IN CELEBRATION OF THE BROCKVILLE CONCERT ASSOCIATION’S UPCOMING 2023 75TH ANNIVERSARY AND OF CANADA MUSIC ACADEMY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY*, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT AN IN-PERSON CLASSICAL AND JAZZ CONCERT FEATURING FIVE LOCAL YOUTH MUSICIANS: CHRISTOPHER ARZOUMANIAN (PIANO), LUCAS ARZOUMANIAN (GUITAR), ANDREAS ARZOUMANIAN (PIANO), MATTHEW O’HALLORAN (JAZZ PIANO), AND ELISABETH LAVALLEE (VOICE).
As this concert will be presented as part of CULTURE DAYS 2022, admission is free and we will be accepting optional pay-what-you-may donations. No tickets are needed.
CONCERT LOCATION: WALL STREET UNITED CHURCH, 5 WALL STREET, BROCKVILLE ON
CONCERT DATE: SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2022, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
COVID PROTOCOLS: Masking is encouraged, but is your personal choice. The venue is spacious so attendees will likely be able to have socially distanced seating if they wish. Hand sanitizer and masks will be available at the door.
Christopher Arzoumanian is a young award-winning musician with an affinity for rhythm, and a sensitivity to nuance and expression. At 16 years of age, he has been exploring, learning and playing classical piano for over 13 years. He also enjoys playing the blues, Latin jazz, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He’s grateful to his teacher Malcolm Gillis from the Brockville branch of the Canada Music Academy, who has been his mentor and musical guide for the past 10 years. He continues to participate in local festivals, plays in various churches, and takes part in the annual Brockville New Year’s concerts.
Lucas Arzoumanian is a 20 year old classical guitarist from Brockville, Ontario. At a very young age, he fell in love with the gentle melodies of Spanish guitar, juxtaposed with their technical precision. Although he keeps a busy schedule as a third year mechatronics engineering student at the University of Waterloo, he always finds time to indulge in his musical pursuits.
Andreas Arzoumanian is an 18 year old from Brockville, Ontario, with a passion for classical music and martial arts. Beethoven and Rachmaninoff are two of his biggest inspirations. Their powerful crescendos contrasted with emotive melodic sections resonate deeply with Andreas’ musical ideas. He started playing piano at 4 years of age and instantly fell in love. Today, piano continues to be a priority in his life, and he hopes to continue to deepen his skills and musical knowledge through pursuing a minor in piano performance in his second-year of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. An award-winning young musician, he loves sharing his passion for music, whether contributing to community functions or events, participating in local concerts, or helping support younger aspiring musicians.
Elisabeth Lavallee grew up in the Prescott and Brockville area. She is now in her first year of University of Toronto’s Life Sciences Program. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class at St Mary, with music as a continuous, beautiful force in her life. She has studied with Samia O’Day at the Canada Music Academy for several years.
Matthew O’Halloran is a 19-year-old pianist from Brockville, Ontario. Matthew studied classical piano with Malcolm Gillis and jazz theory with Bryne Carruthers during high school and he now attends the University of Toronto for jazz performance studies. This June, Matthew was invited to perform in the Ottawa Jazz Festival Youth Series and Youth Summit, where he was one of two recipients of the Stingray Award.
Christopher Arzoumanian (piano): Consolation no. 3 by Franz Liszt
Lucas Arzoumanian (guitar): ‘La Catedral’ by Agustín Barrios Mangoré, with three movements:
- Andante Religioso
- Allegro Solemne)
Andreas Arzoumanian (piano): Rachmaninoff Prelude no.4 Op.23
Elisabeth Lavallee (voice):
- Think of Me (from The Phantom of the Opera; music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Charles Hart); accompanied by Samia O’Day on the piano
- She Used To Be Mine (by Sara Bareilles, from Waitress, the musical).
Matthew O’Halloran: solo jazz piano
Q&A session at end of concert
*The Brockville Concert Association is so excited by the plans to celebrate our 75th season in 2023. We begin our celebration in the fall of 2022 with this youth concert as part of Brockville Culture Days. We are absolutely thrilled that in 2023 we will once again host live performances at the beautiful Brockville Arts Centre. Concerts plans include a world of music: an Ethiopian jazz quartet; a multi-award-winning Juno nominated quartet with a “genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Django-jazz, Arabic, Cuban and South Asian rhythms”; and a multi-media show with a full orchestra. Please consider making a donation to help us bring these outstanding concerts to Brockville!
**Canada Music Academy is celebrating their 25th year of providing quality music instruction in Brockville and five other locations in Ontario and Quebec. The youth musicians performing in today’s concert have all been students at the school.