Sunday Music in the Garden Room Opens Another Exciting Season

Sunday Music in the Garden Room Opens Another Exciting Season
By Janet Kirkconnell

Sunday Music in the Garden Room opens its 2019-2020 season on September 22 with the dynamic violin and piano duo meagan&amy at 2pm in the Garden Room of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on University Avenue in Wolfville. Pianist Meagan Milatz and violinist Amy Hillis, both Saskatchewan born and bred, and now based in Montreal, are the first to have been awarded “Road Trip! A Pan-Canadian Tour”, a co-operative undertaking by three of the chief classical music impresario organizations in Canada, Prairie Debut (in existence for over 20 years), Debut Atlantic (on its 40th anniversary), and Jeunesses Musicales Canada (on its 70th). The tour is a mammoth venture for the artists, taking them to 57 cities and towns in all provinces and territories of Canada, from Newfoundland and Nunavut to British Columbia, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, beginning in Nova Scotia on September 14, 2019, and finishing in New Brunswick on May 23, 2020, criss-crossing the country many times.

Flanked by this concert and another Debut Atlantic offering on November 10, a concert by the “rapturous and glowing” Polish-Canadian pianist Daniel Wnukowski, will be two concerts by returning, more local, artists. On October 6, the Blue Engine String Quartet will be joined by pianist John Hansen, and on October 20, pianist Lucas Porter and David Parker, French horn, present a concert.

In the New Year, a trio composed of Eileen Walsh, clarinet, Gillian Smith, violin, and Simon Docking, piano, will be heard on February 2. On March 15 there will be another Debut Atlantic concert, a trumpet and piano duo, Merkelo & Fung. Finishing out the season, the William Marshall Bishop Memorial Concert on May 3 sees a return visit from the extraordinary violin and piano duo, the Bouey-Doucet Duo, introduced to us by Debut Atlantic a few years ago.

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Admission is free.