The Larose Duo was formed for Campbellville Chamber Concerts inaugural season in 2011-2012, presenting four concerts (now called Bellamusica Concerts). The mission of the concert series is to present quality classical music chamber concerts (solo or small groups) to the community in order to make live music more available locally. Larisa and Rosanne enjoy connecting with local artists, writers, composers, actors to enrich the local culture life. Besides performing standard flute and piano repertoire and arranging other unusual repertoire for their duo, Larisa and Rosanne have created music and drama presentations in collaboration with writers, actors and up and coming musicians: Campbellot (original story and music for children; about a Magician Musician), The Heroes of Valencia (original historical fiction story about two honest and courageous young boys, with Spanish style music) and Yours Affectionately (excerpts from letters written by Scottish Settlers in Canada with Scottish and Early Canadian Music) in celebration of Canada 150.
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Larisa Gulenco, piano
Larisa Gulenco, piano, is a graduate of the Moldavian Academy of Music, the North Netherlands Conservatory, and the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, where she obtained the degree of Master of Music. Larisa has performed extensively in Moldova, Russia, Romania, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United States and is a prize winner of several piano and chamber music competitions in Moldova, Romania and Italy. Since July 2008, Larisa lives in Canada with concert pianist husband Alexei and performs in Hamilton area, As a collaborative pianist, Larisa has worked with the with singers Jacqueline Woodley (Boris Brott’s Summer Music Festival in Hamilton), Adrienne Pieczonka, Margaret Bardos, Marion Samuel-Stevens and John Fanning. She has accompanied the John Laing Singers, Burlington Welsh Male Choir, the Hamilton Children's Choir, McMaster University Choir, Strata Vocal Ensemble, Opera Hamilton, Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, McMaster Chamber Orchestra and the Schulte Strings. Recent performances have taken Larisa to Boston, New York and Montreal.
Rosanne Warren, Flute
A resident of Wellington County since 1990 with husband Dan and children, William and Lucy, Rosanne is an active musician and teacher in southern Ontario. She has performed with the symphony orchestras of Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, Stratford, Guelph, Grand River Baroque and Cambridge, in opera orchestras at the Westben Festival (Albert Herring, The Magic Flute, Carmen, La Traviata and The Pencil Salesman) and as a soloist with The KW Community Orchestra and the Westben Festival Orchestra (). In addition to performing in concerts with the husband and wife team of Brian Finley, piano, and Donna Bennett, soprano, Rosanne was invited to play on their CD's " A Christmas of Love and Light" and "Lullabies for Benjamin” (). She also loves to work with choirs, often creating the flute obbligato part, with the KW Philharmonic Children's Choir, the Milton Choristers, the Women of Note and the Basilica of Our Lady (Guelph) Choir. Since 2009, pianist Larisa Gulenco and she have performed recitals in the Halton/Hamilton/Guelph area. An interest in traditional Irish flute playing has lead her to enroll in classes at Guelph’s Riverside Celtic College.
A native of Sault Ste Marie, daughter of Lola and the late Erasmo Spinazze, Rosanne graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education, and earned an ARCT in flute performance. Her teachers have included Doug Stewart, Susan Hoeppner and Peter Lloyd, and has participated in masterclasses with Robert Aitken, Robert Langevin, Julius Baker and Sir James Galway.
Marion Samuel Stevens, Soprano
Performing in Yours Affectionately Concert
Canadian Soprano Marion Samuel-Stevens has been described as an engaging, direct performer and actress. Her performances range from the intimacy of recital performance to the grandeur of opera. Marion has been the Ontario winner of the Natsaa competition and second runner up in the regional Natsaa competition in Indiana, where her voice was described as "beautiful and rich with evenness and colour throughout". She was also a semi-finalist in the prestigious Eckhardt-Grammatté competition which gives special attention to new Canadian music. In both competitions Marion was able to show her well-developed ability to switch between a wide variety of vocal and dramatic styles with efficiency and finesse.
Marion has performed across Canada and the United States and Europe. She is a graduate from the University of Toronto's Voice Performance program. As well as studies at Wilfrid Laurier University she has attended many prestigious enrichment programs across North America and Europe where she had the pleasure of studying with many acclaimed musicians including Elly Ameling, Rudolph Jansen and Martin Katz.
Marion has performed Grigori Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank as Anne, Peter Skoggard’s operas Stratas in the title role and Flying Off in All Directions, Ruth in Ronald Beckett’s opera Ruth, Mark Adamo’s Little Women as Beth, as well as David Del-Tredici’s Alice with the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra. Operatic roles include Elle in La Voix Humaine by Poulenc, Hélène in Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück and Estelle in The Stronger by Hugo Weisgall, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute by Mozart and Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Oratorio highlights include Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Vespers, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Lord Nelson Mass, and Creation. Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Gounod’s St. CeciliaMass, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and the Christmas Oratorio by J. S Bach, Brahms Requiem, and Mozart's Mass in C minor.
