Duo Beija-Flor, Britton-Réne Collins, and Dastoor Woods Duo

Evolution: Classical, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Beija-Flour, Britton-René Collins, Dastoor Woods Duo

Join us for a free livestream concert featuring Banff Centre's Evolution: Classical program participants, including Duo Beija-Flor, Britton-Réne Collins, and Dastoor Woods Duo
 –  all from the comfort of your own backyard lounge chair!  

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(Approx. 2 hr 15 minutes total. No intermission)
Duration of each group below: Approximately 45 minutes 

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Program: Duo Beija-Flor

H. Villa-Lobos - Distribuçao de Flôres
S. Assad - Summer Garden Suite
  I. Opening
M. de Falla - Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
  I. El Pano Moruno
  VII. Polo
S. Robinovitch - Four Sephardic Songs
IV. Alta, Alta es la Luna
M. de Falla - Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
  III. Asturiana
N. Saúl, arr. Duo Beija-Flor - Boulevard San Jorge
R. Ellias - Havana Street Parade
A. Piazzolla, arr. Duo Beija-Flor - Oblivion
A. Piazzolla - Escualo
C. Machado - Pé de Moleque

Flute and guitar duo, Duo Beija-Flor, performs works based on universal emotions and stories expressed through the lens of the world’s many cultures. Their program Costas brings into focus the rich variety of melodies and rhythms found throughout the Latin world. Strolling naturally from the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the beaches of Rio, from the four corners of Spain to Havana’s carnival, Costas meanders between the light-footed and the profound.

Program: Britton-René Collins

Britton-René Collins - Siren*
Frederic Rzewski - To the Earth
Mark Applebaum - Aphasia
Britton-René Collins - (Re)Purpose*
*World Premiere

This program explores the intersection of musical and human language to initiate social change, featuring contemporary works and original compositions for solo percussion. With an emphasis on the power of amplifying voices, this 45-minute program addresses various socio-political topics through storytelling by percussionist Britton-René Collins. Themes include anti-racism, environmentalism, and accessibility.

Program: Dastoor Woods Duo

Francis Poulenc - Sonata for Violin & Piano, FP 119
  I. Allegro con fuoco
Maurice Ravel - Sonata for Violin & Piano in G major
  II. Blues. Moderato
Sergei Prokofiev - Five Melodies, Op. 35
  I. Andante
Avner Dorman - Sonata No. 2 for Violin & Piano
  I. Adagio religioso
  II. Prestissimo – Adagio con rubato – Prestissimo
Sergei Prokofiev - Five Melodies, Op. 35
  V. Andante non troppo
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d’un lieu cher for Violin & Piano, Op. 42
  III. Mélodie
Bedřich Smetana - From the Homeland, T 128
  I. Moderato
  II. Andantino moderato e Allegro vivo

From a place of solace and belonging, to one of uncertainty and isolation, home means something different for each of us. But how does this meaning change when our home is called into question, compelling us to seek someplace new? Journey with us through a series of musical postcards, each selection a glimpse into the lives of composers in search of home. By journey’s end, you might discover that home is not the place you thought it was, or even a place at all

With support from: 

Duo Beija-Flor - In partnership with Prairie Debut and the National Arts Centre

  Prairie Debut Logo  National Arts Centre of Canada

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Duo Beija-Flor

Marie-Noëlle Choquette, flute
Charles Hobson, guitar

Flute and guitar duo, Duo Beija-Flor, presents a dynamic repertoire of works inspired by universal emotions and stories expressed through the lens of the world’s many cultures. This fresh and modern take on nationalistic music has led to performances across Canada, the United States, Argentina, and Costa Rica as well as several appearances on radio and tv programs. Flutist Marie-Noëlle ChoqueLe and guitarist Charles Hobson created the duo during their graduate studies and have since released three albums. Their latest, Costas, was released in September 2018 with the American label, Big Round Records and has garnered rave reviews from critics and listeners alike. Recipients of several awards and grants, they were recently selected to be one of the Prairie Debut artists for the 2020-21 season which will see them perform for the first time in the Canadian Prairies.

Evolution: Classical, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Duo Beija-Flor

Britton-René Collins

Percussionist Britton-René Collins has dedicated her artistry to shaping an equitable community for all musicians to thrive equally. A winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, she was awarded the Ambassador Prize for exceptional musicianship and demonstrating an active passion for creating social change through her music.

Britton-René is also passionate about expanding modern percussion repertoire. As a composer and advocate for new music, her current projects involve premiering new compositions and commissions for multi-percussion and marimba, including during her debut PASIC Artist appearance at the 2021 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Recent highlights include attending the soundSCAPE new music composition and performance exchange in Cesena, Italy, and participating in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's Evolution: Classical program. As an artist, Britton-René proudly endorses Vic Firth sticks and mallets, Zildjian cymbals, and Marimba One instruments.

Evolution: Classical, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Britton-René Collins

Dastoor Woods Duo

Daniel Dastoor, violin
Brian Woods, piano

Formed in 2020 at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Dastoor-Woods Duo is made up of Canadian violinist Daniel Dastoor and American pianist Brian Woods. Inspired by their passion for chamber music, Dastoor and Woods look forward to performances in both Canada and the United States, as well as competitive appearances both as soloists and as a pair. The Duo already boasts a wide repertoire, encompassing works from the Classical era to the 21st Century, and has recorded in such prestigious venues as Koerner Hall. Originally from Montreal, Daniel Dastoor currently studies with Paul Kantor and Barry Shiffman at the Glenn Gould School, pursuing an Artist Diploma. Brian Woods recently graduated from the Glenn Gould School, where he studied with John O’Conor, and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is actively working as a soloist and chamber musician.

Evolution: Classical, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Dastoor Woods Duo