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Volume 4 Issue 2 - October 1998

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8 CONCERT NOTES,

8 CONCERT NOTES, continued from page 7 Oct. 4 with tire Off Centre Series and Oct. 20 at the Mozart Society. Superstar Dmitri Hvorostovsky, will perform at the Weston Recital Hall on Nov. 7. Canada's legendary Louis Quilico will perform music by French and Russian composers with pianist, Christina Petrowska at Walter Hall Oct. 23. STAR TREK Not only does Toronto have an extraordinarily large community of fine musicians, many of them internationally renowned, our halls are also graced by the presence of large · numbers of current · international superstars. For this we have five organizations in particular to thank: the Corporation of Roy Thomson Hall/Massey Hall; the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts; Music Toronto; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; . . . . and the Bank of Canada for (so far) keeping the loonie within hailing distance of the almighty U.S buck! All this to say, don't take the spate of stars for granted. If major l~gue hockey can't survive financially in · Canada .... STRINGS. ATTACHED This month Massey Hall brings us one of the world's leading orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra, October 3. The Ford Centre follows Judy Loman October 22 with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, called "the greatest chamber orchestra in the world" by no less than Dmitri Shostakovich. And two world-renowned string quartets, the Melos from ; Stuttgart and the Prazak from Prague visit Toronto in 2 .·.·. Music for John van Keff( .. ··•···

October than~ to Music Toronto and the Ford Centre respectively. Still on the subject of strings, this time solo, the Toronto Symphony presents the iconoclastic violinist now known simply as "Kennedy" October 14 & 15, and the Ford Centre presents an extraordinary recital, two and three-quarter hours of music by J.S. Bach, with two intermissions, by cellist Pieter Wispelwey on October 18. Two other Ford Centre string concerts to· note: TSO concertmaster, Jacques Israelievitch with harpist Judy Loman (recently appointed harp instructor at the Curtis Institute), October 21; and Canadian violin virtuoso, Lara St. John, November 5. PIANO fORTE William Doppman (October 25), the first performer in the new Distinguished Artists Recital Series, is a contemporary of Anton Kuerti and frequently performed in the same competitions as Kuerti when they were younger. He now performs around the world, has made solo and chamber music recordings for Nonesuch, Delos, Finland's Kuhmo Festival Recordings, Albany Recordings and D'Note Records. Artistic director of "Chamber Music at Port Townsend" for twenty-five years, he has received two NEA consortium composers' · grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, four ASCAP Annual Awards and the University of Michigan Alumni Citation of Merit. And October 8 the Women's Musical Club of Toronto presents Maxim Philippov, the First Laureate of the 1996 Esther Honens Calgary International Piano Competition and a finalist in last June's prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. WMC has an enviable record of presenting extraordinary artists while still on the rise. ~/--.Jtfie SOU.ttcf J10St Canada's String Sltop violins, viol

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