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Welcome to our 2014-15 Concert Series

Two splendid trios with one performing Bach's Goldberg Variations, a stunning chamber ensemble presenting Beethoven's Septet, two internationally acclaimed groups with Vienna and Dublin in their names, two Canadian pianists using two pianos to perform their remarkable, virtuosic "Piano Dialogue", and a taste of world contemporary music expressed by four classical guitars.

All performances will be at Walter Hall, University of Toronto.

We anticipate great interest in this eclectic season!

Many concerts will sell out.

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September 28th, 3:15 pm
Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players
Walter Hall

Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players are an important part of New York City’s cultural life. Their remarkable mixed ensemble programming brings into focus a constellation of well-known masterpieces and sublime hidden treasures from the chamber music repertoire. The players are a unique assemblage of world-class prize winners, each a rising star in his or her own right. Through their distinguished series of 20 concerts in New York each season, they have been showered with the enthusiastic praise of critics and the excited devotion of audiences.

Scheduled performers include violinist Areta Zhulla, cellist Mihai Marica, and violist Vicki Powell (pictured below) as well as double bassist Nathaniel West, clarinetist Vadim Lando, horn player Karl Kramer-Johansen, and bassoonist Gina Cuffari.

Areta ZhullaMihai MaricaVicki Powell

"...outstanding playing. No one could accuse these players of lack of involvement. The Serenade’s four movements were put through their paces smartly, positively oozing vivacity and élan...” - The Strad

"If you haven’t heard Jupiter, your idea of what a classical concert can communicate is rather limited." - The Village Voice

Making their Canadian debut, the Jupiter Players will perform Beethoven’s glorious and monumental Septet in Eb Major, Op. 20. They will also present Dohnanyi’s lyrical Serenade in C Major for String Trio and the gossamer Clarinet Quartet in Bb Major after K378 by Mozart.

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November 2nd, 3:15 pm
New Orford String Quartet
Walter Hall

New Orford SQ Violinists Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan are concertmasters of the Toronto and Montreal Symphony Orchestras, Brian Manker is principal cellist in Montreal and Eric Nowlin is assistant principal viola of the TSO. In 2009, these elite musicians came together to follow in the footsteps of the original Orford Quartet, Canada's most admired ensemble.

Inspired by the success of modern chamber orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the New Orford String Quartet meets for residencies in various centres for short periods of time, providing a fresh perspective on interpretations of standard string quartet repertoire.

They are dedicated to promoting Canadian works and will perform Claude Vivier’s witty String Quartet No. 1.

The viola quintets of Mozart stand among the highest examples of chamber music. New Orford joined by TSO colleague, principal violist Teng Li, will dazzle us with the G minor.

And if that's not enough to have your pulse racing, Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major is sure to delight.

New Orford SQ

“...a performance demeanor that exudes consummate musicianship and a commitment to entertaining without fuss.” - American Record Guide

“...nothing short of electrifying...These four string virtuosos animate every note with uncommon power and passion as well as elegance. Listen and weep.” - The Star

December 7th, 3:15 pm
Piano Dialogue
David Jalbert, piano
Wonny Song, piano
Walter Hall

David Jalbert

Two acclaimed Canadian pianists – two different voices – two penetrating styles.

A virtuoso with a warm and elegant style and a wide-ranging repertoire, Canadian pianist David Jalbert has established himself among the elite of a new generation of classical musicians.

“Jalbert dazzles with skill, style and taste… with all the finesse and exuberance a listener could want” -The Star

Jalbert performs regularly as a soloist and recitalist across North America and Europe, and his recordings have earned critical praise worldwide. A national and international prizewinner, he was the 2007 laureate of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts and has been nominated for three Juno Awards.

