Hotoda Michael Hope Vocalist- 2019 - 2020 Performance Schedule
Micheal Hope Vocalist


  "a wonderful voice"
   – MARVIN HAMLISCH
   

Michael’s Concert Schedule


VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERTS!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael's live performances have been temporarily postponed. However, in order to continue sharing as much music as possible, Michael has recently released new video performances of his favorite songs and pieces!
To watch and listen, click on the links below.

May 9,2021
"ALLEGRO! " (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 29
Allegro from Trio Opus 32 by Kaspar Kummer
Recently, my great friend and flute colleague Sarah MacDonald texted me saying “I’ve been practicing like crazy and I’m in great shape, for no reason” (a common lament amongst pandemic-ridden musicians) “Can I play something with you guys?” “Can you ever, please do.” I replied. “Let’s do the Kummer Trio!” Slavko Popovic added. And so, the rest is history. Kaspar Kummer (1795-1870) was a German flutist, professor and composer. He taught himself the flute while learning violin, horn, trumpet, clarinet, bassoon, oboe, cello and double bassoon. While playing these instruments, he wrote over 150 works. One of the most delightful is the 1st movement from his Trio, Opus 32. Enjoy!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

May 8,2021
"I BELIEVE " (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 28
I Believe (Song by Eric Levi)
Friends, for this week's concert, we present a truly beautiful song which is all about our hope for world peace and better days in the future. The words and music warm my heart. Joining me on this performance is my great colleagues Michelle Todd along with Sarah MacDonald on the flute. Playing the piano on our background track is the great Cody Obst.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

May 1,2021
"CHARM AND DELIGHT " (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 27
Four brief interludes by Bernard H. Garfield
For this week's mini concert, Slavko and I are honouring my wise and spunky bassoon professor with a piece filled with as much charm and delight as you'll ever hear. This month, composer, teacher and Philadelphia Orchestra bassoonist Bernard H. Garfield will celebrate his 97th birthday. To honour Mr. Garfield and his legacy of musicianship, Michael and Slavko are proud to present his FOUR BRIEF INTERLUDES for Clarinet and Bassoon.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

April 24, 2021
"SUBLIME " (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 26
Adagio Cantabile from Johann Sobeck's Trio Op.20 For this week's mini concert, Slavko Popovic and I are joined by our Elegant-Lady-Rockstar from the CPO's woodwind section Jocelyn Colquhoun! The three of us will play the beautiful Adagio Cantabile by Johann Sobeck. Sobeck was a Czech/Bohemian composer and clarinetist living mostly in the 19th century. He left behind a lovely handful of pieces written for woodwind instruments. Adagio Cantabile means "slow and sublime in a singing style". We hope you find peace and composure in this beautiful music.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

April 16, 2021
"DÉJÀ VU… " (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 25
Rodgers and Hart's "Where or When" If you're lucky, you don't just fall in love once in your life, you fall in love many, many times. And if you're really lucky, most of those times happen with the same person. Here's a song about a lovely sense of déjà vu describing what it feels like to fall in love all over again. This week, I'm joined by my great colleague, bassist Matthew Heller from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Watch for his mesmerizing and smoky solo in the middle of this performance.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

April 9, 2021
"LICKETY-SPLIT" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 24
Rondo (by Ignaz Pleyel) for 2 clarinets and bassoon. For those of you in a hurry, this weekend's mini-concert might be just perfect. In fact, the whole thing is over in less than 3 delightful minutes filled with virtuosity, humour and vivaciousness! "Rondo" is an Italian word that means round. A rondo is an instrumental form with a refrain that keeps coming back. Unlike the verses of a song, though, the music in a rondo changes between each repetition of the refrain. This Rondo is played at Slavko Popovic's exhilarating tempo of almost 156 beats per minute. It's fun to hear him play that fast and even funner to hear Michael try and keep up with him! Please enjoy.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

April 2, 2021
"PARTY IN PARIS" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 23
Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon (1922) This week's mini concert celebrates Paris with a rollicking piece filled with humour, romance and musical audacity. While listening to it, we invite you to imagine yourself in "Gaie Paris" with its art, fashion, gastronomy and culture! There's even an intimate romantic encounter in the middle of this high-spirited piece. Francis Poulenc wrote this miniature sonata in the roaring 20's in Paris. It received its world premiere where else? - at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Clarinet players love this piece for its irreverent character and lovely Parisian melodies. Bassoon players curse this piece for its fiendish difficulty. (All in fun, of course!) Please enjoy one of the gems of French woodwind chamber music.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

March 30, 2021
"LOVE'S WARM CARESS" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 22
Pianissimo (by Mauro Malavasi) In the fall Andrea Bocelli and Cecelia Bartoli released this brand-new duet which is all about how an enlightened couple feel the eternal love of nature and the heavens flowing through their romantic relationship. It's a beautiful song composed in a minimalistic style inspired by Erik Satie. My fabulous singing partner, Michelle Todd and I are so happy to share our version of it with you! We hope you enjoy our continuing Pandemic series of mini-concerts, which this week has the added feature of subtitles and, of course, a bassoon solo…
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

