Upcoming Concert (2019)
Featured Performers – November 16th
A gifted musician with an array of artistic abilities, Roland Graham is an accomplished pianist, harpsichordist, conductor, composer and musical impresario. He is the Director of Music at Southminster United Church, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of both the popular Doors Open For Music at Southminster and Master Piano Recital Series. He has been heard as a pianist on CBC Radio Two and in recital across Canada. Roland is also an accomplished composer, predominantly of sacred choral music, and was proud to have debuted his Canticles for the Evening Service at Canterbury Cathedral in the UK in 2005.
His original jazz number, She Walks in Beauty like the Night, was featured as the unifying theme for a series of Jazz Concerts held in Montreal in 2009. Since being appointed music director in 2009, Roland has focused on developing the music program of Southminster United Church, which, under his leadership, has become hub of musical activity in the city of Ottawa, presenting well over 50 concerts a year. In 2015, Roland founded Ottawa's Rideau Chorale, which has grown in under four seasons to a 70-strong community chorus that has tackled such works as Orff’s Carmina Burana (2015), Handel’s Messiah (2017 & 2018), Duruflé’s Requiem (2017), and Mozart’s Requiem, presented this past May along with Mozart’s Piano concerto in D minor (K 466), which Roland directed from the keyboard. Roland holds a Bachelor's in Music from the University of Ottawa where he studied Piano Performance with Jean Desmarais, and a Master’s from the Université de Montréal w here he studied Piano Interpretation with Jimmy Brière and Marc Durand.
Montreal based flutist, Dakota Martin, enjoys a multifaceted career performing regularly across Canada, Europe and Asia as an orchestral, chamber and solo musician. Dakota has performed with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Center Orchestra of Canada, BBC Symphony (London, UK) and the New Generation Festival Opera Orchestra in Florence, Italy.
Also passionate about period instrument performance, Dakota has studied baroque flute with Rachel Brown and Claire Guimond and performs regularly with baroque ensembles in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. In addition to his orchestral pursuits, Dakota is an avid soloist and chamber player. A prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition, and the Concours OSM Manure (Montreal), he has also appeared as a soloist with the McGill Symphony Orchestra and Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra. Dakota is an alumnus of McGillʼs Schulich School of Music in Montreal and the Royal College of Music in London where he completed his studies with Timothy Hutchins and Susan Milan.