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Volume 19 Issue 9 - June/July/August 2014

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FRAN-KAUFMANJennifer

FRAN-KAUFMANJennifer Kohmake a big impressionwith the MontrealSymphony OrchestraAugust 8. Erin Wall,Susan Platts, Naganoand the MSO bringthe festival to aclose with Mahler’sSymphony No.2August 9. No Canadiansummer festival canmatch these eight daysof significant orchestralfirepower.The Festival of theSound’s 35th seasonoffers a star-studdedcast of performers in75 concerts, lectures,cruises, dinners andgalas over a threeweekperiod fromJuly 21 to August 10.The first week featuresthe Tiberius, NewZealand and AfiaraString Quartets, the Gryphon Trio and Richard and Lauren Margison.Pianist Leopoldo Erice, the Magellan Ensemble, violinists Mark Fewerand Drew Jurecka and the Brodsky and Penderecki String Quartetshighlight week two. Ensemble Made in Canada, the Cecilia andLafayette String Quartets and three notable pianists should make thefinal week exciting. Alexander Tselyakov, Janina Fialkowska and JanLisiecki will each give a recital and a masterclass. Lisiecki will also bein conversation with the inimitable Keith Horner.Clear Lake: The week before his appearance in Parry Sound,Tselyakov curates the Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival just southof Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba with four packedconcerts July 31 to August 3. The week before on July 25, he joinsRachel Mercer, cello, Marie Bérard, violin, Wallace Halladay, alto saxophone,and Leslie Allt, flute, in a wide-ranging program that includesDvořák’s “Dumky” trio at the KWCMS Music Room, where it’s alwaysa festival regardless of the season.The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival celebrates their20th anniversary July 24 to August 7 with several concerts of interest:the Brentano String Quartet (best-known recently as the soundtrackproviders for the film A Late Quartet) July 24; James Campbelland the Cecilia String Quartet in contrasting programs July 28 and29; brothers Jon Kimura and James Parker, Hinrich Alpers and PedjaMuzijevic in a Debussy-Ravel-Stravinsky eight-hand piano extravaganzaJuly 28; Jon Kimura Parker and the Miró String Quartet July 31;the Lafayette String Quartet August 1; Janina Fialkowska in a programalmost identical to her Festival of the Sound recital August 1; the DoverString Quartet, winners of the 11th Banff International String QuartetCompetition, August 3; the Brodsky Quartet August 4, again withBeethoven’s Op.95; and the irrepressible Gryphon Trio August 6.Stratford Summer Music’s highlight, from my perspective, is theAugust 1 concert combining the considerable talents of violinist HilaryHahn with pianist Jan Lisiecki and the Annex Quartet in a programcomprised of Brahms’ Violin Sonata No.1 and Chausson’s charmingConcerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. Don’t miss this rareopportunity to hear one of the most unusually scored chamber worksof the 19th century.Stratford’s Grand Piano Series showcases three performers rangingfrom the 14-year-old Daniel Clarke Bouchard (fresh from an appearanceon the Ellen TV show) August 6, to 25-year-old Pavel Kolesnikov(Honens International first prize laureate 2012) August 13 and BicycleOpera Project’s own Wesley Shen (in a program that includes Cage’sSuite for Toy Piano and Southam’s Glass Houses).The Indian River Festival, set within sight of beautiful MalpequeBay in the world-class acoustical setting of St. Mary’s Church onPrince Edward Island, may be the most idyllic and varied festival ofany in Canada. A small sampling of their summer-long 13th seasonfinds cellist Denise Djokic and pianist David Jalbert in a recital July 13,the peripatetic Jan Lisiecki appearing July 27, the traditional folk trioBon Débarras performing August 8 and Patricia O’Callaghan singingCohen, Piaf and more, accompanied by Andrew Downing, bass, andfestival director Robert Kortgaard, piano, August 11.Forest Festival: Yet it’s hard to picture a more quintessentialCanadian experience than listening to the Canadian Brass August 12,the acoustic duo of Greg Keelor & Jim Cuddy August 13 and MeashaBrueggergosman August 14 at the Bone Lake Amphitheatre inHaliburton. As the Forest Festival puts it: “Imagine sitting in themiddle of a forest away from the lights of the city, in an amphitheatreoverlooking a lake listening to live music as the sun sets.”QUICK PICKS! Yuja Wang joins the TSO and conductor Peter Oundjian June 11 and12 in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Shostakovich’s triumphantSymphony No.5. The June 14 Shostakovich is part of Luminato.! June 15 the TSO brings Luminato to a rousing close with a free outdoorconcert in David Pecaut Square with music by Weinzweig, Copland,Bernstein, Piazzolla and Ginastera, among others.! The outstanding Austrian pianist Till Fellner returns to the KWCMSMusic Room in Waterloo for a program of Mozart, Bach, Haydn andSchumann August 5.Paul Ennis is managing editor of The WholeNote.THE MOST TALKED-ABOUT NEW PIANO IN THEINDUSTRY IS ACTUALLY 152 YEARS OLD“I sampled a 6’ 3” BP190 grand, which had a trulymarvelous dynamic range across the entirekeyboard. The BP190 had a wonderfully orchestralsonority, and was much less percussive than theJapanese pianos I’m accustomed to playing in schools. As it couldeasily be mistaken for a 7’ grand, it would be a fine piano for a churchor small concert hall, but would also be well suited for a high-classliving room, studio, classroom, or choral room.” © DR. JAMES LENT22 | June 4, 2014 – Sept 7, 2014 thewholenote.com

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