March 20, 2021
"A WALK IN THE PARK" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 21
Andante Op. 20, No. 2 by Ignaz Pleyel. This weekend marks the first day of Spring and Slavko Popovic and I want to celebrate with you by sharing music perfect for a spring walk. In Italian, "Andante" indicates that a piece should be played "at a walking tempo" not too slow, not too fast, and very gently. In 1980 Abba released "Andante, Andante" in which a young lover asks their partner the following "Take it easy with me, please,. Touch me gently like a summer evening breeze. Take your time, make it slow"… With these spring-like thought in mind, please enjoy our Andante just for you.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

March 13, 2021
"PANDEMIC LOVE" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 20
On My Own from Les Misérables. In this weekend's mini concert, Ingrid Mapson and I re-imagine this famous song from "Les Mis" as a lonesome duet about two solitary people wishing for love while they are in isolation. With this music we send our warmest wishes to those in quarantine. This recording of On My Own is iconic as it is the probably the first one to ever feature a bassoon solo!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

March 6, 2021
"EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK!" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 19
For this week's mini-concert Michael and CPO Principal Clarinetist, Slavko Popovic present an awesome display of 19th Century woodwind virtuosity with the famous Trio Op. 20 No. 2, by Ignaz Pleyel. Slavko has safely recorded his parts in his kitchen and as you will hear, he throws everything but the kitchen sink into his playing! Michael does his very best keeping up with him!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

February 27, 2021
"WICKEDLY GOOD" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 18
This week's mini-concert is a performance of one of my favourite songs, For Good ( from "Wicked") Joining me is Ingrid Mapson for this duet. The audio track is played by Cody Obst (piano) and Megan Singer (viola). I love this song because it's about anyone who has made a difference in your life. It's perhaps the most beautiful song I know which is built on the theme of friendship. Plus, the ingenious double entendre of the last line is one of the most brilliant displays of lyrical wordplay that I have ever seen. Please enjoy :)
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

February 20, 2021
"LIEDER OF THE PACK" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 17
In German the word "lieder" means "songs", and of all the great classical composers, probably no one wrote lovelier songs and melodies then Franz Schubert (think, Ave Maria, The Unfinished Symphony, or any of the 630 "lieder" that he wrote during his short life). This weekend's virtual mini-concert features many of those beautiful Schubert melodies contained in his Trio D. 471 in Bb. Originally composed for string trio, we are happy to play it for you in a unique and enchanting arrangements for woodwinds.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

February 13-14, 2021
"MOZART IN LOVE" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 16
For Valentine's weekend 2021, our latest mini-concert is our presentation of Mozart's lovely Menuetto and Rondo from his Divertimento No. 3. This the final segment of our Mozart Divertimento series. Woodwind players all over will tell you that these Mozart pieces form some of the best memories of their careers and are filled with nothing but enjoyment and fun. Perfect to celebrate the joy of love! Please enjoy!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

February 9, 2021
"SONGBIRD" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 15
Friends, for this mini-concert please enjoy "Songbird", a song Fleetwood Mac. This is a special duet performance with my lovely friend, Ingrid Mapson. This setting is originally from Ingrid's album Rhythm's of Your Heart. The audio piano track is beautifully arranged and played by Roy Tan. When I heard Ingrid sing this song on her album, I fell in love with it right away. (even though up until that point, I had never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would one day become enamored with a Fleetwood Mac song...) So I wrote Ingrid and asked if she's be willing to sing it as a duet version with me. I was so thrilled when she agreed!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

February 6, 2021
"A WORLD PREMIERE" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 14
Friends, for this mini-concert, I am deeply proud to present the World Premiere of FIVE EXCHANGES by Christopher Weait. CPO Clarinettist, Slavko Popovic and I started virtually performing pieces for clarinet and bassoon in 2021. British/Canadian/American composer Christopher Weait heard one of our concerts on the internet and wrote to me asking if we'd be interested in premiering this intriguing work. We were only too happy to say yes, and got to work on it right away!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

January 30, 2021
"DVORÁK, LIGHT AND MELLOW" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 13
Hello Friends! Today we present a Bagatelle (by Dvorák, Opus 47. No. 1). Wikipedia describes a Bagatelle as "a short unpretentious instrumental composition…usually of a light mellow character” David Sussman, Slavko Popovic and I all hope you enjoy this arrangement for clarinet, oboe and bassoon.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

January 25, 2021
"OLÉ!" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 12
Friends, Hola and bienvenido! Welcome to a taste of Spain. This week's mini-concert is a hot arrangement of Manuel de Falla's SPANISH DANCE NO. 1 from his Opera La Vida Breve! Again, Slavko Popovich and I have recorded this in a responsible and safe manner (each recording our own parts in our own houses, then using the miracles of technology to put them together. Please enjoy and… Olé!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

