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Front Porch Concert 2019

Edmonton, Canada - The Front Porch at 8937 - 79 Ave. Edmonton June 01st, 2019 15:30

Saturday June 1 at 3:30 PM

The Front Porch at 8937 – 79 Ave.

Our Front Porch Concerts explore the space between the informality of street busking and the intimacy of house concerts.

We are happy to announce the 2019 iteration of our Front Porch Concert on Saturday June 1 at 3:30 PM on our front porch. It will feature performances of music both new and old, performed on modern and antique instruments by the Schoen Duo, students and friends.

Sit on the grass or bring your own lawn chair to this free event.

Program TBA.

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Bach in the Subways

Edmonton - Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre March 23rd, 2019 12:00

There isn’t a subway yet at the Bonnie Doon Centre, but there is a new LRT station under construction! Join us there for a celebration of the music of J. S. Bach on the weekend of his 334th birthday. Music will be at various locations throughout the mall between noon and 2 pm on Saturday March 23.

Rough schedule, subject to change:

  • noon: violins, recorders, and flutes in front of the LRT presentation centre
  • 12:15 – 12:25:  Weather permitting, outdoor performance at Bonnie Doon LRT station construction site. (Minuet BWV 822)
  • 12:30 pm: Flash Mob at Centre Court, starting with one cello, gradually adding flutes and violins (Minuet BWV 116)
  • Mr. Bach arrives to participate in the Flash mob! (Dances from the b minor Orchestral Suite and Violin Concertos)
  • 12:50 pm: Mr. Bach leads a procession from Centre Court back to the LRT presentation centre (March)
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm: music continues with cellos, violas, violins, flutes and recorders in front of the LRT presentation centre

This is an international event!  It all started in 2010, when Dale Henderson began frequent performances of the Bach Cello Suites in the subways of New York City. Convinced the decline in classical audiences was largely because many people never get a chance to experience this music live and up close, he believed Bach to be the perfect ambassador for his art form. Feeling the experience was infinitely more powerful with money removed from the equation, Henderson declined donations and instead offered audiences free postcards explaining that his intentions were to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. His efforts, which he called “Bach in the Subways,” attracted appreciative attention from fans, other musicians, and the media.

In celebration of Bach’s 326th birthday on March 21, 2011 Henderson invited other musicians to join him.  [Read more…]

Click here for a list of Bach in the Subways performances around the world.

 

Winter Practice Giving Challenge 2018

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Each December we challenge our students to track the number of days they do both listening and practice. They keep track on a chart that creates a ladder, one side of the ladder is listening, the other is practice. Each day they do both practice and listening they create a rung that takes them higher!
Our studio gives a donation gift to Plan Canada based on the number of rungs generated by the students. This year it was planting trees around schools. Plan Canada says “Planted around the perimeter of school yards, these trees create a living fence for school children. They provide protection and shade, creating beautiful places to play and helping to make schools safer for thousands of girls and boys. Help a thriving, growing legacy take root.”
The challenge was we would donate 1 tree for every 50 rungs.
This December our students tracked their listening and practice for about 3 weeks.  In those few weeks they listened and practiced for a combined total of 406 days and we donated 8 trees.
Thanks you also to the Dong family who added to our studio donation by giving a gift of Medicine for Moms and Babies.

FREE drop-in “taster” class for CEL 1

Edmonton, Alberta - Schoen Duo Studio June 23rd, 2018 11:00

CEL = Creative Ensemble Lab

  • Group lesson for students where the emphasis is on improvisation and composition.
  • Any instrument, any age (adults find it just as fun as kids!)
  • CEL 1 – very accessible for ages 3 – 10, but older beginners enjoy it too
  • CEL 2 – reading music is a pre-requisite: we will write down the improvisations to create musical compositions, and learn something about music theory as we work.

FREE drop-in “taster” class for CEL 1

  • Saturday June 23
  • 11 am
  • Schoen Duo Studio

Email us at schoenduo@gmail.com if you want to come – we need to know how many are coming so we don’t exceed the capacity of our classroom.

Cats in the Kitchen Concert

Edmonton, Alberta - King Edward Park Small Hall January 13th, 2018 19:30

An evening of “kitchen music” with the Schoen Duo, ranging from kitchen party fiddle tunes (yes, with spoons) to a new piece by Philip Bimstein called Cats in the Kitchen featuring pre-recorded cat and kitchen sounds.

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About Us:

Thomas & Kathleen Schoen are classically trained performers on both historical and modern flutes and violins. Their repertoire ranges from early music on period instruments to modern works that use phrase sampler loopers and other modern technology. read more

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