Wonny Song

Wonny Song is one of Canada’s most outstanding young concert pianists, widely praised for his wonderfully poetic touch, and depth of musical insight. Winner of the 2010 Canadian Musician Award and 2003 Prix d’Europe, he has appeared with over 40 different orchestras. As winner of the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he made recital debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“...a versatile, intelligent and deeply musical young pianist, and his recital...was one of the best programs of the season.” - The Washington Post

A selection of significant 19th and 20th Century piano repertoire begining with Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Poulenc’s virtuosic Les soirées de Nazelles. It keeps building momentum towards Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor and is fully actualized through Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for two pianos.

February 8th, 2015 3:15 pm
A Classical Canadian Collaboration
Erika Raum, Scott St. John, violin
Sharon Wei, viola and Tom Wiebe, cello
Walter Hall

Mooredale audiences rejoice! Many have savoured the exquisite performances of these acclaimed players. They unite once more for a thrilling, powerful, and edgy program, which includes Schubert’s String Trio in Bb Major D. 471, Bach’s Goldberg Variations for String Trio in G Major, BWV 988, and more.

Erika RaumScott St. John

Violinist Erika Raum was a first place winner at the 1992 Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest. She has appeared as guest artist with orchestras including the Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Szombathely Symphony Orchestra, the Austro-Hungarian Orchestra, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.

Former violinist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Scott St. John made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1988 after winning first prize in the Alexander Schneider Competition. Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award, he has made solo appearances with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony, and Toronto Symphony, amongst others.

Sharon WeiTom Wiebe

Violist Sharon Wei completed her studies at the Curtis Institute and at Yale, graduating with the Viola Prize. Other honours include top prizes at the London Music Competition and the Washington International Competition. Sharon has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout North America.

Cellist Thomas Wiebe is well known to Canadian audiences as a soloist and chamber musician performing as guest artist with the Kitchener-Waterloo and Winnipeg Symphonies, and with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. He is a member of the Duke Trio.

March 8th, 3:15 pm
Vienna Piano Trio
Walter Hall

Vienna Piano Trio

Described as "one of the world's leading ensembles of violin, cello and piano" [Washington Post], and "the Beaux Arts Trio of the 21st century" [The Baltimore Sun], the Vienna Piano Trio has been praised for their silken homogeneous sound, and "telepathic gifts of communication". [The Plain Dealer] Classic CD voted them "Top of the Class" and The London Times voted their Beethoven CD as Record Of The Year.

The Trio tours around the world appearing regularly at major stages in Europe, North and South America, and in Asia. Recent European touring included Wigmore Hall, St. Luke’s, Beethoven Fest Bonn, Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Musikhalle, and stops in Japan, France and Belgium.

Vienna Piano Trio

The Vienna Piano Trio’s discography includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorák, Shostakovich, and Schnittke, earning the highest critical acclaim. Their newest CD, released February 2014, is select Beethoven Piano Trios, one of which they will perform on our stage.

The Trio have given numerous master classes at Wigmore Hall and the Royal College of Music in London, the Conservatory of Music in Sydney, and the University of Wellington in New Zealand. They are the ensemble in residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

These internationally acclaimed musicians will thrill us with performances of Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49, Schumann’s Phantasiestücke in A minor, Op. 88, and Beethoven's Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu", Op. 121a.

April 12th, 3:15 pm
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Walter Hall

Dublin Guitar Trio

Described as a "quartet with a difference" by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, DGQ has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire.

Dublin Guitar Trio

Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.

This is their Canadian debut.

They will perform 12 works by artists from Cuba, England, Estonia, Romania, Russia, South Africa, and the United States including John Tavener's The Lamb, Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”, György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles and Leo Brouwer’s moving and lyrical Cuban Landscape with Rhumba.

"...Leo Brouwer’s “Cuban Landscape with Rain,” a tone poem evoking the shifting rain and winds of a passing storm. The Dublin players gave it an evocative reading, full of atmospheric turbulence and finely graded shades of light. Pärt’s “Summa” (in a transcription from the choral original) was just as luminous, very moving in its spare simplicity and its dignified, quiet grace." - The Washington Post

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