2022 / 2023 Concerts

Sounds of the Season

Featuring Robert Conquer, trombone soloist

Saturday December 10th, 2:00pm

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Robert Conquer - Trombone

Robert Conquer is quickly establishing himself as one of Canada’s finest young musicians. Most recently, he performed Nino Rota’s Concerto per Trombone on tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as the first-prize recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts - Michael Measures Prize. In 2021, he was the second-prize winner of this same award and was also named as one of CBC Classical Music's "30 Hot Classical Musicians Under 30." Robert is thrilled to be performing as the Acting Principal Trombonist of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra for their 2022/2023 season, wherein he is the youngest regular musician. He was the winner of the 2020 Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition, wherein he also received a full scholarship to attend Domaine Forget de Charlevoix and the prize for best interpretation of a Canadian work in the semi-final round. He is the First Prize winner of numerous other solo competitions including the American Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition, Canadian National Music Festival, North American Brass Band Association Championships, Ontario Music Festivals Association, Toronto Kiwanis Music Festival, and the Hannaford Youth Band Competition. Passionate about new music, Robert most recently collaborated with Australian-Lebanese composer Elizabeth Younan which culminated in the recorded performance of her new work "Lone Song" for solo trombone. He also recently worked with American composer Elise Arancio, performing her new work “A Negative Space for Trombone and Electronics” in December 2020. In 2018, Robert premiered the late Canadian composer Donald Coakley’s “Sound Bites for Trombone and Winds” alongside the Agincourt Collegiate Wind Symphony. Robert will remember Mr. Coakley fondly during each of his future performances. Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, Robert studied privately with trombonist David Archer for three years before pursuing his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Nitzan Haroz and Matthew Vaughn as a Carrie L. Tolson Memorial Fellow. Robert was recognized as Curtis' Presser Scholar, a prestigious scholarship awarded to one senior student who has high academic and musical accomplishments and embodies the qualities of leadership and citizenship. He looks forward to graduating with his Bachelor of Music in the Spring of 2023.

Robert Conquer is an alumni of the Hannaford Youth Program!

Rising Stars

Featuring the finalists of our Rising Stars Solo Competition

Saturday February 11th, 2:00pm

(first round Saturday November 26th, 1:00pm - Walter Hall, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music)

Side-by-Side with HSSB

Hannaford Youth Band's annual feature playing with the Hannaford Street Silver Band

Date TBA

Brass n' Keys

Featuring the Thompson Egbo-Egbo trio

Saturday April 15th, 2:00pm

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Thompson Egbo-Egbo is a pianist with a gift for memorable but harmonically complex compositions that have at their core a deep, abiding groove. A rambunctious and free spirit was channeled in a creative direction with piano lessons an inner-city music school. After graduating from high school, Egbo-Egbo earned a degree in Music from Humber College and studied electronic production and design at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After college, Egbo-Egbo found performance work in the clubs and lounges of Toronto. An ever popular performer, many solo engagements turned in to long-term residencies at venues like The Shangri-La Hotel & Jacob’s Steakhouse. In 2014, Egbo-Egbo released ‘Short Stories’, a collection of original solo piano compositions inspired by his residency performances.

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Thompson Egbo-Egbo - Jazz Piano

Four years later, Egbo-Egbo issued ‘A New Standard’ for eOne, which sought to redefine the concept of the jazz standard, and included original takes on Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Laura Mvula tunes. The album was recorded in a trio format, with Randall Hall on bass, and Jeff Halischuk on drums, marking a departure from the solo playing for which Egbo-Egbo had become known. A New Standard’ was well received by critics and audiences alike, with Canadian Beats magazine calling it ‘a brilliant display of creativity, keen diversity and expert arranging.’ The album’s release was the beginning of a busy year of touring, including sold out appearances at The Rex Hotel, the Poetry Jazz Cafe in Toronto and Artword Artbar in Hamilton. The end of the year saw the inclusion of the album on JazzFM’s Music Director’s Top 20 of 2018, landing at #6, among records by Kamasi Washington and John Scofield. For ‘The Offering’, Egbo-Egbo has returned to the trio format. If ‘A New Standard’ sought to change the conversation, ‘The Offering’ seeks to create a new dialogue about what we expect from a ‘jazz’ trio. Whereas ‘A New Standard’ was recorded and then performed, many of the tracks on ‘The Offering’ were written on stage, and put to tape after they’d been fleshed out live. This adds a presence and muscular tone to the album. The recording process itself was an attempt to capture the essence of the trio live – the element that has been attracting an ever growing audience to the trio’s concerts. With the exception the Pat Metheny penned ‘Question and Answer’ and the traditional standard ‘Beautiful Love’, the rest of the tunes are written by Egbo-Egbo or co-written with the trio.

https://egbomusic.com/

Egbo-Egbo is a Hannaford Youth Program Alumni - he played the tuba!

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Jeff Halischuk - Drums

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Randall Hall - Bass

Canada's Wonderland Music Festival

Hannaford Community Band and Junior Band will participate and enjoy a day of fun on the rides.

May TBA

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