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A performance view in the Music Room: Etherington House filled to capacity with appreciative listeners.
Sundays 13 January, 10 February, 10 March, 14 April 2019
2–3:30 pm

The Agnes Society volunteers present a series of insider art talks, musical performances and tea in the historic Etherington House on the second Sunday of the month. The season kicks off with celebrated composer and pianist John Burge. This is a free and open event; all are welcome. Families take note: Creation Station is available concurrently with INSIDE AGNES through the winter.

Sunday 13 January 2019, 2–3:30 pm
Features John Burge and Carina Magazzeni

John Burge is a celebrated composer and pianist. He holds three degrees in Composition and Theory from the Universities of Toronto and British Columbia and since 1987, has been teaching at Queen’s University, where he is a full professor. He has composed a large body of instrumental and vocal music in all genres and his work, Flanders Fields Reflections, for string orchestra, received the 2009 Juno Award for the Best Canadian Classical Composition.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is just that: a growing, living, breathing exhibition with multiple activations. The exhibition takes the form of scores and at different moments during the exhibition these scores are activated by musicians, dancers, performers and members of the public, gradually filling the gallery and surrounding spaces with sound and action. In this INSIDE AGNES session, Carina Magazzeni, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art – Special Project, will discuss the exhibition in its current “first part” and the activations that are soon to follow.

Sunday 10 February 2019, 2–3:30 pm
Features Badass Brahms Chamber Collective (Anja Cui, piano and Zoe Clarke, voice) and Shannon Brown

Badass Brahms Chamber Collective (BBCC) was founded in 2012 by a biology, a medicine, and two psychology students who are passionate about classical music. They explore not only works by Brahms, but also by a diverse range of other composers from Schumann to Hindemith to Khachaturian. Always open to unusual forms of chamber music, past groupings have included clarinet trio, voice with piano trio, or alto sax piano duo. For this concert, mezzo-soprano Zoe Clarke and pianist Anja-Xiaoxing Cui bring you a Valentine’s Day themed selection of songs which are so over love, songs that are quite in love, and songs about love.

Agnes Program Coordinator Shannon Brown has a background in and passion for the healing benefits of the arts. Join her for this talk on current practices in therapeutic arts around the world and an inside look at Agnes Arts and Wellness programming including the successful Art Hive @Agnes.

Sunday 10 March 2019, 2–3:30 pm
Features Binky Swings (Val Hamiton, Sarah Gibson-Bray, Carl Bray, Alan Bronskill, vocals; Brant Peppley, bass and Doug Rooks, piano) and Ella Gonzales

Sunday 14 April 2019, 2–3:30 pm
Features Kitchen Gypsies
Suzanne Becker, violin and vocals; Ray Desrosiers, accordionist and vocals; Gary Greer, rhythm guitar and Ron Heidebrecht, lead guitar, vocals