Award-win­ning vi­o­lin­ist to per­form in Sackville

Amy Hil­lis will be joined by renowned pi­anist Kather­ine Dowl­ing

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Mount Al­li­son will host one of Canada’s most promis­ing young vi­o­lin­ists on Fri­day, Oct. 26.

Amy Hil­lis will take the stage at Brun­ton Au­di­to­rium, 134 Main St., at 7:30 p.m.

Hil­lis was the top-ranked per­former at the 41st an­nual Eck­hardt-gra­matté Na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion in strings. In her Sackville recital – part of a 12-con­cert cross-coun­try tour – she will be joined by pi­anist Kather­ine Dowl­ing.

Named for Cana­dian com­poser So­phie-car­men Eck­hardtGra­matté, the “E-gré” is the most pres­ti­gious con­tem­po­rary mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion for emerg­ing Cana­dian per­form­ing artists in pi­ano, voice and strings.

Lud­wig Van Mon­tréal says Hil­lis has “a rich, warm sound and has mas­tered the vi­o­lin with such ease, that it is im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore her pas­sion in per­for­mance.”

Orig­i­nally from Regina, Hil­lis col­lab­o­rates with mu­si­cians from around the world in or­der to ex­plore new ap­proaches to clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. In 20192020, she will per­form with pi­anist Mea­gan Mi­latz as part of the in­au­gu­ral Pan-cana­dian Recital Tour in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Je­unesses Mu­si­cales Canada, Prairie De­but, and De­but At­lantic.

Hil­lis was a 2017 artist-in-res­i­dence at La Cité In­ter­na­tionale des Arts in Paris, a res­i­dency awarded by the Con­seils des Arts et des Let­tres du Québec. She is also the win­ner of the 2017 Mcgill Con­certo Com­pe­ti­tion, the Sylva Gel­ber Foun­da­tion Mu­sic Award, and a doc­toral fel­low­ship from the So­cial Sci­ences and Hu­man­i­ties Re­search Coun­cil. Hil­lis is a mem­ber of the Mon­treal-based SOMA Quar­tet as well as first vi­o­lin­ist and man­ager of the prairie-based Hori­zon String Quar­tet.

Praised by the New York Times for her “crys­talline per­for­mances, ges­tu­ral ex­pres­sive­ness, and care­ful at­ten­tion to colour,” and by the Bos­ton Globe for her “ef­fort­less in­ci­sive­ness,” Dowl­ing, an award­win­ning Cana­dian pi­anist, has per­formed across North Amer­ica and Europe. Equally com­pelling as a solo, col­lab­o­ra­tive, and en­sem­ble player, she has per­formed as a mem­ber of the New Fromm Play­ers of the Tan­gle­wood Mu­sic Cen­ter, Gruppo Mon­te­bello en­sem­ble (Etcetera la­bel), and enjoys close as­so­ci­a­tions with The Or­lando Fes­ti­val, The Banff Cen­tre, the Alde­burgh Fes­ti­val, and the Aval­och Farm Mu­sic In­sti­tute.

A high­light of the Sackville recital is the 2018 “E-gré” com­mis­sioned work Foxy Fox’s Mu­si­cal Games, by Yel­lowknife com­poser Car­men Braden – a piece de­signed to an­swer the ques­tion “Can con­tem­po­rary mu­sic be fun?”

The per­form­ers will also present works by com­posers R. Mur­ray Schafer, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Jef­frey Ryan, Nicole Lizée, Dinuk Wi­jer­atne, and Wi­told Lu­tosławski.

Mas­ter classes led by Hil­lis and Dowl­ing, fea­tur­ing stu­dents from the bach­e­lor of mu­sic pro­gram of Mount Al­li­son Univer­sity, will take place in the Choral Room and Brun­ton Au­di­to­rium on Fri­day from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

Tick­ets for the evening con­cert are avail­able at the door or through sub­scrip­tion to the con­cert series of­fered by the de­part­ment of mu­sic.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 506- 364- 2374, e- mail mu­sic@ mta.ca or visit the de­part­ment of mu­sic’s web­site at www.mta.ca/ mu­sic.

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Amy Hil­lis, the top-ranked per­former at the 41st an­nual Eck­hardt-gra­matté Na­tional Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion in strings, will per­form in Sackville on Fri­day, Oct. 26.

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