St. Paul's United Church Choir, Milton, Ontario
Don Cassano, Director
Dawn Brodie, Accompanist
Will Warren, actor and writer
Will Warren, 23, has been creatively inclined since before he was born- in fact, he even had a final say in the design of his own body. Since that masterpiece, he's performed in many plays, some of them written by Shakespeare, and others co written by his Humber College classmates. In April 2017, he completed the program for a Diploma in Theatre Performance at Humber College, and since then has performed in Theatre Orangeville's "Night Light", a play written by John Lazarus for Young Audiences, and with his theatre collective "Knifeman Presents", co wrote and performed "Up Here" at the Hamilton Fringe Festival in July. He continues to act and write fiction, and fancies himself a philosopher.
Daniel Warren, Trumpet
Daniel started his trumpet career in 1983, joining the trumpet section of The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. During his tenure with the KWS, he has been featured soloist in the regularly scheduled symphonic season concerts performing Baroque and Modern trumpet concerti, and on tour with the orchestra, performing jazz musician Phil Nimmons' Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, a work written especially for Dan. This was subsequently recorded on a CBC SM5000 compact disc. Daniel was also the soloist for a national television broadcast performance of Johnny Cowell’s Concerto for Trumpet with the KWS.
Daniel Warren has toured extensively with the Canadian Chamber Ensemble and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra throughout North, Central and South America, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Great Britain. He has competed in solo trumpet competitions in Paris, Geneva and Munich, and was a finalist at the International Trumpet Guild’s "Ellsworth-Smith" Trumpet Competition.
Performers in The Heroes of Valencia
Elissa Nasato, soprano, has completed her Honours Bachelor of Music, at McMaster University. Since graduating, Elissa continues to develop her vocal skills under the tutelage of Charlene Santoni from McMaster’s School of the Arts. She has performed as a chorister and soloist with Masterworks of Oakville, Arcady in Brantford, McMaster University Choir, as well as McMaster Women’s Ensemble and McMaster Chamber Choir. One of her favourite performance experiences was putting together a small ensemble with three of her close classmates in her final year at McMaster. In addition, she volunteers her talent at a local church and enjoys cantering at weddings. She is most honoured to be singing in The Heroes of Valencia. In September 2017, Elissa will be attending York University for teacher training.
Dan Kelley, narrator, is a teacher, performer, and story teller who hails from Guelph, Ontario. He often performs in musical theatre in the Guelph area and has taken to directing shows as well. Recent performances have included Scrooge in "Scrooge: the Musical" and Aslan the Lion in "Narnia". In his spare time, Dan teaches singing, ukulele, and recorder to children in the Region of Waterloo.
Story Author, Will Warren, 23, has been creatively inclined since before he was born- in fact, he even had a final say in the design of his own body. Since that masterpiece, he's performed in many plays, some of them written by Shakespeare, and others co written by his Humber College classmates. In April 2017, he completed the program for a Diploma in Theatre Performance at Humber College, and since then has performed in Theatre Orangeville's "Night Light", a play written by John Lazarus for Young Audiences, and with his theatre collective "Knifeman Presents", co wrote and performed "Up Here" at the Hamilton Fringe Festival in July. He continues to write fiction and fancies himself a philosopher. He recently concluded that being confused is the Human Experience.
Alexei Gulenco, piano
Russian-born Canadian pianist Alexei Gulenco is one of the finest representatives of the rich Russian piano tradition. Through his studies with Valery Kastelsky, a student of the great piano patriarch Heinrich Neuhaus, and distinguished piano pedagogues Naum Grubert and Larissa Dedova, Alexei refined his approach to piano performance to combine gargantuan virtuosity and overwhelming passion with sensitivity of touch and melodic beauty.
Alexei is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and the University of Maryland, where he obtained the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts. In his career, Alexei won prizes at the International Rachmaninov Piano Competition in Moscow, the International Jose Iturbi Competition in Spain, the International Franz Liszt Competition in Italy, and many others. As a recitalist and orchestral soloist, Alexei has performed and been recorded for radio and television in Russia, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Belarus, Latvia, Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, the United States and in Canada. Since 2008, Alexei resides in Hamilton, Ontario with pianist wife Larisa. He is on faculty at McMaster University and Mohawk College.
Rosanne Warren, Flauto, Nata in Sault Ste. Marie, si è laureata nella Facoltà di Musica presso l’università diToronto, dove è stata allieva di Douglas Stewart. Si e` inoltre diplomata in ARCT per il Flauto, presso il Royal Conservatory, e conseguito una laurea in scienze dell'educazione. Rosanne è una musicista molto attiva nella zona di Kitchener e Guelph. Si esibishe in concerti per bambini con KW Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Guelph Symphony, Stratford Symphony, Grand River Baroque Orchestra e con i musicisti Larisa Gulenco, Brian Finley e Donna Bennett. Rosanna può essere ascoltata sui CD "Un Natale di Amore e Luce" e "Lullabies per Benjamin" (Marquis Records). Si è esibita come solista nel Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #2 and 5, il Concerto di Mozart per flauto in sol maggiore, ed il Concerto di Cimarosa per Due Flauti, con il marito Dan direttore delle orchestre. I 16 anni con l’orchestra del Westben Festival, hanno dato l’opportunita` a Rosanne di esibirsi non solo con un grande repertorio orchestrale, ma anche in opere come Mozart, Il Flauto Magico, Britten Albert Herring, la Carmen di Bizet, La Traviata di Verdi e "The Pencil Salesman." Rosanne risiede con Dan ed i figli, William e Lucy, nella zona Moffat del Wellington County.
