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Volume 19 Issue 1 - September 2013

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Musical Celebration of

Musical Celebration of DjangoReinhardt and StéphaneVan Django.Grappelli,” with the Vancouverbasedensemble Van Django.Colours of Music Festival:“Wonderful Music, WonderfullyPerformed.” Those apt wordsappear on the homepage ofColours of Music’s website,which also informs us that thefestival will “expose you totalent from all across Canadaand other parts of the world.”Returning to the topic of festivalssharing their artists andconcert ideas, five concerts forwhich that seems to be the caseat Colours of Music providea nice taste of the festival’smyriad offerings.On September 28, SweetWater’s Mark Fewer, and James Campbell,join pianist Angela Park for “Classics at Noon,” in works by Bartók,Milhaud, Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Catoire. The nextevening, Fewer and Campbell, along with guitarists Graham Campbell(yes, the clarinettist’s son), Roberto Rosenman and Chris Bezant, andbassist Chris Kettlewell, pick up the gypsy jazz fever where Van Djangoleft off, in a concert titled ... can you guess? Oui, “Hot Club of France:music of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.”A little earlier on September 29, in a bit of “downsizing” from thePEC Music Festival’s 30-finger extravaganza the day before, pianistsRobert Kortgaard and Peter Tiefenbach play an exciting — thoughperhaps less perilous — program of works by Mozart, Schumann,Dvořák, Ravel, Poulenc and Grieg for one piano and 20 fingers. Anyway you cut it, that’s still a lot of fingers on one keyboard.The tireless and ubiquitous James Campbell appears twice more:once with the Gryphon Trio in a performance of Messiaen’s Quartetfor the End of Time on October 1, and the next day in a concert titled“On the Upbeat,” with the Amara Piano Quartet. They will performworks by Beethoven, Suk, Ager and others.Beyond the five concerts mentioned, there are another 21 toconsider, ranging from “Music for the Dance,” performed by DuoConcertante with narration by ballet legend Evelyn Hart, to Bachand Debussy on the banjo. The festival’s website said it best: “What acolourful, relaxing way to spend those first few lazy days of autumn!”And, for those of you thinking to yourselves, “enough already withthe festivals,” fear not. The 2013/14 concert season is about to begin.QUICK PICKS: SPLENDID SEASON STARTERSKitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society!!Sept 11, 8:00: Soheil Nasseri, piano. Works by Beethoven, Brahms,Rachmaninoff, Hersch.!!Sept 18, 8:00: Andrew Sords, violin; Cheryl Duvall, piano.Works by Elgar, Mozart, Bach, Hubay.!!Sept 22, 8:00: Peter Stoll, clarinet; Joseph Macerollo, accordion.Works by Kovacs, Nimmons, Messiaen, Palej, Nordheim and others.!!Sept 27, 8:00: TrioEstonia. Works by Cirri, Piazzolla, Sumera/Kangro/Kuulberg, Pärt, Beethoven.Toronto Symphony Orchestra!!Sept 18 & 19, 8:00: Elgar Cello Concerto–Alisa Weilerstein, cello.Works by Britten, Elgar, Dvořák.!!Sept 21, 7:00: Gala Performance – Lang Lang Plays Mozart. PianoConcertos Nos.17 and 24.!!Sept 25 & 26, 8:00: Perlman Plays Tchaikovsky. Works by Britten,Walton. Itzhak Perlman, violin.Gallery 345 – The Art of the Piano!!Sept 18, 8:00: Kara Huber. Works by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy,Rachmaninoff, Liszt.!!Sept 22, 3:00: Thomas Alexander. Works by Chopin,Liszt, Gershwin.!!Sept 23, 8:00: Martin Soderburg. Works by Soler, Albeniz,Granados, Mompou, Infante, de Falla.Music Toronto!!Oct 3, 8:00: Quartet Series: Jerusalem Quartet. Works by Mozart,Shostakovich, Dvořák.Flato Markham Theatre!!Oct 4, 8:00: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Works by Rossini,Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky.Roy Thomson Hall!!Oct 6, 2:00: Mariinsky Orchestra. Three works by Stravinsky.Valery Gergiev, conductor.Mooredale Concerts!!Oct 6, 3:15: Cecilia and Afiara String Quartets. Works byTchaikovsky, Haydn, Mendelssohn.Whether you head out to the festivals or into the new concert season,enjoy fall’s early days in all their colour and splendour.Sharna Searle trained as a musician and lawyer, practised alot more piano than law and is listings editor at The WholeNote.She can be contacted at | September 1 – October 7, 2013

Musicat MetropolitanMusic at Metropolitan2013-2014CONCERT SERIESSaturday, November 16, 7:30 pm: Beethoven and SchubertArnold Tirzits, piano; Janet Obermeyer, soprano;Jonathan Krehm, clarinetFriday, March 28, 7:30 pm: Ken Cowan, organistGood Friday, April 18, 7:30 pm: St. John Passion by J. S. BachThe Metropolitan Festival Choir and Orchestra,Patricia Wright, conductorSaturday, May 10, 7:30 pm: Musicians On the Edge – LutenistcomposerBenjamin Stein and the Elixir Baroque EnsembleAdditional concerts, admission prices, soloists to be announced –stay tuned!NOON AT MET:Free recitals on Thursdays from 12:15-12:45 pm.New series begins Thursday, September 12OTHER EVENTS:Friday, Oct. 25, 10 pm: Phantoms of the OrganA Hallowe’en howl of unearthly delightsSunday, Dec. 8, 1:30 pm: Carols United – Sing favourite carolswith the Metropolitan Silver Band and organSunday, Dec. 22 , 7 pm: Candlelight Service of Lessons and CarolsMetropolitan Choirs, Patricia Wright and Angus Fung, organistsMetropolitan United Church56 Queen Street East (at Church Street), Toronto416-363-0331 (ext. 26) September 1 – October 7, 2013 | 19

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