Sharon Kahan, flute
Marion Miller, piano
with Guest Kevin O’Donnell, flute
Sharon and Marion have delighted London audiences for eight years with heartwarming January recitals, and this year’s will be another gem. Subtitled “warm music for a cold afternoon” this program guarantees to do just that, with music from the world of opera (Taffanel’s Fantaisie on Themes from Der Freischutz and the Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes) as well as Malcolm Arnold’s Flute Sonata, this varied program will certainly lift the winter blues.
Acclaimed London composer Jeff Smallman will be represented as well, with the performers premiering two of his works for flute and piano, Les Rodeurs de Nuit and the aptly named l’Hiver a Cesse (winter is over!)
Sharon and Marion are delighted to be welcoming guest flutist Kevin O’Donnell from Kitchener-Waterloo where he performs with the orchestra and can frequently be heard in the National Ballet Orchestra in Toronto. In addition to Doppler’s Andante and Rondo, Ian Clarke’s Maya for two flutes and piano is an evocative and haunting piece of music.
Sharon Kahan performs regularly with orchestras throughout Ontario and performs at the Stratford Festival, where she can be heard in the 2018 production of The Music Man.
Marion Miller is one of London’s most versatile musicians. Trained in Canada, France and the United States as a classical pianist, she has nevertheless covered the musical spectrum from playing in a swing orchestra to composing for musical theatre. At 18 she was on faculty at the Banff School of Fine Arts. She has been musical director of the Grand Theatre and pianist for the Aria International Summer Academy for Advanced Music Studies, played Chopin on CBC Radio and vaudeville tunes at the Lighthouse Festival Theatre. She taught at UWO shortly after graduating there with a Master’s degree in musical performance and the president’s gold medal for academic excellence. Today she maintains a large class of private students ranging from young and adult beginners to university-level aspiring concert performers.