New Music Giants

Music in Victoria’s Martin Monkman with a very positive review!

Sunday, November 20, 2011 2:30pm

New Music Giants features music by John Cage, Steve Reich, Jacques Hetu, and VCM composers Stephen Brown and RD Wraggett, performed by members of the Conservatoryʼs string and guitar faculty, together with outstanding students from the Collegium Program for Young Musicians. A program for those who love new music—and for those who think they donʼt!

Imaginary Landscapes for 12 radios – John Cage
Collegium Students and Bradford Werner (1912 – 1992)

Between Sea and Sky David Loeb
Douglas Hensley, guitar (b. 1939)
Michael Dias, guitar
Bradford Werner, guitar

Concerto pour deux guitares (Movement I) Jacques Hetu
Quleus Guitar Duo (1938-2010)


There was a Lady in the East for solo cello Stephan Brown (b.1948)
I. Air
II. Strahspey
III. Reel
IV. Lament
V. Hornpipe
VI. Jig
Paula Kiffner, cello

Electric Counterpoint Steve Reich
Bradford Werner, electric guitar + tape (b. 1936)

33 Pieces of Pandora’s Box RD Wraggett
for Classical Guitar, Viola, Accordion and ‘Tape’
Douglas Hensley, guitar
Christine Prince, viola
Masako Hockey, vibraphone

Paula Kiffner

Cellist Paula Kiffner earned music performance degrees from Ohio State University and Peabody Conservatory. While at Peabody she was principal cellist of the Annapolis Symphony and a member of the Washington Theater Chamber Players, both under the artistic direction of Leon Fleisher. Her teachers were Harvey Shapiro, Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates. A former member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Kiffner has also performed as guest principal cellist of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and appears frequently as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her performances are heard on CBC Radio (Canada) and KING FM (Seattle). Ms. Kiffner also works with youth orchestras in Canada and the US, and has served as guest artist and teacher at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. She is a faculty member of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and the Nanaimo Conservatory.

Bradford Werner

Originally from Nelson, British Columbia, Bradford now resides in beautiful Victoria where he teaches and works as a freelance musician. Previous studies with Alexander Dunn, Stephen Boswell, Wes Wraggett, Stephen Brown, and Murray Visscher. Many of Brad’s students have won prizes in the Greater Victoria Music Festival and the BC Provincial Competitions. In 2009 he was a finalist in the Northwest Guitar Festival Competition. Brad is currently working with Adrian Verdejo and Michael Dias as a member of the Victoria Guitar Trio premiering new works with a focus on Canadian content. Website:

Michael Dias

An enthusiastic performer, musicologist and teacher, Michael Dias completed a Masters of Music in guitar performance under Dr. Alexander Dunn at the University of Victoria in 2008. A Calgary native, he previously studied under Jacob Salomons and has had the opportunity to play in masterclasses with renowned artists such as David Tanenbaum, Roland Dyens, Benjamin Verdery, Adam Holzman, Judcael Perroy and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Michael was the recipient of the first prize at the 2008 Northwest Guitar Festival. He is the Managing Editor of the UVic School of Music’s annual journal, Musicological Explorations, and is currently conducting research in the field of twentieth-century sketch study towards the completion of a PhD in musicology. As well as performing with the Victoria Guitar Trio, Michael maintains a busy teaching studio, and is director of the VCM Guitar Orchestra.

Douglas Hensley

Douglas Hensley received B.M. and M.M degrees in guitar performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has premiered and/or commissioned over 60 solo and chamber works that use guitar. He has also been very active in the widely varied field of early music, on such instruments as gittern, various lutes, vihuela /viola damano, and theorbo. He is a founding member with soprano Elizabeth MacIsaac of the Continuum Consort, which specializes in both early and modern music, and which has produced a programme of lute songs on the cd Si je languis. In addition to a number of other recordings, he can be heard playing oud and setâr in the Anima Medieval Music Duo cd La rosa enflorece. He is guitar/lute/theorbo/banjo/mandolinist with the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, resident early strings plucker with the award-winning women’s choir Ensemble Laude, and serves on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He also lives a parallel life as a Persian musician, playing târ,setâr, oud, barbat and santur with the Persian classical music ensemble Daryâ.

Christine Prince holds degrees in viola performance from the University of California and University of Victoria, as well as pursuing advanced studies at the Banff Centre (Canada) and Amsterdamsch Conservatorium (Holland). As an active chamber musician and recitalist, violist Christine Prince has participated in festivals such as Academia Chigianna (Italy), the International Musicians’ Seminar (Cornwall, UK) and the Hornby Island Festival (Canada). As well, she performs regularly on several local chamber music series, including Westcoast Chamber Music (Vancouver) and VCM’s Spectrum Faculty Concert Series, which she founded and directed for thirteen years. Her eclectic musical interests include historically informed performance on period instruments and works by women composers. A keen advocate for contemporary music, she has premiered and commissioned a number of new works for the viola. Christine teaches violin, viola and chamber music at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Jelena Milojevic is one of the foremost female accordion performers of today. She was born and raised in Croatia, where she started studying classical accordion, first at Ivan Matetic-Ronjgov Music School and later on at Music Academy in Pula (Croatia). But destiny, and her Serbian roots, led her to one of the most famous accordion centers in the world, the city of Kragujevac (Serbia) and its Music Academy, where she received her Bachelor/Master Degree in Accordion Performance & Education. While a student, she had intensive collaboration with some of the world’s leading accordion pedagogues and performers, such as: A. Skliarov, Y. Shishkin, P. Soave, J. Crabb, D. Modrusan, O. Murray, M. Vayrynen, R. Tomic. As a versatile musician with an extensive performing history, she has appeared on concert stages in Europe (Germany, France, Italy, UK, Ukraine, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia), Canada and USA. Her debut concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC was the first solo accordion recital in the last 30 years in this prestigious venue. Her performances have been acclaimed as “an explosion of cosmic sensuality” and she has been praised for her “brilliant virtuosity”. While studying, she won 9 international accordion competitions, as a soloist and chamber musician, including highly acclaimed contests in Pula (Croatia) and Castelfidardo (Italy). Her greatest success was winning one of the biggest international competitions for accordion artists, WORLD TROPHY 2003, in Italy. Jelena Milojevic has just released her CD The Art of Accordion, where she is honoring some of the world’s most recognized accordion composers.

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown was born in Nottingham, England, grew up in Montreal and Kitchener before moving to Toronto, where he later attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. Stephen is a composer, conductor, adjudicator, and teacher. He is Head of the Theory and Composition Department at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, a senior theory examination designer for the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, and has twice served on a BC Arts Council Jury. His compositions include a symphony, a piano concerto, two song cycles, two overtures, two suites for orchestra, a missa brevis, a canticle for soprano, chorus and orchestra, and many chamber and solo works. He has taken a particular interest in pedagogical works, writing six books of student pieces for piano, as well as, a book each for violin and flute. He has had many works performed at orchestral, chamber and solo concerts. Performances include those by Erich Kunzel and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver and Victoria Symphony Orchestras and the Sidney Classical Orchestra in Sidney, British Columbia, of which he is the Artistic Director and Conductor. Besides his love of classical music, he takes an active interest in early jazz, playing piano and guitar with the Bastion Jazz Band.

Wes RD Wraggett was educated at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. He is a commissioned composer of music for concert, stage, dance and media. As a jazz guitarist he can be found backing singers in Victoria and as a teacher is on the faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

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