January 18, 2021
"ADAGIO" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 11
Our next video shares a little bit of peace and solitude. The term “Adagio” is derived from the Italian words “ad & agio” which means “at leisure”. In music, an adagio marking gently asks musicians to play with generous amounts of grace and serenity. Please enjoy - Warmest winter wishes to you all.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

January 11, 2021
"MOZART DIVERTIMENTO" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 10
The next video in our Remote Listening series is a couple of movements from Mozart's "Divertimento No. 3 in Bb Major". The term Divertimento is derived from the Italian word "divertire", which means "to amuse or divert". My friend (and great clarinet colleague) Slavko Popovic and I hope that this charming music will do just that with you, as we enter these winter months. This is Part 1 of a Mozart Video series, as we present the first 2 of 5 Movements in this Divertimento. Stay tuned, as Slavko and I will release the other movements in the near future!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

January 4, 2021
"BELATED BIRTHDAY BEETHOVEN" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 9
Happy New Year Friends! Today I'm celebrating the new year by sharing some Beethoven with you. Happy 251st Ludwig! Here's a beautiful set of Variations for clarinet and bassoon. I'm joined by my great colleague and friend Slavko Popovic (principal clarinettist of the CPO). Slavko also has the distinction of being the only other graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music who plays in the CPO. I'm proud to have gone to the same school as Slavko, and proud to have him as a colleague in the CPO's Woodwind section.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

December 27, 2020
"BASSANGO" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 8
Our latest mini-concert is an intimate studio performance of Mathieu Lussier's "Bassango".
This sultry tango was originally composed for four bassoon players. However, for this performance, I play all four parts myself and combine them for this unique presentation!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

September 3, 2020
"THE MOZART EFFECT" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 7
Our latest mini-concert is a special performance that we're hoping will trigger within you what is famously known as “The Mozart Effect” (this is the cool phenomenon whereby the more Mozart you listen to, the smarter you get). To try this out, take a watch/listen to our performance of the 1st movement from Mozart’s Sonata (K. 292) for bassoon and ‘cello. Mozart wrote it in Munich in 1775. In this special presentation, we present it in a cool and epic version played with double bass. (compliments to our good friend Matthew Heller for navigating the ‘cello part with such great musicianship and élan). Hopefully after listening to this you’ll feel, well, smarter!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

August 26, 2020
"COME WHAT MAY" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 6
This week’s mini-concert is a special performance with my new friend, Ingrid Mapson. Together we’re performing the lovely duet called “Come What May” (from the film Moulin Rouge) I’ve always loved this song and really had a great time recording it in this casual (and really fun) home project with Ingrid, who (as you’ll hear) has a splendid voice and a real love for making music. Ingrid sings with symphonies all over country and has a wonderful album called "Rhythms of Your Heart"
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

August 19, 2020
"ALL ABOUT THAT BASS" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 5
Summertime and the livin’ is easy! I hope you’ve been enjoying the tropical weather we’ve been having lately and staying cool! This week’s summer mini-concert is super fun. Meghan Trainor’s iconic “All About That Bass” This hit song was a chart topping phenomenon and one of the most engaging and toe-tapping songs written in the 21st century! Our version features a spectacular bass solo by the amazing Matt Heller. (It is in fact, all about that bass...)
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

August 9, 2020
BEETHOVEN'S "MINUET in G" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 4
To celebrate Beethoven's 250th birth year, Matt Heller and Michael perform Beethoven's charming classic Minuet. This is a fun little piece and can be viewed in less 2.5 minutes! Matt and I like it because while Beethoven seemed to be in a pretty serious mood most of the time, this piece shows that he could write a lot of pretty cheerful stuff too.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

August 2, 2020
GEORGE GERSHWIN'S "SLAP THAT BASS" (free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 3
Matt Heller and Michael perform "Slap That Bass", a classic novel song by George and Ira Gershwin.
This song was recently featured in the hit film "The Joker"!
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!

July 25, 2020
"VARIATIONS ON HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU"(free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 2
Michael performs variations on "the most widely performed song in the English Speaking World"
with CPO bassist Ma2020-10-23 7:40:10 PMtthew Heller.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!


July 19, 2020
"BESAME MUCHO"(free online performance)

VIRTUAL MINI-CONCERT # 1
Michael sings "Besame Mucho" with CPO bassist Matthew Heller.
Watch and listen to this performance by clicking here!


June 2020
"RHAPSODY "(free online performance)

THE MOUNTAIN VIEW MUSIC FESTIVAL ISOLATION POINT SERIES

In June of 2020, Michael made his debut performing online for the Mountain View Music Festival. The program, "RHAPSODY" features works by J.S. Bach and Wilsson Osborne for solo bassoon.

You can view this recital for free by clicking here!


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis and Health Regulations from the Province of Alberta, all of Michael's live performances have been temporarily postponed. Watch this site for updates on Michael's performance schedule and the resumption of Michael's live concerts.





                                        
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