On September 16 2017, the Music at Trinity concert series launches its third season. We are thrilled to have Emily Shaw and Craig Visser for 2017-2018 Music at Trinity opening concert. These two well established artists in Ottawa will perform a wonderful and varied programme for two guitars. It will include easily recognizable tunes and will also offer the opportunity to hear some of Mr. Visser’s own compositions.
Craig is a guitarist and composer currently based in the Ottawa area. As a guitarist, his interests stem from a variety of styles including jazz and classical, which in turn has presented an array of performance opportunities as a soloist, musician for theatrical productions, and as a member of small and large jazz ensembles. Craig’s work as a composer has proven to be equally diverse over the years. His piece for string orchestra (The Red Fields), won the Blue Bridge Festival’s Mary Gardiner Memorial Award for Young Composers in 2011 and his most recent project for guitar quartet and strings will be premiered at the 2018 Guitare Alla Grande Festival in the National Capital Region.
Emily is a young classical guitarist, teacher, and luthier currently located in here in Ottawa. She studied guitar with her father, Mike Shaw until university, at which point she moved to London, Ontario, to study with Wilma van Berkel at the University of Western Ontario. Emily recently completed a master’s degree (MMus) in guitar performance under the tutelage of Patrick Roux at the University of Ottawa. Emily spends a good deal of her time working with students in her home studio where she teaches classical and acoustic guitar, and piano. As a luthier, Emily has built a variety of guitar-type instruments including classical guitars, steel-string acoustic guitars, period instruments, and a ukulele. In performance, Emily strives to engage her audience with expressive interpretations of music from across the centuries.
The Music at Trinity concert series is self-funded initiative to support artists and the musical activities at Trinity Anglican Church. It produces one concert a month on Saturdays at 4:30pm from September through to June. Admission is by freewill offering.
Originally published in the September 2017 OSCAR.