The 5 at the First Chamber Music Series’ 8th season finale concert is on May 5. “Three Voices: Twelve Strings” will be performed by Rachel Mercer, Yehonatan Berick and Jethro Marks, and feature the world premiere of “Ein Kleines Trio” by Abigail Richardson-Schulte.
Canadian Music Centre (CMC) presents cellist Rachel Mercer in a solo recital of all-Canadian music for cello and electronics. And this recital comes with a built-in conundrum. . . is it a solo if it includes a duet with herself? Putting aside this mystery for a moment, the innovative combination of cello and electronics is […]
5 at the First Chamber Series opens 2018 with the AYR Trio‘s Piano Trio Masters. Violin virtuoso Yehonatan Berick is the “Y” in the group’s name, bookended by his collaborators: pianist Angela Park (the “A”) and cellist Rachel Mercer (the “R”). In truth, his nickname is “Big Y”, and though his website bio describes him […]
Is there any instrument quite so expressive as the flute? In the hands of a master, it can sound as ephemeral as mist, as delicate as a breeze . . . or as buoyant as a wave. It can be melancholy or joyful. It can invoke love or longing. Fear or daring. Rage or calm. […]
Sought-after bassist Joseph Phillips joins piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada for 5 at the First’s season finale concert this Saturday.
Who better to guide us through all matters cello than Rachel Mercer? Here is our definitive and approachable guide to the cello, cello virtuosos, and Cello Extravaganza IV!
Michael Fedyshyn, Principal Trumpet of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, discusses his musical tastes, collaborative ventures, and his upcoming 5 at the First concert, which he performs with his wife!
When Darren Sigesmund compares cooking to jazz improv, take note. As a professional trombonist and a professional chef, he’s uniquely qualified to make the comparison. Sigesmund picked the trombone for its “lower brass sounds and the warmth of the instrument,” and he’s taken his talent far. He is a JUNO nominee and Galaxie Rising Star winner, and […]
In anticipation of her appearance with 5 at the First, Canadian soprano Shannon Mercer chatted with SesayArts about singing in Russian, coffee, and the perils of bad advice.