2018 – 2019 Season


2018 – 2019 Season Information.

Our final concert for the season takes place on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and features Jessica Tong, violin and Michael Sheppard, piano. The program will consist of music by Mozart, Enescu, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann.

Jessica Tong has garnered international acclaim as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A recipient of the Canada Council Grant for Professional Musicians and the David Ouchterloney Award for Most Promising Young Artist, she is also a DAAD Scholar and has also been a top prizewinner at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition, the Toronto Symphony, Canadian Music and Yellow Springs International Chamber Music Competitions. A devoted chamber musician, Jessica’s performances have taken her to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, les Invalides in Paris and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and led to collaborations with artists such as Pamela Frank, Leon Fleisher, Cho-Liang Lin and members of the Cleveland, Vogler, Brentano and Borromeo Quartets. She has served as the first violinist of the Vinca and Larchmere String Quartets, and most recently held the post of Artist-in-Residence at the University of Evansville and concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana. Her debut album of chamber works by Stephan Krehl with the Larchmere Quartet and clarinettist Wonkak Kim was released in 2016 by Naxos Records to critical acclaim. Dedicated to finding innovative ways to make the chamber music art form relevant and understood by current society, Jessica is also a passionate advocate for music education and humanizing the concert experience. She has been an Artist-in-Residence for the Perlman Music Program in Florida, the Gorgeous Sounds Program in Oregon and a two time recipient of the ProQuartet Odyssee Residency Grant in France. She has served as a Co-Artistic Director for several chamber music workshops including Chamber Music of the Rockies in Colorado, University of Florida’s ChamberFest, and the Harlaxton Music Festival in England. She is a co-founder of the chamber music residency organization Music Beyond the Chamber, as well as the newly appointed Chamber Music Director for the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Workshop at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Known as a virtuosic soloist possessed of power, sensitivity, earthiness, and humour, pianist Michael Sheppard trained with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. As the winner of the American Pianists Association’s coveted Classical Fellow Award, Michael released his debut album on Harmonia Mundi in 2007. His second solo album was released to critical acclaim in 2015 by Azica, a Cleveland-based label distributed worldwide by Naxos Records. As a soloist and recitalist, he has performed across the US and Europe, including appearances at Weill (Carnegie) Hall, the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. He also gives master classes, teaches regularly and collaborates internationally with some of the top singers, instrumentalists and conductors. Michael is a native of Philadelphia and resides in Baltimore, where he works at both the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, sharing his love and understanding of music and the artistic process with future generations.

All concerts take place at St. James’ Anglican Church, Caledon East at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students 16 years and younger and may be purchased in advance at Forster’s Book Garden, Howard the Butcher and BookLore. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door on the night of the concert. For more information call 905-880-2445. For details about the other concerts in the 2018-2019 season go to www.caledonchamberconcerts.com.

Caledon Chamber Concerts is a non-profit corporation dedicated to offering the people of Caledon and surrounding communities a series of concerts that present classical music in an intimate setting.  The series of five concerts is presented between October and April.