- Wednesday Noon Hours
- Ad Mare Wind Quintet with Julia Nolan
Ad Mare Wind Quintet with Julia Nolan
Vancouver’s premier wind ensemble presents works by Walter Hartley, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and more.
Chris James flute
Marea Chernoff oboe
Anne-Katherine Coope clarinet
Valerie Whitney french horn
Julia Nolan saxophone
Sophie Dansereau bassoon
Hartley Chamber Music
McLaughlin Rosie The Riveter
Milhaud La Cheminée du Roy René
Ibert Histoires pour quatuor à anches
Milhaud Scaramouche pour saxophone et quintette à vent
Renown across Canada as one of the premier chamber music groups, the Ad Mare Wind quintet was founded in Vancouver in 2001 by clarinetist AK Coope and bassoonist Sophie Dansereau. Since its beginning, Ad Mare continues to perform a variety of musical genres. The group premiered more than a dozen works. Among others, all the wind quintets written by Christopher Kovarik, and Cameron Wilson’s Huapango (which was commissioned by Ad Mare). The group members are all players of many major ensembles in Vancouver and BC, such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Kamloops Symphony, Turning Point Ensemble and Standing Wave, to name a few.
Ad Mare has often been heard in recitals and special presentations. Their sought after recitals offer a great spectrum of repertoire, in genre and epoch. Alongside the standard wind quintet works, they have performed numerous new compositions and also promoted local Canadian composers (Cameron Wilson, Christopher Kovarik, Leila Lustig, Colin MacDonald, Jordan Nobles, James Maxwell, Anna Sokolovic and Jacques Hétu). In addition to their recital programs, the group is a regular guest to the popular concert series around the Lower Mainland and British Columbia. The quintet regularly presents new compositions in the Vancouver Pro Musica annual festival Sonic Boom. Ad Mare had the honor to be the only group invited to simultaneously perform live on CBC’s West Coast Performance and Radio-Canada’s Les musiciens du dimanche programs.
Involved educators as well, Ad Mare presented live chamber music recitals throughout the schools of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for free as participants of the Chamber Music in the School (CMITS), a non-profit organization who presents live chamber music to students of British Columbia.
Pandemic time performances for Julia Nolan include the premiere of Luminous Blue, an unaccompanied piece for alto saxophone by Jeffrey Ryan, performances with the Vancouver Symphony including Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris), Weill (Three Penny Opera), and Milhaud (Creation of the World), and a concert called “Tango, Klezmer, and Jazz” for the Vetta Chamber Music Series (Joan Blackman, violin; Jane Hayes, piano; and Jodi Proznick, bass).
Over the summer of 2021, outdoor concerts with Saxophilia Saxophone quartet and the Ad Mare Woodwind quintet have kept Julia out of the sun and in the practice room. Days before lockdown in March 2020, Julia Nolan was the featured soloist with Sinfonia performing Stefan Hintersteininger’s Saxophone Concerto. As guest soloist with the West Coast Symphony Orchestra tour (2018), Julia presented this concerto in Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Macedonia. In 2016, Julia performed Jeffrey Ryan’s concerto Brazen with the Lubbock Symphony and premiered Cool Cut by John Oliver with the Turning Point Ensemble. She recorded with Denis Bedard (2014), the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy (2015) performing Robert Buckley’s Prestidigitation, and in 2018, released a cd with Jane Hayes and Joan Blackman (Chromaticity) and another cd with the Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet. She recorded with Alan Matheson’s jazz groups on the cd “Intrada” and with the CBC Orchestra as soloist (Tableaux de Provence/Paule Maurice, and two concertos by Fred Stride, and Ian McDougall).
In October 2019, Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet presented the Canadian premiere performance of Nicolas Scherzinger’s “Cross Court” with the Acadia University Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Nolan teaches saxophone at the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music. She is an Artist-Clinician for Yamaha, Canada and Rousseau Musical Products.