Larisa Gulenco, Pianoforte. Nativa della Repubblica di Moldova, Larisa si è laureata presso la Moldavian Academy of Music, il Conservatorio dell’ Olanda del Nord, ed il Royal Conservatory Hague, dove ha ottenuto il diploma di Maestra di Musica. Larisa sie e` esibita tanto in Moldavia, Russia, Romania, Italia, Olanda, Belgio e Stati Uniti, ed è vincitrice di varie competizioni di pianoforte e musica da camera, tenute in Moldavia, Romania ed Italia. Larisa vive in Canada dal luglio del 2008, insegna pianoforte e si esibisce nella zona di Hamilton, recentemente con cantanti Jacqueline Woodley (Boris Brott - Hamilton – Summer Music Festival), Adrienne Pieczonka, Margaret Bardos e John Fanning. Come accompagnatrice, Larisa lavora con il Coro Maschile del Burlington Welsh Male, diretto da Janice Beninger ed il Coro dei Bambini di Hamilton diretto da Zimfira Poloz. Recenti esibizioni hanno portato Larisa a Boston, New York e Montreal.
Dan Warren, Tromba – Membro da 33 anni dell Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Recentemente come Resident Conductor per la Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (1998-2011) ed anche Consulente Artistico e Direttore della London Orchestra, Canada (2010-2011). Dan riceve anche frequenti richieste per dirigere orchestre come Ospite Direttore, e come tale ha diretto la "Colorado Symphony a Denver, la Toronto Symphony Orchestra, la National Arts Centre Orchestra, la Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, la Thunder Bay Symphony, la Symphony Nova Scotia, L’Orchestra London Canada, la Windsor Symphony, la Symphony New Brunswick, la ERGO and Continuum Ensembles and la Canadian Chamber Ensemble, di cui tante trasmesse anche on CBC Radio. Negli ultimi 13 anni, Dan ha diretto spettacoli d'opera, e programmi corali e orchestrali al "Westben Arts Festival Theatre" in Campbellford, Ontario " . Nell'estate del 2010, Dan ha condotto una serie di opere di Mozart come "Die Zauberflote" a Westben, e l’ Opera Kitchener’s Zauberflote (Oc. 2011). Dan tornerà a Westben nell'estate del 2013 per dirigere l'Orchestra di gala e concerti di pianoforte. Altri acclamati impegni di direttore hanno portato Dan negli Stati Uniti, in Austria e la Repubblica Ceca. Molto occupato anche con gli arrangiamenti, il suo ultimo lavoro e` presentato in Inghilterra, dalla Royal Philharmonic Orchestra di Londra. I suoi arrangiamenti sinfonici che variano dall musica classica, jazz e rock, sono stati eseguiti da orchestre in Canada, Stati Uniti, Inghilterra e Asia. Mr. Warren dirige anche la Kitchener-Waterloo Community Orchestra e la Wellington Winds.
Daniel Warren, Chef d'orchestre
Daniel Warren est très recherché en tant que chef d'orchestre, arrangeur, trompettiste soliste et pédagogue. Le Toronto Star a déclaré que: "sous la direction de Mr. Warren, l'orchestre vibrait de toute sa splendeur!" et "avait un timbre de noblesse", "Mr. Warren a accompli sa tâche".
Daniel Warren fut chef d'orchestre résident pour l'Orchestre symphonique de Kitchener-Waterloo pendant quatorze ans, et a aussi récemment servi à titre de conseiller créatif et chef d'orchestre pour Orchestra London Canada. Daniel a dirigé les Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestra London, Windsor Symphony, Symphony New Brunswick, Thunder Bay Symphony, ERGO and Continuum ensembles et Canadian Chamber Ensemble. Beaucoup de ces performances ont été entendues à la radio de Radio-Canada. Durant les douze dernières années, Daniel a dirigé le Westben Arts Festival Theatre, ainsi que des représentations d'opéras, de choeurs et programmes pour orchestres.
Étant à l'aise avec pratiquement tous les genres de musique orchestrale, Daniel a dirigé plusieurs artistes renommés tels que Anne Murray, Barenaked Ladies, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Louise Pitre, Holly Cole, Denzal Sinclair, Martin Fry of ABC, Laurence Gowan of Styx, Jeans' n Classics and Cirque de la Symphonie, Gary Relyea, Susan Platts, Karina Gauvin et beaucoup d'autres.
Ses engagements récents d'Opéra et de Ballet, comprennent l'opéra de Mozart "La Flûte enchantée" à Westben, "Die Zauberflöte" avec Kitchener Opéra, Ballet Jörgen et Minnesota Ballet. D'autres engagements en tant que chef réputé ont amené Mr. Warren aux États-Unis, en Autriche et en République Tchèque.