorded six commercial CDs and has premiered more than 50 new works for solo cello, cello/piano and chamber ensemble. Beth has an intense interest in new music and is a founding member of the acclaimed Juno nominated Land’s End Ensemble. Beth is also a member of the UCalgary String Quartet in residence at the University of Calgary. Nominated as Instrumental Group of the Year, the UCalgary String Quartet has completed live recordings of all the Beethoven String Quartets as well as the CD Far Behind I left My Country which features Klezmer and East European Folk Music. Beth has the great pleasure and privilege to perform on an award - winning cello made by her husband, Luthier, Christopher Sandvoss.“The performance brought out its depth of passion.... Beth Root Sandvoss has a beautiful sound, coupled with an excellent sense of harmony—“ Gordon Rumson, Music and Vision

Swedish-born pianist Susanne Ruberg-Gordon’s passion for chamber music is evident. Quoted by the Chronicle Herald as “A superb musician” and other critics as “accomplished, experienced….providing an evening of musical magic”,  she has collaborated with artists such as Andres Cardenes, Ron Leonard, Andras Diaz, Desmond Hoebig, Ian Swensen, Alain Trudel, Jens Lindemann, Ning Feng, Ni Tao, Arnold Choi and Nikki Chooi. Studies at the Banff Centre Music and Sound program brought her to the Bow Valley where she now resides with her family. Her primary teachers include Jose Ribera and Greta Eriksson from the Edsberg Institute of Music in Stockholm where she graduated with a Diploma in Chamber music, but she has also had the privilege to learn from Gilbert Kalish, Marc Durand and David Moroz.Susanne has been on faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory since 1991 where she is the coordinator of Collaborative Pianists and teaches chamber music. She has also been a Collaborative Artist for the acclaimed Morningside Music Bridge program in Canada, China and Poland since 2001.



Jules Massenet: Élégie for Voice, Cello & Piano

Leoš Janáček: Pohádka (Fairy-tale) for Cello & Piano

Robert Schumann: Lieder

Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 for Cello & Piano

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano

de Falla: Siete Canciones populares Españolas for Voice, Cello & Piano

Nicolas Slonimsky: Five Advertising Songs




~In memory of Christopher Smith~